Department of English

Professor Madonne Miner, Chairperson.

Horn Professors Higdon and McDonald; Professors Aycock, Barker, Clarke, Dragga, Hurst, Kuriyama, C. Rude, D. Rude, Shaw, and Whitlark; Associate Professors Breslin, Ceniza, Conrad, Crowell, Daghistany, Desens, Kemp, Patterson, Purinton, Samson, Schoenecke, and Wenthe; Assistant Professors Baake, Carter, Chico, Donnelly, Gadeken, Grass, Jones, Lang, Manriquez, McFadden, Poch, Rickly, Rossini, and Shu; Lecturers Brown, Duke, Hatfield, Heise, Hiemstra, Luders, McLaughlin, McLean, Myers, Orr, Rylander, Stewart, and Wolf.

This department supervises the following degree programs: ENGLISH, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy; TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION, Master of Arts; TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION AND RHETORIC, Doctor of Philosophy. The department also cooperates in the interdepartmental programs in linguistics and comparative literature at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels.

Undergraduate English majors may specialize in literature and language, in technical communication, or in creative writing. They also may enroll in programs of certification for teaching on both the elementary and secondary levels of public schools. In addition to offering these programs, the English department has developed four networked computer classrooms where students benefit from the latest technology-based instructional methods.

The department sponsors the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, national English honorary and a chapter of the Society for Technical Communication. The department publishes two international journalsThe Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation and The Iron Horse Review.

English majors and minors should report to the undergraduate advisor for academic advice. Graduate students report to the Director of Graduate Studies. Undergraduate and graduate technical communication specialists report to the Director of Technical Communication. Further information on graduate studies is available in the university Graduate Catalog. See also the department Web site at <>.

An English minor consists of 18 hours: ENGL 1302, two 2000-level English courses, and 9 hours of advanced English courses (3000 or 4000 level). Students wishing to pursue a particular area of study (British or American literature, creative writing, linguistics, technical communication, comparative literature, etc.) may do so by taking their three advanced courses in the appropriate area. For example, students wishing to specialize in technical communication might complete the following courses: ENGL 1302, 2311, 3365, 4366, and 4367 and another English course at the 2000 level or above. Students may choose, however, to take the 9 advanced hours from any of the advanced courses that the department offers. For electives, students who have completed their degree requirements in English may select any 3000- or 4000-level course. To receive credit toward graduation, a student who is an English major or minor must receive at least a C in all courses in English. A maximum of 9 advanced hours of transfer credit in English will be accepted for the major, and a maximum of 3 advanced hours of transfer credit will be accepted for the minor.

Written Communication Requirements

ENGL 1301 and 1302 are required of all undergraduate students. Some colleges require additional hours in English; students should consult their advisors concerning additional English courses which they may be required to take.

Students who score 360 or below (verbal) on the SAT-I examination or 15 or below (English) on the ACT examination are required to pass SPCE 0302 or the TASP test before they take ENGL 1301. Although SPCE 0302 is recorded on the transcript, the hours do not count as part of the minimum number of hours required for graduation in any degree program of the university. A grade is awarded for the semester but is not computed in the student's grade-point average. This course counts for TASP writing skills development provided the student has met with an advisor in the TASP Skills Development Office in Holden Hall 72. TASP students who have not passed the writing portion of the TASP Test may not enroll in ENGL 1301 or 1302 until they have successfully completed their prescribed program of TASP writing skills development.

ENGL 1301 and 1302 are prerequisites for all sophomore English courses. Two sophomore English courses are prerequisites for all upper-division English courses (except ENGL 3365). If a student's major does not require two sophomore English courses, a student may take ENGL 3351 after completion of the English courses required by the student's major.

