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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2021
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 40 to 48
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
In English, students study literature and language, including its development over time and contemporary significance. Courses for both majors and non-majors offer a wide range of approaches and topics. Some courses focus on single authors, genres, or historical periods; others emphasize social contexts of literature, investigate representations of race or gender, or explore literary perceptions of the environment. Still, others cover film, creative writing, and contemporary popular literature. English offers a Creative Writing Track for English majors and a Creative Writing Minor for non-majors. The Creative Writing program includes introductory classes in the techniques of poetry and prose writing, advanced classes in genres such as fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, and a variety of topics courses. Objectives--The curriculum introduces students to the main literary genres and important historical periods and movements in English; to representative works of British, American, and Anglophone literature; and to methods of critical interpretation. The major is designed to meet the needs of students with various goals, including those seeking a foundation for work in fields related to English (e.g., education, communications, editing and publishing, law, theater); those who want a humanistic base in reading, thinking, and writing for a liberal arts education; and those who intend to pursue graduate study in the field. Students engage in critical reading, oral and written analysis of texts, formal argumentation, and research. English classes tend to be small and conversational. Students collaborate with one another by discussing subtle and complex texts while discovering their own interpretive voices by writing clear and persuasive essays. Program Student Learning Outcomes Students will: 1. Be able to analyze both primary and secondary texts; 2. Be able to write a coherent argument, both with and without secondary sources; 3. Develop writing skills and processes in order to achieve specific writing goals; 4. Demonstrate basic knowledge of critical approaches and practices of literary study; 5. Demonstrate basic knowledge of literary history.
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
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to complete 2 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
Up to 4 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the major requirements. Courses may not be taken S/N unless offered S/N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
ENGL 1509W - Literary Studies [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Take exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 1205 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1206 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Research Seminar
A research-based study of a literary subject that forms a capstone experience for majors. 40xx courses are offered in rotation.
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 4004 - Research Seminar: Old English Literature and Language (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4012 - Research Seminar: Environmental Literature and Theory (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4023 - Research Seminar: Nationalism and Irish Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4027 - Research Seminar: Dickens and Criticism (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4028 - Research Seminar: Inventing a Nation: Early American National Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4031 - Research Seminar: Renaissance Romance (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4032 - Research Seminar: Transnational Theory and Literatures (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4034 - Research Seminar: The Adventure Novel in American and British Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4035 - Research Seminar: Booker Watch: Contemporary British Literature and the Emergence of Canonicity [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4037 - Research Seminar: The Biographical Novel (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4038 - Research Seminar: Writing Early Ireland [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4040 - Research Seminar: Recent Debates About Fiction (4.0 cr)
Lower Level Elective Courses
4 of the 40 credits in the major must have an HDIV designator at 2xxx or above. No more than 4 credits of 1xxx or 2xxx courses, other than the required Literary Studies and surveys may count in the major. A survey course, not used previously, may count as an elective.
Take at most 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 1028 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Science Fiction [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1029 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Detection and Espionage in Fiction and Film [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1126 - Introduction to Children's Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1127 - Science in Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1205 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1206 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1403 - Sports Literature and Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1404W - Topics in Writing: Introduction to Creative Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2015 - Introduction to Film Studies [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2031 - Gender in Literature and Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2033 - The Bible and Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2034 - Contemporary Literature from India and the Caribbean [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2059 - Introduction to Shakespeare [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2108 - Writing With Style (2.0 cr)
· ENGL 2111 - Reading and Writing Fantasy [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2162 - Careers for Writers [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2173 - The Nature Essay: Writing and Reading Creative Non-fiction about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2xxx
· HUM 1xxx
Upper Level Elective Courses
Up to 4 credits of 3993, 4993 may count in the major.
