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English B.A.

English
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 37 to 38
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
The English major develops student knowledge of literature and culture within English, American, and global contexts. Our students learn to read perceptively, think critically and creatively, write clearly and effectively, and engage meaningfully with the complex societies in which they live. As a liberal arts program, the English major provides students with both knowledge and a set of transferable skills valued in a wide range of professions. While some UMD English graduates each year go on to teach English or attend graduate school in English, the majority find employment in other fields. Recent graduates of UMD's English program have been accepted in various courses of graduate study including law, medicine, business, neuroscience, theology, and library science. Other graduates have found success in the following fields and roles: small business owner, editor, producer of plays, health claims representative, sales consultant, office manager, journalist, writer, property manager, bookkeeper, and assistant account executive. Honors Requirements: Candidates must have a 3.20 overall GPA and 3.40 in the major. An honors paper or creative writing project must be completed in a 5xxx course or through independent study. Completed projects and papers must be approved by a sponsoring faculty member and the department honors committee. Students who wish to qualify for honors must contact the department at least one semester before graduation.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
1) A second field of study is required (either a minor, another major or dual degree). 2) Advanced writing requirement is met by the major requirements. 3) Study Abroad is encouraged for all students and the department makes every effort to facilitate such experiences.
First Term Requirement (1 cr)
Transfer students with 24 or more credits and current UMD students who change colleges to CLA are exempt from this requirement. New first-year students with 24 or more PSEO credits may request to be waived from this requirement.
UST 1000 - UMD Seminar (1.0-2.0 cr)
Introductory Course (3-4 cr)
Any ENGL 1xxx-2xxx level course may apply here. Take one course from the following list.
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 1001 - Great American Authors [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 1535 - King Arthur in History, Literature, and Art [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1575 - 20th-Century Literature [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1582 - Introduction to World Literatures [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1583 - Introductory Study of Major Topics in Contemporary African Literature [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1585 - Australian and New Zealand Literature and Culture [LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1666 - Tales of Terror [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1777 - Crime and Detective Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1818 - Science Fiction in Film and Literature [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1907 - Introduction to Literature [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 2333 - Harry Potter: Texts and Contexts [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2535 - The Bible in Literature, Art and History [HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2571 - Contemporary Literature [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2581 - Women Writers [LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2601 - Reading Film [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2800 - Nature Writing [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2922 - The Art of the Memoir: Reading and Writing Memoir (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3601 - Literature and Leadership (4.0 cr)
Required Courses (5 cr)
ENGL 2906 - Methods of Literary Study (4.0 cr)
ENGL 4909 - Senior Portfolio (1.0 cr)
Surveys (8 cr)
Take one course from each of the following two areas.
American Literature Survey
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3563 - American Literature I [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3564 - American Literature II [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3573 - Survey of African American Literature [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
British Literature Survey
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3501 - British Literature I [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3502 - British Literature II [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
Electives (12 cr)
Take one course from each of the following three areas. ENGL 5595 (Special Topics) and ENGL 5591 (Independent Study) may apply to an area with departmental approval.
Early Period Literature
(British Literature I (ENGL 3501) or American Literature I (ENGL 3563) can also fill this requirement, if it is not fulfilling a survey requirement.)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3223 - Shakespeare [LE CAT9, HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3501 - British Literature I [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3563 - American Literature I [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5222 - Shakespeare (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5295 - Special Topics in Early Period Literature (Various Titles to be Assigned) (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5312 - Chaucer (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5533 - Studies in English Literature Before 1800 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5541 - Restoration and 18th-Century Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5572 - American Renaissance (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5574 - Studies in American Literature to 1914 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5661 - Publishing the Middle Ages (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5662 - The Making of a Major Author: The Scholarly Edition in 17th- and 18th-Century England (4.0 cr)
Later Period Literature
(British Literature II (ENGL 3502) or American Literature II (ENGL 3564) can also fill this requirement, if it is not fulfilling a survey requirement.)
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3502 - British Literature II [HUMANITIES] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3564 - American Literature II [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3574 - Reconstituting the Past in African Diaspora Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5395 - Special Topics in Late-Period Literature (various titles to be assigned) (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5561 - English Romanticism (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5562 - 19th Century British Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5564 - Studies in British Literature after 1900 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5575 - Studies in American Literature after 1914 (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5584 - Mapping Postcolonial Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5663 - Readers and the History of Books (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5664 - Small Presses, Little Magazines, and Modernism (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5665 - The American Literary Marketplace (4.0 cr)
Genre and Media Studies
Take 1 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3115 - Writing Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3121 - Writing Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3333 - Children's Literature: Texts and Contexts (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3411 - The Modern Short Story (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4292 - Literature into Film (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4300 - Shakespeare in England - Study Abroad [GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4375 - Drama (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5270 - Digital Literature, Video Games and Online Culture (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5375 - Modern Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5495 - Special Topics in Genre and Media Studies (various titles to be assigned) (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5580 - The Novel (4.0 cr)
English Seminars (8 cr)
Choose from the 4xxx or 5xxx courses listed above that are not fulfilling other requirements as well as from the following courses.
