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1320 INTERDISCIPLINARY WRITING AND RESEARCH This course fulfills the UCA Core requirement for Composition II. The course focuses on evaluating academic arguments and on writing papers that make an argument and that utilize scholarly sources. The course is thematic, with instructors choosing topics and choosing an interdisciplinary set of readings focused on that topic. Prerequisite: C or better in WRTG 1310. Fall, spring, summer. ACTS: ENGL1023  ]

1350 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE Satisfies the humanities requirement in the general education program. This is a writing-intensive course designed to expose students to the college-level study of literature. Attention is paid to the writing of analytical, interpretive, and research papers. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring, summer.

1355 FILM AND LITERATURE Satisfies the humanities requirement in the general education program.  This course will compare written and cinematic narrative forms by considering classic and modern literary texts through the medium of film. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring.

2305 WORLD LITERATURE I Satisfies the Diversity in World Cultures requirement in the lower-division UCA Core as a humanities elective. The purpose of World Literature I is to introduce the student to a variety of literary texts which have greatly influenced culture around the world from ancient times up to the Renaissance. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring, summer. ACTS: ENGL2113 ]

2306 WORLD LITERATURE II Satisfies the Diversity in World Cultures requirement in the lower-division UCA Core as a humanities elective. The purpose of World Literature II is to introduce the student to a variety of literary texts which have greatly influenced culture around the world from the seventeenth through the twentieth century. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring, summer. ACTS: ENGL2123 ]

2312 AMERICAN LITERATURE I A requirement for majors and minors that, in series with American Literature II, offers a foundational survey of American literature from American Colonial and Provincial literature to leading figures of the American Renaissance. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring. ACTS: ENGL2653 ]

2313 AMERICAN LITERATURE II A requirement for majors and minors that, in series with American Literature I, offers a foundational survey of American literature from post-Civil War American literature to the present. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring. ACTS: ENGL2663 ]

2316 ENGLISH LITERATURE I A requirement for English majors and minors that , in series with English Literature II and English Literature III, offers a foundational survey of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Renaissance. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall and spring. ACTS: ENGL2673 ]

2317 ENGLISH LITERATURE II A requirement for English majors and minors that, in series with English Literature I and English Literature III, offers a foundational survey of English literature from the Neoclassical and Romantic periods. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring. ACTS: ENGL2683 ]

2318 ENGLISH LITERATURE III A requirement for English majors and minors that, in series with English Literature I and English Literature II, offers a foundational survey of English literature from the Victorian and Modern periods. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring.

2320 ASIAN LITERATURE IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT A humanities elective in the UCA Core, fulfilling the Diversity in World Cultures requirement. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to literacy texts that define Asian civilizations and influence global culture. Readings are chosen from various genres in Chinese, Japanese, Indian, and/or Asian diaspora literatures. Lecture, discussion, writing. Fall, spring.

2370 INTRODUCTION TO FICTION Satisfies the humanities requirement in the general education program. Students will learn to read stories and short novels carefully and analytically and be encouraged to see the way stories both reflect and enhance our understanding of life. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring.

2380 INTRODUCTION TO POETRY Satisfies the humanities requirement in the general education program. Students will learn to read poetry carefully and analytically and be encouraged to see the ways poetry both reflects and enhances our understanding of life. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring.

2390 INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA Satisfies the humanities requirement in the general education program. Students will learn to read plays carefully and analytically and be encouraged to see the ways drama both reflects and enhances our understanding of life. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: None. Fall, spring.

3105 RESEARCH METHODS WORKSHOP Required course for English majors and minors. This course is designed to introduce students to the use of research in writing papers for literature courses. Students will use techniques and protocols learned in the course to complete a research assignment drawn from a concurrent upper-division course. Must be taken in conjunction with the student's first upper-division course in English that assigns a research paper. Lecture, discussion, writing. Fall, spring.

3310 CHILDREN'S LITERATURE Part of the academic content block required of elementary- and early-childhood-education majors. May not be counted toward the English major or minor. The course introduces the teacher-education candidate to a wide range of books for children from birth through grade four and to criteria essential to evaluating and selecting good literature. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Fall, spring.

3312 MODERN GRAMMARS For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division language or elective requirement. Introduction to the science of linguistics: its terminology, methods, and  relation to the study of English. Structural and transformational-generative approaches. Some particular problems related to style and usage. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: One of the following: ENGL 2312, 2313, 2316, 2317, 2318. Fall or spring.

3315 GENDER AND LANGUAGE For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division elective requirement. An overview of the sociolinguistics of language and its relationships to gender. The course develops awareness of language as a system of rules, codes, and prescribed attitudes to gender roles. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: One of the following: ENGL 2312, 2313, 2316, 2317, 2318. On demand.

