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ENGL 090: Basic Writing (3 hrs: Fall)

This course is a basic writing course designed to introduce students to college writing and prepare them for similar (but more demanding) writing of Introductory English Composition, the entry-level writing course. The primary focus is on basic skills (punctuation, spelling, mechanics), issues of style at the sentence/paragraph level, and structure and organization for essay writing. The course will be a combination of whole group and individual instruction based on diagnostic indicators. This course is graded as pass/fail and credit for this course will not count toward graduation. Credit for this course will not count toward graduation.

ENGL 120: Introduction to English Composition (3 hrs: Fall and Spring)

This course covers descriptive, narrative, expository, and argumentative writing, as required for successful college study and the responsibilities of a well-educated person. It includes a concentrated review of the principles of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics, as well as research and documentation. Students who receive a “C” or better in ENGL 120 at KWU will receive credit for passing the English Proficiency Exam.

ENGL 121: Intermediate English Composition (3 hrs: Fall and Spring)

This course includes argumentative and persuasive writing, critical analysis and interpretation of various kinds of rhetoric, and study of ethical problems involved in rhetoric, as well as logic, library research, and documentation. Students prepare a term paper. Prerequisites: ENGL 120 or equivalent.

ENGL 125: Introduction to Literature (3 hrs: Fall and Spring)

This course is an introduction to literature as a humane art (that is, an especially enriching means of sharing human experience). Various genres are studied, including poetry, fiction, and drama.Prerequisites: ENGL 120 or equivalent.

ENGL 206: World Literature (3 hrs: Odd Year Fall)

The purpose of World Literature is to introduce the students to a variety of literary texts which have greatly influenced culture around the world. Readings are chosen from the literary traditions of several nations and cultures from ancient times up to the twentieth century. Prerequisite: ENGL 121

ENGL 209: Major British Authors I (3 hrs: Odd Year Fall)

This course surveys British literature from its beginnings to 1785.

ENGL 210: Major British Authors II (3 hrs: Even Year Spring)

This course surveys British literature from its beginning of the Romantic period in the late eighteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or equivalent.

ENGL 211: American Literature I (3 hrs: Even Year Fall)

This course surveys American literature from the colonial period through the nineteenth century. It may include Bradford, Bradstreet, Edwards, Wheatley, Franklin, Jefferson, Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Hawthorne, Bryant, Longfellow, Stowe, Douglass, Dickinson, Whitman, Twain, and the works of Native American origin among others. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or equivalent.

ENGL 212: American Literature II (3 hrs: Odd Year Spring)

This course surveys major American writers from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. It may include, among others, E.A. Robinson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, O’Neill, Eliot, Pound, Frost, Cather, Stevens, Hughes, Steinbeck, O’Connor, Baldwin, Updike, and Morrison. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or equivalent.

ENGL 245: Literature for Young Adults (3 hrs: Even Year Spring)

Designed especially for prospective teachers of English language arts, this course acquaints students with the range of literature suitable for young adults (also known as adolescents). The course will also explore theories of and various approaches to teaching adolescent literature.

ENGL 286: Special Topics (Variable Credit: On Demand)

This course provides the opportunity for intensive study of special topics and selected materials for underclassmen. Under different subtitles this course may be repeated for credit. Possible topics include Introduction to Creative Writing and Introduction to the Short Story. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or equivalent.

ENGL 301: Shakespeare (3 hrs: Odd Year Spring)

This course includes representative comedies, tragedies, histories, and sonnets by William Shakespeare. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or equivalent.

ENGL 302: History and Development of the English Language (3 hrs: Odd Year Spring)

This course will provide background in basic concepts of linguistics, principles of language change and historical linguistic study, the development of the English language, and basic applied sociolinguistics. Designed to introduce undergraduates, especially English and English Education majors, to concepts of history, structure and development of language, this course will prepare students for further academic linguistic study, literary criticism, and teaching. This course is required for an ESL endorsement.

ENGL 305: Studies in British Literature (3 hrs: On Demand)

This course provides the opportunity for intensive study of special topics and selected texts in British Literature. Under different subtitles, the course may be repeated for credit. Possible topics include Thomas Hardy, Chaucer, Satire, The English Lyric, The Development of the English Novel, and Women Writers from Austen to Wolfe. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or equivalent.

ENGL 306: Studies in American Literature (3 hrs: Even Year Spring)

This course provides the opportunity for an intensive study of special topics and selected texts in American Literature. Under different subtitles, this course may be repeated for credit. Possible topics include Mark Twain, The American Realists, The Harlem Renaissance, Melville and Hawthorne, Literature of the 1920’s, Chief American Poets, and Women Fiction Writers. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or equivalent.

ENGL 307: Studies in World Literature (3 hrs: Even Year Fall)

This course provides the opportunity for an intensive study of special topics and selected texts in world literature (that is, literature not originating in the British Isles or in what is now the United States). Possible topics include Modern European Literature, Symbolism as an International Movement, The African Novel, Contemporary South American Fiction, Tragedy, Comedy, Sartre and Camus, Comparative Mythology. Prerequisite: ENGL121 or the equivalent

ENGL 360: Creative Writing: Fiction (3 hrs: Every Third Fall)

Through writing exercises, students in this course will learn to craft dialogue, scene, memory, and detail. By applying these skills, students will write several short stories throughout the semester, each developing particular aspects of prose fiction. Students should expect to read and discuss contemporary short fiction, to write prose exercise and their own original short stories, and to learn about and participate in workshops.

ENGL 361: Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3 hrs: Every Third Fall)

Designed to familiarize students with the techniques and narrative structures of creative nonfiction. Students will learn to employ the elements of fiction writing—use of scene, dialogue, character, story, imagery, and metaphor—to express personal experiences, as well as social, ethical, and political ideas. Students will read from the many sub-genres of creative nonfiction: personal essays, memoirs, travelogues, political arguments, and cultural critiques.

ENGL 362: Creative Writing: Poetry (3 hrs: Every Third Fall)

This workshop-oriented class focuses specifically on the craft and process of poetry writing from a poem’s initial draft to its advanced revision. Students spend time discussing the poet’s craft, assigned readings, and other students’ writing. Readings, class discussions, and student presentations act to familiarize students with various writing styles and aesthetic issues.

ENGL 380: The English Language: Grammar, Syntax, and Eval (3 hrs: Odd Year Spring)

This course includes a focused study of basic grammar (including both mechanics and usage) and instruction in teaching composition. It also includes guided practice in the evaluation and grading of tests and composition. This course must be taken before student teaching. This course is a requirement for an ESL endorsement.

ENGL 404: Seminar in Literary Criticism (3 hrs: Even Year Fall)

The seminar includes a historical review of major approaches to literary criticism and an application of critical methods to individual projects culminating in seminar papers. It is a capstone for majors in English, English Education, and Literature and Language. Open to juniors and seniors with those majors.

ENGL 485: Special Topics (Variable Credit: On Demand)

This course provides the opportunity for intensive study of special topics and selected materials for upperclassmen. Under different subtitles this course may be repeated for credit. Possible topics include The History of the English Language, Film Comedy from Sennett to Capra, Anglo-Saxon, Translation: Theory and Practice, The Films of Ingmar Bergman, and Languages of the World. Prerequisite: ENGL 121 or equivalent.

ENGL 490: Independent Study (Variable Credit: On Demand)

Independent Study consists of research, readings, or other scholarly investigation or creative work. See Independent Study under Alternate Means to Academic Credit for a more detailed description.