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3005 - Understanding Writing: Theories and Practices [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3012 - Advanced Fiction Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3015 - Advanced Poetry [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3032 - Creative Nonfiction Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3043 - Medieval Makings of Tolkien's Worlds (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3062 - Carbon Energy Literatures: Energy, Climate, and Crisis in the 20th and 21st Century [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3063 - Environmental Justice Literatures [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3064 - Queer Literatures [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3153 - Gothic Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3154 - 19th-Century British Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3155 - 20th-Century British Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3156 - Modern Irish Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3157 - English Renaissance Drama (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3159 - Shakespeare: Studies in the Bard (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3163 - Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500 [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3165 - Seventeenth-Century Revolutions (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3166 - Postcolonial Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3168 - Victorian Literature and Culture (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3171 - The Literature of Creative Nonfiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3172 - American Utopian Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3173 - Contemporary British Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3175 - Social Justice Biofiction [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3261 - Modern British and American Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3262 - 20th- and 21st-Century American Poetry: From Modern to Contemporary [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3331 - African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3411 - Critical Approaches to Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3414 - Feminist Theory [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ENGL 3xxx
· ENGL 4993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ENGL 4xxx
· HUM 3xxx
· HUM 4xxx
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Creative Writing
To earn an English Creative Writing subplan, students must complete 48 credits; these must include ENGL 1404 and eight other writing credits of which four credits must be at the ENGL 3xxx level. NOTE: Only one course in the subplan can count in the major.
Required Courses
We strongly recommend that students take Engl 1404 or equivalent in the classroom and not online.
ENGL 1404W - Topics in Writing: Introduction to Creative Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
Writing Electives
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
Upper Division Electives
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3012 - Advanced Fiction Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3015 - Advanced Poetry [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3032 - Creative Nonfiction Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· Additional Electives
Take at most 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 1403 - Sports Literature and Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2111 - Reading and Writing Fantasy [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2162 - Careers for Writers [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2173 - The Nature Essay: Writing and Reading Creative Non-fiction about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3410 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Troubadours and Old Occitan: Creative Writing in the Middle Ages [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Literature Electives
If you complete Engl 1403, 2106, or 2173 as a writing elective, you must choose all 3000-level elective courses. If you have not completed a 2000-level writing elective, you may choose one 1000 or 2000-level elective course.
Take 0 - 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 1028 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Science Fiction [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1029 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Detection and Espionage in Fiction and Film [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1126 - Introduction to Children's Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1127 - Science in Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1205 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1206 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 1212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2015 - Introduction to Film Studies [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2031 - Gender in Literature and Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2033 - The Bible and Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2034 - Contemporary Literature from India and the Caribbean [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2059 - Introduction to Shakespeare [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2xxx
· ENGL 3043 - Medieval Makings of Tolkien's Worlds (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3062 - Carbon Energy Literatures: Energy, Climate, and Crisis in the 20th and 21st Century [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3063 - Environmental Justice Literatures [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3064 - Queer Literatures [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3153 - Gothic Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3154 - 19th-Century British Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3155 - 20th-Century British Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3156 - Modern Irish Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3157 - English Renaissance Drama (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3159 - Shakespeare: Studies in the Bard (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3163 - Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500 [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3165 - Seventeenth-Century Revolutions (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3166 - Postcolonial Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3168 - Victorian Literature and Culture (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3171 - The Literature of Creative Nonfiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3172 - American Utopian Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3173 - Contemporary British Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3175 - Social Justice Biofiction [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3261 - Modern British and American Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3262 - 20th- and 21st-Century American Poetry: From Modern to Contemporary [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3331 - African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3414 - Feminist Theory [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ENGL 3xxx
· ENGL 4993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· ENGL 4xxx
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ENGL 1509W - Literary Studies (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the tools and methods of literary analysis, including the vocabulary of criticism, the techniques of close reading, and the conventions of literary argumentation. Primarily for English majors and minors. A prerequisite to advanced courses in English.
ENGL 1205 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the beginnings to the 18th century. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 1206 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the 18th century to the present. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 1211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of important texts, canonical and non-canonical, and important periods and movements that define the colonial and U.S. experience up to 1865.
ENGL 1212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of selected historical and literary texts in U.S. literature, canonical and non-canonical, from 1865 to the present.
