English Course Descriptions
ENG 201 Intro to Literary Analysis
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of literary study, including critical terms, and focuses on contemporary world literature with equal proportions of Western and non-Western work. Students will discuss fiction, poetry and drama by internationally known authors.
ENG 202 Creative Writing I
This course provides a workshop environment that combines creative writing and criticism. Students work in the three major genres: poetry, fiction and drama. Selections of students' work are offered to our literary journal, "Prairie Winds", and to the Agnes Hyde Writing Contest.
ENG 205 British Literature I
The first of two surveys concentrating on poetry, drama and fiction from the British Isles, this course begins with poetry written in Old English and extends through the 18th century.
ENG 206 British Literature II
The second of two surveys concentrating on poetry, drama and fiction from the British Isles, this course begins with the Romantics and extends through the contemporary period.
ENG 215 Business and Technical Writing
Students will be introduced to professional expectations for written communication in the workplace and on the Web. Students will develop an understanding of purpose and audience while writing and revising a variety of goal-oriented projects. In preparation for a research project, students will develop a variety of texts, including memos, letters, analytical reports, presentation and proposals. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG 111.
ENG 223 American Literature
This historical survey of the prose and poetry of America covers the Puritan era to modern authors, concentrating on major works and authors.
ENG 226 Literature of European Civilization
This course provides a historical survey of the prose and poetry of Western Europe, from biblical texts and the literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the present day, concentrating on major works and authors.
ENG 230 Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Literature considers canonical and contemporary examples of fiction written for readers in grades 6-12. Students will focus most of their attention on analyzing young adult literature as literature but will also consider pedagogic and craft-study approaches. Thus, the course benefits literature, creative writing and education students in their preparation as scholars, readers, writers and teachers of young adult literature.
ENG 312 Scholarly Research and Writing
This course concentrates on the conception and execution of an extended research project. This course prepares students for upper-level college writing and professional writing outside the college environment. Prerequisite: ENG 111.
ENG 302 Creative Writing II: Genre and Technique
This course is an intensive study of literary techniques as they appear in at least three genres of creative expression – poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The course will serve as a workshop and laboratory space for students to practice these techniques and learn them from example. We will proceed technique by technique, focusing on the techniques as the building blocks of good writing in any genre, or across genres. As the semester progresses, students will be expected to write toward a single, multiple or cross-genre final project that represents their development as writers specializing in, or questing the boundaries of, a particular mode of literature. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG 202.
ENG 313 Great Plains Literature
Students will discover a variety of literature about the Great Plains, including the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa, with an emphasis on how this literature is both regional and universal in scope. This literature includes fiction and nonfiction works by regional writers.
ENG 314 American Multiethnic Literature
Focusing on the cultural diversity in American literature, students will experience readings in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American and Native American literature, among others. General Education: Literature, Cultural Awareness (effective by 2009) General Education: Effective Expression - Literary Analysis
ENG 315 Women Writers
English 315 examines the development of 20th- and 21st- century poetry, essays, novels, and stories written by women. We will ask how women writers respond to, interpret and extend dominant modes of modern and contemporary literature in English in order to explore themes of gender, ethnicity and culture. This course includes a variety of works in English (British and American) by women writers and introduces critical approaches to interpreting their works.
ENG 316 Contemporary World Literature
This course examines 20th-and 21st-century fiction, nonfiction and poetry by authors from, living in, or writing about places other than the United States. Students will consider cultural, historical, aesthetic and linguistic perspectives as they read, analyze and discuss texts from around the world.
ENG 323 Shakespeare
Introducing the life and works of Shakespeare, this course concentrates on the plays, emphasizing the development of central themes, the use of different genres, the decisions involved in production and the cultural background of the Renaissance.
ENG 327 English Methods
This course prepares students intending to teach English in secondary schools. Students will develop ideas for lessons, practice presentations and units in language, literature and composition. Prerequisites: EDU 201 and SPD 206. Corequisite: EDU 435.
ENG 342 English Grammar
This course reviews grammatical principles used in writing. It is useful for students intending to teach or improve their language skills.
ENG 341 The English Language
Students will study the development of the language through history, including varieties of English throughout the world. The course includes contemporary American dialects, current linguistic theory and implications for teaching.
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