English

http://english.wvu.edu

 

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts

Nature of Program

The department offers programs for students who want to develop skills in writing, analytical reading, and critical thinking in order to prepare for any number of career paths.  Specific coursework is also available for those who intend to pursue a graduate degree in English, attain secondary certification to teach English or language arts, concentrate in literature and language as preparation for entrance into professional schools, or concentrate in creative writing or professional writing and editing.  Students interested in undergraduate creative writing should speak with the coordinator of creative writing to be sure an appropriate plan of study is developed.  Because English majors have varying interests in literature, language, and writing, they are strongly urged to consult the department’s undergraduate advisers to plan their coursework.

Students who earn a degree in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences must complete the University requirements, the College requirements for their specific degree program, and their major requirements.

Minors

All students have the possibility of earning one or more minors; follow the link for a list of all available minors and their requirements.  Please note that students may not earn a minor in their major field.

Certificate of Global Engagement

Students in the Eberly College, regardless of their major, can earn a Certificate of Global Engagement. Completion of the Certificate demonstrates the student’s knowledge of diverse cultures, as well as the ability to communicate and interact effectively with people of different cultural background.  Students will be required to apply their knowledge of contemporary issues and global social contexts to their course work and their broader citizenship.  For details regarding Certificate requirements, please visit the Eberly College page.

Publications

Victorian Poetry, a critical journal of Victorian literature, is edited by the Department of English.  The journal was established at WVU in 1963 and has become internationally known, with subscribers in 27 countries.

Calliope, a publication of WVU student writing, is sponsored by the Department of English and the English Honorary and Club.

Admission Requirements

Entering freshmen are admitted directly into the major.  Students coming from University College or another unit must meet minimum requirements.  Please see an adviser in the English Department for details.

University Requirements

Students who would like for transfer credits to be applied to University requirements, (GEC, Writing, and Capstone), need to seek approval from the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies (see ECAS Undergraduate webpages).

General Education Curriculum

Every student at West Virginia University has to fulfill the requirements for the General Education Curriculum.  The main purpose of this curriculum is to insure that all of graduates are exposed to a variety of fields, as described in the nine GEC Objectives.  Please read the full description of the GEC and of the policies that govern it; a list of all the courses that meet all the various GEC Objectives can be found on the Office of the University Registrar.

Students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisers to select GEC courses that may broaden and strengthen their interest in their major field.  GEC courses can also be used to explore new areas to which students have not yet been exposed. 

General Education Curriculum

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEC requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEC requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEC's you will need to select.

General Education Curriculum
ENGL 101
  & ENGL 102
Composition And Rhetoric
   and Composition And Rhetoric
3-6
or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing
GEC 2A - Mathematics3-4
GEC 2B - Natural and Physical Science7-8
GEC 2C - Additional GEC 2A, B or C3
GEC 3 - The Past and Its Traditions3
GEC 4 - Issues of Contemporary Society3
GEC 5 - Artistic Expression3
GEC 6 - The Individual in Society3
GEC 6F - First Year Seminar1-3
GEC 7 - American Culture3
GEC 8 - Western Culture3
GEC 9 - Non-Western Culture3
Total Hours38-45

 

Writing Course

Objective 1 of the General Education Curriculum (GEC), requires the successful completion of a writing course (“W”), preferably in the major.  All students must successfully complete at least one course that requires substantial writing assignments and in which the grade is partially determined by writing skills. English 102 or 103 must be completed before fulfilling the writing course requirement.

Students who have several majors only need to complete one W course, unless the W course is part of the requirements for the major. 

Writing courses at WVU are carefully crafted by faculty and are based on the principle of process writing.  Transfer courses usually do not fulfill the writing requirement.  However, in exceptional cases, students can petition the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies to a transfer course approved for GEC.  Students will need to provide evidence of process writing.

Click the following for a list of writing courses.  Not all courses listed are offered every semester as writing courses; students must register for the W section only of the course that fulfills the writing requirement

Capstone Experience

The capstone experience is defined as an academic experience in which students demonstrate, in a significant project that has both an oral and a written component, their abilities to gather information, to think critically and to integrate the theoretical and/or practical knowledge that they acquired throughout their undergraduate careers, and to reflect on the ethical issues that are implicit in their projects.