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 4802 - English Language for Educators (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5116 - Advanced Writing of Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5122 - Advanced Writing of Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5444 - Childhood in Literature, History and Culture (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5577 - Major American Authors (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5591 - Independent Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ENGL 5595 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ENGL 5821 - History of the English Language (4.0 cr)
 
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UST 1000 - UMD Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02403 - EHS 1000/UST 1000
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates the successful transition into college learning and student life at UMD. Credit will not be granted if already received for EHS 1000.
ENGL 1001 - Great American Authors (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to American authors important for their artistic mastery and/or significant role in American literary history.
ENGL 1535 - King Arthur in History, Literature, and Art (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of historical accounts, and literary and artistic treatments of King Arthur in Latin, French, and German sources of the Middle Ages and in selected works in modern Arthurian literature.
ENGL 1575 - 20th-Century Literature (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Readings primarily in American, British, and Irish literature. prereq: Primarily for nonmajors
ENGL 1582 - Introduction to World Literatures (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Sampling of literary works mainly from Middle East, Africa, Far East, and South America.
ENGL 1583 - Introductory Study of Major Topics in Contemporary African Literature (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introductory study of the major topics in Contemporary African Literature. Draws on literary texts and films to broaden students' understanding of Africa's cultural, social, economic, and political challenges from colonization to globalization.
ENGL 1585 - Australian and New Zealand Literature and Culture (LE CAT9, LEIP CAT09, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduces students to the literature and cultures of Australia and New Zealand, focusing on the formation of national identity, both countries' relationship to Great Britain and the US, conventions like "mateship," and the cultural politics of aboriginal peoples.
ENGL 1666 - Tales of Terror (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Gothic masterpieces chiefly from English and American literature, with emphasis on sociological and psychological implications of the genre.
ENGL 1777 - Crime and Detective Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Stories about crimes, criminals, and detectives have captivated, entertained, and challenged readers for centuries. What might we learn from these fictional accounts about crime and justice? What might we learn from them about storytelling, the literary imagination, and the tastes of readers? To address these questions, this course surveys a range of stories about detectives, crime, and the criminal mind. Authors might include Arthur Conan Doyle, Dashiell Hammett, Chester Himes, Patricia Highsmith, Sue Grafton, and Walter Mosley. Relevant movies, television shows, and true-crime writing might also be included.
ENGL 1818 - Science Fiction in Film and Literature (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course introduces students to techniques of film and literary study through the genre of science fiction. It requires students to interpret literary works with attention to form, genre, plot, character and historical and cultural contexts. In addition, it introduces students to competing definitions of the genre while acquainting them with some of its subgenres such as dystopian and cyberpunk literature.
ENGL 1907 - Introduction to Literature (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01390 - ENGL 1101/1907
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Literary modes and methods of literary study and interpretation. prereq: Primarily for nonmajors
ENGL 2333 - Harry Potter: Texts and Contexts (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This class will examine the Harry Potter phenomenon by reading the novels from a variety of critical perspectives in the context of key works of fairy tale and fantasy by J.K. Rowling's literary predecessors, influences, and contemporaries.
ENGL 2535 - The Bible in Literature, Art and History (HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Study of how scripture has shaped literature and art, and how they have responded to scripture, with consideration of a range of historical, philosophical social and culture context ancient, medieval, and contemporary. Readings and discussions about art and literature representing a variety of literary genres (e.g. poetry, drama, musical theatre, novel, graphic novel) that primarily address the Judeo-Christian tradition, bus also offer comparisons with other scriptural traditions.
ENGL 2571 - Contemporary Literature (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Readings in world literature since 1945. Close attention to literary texts from Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia in their various aesthetic, historical, and cultural contexts. Topics of discussion might include the literary/aesthetic implications of post-colonialism, globalization, the Cold War and its aftermath, and technological developments. Liberal Education global perspectives credit will be effective fall 2015.
