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ENG 1110 - First Year Composition ( Foundations: VFFC - First Year Comp ) - 4 cr.
Helps students build rhetorical knowledge, develop critical thinking skills, and practice writing processes. By doing so, students gain transferable knowledge and skills that they can apply to a wide range of fields, disciplines, and writing situations. Students can expect to practice some of the types of writing that they may encounter in their college careers, such as summaries, analysis papers, academic arguments, reviews, critiques, and papers built on research. English 1110 serves as a foundation for future writing practice within specific disciplines, where students will encounter different tasks, audiences, and purposes under the guidance of faculty from across the college.

Corequisite Course:

ENG 1115 - Introduction to Literature - 4 cr.
Introduces the student to the foundations of literary study. In addition to reading a variety of texts from world literature, students will try out the role of literary critic, applying at least two critical frameworks to texts. Students will experience ways in which different critical lenses may stimulate, enrich, change and challenge their understanding of a text. Students will also try out the roles of both poet and storyteller to appreciate the ways literary genres shape and limit expression.

ENG 1120 - Mythology - 4 cr.
Explores myth as society's way of expressing itself is approached here through narrative frames and choices and interpretation of stories from primary sources. Stories are taken from the ancient Mediterranean, South and East Asia, early America and modern Africa. Study will reach to include myths selected from China, India, Islam, Japan, Africa and/or the early Americas.

ENG 1130 - Women's Voices ( Conceptions: VCLI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Emphasizes the diversity of women’s literary voices writing in English even as it is structured around their shared themes and purposes. From the medieval period to the present, readings include poems, short fiction, drama, nonfiction prose, and at least one novel.

ENG 1777 - Independent Study - 0-4 cr.

ENG 2000 - Introduction to English Studies - 4 cr.
This seminar offers prospective or recently declared English majors and minors a singular opportunity for discussion with like-minded students. In this required, foundational course, you will be introduced to the skills that characterize literary studies: rigorous close reading of texts in different genres, a critical vocabulary for further work in the field, and familiarity with the major theoretical approaches to literature (New Historicist, feminist, and deconstructivist, for example) as well as the development of their practical applications. You will also learn and employ basic literary research tools. The English Department recommends that you enroll in this required gateway course as a freshman or sophomore. (Please note that this course does not fulfill any of the General Education Pathways.)

ENG 2105 - Investigative Writing - 2 cr.
Explores theory and practice of research skills in preparation for writing an article-length essay, report, review of literature, literary or cultural critique, memoir, etc. Focus on developing a proposal, producing a working bibliography, developing an outline or focus statement, writing drafts, and using discipline-specific formats as appropriate. Excellent preparation for McNair students and liberal arts majors intending to pursue graduate school as well as others interested in investigative writing.

Prerequisite Course: ENG 1110

ENG 2203 - Native American Literature ( Conceptions: VCLI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Organized chronologically as a survey of 20th and 21st century Native American Literature. Classes focus on the historical, political, and social conditions that produce and shape Native American literature and examines how that literature fits into the canon of American literature.

ENG 2205 - Chicana/o Literature - 4 cr.
Organized chronologically as survey of 19th, 20th, and 21st century Chicana/o literature. Classes focus on the historical, political, and social conditions that produce and shape Mexican American literature and examines how that literature fits into the canon of American literature.

ENG 2210 - Ethnic Literature - 4 cr.
Introduces literature written by authors of minority groups in the United States, including Hispanic Americans, American Indians, African Americans, Asian Americans and Jewish Americans. The course focuses on the diversity of American literature, on the ways in which writers outside the mainstream view America and on how they view their own cultures.

ENG 2220 - Medieval and Renaissance Worlds in Literature ( Conceptions: VCLI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Explores the study of medieval and Renaissance texts in their historical, cultural, and literary contexts. The course examines various genres and subjects in an effort to understand what texts from a distant past reveal about their own cultures and how they might speak to a 21st century audience. Texts are selected from a range of cultures, such as medieval and Renaissance France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Scandinavia, Spain, and Wales, as well as Arabia and the Jewish Diaspora.