Students completing several majors need to complete one Capstone course per major.  Because of their unique concept, Capstone courses can never be transferred from another institution, including study abroad. Follow the link for a list of current capstone courses

College  Requirements

Students who would like for transfer credits to be applied to the College B.A. requirements need to seek approval from the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

Bachelors of Arts Requirements

Students must complete WVU General Education Curriculum requirements, College B.A. requirements, major requirements, and electives to total 128 hours.  Please see the following link for details on B.A. requirements:

  1. Foreign Language:  Completion of level 204 (fourth semester in addition to those used to fulfill any GEC requirement)

  2. International Studies:  Completion of a course that meets GEC Objective 9 (non-western cultures) will fulfill this requirement.

  3. Fine Arts:  Completion of a course that meets GEC Objective 5 (artistic expression) will fulfill this requirement.

  4. Grade Point Average:  A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

  5. Individual department requirements may be more directive than the College’s core B.A. requirements, so long as those requirements are met.

There is a forty-two hour limit* on the number of hours students may earn in one subject toward the 128 credits required for graduation.  An exception is made for students earning a B.A. in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and Editing or in Creative Writing, who may count up to sixty hours of English toward their required 128 hours.

Credit earned above forty-two may not count toward the 128 required credits.  If students exceed this limit, they will graduate with an excess of 128 hours.

*ENGL 199, , ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 103  are excluded from the forty-two hours. 
 

Departmental Requirements for the B.A. in English

  • An English major requires a minimum of thirty-six hours in literature, language, and writing, exclusive of  ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 103.  A maximum of forty-two hours in English, exclusive of ENGL 199ENGL 491, ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 103, may be included within the 128 hours required for graduation.  For English majors who obtain a concentration in creative writing or professional writing and editing (PWE), a maximum of sixty hours in English, exclusive of ENGL 199, ENGL 491ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 103, may be included within the 128 hours required for graduation.
     
  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses that are counted toward the major plus ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 103
     
  • At least twelve hours of the student’s total coursework for the major must be at the 300 level or above. 
     
  • Students pursuing English education should contact the College of Education and Human Services  for their list of required electives.

Curriculum Requirements

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS40
First Year Seminar
GEC Requirements (credits may vary because of overlap):
COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS12
Foreign Language
DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all courses
Foundation Course3
Foundations of Literary Study
Historical Breadth Courses9
Select three of the following:
American Literature 1
American Literature 2
British Literature 1
British Literature 2
English Language courses3
Select one of the following:
The English Language
History of English Language
Introduction to Old English
Gender/Multicultural/Transitional courses3
Select one of the following:
Non-Western World Literature
African American Literature
Multiethnic Literature
Images Of Women in Literature
Topics in African American Lit
Topics-Multiethnic Literature
Topics in Native American Lit
Postcolonial Literature
American Women Writers
British Women Writers
Topics in Women's Literature
Study of Major Author courses3
Select one of the following:
Shakespeare 1
Study of a Major Author
Chaucer
Shakespeare 2
Milton
Methods courses3
Select one of the following:
Writing Theory and Practice
Approaches to Teaching Compstn
Topics in Creative Writing
Literary Criticism
Contemporary Literary Theory
Intro to Cultural Studies
Intro to American Studies
English Electives9
Additional ENGL Courses at the 200-level or above, six hours of which must be at the 300- or 400-level *
Capstone Experience3
Select one of the following
Creative Writing Senior Seminr
Prof Field Experience:Capstone
Senior Thesis:Capstone
GENERAL ELECTIVES40
Electives (number may vary depending on GEC)
Total Hours128

*

English electives must be taken in the Department of English in literature, language, theory, or writing.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses that are counted toward the major plus ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 or ENGL 103.  At least twelve hours of the student’s total coursework for the major must be at the 300 level or above. 

Students pursuing English education should contact the College of Education and Human Services for their list of required electives.

