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English 300 Level Courses

The numbers in parenthesis after courses indicate the term in which the course is normally offered: (Fall = 1, Spring = 2, Summer I = 3, Summer II = 4). These are subject to change.

301. Modern Grammar. Three semester hours. (1, 2)

A thorough analysis of the sentence-level grammar of English employing contemporary as well as more traditional methodologies. Emphasizes the relationship between the structure of language and that of everyday experience. Develops an appreciation of change and variation. Prerequisite: Eng 102.

305. Children's Literature. Three semester hours. (1, 2; 3 or 4)

A survey of children's literature. The course includes various authors and illustrators in such genres as the oral tradition, fantasy, realistic and historical fiction, poetry, and the picture book. Prerequisite: Eng 201.

311. Shakespeare. Three semester hours. (1 in even years; 3 or 4 in odd years)

A study of selected comedies, histories, and tragedies. Plays studied may include As You Like It; Henry IV, Part I; King Lear; and others. Prerequisite: Eng 201.

315. Advanced Writing: Creative Writing. Three semester hours.

An introduction to creative writing through reading and analyzing models of a selected genre or genres. In a workshop atmosphere, students share their writings and critique each other's work and learn the practical problems of preparing work for submission and marketing. Genres selected for a semester's focus may include: Poetry, fiction, biography, community history, or screenplay. May be repeated once when the emphasis changes. Prerequisite: English 102.

317. Word Building. Three semester hours.

A course planned to help students increase their vocabulary primarily through a study of the formation of English words from Latin and Greek roots. Prerequisite: Eng 201.

323. Mythology. Three semester hours. (2)

This course focuses on the myths of the Greeks and Romans but may also include myths from other cultures such as the Norse and American Indian. Emphasis is placed on the influence of myths in literature and psychology and on enlargement of vocabulary through mastery of words derived from mythology. Prerequisites: 102.

331. Introduction to Linguistics. Three semester hours. (1 in even years)

A survey of major areas of linguistic theory. Phonology, morphology, syntax, historical/comparative studies, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics are included. Prerequisite: Eng 102.

332. Pre-Law Composition. Three semester hours. (1 in even years)

This course is designed for any student planning to go on to law school or a para-legal career. It concentrates on clear, correct, and well-reasoned writing. The primary emphasis is on writing effective answers on hypothetical legal case problems. Analytic, logical, and problem-solving skills are stressed. Some attention is given to the nature of the law school and its admissions requirements. Prerequisites: Eng 101, 102.

333. Advanced Writing: Non-Fiction. Three semester hours. (1, 2; 3 or 4)

This course provides an intensive study of the principles of nonfictional composition through the analysis of examples from classic and modern writings and practice in the application of those principles. Emphasis is placed on rhetorical organization and the techniques of expository writing. Students devote much time to writing and editing their own work. Prerequisites: Eng 101, 102, and sophomore standing.

336. British Poetry. Three semester hours.

A study of the development of form, versification, and style in British poetry. Selected poems from the Old English period to the twentieth century will be read. Prerequisite: English 102.

341. Technical Writing. Three semester hours. (1, 2)

Techniques of objective reporting on scientific and technical material; principles of technical exposition; study of language uses; writing samples and principles of various technical reports, including abstracts, proposals, and manuals. Prerequisites: Eng 101, 102.

351. American Novel Before World War I. Three semester hours. (3 or 4, in even years)

A study of significant American novels written before World War I. Authors to be studied may include Adams, Cooper, Dreiser, Garland, Hawthorne, James, Jewett, Melville, Poe, Twain, Warren, Wharton, and others. Prerequisites: Eng 101, 102.

352. American Novel After World War I. Three semester hours. (3 or 4, in odd years)

A study of significant American novels written after World War I. Authors to be studied may include Bellow, Cather, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Porter, Steinbeck, Walker, Warren, Welty, Wright, Updike, and others. Prerequisite: English 102.

355. Contemporary Women Writers. Three semester hours. (1 in even years; 3 or 4 in odd years)

A study of contemporary literature by women authors with emphasis upon poetry, drama, short story, and nonfiction essays written since 1950. Ethnic writers (Black, Chicano, Native American, Asian-American) are included as well as such authors as Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O'Connor. Prerequisite: Eng 102.

358. Language and Society. Three semester hours. (2 in odd years)

A study of human social behavior and sociocultural interaction as they constrain language acquisition, use, and structure. Topics include sociolinguistic relativity, communicative competence, multilingualism, social and regional dialects, speech-act types, language styles, gender-related issues, and sociolinguistic field methodology. Prerequisite: Eng 102.

388. Shaping the Future. Three semester hours. (Capstone)

In this capstone course, students examine alternate possibilities for the future and the causes that might bring about those possibilities. In individual projects, they actually shape a part of their own futures. Prerequisite: Junior standing.