3320 LITERATURE FOR THE MIDDLE GRADES Part of the academic content block required for language-arts/social-studies licensure for middle-school education.  May not be counted toward the English major or minor. The course introduces the teacher-education candidate to a wide range of literature for children from grades four through eight and to criteria essential to evaluating and selecting good literature for middle-school readers. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education. Spring.

3325 ADVANCED READINGS IN WORLD LITERATURE For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division elective requirement. Selected topics to include specific writers, periods, literary/social movements, or cultural expressions in any era of world literature from classical to postmodern. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2305 or 2306. On demand.

3335 LANGUAGE AND GRAMMAR STUDIES Satisfies upper-division language requirement only for English majors seeking teaching licensure. This course examines specific topics and problems of English grammar, structure, and usage in order to provide an understanding and command of language that will lead to effective and creative classroom teaching of English and language arts. Emphasis on the study of grammar in context to afford greater facility in approaching and analyzing texts. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite:  One of the following: ENGL 2312, 2313, 2316, 2317, 2318. Fall, spring.

3375 INTERNSHIP IN ENGLISH For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division elective requirement. This course facilitates an internship with a business, non-profit agency, or other professional organization. Each internship is tailored to the unique needs of the employer and the specific skills of the student. Possibilities for English internships include the following fields: journalism, technical writing, editing, education, research, law, dramaturgy, business communication, and administration. Internships require 120-150 hours of work with the employer.  Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Fall, spring, summer.

4300 READINGS FOR HONORS DEGREE For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division elective requirement. Tutorial taken in the junior year by students who choose to study toward an honors degree in English. A reading list, chosen by student and tutor with the department chair's approval, will provide the foundation for a thesis to be written by the honors candidate during the senior year. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and chair. Spring.

4301 THE RENAISSANCE For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division period or elective requirement. The course studies the development of Christian humanism and the influence of the Reformation upon major non-dramatic works by such  writers of Tudor England as More, Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser and Marlowe. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2316. On demand.

4304 STUDIES IN ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division author, genre, period, or elective requirement (depending upon topic). A variable-topics course on a writer or group of writers, literary movement, or sub-genre in English and/or American literature. May be taken only one time without approval of the departmental chair. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: One of the following: ENGL 2312, 2313, 2316, 2317, 2318.  On demand.

4305 MEDIEVAL ENGLISH LITERATURE For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division period or elective requirement. Covers English medieval literature exclusive of Chaucer; Anglo-Saxon and some Middle English texts will be taught in translation, but Middle English will be retained whenever possible. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2316. On demand.

4311 THE NEO-CLASSICAL PERIOD For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division period or elective requirement. Covers major writers from the Restoration to the end of the eighteenth century.  May include such authors as Dryden, Swift, Pope, Johnson, and Boswell. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2317. On demand.

4312 AMERICAN PROVINCIAL LITERATURE For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division period or elective requirement. Covers American literature from its beginnings to 1830.  May include such authors as Bradstreet, Franklin, Wheatley, and Cooper, as well as Native American storytellers.  Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2312. On demand.

4313 AMERICAN ROMANTICISM AND REALISM For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division period or elective requirement. Covers selected works from1830-1900.  May include such authors as Hawthorne, Poe, James, Twain, and Wharton. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2313. On demand.

4314 AMERICAN FICTION SINCE 1900 For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement. Covers developments in the aesthetics of American novels and short fiction since 1900, and the relation of that fiction to contemporary American life and history. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2313. On demand.

4315 TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement. Covers American poetry of the twentieth century.  May include such authors as Frost, Pound, Williams, Stevens, and Bishop. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2313.  On demand.

4320 THE ROMANTIC PERIOD For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division period or elective requirement. Covers major Romantic writers of prose and poetry.  May include such authors as Blake, Wordsworth, Scott, Byron, and Keats. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2317. On demand.

4321 THE VICTORIAN PERIOD For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division period or elective requirement. Covers poetry and prose of major English writers from the 1830s to the end of the century.  May include such authors as Browning, Tennyson, Ruskin, Carlyle, and Arnold. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2318. On demand.

4330 SHAKESPEARE I For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division author or elective requirement. Introduction to selected works of Shakespeare, including tragedies, comedies, histories, and romances. Covers a wide variety of analytical approaches, such as historical, linguistic, performative, psychological and cultural. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2316. On demand.

4331 SHAKESPEARE II For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division author or elective requirement.  Specialized topic study of Shakespeare’s works by genre, time period, theme, cultural context, criticism/theory, etc.  Lecture, discussion, writing.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2316.  On demand.