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
WVUE 1911GEC Objective 2B 4
Foreign Language3GEC Objective (Select from objectives 4, 6, 8, or 9)3
GEC Objective 2A (MATH or STAT)3Foreign Language3
GEC Objective (Select from objectives 4, 6, 8, or 9)3Elective3
ENGL 1991Select one of the following:3
ENGL 2003 
ENGL 1013 
 17 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1023GEC Objective 2C3
GEC Objective 2B3GEC Objective (Select from objectives 4, 6, 8, or 9)3
Foreign Language3Foreign Language3
GEC Objective (Select from objectives 4, 6, 8, or 9)3Select one of the following:3
Select one of the following:  
  
 Elective3
Elective3 
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Select one of the following:3ENGL 2633
 English Electives6
 Elective6
ENGL 2213 
ENGL 2263 
Elective9 
 18 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Writing Course3Capstone Course3
English Methods course3English Elective3
Elective12Elective9
 18 15
Total credit hours: 129

 

Concentration in Creative Writing

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all ENGL courses
A grade of C or higher must be earned in all required courses
Select one of the following:*3
Creative Writing:Fiction
Creative Writing:Poetry
Creative Writing:Non-Fiction
Select one of the following:3
Creative Writing Wksp:Fiction
Creative Writing Wksp:Poetry
Creative Wrtg Wksp:Non-Fiction
ENGL 318Topics in Creative Writing 3
ENGL 418Creative Writing Senior Seminr 3
Select one of the following:3
Creative Writing:Fiction
Creative Writing:Poetry
Creative Writing:Non-Fiction
Creative Writing Wksp:Fiction
Creative Writing Wksp:Poetry
Creative Wrtg Wksp:Non-Fiction
Total Hours15

*

Must have a grade of B or better.

 With permission of the instructor.

 

Concentration in Professional Writing and Editing (PWE)

English majors may obtain a concentration in PWE by completing fifteen hours of coursework, with grade point average of 3.0 or higher, as follows:

A grade of C or higher must be earned in all emphasis courses.
ENGL 301Writing Theory and Practice3
ENGL 302Editing3
ENGL 303Multimedia Writing3
ENGL 304Business/Professional Writing3
or ENGL 305 Technical Writing
ENGL 491AProf Field Experience:Capstone *3
Total Hours15

*

Students must successfully complete at least nine concentration hours before being eligible to take ENGL 491A.

 Non-English majors can select from the following options:

  • English minor (fifteen hours)
  • Creative Writing minor (fifteen hours)
  • Professional writing and editing (fifteen hours)

In addition, non-degree students can earn a Certificate in Professional Writing and Editing.

English Minor

Minor Code - U004

Any student admitted to a degree program other than English may take a minor in English. Such a minor consists of any fifteen hours beyond ENGL 101, ENGL 102 and ENGL 103 or with a minimum of nine hours at the upper-divisional level. Students are advised to design their own English minor to complement the work in their major. Only ENGL courses in which the student earns a grade of C or better can be applied to the English minor.  Courses applied toward a Creative Writing minor or a Professional Writing and Editing minor may not also be applied toward an English minor.

 

Creative Writing Minor

Minor Code - U005

Any student admitted to a degree program other than English may take a minor in creative writing. Such a minor consists of fifteen credit hours taken in the following sequence:

Select one of the following: *3
Creative Writing:Fiction
Creative Writing:Poetry
Creative Writing:Non-Fiction
Select two of the following: 6
Creative Writing Wksp:Fiction
Creative Writing Wksp:Poetry
Creative Wrtg Wksp:Non-Fiction
ENGL 318Topics in Creative Writing 3
Select one of the following: 3
Creative Writing:Fiction
Creative Writing:Poetry
Creative Writing:Non-Fiction
Creative Writing Wksp:Fiction
Creative Writing Wksp:Poetry
Creative Wrtg Wksp:Non-Fiction
Total Hours15

*

Must have a grade of B or better.

With permission of the instructor.

 

Professional Writing & Editing Minor

Minor Code - U051

Any student admitted to a degree program other than English may take a minor in PWE. Such a minor consists of 15 credit hours as follows:

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required in all minor courses
ENGL 301Writing Theory and Practice3
ENGL 302Editing3
Select three of the following:9
The English Language
History of English Language
Multimedia Writing
Business/Professional Writing
Technical Writing
Total Hours15

To earn this minor, students must earn a grade point average of 3.0 or higher across five PWE courses.

 

Certificate in Professional Writing and Editing (PWE)

The PWE certificate is intended for non-traditional students who are not eligible to earn a PWE minor because they are not earning a WVU major or degree. WVU students who are eligible to complete a PWE minor are not eligible for the certificate.

