Course Descriptions

ENG 099 Writing Workshop 1(1-0)  Fall/Spring
Individualized writing tutorial taken concurrently with ENG 103. Work may include grammar, mechanics, and spelling as well as finding, narrowing, and developing ideas for writing. Credit in this course does not count toward the total number of hours required for graduation. It does count in determining whether you are a full-time student. CR/NC Only.

ENG 100 Basic Writing 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
An introductory course in analytic writing and the conventions of Standard Written English designed as the first semester of a two- semester sequence of freshman composition.

ENG 101 Freshman Composition 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Development of increasingly skilled nonfiction prose writing. Students prepare a variety of public texts by applying knowledge of composing processes, rhetorical strategies, and textual conventions. May be exempted or substituted by passing the Advanced Placement Test or approved CLEP examination in college composition. Prerequisites: ENG 100 or a satisfactory Freshman Writing Placement score.

ENG 103 Freshman Writing 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Alternative to 101. Open only to freshmen notified of their eligibility. Individualized instruction. Not open to former ENG 101 students. Corequisite: ENG 099.

ENG 134 Introduction to Literature 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
The novel, short story, poetry, and drama. (University Program Group I-B)

ENG 175 The Nature of Language 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
An introduction to the study of language in relation to social systems. Topics include linguistic structures, language acquisition, dialects, and language change. (University Program Group III-B)

ENG 201 Intermediate Composition 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
An intensive writing course intended to prepare students for writing in their upper level major courses and beyond. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in ENG 101.

ENG 234 Introduction to Literary Analysis 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Intensive study of perspectives for interpreting and evaluating texts of various literary genres, such as narrative, fiction, drama, and poetry.

ENG 235 English Literature: Beginning to Romantic Period 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Beginning to Romantic Period. Primarily for sophomores; open to freshmen. (University Program Group I-A)v

ENG 236 English Literature: Romantic Period to Present 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Romantic period to present. Primarily for sophomores; open to freshmen. (University Program Group I-A)

ENG 251 American Literature: Colonial Through the Romantic Period 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Emphasis on major writers and trends. Primarily a sophomore course but open to freshmen. (University Program Group I-A)

ENG 252 American Literature: Realistic Period to the Present. 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Emphasis on major writers and trends. Primarily a sophomore course but open to freshmen. (University Program Group I-A)

ENG 261 Masterpieces of Ancient Literature 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Major world literature to the medieval period including Greek and Roman works. (University Program Group I-A)

ENG 262 Masterpieces of European Literature 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Significant works of medieval and modern periods. (University Program Group I-A)

ENG 271 Modern Grammar 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Linguistic description of the grammar of standard American English. Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099 or ELI 198.

ENG 294 Introduction to Creative Writing 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
The basic methods and techniques in writing poetry and fiction. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

ENG 299 Writing Workshop II 1-3(Spec) Fall/Spring
Writing Center individualized writing workshop; assistance in planning, drafting, and revising writing, grammar, citations, etc. May be repeated for three hours, one credit per semester. CR/NC Only. Pre/Co-Requisite: enrollment in at least one other CMU course.

ENG 301 Nonfiction Writing 3(3-0) Fall - odd years
Emphasis on skillful writing through individual projects in nonfiction prose forms.

ENG 303 Technical Writing 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Writing technical documents common in business, industry, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, e.g. reports, proposals, and instructions. Emphasis on readability, accessibility, suitability, and usability. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; completion of 56 semester credit hours.

ENG 311 Teaching Literature in the Secondary School 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Methods of teaching students to read extensively and critically. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better; acceptance to the Teacher Education Program; must have completed 56 credit hours.

ENG 315 Teaching Writing in the Elementary School 4(3-1)  Fall/Spring
Developing methods and constructing materials for teaching writing, developing ways to integrate writing across subject areas, practicing these methodologies through mid-tier experiences. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing; acceptance to Teacher Education program preferred.

ENG 319 Teaching Composition in the Secondary School 4(3-1)  Fall/Spring
Methods for teaching students to communicate clearly in writing. Open only to juniors and seniors preparing to teach. Prerequisite: students must be accepted into the Teacher Education program.

ENG 321 20th Century British and American Poetry 3(3-0) Fall - odd years
Study of major twentieth-century poets such as Yeats, Frost, Williams, Pound, Eliot, and more recent poets; examination of significant trends. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099 or ELI 198 and ENG 201.