Crosslist Course: MER 2220

ENG 2250 - Introduction to Poetry - 4 cr.
Explores the study of theory, forms and techniques of poetry with greatest emphasis on close study of selected poems. The course focuses on the major forms of poetry and the relationship of metaphor, symbol, tone and metrics to meaning.

ENG 2251 - Introduction to Fiction - 4 cr.
Surveys celebrated prose fiction in a variety of cultural settings and idioms. Special attention is given to the forms and conventions of the novel and to the critical apparatus by which a reader may effectively analyze works of fiction. A typical reading list might include works by Austen, the Bronte sisters, Twain, Lawrence, Hurston, Orwell, Morrison, and Diaz.

ENG 2252 - Introduction to Drama - 4 cr.
Studies theory, forms and dramatic conventions of plays taken from Greek, medieval, Renaissance, neoclassical, modern and contemporary periods.

ENG 2255 - Contemporary Fiction - 4 cr.
Offers an introduction to the art form of fiction in all its lengths. We will read short shorts, short stories, novellas and novels and explore how writers express perceptions, emotions, values and visions of humanity and of the world we inhabit. This course aims to expand the student’s knowledge of literature and the conventions of the short story, the novella and the novel as art forms; more importantly, it seeks to enhance the student's appreciation of literature.

ENG 2270 - Studies in Literature ( Conceptions: VCLI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Studies selected genres such as the Bible, fantasy literature, science fiction, murder mysteries, and the Gothic novel.

ENG 2365 - British Romanticism ( Conceptions: VCLI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Surveys literature of the British Romantic period from 1785-1832. Students practice close reading, critical thinking, and expository writing as they read and analyze a range of representative works. Political writing and memoir supplement examination of the defining poetry of the era. Issues include debates about religious and political freedom; perceptions of nature and environment; social transformations for men, women, and families; abolitionism, rights, and citizenship; colonialism; and imperial activity.

ENG 2390 - Regional Literature in English - 4 cr.
The Irish have long been noted for their verbal skills as storytellers and poets. In this course, we shall analyze and discuss a variety of Irish poetry and drama, concentrating on modern and contemporary authors. In particular, we shall discuss the literature within its nationalistic, historical, literary and cultural contexts. Further, we shall also be able to examine some literature, where appropriate, in its geographical context. Poets and playwrights include, among others, Swift, Synge, Yeats, O’Casey, Keane, Boland, Heaney, Friel

ENG 2410 - Revolution and Resistance in Nineteenth-Century Poetry ( Conceptions: VCLI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Examines selected readings in English language poetry of the nineteenth century. Focus on understanding and analysis of poems through writing and discussion emphasizing the transformative social upheavals, literary movements, poetic practices, and technological developments of the period.

ENG 2777 - Topics - 0-4 cr.
Explores topics.

ENG 3010 - Trauma and Recovery: Medicine and Literature ( Integrations: VILI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
A course in literature and narrative medicine. If we know that trauma cannot be told without a witness who encourages the tale by offering words and gestures of sympathy, we also know that to bear witness to trauma is to share its burden. Disciplined objectivity and reducing the patient to his illness have traditionally protected clinicians in the health care fields from experiencing the trauma of “caring too much” for their patients. But practitioners in the Health Humanities argue for the recovery of humanity in health care. They argue that encouraging the stories of both patients and family members invites all sufferers to find meaning in their pain, and to work towards emotional, if not always physical, healing. The field of Health Humanities positions the literature classroom – with its emphasis upon close reading, attention to semiotics, analysis of gesture, the mending of fractured narratives, and the adoption of alien points of view – as a safe place to learn to listen to trauma. And, while reading literature enables students to practice authentic listening, reflective writing shared in groups enables students to make meaning from their own trauma and to begin this rich process of storytelling. In this course we will closely read and analyze the narratives of wounded patients, healers, and family witnesses while we write and share our

Crosslist Course: HHU 3010

ENG 3300 - Creative Writ: Fict & Nonfict - 4 cr.
Explores the reading of appropriate fiction and writing of short weekly pieces and a final short story. The class includes presentations on technique. Students need not be English majors. Work from this class is often published in the St. Scholastica literary journal, Out of Words.

ENG 3301 - Creative Writing: Poetry - 4 cr.
Explores the reading and discussion of poetry to learn technique from published poets. A final portfolio of poetry required which will include students' choice of their best work. Students need not be English majors. Work from class is often published in the St. Scholastica literary journal, Out of Words.