ENGL 4004 - Research Seminar: Old English Literature and Language
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Prose and poetry of early medieval England (650-1100) in translation and in Old English (which is studied), with attention to material (manuscripts) and cultural contexts and to reception history. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4012 - Research Seminar: Environmental Literature and Theory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of environmental literature and theory and an examination of the ways that the languages of different disciplines shape and transform understanding of ecology. Students read literature, philosophy, culture criticism, environmental history, an science writing. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of tricksters and conjurers in American Indian and African American literature, in particular their ability to maintain traditional practices and subvert the dominant culture and imposed cultural norms. Special attention given to cultural and historical contexts and questions of power, identity, cultural difference, and assimilation. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4023 - Research Seminar: Nationalism and Irish Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of 20th-century Irish literature through the lens of cultural nationalism. How questions of language, race, culture, and colonial history make the idea of Ireland problematic. Exploration of a diverse host of writers interested in Irish myths, ideals, and identities with research from Irish and postcolonial studies. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4027 - Research Seminar: Dickens and Criticism
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Multiple novels by Dickens in their historical context with sustained attention to recent critical analysis of his work. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4028 - Research Seminar: Inventing a Nation: Early American National Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
At the end of the Revolution, Americans set out to create a literature that would define the new nation. Writers adapted old forms and invented new ones in an effort to make American writing distinct and somehow reflective of the nation's values. This course explores those efforts, including drama, novels, magazine writing, and their contexts. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4031 - Research Seminar: Renaissance Romance
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An intensive study of the ever-controversial and paradoxical romance genre of 16th- and 17th-century England. Texts include Sir Philip Sidney's "Arcadia," Lady Mary Wroth's "Urania," Robert Greene's "Menaphon," and William Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale," among others. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4032 - Research Seminar: Transnational Theory and Literatures
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
An intensive study of transnational literature and theory from the turn of the 20th century to the present, emphasizing the movement of marginalized subjects to the center of cultural expression, the intertwining of cultures in contact zones, and the forms of identity emerging from these modern, hybrid cultures. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4034 - Research Seminar: The Adventure Novel in American and British Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Survey of adventure fiction in the Anglo-American tradition from Walter Scott through the mid 20th century, paying particular attention to themes that shaped this tradition, including imperialism and revisions of masculine identity. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4035 - Research Seminar: Booker Watch: Contemporary British Literature and the Emergence of Canonicity (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Comparison of leading contenders for the annual Booker Prize. Student research encompasses the history and controversies that have surrounded the Booker, the generic and national traditions favored in the prize, and the emergence of canonicity through the awarding of the prize. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4037 - Research Seminar: The Biographical Novel
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Before the 1970s, there were only a handful of acclaimed biographical novels, but since the 1980s, this genre of fiction has become incredibly popular. Examine what led to the rise of the biographical novel across the globe and examine a variety of such novels. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4038 - Research Seminar: Writing Early Ireland (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of key texts in Ireland's literary history pre-1800, including 8th-century epic The Tain Bo Cuailnge, excerpts of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene and A View of the State of Ireland, and Maria Edgeworth's novel Castle Rackrent. Especially covers what it means to "write" Ireland and how that changes based on time, national identity, and gender. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4040 - Research Seminar: Recent Debates About Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This seminar explores recent debates over the nature, purpose, ethics, and practice of contemporary fiction. We will examine how authors and critics have debated questions about voice, representation, genre, and other issues in relation to contemporary fiction in English. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 1028 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Science Fiction (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to popular literature in a variety of styles and forms with emphasis on analysis and context. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Engl 2014]
ENGL 1029 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Detection and Espionage in Fiction and Film (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Examination of the detective and espionage genres in relation to 20th-century social and geopolitical pressures. [Note: no cr for students who have received cr for Engl 2061]
ENGL 1126 - Introduction to Children's Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Surveys development of major genres and conventions of British and American children's literature over last 200 years, with particular attention to transforming ideas of childhood, adolescence, and gendered identities of boyhood and girlhood. Introduces skills and frameworks for thinking critically about literature and its cultural stakes.
ENGL 1127 - Science in Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Science and scientists play a crucial role in many excellent works of literature. In this course, students will examine and write about the way creative writers use science and scientists in their fiction.
ENGL 1205 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the beginnings to the 18th century. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 1206 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the 18th century to the present. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 1211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of important texts, canonical and non-canonical, and important periods and movements that define the colonial and U.S. experience up to 1865.
ENGL 1212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of selected historical and literary texts in U.S. literature, canonical and non-canonical, from 1865 to the present.
ENGL 1403 - Sports Literature and Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to sports literature and sports writing, including exploration of rhetorical modes and techniques.
ENGL 1404W - Topics in Writing: Introduction to Creative Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the basic elements of creative writing, including exploration of poetry, story, and journal writing. Practice with techniques such as dialogue, description, voice, and style.
