College of Arts & Sciences

Upcoming Courses

Fall and Spring Courses for the 2021/2022 academic school year are shown below.

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Fall 2021

ENGL 201 - Intro to Literary Study

4 credits

Instructors: Professor Stevenson

This course familiarizes students with three primary genres of literature, the short story, drama, and poetry, and introduces the basic terms and skills necessary to conduct sound literary analysis. The various elements of literature and strategies of analysis are defined, drawing on literary example both famous and contemporary. Students will begin to understand and appreciate literature as scholars do, rather than as casual readers.

ENGL 202 - Intro to Creative Writing

4 credits

Instructor: Professor Lyons

English 202 explores the creative literary genres through reading, responding to, and writing poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama. Students will develop their creative writing skills by practicing imagery, metaphor, voice, character, setting, and narrative, and cultivate a greater awareness of language and literary traditions, conventions, and innovations. 

The course’s hands-on approach and emphasis on exploration and experimentation will nurture your imagination, strengthen your relationship with language, and help you develop a distinct voice.

ENGL 214 - Contemporary American Authors

4 credits

Instructor: Professor Berliner

An introduction to selected writers from the Americas whose works help us understand ourselves culturally, socially, and intellectually in relation to our contemporary world.

Prerequisites: ENGL 111 or ENGL 115.

ENGL 216 - Environmental Literature

4 credits

Instructor: Professor Rasmussen

This course explores environmental writing across a range of genres: the essay, memoir, fiction, drama, and poetry. The course may focus on literature in relation to one or more environmental movements or issues such as deep ecology, wildlife management, or environmental justice.

The course takes a strong environmental justice approach, centering the experiences, vulnerabilities, and resiliencies of marginalized communities in a variety of environmental contexts, from wilderness, to cities, to the wildland-urban interface.

Prerequisites: ENGL 111 or ENGL 115.

ENGL 302 - Creative Writing: Fiction

4 credits

Instructor: Professor Atkinson

Fiction writing workshop with an emphasis on skills: crafting plot, developing character, and evoking setting. Students will study literary short fiction with a close eye on story craft while writing and workshopping pieces of their own.

Prerequisites: ENGL 111 or ENGL 115; ENGL 202 recommended.

ENGL 304 - Creative Writing: Nonfiction

4 credits

Instructor: Professor Lyons

This workshop will explore the evolving genre of creative nonfiction. This course will provide instruction and practice in reading creative nonfiction in some of its many forms. Writing assignments will include a range of essays such as the personal essay, lyric essay, and literary journalism.

What stories do we tell about ourselves, why, and how? This semester’s course will explore creative nonfiction’s shared elements with fiction, poetry, and journalism/research.

Prerequisites: ENGL 111 or ENGL 115; ENGL 202 recommended. 

ENGL 305 - Playwriting

4 credits

Instructor: Professor Mogk

This workshop course focuses on developing playwriting skills, with an emphasis on mastering plot, character, and dialogue development. Students will write and revise an original play. (Cross-listed with TA 305.)

Prerequisites: ENGL 111 or ENGL 115; ENGL 202 recommended.

ENGL 312 - The Teaching of Writing

3 credits

Instructor: Professor Mecenas

This course explores the cultural context of the teaching of writing in grades K-12. By working on collaborative class projects, students investigate major theories in composition and creatively apply them to different classroom scenarios. This course is required for all interdisciplinary educational studies majors and recommended for those who plan to teach at any level.

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing.

ENGL 316 - First and Second Language Acquisition

4 credits

Instructor: Professor McCambridge

An introduction to the processes by which children acquire language and adults learn second languages. Special attention is given to the practical application of linguistic theories of language acquisition to teaching and tutoring. This class is recommended for students who plan to be teachers or to tutor in the CLU Writing Center.

English 316 is a theory to practice course. The students will be introduced to first and second language theory and development, then apply those concepts to working with students in a variety of educational settings.

Prerequisite: English 111 and Junior or Senior standing.

ENGL 323 - English Literature I

4 credits

Instructor: Professor Wee

This course explores the major themes and social contexts of English literature from its emergence through the eighteenth century. 

Prerequisites: ENGL 111 or ENGL 115.

ENGL 325 - Amercan Literature I

4 credits

Instructor: Professor Stevenson

This course traces the intellectual and social influences upon the literature of what will become the United States of America, from the birth of a colonial new world, through its growth into an independent country, up to the eve of the Civil War.   

Prerequisites: ENGL 111 or ENGL 115.

ENGL 335 - Children's Literature

3 credits

Instructor: Professor Bond

A cultural approach to children's literature through its history, major writers, genres, and themes. Strongly recommended for those who have an interest in working with children. 

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing.

ENGL 342 - History of Theat & Drama I

4 credits

Instructor: Professor Arndt

This course is the first half of a two semester historical survey sequence that provides students with a solid grounding in the development of theatre and drama from the ancient Greeks to the present. (Cross-listed with TA 342.)

Prerequisites: ENGL 111.

ENGL 353 - Gender & Literature: U.S. Div.

4 credits

InstructorProfessor Wee

This course will focus on the literary methods of gender analysis, historical analysis, and reader response as three lenses among many through which to deepen your understanding of literature; and will apply these tools to several texts, both historical and contemporary, in which the social categories of gender, sexuality, race and class are of principal concern. Through reading, discussing, and writing about these texts, you will gain a greater awareness of particular issues that have been, and remain, important, if often controversial, in our understanding of identity categories in our culture, and a greater appreciation of the role of literature in shaping them.

ENGL 361 - Contemporary Chicano Literature

4 credits

Instructor: Professor Ihlendorf Burke

Intended as a basic exploration of the literature of the Chicano people. This representative synthesis covers the principal genres of poetry, theatre, the novel, the short story, and the essay. An historical framework establishes the different periods of Chicano creativity from its origins in the pre-1960s prior to the Chicano movement, through the Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s and to contemporary times. Note: This class is offered in English and is not for Spanish credit (cross-listed with Span 361).

ENGL 480 - English Major Capstone Colloquium

2 credits

Instructor: Professor Bond

This course is required for majors and should be taken in the fall of senior year. Students will research and write an original work of literary scholarship or complete a polished creative writing project. Students who wish to pursue a creative project should have taken a creative writing course in the genre they wish to write before enrolling in the Capstone. The Capstone represents the culmination of the major, and as such the Capstone projects are presented to the public every spring.

Prerequisites: ENGL 111 and ENGL 301.

Spring 2022

TBA: Check Self-Service for updates.