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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

  • ENGL 1301 Composition I
    Expository writing with emphasis on thinking and composing skills required to write full length essays on topics of personal experience, current issues, and material in published essays. Students will practice some research skills and produce a documented paper employing in text citations.
    Prerequisites: Placement based on assessment scores
  • ENGL 1302 Composition II
    Continuation of ENGL 1301. This course is a continuation of ENGL 1301 and emphasizes analytical writing in response to literature. A research essay is required.
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1301; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 2341 Forms of Literature 
    This course encourages in students a deeper appreciation for literature by providing vocabulary and tools for analysis of literature ranging from the Greek classics through contemporary literature-- poetry, drama, fiction, essay-- with a global perspective.
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3301 Medieval Literature
    A study of various types of medieval literature, including epic, romance, and allegory, with special emphasis on Middle English writers.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3302 Literary Analysis
    A course introducing students to the methodologies and techniques of reading and writing about literature and literary criticism through the study of works representative of various genres from different literary periods.
    Prerequiste: ENGL 2322 or ENGL 2333; Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 3304 Eighteenth-Century British Literature
    A study of the major works of English writers of the neoclassical period, including Dryden, Congreve, Pope, Swift, Sterne, and Johnson.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3306 English Novel to 1900
    Chronological study of the development of the English novel from Defoe and Fielding to Hardy with special emphasis on significant 19th century novelists such as Thackeray, Eliot, Dickens, and Austen.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3309 Major British Authors
    A course that introduces students to the characteristics of major historical periods through the study of representative major British literary works. Prerequisite: ENGL 2332 or ENGL 2333; Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 3311 Technical Communication
    This course focuses on technical writing skills and professional communications skills necessary in the workplace environment. The course provides students with an understanding of the principles and processes of technical writing with attention to analyzing audience and purpose, organizing information, designing graphic aids, and writing such specialized forms as abstracts, instructions, and proposals and formal reports.
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, and either ENGL 2322 or ENGL 2333; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3312 Survey of American Literature I
    A chronological study of the principal authors, their works and the trends in American literature, from the Colonial period to the Civil War.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3313 Survey of American Literature II
    A chronological study of the principal authors, their works and trends in American literature, from the Civil War to the present.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3319 Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
    An introduction to linguistic science, primarily phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, and the history of English.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3324 Victorian and Modern British Poetry
    A study of British poetry from 1832 to the present.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3322 Business Communication
    This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of business writing, including memos, reports, and proposals.
    Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, and either ENGL 2322 or ENGL 2333; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3330 English Grammar
    Theories of grammar with practical applications.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English. Prerequisite for bilingual/bicultural students: ENGL 3319; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3331 History of the English Language
    A study of the history and development of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period into the 20th century.
    Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3343 American Realism and Naturalism
    A study of American writing from 1865 to 1925 with an emphasis on fiction from such writers as Howells, Twain, Wharton, Crane, Dreiser, and Anderson.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3344 American Poetry to 1900
    A study of American poetry from Anne Bradstreet to Emily Dickinson.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 3346 Twentieth-Century American Novel
    A study of major American novelists and the genre since 1900.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 4300 Special Topics in English
    This course will cover a variety of topics related to English studies and may be repeated once for credit as topics may vary. Prerequisite: Completion of the ENGL 1301 and 1302 sequence, and ENGL 2332 or ENGL 2333; Lec 3, Cr 3
  • ENGL 4301 Shakespeare
    A study of representative plays in comedy, history and tragedy.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 4316 Mexican American Literature
    A study of the literature by and about Mexican Americans, with emphasis on the literary techniques and the cultural reflection in this literature.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 4317 Literature by Women
    A critical study of literature written by women, focusing on works from 1901 to the present. The course will introduce women's literature and the female literary tradition that has coexisted with, revised, and influenced male models.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 4318 Science Fiction
    A chronological survey of science fiction through a critical study of selected short stories and novels in their literary, social, and philosophical contexts. This course will examine definitions and prototypes of the genre.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 4322 Creative Writing I
    A course in writing poetry. Students will explore the elements of poetry by writing original poems and examining published poems. At the professor's discretion, students may have opportunities to practice writing in other genres, such as short fiction and short drama.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 4323 Creative Writing II
    A course primarily in writing short fiction. Students will explore the elements of short fiction by writing original stories and examining published stories. At the professor's discretion, students may have the opportunity to practice writing in other genres, such as poetry and short drama.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 4324 Argument and Persuasion
    A course that emphasizes the use of logical conventions and analysis of other rhetorical elements to produce persuasive essays on current cultural and ethical concerns.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 4325 Composition Techniques
    An advanced course in formal English composition stressing effective communication with special emphasis on the exposition of abstract ideas and internal logic.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 4328 Introduction to English as a Second Language
    A study of the process of learning English as a second language. Special attention is given to problems encountered in reading, writing, and comprehending English.
    Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English; Lec 3, Cr 3

  • ENGL 4350 English Studies
    A capstone course for senior English majors aimed at integrating students' knowledge of language, literature, and composition. The course also provides guidance in assembling a portfolio and in preparing for the state teacher certification exam in English.
    Prerequisite: 24 hours of upper-level English; Lec 3, Cr 3
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