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ENGL 110G: Composition and Argument
1 course credit

A writing and reading course designed to help students analyze and evaluate what they read,
recognize and use a variety of rhetorical modes and argumentative strategies, improve their critical
thinking skills, and arrange their thoughts into well-organized, concise, thesis-focused essays.

ENGL 180G: Introduction to Literature: Special Topics
.5-1 course credit

A general literature course for non-majors, ENGL 180 seeks to encourage life-long reading
through appreciation of literary language and form. The course emphasizes examination and
comparison of literary genres, structure and form in fiction and poetry, and New Critical
analysis (point of view, plot, setting, characterization, diction, imagery, metaphor and symbol,
theme, etc.). In addition, the course will place a particular topic or sub-genre in the context
of pertinent historical and cultural settings, while examining categorical assumptions about
“popular” and “serious” literary treatments. Recent course offerings include: “”Folktale, Myth,
Legends, and Fable,” “Sherlock Holmes and Victorian Detective Fiction,” “21st-Century Young
Adult Literature,” “Illinois Authors,” “Pithy, Punchy, and Paunchy: Detective Fiction.” Satisfies
the General Education requirement for “Beauty and Meaning in Works of Art” component.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110. May be repeated only with permission of the instructor. 

ENGL 188: Special Topics
.5-1 course credit

Experimental/pilot courses. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

ENGL 200: Introduction to English Studies
1 course credit

A gateway to the English major, this course is designed to introduce majors to the broad range
of scholarship and practice within the discipline of English. Included will be emphasis upon
close reading and research skills, as well as overviews of the history of the discipline, creative
writing, literary criticism and theory, and vocational paths.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

ENGL 201: Grammar
1 course credit

A course that gives students practice in fundamental English grammar. Emphasizes basic skills,
not theory.

ENGL 210: Creative Writing
1 course credit

Practice in the writing and critical analysis of imaginative literary forms, especially poetry and
fiction. Satisfies the General Education requirement for “Beauty and Meaning in Works of Art”
component.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

ENGL 220: British Survey I
1 course credit

A historical survey emphasizing literary and cultural developments in English literature from the
Medieval through the Neoclassical periods.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

ENGL 221: British Survey II
1 course credit

A historical survey emphasizing literary and cultural developments in English literature from the
Romantic through the Modern periods. This course is a continuation of ENGL 220 but may be
taken alone and without regard to sequence.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110. 

ENGL 224: American Survey I
1 course credit

A historical survey emphasizing literary movements and cultural and developments in the
literature of the United States. Readings will include: Native American creation myths; explorer
narratives; poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from such writers as Bradstreet, Mather, Edwards,
Franklin, Cooper, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson. 

Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

ENGL 225: American Survey II
1 course credit

A historical survey focusing on poetry and fiction written after the Civil War and before
American involvement in the Second World War. Included are works from such writers as
Jewett, Wharton, Twain, James, Chopin, Crane, Pound, Robinson, Frost, Anderson, Stevens,
Eliot, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. Emphasis on literary, cultural, and historical
movements. The course is a continuation of ENGL 224, but may be taken alone and without
regard to sequence.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

ENGL 250: Special Topics
.5-1 course credit

May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 288: Special Topics
.5-1 course credit

Experimental/pilot course. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor.

ENGL 299: Writing Fellows
.5 course credit

An introduction to the tutoring process, as well as basic pedagogical and developmental
strategies for teaching writing. Course requirements will include: readings in composition/
tutoring theory and practice as well as tutoring in the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC).
Enrollment through nomination and recommendation only.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

ENGL 301: Creative Nonfiction
1 course credit

This course combines the study of the rhetoric and modes of the “fourth genre,” creative
nonfiction, with practice of its craft. Examples of memoir, lyric essay, literary journalism, and
nature writing will be analyzed even as students learn to write in the same modes. Open to
juniors and seniors or by permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

ENGL 310: Advanced Creative Writing
1 course credit

Students write intensively in fiction or poetry, individually selecting their subject matter
throughout the course. Students sharpen their critical skills by evaluating one another’s work
and by investigating contemporary writing and publishing.