ENGL 2015 - Introduction to Film Studies (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Develops students' abilities to view films critically and to deepen their understanding of the film experience. Begins with critical analysis skills and terminology, then takes up the study of genres and styles, including documentaries and foreign films. [Note: weekly lab required for viewing films] prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2031 - Gender in Literature and Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to literary and cultural representations of gender. Emphasis on the intersections between power and the social relations of gender, race, class, and sexuality. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2033 - The Bible and Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to the role of the English Bible in the western literary tradition. Readings include key Biblical narratives, as well as English and American literary texts that are either deeply influenced by these stories or attempt to re-write them. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2034 - Contemporary Literature from India and the Caribbean (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Exploration of contemporary literature in English from India and the Caribbean. [Note: no credit for students who have received credit for Engl 3174]
ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to issues and themes in African American literature and culture, with emphasis on historical and cultural context. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2059 - Introduction to Shakespeare (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A careful reading of a representative selection of Shakespeare's poetry and plays (including histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances). Consideration of generic and dramatic conventions, cultural contexts, literary elements, and performance choices on stage and in film. Serves non-majors as well as majors. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Writing about the environment. Students learn to use the rich possibilities of language to express their responses to nature and convey to others the importance of close contact with the natural world. Readings in poetry and prose, discussion of technique, and experimentation with a variety of styles and literary forms. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv
ENGL 2108 - Writing With Style
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Students identify key elements of the writing styles they want to practice; learn about the rhetorical effects of words, sentence structures, and emphasis patterns; revise their own sentences to be more clear, concise, and coherent--or witty, satirical, elaborate, elegant. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv
ENGL 2111 - Reading and Writing Fantasy (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This hybrid literature and creative writing course examines the history and development of fantasy literature. Students will explore and experiment with the critical and artistic possibilities of fantasy through both course readings and their own creative and academic writing. prereq: 1601 or equivalent
ENGL 2162 - Careers for Writers (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students develop non-academic writing skills transferable to careers in publishing, journalism, freelance writing/editing, marketing communications, public relations, the nonprofit sector, and others. The course is designed for students both inside and outside of the English major. Students analyze theories and strategies of effective communication, and develop their skills by practicing writing in several professional modes, including marketing materials, features, news releases, website and social media content, and more. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv
ENGL 2173 - The Nature Essay: Writing and Reading Creative Non-fiction about the Natural World (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Students write creative non-fiction centered on the natural world and read the work of noted essayists in the field such as Henry David Thoreau, Gretel Ehrlich, Scott Russell Sanders, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Terry Tempest Williams. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv
ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representations of American Indians in American popular and academic culture including literature, films, and sports. Particular attention given to how Indian identity, history, and cultures are represented in pop culture by non-Indians and, more recently, Indians themselves. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 3005 - Understanding Writing: Theories and Practices (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to composition theory: generating, composing, revising, and responding to writing; conventions across disciplines; strategies for teaching and tutoring writing. Weekly short assignments; three formal papers, written and revised in stages; oral presentation of research. Required for first-semester Writing Room staff. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv, soph standing, instr consent, coreq IS 3720 for students working in the Writing Room
ENGL 3012 - Advanced Fiction Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For experienced writers. Focus on developing skills and mastering creative and technical elements of writing fiction. prereq: 1404 or instr consent
ENGL 3015 - Advanced Poetry (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
A creative writing class. Practice with the different elements of poetry (sound, rhythm, imagery, voice, line) and exploration of the ways contemporary poets use and transform traditional forms and techniques. prereq: 1404 or instr consent
ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of the English language. Historical development and current structure. Includes language variation and change, social history of language, phonology, syntax, semantics, development of English grammar, prescriptive versus descriptive grammar, and contemporary theories of grammar.
