ENGU 099 Basic Writing Skills
A course that develops accuracy and clarity in writing. Conferences with the instructor and tutorials with peers provide maximum opportunities for individual development. 3 credits.
ENGU 103 Freshman Rhetoric
In this course on the theory and practice of writing effective essays, students master a variety of essay modes by completing a wide range of assignments. Student also learn to compose essays on a computer. This course may also be offered online. 3 credits.
ENGU 104 Writing About Literature
Prerequisite: ENGU 103. This course introduces students to three literary genres (fiction, drama and poetry), and teaches techniques for analyzing and writing critical papers about literature. This course may also be offered online . 3 credits.
ENGU 240 World Literature I
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Students read selected world masterpieces from the beginning to the fall of Rome, 476 A.D. The course includes readings from myth, epic, tragedy, and comedy from Western and Eastern cultures. Writers may include Homer, Sophocles, Plato, Aristophanes, Sappho and Virgil. 3 credits.
ENGU 242 World Literature II
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Great works of world literature from the fall of Rome in 476 A.D. to 1660, the English Restoration. Students will read works by such authors as Lady Murasaki Shikibu, Rumi, Dante, Chaucer, Cervantes, and Shakespeare. Materials from the visual arts, history, philosophy, religion, and politics will be used to enrich the students' reading. 3 credits.
ENGU 244 World Literature III
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Students read chosen works of world literature from 1660 to the present day. Emphasis may vary from year to year to focus on the relationship of literature to the other arts and cultures. Authors may include Swift, Pope, Moliere, DeBeauvoir, Voltaire, Allende, Flaubert, Melville, Marquez, Dostoyevsky, Nabokov, Ellison, Fowles, and Woolf. 3 credits.
ENGU 250 Introduction to Fiction
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. A discovery of some of the most powerful examples of fiction written throughout the world. Students learn to analyze and understand selected major short stories and novels. Works chosen will represent writers such as Gogol, Kafka, Hemingway, Camus, Conrad, Chopin and Morrison. 3 credits.
ENGU 252 Introduction to Poetry
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. An exploration of the pleasures of poetry. Designed especially for the student with little background, this class cultivates an understanding of and appreciation for a wide range of poetry, from William Blake to Langston Hughes, from Emily Dickinson to Sylvia Plath and Gwendolyn Brooks. 3 credits.
ENGU 254 Introduction to Drama
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. A study of English, American and European drama, concentrating on plays from ancient to modern times, including comedy, tragedy, and the variant literary forms that lie between, ranging from melodrama to farce, from satire to the absurd. Class may attend live theatre and film presentations. Modern playwrights may include Puig, Mamet, Hwang, Wilson, and Wasserstein. 3 credits.
ENGU 300 Writing for Essay Proficiency
Prerequisites: ENGU 104 and placement from the JWP exam or permission of instructor. A mid-point expository writing course designed for students who want to attain higher level skills for writing across their college curriculum or for their professional careers. Benefiting from a practical approach in which the audience, purpose, and methodology will be defined, students will have the opportunity to read effectively written essays in a variety of disciplines and further develop their writing and revising skills. (A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required for a "pass" equivalence on the JWP exam for those students who have previously received a "fail" or "deficiency" on that exam.) This course may also be offered online. 3 credits.
ENGU 302 Writing About Diverse Cultures
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. A study of citizens of the world learning to blend their many cultures on the cusp of a new millennium. Students will read works from writers representing many cultures throughout the world, then discuss and write about such topics as identity, family, gender roles, violence, work, and myth. A special emphasis will be placed on a comparison of these issues between the students' native cultures and cultures represented in non-Western countries. This course is designed for students who have fulfilled their basic writing requirements but who need additional writing instruction and practice to be better prepared to meet the requirements in upper-division courses. 3 credits.
ENGU 303 Technical Writing
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Intensive practice in writing for students who wish to work in technical or professional fields: reports, specifications, proposals, visuals, documentation. This course may also be offered online. 3 credits.
ENGU 304 Creative Writing
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. More specialized than introductory creative writing, this course focuses on single genres: fiction, poetry, or drama. Students receive extensive training and practice in their chosen genre. 3 credits.
ENGU 305 Business Writing
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. This course focuses on the various areas of writing for business, industry, and government: business reports, job descriptions, résumés, abstracts, letters, and memoranda. Emphasis may be placed on the formal report and attention will be given to international and intercultural business communication. This course may also be offered online. 3 credits.