ENG 3310 - American Literature I:Beg-1900 - 4 cr.
Surveys American literature (poetry, essays, short stories and novels) beginning with Anne Bradstreet in the 17th century and including such authors as Irving, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Twain, et al. The course focuses on writers' responses to the political, social and literary concerns of the period, as well as to more general human concerns. Some attention to issues of form.

ENG 3311 - American Literature II: 1900 - - 4 cr.
Survey of works by American poets and prose writers from the late 1800s through the 1990s. Poets include Dickinson, Frost, Williams, Stevens, Eliot, H.D., Marianne Moore, Plath, Wilbur and Rich. Novelists include Cather, Faulkner, Hemingway, Malamud, Walker, Morrison, Updike, Nabakov, O'Brien and Erdrich; American dramatists include Miller, O'Neill, Shepard, Albee and Williams. Short story writers include Anderson, Chopin, Cheever, O'Connor, Mason, Beattie and Oates.

ENG 3315 - American Short Story ( Integrations: VILI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Chronological survey of the development of the American short story as well as a survey of selected short story theory and criticism. Students will read stories by a variety of American short story writers, beginning in the 19th century and continuing into the present. Discussion will focus on themes, the contexts in which the stories were written, and story structure.

ENG 3320 - British Literature I - 4 cr.
Survey of English literature from the beginning until the late 18th century, including important and representative texts from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the neo classic era. The course offers a view of literature within its historical and cultural context.

ENG 3321 - British Literature II - 4 cr.
Survey of British literature from the end of the 18th century to the present day, including poetry, drama and prose from the Romantic period, the Victorian period and Modernist canon. The course offers a historical context so that students may understand the writers in relation to one another and to the world they inhabited.

ENG 3325 - Brexit Sixteenth-Century Style - 4 cr.
Exploring English literary works that either reflect, or culturally impacted, the politically volatile years of the sixteenth century, “Brexit Sixteenth-Century Style” analyzes the literary significance of Henry VIII’s own version of Brexit, which led to his nation’s break from Rome. Focusing on the most important texts that demonstrate the political and religious turmoil of the period, students discover and analyze the varied voices of dissent or agreement, while considering the division that inevitably followed this seismic shift in national religious identity. At all times, the power of English literature to persuade, cajole, or subvert will be foremost in our minds. Likewise, consideration of the social and political implication of sixteenth-century literary endeavor will ensure a contextual appreciation for the social justice implications of this period’s Brexit changes, while offering moments of reflection on similar populist and nationalist movements in the twenty-first century. "What," we will ask, "can sixteenth-century literature tell us about our own lives and how to live according to those values we hold dear?"

ENG 3330 - Theatre: Greek - Elizabethan ( Integrations: VIFA - Fine Arts, Integrations: VILI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Survey of major historical developments in theatre from the birth of theatre performance in ancient Greece through Roman theatre to medieval liturgical drama. The course concludes with Elizabethan theatre and includes study of technical developments as well as historical contexts. Classes focus on production as well as the literary perspective.

Crosslist Course: CTA 3330

ENG 3331 - Theatre: Restoration-20th Cent ( Integrations: VIFA - Fine Arts, Integrations: VILI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Survey of major historical developments in theatre from the Restoration through the 20th century. The readings focus on the change in realism with the influence of psychoanalysis, absurdist, surrealism and ethnic theatre. Literary and historical components of the plays are addressed. Classes focus on production as well as the literary perspective.

Crosslist Course: CTA 3331

ENG 3335 - Sexploitation in Jacobean Drama ( Integrations: VILI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Explores the dramatic output of playwrights during the socially distinctive reign of King James I, hence the period’s designation, Jacobean. This course will provide an in-depth examination of non-Shakespearean theatrical production in the seventeenth century, thus bridging the divide between studies of Shakespeare, later Restoration drama, and beyond.

ENG 3340 - American Novel - 4 cr.
Analyses and discusses the development of the American novel in the 19th or 20th centuries. There will be some attention given, where appropriate, to British and American antecedents. Classes focus on selected novelists and the variety of themes and forms characteristic of either century.

