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0803 -- ESL: Listening & Speaking -- 3 credit hours
For speakers of English as a second language. Focuses on improvement of oral English skills in daily life and, especially, in academic contexts. Grading: Credit/No Credit.  Students are not allowed to withdraw from this course as it is a developmental course.  Course rotation: Fall.

0804 -- ESL: Reading & Writing -- 4 credit hours
For speakers of English as a second language.  Focuses on improving the skills of reading and writing. Includes work on increasing active and passive vocabulary, improving reading comprehension, and strengthening the skills of expression and coherence when writing in English.  Grading: Credit/No Credit.  Students are not allowed to withdraw from this course as it is a developmental course.  Course rotation: Fall.

0854 -- ESL: College-Level Skills -- 4 credit hours
For speakers of English as a second language.  Focuses intensively on developing all four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to college-level proficiency.  Grading: Credit/No Credit.   Students are not allowed to withdraw from this course as it is a developmental course.  Course rotation: Spring.

0903 -- Introduction to Writing Studies -- 3 credit hours
Introduces students to college-level writing, with emphases on writing as process, critical thinking, and strategies for successfully addressing writing assignments in a variety of genres.  By the end of the semester, students will be able to produce well-organized, thoughtful writing of various types that may include personal narratives, rhetorical analyses, argument essays, literary responses, short stories, and book reviews.  Students will learn what it means to be a writer and to think critically about texts.  Grading: Credit/No Credit.  Note: Some sections of ENGL 0903 will be identified as ESL.  These sections are recommended for international students.  Course rotation: All semesters.

0904 -- Introduction to Writing Studies with Lab -- 4 credit hours
Same as ENGL 0903 but with a scheduled lab component.  Designed for developmental writers designated for intensive tutoring.  Course rotation: Fall and Spring.

1013 -- Writing Studies I -- 3 credit hours
Familiarizes students with the expectations of college-level writing, with emphases on writing as a process, critical thinking, and fundamentals of research.  Focus may be divided among the standard features of academic writing that may include personal narratives, rhetorical analyses, argument essays, literary responses, and short, researched essays.  Students will begin to develop sophisticated analytical skills to complement a broadened understanding of the writing process and what it means to be a writer.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches will vary depending upon individual instructors.  Prerequisite: 18 or above ACT English sub-score, 83 or above Accuplacer Sentence Skills sub-score, or successful completion of ENGL 0903 or 0904.  Course rotation: All semesters.

1023 -- Writing Studies II -- 3 credit hours
Builds on knowledge developed in Writing Studies I and provides comprehensive instruction on incorporating research in academic writing assignments.  Students learn how to summarize, synthesize, and document sources using MLA documentation style.  Using researched material for support rather than as the primary content of an essay will be encouraged and emphasized.  Students will exhibit sophisticated analytical skills to complement a broad understanding of the writing process and what it means to be a writer.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches will vary depending upon individual instructors.  Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C in ENGL 1013 or  minimum ACT English sub-score of 25.  Course rotation: All semesters.

2003 -- Great Books -- 3 credit hours
Introduces and explores the foundational and/or subsequent great books of the literary tradition of Western Civilization and how they address the great questions humankind has attempted to answer for millennia.  The basic terminology and methodology used in literary study of fiction, drama, and poetry will also be presented.  Readings and topics will vary depending upon the instructor.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Prerequisite: ENGL 1013.  Course rotation: Fall.

2103 -- Literary Interpretation -- 3 credit hours
Introduces students to the fundamental terminology and methodology for understanding and interpreting the literary genres of fiction, drama, and poetry.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor. Open to all students, this course is required for English majors.  Prerequisite: ENGL 1013.  Course rotation: All semesters.

2203 -- World Literature -- 3 credit hours
Introduces and examines selected works of literature from countries around the world in order to demonstrate the rich diversity of national and regional literatures and, through those readings, to arrive at an appreciation of the universal qualities of human experience.  The basic terminology and methodology used in literary study of fiction, drama, and poetry will also be presented. All works are read in modern English translations.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 1013.  Course rotation: Spring.