ENGU 320 American Literature from the Puritans to Dickinson
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. A study of major American writers and the origins of important themes and ideas in American culture from the Colonial period through the Civil War. Authors include Edwards, Wheatley, Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, and Dickinson. An examination of Puritanism, Transcendentalism, the Frontier Myth, and their influence on American thought. 3 credits.
ENGU 322 American Literature from Clemens to 1950
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. A survey of the beginnings of modernism as found in major writers from the turn of the century to 1950. Literary ideas such as realism, naturalism, impressionism, and the roots of modern aesthetic theories will be studied in the works of Clemens, Dreiser, Ellison, James, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Eliot, Pound, Frost, Faulkner, O'Neill, Wharton, and Wright. 3 credits.
ENGU 324 Contemporary American Literature
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Students read some of the boldest, most interesting works of American post-modernism in order to understand contemporary American fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will study poets of various post World War II movements (the Beats, the New York poets; the confessional, concrete and objectivist poets); novelists such as Angelou, Didion, Barth, Barthelme, Morrison and Tan; and dramatists such as Albee, Hansberry, Kushner, Mamet, Wilson and Williams. 3 credits.
ENGU 326 American Themes
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. A penetrating study of various powerful themes in American literature. Courses that treat different themes may be repeated for credit. 3 credits.
ENGU329 Experimental Topics in English
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. An examination of selected topics in English relevant to evolving areas of importance to the field. Syllabi must be approved by the Division Chair and announced to the Curriculum and Academic Committee prior to being offered. May be repeated for credit provided the course content is different. 3 credits.
ENGU 334 The Romantic Period
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. The romantic explosion in English literature from the late 18th century to 1832, concentrating on the poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Students relate this literature to the larger cultural context of European Romanticism and will include some study of prose writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft and William Hazlitt. 3 credits.
ENGU 335 The Literature of Victorian England
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. A study of the tensions—artistic, moral, and social—inherent in Victorian England from 1832–1900. While reading the works of such writers as Tennyson, Arnold, Browning, Bronte, Dickens, Hardy, Hopkins, and Wilde, students will discover how these works relate to trends in art, architecture, fashion, politics, science, and philosophy. 3 credits.
ENGU 340 The Bible as Literature
(Same as RELU 340) An exploration of the wonders of the Old and New Testaments. From the song of creation to the apocalypse of Revelation, the course will examine the stories and poetry of the Bible, which shaped our culture and nurtured our values, as literary expressions of ancient Israel and the early Christians. 3 credits.
ENGU 341 Non-Western Mythology
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. An introduction to the visionary myths of non-European cultures and how these myths were transformed as culture moved from the magical spells of oral communication to early pictographic writing and finally to phonetic spelling. The myths and magical stories of pre-literate, tribal cultures; the myths contained in early pictographic writing; and the myths contained in early phonetic scripts are emphasized. 3 credits.
ENGU 343 Introduction to Comparative Literature
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. An introduction to the theory and methods of comparative analysis, as well as to the interdisciplinary study of literature. The course will begin with an examination of the history of the discipline and an overview of representative comparativist categories. The class as a whole will examine literary texts in comparative historical, linguistic, cultural and interdisciplinary contexts. In addition, after consultation with a faculty mentor, each student will develop a final research project that utilizes a comparativist critical approach. 3 credits.
ENGU 347 Society, Culture, and Literature
(Same as HUMU 347/SOCU 347) An exploration of the sociological and/or anthropolitical contexts of literature. The course varies in content depending on the instructor, but the topics to be selected might include the following: urban literature and life; rural, pastoral, or utopian environment; literature and sex roles; the literature of work; the influence of anthropological works on 20th-century literature; poetry and narrative in preliterate society; and the Cambridge School of Classicists and their theories about various myths of the hero. This course may also be offered online. 3 credits.
ENGU 360 Literature into Film
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Studies of selected poems, stories, plays, and novels that have been turned into movies. Discussions will focus on the difference imposed by the printed word and cinema in shaping the same material into two different artistic expressions. Typical readings/films might include Chopin's Awakenings, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Ishiguro's Remains of the Day, and Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. This course may also be offered online. 3 credits.
ENGU 364 Shakespeare into Film
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Students will study the fascinating films made from some of Shakespeare's greatest plays including the comparative versions of Henry V, Richard III, Much Ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Hamlet. Students might compare various other versions with Shakespeare's original plays and these sources. 3 credits.
ENGU 367 Horror Fiction and Film
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. An opportunity to experience the genre of the macabre in both literature and film. Students start with the Gothic novel and such early classic writers as Mary Shelley, Poe, Lovecraft, and Stevenson and proceed to present day shockers such as William Blatty and Stephen King. Films may include such vehicles of terror as Phantom of the Opera, Bride of Frankenstein, Freaks, Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, The Exorcist, and Poltergeist. 3 credits.