ENG 3345 - War and Paradise Lost ( Integrations: VILI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Discovering the significance of the seventeenth-century’s greatest Puritan writer, John Milton, while situating his poetic and polemic literary endeavors in the contexts of their time, students of “War and Paradise Lost” will study a wealth of material related to the tumultuous years that led to the beheading of King Charles I. Close reading of literature produced by protagonists from both sides of a bloody civil conflict allows us to consider the social justice implications of written communication as a weapon of war and peace, and as oppression of minority voices, especially women. Turbulent times that are mirrored in the divisiveness of today’s social and political upheavals offer insight into the power of English literature to inspire, persuade, and ultimately lead a nation down a path of self-destruction through religious dissent.

ENG 3350 - British Novel - 4 cr.
Analyses and discusses the origins and development of the British novel either from its beginning in the 18th century through the romantic novel of the 19th century, or at the discretion of the instructor, a survey of one of the following categories: Victorian novels, post-modern novels.

ENG 3362 - Advanced Writing - 4 cr.
Explores some of the ways in which language can be used to achieve particular aims. Students will do a considerable amount of writing as well as some reading in rhetorical theory. Emphasis is on adapting discourse for various audiences and different occasions. Occasionally, designated sections of the course will focus on writing for electronic media and the rhetorical demands such writing entails. Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or competency.

Prerequisite Course: ENG 1110

ENG 3364 - MGT Communications: Written ( Integrations: VIOP - Open ) - 4 cr.
Emphasizes the writing process as appropriate to the management situation. Students complete a series of writing assignments including letters, memos, proposals, problem-solving reports, informational reports and group writing projects. The emphasis is on audience adaptation, clarity of purpose, adequacy of support and correct format. Students will be introduced to writing for the electronic media. Students must be juniors and have some professional experience before enrolling. Prerequisite ENG 1110 or competency.

Prerequisite Course: ENG 1110

ENG 3370 - Studies in Women's Literature ( Integrations: VILI - Literature ) - 2-4 cr.
Studies focused on, for example, marriage in women’s fiction, mother-daughter literature, or Asian-American women writers.

ENG 3371 - Studies in World Lit - 4 cr.
Studies focused on, for example, post-colonial literature and Third-World literature written in English.

ENG 3390 - Irish Literature - 4 cr.
Analyses and discusses Irish literature and its cultural and nationalistic context. The course begins with mythology, folk tales and epic, then examines their transformations in the writings of Yeats, Joyce, Synge, Heaney, Boland, etc. Attention is paid to thematic and linguistic manifestations of "Irishness" and their subversion.

ENG 3400 - Rhetorical Theory - 4 cr.
Rhetorical theory situated in the modern and contemporary; provides brief foundation of classical rhetoric texts. Emphasis on Black, Indigenous, women, queer, and PoC who have contributed to rhetorical theory. Study of writing, speeches, and digital media to understand how power and knowledge produce or challenge ideology in given spheres.

ENG 3777 - Topics - 0-4 cr.
Explores topics.

ENG 3950 - London Arts and Culture ( Conceptions: VCLI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Combines a spring-semester, two-credit course on campus with an additional two-credit study abroad experience in London, England during May. Students will experience the city after encountering it in fiction and will see performances at multiple venues, visit literary sites and museums, and tour the rebuilt Globe Theatre. This course exposes students to the social and cultural landscapes of London as they intersect with literary and performance texts. Offered every other spring semester. Application required.

Crosslist Course: HON 3950

ENG 4300 - Professional Editing - 4 cr.
Professional editing for technical communication including copyediting, comprehensive editing, proofreading, and document design. Collaborative, team-based technical editing including print and digital-based media. This is a social-justice driven technical communication course and students can expect to collaborate with an outside organization.

Prerequisite Courses: ENG 1110, ENG 3364

ENG 4400 - Shakespeare ( Integrations: VILI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Benedictine Bard: Shakespeare and Social Justice discover and analyze the elusive genres of early modern English drama: comedies, tragedies, tragicomedies, and “histories.” With the literariness and performativity of Shakespeare’s plays foremost in our minds, the course invites student interrogation of fundamental problems facing society today, including intolerance and gender violence, food poverty and land justice, racial tension, or the ever-increasing population of prison-industrial complex incarcerated. Social justice is a key imperative for the course, whereby Benedictine Bard: Shakespeare and Social Justice ensures student engagement with Shakespeare as a living, breathing cultural entity that offers intellectual consideration of equity, diversity, and inclusion on a local/global scale.