ENGL 3032 - Creative Nonfiction Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
For experienced writers. Focus on understanding and practicing the rhetorical and stylistic choices available to writers of creative nonfiction, especially decisions about structure, pacing, language, style, tone, detail, description, and narrative voice. prereq: 2121 or instr consent
ENGL 3043 - Medieval Makings of Tolkien's Worlds
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Texts in Old and Middle English, as well as some Welsh, Old Irish, and Old Norse ones, are the basis for this course, framed by references and uses in the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, one of the most influential fantasy writers of the 20th century and a scholar of medieval literature. (Readings will be mostly medieval literature.) prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3062 - Carbon Energy Literatures: Energy, Climate, and Crisis in the 20th and 21st Century (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The rapid rise of the fossil fuel industry has been a defining historical condition of the last century. As a consequence, we face global climate change. In this context, students will study the relationship between energy production and consumption, labor and capital, and human environmental impact as they are represented in literature. Prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3063 - Environmental Justice Literatures (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Environmental justice is the struggle for equity and fairness in the distribution of environmental risks and benefits. This class examines the literature of this struggle. In the process of reading fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, films, visual art, and other types of texts, students learn to bring social, political, and ethical questions of environmental studies to representations of humans in their relationships to nature. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3064 - Queer Literatures (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will focus on some key moments in queer storytelling since the advent of gay liberation: working-class and women-of-color feminisms; literatures of HIV/AIDS; trans liberation; and disability justice, among others. We will encounter poems, essays, novels, theory, and/or plays, and also music, visual art, and films by a diverse range of queer writers and artists. prereq: 1509, two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3153 - Gothic Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The cultural origins of gothic literature in tension with the neoclassical values of 18th-century Britain and its persistent influence over the next two centuries (including its relationship to modern horror fiction and film). Emphasis on the ways gothic tales encode cultural anxieties about gender, class, and power. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3154 - 19th-Century British Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The rise of the novel to respectability and prominence in Britain from the Romantics to the Victorians. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3155 - 20th-Century British Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Major novelists from the Modernist period and after, focusing on the historical context of the new challenges to literary tradition. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3156 - Modern Irish Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The poetry, fiction, and drama of Irish writers from 1890-1927, with attention to the ways that literature shaped a national identity. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3157 - English Renaissance Drama
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A thorough study of the early modern English theater, including readings of 16th- and 17th-century plays and consideration of the literary and cultural contexts that informed them. Special attention is given to the works of Shakespeare's contemporaries, such as Marlowe, Jonson, Cary, Middleton, and Webster. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3159 - Shakespeare: Studies in the Bard
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A topics-based study of Shakespeare's works and other pertinent texts. Sample topics include "Shakespeare's Women," "Dangerous Rhetoric in Shakespeare," and "Shakespeare and His Sources." Attention is given to historical and literary contexts, and students are asked to consider Shakespeare's work as it is read as well as performed. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3163 - Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500 (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Travel to York, England, to study the literature and history of the city from Anglo-Saxon times to the end of the Middle Ages. Focus on the role that York played as the second city of medieval England, emphasizing the diverse cultural influences on the city. Day trips to historically significant sites in the vicinity of York. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3165 - Seventeenth-Century Revolutions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An in-depth study of how 17th-century British literature represents and responds to the numerous revolutionary changes of the time, including political, religious, sexual, cultural, and genre-based upheavals. Writers to be considered may include Philip Sidney, John Donne, Mary Wroth, George Herbert, Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, and John Milton. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3166 - Postcolonial Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of literature as site of cultural conflict during and after imperial encounters, from the perspectives of both colonizers and colonized peoples. Particular focus on Britain and its former colonies. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3168 - Victorian Literature and Culture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Studies an array of 19th-century literary forms, including fiction, poetry, drama, and prose, in their social and political contexts. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3171 - The Literature of Creative Nonfiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Explore the genre of creative nonfiction as a literary tradition and help to articulate what creative nonfiction is (as well as what it isn't). Students collaborate in creating working definitions for the genre and prepare projects in which they curate and present a list of readings in the genre. prereq: 1509 (or 2501)
ENGL 3172 - American Utopian Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Americans have always been drawn to visions of transformation even as they shrink from imagined dangers. Investigate American literary responses to utopian possibilities and how that literature has shaped and continues to influence the American sense of the possible. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3173 - Contemporary British Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration of contemporary British literature, with emphasis upon a diversity of new voices. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3175 - Social Justice Biofiction (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Biofiction is literature that names its protagonist after an actual person, and many authors use this figure to advance social justice. Students examine social justice biofiction from its inception to the present. prereq: 1509, two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3261 - Modern British and American Poetry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A study of the continuities and break with traditions in 20th-century poetry. Focus on innovations and experiments in form and theme. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3262 - 20th- and 21st-Century American Poetry: From Modern to Contemporary (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of the radical shifts in poetry and poetics in 20th- and 21st-century America. Students will study movements such as Imagism, the Harlem Renaissance, the Modernist long poem, Objectivism, the New American Poetry, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry, multicultural poetry, conceptual poetry, LGBTQ poetry, ecopoetics, contemporary Native American poetry, and more. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examination of literatures by African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicana/o, U.S. Latino/a, and other under-represented peoples. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of American Indian literature written in English. Particular attention given to language, identity, land, and sovereignty. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Comparative study of indigenous literature and film from North America, New Zealand, and Australia with particular emphasis given to issues of political and cultural sovereignty, cultural appropriation, self-representation, and colonial nostalgia. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212, or instr consent, or NAIS major