2703 -- Introduction to Modern English Grammar -- 3 credit hours
An examination of contemporary grammar as it pertains to Standard English.  Students will become familiar with grammar terminology, will learn to recognize and resolve grammatical weaknesses in their own and others' writing, and will devise strategies to produce prose that is grammatically error-free.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, and cultural literacy.  Prerequisite: ENGL 1023.  Course rotation: Spring.

3103 - Creative Writing -- 3 credit hours
Provides students the opportunity to learn and practice the essentials of writing poetry, fiction, drama, or creative nonfiction in a workshop setting.  This course emphasizes intellectual development and cultural literacy.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Fall.

3113 - American Literature I -- 3 credit hours
Advanced study of American literature to 1865, which will include Early, Colonial, and Romantic authors.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, and cultural literacy.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Fall.

3123 -- American Literature II -- 3 credit hours
Advanced study of American literature since 1865, which will include Naturalist, Realist, Modernist, and Contemporary authors.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, and cultural literacy.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Spring.

3163 -- Women Writers -- 3 credit hours
Advanced study that examines the works of women writers within the contexts of gender, history, society, politics, writing, literature, and literary theory.  Content and variety of authors will vary by instructor. Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course is also an elective for the Women's Studies program and emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  May be repeated once for credit.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Fall.

3213 -- British Literature I -- 3 credit hours
Advanced study of British literature to 1798, which will include Old, Middle, Renaissance, and Enlightenment authors.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Fall.

3223 -- British Literature II -- 3 credit hours
Advanced study of British literature since 1798, which will include Romantic, Victorian, and Modernist authors.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Spring.

3363 -- Modern Critical Theory -- 3 credit hours
Examines the basic principles and moves to advanced application of literary and modern critical theories, which may include feminist and gender studies, reader-response theory, new historicism, deconstruction, and post-colonialism.  By semester's end, students will have the opportunity to develop their own critical positions.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Fall.

3373 -- Literary Cultures -- 3 credit hours
Advanced study of particular literary cultures and their works as both separate from and a part of larger cultures.  Literary cultures might include the Metaphysical or Cavalier Poets, American Transcendentalists, Southern Writers, the Harlem Renaissance, the British War Poets, the Irish Renaissance, the Beats, the Confessional Poets, the Black Arts Movement, the Existentialists, Kentucky/Appalachian Writers, or Nature and Environmental Writers.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches will vary depending upon the instructor. This course may be repeated once for credit.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Alternate spring.

3503 -- Advanced Writing -- 3 credit hours
This course enhances students' abilities to think critically and write effectively through exposure to current and ongoing scholarly conversations about the theory and practice of writing.  Students will have multiple opportunities to join the conversation (both orally and in writing) and to communicate in various forms and styles (formal as well as informal).  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, and cultural literacy.  By the end of the course, students will be not only more effective writers and critical thinkers but also more flexible and thoughtful users of the English language.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 1023.  Course rotation: Fall.

3523 -- The Teaching of Literature & Writing -- 3 credit hours
Establishes methods, techniques, and current theories for incorporating literacy instruction in the English classroom.  Includes an overview of reading and writing processes, discussions of the application of literacy principles, and focus on various critical lenses through which to guide and instruct students in English courses.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Approaches and subject matter may vary depending upon the instructor(s).  Includes field hours for Education majors.  Prerequisites: ENGL 1023 and ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Fall.

3603 -- Shakespeare -- 3 credit hours
Offers in-depth study of the comedies, histories, and/or tragedies of William Shakespeare.  Contextual matters such as the Elizabethan stage, Renaissance thought, performance questions, modern adaptations, and critical commentary and controversy will be explored.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and global awareness.  Prerequisite:  ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Spring.

3633 -- Writing & Technology -- 3 credit hours
Examines literate cultures' use of technology as a method of communication, encouraging detailed rhetorical analyses of common technologies including blogs, social networking websites, e-mail, online gaming, and class management applications such as Blackboard.  This course focuses on affordances of such technologies and theories of technology that consider accessibility, usability, and design, alongside issues of class, gender, and ethnicity.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 1023.  Course rotation: Alternate spring

3643 -- Greek Myth & Literature -- 3 credit hours
Advanced study of Greek mythology and how it influenced and appears in Homer's epics, the Greek tragedians, and later literary works.  All works will be read in modern English translations.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and global awareness. Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Alternate fall.

