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Foreign Language-Courses Offered

CHIN 110 Chinese Language and Culture I F 3 SH

A beginning Mandarin Chinese course for students with no prior knowledge of Chinese. The course will focus on the Chinese Pinyin Romanization system: tones, rules of phonetic spelling, and pronunciation drill; Chinese characters: creation and evolution, stroke order, structure, the writing system, and calligraphic techniques. Reading and writing skills are introduced, including basic sentence pattern analysis and development of language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course will also cover computer skills related to learning Chinese.

CHIN 115 Chinese Language and Culture II S 3 SH

A continuation of CHIN 210, this course continues to focus on Chinese Pinyin, Chinese characters and reading and writing skills. Students should achieve a basic lexicon of 200- 300 characters by the end of this course. Prerequisite: CHIN 210 or permission of the instructor.

CHIN 220 Chinese Language and Culture III F 3 SH

The focus of this course will be Chinese grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and development of vocabulary. Students will continue to develop speaking and aural comprehension while going more deeply into the study of Chinese culture and social systems. Prerequisite: CHIN 215 or permission of the instructor.

CHIN 225 Chinese Language and Culture IV S 3 SH

Continuation of CHIN 310. Students should have knowledge of 750-1000 characters by the end of this course. Prerequisite: CHIN 310 or permission of instructor.

SPAN 101 Spanish I F 3 SH

Exercises in pronunciation; fundamental grammar; reading, composition, and simple conversation. 3 hours of classroom work and 1 hour of laboratory work each week.

SPAN 102 Spanish II S 3 SH

Continuation of SPAN 201.

SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish I F 3 SH

This is an intermediate level course intended to improve the conversation skills needed for a wide variety of communicative contexts. To accomplish this goal, classes are devoted primarily to speaking and listening activities designed to give students practice in different conversational registers: everyday and practical interaction, expressing and defending opinions, and literary and cultural analysis. This course uses learning tools such as movies and music, paintings, and photography. Readings include periodical articles, essays, short stories, and poetry. Prerequisite: Spanish 201 and 202 or the equivalent in the Spanish placement exam.

SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish II S 3 SH

This intermediate writing course is designed to develop a student's abilities in narrative, expository and argumentative writing through a review of grammar, development of vocabulary, and discussion of rhetorical techniques. The writing process will be explored through multiple drafts of compositions with the help of peer-editing and comments from the instructor. By reading different genres the student will analyze various writing styles and view authentic writing strategies. The student will be expected to work individually and collaboratively on various projects that are designed to enhance his or her written communication skills. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or the equivalent in the Spanish Placement Exam.

SPAN 217 Current Issues in Hispanic Culture S even 3 SH

Oral and written practice of Spanish with a focus on the presentation of current issues in Peninsular and Latin American popular media. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 (may be taken concurrently with SPAN 302).

SPAN 230 Hispanic Cinema F odd 3 SH

This course introduces students to Latin American, Spanish and Latino cultural, political and socioeconomic issues as portrayed in cinema. The course aims at exploring issues such as immigration and exile, globalization, experiences of repression, war and violence, women's roles in contemporary society, and the role that United States' political and economic policies play in Latin American societies. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 (may be taken concurrently with SPAN 302).

SPAN 315 Spanish for the Professions F even 3 SH

Oral and written practice of Spanish through the use of specialized vocabularies of the medical, commercial, legal and social services professions. Prerequisite: SPAN 302.

SPAN 320 Introduction to Spanish Literature S even 3 SH

Approaches to reading and interpreting 20th century Spanish Literature, both Peninsular and Latin American. Includes study of literary terms and interpretive practices. Prerequisite: SPAN 302.

SPAN 430 Advanced Grammar and Composition S odd 3 SH

Intensive practice in written Spanish with study of syntax and semantics. Prerequisites: at least two courses numbered 307-340.

SPAN 440 Advanced Conversational Spanish UD 3 SH

Intensive oral practice combined with study of Spanish pronunciation, intonation, oral proficiency, dialectology and production of sounds. Prerequisite: at least two courses numbered 307-340.