ENGL 3331 - African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of African American literature. Particular attention given to issues of gender, class, power, "passing," and the racialized body. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
If African Americans struggled to achieve equality and recognition in the racist United States, the situation was even more difficult for African American women, who had to contend with the sexism in both the white and black communities. This course examines the writings of prominent African American women. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or instr consent
ENGL 3411 - Critical Approaches to Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An introduction to the major schools of literary theory and cultural analysis; particular attention to the ways in which the dialogue and debate between these approaches define the discipline of literary criticism. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3414 - Feminist Theory (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Engl 3414/GWSS 3414
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Same as GWSS 3414. Engages students in a critical examination of several influential works participating in the elaboration of feminist theories. Readings and discussions focus on a series of themes and issues--gender, sexuality, race, class, language, bodies, etc.--and how these issues bear upon society. prereq: [1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212] or [GWSS 1101]
ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
During the 1920s, there was a major aesthetic outpouring in the African American community. Listen to jazz, examine African American artwork, and read poetry, short stories, novels and essays from Harlem Renaissance writers. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
ENGL 4993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
ENGL 1404W - Topics in Writing: Introduction to Creative Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the basic elements of creative writing, including exploration of poetry, story, and journal writing. Practice with techniques such as dialogue, description, voice, and style.
ENGL 3012 - Advanced Fiction Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For experienced writers. Focus on developing skills and mastering creative and technical elements of writing fiction. prereq: 1404 or instr consent
ENGL 3015 - Advanced Poetry (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
A creative writing class. Practice with the different elements of poetry (sound, rhythm, imagery, voice, line) and exploration of the ways contemporary poets use and transform traditional forms and techniques. prereq: 1404 or instr consent
ENGL 3032 - Creative Nonfiction Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
For experienced writers. Focus on understanding and practicing the rhetorical and stylistic choices available to writers of creative nonfiction, especially decisions about structure, pacing, language, style, tone, detail, description, and narrative voice. prereq: 2121 or instr consent
ENGL 1403 - Sports Literature and Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to sports literature and sports writing, including exploration of rhetorical modes and techniques.
ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Writing about the environment. Students learn to use the rich possibilities of language to express their responses to nature and convey to others the importance of close contact with the natural world. Readings in poetry and prose, discussion of technique, and experimentation with a variety of styles and literary forms. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv
ENGL 2111 - Reading and Writing Fantasy (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This hybrid literature and creative writing course examines the history and development of fantasy literature. Students will explore and experiment with the critical and artistic possibilities of fantasy through both course readings and their own creative and academic writing. prereq: 1601 or equivalent
ENGL 2162 - Careers for Writers (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Students develop non-academic writing skills transferable to careers in publishing, journalism, freelance writing/editing, marketing communications, public relations, the nonprofit sector, and others. The course is designed for students both inside and outside of the English major. Students analyze theories and strategies of effective communication, and develop their skills by practicing writing in several professional modes, including marketing materials, features, news releases, website and social media content, and more. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv
ENGL 2173 - The Nature Essay: Writing and Reading Creative Non-fiction about the Natural World (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Students write creative non-fiction centered on the natural world and read the work of noted essayists in the field such as Henry David Thoreau, Gretel Ehrlich, Scott Russell Sanders, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Terry Tempest Williams. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv
FREN 3410 - Medieval and Early Modern Studies: Troubadours and Old Occitan: Creative Writing in the Middle Ages (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The Troubadours considered Occitan, at the crossroads of French, Spanish, and Italian, the best vernacular for lyric poetry. Poetic innovation flourished at the courts from Auvergne to Catalonia. Learn the grammar of this medieval language as you translate lyric texts and compose and workshop parallel modern poems in a variety of forms. Non-French students and students below French 3xxx write and workshop their poems in English, and French students above French 2002 wanting to count the course for the MEMS elective in the major write and translate in French. Language of instruction is English. Meets Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) requirement in French major. prereq: completion of 1002, its equivalency, or above in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Latin, Portuguese, or Greek or instr consent
ENGL 1028 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Science Fiction (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to popular literature in a variety of styles and forms with emphasis on analysis and context. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Engl 2014]
ENGL 1029 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Detection and Espionage in Fiction and Film (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Examination of the detective and espionage genres in relation to 20th-century social and geopolitical pressures. [Note: no cr for students who have received cr for Engl 2061]
ENGL 1126 - Introduction to Children's Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Surveys development of major genres and conventions of British and American children's literature over last 200 years, with particular attention to transforming ideas of childhood, adolescence, and gendered identities of boyhood and girlhood. Introduces skills and frameworks for thinking critically about literature and its cultural stakes.
