Undergraduate


Undergraduate Program


For details concerning the requirements for the English major and the English minor, or for courses in the interdisciplinary American Studies program, please consult the English listings in the undergraduate catalog.

ENGL 0331D DEVELOPMENTAL ENGLISH
An intense study of grammar and mechanics, effective sentence construction, and basic essay organization and development. Credit in this course will not be allowed to count toward graduation or computation of grade point average or classification of students by hours completed. Students failing EITHER the English Placement (Pre-TASP) Test OR the writing section of the TASP Test must enroll in this course. (Does not fulfill University degree requirements.)

ENGL 1301 COMPOSITION I
Basic studies in English diction, sentence structure, and rhetoric, with emphasis on the development of college-level writing. Credit 3.

ENGL 1301H (Honors Class)
(Honors Class) [ENGL 1301H] Students with high marks in English on the SAT/ACT exams may qualify to enroll in ENG 1301H, an accelerated class for students with superior skills in English. Students earning an A or B in ENG 1301H will receive advanced credit for ENG 1302 and automatically become eligible for sophomore English. Open to Honors students. Credit 3-6.

ENGL 1302 COMPOSITION II
A continued study of writing skills in English, emphasizing more complex methods in the writing process than ENGL 1301. This course prepares students to write academic essays and research papers. An oral component is also included. Prerequisite: ENG 1301. Credit 3.

ENGL 2331 WORLD LITERATURE I: BEFORE THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
Readings in the classical, medieval, and renaissance masterpieces to analyze and evaluate the philosophical insights and aesthetic values of writers of various cultures. Written assignments are based on themes and concepts in the works studied. Open to all students. Required of English majors. Prerequisites: ENG 1301 and 1302. Credit 3.

ENGL 2342 WORLD LITERATURE II: THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY AND AFTER
Readings in selected works of representative writers of various cultures beginning from the seventeenth century through the present. Written assignments are based on themes and concepts in the works studied. Prerequisites: ENG 1301 and 1302. Credit 3.

ENGL 3330 INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL WRITING
A course in the special problems of technical literature and technical report writing. Prerequisites: ENG 1301 and 1302. Credit 3.

ENGL 3334 LITERATURE AND FILM
A study of the structure, imagery, characterization, and themes of novels, short stories, essays and poems with those of selected motion picture films. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3336 STUDIES IN WOMEN’S LITERATURE

A study of works by women writers encompassing a variety of genres, nationalities, and literary periods. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3337 AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
Exploration of historical, political, and literary problems particular to African-American writers; the course also explores the development of African-American identity through cultural expression in a variety of media and genres. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3338 STUDIES IN MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE

Study of themes, techniques, and literary movements from different cultures. Focus will typically be on more than one ethnic or national culture. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3360 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, BEGINNING TO 1865
A survey of themes, genres, and authors in American literary history from the period of exploration and settlement through the American Renaissance and the Civil War. Required of all English majors. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3361 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1865 TO THE PRESENT
A survey of authors, genres, and movements in American literature from 1865 to the present, including representative works of Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Post-Modernism. Required of all English majors. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3363 MYTHOLOGY
The study of myths and their application to literary studies. Recommended for certification program in Language Arts composite (see Secondary Education Requirements). Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3364 FOLKLORE

The study of folk motifs of various cultures throughout the world. Recommended for certification program in Language Arts (see Secondary Education Requirements). Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3370 MODERN DRAMA
The major figures in modern British, American, and Continental drama. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3372 THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
A general introduction to English linguistics. The course covers areas such as the sound system of English, the structure and meaning of words and sentences, language use in context, language and the brain, dialect and register variation, and the place and history of English among the languages of the world. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3373 ENGLISH GRAMMAR
An introduction to the linguistic analysis of English sentence structure. Students learn to identify different grammatical forms and their functions, different sentence types, and transformations. The course provides an analytic understanding of students’ pre-existing linguistic knowledge—the knowledge that allows them to generate an infinite number of grammatical patterns with a mere handful of rules. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3375 TEACHING WRITING AND LITERATURE IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL

Theory and practices of teaching writing and literature in the secondary school. The course will focus on classroom practices, definition of standards, invention, assignment design, evaluation of student writing, and approaches to young adult literature. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and ENGL 3373. Credit 3.

ENGL 3377 ARGUMENT AND PERSUASION
An advanced writing class that focuses on successful argumentative and persuasive writing. Study will include a survey of the history of argument, structuring of a sound argument, and stylistics. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 2331. Credit 3.

ENGL 3378 DESIGNING WRITTEN DOCUMENTS
In this course students will analyze and create written and electronic documents using major rhetorical and visual design theories. Students will craft professional texts that integrate effective visual and written strategies to create complete and compelling messages across a variety of workplace genres. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 330. Credit 3.

ENGL 3380 ADVANCED COMPOSITION
A study of rhetorical forms and approaches to problems of composition. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3381 INTRODUCTORY CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION
Directed writing in fiction. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3382 INTRODUCTORY CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
Directed writing in poetry. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3383 PRACTICUM IN PUBLISHING
The study of topics and issues related to editing and publishing. Students will be placed with internal or external organizations for semester-long internships. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and either 3381 or 3382. Credit 3.

ENGL 3384 EARLY ENGLISH MASTERWORKS
A study of the major figures in British literature from the beginning to 1798. Required for all English majors. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3385 LATER ENGLISH MASTERWORKS
A study of the major figures in British literature from 1798 to the present. Required for all English majors. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3388 TEXAS CROSSROADS
An interdisciplinary study of intersections among literature, history, science, culture and politics of the “Crossroads” area of Texas. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3..