SPAN 365 Latino Studies S odd 3 SH

This course is designed to discuss Latino identity within and outside of the US. Through the works of a variety of Latino authors, and multiple media venues-literature, films, historical and cultural studies- this course looks at how issues such as race, gender, religion, class, language, and the historical, political and socioeconomic specifics of the immigration patterns of each group shape their identity. Students will be expected to work individually and collaboratively on various projects that are designed to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the works analyzed in class. Prerequisite: SPAN 301 or the equivalent in the Spanish Placement Exam (may be taken concurrently with SPAN 302).

SPAN 470 Advanced Topics in Spanish Literature and Culture UD 3 SH

Various topics focused on the study of Peninsular or Latin American literature and culture. Prerequisite: at least two courses numbered 307-340.

Spanish-Minor Requirements

Spanish
24 Semester Hours
SPAN 101 Spanish I SPAN 102 Spanish II
SPAN 210 Intermediate Spanish I SPAN 211 Intermediate Spanish II
9 semester hours from:
SPAN 217 Current Issues in Hispanic Culture SPAN 230 Hispanic Cinema
SPAN 315 Spanish for the Professions SPAN 320 Introduction to Spanish Literature
3 Semester hours from:
SPAN 430 Advanced Grammar and SPAN 470 Advanced Topics in Spanish
  Composition   Literature and Culture
SPAN 440 Advanced Conversational Spanish    
       

English: Creative Writing

 

Major 
ENGLISH: CREATIVE WRITING:
Core Studies:
ENGL 214 Introduction to Literary Studies ENGL 410 English Language and Linguistics
       
General Studies:
Two courses chosen from ENGL 208, 213, 220
ENGL 215 Creative Writing I
Two courses numbered between 217 and 226
World Literature: One course chosen from ENGL 230, 257, 354, 360
       
Studies in Depth:
Two courses numbered 400 and above at least one of which must be a seminar or directed research. ENGL 445 Creative Writing Workshop (must be taken twice)
       
Foreign Language Requirement:
Two semesters of study of foreign language or the equivalent is required of all English majors. This requirement can be met through departmental examination, completion of any two three credit courses of any foreign language at any level, or at least one semester of study abroad in a non-English speaking country. Note: Students planning to apply to graduate programs should acquire a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. This usually requires at least six semester hours of study beyond the intermediate level.
       
Minor
       
CREATIVE WRITING: 18 Semester Hours Minimum
ENGL 214 Introduction to Literary Studies
Two courses chosen from ENGL 208, 213, 220, 335
ENGL 215 Creative Writing I
ENGL 445 Creative Writing Workshop (Must be taken twice)

 

 

English - Courses Offered

 

NOTE: ENGL 202 College Writing is a prerequisite for ALL English (ENGL) courses at or above the 300 level.
       
ENGL 200 English Proficiency UD 3 SH
Review of fundamentals of English grammar, mechanics, and usage. Extensive practice with in-class writing, revision and editing will be included.
 
ENG 206 Approaches to Literature F 3 SH
Theme and genre in literature, moving from simple myths to complex modern works. Critical composition and research writing are required.
       
ENGL 206 Approaches to Literature F
3 SH

Theme and genre in literature, moving from simple myths to complex modern works. Critical composition and research writing are required.

       
ENGL 208 (WI) Introduction to Poetry S odd
3 SH
Study of forms and practices related to the creation, criticism and interpretation of poetry.
       
ENGL 213 (WI) Introduction to Short Fiction F even 3 SH
Study of forms and practices related to the creation, criticism, and interpretation of short fiction.
       
ENGL 214 (WI) Introduction to Literary Studies S
3 SH
Introduction to the formal study of literature as an academic discipline including the practices of interpretation, criticism, and research in the context of contemporary literary theory and classical critical texts. Required of all English majors and minors. Prerequisites: ENGL 202 and sophomore standing. This is a writing intensive course.
       
ENGL 215 (WI) Creative Writing I F odd 3 SH
Forms and techniques of imaginative writing, mainly fiction and poetry. Students complete various writing projects, including a completed manuscript consisting of fiction, poetry, or a reasonable combination of both. Students coordinate reading assignments with their creative writing projects. This is a writing intensive course.
       
