English

In the classroom. In the workforce.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll engage in close, analytical reading, demonstrate effective written- and oral-communication skills, and prepare for numerous careers and post-graduate opportunities.

Future Studies

You will develop the analytical skills to continue your studies in business fields, such as public relations, marketing, and advertising.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate, you’ll have the skills necessary to succeed in a wide range of careers, including those in publishing, education, and journalism.

Minor requirements:

  • ENG2410: Western World Literature I
  • ENG3800: Shakespeare
  • One 3000-level course in American literature
  • One 3000-level course in British literature
  • Any 2000- or 3000-level English course in literature
  • Any 2000- or 3000-level English course in literature

English

This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. This is a survey of outstanding literature of the Western World from Homer to the Renaissance. There will be selections from, as well as complete works of, such authors as Homer, the Greek dramatists, Virgil, and Dante.

A study of selected plays is arranged chronologically. Representative plays from Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances are studied.

English 2000 Level

This course provides practice in the construction of speeches, analysis of appeals to various audiences, and development of the speaking voice. It is a practical course offered to fit the needs of students in all fields. In cases of over-enrollment, seniors will be given preference.

This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. A comprehensive treatment of the theory and practice of business communication and the development of skills in presenting technical information, with emphasis on the effectiveness of expression through written correspondence, reports, technical manuals, and job resumes. Writing as a rewriting process will be stressed. Students will investigate the development of business and technical literature from idea to draft, to final product.

Through the study of a variety of works translated into English, the student wil lhave the opportunity to examine human behavior, motivation, and reasoning from the perspective of French writers. Selected works of Moliere, Voltaire, Flaubert, Zola, Camus, and Sartre will be the focus of discussion and written reflection. Please note that this course is conducted in English and will count toward the General Education literature requirement.

This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. This is a survey of outstanding literature of the Western World from Homer to the Renaissance. There will be selections from, as well as complete works of, such authors as Homer, the Greek dramatists, Virgil, and Dante.

This course surveys literature extending from Neo-Classical to modern literature. Selections include Racine, Moliere, Swift, Flaubert, Tolstoy, and Dostoyevski.

This course provides a one-semester overview of American literature from the colonial period to the present. Authors studied may include Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Douglass, Melville, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, O’Neil, and Williams.

This course includes selections of poetry, fiction, drama, and memoir – works from established and esteemed writers from around the globe: Eastern Asia, South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Each piece and its author are placed within the context of his/her culture.

This course provides a one-term overview of British literature from the medieval period to the twentieth century. Authors may include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Swift, Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Auden, Yeats, and others.

This course surveys highlights of African American literature. Writers include Douglass, Washington, DuBois, Hurston, Toomer, Bontemps, Hughes, Walker, Wilson, and Morrison.

This course provides an overview of contemporary Spanish American writers who depict the character, philosophy, social problems, attitudes towards human dignity, and the respect for human rights in Spanish-speaking countries. Such widely known and respected writers as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortazer, Juan Rulfo, Luisa Valenzuela, Rosario Ferre, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and others are studied.

English 3000 Level

A series of courses that concentrate on a single significant topic in literature. Representative topics include: In Search of the American Dream, Nobel Prize Winners in Literature, and the City in Literature.

This survey examines the genre of drama in western culture beginning with ancient Greece, followed by a study of Roman drama. The focus then moves to the morality and mystery plays of the Middle Ages. Representative plays from the Renaissance, the Neoclassical period, and the modern era including the Theater of the Absurd will complete the course, which will explore how drama shapes and is shaped by culture and how individual dramaturgy distinguishes one playwright from another.

This course is a study of representative novels by major British and American novelists since 1800. Novelists may include Austen, the Brontes, Eliot, Dickens, Melville, Twain, Lawrence, Woolf, Joyce, Hemingway, and Faulkner, as well as other major figures.

This course explores the ways words and images function as symbol systems. The class will look at the illuminated poetry of William Blake as one site where words and images work both together and against one another. The class will also look at words and images in comic books, on film, and on the web. In addition to several written projects, each student will design and present either a PowerPoint slide show or a web site.

This course explores the short story genre through reading a wide variety of short fiction, beginning with innovators such as Edgar Allan Poe and continuing through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with writers such as D. H. Lawrence, Joyce Carol Oates, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, and Nadine Gordimer. Short fiction from various cultures, both eastern and western, will be read. The elements, unique to the short story and the challenge the genre itself presents by virtue of its brevity will be the focus. The role of the short story within the context of the societies that produce it will be discussed.

This course is a study of representative poems by major British and American poets since 1860. Poets may include Dickinson, Whitman, Browning, Hardy, Yeats, Frost, Williams, Stevens, and Lowell as well as other major figures. Some attention will be given to important critical concepts about poetry.

This course is a study of some of the literary qualities of the Old and New Testaments, with added attention given to the historical development of the English Bible.

This course is a historical survey of American literature and its relation to American culture from its beginnings in 1492 through the Civil War. Authors studied may include Bradford, Bradstreet, Edwards, Franklin, Jefferson, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Douglass, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson.

This course is a historical survey of American literature and its relation to American culture from the Civil War through the present. Authors studied may include Twain, Chopin, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, O’Neil, Williams, Updike, and Walker.

This course surveys British and American women writers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Authors will include: Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, and Maxine Hong Kingston.

This course surveys works by such environmental writers as Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Edward Abbey, Annie Dillard, Aldo Leopold, Bary Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, Al Gore, William Cronon, and Bill McKibben.

This course studies the founders of the British Literary Tradition. Authors include Chaucer, Spenser, Jonson, Donne, Milton, Pope, Swift, and Johnson.

This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. This course surveys representative authors of the Romantic, Victorian, and Early Modern Period, including authors Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, Austen, Dickens, Eliot, Browning, Conrad, Lawrence, Woolf, and Joyce.

A study of selected plays is arranged chronologically. Representative plays from Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances are studied.

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