The PWE certificate consists of 15 hours and is designed to provide both an overview of the field and experience in writing and editing. To earn this certificate, students must complete the following courses with a grade point average of 3.0 or better:

ENGL 301Writing Theory and Practice3
ENGL 302Editing3
ENGL 304Business/Professional Writing3
ENGL 305Technical Writing3
ENGL 491AProf Field Experience:Capstone *3
Total Hours15

*

Students must successfully complete at least nine credit hours in this program before being eligible to take ENGL 491A  (internship).

 

Courses

ENGL 101. Composition And Rhetoric. 3 Hours.

A course in writing non-fiction prose, principally the expository essay. Required of all bachelor's degree candidates unless the requirement is waived under regulations prevailing at the time of admission. (Note: Entering freshmen who score 18 or below on the ACT English (or 450 or below on the SAT verbal) may not register for ENGL 101 until they demonstrate requisite skills on the English department's writing placement test. Because of anticipated revisions in SAT or ACT scores, these scores are subject to change. Students should contact the English department for more current information.) Pre-requisite(s) and/or co-requisite(s) may differ on regional campuses.

ENGL 102. Composition And Rhetoric. 3 Hours.

PR: ENGL 101 or equiv. Writing college-level research papers based on argumentative models. Precision in footnotes, bibliographies, usage, punctuation, and stylistics assumed. Required of all bachelor's degree candidates unless the requirement is waived under regulations prevailing at the time of admission.

ENGL 103. Accelerated Academic Writing. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. An accelerated 3-credit hour composition course for students who have already demonstrated a certain level of writing proficiency. English 103 satisfies WVU's introductory writing requirement by emphasizing both expository writing and researched argumentative writing.

ENGL 111. Introduction Creative Writing. 3 Hours.

Instruction in reading and writing fiction, nonfiction and poetry in order to enhance creative writing skills.

ENGL 131. Poetry and Drama. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the genres.

ENGL 132. Short Story and Novel. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the genres.

ENGL 139. Contemporary African Literatur. 3 Hours.

A survey of contemporary African poetry, drama, and fiction.

ENGL 154. African American Literature. 3 Hours.

A historical introduction and survey from its beginnings to the present.

ENGL 156. Literature Native America. 3 Hours.

A historical survey of Native American prose, poetry, song, and story from the beginning to the present.

ENGL 199. Orientation to English Studies. 1 Hour.

Orientation to degree programs and requirements, departmental resources, curriculum options, student responsibilities and opportunities.

ENGL 200. Foundations of Literary Study. 3 Hours.

Study and practice of the analytical, research, and writing skills fundamental to literary studies.

ENGL 201. Advanced Composition. 3 Hours.

PR: (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102) or ENGL 103. Composition for students who wish to further develop their expository and argumentative writing skills.

ENGL 211. Sturm Workshop. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. Creative writing workshop conducted by Sturm visiting writer in residence.

ENGL 212. Creative Writing:Fiction. 3 Hours.

An open enrollment introduction to the writing of fiction.

ENGL 213. Creative Writing:Poetry. 3 Hours.

An open enrollment introduction to the writing of poetry; practice in the basics of image, metaphor, line, form, sound and voice.

ENGL 214. Creative Writing:Non-Fiction. 3 Hours.

Introductory course in the writing of non-fiction.

ENGL 221. The English Language. 3 Hours.

PR: ENGL 101 and sophomore standing. An introduction to language, its structure in the mind, and its use in the United States.

ENGL 225. Western World Literature. 3 Hours.

Selected readings in the canon of Western world literature, both ancient and modern.

ENGL 226. Non-Western World Literature. 3 Hours.

Selected readings in non-Western world literature, ancient and modern.

ENGL 230. Film Studies. 3 Hours.

Topics in the study of film, or film and literature, in a historical, theoretical and/or cultural context.

ENGL 232. Poetry. 3 Hours.

Appreciation and enjoyment of poems through critical and analytical reading. Studies in the various types of poetry, and of the language, imagery, and techniques of poetic expression.

ENGL 233. Short Story. 3 Hours.

The short story's structure, history, and contemporary forms.

ENGL 234. Drama. 3 Hours.

The drama's structure, history, and contemporary forms.

ENGL 235. Novel. 3 Hours.

The novel's structure, history, and contemporary forms.

ENGL 236. The Bible as Literature. 3 Hours.

Analysis of the themes, topics and literary genres of the Old and New Testaments. Issues to be discussed include the unity of the text, the status of authorship, translation, and the depiction of God.

ENGL 241. American Literature 1. 3 Hours.