Literature and Language Specialization

Students majoring in English with a specialization in literature and language study literary works from a wide variety of periods and genres, and learn to think critically and analytically about literature and about language itself. This specialization prepares students for many careers including teaching, government service, and business, and for graduate and professional study in fields requiring extensive reading and writing, such as law, medicine, and business. ENGL 1301, 1302 and 6 hours from 2301, 2302, 2305, 2306, 2307, or 2351 are required for an English major with a specialization in literature and language. Majors must complete 36 hours in English, 24 of which are above the freshman and sophomore levels. Upper division courses are chosen as follows:

I. At least one course from each of the following groups:

II. Two additional courses from one of the four groups listed above.

III. 4374 and one additional course from those listed above.

Technical Communication Specialization

The major in English with a specialization in technical communication prepares students to become technical and professional writers and editors. This plan also prepares students for graduate professional schools, such as law school and business school, in which written communication plays an important part.

Students selecting the technical communication plan are advised to minor in and choose electives from disciplines within which they expect to write or edit. Minors and electives in fields such as computer science, engineering, chemistry, biology, physics, business, and agriculture provide knowledge that is helpful in technical and professional writing and editing.

Required courses:

I. ENGL 1301, 1302, and a sophomore-level literature course (ENGL 2301, 2302, 2305, 2306 or 2307)

II. Technical communication core courses: ENGL 2311, 3365, 4366, 4367, and 3367 or 3368

III One course from these options so long as it is not taken to satisfy other requirements: ENGL 3366, 3367, 3368, 4365, 4378

IV. One course selected from these three: ENGL 3366, 3370, 3371

V. One additional advanced English elective (3000 level or above)

VI. Oral communication: COMS 3332, 3355, 3358, or 3359

Creative Writing Specialization

The major in English with a specialization in creative writing is designed for students wishing to write fiction or poetry, or both, with the guidance of teachers who write. This plan allows maximum concentration in literature courses so that, as they write, students may further understand and appreciate the aspects and techniques of fiction and of poetry. In addition to the opportunities for writing and for literary study, this specialization is especially appropriate for students interested in teaching creative writing and literature at the secondary level, in studying creative writing and literature in graduate school, and in preparing for professional graduate schools, such as law and business. Undergraduates must obtain permission to specialize in creative writing after they have completed ENGL 3351, Creative Writing. Permission to take the 4000-level creative writing courses requires submission of a writing sample and permission of the instructor. Teacher certification options normally include the creative writing classes. Permission requirements are the same.

The creative writing specialization requires 36 hours including two courses in college rhetoric (ENGL 1301 and 1302) and two 2000-level courses (ENGL 2301, 2302, 2305, 2306, 2307, or 2351).

Advanced courses include eight courses from the following three groups:

I. ENGL 3351

II. 6 hours from 4351, 4352, and/or 4353 (can be repeated for credit)

III. Five upper-division literature or other writing courses from among any one or more of the following categories:

Certification for Teaching. Students seeking a provisional certificate with English as a teaching field may satisfy the requirement in English through the Bachelor of Arts degree. Certification requirements are determined by the State Board for Education Certification and are subject to change. A grade of C or better in all English courses is required. Before beginning to take advanced courses, students should successfully complete ENGL 1301 and 1302 and two courses in 2000-level English (2301, 2302, 2305, 2306, 2307, 2311, or 2351). Students wishing to follow any of the degree programs leading to certification should consult with the department's undergraduate advisor.

Courses in English. (ENGL)

0301. Developmental Writing (3:3:0). Students are assigned to this course on the basis of testing and evaluation. Those assigned to this course must successfully complete it before registration in ENGL 1301. Not applicable toward general degree requirement in any degree program in the university. Hours for ENGL 0301 are in addition to the minimum number needed for graduation. Emphasizes the development of fluency and coherence in writing and increased capability in usage and grammar.

1301. Essentials of College Rhetoric (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 0301 or a satisfactory score on SAT-I, ACT, or English department writing sample. A student may be required to transfer to ENGL 0301 on the basis of the English department writing sample. Focuses on the writing process and requires students to write extensively in a variety of modes and styles. [ENGL 1301]

1302. Advanced College Rhetoric (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENGL 1301. Focuses on writing from sources, research methods, and documentation. [ENGL 1302]

2301. Literature Before 1700 (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and 1302. Critical study of and writing about representative works of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance literature.

2302. Literature After 1700 (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and 1302. Critical study of neoclassical, Romantic, and modern literature. This course is taught in large and small sections. Writing will be required in small sections.