ENGL 2581 - Women Writers (LE CAT9, LECD CAT09, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Feminist reading of selected plays, poetry, prose (including critical works) written by women writers. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent
ENGL 2601 - Reading Film (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course teaches students how to analyze movies and aims to inspire an on-going interest in film. Through discussion of a wide range of films and theoretical texts, students learn to think critically about the medium in terms of its uniquely cinematic attributes (e.g., editing, mise-en-scene, cinematography, lighting, sound, spectatorship) as well as its more literary qualities (e.g., narrative, character, genre). By the end of the semester, students will have the tools to think analytically about the films they encounter in future courses and in their movie-going lives more broadly. pre-req: none
ENGL 2800 - Nature Writing (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
This course introduces students to the practices and conventions of nature writing. Students learn to write creatively about the natural world and to read literary works that engage with it. Students produce creative work in a variety of forms and submit two of their productions for review by the class. The class also conducts numerous field trips to local outdoor settings, such as Tischer Creek and, if logistics permit, Gooseberry Falls, where they engage in nature writing directly and discuss relevant texts. By the end of the semester, students can expect to have a richer understanding of environmental literature, the ethical debates surrounding it, and the craft behind it, as well as, hopefully, a deeper appreciation for nature.
ENGL 2922 - The Art of the Memoir: Reading and Writing Memoir
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of the memoir as a literary genre--its conventions, elements, and its historical importance--and as an art form. Use of critical approaches in the reading of memoirs. Directed practice writing the student's own memoir.
ENGL 3601 - Literature and Leadership
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This class takes up the question of how literature can help us understand what makes effective leaders, and more broadly, how do we understand the concept of "leadership" itself. It examines representations of leadership styles and the challenges that leaders face through a close reading and analysis of literary texts from a broad range of cultures and time periods. In addition to using works of literature as case studies through which to explore issues in leadership, we will also look at what today's leaders are reading, as they seek to refine and develop their skills. pre-req: WRIT 1120
ENGL 2906 - Methods of Literary Study
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This is a foundational course for the English major and for successful literary study. Students will examine what it means to ?study? literature, exploring ideas that have been central to literary studies over the past century. Students will apply different approaches to thinking about, researching, and writing about literature to a range of texts and genres. pre-req: WRIT 1120
ENGL 4909 - Senior Portfolio
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Required portfolio and research project undertaken for senior seminar. prereq: English major, senior, instructor consent
ENGL 3563 - American Literature I (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical survey of important authors, movements, conventions, genres, and themes: origins to Civil War.
ENGL 3564 - American Literature II (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical survey of important authors, movements, conventions, genres, and themes: Civil War to present.
ENGL 3573 - Survey of African American Literature (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Survey of African American literatures with an emphasis on cultural and historical contexts. Acritical reading, writing, and discussion of major themes such as slavery, freedom, race, gender, sexuality, class, violence, literacy, home, family, community, double-consciousness, Christianity, and language. Consideration of narrative strategies, literary tradition, and major genres such as songs, sermons, pamphlets, folktales, poetry, novels, drama, life writing, and film.
ENGL 3501 - British Literature I (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Chronological study of English literature from beginnings to late-18th century, emphasizing major works, authors, and important literary forms, styles, themes, and movements. prereq: Engl major or minor or teach comm art/lit major or minor or elem-middle educ comart/lit specialization
ENGL 3502 - British Literature II (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Chronological study of English literature from late-18th to late-20th century, emphasizing major works, authors, and important literary forms, styles, themes, and movements. prereq: Engl major and minor
ENGL 3223 - Shakespeare (LE CAT9, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to Shakespeare. Selected plays from the histories, comedies, tragedies, and dramatic romances. Aspects of drama, such as structure, language, characterization, theme, and dramatic conventions examined in study of individual plays.
ENGL 3501 - British Literature I (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Chronological study of English literature from beginnings to late-18th century, emphasizing major works, authors, and important literary forms, styles, themes, and movements. prereq: Engl major or minor or teach comm art/lit major or minor or elem-middle educ comart/lit specialization
ENGL 3563 - American Literature I (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical survey of important authors, movements, conventions, genres, and themes: origins to Civil War.
ENGL 5222 - Shakespeare
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Concentrated study of selected plays, with attention to Shakespearean criticism and scholarship. Recommended as the second course in Shakespeare. prereq: 6 credits literature
ENGL 5295 - Special Topics in Early Period Literature (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics in early period literature (pre-1800 for British and global literatures, and pre-1865 for American literature) that are not included in regular curriculum.