A historical introduction and survey from its beginnings to the mid-nineteenth century.

ENGL 242. American Literature 2. 3 Hours.

A historical introduction and survey from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.

ENGL 251. American Folklore and Culture. 3 Hours.

Introduction to folklore of the USA. Folklore and American culture. Subject groups vary but usually include Native Americans, early European settlers, African Americans, and 20th century immigrants.

ENGL 252. Appalachian Fiction. 3 Hours.

Reading of short stories, novels, and other narratives by Appalachian authors.

ENGL 253. Southern Writers. 3 Hours.

Twentieth-century Southern essayists, poets, short story writers and novelists in relation to ideological background.

ENGL 254. African American Literature. 3 Hours.

Studies in the literature of African American authors, 1845 to the present.

ENGL 255. Multiethnic Literature. 3 Hours.

This course examines literature by Americans of diverse ethnicities including, but not limited to, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, African Americans, and European Americans of various class/religious/regional backgrounds.

ENGL 257. Science Fiction and Fantasy. 3 Hours.

A study of the history and nature of science fiction from H. G. Wells to the present, with special attention to features of prose narration.

ENGL 258. Popular American Culture. 3 Hours.

A survey of modern popular American culture from 1940 to the present, with special emphasis on popular literature, music, television, movies, radio in its golden age, and comic books.

ENGL 261. British Literature 1. 3 Hours.

A historical introduction and survey from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century.

ENGL 262. British Literature 2. 3 Hours.

A historical introduction and survey from the late eighteenth century to the present.

ENGL 263. Shakespeare 1. 3 Hours.

Several of Shakespeare's most important plays.

ENGL 272. Modern Literature. 3 Hours.

British and American poetry, drama, and fiction from 1900 to 1960.

ENGL 273. Contemporary Literature. 3 Hours.

An examination of the literature written since 1960 in England and America. Poetry, drama, and fiction. Selections will vary depending on the instructor.

ENGL 285. Images Of Women in Literature. 3 Hours.

Representative literary works studied against a backdrop of social and historical documents to examine the effect of images of women in literature on the self-image of women today.

ENGL 288. Sexual Diversity in Lit & Film. 3 Hours.

Representation of lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals in literature and film.

ENGL 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ENGL 301. Writing Theory and Practice. 3 Hours.

PR: (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102) or ENGL 103. Tradition and contemporary approaches to rhetoric and writing theory for professional writing and editing students who wish to develop their abilities to analyze and produce written texts.

ENGL 302. Editing. 3 Hours.

A comprehensive approach to editing, including the correctness and effectiveness of a document, information design, and editorial responsibility. Students gain a realistic perspective on workplace practice through real-world scenarios, case studies, and technological applications.

ENGL 303. Multimedia Writing. 3 Hours.

Study of communication and design issues in multimedia composition. Focuses on communication, creative expression, persuasion, interactivity, and rhetorical principles. Practice in composing multimedia documents such as online publications, interactive literary works, and tutorials.

ENGL 304. Business/Professional Writing. 3 Hours.

PR: (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102) or ENGL 103. Students will analyze different writing contexts, meet the needs of different audiences, and organize and present material in letters, memos, and reports. Includes some research, Internet components, and a review of style, grammar and usage.

ENGL 305. Technical Writing. 3 Hours.

PR: (ENGL 101 and ENGL 102) or ENGL 103. Writing in scientific and technical fields. Introduces students to typical genres, workplace practices, document design, and conventions of writing for experts and non-experts.

ENGL 306. Topics in Humanities Computing. 3 Hours.

Topics include: literary studies (electronic publications, web-based interactive fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction), creative writing in digital media, composition online, pedagogy, cultural studies of electronic media, online communications, language studies. Topics rotate; check with the instructor for current topic.

ENGL 309. Approaches to Teaching Compstn. 3 Hours.

PR: ENGL 200. (May not be taken for both undergraduate and graduate credit.) Surveys attitudes toward and techniques of teaching writing in elementary and secondary schools. Provides experiment in class with methods of teaching writing.

ENGL 312. Creative Writing Wksp:Fiction. 3 Hours.

PR: Grade of B or higher in ENGL 212. Advanced workshop in creative writing for students seriously engaged in writing fiction.

ENGL 313. Creative Writing Wksp:Poetry. 3 Hours.