ENGL 217 American Literature to 1865 F
3 SH
Survey of American poetry, drama, and fiction from the precolumbian period through 1865.
       
ENGL 218 American Literature from 1865 to the Present S 3 SH
Survey of American poetry, drama, and fiction from 1865 to the present.
       
ENGL 220 (WI)
Introduction to Film and Drama S odd
3 SH
Study of forms and practices related to the creation, criticism, and interpretation of film and drama.
       
ENGL 225 British Literature I F
3 SH
Study of major authors in the British tradition from the middle ages to the Restoration. 
       
ENGL 226 British Literature II S
3 SH
Study of major authors in the British tradition from the Restoration to the end of the 20th century. 
       
ENGL 230 (WI) Contemporary World Literature S odd
3 SH
Study of major works and trends in world literature since 1945, including writers from Africa, India, the West Indies, the Americans, and Australia.
       
ENG 257 (WI) World Literature in Translation F even 3 SH
Major world writers from the medieval period to 1945. Writers studied will include those from the Asian, African, and European traditions.
       
ENG 319 Topics in Literature F;S 3 SH
Special topics in literary themes and genres such as African American Writers, Detective Fiction, Fiction of the American West, Southern Writers, and Women Writers. Course may be taken more than once providing a different topic is offered each time. This is a writing intensive course.
       
ENGL 335 Writing Out Loud F even 3 SH
Writing out loud, a unique writing experience, utilizes a game-based curriculum to develop improvisational skills which parallel, support, and prompt the creative writing process.
 
ENGL 343 (WI) C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien S even 3 SH

An exploration of major prose works of each writer including essays, short stories, and novels. The course will also examine the contributions made by Lewis and Tolkien to theological, philosophical, and literary discussions in the twentieth and twenty first centuries throughtheir writings on faith, fantasy, science fiction and mythology. Special emphasis will be given to the role of friendship in the development of the writers' works and Lewis and Tolkien's enduring place in popular culture. This is a writing intensive course. (Crosslisted as RAPT 343.)

       
ENGL 354 Myth and Literature of the Ancient World F odd 3 SH

Study of mythology across cultures. Myths of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas will be examined.

       
ENGL 360 (WI) Rhetoric S even 3 SH
Introduction to the field of rhetoric, including study of major rhetoricians from Plato to Burke and the changing position of rhetoric in the field of literary and communication studies. This is a writing intensive course.
       

ENGL 214 and at least six additional hours in ENGL courses at the 200 level are prerequisites for all 300 and 400 level courses. This requirement can be waived by the department chair for students transferring in 50 or more undergraduate credit hours.

       
ENG 401 Shakespeare F ODD 3 SH
Selected comedies, tragedies, histories, and sonnets of Shakespeare. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor.
       
ENGL 410 (WI) English Language and Linguistics F even 3 SH
Examination of the history and development of the English language in its social contexts. Topics covered include: grammars and correctness, dialect, development of English, spread of English, impacts of language on society. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENGL 314 and at least six additional hours in ENGL courses at the 300 level. Note: This course does not meet the general education requirement in literature.
       
ENGL 411 Children's Literature UD 3 SH
Children's reading interests; significant authors and illustrators; indices to children's literature; bibliographies and aids in the selection of children's books; readings in books for children through the intermediate level. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor, ENGL 314 and at least six additional hours in ENGL courses at the 300 level. Cross-listed as EDUC 411.
       
       
All seminars will examine a specific topic related to the general topic listed here. These specific topics will be indicated in the course listings as offered. All seminars require the in-depth study of specific themes, periods, or authors. All seminars will require independent research and the writing of a seminar paper of at least 15 pages. ENGL 432, 435, 437, and 439 are writing intensive courses.
ENGL 431 Seminar in Adolescent Literature UD 3 SH
ENGL 432 (WI) Seminar in American Literature S even
3 SH
ENGL 433 (WI) Seminar in British Literature F odd 3 SH
ENGL 435 (WI) Seminar in Rhetorical Studies F even
3 SH
ENGL 437 (WI) Seminar in Criticism and Theory S odd 3 SH
ENGL 439 (WI) Seminar in World Literature S odd
3 SH
       
ENG 445 (WI) Creative Writing Workshop S 3 SH
Advanced writing workshop. May be taken twice for credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 215.
       
