Courses

See the course schedule during advanced registration to confirm which classes the English Department will offer and to learn which of those classes carry Writing and Cultural Awareness Flags and Honors credit.

100-level: Composition and freshman literature courses.

111. English Composition I.
Fall and Spring (3 hours) Staff.

Develops satisfactory college-level proficiency in basic skills of composition and reading comprehension. Students must demonstrate their ability to produce a portfolio of literate, reasonably logical, and perceptive short themes. Grades given are A, B, C, or X (conditional incomplete, to be satisfied by repeating the course). All students must be enrolled in ENG 111, ENG 112, or ENG 115 until they have successfully completed the freshman writing sequence. For a student to drop ENG 111, the drop slip must be signed by either the Chair of the English Department or the Writing Program Coordinator. The Chair of the English Department or the Writing Program Coordinator may waive this continuous enrollment policy as appropriate.

112. English Composition II.
Fall and Spring (3 hours) Staff.

Introduces research techniques and instruction in the principles of documentation and scholarship as well as continues a concern with rhetoric, style, clear thinking, reading comprehension, and successful communication. Orients the student to computer literacy and the use of the library. Prerequisite: ENG 111. All students must be enrolled in ENG 111, ENG 112, or ENG 115 until they have successfully completed the freshman writing sequence. For a student to drop ENG 112, the drop slip must be signed by either the Chair of the English Department or the Writing Program Coordinator. The Chair of the English Department or the Writing Program Coordinator may waive this continuous enrollment policy as appropriate.

115. Accelerated Composition.
Fall (4 hours) Staff.

This course engages students in research techniques, textual analysis, advanced academic writing, and instruction in the principles of documentation and scholarship, while developing students’ skill in rhetoric, style, critical thinking, and successful communication. Students must demonstrate their ability to produce a portfolio of literate, reasonably logical, and perceptive short themes, including the following essay types: multiple draft, impromptu, and research. Open to students who have been notified of their eligibility, English 115 fulfills the lower-division writing requirement. All students must be enrolled in ENG 111, ENG 112, or ENG 115 until they have successfully completed the freshman writing sequence. For a student to drop ENG 115, the drop slip must be signed by either the Chair of the English Department or the Writing Program Coordinator. The Chair of the English Department or the Writing Program Coordinator may waive this continuous enrollment policy as appropriate.

196. Topics in World Literature.
Spring (3 hours) Staff.

Chronological survey of no fewer than three successive periods of literature. Topic and specific course content to be determined by professor and announced at advanced registration. Offered exclusively as a Foundations 112 course. Prerequisite: FDN 111.

200-level: Introductory courses in literature.

211. English Literature Survey I.
Fall (3 hours) Barbaccia, Burch, Carter, Coke, Czarnecki.

Chronological survey of English literature from Beowulf through Milton, with special emphasis on the masters. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or 115.

213. English Literature Survey II.
Spring (3 hours) Barbaccia, Burch (Honors), Carter, Coke, Czarnecki.

Chronological survey of English literature from the Restoration through James Joyce, with special emphasis on the masters. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or 115.

292. Introduction to Literary Analysis.
Fall (1 hour) Barbaccia.

Introduction to the skills and methods of literary analysis. Designed to supplement the introductory English literature survey courses. Must be taken prior to or concurrently with the major’s first 300 or 400-level literature class in English. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or 115. Co-requisite: ENG 211, 298, or the first 300 or 400-level literature class.

296. World Literature Survey I.
Spring (3 hours) Barbaccia, Clay.

Chronological survey of world literature in translation from antiquity to the seventeenth century. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or 115.

298. World Literature Survey II.
Fall (3 hours) Carter.

Chronological survey of world literature in translation from the seventeenth century to the present day. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or 115.

300- and 400-level: Courses in specific periods, genres, authors, and topics; creative writing and linguistics courses; senior research seminars, tutorials, and independent studies.

302. Media Journalism.
Spring (3 hours) Staff.

Principles and problems of news and feature writing for print media. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

305. Milton.
Odd Springs (3 hours) Allen.

Critical study of Milton’s major and minor works to estimate his present day literary and political significance. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

309. Neo-Classical Literature.
Even Springs (3 hours) Allen.

Drama, prose, and poetry of representative figures of England’s Age of Enlightenment. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

314. Epic Poetry.
As needed (3 hours) Barbaccia.

The world’s major epics, from classical to contemporary sources. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

316. Linguistics.
Fall (3 hours) Sadlon.

English language and grammar compared to other languages and their dialects based on structural and transformational principles to facilitate understanding of language arts. May include language acquisition,  psycholinguistics (and its parallels to computational linguistics), sociolinguistics, and neurolinguistics.   Prerequisite: ENG 112 or ENG 115.

318. American Literature to 1870.
Fall (3 hours) Coke.

History and interpretation of American literature from John Smith to Walt Whitman.

320. American Literature from 1870.
Spring (3 hours) Coke.

History and interpretation of American literature from Emily Dickinson through the twentieth century.

324. Twentieth-Century Fiction.
Odd Falls (3 hours) Carter.

A study of the development of the genre of fiction, including the short story, the short novel, and the novel, during the twentieth century.