3733 -- Writing & Culture -- 3 credit hours
This course is designed to help students think and write critically about varying aspects of culture.  Encourages students to engage in rhetorical analyses of the ways various cultures use writing and conceive literacy and to investigate the ways cultural norms shape writing and visual media.  Explores developments of trends in areas such as film, television, and the internet.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 1023. Course rotation: Spring.

3833 -- Major Authors Seminar -- 3 credit hours
Advanced, in-depth study of one, sometimes two, major authors from the ancient world to the present.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  This course may be repeated once for credit.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Fall.

4003 -- Modern Rhetorical Theory -- 3 credit hours
Structured on the following assumptions: 1) language shapes reality; 2) by analyzing texts, power relations can be identified, researched, and challenged; 3) everything is a text which can be analyzed; and 4) it is part of civic responsibility to analyze and engage with texts that we are exposed to on a daily basis.  Through the lens of late modern and postmodern theories of language, discourse, and persuasion, students will foster an appreciation for the power of language to shape human society, action, and identity.  Intellectual development, critical analysis, and cultural literacy will be emphasized.  Prerequisite:  ENGL 1023.  Course rotation: Spring.

4063 -- Ethnic Literature -- 3 credit hours
Advanced, in-depth study of the literature of ethnic cultures such as African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American, and the Caribbean.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Alternate spring.

4103 -- Advanced Readings in Poetry & Drama -- 3 credit hours
Advanced, in-depth study of poetry or drama.  Readings will include theoretical studies of the genre and readings within the genre.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Alternate spring.

4203 -- Advanced Creative Writing -- 3 credit hours
Builds on and enhances students' skills in the writing of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction in a workshop setting.  Special attention is given to the essentials and mechanics of submitting creative work for publication.  This course emphasizes intellectual development and cultural literacy.  Prerequisite: ENGL 3103 or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Spring.

4343 -- Global Literature -- 3 credit hours
Intensive study of literary works and traditions from various parts of the world, possibly including Africa, India, South America, and the Middle East.  Attention will be paid to cultural norms, the effects of translation, and adaptation of/resistance to the Western canon.  Students will engage with theoretical perspectives, including postcolonial literary theory, in conjunction with the primary texts.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and global awareness.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Alternate fall.

4513 -- Studies in Narrative -- 3 credit hours
Advanced, in-depth study of the elements, structures, and possibilities of storytelling and narrative in their multiple forms.  Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203 or instructor'spermission.  Course rotation: Alternate spring.

4553 -- Critical Issues in Literature & Writing -- 3 credit hours
Advanced, in-depth study of literature and writing that engages such issues as class, gender, ethnicity, education, ethics, nation and citizenship, crime, violence, and war.  Reading in the course will include a variety of authors of both nonfiction and literature. Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  This course may be repeated once for credit.  Prerequisites ENGL 1023 and ENGL 2003, ENGL 2103, or ENGL 2203.  Course rotation: Spring.

4703 -- Topics in Writing & Rhetoric -- 3 credit hours
Advanced study of a specific research area or sub-discipline of writing studies and rhetoric.  Students will gain a working knowledge of current scholarship, engage in scholarly critiques, and move toward making a contribution of their own in the specific subject area.  Topics may include feminism and writing studies; ethnography and writing studies; classical rhetoric; rhetoric of science; film studies; or methods of assessment.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, and cultural literacy.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  This course may be repeated once for credit.  Prerequisite: Senior standing or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: Spring.

4803 -- Special Topics -- 3 credit hours
Advanced, in-depth study of a selected topic, sometimes suggested by students, related to the field of English. Use of secondary sources and research writing will be included.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  This course may be repeated once for credit.  Prerequisite: Senior standing or instructor's permission.  Course rotation: As needed.

4903 -- English Majors Seminar -- 3 credit hours
The English program's capstone course that provides students further opportunities to explore literature, writing, and language topics and ideas, culminating in a substantive research-supported writing project.  As part of the course, students also prepare for and take the written senior exam based on questions from the program's Student Learning Outcomes and set up their exit committees in preparation for the exit interview.  This course emphasizes intellectual development, critical analysis, cultural literacy, and, when applicable, global awareness.  Topics, subject matter, and approaches may vary depending upon the instructor.  Prerequisite: ENGL 3363 and senior standing.  Course rotation: Fall.

 

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