ENGL 5312 - Chaucer
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to Middle English. Reading and analysis of Chaucer's works, primarily Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde. prereq: 6 credits literature
ENGL 5533 - Studies in English Literature Before 1800
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Intensive study of a theme, literary school or circle, literary genre in historical and cultural context. Topics vary. prereq: 6 credits literature
ENGL 5541 - Restoration and 18th-Century Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of controversies and cultural change evident in English literature, 1660-1800. Such authors as Dryden, Behn, Pope, Fielding, Johnson prereq: 6 credits literature
ENGL 5572 - American Renaissance
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
American Romanticism and the flowering of American literature from early 19th century to the Civil War (authors and topics vary; e.g., Thoreau, Fuller, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Whitman). prereq: 6 credits literature
ENGL 5574 - Studies in American Literature to 1914
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study of selected North American authors from the Colonial Era to the end of WWI. Literature studied will vary in relation to what kind of literary or cultural study instructor intends or what kind of critical approach to literature is used. prereq: 6 credits literature
ENGL 5661 - Publishing the Middle Ages
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of the ways in which the middle ages were defined and canonized in print culture. Instruction on the processes of medieval manuscript production and editing, followed by analysis of rhetorical framework within which "medievalism" was constructed in the 19th century. prereq: Junior or senior or grad student or instructor consent
ENGL 5662 - The Making of a Major Author: The Scholarly Edition in 17th- and 18th-Century England
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of the ways in which writers such as Shakespeare and Milton were transformed into "major authors" and "national poets" through the publication of scholarly editions of their works subsequent to their deaths. Textual analysis of the editions is combined with study of their publication histories, including the roles of editors and publishers who produced them. prereq: Junior or senior or grad student or instructor consent
ENGL 3502 - British Literature II (HUMANITIES)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Chronological study of English literature from late-18th to late-20th century, emphasizing major works, authors, and important literary forms, styles, themes, and movements. prereq: Engl major and minor
ENGL 3564 - American Literature II (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical survey of important authors, movements, conventions, genres, and themes: Civil War to present.
ENGL 3574 - Reconstituting the Past in African Diaspora Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Examines how African Diaspora literature engages with the past, with attention to the debate about root vs. route as a foundation of Diasporic identity. Draws on various disciplines (literature, history, cultural studies, sociology, and music) to trace cultural and political imperatives of negotiating the past.
ENGL 5395 - Special Topics in Late-Period Literature (various titles to be assigned)
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics in later-period literature (post-1800 for British and global literature and post-1865 for American literature) that are not included in regular curriculum.
ENGL 5561 - English Romanticism
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The Romantic movement in England as reflected in the works of such writers as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Keats, Percy Shelley, and Anne Radcliffe. prereq: 6 credits literature
ENGL 5562 - 19th Century British Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Advanced study of British literature and culture of the Romantic and Victorian periods. Authors and historical focus will vary according to instructor interest.
ENGL 5564 - Studies in British Literature after 1900
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Advanced study of British literature written after 1900. Topic, genre, and historical focus vary according to instructor interest. pre-req: none
ENGL 5575 - Studies in American Literature after 1914
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Study of selected North American authors after 1914. Literature studied will vary in relation to what kind of literary or cultural study instructor intends or what kind of critical approach to literature is used. prereq: 6 credits literature
ENGL 5584 - Mapping Postcolonial Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Interdisciplinary study of postcolonial literatures of Africa, Asia, and Latin America in their cultural and historical contexts. Critical examination of the postcolonial condition, including colonial constructions of knowledge and power and anti-colonial struggles against subordination. Exploration of key concepts, geography, history, theory, and future of postcolonial studies. prereq: minimum 6 credits of Literature
ENGL 5663 - Readers and the History of Books
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
History of reading, primarily in the United States and England. Study of factors affecting literacy in late 18th through early 20th centuries, including technological advances, educational reform and changes in authorship and literature. prereq: Junior or senior or grad student or instructor consent
ENGL 5664 - Small Presses, Little Magazines, and Modernism
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The founding and promotion of the modernist movement in little magazines and small presses. Publishing careers of significant modernists (e.g. Ford, Pound, Yeats, H.D. Eliot, Joyce). prereq: Junior or senior or grad student or instructor consent
ENGL 5665 - The American Literary Marketplace
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Study of the making, marketing, and selling of American literature. Close attention to history of American publishing industry, emergence of popular genres such as the romance and popular forms such as the dime novel, and material and technological changes in book production. prereq: Junior, senior or graduate student or instructor consent
ENGL 3115 - Writing Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Writing of original fiction, with emphasis on the short story; structure and techniques learned from critical reading and classroom analysis. prereq: WRIT 1120, minimum 60 credits (6 credits literature) or instructor consent
ENGL 3121 - Writing Poetry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Writing of poetry, with emphasis on techniques learned through critical reading and classroom analysis.