4335 SENIOR SEMINAR Required capstone course for English majors in their senior year that may also satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement. Others may enroll with permission of instructor. Covers variable topics, crosses cultural, period, or genre lines; students assemble a portfolio that demonstrates mastery of the course topic and reflection on the progress and culmination of their undergraduate literary studies. Lecture, discussion, writing. Fall, spring.

4340 CHAUCER For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division author or elective requirement. Covers Chaucer's major works, generally including Troilus and Criseyde and The Canterbury Tales, viewed against the background of medieval life and thought, focusing on perspectives such as Chaucer's depiction of women, Chaucer's sources, and Chaucer as Christian moralist, allegorist, humorist. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2316. On demand.

4341 MILTON For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division author or elective requirement. Covers Milton's major poems and selected prose, generally including Paradise Lost, Comus, Samson Agonistes, and Areopagitica, viewed against the background of seventeenth-century life and thought, especially changing religious and social forces in this period. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2316. On demand.

4342 THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division period or elective requirement. Covers non-dramatic writings from 1603 to 1660 exclusive of Milton.  May include such authors as Donne and the devotional poets, Jonson and the Cavalier poets, Bacon, Browne, and Burton. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2316. On demand.

4343 TUDOR STUART DRAMA (EXCLUDING SHAKESPEARE) For English majors and minors to satisfy genre or elective requirement. Covers plays by major writers in the late sixteenth century and early seventeenth century, such as Ford, Webster, Kidd, and Marlowe.  Focuses on the language, social vision, and psychological portrait of family and civic life in the plays. Lecture, discussion, writing.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2316.  On demand.

4345 TWENTIETH-CENTURY ENGLISH DRAMA  For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement.  Focuses on modern and postmodern drama.  Authors may include Shaw, Synge, Beckett, Stoppard, and Churchill.  Lecture, discussion, writing.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2318.  On demand.

4346 TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN DRAMA For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement.  Focuses on modern and postmodern drama.  Authors may include O’Neill, Williams, Hansberry, Kushner, and Wasserstein.  Lecture, discussion, writing.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2313.  On demand.

4347 RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY DRAMA  For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement.  Focuses on the political, cultural, and religious contexts in which English drama of this period was produced and performed.  Lecture, discussion, writing.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2317.  On demand.

4350 ENGLISH EDUCATION INTERNSHIP I  This course is part of the senior block for candidates in English Secondary Education, and has to be taken concurrently with ENGL 4358 Methods of Teaching English and Composition.  The internship occurs in appropriate public school settings where candidates gain experience in organizing instruction, in creating a productive learning environment, in teaching for student learning, and in achieving professional behaviors.  Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education, and completion of designated professional education course work.

4354  MODERNISM   For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division period or elective requirement.  Students will be introduced to major writers of all genres of the first half of the twentieth century from the United States and the British Isles.  Authors may include Faulkner, Eliot, Joyce, and Woolf.  Lecture, discussion, writing.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2313 and 2318. On demand.

4355  POSTMODERNISM  For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division period or elective requirement.  A survey of English-language literature since 1945, covering the relations between high postmodernism, postcolonial/diverse literature, social realism, and magical realism.  Lecture, discussion, writing.  Prerequisite: English 2313 and 2318.  On demand.

4358 METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AND COMPOSITION  For students seeking licensure to teach English.  May NOT be counted towards the BA major or minor.  This course includes a study of the methods used to teach literature, grammar, and composition, as well as evaluated teaching presentations before other candidates.  Needs to be taken during the fall senior block, concurrently with Internship I.  Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education.  Lecture, discussion, writing.  Fall.

4360 HISTORY AND STRUCTURE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE  For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division language or elective requirement.  A survey of English from the Anglo-Saxon to the modern period, focusing on the social, political, and literary matrix within which the language developed.  Lecture, discussion, writing.  Prerequisite: one of the following courses: ENGL 2312, 2313, 2316, 2317, 2318.  Every semester.

4361 LITERATURE FOR ADOLESCENTS  For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division elective requirement.  A required course for students seeking licensure in English. Students will learn to select and analyze literature appropriate psychologically, intellectually, and motivationally for teaching in secondary schools. Lecture, discussion, writing, evaluated teaching presentations before peers.  Prerequisite: one of the following courses: ENGL 2312, 2313, 2316, 2317, 2318.  Fall, spring.

4362 SOUTHERN LITERATURE AND FOLKLORE  For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division elective requirement.  Explores twentieth-century southern folklore and literature as social, cultural, and historical manifestations and reactions to contemporary trends in American life and history.  Readings may include folklore, poetry, fiction, and drama by major southern writers of the twentieth century.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2313. Lecture, discussion, writing.  On demand.

