ENGU 103 Writing and 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. 3 credits.
ENGU 104 Writing About Literature
Prerequisite: ENGU 103. This course introduces students to four literary genres (poetry, drama, fiction and film), and teaches techniques for interpreting and writing critical papers about literature. 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. 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. 3 credits.
ENGU 329 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 Dean 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 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. 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. 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. 3 credits.
ENGU 431 Shakespeare's Greatest Hits
Prerequisite: ENGU 104. This course studies a selection of Shakespeare's greatest tragic, comic, satiric and historical plays framed by the theatrical milieus of Elizabethan and Jacobean England and contrasted with their modern media productions. This course will begin by viewing box-office hit, film versions of his plays and proceed back in time to distinguish Shakespeare's artistic intent from his modern interpreters'. 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 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.