PR: Grade of B or higher in ENGL 213. Advanced workshop in creative writing for students seriously engaged in the writing of a major group of poems.

ENGL 314. Creative Wrtg Wksp:Non-Fiction. 3 Hours.

PR: Grade of B or higher in ENGL 212 or ENGL 213 or ENGL 214. Advanced workshop in creative writing for students seriously engaged in the writing of nonfiction.

ENGL 318. Topics in Creative Writing. 3 Hours.

(May be repeated for a maximum of 9 hours.) Advanced work in creative writing; course content changes with genre: fiction, poetry, non-fiction.

ENGL 321. History of English Language. 3 Hours.

Study of the nature of the language; questions of origins, language families, development, relationships of English as one of the Indo-European languages.

ENGL 329. Topics in the English Language. 3 Hours.

This course rotates a set of topics offering students field- specific approaches to the study of the English language. Students engage the language through active research paradigms focusing on the social context of the language.

ENGL 331. Topics in Genre. 3 Hours.

This variable-topic course will trace formal and thematic conventions in poetry, drama, prose, fiction, and/or nonfiction.

ENGL 337. Study of a Major Author. 3 Hours.

PR: ENGL 102 or ENGL 103. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Study a single author's works with special attention to historical contexts and critical reception. Authors will vary.

ENGL 339. Theatre Tour. 3 Hours.

Introduces students to texts in performance by reading dramatic texts and traveling to see those texts in performance. Performance sites may include either international or U.S. locations.

ENGL 339A. Theatre Tour Travel. 1 Hour.

Must be taken with ENGL 339.

ENGL 342. American Drama. 3 Hours.

Representative American dramas and history of theatre in America.

ENGL 343. American Poetry. 3 Hours.

Major American poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

ENGL 344. Modern American Poetics. 3 Hours.

A close study of those poets who have shaped the aesthetics of contemporary American poetry.

ENGL 345. American Literature to 1800. 3 Hours.

Major genres, authors, themes, and topics in American literature, c. 1500 to 1800.

ENGL 346. American Literature 1800-1865. 3 Hours.

Major genres, authors, themes and topics in American Literature from 1800 to 1865.

ENGL 347. American Literature 1865-1915. 3 Hours.

Major genres, authors, themes, and topics in American Literature from 1865 to 1915.

ENGL 348. 20th Century American Literatr. 3 Hours.

Major genres, authors, themes, and topics in American literature from 1900 to 1999.

ENGL 349. Contemporary American Literatr. 3 Hours.

Completes the American literature sequence with an examination of stories, novels, poetry and drama (stage and screen) of the period from 1960 to present.

ENGL 351. Folk Literature. 3 Hours.

A close study of a range of narrative folklore genres, which may include tales, myths, legends, ballads, proverbs, riddles, jokes, and other forms.

ENGL 352. Topics in Appalachian Studies. 3 Hours.

Studies of authors, genres, themes, or topics in Appalachian literature.

ENGL 354. Topics in African American Lit. 3 Hours.

This course examines a specific aspect of African American literature and/or culture. Topics vary from semester to semester.

ENGL 355. Topics-Multiethnic Literature. 3 Hours.

PR: ENGL 102 or ENGL 103. Specialized topics course reflective of current issues in multiethnic literature and culture. Topics vary per semester.

ENGL 356. Topics in Native American Lit. 3 Hours.

Specialized topics courses reflecting current trends and issues in Native American literature and culture. Subjects vary per semester.

ENGL 360. Literature of the Middle Ages. 3 Hours.

Literature of the period 1066-1485 in relation to the cultural transformations of the time. Course emphases may include (but are not limited to) Arthurian romance, the "mystery" plays, crusade narratives, political ballads, and women's writings.

ENGL 361. Chaucer. 3 Hours.

Early poems, Troilus and Criseyde, and The Canterbury Tales. In addition to an understanding and appreciation of Chaucer's works, the student is expected to acquire an adequate knowledge of Chaucer's language.

ENGL 362. Literature of the 16th Century. 3 Hours.

Studies from Caxton to Bacon, from Skelton to Shakespeare.

ENGL 363. Shakespeare 2. 3 Hours.

Advanced studies in Shakespeare's plays and non-dramatic poetry. Methodological emphases vary per semester, including textual, historical, dramaturgical and postcolonial approaches.

ENGL 364. Literature of the 17th Century. 3 Hours.