4364 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE  For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division elective requirement.  May include topics of current, historical, or theoretical interest in children’s/young adult literature.  Students will read, discuss, and write critically about subject matters covered in this course, paying special attention to the social and cultural contexts and impact of the works.  Prerequisite: one of the following courses: ENGL 2312, 2313, 2317, 2318.  On demand.

4366 LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM  For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division elective requirement.  This course may be taught using historical models of criticism or modern theoretical schools of thought.  Poetry, drama, and fiction will also be included as a means of applying various theoretical models.  Lecture, discussion, writing.  Prerequisite: one of the following courses: ENGL 2312, 2313, 2316, 2317, 2318.  On demand.

4370 WOMEN'S LITERATURE For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division elective requirement.  This variable-topics course  includes poetry, prose, and drama of representative women writers and may be taught as a survey of women's literature across the centuries, or as a special-topics course dealing with particular women authors. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: one of the following courses: ENGL 2312, 2313, 2316, 2317, or 2318. On demand.

4371 AMERICAN NOVEL TO 1900 For English majors and minors to satisfy to satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement. This course examines the development of the novel in America as a distinct entity from European models and as a result of social, historical, and economic forces in American life, and may include such writers as Cooper, Brown, Hawthorne, Wharton, and James. Discussion, lecture, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2312 or 2313. On demand.

4372 EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement. This course may include such writers such as Smollett, Sterne, Fielding, and Defoe. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2317. On demand.

4373 NINETEENTH-CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement. The course focuses on English novels of the nineteenth century and may include such writers as Austen, Dickens, Trollope, Eliot, and Hardy. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2318. On demand.

4374 TWENTIETH-CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement. The course focuses on English novels of the twentieth century and may include such writers as Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Forster, and Fowles. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2318. On demand.

4375 TWENTIETH-CENTURY ENGLISH POETRY For English majors and minors to satisfy upper-division genre or elective requirement. The course focuses on English poetry of the twentieth century and may include such writers as Hardy, Yeats, Eliot, Auden, and Heaney. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2318. On demand.

4380 AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE For English majors and minors to satisfy the upper-division elective requirement. This is a survey of African and African-American literature from the eighteenth century to the present, including slave narratives, middle passage and captivity narratives from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and contemporary works by such writers as Larson, Petry, Hurston, Bambara, and Baraka. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2312 or 2313. On demand.

4381 MAJOR AFRICAN/AFRICAN-AMERICAN WRITERS A variable- topics course. Required for African/African-American Studies majors; satisfies the upper-division elective requirement for African/African-American Studies minors and English majors and minors. This course enables students to explore in some depth the works of one or more important African and/or African-American writers who have established distinctive artistic voices within a particular country, culture, or region. May be repeated once for credit with chair's permission. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2312 or 2313. On demand.

4382 RACE IN AMERICAN LITERATURE Required for African/African-American Studies majors; satisfies the core elective  requirement for African/African-American Studies minors and upper-division elective requirement for English majors and minors. This course explores the depictions of racial definitions, identities, and conflicts offered by American writers of various races and may include such writers as Wheatley, Kingston, Ellison, Twain, and O'Connor. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 2312 or 2313. On demand.

4385/4685 TRAVEL SEMINAR IN LITERATURE A variable-credit course. For English majors and minors to satisfy up to six hours of the upper-division elective requirement. Open to other students by consent of the instructor and chair. Participants will not only study selected works and authors, but will also visit the culture that produced the works. The course will typically include some intensive on-campus study and orientation before travel. Lecture, discussion, writing. Prerequisite: one of the following courses: ENGL 2312, 2313, 2316, 2317, or 2318. On demand.

4680 ENGLISH EDUCATION INTERNSHIP II Internship II is taken during the final semester of work in the Teacher Education Program. The internship is conducted in public school secondary settings (grade 7-12) and requires full-day involvement and seminars. Candidates work under the supervision of public school and university professionals. ENGL 4680 Internship II is to be taken concurrently with ENGL 4681 Internship II. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education, completion of all major and professional education course work. Spring.

4681 ENGLISH EDUCATION INTERNSHIP II Internship II is taken during the final semester of work in the Teacher Education Program. The internship is conducted in public school secondary settings (grade 7-12) and requires full-day involvement and seminars. Candidates work under the supervision of public school and university professionals. ENGL 4681 Internship II is to be taken concurrently with ENGL 4680 Internship II. Portfolio required. Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education, completion of all major and professional education course work. Spring.