2305. Poetry (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, 1302. Critical study of and writing about a variety of poems.

2306. Drama (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, 1302. Critical study of and writing about a variety of plays.

2307. Fiction (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, 1302. Critical study of and writing about a variety of short stories and novels.

2311. Technical Writing (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and 1302. Introduction to the patterns of writing used in reports and letters for business, industry, and technology. [ENGL 2311]

2351. Introduction to Creative Writing (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and 1302. Fundamentals of creative writing with much practice in writing poetry and short fiction.

3300. British Literature: Beowulf through Malory (3:3:0). Poetry and prose from 700 to 1500.

3301. British Literature of the Renaissance Period (3:3:0). British poetry and prose of the sixteenth century.

3303. English Literature of the Seventeenth Century (3:3:0). Poetry and prose written during the first two-thirds of the seventeenth century.

3306. Drama of the English Renaissance (3:3:0). Origins and development of English drama in the age of Shakespeare.

3311. British Literature of the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century (3:3:0). Poetry, prose, and drama from 1660 to 1745.

3312. British Literature of the Later Eighteenth Century (3:3:0). Poetry, prose, and drama from 1745 to 1800.

3314. British Literature of the Romantic Period (3:3:0). Poetry and prose from 1780 to 1830.

3315. British Literature of the Victorian Period (3:3:0). Poetry and prose from 1830 to 1900.

3316. British Prose Fiction of the Twentieth Century (3:3:0). Major writers of prose fiction of the twentieth century.

3317. British Poetry of the Twentieth Century (3:3:0). Major poetic movements and poets of the twentieth century.

3318. English Novel to 1832 (3:3:0). Major authors from 1700 to 1832.

3319. English Novel after 1832 (3:3:0). Major authors from 1832 to 1900.

3320. Modern British Drama (3:3:0). Major drama and dramatic movements from Shaw to the present.

3321. American Drama (3:3:0). Major drama and dramatic movements in American literature.

3322. Literature of American Minorities (3:3:0). Representative works by America's minorities. The course may be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

3326. American Novel (3:3:0). Representative works of major American novelists.

3327. American Poetry (3:3:0). Introduction to American poetic traditions through a study of representative works of major American poets.

3328. Survey of American Folklore (3:3:0). Major elements of the oral tradition such as ballads, folktales, proverbs, dialect, supernatural lore, and the lore of American folk heroes.

3329. Literature of the American West (3:3:0). Survey of literature about the American West from the 16th century to the present.

3331. Short Story (3:3:0). Short stories around the world.

3332. The Bible as Literature (3:3:0). The styles and forms of biblical lyrics and narration as well as various theories of biblical interpretation.

3333. Religion in Literature (3:3:0). The function of religious images and ideas in British and American literature as well as in works in translation.

3334. Literature and Science (3:3:0). An introduction to the relations between science and technology and literature and discourse.

3340. Introduction to Literary Criticism (3:3:0). Theories and traditions of literary criticism.

3341. American Literature to 1800 (3:3:0). Major writers and literary movements of the period.

3342. American Literature 1800-1865 (3:3:0). Major writers and literary movements of the period.

3343. American Literature 1865-1918 (3:3:0). Major writers and literary movements of the period.

3344. American Literature 1918-1965 (3:3:0). Major writers and literary movements of the period.

3345. American Literature Since 1965 (3:3:0). Major writers and literary movements of the period.

3351. Creative Writing (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Two sophomore English courses or, if a student's major does not require those courses, completion of English courses required by the student's major. For students who want to write fiction or poetry. Discussion of basic techniques of fiction and poetry with emphasis on students' own writing.

3365. Professional Report Writing (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing. Preparation of professional and academic reports and publications through the use of communication analysis.

3366. Style in Technical Writing (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior standing. Investigation of the varieties, characteristics, and function of prose style in technical and professional writing.

3367. Information Design and Usability Testing (3:3:0). Prerequisite or corequisite: ENGL 3365. Principles and techniques of designing usable documents with emphasis on rhetorical effectiveness and the integration of verbal and visual language.

3368. World Wide Web Publishing of Technical Information (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 2311 or 3365. Principles and techniques of designing usable websites, with emphasis on needs assessment, information architecture, and navigation.