Studies from Donne to Dryden.

ENGL 365. Milton. 3 Hours.

All of Milton's poems and a few selected prose works.

ENGL 366. Literature of 18th Century 1. 3 Hours.

Literature of the period 1660-1744 in relation to social, political, and religious movements of the time.

ENGL 367. Literature of 18th Century 2. 3 Hours.

Continuation of ENGL 366, covering the latter half of the century. May be taken independently of ENGL 366.

ENGL 368. The Romantic Movement. 3 Hours.

A survey of the works of the major British Romantic writers along with an introduction to works of scholarship in British Romanticism.

ENGL 369. Victorian Literature. 3 Hours.

Study of Victorian poets and prose writers with an emphasis on historical, political, and cultural issues. Representative authors may include: Tennyson, the Brownings, Arnold, Dickens, the Brontes, Eliot, and Hardy.

ENGL 371. Modern British/Irish Literatre. 3 Hours.

Studies in the late 19th- and 20th-century British and Irish literature, including the works of Yeats, Eliot, Joyce, Woolf, Auden, Beckett, Hughes, Churchill, and Heaney.

ENGL 372. Commonwealth Literature. 3 Hours.

This course examines fiction, poetry, and plays written by citizens of countries that are members of the British Commonwealth; for instance, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and some Caribbean Islands.

ENGL 373. Contemporary British Literatre. 3 Hours.

The poems, plays, and fiction read in this course reflect Britain's current multicultural makeup: among them, the North and the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, South Africa, Pakistan, and India.

ENGL 374. Postcolonial Literature. 3 Hours.

This course will address various issues in postcolonial literature, including gender, nationalism, resistance, development, neocolonialism and diasporic identities. In addition, students will examine contemporary literary modes associated with the postcolonial project of revisionist history.

ENGL 381. Literary Criticism. 3 Hours.

Literary criticism from Aristotle to modern times.

ENGL 382. Contemporary Literary Theory. 3 Hours.

An introduction to the predominant schools of literary theory of the twentieth century, including psychoanalytic criticism, Marxist criticism, feminist criticism, deconstruction, postmodernism, and cultural studies.

ENGL 383. Intro to Cultural Studies. 3 Hours.

Students will explore the ways in which we are all simultaneously users of and used by culture, and the ways in which cultural practices influence how we think, feel, and act in everyday life.

ENGL 384. Intro to American Studies. 3 Hours.

This course introduces students to methodologies of studying American popular and mass cultures in the past and present. Topics may include film, literature, performance, music, economics, and technology.

ENGL 385. American Women Writers. 3 Hours.

Studies in the literature of American women writers. Syllabi may vary per term; topics may include Jewish American women writers, women writers of the suffrage movement, and 20th century American women writers.

ENGL 386. British Women Writers. 3 Hours.

This course examines fiction, poems, essays, and drama written by British women writers, beginning with the fourteenth-century author Margery Kempe and continuing into the late twentieth century with Nadine Gordimer.

ENGL 387. Topics in Women's Literature. 3 Hours.

Syllabus will vary per term. Topics include women writers outside of Great Britain and the United States; comparative women writers; women's writing on a particular theme or topic.

ENGL 388. Topics in Gay/Lesbian Studies. 3 Hours.

Specialized topics courses reflecting current trends in studies of gay/lesbian history, literature, culture, and theory. Subjects will be taught on a rotation.

ENGL 393A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ENGL 405. Fiction for Adolescents. 3 Hours.

A survey of fiction for adolescents with special attention to literary theories that assist its interpretation.

ENGL 418. Creative Writing Senior Seminr. 3 Hours.

PR: 9 hours of creative writing and consent. Individual projects in creative writing pursued in a workshop setting.

ENGL 423. Introduction to Old English. 3 Hours.

An introduction to Old English grammar and readings. After the basic grammar is mastered, students translate a selection of Old English prose texts and poems.

ENGL 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

ENGL 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

ENGL 491A. Prof Field Experience:Capstone. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

ENGL 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

ENGL 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual interest to students and faculty.

ENGL 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

ENGL 496. Senior Thesis:Capstone. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

ENGL 498A-Z. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study or research.

ENGL 499A-Z. Global Service Learning. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Theory and practice of global service-learning. The main objective will be to pair the experiential aspects of meaningful and sustained service in the host community with work from the student's anchor course by offering a methodological framework for cultural immersion and community service as well as adding to the content of the anchor course.


