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103-104 Freshman English I - II
A two-semester sequence designed to help students become better thinkers, readers and writers and to initiate the training they need to satisfy the demands of their college education. It focuses primarily on the writing process and the interrelated stages of that process. The second semester also introduces students to research methods. All degree-candidate students must complete successfully English 103 and English 104.

106 Introduction to Literary Studies
Introduces the beginning English major to the study of literature through discussion of various critical theories and methods and through analysis of literary forms and genres.

110 Introduction to Human Communication
This course introduces the general areas and concentrations of the study of communication relating to everyday communication interactions. Students investigate concepts and basic theories related to a variety of communication contexts, including intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, mediated, gender and intercultural. This course is designed to be an entry level introduction to the discipline of Communication.

115 Introduction to Mediated Communication
This is a survey course in mass and mediated communication. By teaching issues surrounding media literacy, students are encouraged to develop a critical and cultural framework to assess various elements of the media. Specifically, the course traces media history, governmental regulation of the media, media economics and the development of "new media" to understand the impact of the changing nature of mediated communication on politics and culture.

207 Advanced Composition
The study of the essay in theory and practice, its prevalent forms in journalism and scholarship.

212 Creative Writing: Fiction
A workshop in the composition of short fiction. After initial guidelines on the forms of writing short fiction are set out, students will read from their work-in-progress and receive critiques from their peers and from the instructor. Permission of the instructor is required.

213 Creative Writing: Poetry
A workshop in the composition of poetry. After initial guidelines on the forms of writing poetry are set out, students will read from their work-in- progress and receive critiques from their peers and from the instructor. Permission of the instructor is required.

216 Principles and Practices of Journalism
An introduction to the basic methods and techniques of writing for the print and broadcast media. The student practices clear and concise writing, effective editing, and efficient gathering and organization of news stories.

218 - Media Writing
An introduction to the skills of writing for various professional communication contexts, such as advertising and public relations, as well as audio-visual storytelling. Students critique the cultural, political, and economic factors that inform the production, use, and potential of media writing.

221 Public Speaking
Stresses building effective speaking skills necessary for professional careers and participation in civic life. Students learn various strategies that are available for assessing and meeting the demands of speaking situations. Assignments include a series of informative, persuasive, and commemorative speeches.

222 Oral Interpretation of Literature
Applies techniques used in the art of oral interpretation to various literary genres. Works performed are analyzed. Individual performance is required.

233 Studies in Medieval Literature
Selected works of medieval English literature, from Anglo-Saxon through late Middle English.

234 Studies in Renaissance Literature
The poetry, prose, and drama of major 16th and 17th century writers such
as Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, More, Donne, Herbert, Marvell, Webster, Ford, and Milton.

236 Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature
The study of English literature between John Dryden and Samuel Johnson; analysis and criticism of representative works of Dryden, Swift, Addison, Pope, Boswell, and Johnson. This study will be informed by the governing intellectual and poetic impulses of the Enlightenment such as rationalism, classicism, Deism, and Tory-Whig politics. The rise of the novel is studied in selected works of such authors as Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, and Austen. Readings in selected dramatists such as Wycherly, Congreve, Gay, Sheridan, and Goldsmith.

237 Studies in Romantic Literature
The major writers of the English Romantic Period, with emphasis on Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.

238 Studies in Victorian Literature
The social and intellectual problems of the Victorian Age seen through the chief novelists, poets, and essayists.

239 Studies in Modern British Literature
A survey of the major writers and movements of the Edwardian and Georgian periods to 1936, with an emphasis on the Modernist literature by Conrad, Woolf, Eliot, Joyce, Yeats, and Lawrence.

240 Studies in Postmodern British Literature
A study of representative poetry, fiction, essays, and drama of the later twentieth century to the present, including such authors as Orwell, Auden, Pinter, Beckett, Thomas, Larkin, Waugh, Rhys, Lessing, Heaney, Stoppard, and McEwan.

241 Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
A study of representative 19th century writers such as Irving, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, and James.

242 Studies in Modern American Literature
A study of representative poetry, fiction, and drama of the twentieth century including such authors as James, Wharton, Eliot, Frost, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Stevens, O'Neil, Hughes, Welty, Miller, and O'Connor.

243 Studies in Postmodern American Literature
A study of American writing from 1945 to the present, focusing on those works that challenge the premises of Modernism and examine contested identities that make up America.

245 Introduction to African-American Literature
A survey of the development of African-American literature from its beginnings to the present, with an emphasis on literary genres and traditions, and historical and cultural contexts.

251 Shakespeare
Close reading of representative comedies, histories, and tragedies.

252 Milton
The major works of Milton, including Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes.

255 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature
A survey of the development of postcolonial literature as a genre that emerged following the end of the British Empire. It covers a range of periods and geographies: from 1947, when the British left India, to post 1960s, when they left Africa. It has now been expanded to include modern Empires such as the former Soviet republics, Latin America, and Ireland. The course includes contemporary Indian, African, and Caribbean literature as well as select canonical texts that can be read from a postcolonial perspective.