325. Renaissance Literature.
Odd Falls (3 hours) Barbaccia.

Literature of the English Renaissance, excluding the works of Shakespeare and Milton. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

334. Twentieth-Century Poetry.
Even Springs (3 hours) Clay.

A study of the genre of poetry from 1900 to the present.

335. Shakespeare.
Fall (3 hours) Allen.

Shakespeare’s art and craft through study of important plays: comedies, tragedies, and histories. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

339. Romantic Literature.
Odd Falls (3 hours) Burch.

A survey of English poetry and prose composed between 1789 and 1832, with emphasis on the six major Romantic poets. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

341. Survey of African-American Literature 1745-Present.
Odd Falls (3 hours) Czarnecki.

A survey of African-American Literature from 1745 to the present.

344. Magazine Editing and Publishing.
Odd Springs (3 hours) Carter.

Instruction and experience in the major elements of editing and publishing a magazine. Students will perform a variety of duties for the Georgetown Review, the literary magazine published at the college. Prerequisite: ENG 112.

378. Tutorial Topics.
Fall and Spring (3 hours) Allen, Barbaccia, Burch, Czarnecki.

Special topics in literature; use of one-on-one tutorial method of instruction adapted from humanities courses at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Prerequisites: ENG 211 or 213 and permission of instructor.

384. Twentieth-Century Drama.
Even Falls (3 hours) Czarnecki.

A study of the development of modern drama from Henrik Ibsen to the present.

389. Victorian Literature.
Even Falls (3 hours) Burch.

A survey of British poetry, drama, and fiction written between 1832 and 1900. Prerequisite: English 211 or 213.

391. Creative Writing: Poetry.
Odd Springs (3 hours) Clay.

Introduces students to poetry writing. Students will work within a workshop atmosphere, providing and accepting critiques of their writing and the writing of others. In addition, there will be in-depth discussions of some classic and contemporary work by established writers. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or 115.

393. Creative Writing: Fiction.
Spring (3 hours) Carter.

Introduces students to fiction writing. Students will work within a workshop atmosphere, providing and accepting critiques of their own writing and the writing of others. Repeatable to 9 hours. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or 115.

395. Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction.
As needed (3 hours) Staff.

Combines reading and writing in creative nonfiction. Students will explore contemporary examples in the field, examining literary techniques while developing their own writing. Students will work within several sub-genres, including memoir, travel writing, and interview/feature writing. Students will work within a workshop atmosphere, providing and accepting critiques of their writing and the writing of others. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or 115.

405. Chaucer.
Even Springs (3 hours) Barbaccia.

A study of the works of Chaucer, particularly the Canterbury Tales, with emphasis on Chaucer’s contribution to the development of the English language. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

410. American Novel.
Even Falls (3 hours) Coke.

The novel in America, from the beginnings to the late twentieth century. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

419. English Novel.
Odd Springs (3 hours) Burch.

The novel as a prose form, from its introduction to the beginning of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

422. Topics in Multiethnic American Literature.
Odd Springs (3 hours) Czarnecki.

Selected studies in literature by multiethnic American writers, on a topic announced at advanced registration.

428. Topics in Women and Literature.
Odd Springs (3 hours) Barbaccia.

Selected studies in literature by and about women, on a topic announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

430. Southern Novel.
Odd Falls (3 hours) Coke.

The novel as representative of the culture of the American South, from the beginnings to the late twentieth century. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

435. Medieval Literature.
Even Falls (3 hours) Barbaccia.

Studies in the original language of English poetry, prose, and drama, excluding Chaucer. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

440. Independent Study.
Fall and Spring (1, 2, or 3 hours) Staff.

With the approval and permission of a member of the English faculty and the Chair of the English Department, students may undertake independent reading and research on a topic of their own choosing.

448. Modern British Literature.
Even Springs (3 hours) Czarnecki.

A survey of British poetry, drama, and fiction written during the first half of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

458. Irish Literature.
Even Springs (3 hours) Burch.

Readings in Irish literature, with emphasis on Yeats and Joyce. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

470. Topics in American Literature.
As needed (3 hours) Coke.

Extensive study of a selected genre, announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

472. Topics in Writing and Literature.
As needed (3 hours) Staff.

The study of a body of literature, announced at registration, with special emphasis given to an analysis of the techniques of the writers studied. Prerequisite: ENG 112.

475. Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature.
As needed (3 hours) Barbaccia.

Selected studies in medieval and/or Renaissance literature. Specific topics to be announced during advanced registration. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

476. Topics in the English Language.
As needed (3 hours) Staff.

Investigation of problems and developments in the study of the English language. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

478. Special Topics in Literature.
As needed (3 hours) Staff.

The study of a body of literature, organized around a single theme, announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

479. Topics in Nineteenth-Century Literature.
As needed (3 hours) Staff.

Selected topics in Romantic and/or Victorian literature, announced at advanced registration. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or 213.

492. Senior Seminar in English.
Spring (2 hours) Barbaccia.

Senior capstone course for the English major. Prerequisites: ENG 211, 213, and 292.



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