ENGU 368 Science Fiction and Film
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. An entrance to the imaginative world of the bizarre in science fiction and film that deals with such themes as utopias, outer space, aliens, robots, and monsters. Fiction may include such writers as Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Orwell, Huxley, Bradbury, Van Vogt, Clarke, Asimov, Sturgeon, Herbert, and Niven. Films may include such classics as Metropolis, The Thing, 2001, Clockwork Orange, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Time After Time, The Empire Strikes Back, and ET. 3 credits.
ENGU 400 Advanced Rhetoric
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. The study and practice of persuasive and expository prose. Students investigate methods of invention and models of form and style in readings from discourse theorists as well as from established masters of the essay. Workshops and tutorials focus on cultivating a personal style, editing, and redrafting for publication. 3 credits.
ENGU 404 Techniques of Writing Fiction/Poetry/Drama
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Students learn the basic techniques necessary to produce publishable fiction or poetry. Course may vary by genre from semester to semester. Techniques of fiction and drama may include plot development, viewpoint selection, three-dimensional characterization, dialogue, scene and summary, settings, theme. Techniques of poetry may include study of sound, imagery, figurative language, symbolism, and mechanics. Lecture and workshop combined. 3 credits.
ENGU 407 Writing and Publishing for the Internet
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. The digital age is upon us. Now we have new ways of communicating, of retrieving and filing information, of publishing our work. How are the Internet and the World Wide Web changing the craft of writing and the business of publishing? How can a writer participate in new media? How can a reader determine the credibility of the information she/he finds in cyberspace? This course is designed to help students gain a greater understanding of the Internet opportunities to publish their own work. This course may also be offered online. 3 credits.
ENGU 431 Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. A selective study of Shakespeare's greatest tragic, comic, satiric and historical plays framed by the cultural and theatrical milieus of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. 3 credits.
ENGU 445 Major Author(s)
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Students concentrate on the writings of either one significant author or a group of authors who can be studied profitably together. Examples of major figures include, but are not limited to, Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, Pope, Swift, Johnson, Keats, Dickens, Hawthorne, Melville, Pound, Eliot, Woolf, Joyce, Proust, Kazantzakis, and Faulkner. 3 credits.
ENGU 448 Psychology in Literature and Film
(Same as PSYU 448) A study of the intriguing cross-influences between literature and psychological theory. Particular attention will be given to the works of literature and film which have provided basic materials for psychologists and to the reflexive impact of psychological theory upon writers. Students will examine the use made by modern poetry, drama, fiction, and film of such psychological concepts as archetypes, unconscious processes, the Oedipal complex, role-playing, and symbol. 3 credits.
ENGU 449/SSCU 449 Multicultural Perspectives
(Same as SSCU 449) Students examine culture, identity and ethnic diversity. Students study the value systems which underlie customs, traditions, folklore, history, geography, art and literature. The goal of the course is to increase awareness and respect for similarities and differences among global and domestic cultures and subcultures. 3 credits.
ENGU 450 Literature of Children and Young Adults
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Students will study the classic works and the lyrical, narrative and dramatic aspects of children's literature. They will be introduced to the types, history, themes, and trends of children's literature and its role in a child's cultural socialization. Both teachers and writers of children's literature will benefit from this study of style, technique, and methods for introducing the young to the pleasures of literacy and elements of literary quality, from diverse cultures and experiences, including authors, such as Faith Ringgold, Demi, E.B. White, Louisa May Alcott, Sandra Cisneros, Gary Soto, and Maya Angelou. 3 credits.
ENGU 462 The Literature and Film of Diverse Cultures
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. Depending on the instructor, this course could focus on the emerging nations of Africa, the Middle East, or Central or South America. Writers and filmmakers that might be studied include Chinua Achebe, Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, Ousmane Sembene, Peter Weir, or Satyajet Ray. 3 credits.
ENGU 471 Introduction to Linguistics
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. An introduction to the major characteristics and components of human language. Students become familiar with the power and complexity of language, the way it influences our interaction with other people, and its potential contribution to understanding ourselves and society. Studying the work of current language theorists such as Chomsky, Hymes, Halliday, and Vygotsky will be central to the course. 3 credits.
ENGU 499 Independent Study
Prerequisite: Instructor's approval and approval of petition. Directed reading and/or research designed to meet specific needs of superior upper division students. 1-3 credits.