ENGL 1127 - Science in Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Science and scientists play a crucial role in many excellent works of literature. In this course, students will examine and write about the way creative writers use science and scientists in their fiction.
ENGL 1205 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the beginnings to the 18th century. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 1206 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the 18th century to the present. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 1211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of important texts, canonical and non-canonical, and important periods and movements that define the colonial and U.S. experience up to 1865.
ENGL 1212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of selected historical and literary texts in U.S. literature, canonical and non-canonical, from 1865 to the present.
ENGL 2015 - Introduction to Film Studies (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Develops students' abilities to view films critically and to deepen their understanding of the film experience. Begins with critical analysis skills and terminology, then takes up the study of genres and styles, including documentaries and foreign films. [Note: weekly lab required for viewing films] prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2031 - Gender in Literature and Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to literary and cultural representations of gender. Emphasis on the intersections between power and the social relations of gender, race, class, and sexuality. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2033 - The Bible and Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to the role of the English Bible in the western literary tradition. Readings include key Biblical narratives, as well as English and American literary texts that are either deeply influenced by these stories or attempt to re-write them. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2034 - Contemporary Literature from India and the Caribbean (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Exploration of contemporary literature in English from India and the Caribbean. [Note: no credit for students who have received credit for Engl 3174]
ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to issues and themes in African American literature and culture, with emphasis on historical and cultural context. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2059 - Introduction to Shakespeare (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A careful reading of a representative selection of Shakespeare's poetry and plays (including histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances). Consideration of generic and dramatic conventions, cultural contexts, literary elements, and performance choices on stage and in film. Serves non-majors as well as majors. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representations of American Indians in American popular and academic culture including literature, films, and sports. Particular attention given to how Indian identity, history, and cultures are represented in pop culture by non-Indians and, more recently, Indians themselves. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 3043 - Medieval Makings of Tolkien's Worlds
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Texts in Old and Middle English, as well as some Welsh, Old Irish, and Old Norse ones, are the basis for this course, framed by references and uses in the fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien, one of the most influential fantasy writers of the 20th century and a scholar of medieval literature. (Readings will be mostly medieval literature.) prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3062 - Carbon Energy Literatures: Energy, Climate, and Crisis in the 20th and 21st Century (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The rapid rise of the fossil fuel industry has been a defining historical condition of the last century. As a consequence, we face global climate change. In this context, students will study the relationship between energy production and consumption, labor and capital, and human environmental impact as they are represented in literature. Prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3063 - Environmental Justice Literatures (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Environmental justice is the struggle for equity and fairness in the distribution of environmental risks and benefits. This class examines the literature of this struggle. In the process of reading fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, films, visual art, and other types of texts, students learn to bring social, political, and ethical questions of environmental studies to representations of humans in their relationships to nature. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3064 - Queer Literatures (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will focus on some key moments in queer storytelling since the advent of gay liberation: working-class and women-of-color feminisms; literatures of HIV/AIDS; trans liberation; and disability justice, among others. We will encounter poems, essays, novels, theory, and/or plays, and also music, visual art, and films by a diverse range of queer writers and artists. prereq: 1509, two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3153 - Gothic Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The cultural origins of gothic literature in tension with the neoclassical values of 18th-century Britain and its persistent influence over the next two centuries (including its relationship to modern horror fiction and film). Emphasis on the ways gothic tales encode cultural anxieties about gender, class, and power. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3154 - 19th-Century British Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The rise of the novel to respectability and prominence in Britain from the Romantics to the Victorians. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3155 - 20th-Century British Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Major novelists from the Modernist period and after, focusing on the historical context of the new challenges to literary tradition. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3156 - Modern Irish Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The poetry, fiction, and drama of Irish writers from 1890-1927, with attention to the ways that literature shaped a national identity. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3157 - English Renaissance Drama