ENG 323 Fantasy and Science Fiction 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
History, meaning, and influence of fantasy and science fiction. Emphasis on 19th - 21st century literature and film. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (University Program Group I-A) Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG 101.

ENG 324 Popular Culture in America 3(3-0) Spring
Historical and other relationships between popular and elitist art forms; the role of popular arts in the growth of American culture. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 325 Folklore 3(3-0) Spring
Discussion and comparison of folktales, songs, superstitions and customs preserved in both oral and literary traditions. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 326 The Literary Dimensions of Film 3(2-2) Fall/Spring
Study of film from the viewpoints of formal literary criticism and cultural history through analysis of original screenplays, genre movies, and adaptations. (University Program Group I-B) This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

ENG 327/WST 327 Women Writers 3(3-0) Spring
Readings in fiction, poetry, and autobiography by women writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, approached through contemporary feminist views. Identical to WST 327. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses.

ENG 328 Literature of the American Indian 3(3-0) Fall
A study of Native American literature within its historical context. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 98 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 329 African American Literature 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Examines the literary and cultural contributions of African Americans from colonial times to present through written and orally communicated poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction. (University Program Group IV-C) Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better.v

ENG 330 Mythological Backgrounds of Western Literature 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
The origins and development of mythic patterns with major emphasis on the adaptation and interpretation of classical and Northern myths to literary usage. (University Program Group I-A)

ENG 332 Contemporary Literature and Thought 3(3-0) Fall
Readings in contemporary (post-World War II) literary genres relative to contemporary thought. Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099, or ELI 198; Grade of "C" or better in ENG 201.

ENG 333 Literatures of Non-Western Cultures 3(3-0) Fall
Introduction to literatures of non-Western cultures, such as African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Aboriginal, Caribbean, or Latin American. Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099 or ELI 198, Grade of "C" or better in ENG 201.

ENG 334 Literary and Cultural Theory 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Study of historical and contemporary theories of literature and culture with attention to theoretical issues as well as application to literary, cultural, and other theoretical texts. (University Program Group I-B). Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099 or ELI 198.

ENG 336 Early Modern English Literature 3(3-0) Fall - even years
Major literary works of the late fifteenth through early seventeenth centuries in England (excluding Shakespeare), with social, philosophical, religious, economic and political backgrounds. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 337 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature 3(3-0) Spring - odd years      Selected works in British literature from 1660-1800, including poetry, fiction, drama and nonfiction prose. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 339 Victorian Literature and Thought 3(3-0) Spring - odd years
Social, economic, industrial, philosophical, and religious ideas as expressed in the literature of the nineteenth century.

ENG 340 Modern British Literature 3(3-0) Fall - even years
Selected works in British literature since the 1920s, including poetry, fiction, drama, and general prose.

ENG 345 Studies in Authors 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Intensive reading of one, two or three authors investigating the way a body of work develops and reflects the author's interests, concerns, and changing literary skills. Prerequisite: ENG 234.

ENG 349 Shakespeare 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
A study of selected sonnets and a variety of comedies, histories, and tragedies with consideration of their Elizabethan and Jacobean background. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 351 American Literature: Colonial and Early National Periods 3(3-0) Fall - even years
The various literary genres from the formative years of America.

ENG 352 American Literature: Romantic Period 3(3-0) Fall - odd years
Major literary movements and major authors of the first half of the nineteenth century.

ENG 353 American Literature: Realistic Period 3(3-0) Spring - even years
Significant trends in later nineteenth century and early twentieth century American literature; local colorists, major Realists, early Naturalists.

ENG 354 American Literature: Modern Period 3(3-0) Spring - odd years
Major literary movements and authors from the early twentieth century to WWII. Special emphasis on literary modernism.

ENG 362 Literature of the Medieval World 3(3-0) Spring - even years
The study of epic tradition during the medieval period and the rise of the romance.

ENG 365 The Bible as Literature 3(3-0) Spring - even years
A study of the content and literary forms of Biblical literature.

ENG 371 Pedagogic Grammar 2(2-0) Fall/Spring
Links the study of college-level grammar and its application in the classroom. Focuses on both professionally written and student-generated texts. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 375 Introduction to Linguistics 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
A survey of the field of linguistics, including discussion of sounds, word structure, sentence structure, meaning, acquisition, social use and historical change of language. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 379 History and Development of the English Language 3(3-0) Fall - odd years
A study of the English language from its origin to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 381 Children's Literature 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Literary analysis of prose and poetry suitable for children grades K through nine. Prerequisite: Open only to juniors and seniors.