ENGL 3390 THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE
Narrative, structural, and thematic study of selected books of the Old and New Testament. Course of study includes an examination of Hebrew and Christian scriptures in translation and an analysis of various genres. Consideration will also be given to the cultural and mythological context of selected portions and to some of the literary influences exerted by these passages. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3391 SHAKESPEARE: TRAGEDIES & HISTORIES
A study of Shakespeare’s tragedies and histories, from the earliest experiments of his career to the great history plays of the 1590s through the major tragedies of the early 1600s. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 3392 SHAKESPEARE: COMEDIES & ROMANCE
A study of Shakespeare’s comedies and romances from his early years through the great festive comedies of the late 1590s through the “Dark Comedies” of the 1600s to the romances of the last years of his career. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and either 2331 or 2342. Credit 3.

ENGL 4330 WRITING IN THE PROFESSIONS
Additional training in technical writing, including instruction in the preparation and editing of specialized documents in various subject areas, such as Computer Science, Conservation, Marketing, etc. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3330. Credit 3.

ENGL 4331 COMPOSITION THEORY AND THE TEACHING OF WRITING
An introduction to pedagogical technique for composition appropriate for elementary and secondary students. Major theories of composition will be studied. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4335 STUDIES IN RHETORIC

Selected topics may include rhetorical theory, style and stylistics, rhetorical criticism, ethical issues in rhetoric, and rhetoric literature. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4339 LITERATURE OF DIVERSITY
A study of literature by women and by persons of color appropriate for the secondary English classroom. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4360 THE ENGLISH ROMANTIC MOVEMENT
A survey of the Romantic movement in England, with major emphasis upon the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4363 STUDIES IN THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE
A study of non-dramatic literature of England written between 1500 and 1660. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4364 METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Directed studies and practice in the selection, organization, and presentation of English subject matter and skills to students. Required for English majors and minors who are working for a secondary teaching certificate. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and ENGL 3375. Credit 3.

ENGL 4365 VICTORIAN LITERATURE
A survey of major writers of the Victorian period, supplemented by lectures on the political, social, and economic background of the age. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4367 HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
A survey of the English language, including its relationship to other Indo-European languages, followed by a study of the changes in English sounds, morphology, syntax, and lexicon from Anglo-Saxon times to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4369 STUDIES OF SELECTED GENRES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE

Readings in major writers, themes, and/or historical movements within a selected genre in American literature. The approach may vary from semester to semester, and will include such subjects as modern poetry, the short story, the Naturalists, folklore, regional literature, nonfiction prose, or others. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4370 AMERICAN REGIONAL LITERATURE

Selected representative Southern/Southwestern writers. Readings will emphasize works of artistic merit, but they may include ancillary material such as folklore, “local color,” and historical documents for background study. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4372 AMERICAN LITERATURE: 1820s TO 1860s

A study of the emergence of a distinctive American literary art, including such writers as Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, and Whitman. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4374 STUDIES IN THE BRITISH NOVEL
The study of a variety of topics and figures in the British novel. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3

ENGL 4375 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN ENGLISH
Directed study on individual topics or problems for advanced students. Admission by permission of the Department Chair. This course may be taken for Academic Distinction credit. See Academic Distinction Program in this catalog. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 1-4.

ENGL 4376 TUDOR AND STUART DRAMA

The development of the drama in England, the predecessors and contemporaries of Shakespeare. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4377 ENGLISH LITERATURE OF THE RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY: 1660-1800

A study of the drama, poetry, and prose of the “long eighteenth century.” The course reads the works of such writers as Dryden, Swift, Pope, and Johnson within their cultural contexts. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4378 STUDIES IN WORLD FICTION
The study of a variety of topics and figures in world fiction. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4380 ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: NON-FICTION
An advanced undergraduate writing workshop that emphasizes the theory and craft of creative nonfiction, with special attention to peer review of student writing in the areas of the memoir, the personal essay, personal cultural criticism, and literary journalism. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3380. Credit 3.

ENGL 4381 ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION
An advanced undergraduate writing workshop that emphasizes the theory of modern and contemporary fiction, with special attention to peer review of student writing in the areas of the novel and short fiction. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3381. Credit 3.

ENGL 4382 ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY
An advanced writing class that emphasizes the writing of poetry, with related outside readings in poetic theory and form. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3382. Credit 3.

ENGL 4383 THE DEVELOPMENT OF DRAMA IN AMERICA
A study of major movements and significant figures in American dramatic literature from Royall Tyler to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4384 STUDIES IN THE AMERICAN NOVEL

The study of a variety of topics and figures in the American novel. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4385 STUDIES IN CHAUCER

A close study of the works of Chaucer, with primary emphasis on The Canterbury Tales as they reflect the man and his times. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4386 LITERATURE OF THE MIDDLE AGES
A study of selected works of Old and Middle English literature with some continental works. The course will include, at various times, works as early as Beowulf (ca. 8th-9th c.) to ones as late as Malory’s Morte D’Arthur (late 15th c.). Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4387 TWENTIETH-CENTURY LITERATURE OF ENGLAND, IRELAND, AND THE COMMONWEALTH
A study of a variety of 20th-century literature by writers associated with England, Ireland, or English-speaking groups (not American) formerly colonized by the British. Though the course varies from term to term, it generally aims to have students read literary works by major figures, learn of the cultural and historical forces influencing these works and writers, and develop an understanding of the main concepts and movements that distinguish this body of literature. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.

ENGL 4390 LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY
A survey of the major modes of literary criticism. Study of the basic concepts underlying specific theories of literary criticism and their application and impact within a literary field selected by the instructor. Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, either 2331 or 2342, and 3 hrs. of ENG 3000-level. Credit 3.


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