Prerequisite: ENGL 210 or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 337: Genre Studies in British Literature
.5-1 course credit

An upper-division course in British poetry, fiction, or drama. Emphasis is on study of characteristics shared by a distinct type and on examination of individual illustrations of type. Recent course offerings have included "Literature and Film," "Romantic Poetry," "Nineteenth-Century Novelists." Prior completion of a British literature survey (ENGL 220 or 221, pertinent to the course topic and title) is recommended, but not required. 

Prerequisite: ENGL 110. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

ENGL 339: Topics in British Literature
.5-1 course credit

An upper-division course concentrating on a particular period, movement, or author in
British literature. Recent course offerings have included: “Seventeenth-Century Poetry and
the Self,” “Angry Young Men,” “Chaucer,” “Victorian Culture and Literature,” “Early Modern
Masculinities.” Prior completion of a British literature survey (ENGL 200 or 221, pertinent to
the course topic and title) is recommended, but not required.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

ENGL 347: Genre Studies in American Literature
.5 -1 course credit

An upper-division course in American poetry, fiction, or drama. Emphasis is on study of
characteristics shared by a distinct type and on examination of individual illustrations of
type. Recent course offerings have included “Modern American Poetry,” “The Contemporary
American Novel,” “Modern American Drama,” and “African American Autobiography and
Fiction”; henceforth, “Introduction to Literary Theory” will be offered periodically. Prior
completion of an American literature survey (ENGL 224 or 225, pertinent to the course topic
and title) is recommended, but not required.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

ENGL 349: Topics in American Literature
.5 -1 course credit

An upper-division course concentrating on a particular period, movement, or author in
American literature. Recent course offerings have included: “Hawthorne and Melville,”
“The Gilded Age,” and “American Literature between the World Wars.” Prior completion of
an American literature survey (ENGL 224 or 225, pertinent to the course topic and title) is
recommended, but not required.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110. May be repeated for credit with different topics. 

ENGL 350: Special Topics in Literature and Related Areas
.5-1 course credit

A course permitting the investigation of narrowly defined literary issues, types, modes, and
extra literary influences. Recent offerings have included “Literary Representations of Hell,”
“Transatlantic Literature of the 1890s,” “World Literature,” and “Modern Poetry.” Prior
completion of an English or American literature survey pertinent to the course topic and title
is recommended, but not required.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

ENGL 361: Shakespeare I: Comedies and History Plays
1 course credit

Studies in the comedies and the history plays. Prior completion of ENGL 220 is recommended,
but not required. Open to juniors and seniors or by permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

ENGL 362: Shakespeare II: Tragedies and Romances
1 course credit

Studies in the tragedies and romances. Prior completion of ENGL 220 is recommended, but
not required. Open to juniors and seniors or by permission of the instructor.

Prerequisite: ENGL 110.

ENGL 388: Special Topics
.5-1 course credit

Experimental/pilot course.

ENGL 400: Senior Seminar
1 course credit

An intensive study of key literary periods and subjects. Recent seminars have included:
“Literature of the American South,” “New England Women Writers of the Late Nineteenth
Century,” “Revolutionary Books,” “The Responsible Artist,” and “Early Modern Drama.”
Required of all senior English majors. Offered in the spring semester.

ENGL 420: Independent Study
1 course credit

Students arrange independent study projects with individual instructors. May be repeated for
credit with different topics.

ENGL 490: Directed Study in English
.25-1 course credit

An experience designed to allow the student to use writing, editorial, and professional skills
developed during the major by working on departmental publications or external internships. The
course will help prepare the student for employment in various English-related fields.

Prerequisite: prior approval of the department and instructor’s consent. May be repeated for credit.

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