ENG 385 Poetry for Children and Young Adults 3(3-0) Spring
Enhancing appreciation and knowledge of poetry for children and young adults; developing effective ways of presenting this poetry in the elementary/middle school classroom. Prerequisite: junior standing.

ENG 391 Creative Writing: Fiction 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Discussion and critical evaluation of student fiction. Prerequisite: Grade of "B" or better in ENG 294.

ENG 392 Creative Writing: Poetry 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Discussion and critical evaluation of student poetry. Prerequisite: Grade of "B" or better in ENG 294.

ENG 395 Special Topics 1-12(Spec) on demand
Consideration of subjects not listed in the regular department offerings. May be repeated when the content is not a duplication of a previous special topics offering. English majors and minors, see general statement A. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

ENG 397 Independent Study 1-9(Spec) Fall/Spring/Summer
Explorations of special problems in language and literature individually agreed upon by student and instructor. Prerequisite: Approval by instructor and department chairperson required before registration.

ENG 402 Rhetoric and Argumentation 3(3-0) Fall - odd years
Study of and practice using modern theories and techniques of persuasion and analysis, focusing on their uses in contemporary culture. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 435 Studies in Texts 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Intensive reading of one, two or three major literary works in English, with historical and critical backgrounds and biographical and creative contexts. Prerequisite: ENG 234.

ENG 439 English Romantic Poetry and Prose 3(3-0) Fall - even years
Emphasis on Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, and Byron. Recommended: 6 hours of literature.

ENG 441 Contemporary English Prose 3(3-0) Spring - even years
Important novelists and dramatists in contemporary Britain. Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099 or ELI 198; grade of "C" or better in ENG 201; ENG 134 or 234.

ENG 442 The British Novel 3 (3-0) Spring - odd years
The development of the British novel considered historically or thematically.  Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 454 Contemporary American Prose 3(3-0) Spring - even years
Important novelists and dramatists in contemporary United States. Recommended: 6 hours of literature.

ENG 455 The American Novel 3(3-0) Spring - odd years
The development of the novel as seen in the works of representative authors. Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099, or ELI 198; Grade of "C" or better in ENG 201; ENG 134 or 234.

ENG 460 Senior Seminar: Current Issues in English 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Explores current scholarly and pedagogical issues culminating in a major creative and/or written academic paper presented orally. Prerequisite: open to senior English majors only.

ENG 481 International Literature for Children and Young Adults 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Exploration of the literary and cultural heritage of countries other than the U.S. through modern and folk literature suitable for today's youth. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better; ENG 234 or 381.

ENG 482 Fantasy for Youth 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Nature, purpose, and value of fantasy for youth; emphasis on contemporary types. Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099 or ELI 198; Grade of "C" or better in ENG 201; ENG 234 or ENG 381.

ENG 491 Advanced Fiction Writing 3-6(3-0) Fall/Spring
Concentration upon individual projects in fiction. May be repeated up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: ENG 391.

ENG 492 Advanced Poetry Writing 3-6(3-0) Fall/Spring
Concentration upon individual projects in poetry writing. May be repeated up to 6 hours. Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099 or ELI 198; grade of "C" or better in ENG 201; ENG 392.

ENG 493 Advanced Nonfiction Writing 3-6(3-0) Fall
Concentration on individual projects in nonfiction. May be repeated up to 6 hours. Prerequisite: ENG 301 or ENG 294.

ENG 510 Writing Center Practicum 1-3(Spec)Fall/Spring
Examines key issues in writing and teaching writing and provides a mediated, instructional experience for working one-on-one with writing. Prerequisites: Enrolled by instructor permission only.

ENG 513 Special Topics 1-6(Spec) on demand

ENG 514 Language and Media Discourse 3(3-0) Spring - odd years
Rhetorical theory and techniques in print and non-print media.

ENG 517 Reading and the English Classroom 3(3-0) Fall - odd years
The relationship of reading to the teaching of English through an introduction to the reading process, the needs of reluctant readers, and K-12 and ESL literacy issues.

ENG 519 Teaching of Composition 3(3-0) Summer
Research and methodology in the teaching of composition.

ENG 535 History of Literary Criticism 3(3-0) Spring - odd years
Review of critical attitudes and approaches of enduring significance. Prerequisite: 6 hours of literature.