ENGL 3333 - Children's Literature: Texts and Contexts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Forms of children's literature, from folk and fairy tales to contemporary stories, poems, and novels for children; major historical, literary and critical issues affecting the production and reception of literature for children.
ENGL 3411 - The Modern Short Story
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of the genre, emphasizing close reading and interpretation of the elements of short fiction in selected works. prereq: Minimum 60 credits (6 credits literature) or instructor consent
ENGL 4292 - Literature into Film
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Comparative study of novels and their film adaptations. prereq: Minimum 60 credits (6 credits literature) or instructor consent
ENGL 4300 - Shakespeare in England - Study Abroad (GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02497
Typically offered: Every Summer
This short-term study abroad course will explore Shakespeare's theatre world in London and his birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon, allowing students to experience, first-hand, how Shakespeare's plays were shaped by his environment in his own day, and how they were modified, adapted, and marketed over the next four centuries. By attending performances at modern reconstructions of the Globe and Blackfriars, students will see how Shakespeare wrote his plays to capitalize on the strengths (and minimize the limitations) of the physical theatre. Students will also tour the areas where Shakespeare lived and worked, such as Southwark and Blackfriars, and visit historic landmarks, such as The Tower, Westminster Abbey, and the Inns of Court, that figure prominently in his plays. A side-trip to Stratford-upon-Avon will help students better understand his upbringing-they will visit his birthplace and grammar school-and also see where he returned to retire early, live extravagantly, and die. Stratford-upon-Avon is also the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the world-famous acting troupe devoted to promoting Shakespeare's works. A principal focus of this course is to consider why Shakespeare is more popular today that he has ever been. Seeing Shakespeare performed by a range of actors (A-list to amateur), in a variety of theatres (West End to fringe), in a range of dramatic styles (period performance to avant-garde) will bring to life how Shakespeare is transformed from the page to the stage, how his works have been suited to changing tastes across the centuries, and why, despite the challenges posed by the language and subject matter of his plays, he continues to have a commanding presence in theatres and classrooms across the world. pre-req: instructor consent; admission to an approved study abroad program requires consent from the International Programs and Services Office
ENGL 4375 - Drama
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Selected playwrights, plays, types, traditions, or periods; relevant theoretical and critical writings. Authors and topics vary.
ENGL 5270 - Digital Literature, Video Games and Online Culture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduction to the genres and history of digital literature, and to the literary dimensions of online games, social media, and other network forms. Students will learn the theories, tools, and practices of digital literary study and criticism. pre-req: 8 credits of literature preferred
ENGL 5375 - Modern Poetry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Study of modern poetry written in English. prereq: 6 credits literature
ENGL 5495 - Special Topics in Genre and Media Studies (various titles to be assigned)
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics in genre and media studies that are not included in the regular curriculum.
ENGL 5580 - The Novel
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explores the novel in its cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic contexts. Topics addressed may include issues of authorship, print culture and the literary marketplace, narrative style, and how what we think of as "the novel" has changed over time and in various parts of the world. Authors and topics vary. pre-req: Preferred 6 credits in ENGL or instructor consent
ENGL 4802 - English Language for Educators
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of linguistic and language learning theories to the teaching of communication arts, with emphasis on preparation of secondary school English teachers. Includes a focus on first and second language acquisition, approaches to language and grammar instruction, and the roles of language and dialect in culture and youth development. prereq: LING 1811; no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for LING 4802
ENGL 5116 - Advanced Writing of Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Writing of original fiction beyond the beginning stages; some experience required. prereq: instructor consent
ENGL 5122 - Advanced Writing of Poetry
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of poetics and poetry, with emphasis on student poems. prereq: 3121 or instructor consent
ENGL 5444 - Childhood in Literature, History and Culture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examines traditional kinds of children's literary texts, as well as literary and pedagogical theory, advertising, movies, and television to consider childhood as an historical, aesthetic and social construct in Western culture from the eighteenth century to the present. prereq: Junior or senior or grad student or instructor consent
ENGL 5577 - Major American Authors
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Concentrated study in one to three authors, who are announced before course is offered. prereq: 6 credits literature
ENGL 5591 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students choose projects in consultation with their instructor. prereq: instructor consent, maximum 6 credits may be applied to grad program
ENGL 5595 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Prerequisites: Primarily for majors, minors, grads
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics not included in regular English curriculum. Topic and credits announced before course offered. prereq: Primarily for majors, minors, grads
ENGL 5821 - History of the English Language
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of sounds, word stock, and structures of English language from earliest records to present.