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A thorough study of the early modern English theater, including readings of 16th- and 17th-century plays and consideration of the literary and cultural contexts that informed them. Special attention is given to the works of Shakespeare's contemporaries, such as Marlowe, Jonson, Cary, Middleton, and Webster. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3159 - Shakespeare: Studies in the Bard
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A topics-based study of Shakespeare's works and other pertinent texts. Sample topics include "Shakespeare's Women," "Dangerous Rhetoric in Shakespeare," and "Shakespeare and His Sources." Attention is given to historical and literary contexts, and students are asked to consider Shakespeare's work as it is read as well as performed. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3163 - Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500 (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Travel to York, England, to study the literature and history of the city from Anglo-Saxon times to the end of the Middle Ages. Focus on the role that York played as the second city of medieval England, emphasizing the diverse cultural influences on the city. Day trips to historically significant sites in the vicinity of York. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3165 - Seventeenth-Century Revolutions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An in-depth study of how 17th-century British literature represents and responds to the numerous revolutionary changes of the time, including political, religious, sexual, cultural, and genre-based upheavals. Writers to be considered may include Philip Sidney, John Donne, Mary Wroth, George Herbert, Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, and John Milton. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3166 - Postcolonial Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of literature as site of cultural conflict during and after imperial encounters, from the perspectives of both colonizers and colonized peoples. Particular focus on Britain and its former colonies. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3168 - Victorian Literature and Culture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Studies an array of 19th-century literary forms, including fiction, poetry, drama, and prose, in their social and political contexts. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3171 - The Literature of Creative Nonfiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Explore the genre of creative nonfiction as a literary tradition and help to articulate what creative nonfiction is (as well as what it isn't). Students collaborate in creating working definitions for the genre and prepare projects in which they curate and present a list of readings in the genre. prereq: 1509 (or 2501)
ENGL 3172 - American Utopian Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Americans have always been drawn to visions of transformation even as they shrink from imagined dangers. Investigate American literary responses to utopian possibilities and how that literature has shaped and continues to influence the American sense of the possible. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3173 - Contemporary British Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration of contemporary British literature, with emphasis upon a diversity of new voices. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3175 - Social Justice Biofiction (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Biofiction is literature that names its protagonist after an actual person, and many authors use this figure to advance social justice. Students examine social justice biofiction from its inception to the present. prereq: 1509, two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3261 - Modern British and American Poetry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A study of the continuities and break with traditions in 20th-century poetry. Focus on innovations and experiments in form and theme. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3262 - 20th- and 21st-Century American Poetry: From Modern to Contemporary (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of the radical shifts in poetry and poetics in 20th- and 21st-century America. Students will study movements such as Imagism, the Harlem Renaissance, the Modernist long poem, Objectivism, the New American Poetry, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry, multicultural poetry, conceptual poetry, LGBTQ poetry, ecopoetics, contemporary Native American poetry, and more. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examination of literatures by African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicana/o, U.S. Latino/a, and other under-represented peoples. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of American Indian literature written in English. Particular attention given to language, identity, land, and sovereignty. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212 or instr consent
ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Comparative study of indigenous literature and film from North America, New Zealand, and Australia with particular emphasis given to issues of political and cultural sovereignty, cultural appropriation, self-representation, and colonial nostalgia. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212, or instr consent, or NAIS major
ENGL 3331 - African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of African American literature. Particular attention given to issues of gender, class, power, "passing," and the racialized body. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
If African Americans struggled to achieve equality and recognition in the racist United States, the situation was even more difficult for African American women, who had to contend with the sexism in both the white and black communities. This course examines the writings of prominent African American women. prereq: 1601 or 2109 or equiv or instr consent
ENGL 3414 - Feminist Theory (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Engl 3414/GWSS 3414
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Same as GWSS 3414. Engages students in a critical examination of several influential works participating in the elaboration of feminist theories. Readings and discussions focus on a series of themes and issues--gender, sexuality, race, class, language, bodies, etc.--and how these issues bear upon society. prereq: [1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212] or [GWSS 1101]
ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
During the 1920s, there was a major aesthetic outpouring in the African American community. Listen to jazz, examine African American artwork, and read poetry, short stories, novels and essays from Harlem Renaissance writers. prereq: 1509 (or 2501), two from 1205, 1206, 1211, 1212
ENGL 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
ENGL 4993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.