3370. Modern English Syntax (3:3:0). The syntactic and morphological analysis of modern English.

3371. Introduction to Linguistic Science (3:3:0). Modern theory and practice in the description and analysis of natural languages.

3380. Film Studies (3:3:0). Concepts of visual and aural communication and a survey of various film genres.

3381. Literature of the Fantastic (3:3:0). The analysis and criticism of the literary methods and style by which fantasy and science fiction explore cultural, psychological, and scientific issues.

3382. Women Writers (3:3:0). Significant works by women. (W S 3382)

4300. Individual Studies in English (3:3:0). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and approval of the instructor and department chairperson. Independent study under the guidance of a member of the faculty. May be repeated once.

4303. Chaucer (3:3:0). Poetry written by Chaucer, with emphasis on The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde.

4304. Selected Plays of Shakespeare I (3:3:0). Nine to twelve plays selected from the following: The Comedy of Errors; Titus Andronicus; Taming of the Shrew; Richard II; King John; Henry IV, Part I; Much Ado About Nothing; Julius Caesar; Twelfth Night; Hamlet; Othello; Measure for Measure; Coriolanus; Timon of Athens; Pericles; The Tempest; Henry VIII.

4305. Selected Plays of Shakespeare II (3:3:0). Nine to twelve plays selected from the following: Henry VI, Parts I, II, III; Richard III; Two Gentlemen of Verona; Love's Labour's Lost; Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Merchant of Venice; Henry IV, Part II; Henry V; As You Like It; Merry Wives of Windsor; Troilus and Cressida; All's Well that Ends Well; King Lear; Macbeth; Antony and Cleopatra; Cymbeline; The Winter's Tale.

4306. Milton and His Age (3:3:0). Poetry and prose written by John Milton.

4330. Drama from 1642 to 1900 (3:3:0). Main currents in British, American, and Continental drama from the mid-seventeenth century to 1900.

4334. Comparative Literature (3:3:0). Themes and motifs (love, justice, war, the quest, regeneration, etc.) in world literatures in translation.

4335. Comparative Literature (3:3:0). Types and genres (novel, epic, short story, drama, poetry, Bildungsroman, etc.) in world literatures in translation.

4336. Ancient and Medieval Literature (3:3:0). Representative works in translation, primarily Greek and Roman.

4337. Modern Continental Literature (3:3:0). Representative international works in translation.

4341. Professional Issues in English (3:3:0). An advanced study of fundamental issues in literature, language, and composition.

4351. Creative Writing Workshop (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 3351 and consent of instructor. Form and techniques of fiction or poetry, with emphasis on writing and discussion of the student's work. May be repeated for credit.

4352. Advanced Fiction Writing (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 3351 and consent of instructor. Form and techniques of fiction. Emphasis on writing and discussion of student's work. May be repeated for credit.

4360. Advanced Exposition (3:3:0). Nonfiction writing, lectures, and conferences to establish clarity, effectiveness, and precision in writing.

4365. Special Topics in Technical Communication (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 3365 or consent of instructor. Development of complex documents, such as manuals, proposals, and newsletters. The course may be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

4366. Technical and Professional Editing (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 3365. Methods of editing and publishing in business, science, technology, and the professions. Practical experience with editing reports and publications produced in the university.

4367. Developing Instructional Materials (3:3:0). Prerequisite: ENGL 3365. Preparation of instructions for complex procedures with focus on task and user analysis, organization, format, and usability testing.

4372. History of the English Language (3:3:0). An historical and descriptive survey of the English language in the context of the cultural development of the English-speaking peoples.

4373. Historical Linguistics (3:3:0). Principles of historical linguistics, the comparative method, and language families of the world.

4374. Senior Seminar in English (3:3:0). Prerequisite: 15 hours junior or senior English. Required of English majors. Seminar covering contemporary professional concerns and key issues in literature, language, and writing. Topics vary.

4378. Internship in Technical Communication (3). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, ENGL 3365, declared specialization in technical communication, and approval of the director of technical communication. Supervised work in technical communication. Requires portfolio and research paper.

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