261 Beginning Acting
An introduction to the basic vocal and physical techniques of acting with emphasis on the development of technical skills and the emotional and intellectual resources required in acting. Improvisations and theatre games are used extensively. Formal acting is explored through monologue and duet acting scenes. Cross-listed as Fine Arts 261.

262 Beginning Directing
Instruction and practical experience in the art of staging plays. Selection of materials, script analysis, casting, blocking, rehearsal procedure, and techniques of communication with the actor are explored. Directing methods are examined in a major scene prepared for presentation to the class.
Cross-listed as Fine Arts 262.

310 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
Focuses on the history and importance of rhetorical tradition from the fifth century B.C. to the present, including the role classical rhetoric has played in the development of modern rhetorical theory. (Formerly EN210)

315 Communication Theory
Various theories about the nature and dynamics of human communication are presented. A study of the language base of the discipline will open to an examination of applications in interpersonal, intergroup, mass and media communication situations. (Formerly EN225)

330 Political Communication
This course is designed to introduce students to the central concepts and principles underlying the communicational process in the political arena. Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of relevant terminology and theory, to recognize the forms and genres of political communication, to provide specific examples of such forms and genres and to critique and evaluate forms of political communication and to manifest their mastery in discussion and written assignments, as well as examinations and quizzes.

345 Progress and Nostalgia: Mid-Victorian Britain in History and Literature
The period between 1851-1867 constituted the high noon of Victorian England, an era when Britain enjoyed unprecedented stability and prosperity. Beneath the equipoise of these years, however, great changes took place, and Victorians attempted to deal with what they saw as the transition from the medieval to the modern world. This course identifies several areas in which significant change occurred, such as politics, art, and religion and others. Within the selected areas, students will learn to appreciate the great literature of the period and examine the historical forces influencing the art, culture and people of the mid-Victorian period. Cross-listed with HI345

354 Introduction to Literary Theory
General principles and trends in the theory and criticism of literature from antiquity to the twenty-first century, including classical rhetoric, formalism, structuralism, post structuralism, new historicism, and gender studies.

355 Introduction to General Linguistics
Designed to provide students with a grasp of fundamental linguistic principles, concentrating on the grammar of English. It emphasizes the analysis of English according to the traditional, structural, and generative transformational approaches. Included are the implications of applied English linguistics for teachers, literary scholars, and other professionals.

356 History of the English Language
The historical development of the English language: the phonological, morphological, and syntactic changes through the centuries governed by language laws and foreign influences.

363 Topics in the History of the Theatre
Various phases of theatre development are studied. Representative plays are read as examples for discussion. Sample topics: American Drama and Culture, European Masters of Drama, American Playwrights since 1945, Great Ages of the Theatre. Cross listed as FA363.
Special Topics

307 Special Topics in Writing Sample Topics: Advanced Journalism

325 Special Topics in Communication Sample Topics: Political Communication; Gender and Communication.

333 Special Topics in Medieval Literature Sample Topics: Chaucer; Arthurian Legends; Celtic Traditions.

334 Special Topics in the Sixteenth Century Sample Topics: Edmund Spenser; The Sonnet.

335 Special Topics in the Seventeenth Century Sample Topics: The Metaphysical Poets.

336 Special Topics in the Eighteenth Century Sample Topics: Jane Austen; Neo-classical Satire; Eighteenth Century Novel

337 Special Topics in the Romantic Period Sample Topics: The Gothic Novel; Mary Shelley and her Circle.

338 Special Topics in the Victorian Period Sample Topics: Gerard Manley Hopkins; Thomas Hardy; The Brontes.

339 Special Topics in the Modern British Literature Sample Topics: Bloomsbury: Virginia Woolf and Her Circle

340 Special Topics in Postmodern British Literature Sample Topics: Contemporary British Novel; Postcolonial Indian Literature

341 Special Topics in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Sample Topics: Whitman and Dickinson; American Transcendentalism;    Hawthorne and Melville.

342 Special Topics in Twentieth-Century American Literature Sample Topics: The Harlem Renaissance; African-American Literature,    1930-1950; Willa Cather; Postmodern American Poetry.

370 Special Topics in Irish Literature Sample Topics: Contemporary Irish Fiction; Yeats and the Irish Literary Revival; Anglo-Irish Literature; Contemporary Irish Poetry

373 Special Topics in Literary Genres Sample Topics: Tragedy: Theory and Practice; Psychological Fiction

374 Special Topics in Literary Theory/Criticism Sample Topics: Contemporary Theory.

400 Independent Study

470 Communication Senior Seminar
Required of all senior Communication majors, this course asks students to integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired as communication majors. Being mindful of the ethical issues surrounding topics in communication studies, students are expected to develop a capstone project that culminates in both a senior thesis and a presentation of the results of their research.

Prerequisite: EN210 Theory of Rhetoric or EN225 Communication Theory

475 English Senior Seminar
Required of all senior majors, each student will write and present a thesis on a single major work. The seminar encourages coordination of literary knowledge by bringing literary theory, history, and criticism into conjunction with one another.

481-482 Internship
Student-originated internships, supervised by the English Department, in areas of communication, publishing, journalism, and theatre.