English (ENGU)

ENGU 103 Writing and Rhetoric

The course provides instruction that focuses on the writing process, evaluating and explaining ideas, critical reading, conducting library and Internet research, developing a research paper, and documenting research. Students will learn that reading is a complex process. Students are required to complete a minimum of 10,000 graded words in essays that include a researched essay. All work shall be submitted as a part of a final writing portfolio. 3 credits.

ENGU 104 Writing About Literature

Prerequisite: ENGU 103.

English 104 develops a student’s critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as they apply to the analysis of fiction, poetry, drama, and creative non-fiction. The readings for the course reflect the diversity of writers and perspectives. Through a variety of essays, students will demonstrate their understanding of a variety of literary devices and their ability to write persuasively about literature. Not only will students improve their ability to analyze and write about literature, but they will also increase their understanding of the world and its people. Students will complete five essays totaling at least 8,000 words. 3 credits.

ENGU 306 Creative Writing

This introductory course in creative writing focuses on the study of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Students analyze technique in the works of published writers and in their own original works. After submitting writing, students participate in informal discussion of their work, which includes helpful criticism from the class and the instructor. Increased writing skills help students prepare for careers in communication, education, writing, advertising, selling, journalism, law, business, and government. 3 credits.

ENGU 329 Experimental Topics in English

Prerequisite: ENGU 104.

An examination of selected topics in English relevant to evolving areas of importance to the field. Syllabi must be approved by the Dean and announced to the Curriculum and Academic Committee prior to being offered. May be repeated for credit provided the course content is different. 3 credits.

ENGU 348 Writing and Producing for New Media in the 21st Century

In this course, students will explore the wide range of creative writing that addresses the convergence of and differences between traditional (print) with new (electronic) media. Students will participate in a number of hands-on experiences with creating, shaping and adapting stories for various media. The course emphasizes electronic publishing opportunities and the treasure trove of new media resources. 3 credits.

ENGU 350 Ethical Leadership through Literature

Prerequisite: ENGU 103 and 104 or their equivalent.

What do Lucy Prebble, William Shakespeare, and Kazuo Ishiguro have in common? Besides being writers, each wrote imaginatively about leadership and leaders, particularly about leaders confronted with moral and ethical dilemmas. The course will examine the behavior of people in leadership roles through the imaginative lens. The course draws students into a deeper and more personal understanding of leadership through critical reviews and the discovery of literature. Literature presents us with the actions and results of action, and through the characters' stories, we learn about the dangers and rewards of our own actions. Through class discussions of readings and case studies, students will consider and articulate their own moral positions and examine their judgments of characters and their actions. The literary readings of the class will cover several centuries, countries, and cultures, and all will challenge students to expand their understanding of the world and their place in it as leaders, whether on the battlefield, home, community, or athletic field. Online only. 3 credits.

ENGU 380 Professional Writing

This course serves as an introduction to the primary genres and rhetorical strategies of professional writing. Students will learn write clear, grammatical, well-structured professional communications. Assignments will require creating both internal and external documents for a variety of audiences. 3 credits.

ENGU 410 Major Authors in Modern and Contemporary Literature

In this course, students will explore seminal works of modern and contemporary literature by eminent British and American authors. The course focuses on some of the most innovative and influential authors of our times: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Salman Rushdie, Kazuo Ishiguro, Toni Morrison, and Philip Roth. Students will engage with inventive styles such as stream of consciousness and magical realism, and consider themes that center on questions of identity and history, gender and race, community and alienation, and psychology and spirituality. Through study of the individual texts, students will appraise the concerns and transformations within the modern and contemporary periods, as well as between the two. 3 credits.

ENGU 420 Language Development and Acquisition

Prerequisite: ENGU 104.

This course introduces students to the fundamental components of language. An emphasis is placed on major theories of language development and language acquisition as well as the processes involved in learning language. Students will examine the interaction between primary language and second language acquisition and strategies that support language development. The course also addresses the implications that language development and language differences have on the processes of learning to read and reading to learn. 3 credits.

ENGU 450 Literature of Children and Young Adults

Prerequisite: ENGU 104.

This course will introduce the genres, history, themes, uses, and trends of children’s literature and its role in a child’s cultural socialization. Students will study children’s literature from diverse cultures and classic works through exploration of illustrations, traditional literature, modern and animal fantasy, bibliotherapy, fiction and non-fiction works, poetry, informational text, and literary merit. Those who interact with and write children’s literature will benefit from this study of style, technique, and methods for introducing the young to the pleasures of literature and elements of literary quality. 3 credits.

ENGU 499 Independent Study

Prerequisites: Instructor's approval and approval of petition.

Directed reading and/or research designed to meet specific needs of superior upper division students. 1-3 credits.