ENGL 460 (WI) Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing F even
3 SH
This course introduces various approaches to composing and revising prose. Classical and contemporary strategies for invention and editing will be studied and practiced. Class members will direct writing assignments for one another and will teach writing in other contexts such as the Learning Center. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: Junior Standing, EDUC 405, SPED 200 and formal admission to the Teacher Education Program by the TEB. Corequisite: SPED 300.
       
ENGL 490 (WI) Directed Research UD 3 SH
Students enrolled in this class will engage in a research project with a faculty member that is of mutual interest to the participants. Students must be English majors or minors, have senior standing, and have an outlined research project developed with a member of the department faculty and approved by the Department chair at least one semester in advance of taking the course. Faculty and students will work together on completing and writing up the project results. This is a writing intensive course.

 

English - Degree Requirements

Major

ENGLISH:
36 semester hours Minimum
ENGL 214 Introduction to Literary Studies ENGL 410 English Language and Linguistics
       
General Studies:      
ENGL 217 American Literature to 1865 OR ENGL 325 British Literature I OR
ENGL 318 American Literature since 1865 ENGL 326 British Literature II
Two additional courses numbered between 208 and 226
World Literature: One course chosen from ENGL 230, 257, 354, 360
       
Study in Depth:
Four courses numbered 400 or above at least one of which must be a seminar or directed research project. Students interested in graduate study of English are encouraged to take ENGL 437, ENGL 460, and ENGL 490.
       
Elective:
One additional course chosen from the offerings in English
       
Foreign Language Requirement
Two semesters of study of foreign language or the equivalent is required of all English majors. This requirement can be met through departmental examination, completion of any two three credit courses of any foreign language at any level, or at least one semester of study abroad in a non-English speaking country.
Note:
Students planning to apply to graduate programs should acquire a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. This usually requires at least six semester hours of study beyond the intermediate level.
       
ENGLISH EDUCATION (71 SH):
Core Studies:
ENGL 214 Introduction to Literary Studies
ENGL 410 English Language and Linguistics
       
General Studies:
ENGL 317 American Literature to 1865 OR
ENGL 318 American Literature since 1865
ENGL 225 British Literature I OR
ENGL 326 British Literature II
Three additional courses numbered between 208 and 226
World Literature: One course chosen from ENGL 230, 257, 354, 360
       
Study in Depth:
ENGL 460 Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing
ENGL 501 Shakespeare
Two additional courses numbered 400 or above at least one of which must be a seminar or directed research.
       
Licensure:
EDUC 205 Introduction to Teaching
EDUC 225 Educational Technology
EDUC 306B Learner and Learning I
EDUC 307 B Learner and Learning II-Secondary
EDUC 321 Research & Assessment in Education
EDUC 322 Diversity in Education
EDUC 433 L Secondary Methods Laboratory
EDUC 436 C English Methods OR EDUC 433 Secondary Methods
EDUC 460 Senior Seminar and Field Experience
EDUC 540 Student Teaching -- Secondary
       
Foreign Language:
Two semesters of study of foreign language or the equivalent is required of all English majors. This requirement can be met through departmental examination, completion of any two three credit courses of any foreign language at any level, or at least one semester of study abroad in a non-English speaking country. Note: Students planning to apply to graduate programs should acquire a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. This usually requires at least six semester hours of study beyond the intermediate level. Students completing the English Education major are encouraged to complete at least six semester hours of Spanish.
       
Minor
       
ENGLISH: 18 Semester Hours Minimum
ENGL 314 Introduction to Literary Studies
One course chosen from ENGL 308, 313, 320
Two courses chosen from courses numbered 317-360
Two courses numbered 400 or above
       
CREATIVE WRITING: 18 Semester Hours Minimum
ENGL 314 Introduction to Literary Studies
Two courses chosen from ENGL 308, 313, 320
ENGL 315 Creative Writing I
ENGL 445 Creative Writing Workshop (Must be taken twice)