Faculty

Chair

  • James Harms - M.F.A. (Indiana University)

Associate Chair

  • Timothy Sweet - Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)

Professors

  • Dennis Allen - Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
    Critical theory, Prose fiction
  • Rudolph P. Almasy - Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
    Renaissance and Reformation studies, Composition
  • Laura Brady - Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
    Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Outstanding Teaching. Composition and rhetorical theory, Writing program administration
  • Mark Brazaitis - M.F.A. (Bowling Green University)
    Creative writing: Fiction
  • James Harms - M.F.A. (Indiana University)
    Creative writing: Poetry
  • Kirk Hazen - Ph.D. (University of North Carolina)
    Linguistics
  • Kevin Oderman - Ph.D. (University of California Santa Barbara)
    Creative writing, Modern poetry, American literature
  • Mary Ann Samyn - M.F.A. (University of Virgnia)
    Creative writing: Poetry
  • Timothy Sweet - Ph.D. (University of Minnesota)
    Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of American Literature. American studies, Literature and environment, Native American literature

Associate Professors

  • Sandy Baldwin - Ph.D. (New York University)
    Digital/media poetics, Critical theory, Experimental literature
  • Brian Ballentine - Ph.D. (Case Western University)
    Rhetoric, Technical and professional communication
  • Gwen Bergner - Ph.D. (Princeton University)
    African-American and postcolonial literatures, race, and gender theories
  • Cari Carpenter - Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
    19th-century American literature, Native American literature
  • Ryan Claycomb - Ph.D. (University of Maryland)
    20th-century British literature, Drama, Gender studies
  • Anna Shannon Elfenbein - Ph.D. (University of Nebraska)
    American literature, Women’s studies, Southern literature, African-American fiction, Popular culture
  • Lara Farina - Ph.D. (Fordham University)
    Medieval literature and culture, History of sexuality and reading
  • Marilyn Francus - Ph.D. (Columbia)
    Restoration and eighteenth century literature
  • Michael Germana - Ph.D. (U. La.)
    American studies, 19th- and 20th-century American literature, Popular culture
  • Catherine Gouge - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
    Professional writing, Distance learning, Media studies
  • Rosemary Hathaway - Ph.D. (Ohio State University)
    Folklore, 20th-century American literature, English education
  • Ellesa C. High - Ph.D. (Ohio University)
    Native American studies, Appalachian literature, Creative writing
  • Adam Komisaruk - Ph.D. (University of California Los Angeles)
    British Romanticism, 18th-century British literature
  • John Lamb - Ph.D. (New York University)
    Victorian literature, 19th-century historiography
  • Katy Ryan - Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts)
    20th century American literature
  • Natalie Singh-Corcoran - Ph.D. (University of Arizona)
    Writing Center theory and practice, Writing program administration, Writing assessment
  • Ethel Morgan Smith - M.A. (Hollins College)
    Creative writing, African-American literature
  • David Stewart - Ph.D. (Oxford)
    Associate Vice President for International Outreach. British romanticism, Literary theory
  • Lisa Weihman - Ph.D. (New York University)
    Modern British and Irish literature and culture

Assisstant Professors

  • Piers Brown - Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
    Early Modern British studies, Poetics, History of the book.
  • Lowell Duckert - Ph.D. (George Washington University)
    Early Modern British studies, Literature and environment.
  • John Jones - Ph.D. (U. Texas)
    Composition and Rhetoric, digital literacy
  • Sarah Neville - Ph.D. (University of New Brunswick)
    Early Modern British studies, History of the book
  • Tom Sura - Ph.D. (Purdue)
    Composition and Rhetoric, Writing pedagogy
  • Glenn Taylor - M.F.A. (Texas State University)
    Fiction, Appalachian literature

Teaching Assisstant Professors

  • David Beach - Ph.D. (George Mason University)
    Composition, Writing across the curriculum
  • Mary Angel Blount - M.F.A. (Louisiana State University)
    Composition, Creative writing
  • Elizabeth Juckett - Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
    Composition, Victorian literature, Women writers

Instructors

  • Joy Carr - M.A. (West Virginia University)
    Composition
  • Jill Higgins - M.A. (Eastern Michigan University)
    Business and technical writing
  • Stephen West - M.F.A. (University of Iowa)
    Composition