ENG 539 Seminar in Major Nonfiction Writers 3-9(Spec) Fall - even years
Creative and critical approaches to the study of representative works by selected major writers of literary or creative nonfiction. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisites: Graduate status; or ENG 101 or ENG 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better; ENG 134 or ENG 234.

ENG 545 Chaucer 3(3-0) Fall - odd years
Middle English grammar and pronunciation. The life and works of Chaucer with emphasis on the Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde.

ENG 547 Seminar in Major British Writers 3-9(Spec) on demand
A study of one or more British writers, selected by the instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credit hours. Prerequisites: Graduate status or the following: Grade of "C" or better in ENG 101, ENG 103/099 or ELI 198; Grade of "C" or better in ENG 201; either ENG 134 or ENG 234.

ENG 549 Advanced Shakespeare: Tragedy and Problem Plays 3(3-0) Spring - even years
Examination of the development of Shakespearean tragedy and the final plays. Prerequisite: a previous university course in Shakespeare (ENG 349).

ENG 559 Seminar in Major American Writers 3-9(Spec) on demand
A study of several American writers selected by the instructor. Recommended: 6 hours of American literature. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours.

ENG 561 European Romanticism: A Comparative Approach 3(3-0) on demand
Comparative study of representative works written during the Romantic movement in Europe. Literary themes will be evaluated from an interdisciplinary perspective.

ENG 569 Seminar in Major World Writers 3-9(Spec) on demand
A study of one or more writers, selected by the instructor, from various regions of the world. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credit hours. Prerequisites: Graduate status or the following: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; Eng 201 with a grade of C or better; ENG 134 or ENG 234. Recommended: 6-9 hours of ENG 300 and/or ENG 400 level courses.

ENG 570 Old English 3(3-0) Fall - even years
Grammar and pronunciation with readings from literature of the Old English period.

ENG 571 Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages 3(3-0) Fall
Principles and techniques for teaching English to students whose first language is not English. Prerequisite: ENG 375.

ENG 573 Linguistics and Reading 3(3-0) Spring - odd years
The reading process, the effects of language on reading, the relation between language and writing, and the ways people process information. Prerequisite: ENG 375 or ENG 576.

ENG 574 TESOL Materials, Assessment, Curriculum 3(3-0) Spring
Techniques for designing curricula, teaching materials, and tests and other assessment tools for ESL/EFL or bilingual/bicultural classrooms. Prerequisites: ENG 571; Graduate status or the following: ENG 101 or 103/099 or ELI 198 with a grade of C or better; ENG 201 with a grade of C or better.

ENG 577 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition 3(3-0) Fall
An introduction to the principles and theories of second language acquisition, and their implications for language teaching. Prerequisites: ENG 375.

ENG 578 Applied Sociolinguistics 3(3-0) Fall
Topics include cross-cultural aspects of conversation, speech act theory language and gender, non-verbal behavior. Role of socio-cultural variables in language acquisition will also be discussed. Prerequisites: ENG 375.

ENG 579 Topics in English Linguistics 3-9(Spec) - on demand
Practical and theoretical problems involving language and its description. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours. Prerequisite: ENG 375.

ENG 580/LMT 580 Literature for Young Adults 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
Reading interests and library materials of junior and senior high students; methods of stimulating reading. Subject grouping of books related to adolescent reading interests/needs. Identical to LMT 580. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. Prerequisites: Completion of 86 hours, ENG 201 with a grade of C or better, One of: ENG 134 or ENG 234 or ENG 381; or graduate status.

ENG 581 The History of Children's Literature 3(3-0) Spring
Major trends in the history of children's literature as they emerged under certain philosophical, educational, and social influences in England, America, and Europe. Emphasis on literary analysis. Prerequisites: ENG 201 with a grade of C or better, One of: ENG 134 or ENG 234 or graduate status.

ENG 582 Cultural Pluralism in Young Adult and Children's Literature 3(3-0) Fall/Spring
The exploration of the literary and cultural heritage of American minorities including Black, Mexican, and Native American, primarily through folk literature, fiction, and biography. Prerequisites: ENG 381 or instructor permission. (University Program Group IV-C)

ENG 583 The Heroic Tradition in Children's Literature 3(3-0) Fall
Study of the hero in epic, myth, folktale, and legend; including modern examples.

 

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