ENG 4410 - Individual Author ( Integrations: VILI - Literature ) - 4 cr.
Studies one English or American writer, with special focus on the writer's important works and the cultural, historical and literary contexts. Offerings may include, but are not limited to, Geoffrey Chaucer, Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence and William Faulkner.

ENG 4420 - Film and Literature - 4 cr.
Compares written and cinematic texts. A variety of film theories will be discussed in conjunction with image creation. Narrative issues - e.g., theme, style and characterization - will also be covered.

Crosslist Course: CTA 4420

ENG 4425 - Literary Theory - 4 cr.
Introduces literary theory, ancient to post-modern. The course surveys major theoretical trends in the West from classical, medieval, modern, and post-modern periods. Students will also articulate and examine critically their own theoretical assumptions about literature and literary study. Junior or senior standing or instructor permission required.

ENG 4430 - English Language & Linguistics - 4 cr.
Introduces the history of the English language, theories of grammar and major topics in linguistics. Class discussions will focus on a variety of questions: how language got started, what it is, where English comes from, how English has changed, the extent to which there is such a thing as correct English, what dialects are and how they are significant, how words and their semantic values change, what the major approaches to grammar are, how people learn language, how the mind processes language, how linguistics can help teachers and how systems of writing arose and developed.

ENG 4440 - COM Arts / Literature Methods - 4 cr.
Provides students with an integrated approach to the teaching of reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing skills in both middle level and high school settings. Topics include: teaching strategies that address the stages of the reading process and the writing process; teaching strategies that help students interpret and evaluate texts in a variety of ways; assessment; technology integration; selection of middle school and high school texts; lesson design and presentation; membership in professional organizations.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2800, EDU 2805

Corequisite Course: ENG 4445

ENG 4445 - English Methods Field Experience - 1 cr.
Introduces students to the culture of a high school environment. They observe and assist teachers, interview school personnel, talk with students, and teach lessons that incorporate computer-based technology activities and content area reading strategies.

Prerequisite Courses: EDU 2800, EDU 2805

Corequisite Course: ENG 4440

ENG 4450 - Internship - 0-8 cr.
Conducted in a professional setting related to the student's field of interest. The student is supervised by a site supervisor. Performance evaluation will be completed by the site supervisor, an English instructor, and the student. Instructor permission required.

ENG 4555 - Internship - 0-6 cr.

ENG 4620 - Visual Culture - 4 cr.
Examines how images impact cultures and how cultures impact images. Because visual culture can encompass art, design, digital imagery, medical imaging, fashion, architecture, film, landscape, animations, advertising, folk culture, political culture, national culture, and just about everything in between, the class cannot be comprehensive but will provide a theoretical and practical overview of the interchange between images and cultures and between image production and image consumption, drawing examples from a range of visual texts. Theoretical perspectives will be drawn from the following: curation theory; semiotics; iconology; formalism; ideology (feminism, Marxism, post-colonial); and hermeneutics. Emphasis is on critical analysis of and response to visual texts, but the class will also provide basic instruction and practice in production (creating visual displays of information, infographics, posters, and curations).

ENG 4640 - The Pre-Raphaelites - 4 cr.
In 1848, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, students at London's Royal Academy of Art, agreed that art had taken a wrong turn three centuries earlier. Calling themselves the PRB - Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood - they set to work reclaiming the spirit of the early Italian master painters, using biblical, mythological and medieval subject matter to create passionate, visionary art. Although the original three members stayed together as the PRB for only five years, they attracted a wide range of disciples - poets, painters, and social reformers - who expanded their influence well into the 20th century. This class examines the literature and visual art of the PRB and allied writers and painters. We attempt to understand the Pre-Raphaelites' works in a variety of interrelated ways: as art and literature, as spiritual expression, as cultural product, as personal/biographical expression and as agent of social reform.

Crosslist Course: HON 4640

ENG 4777 - Topics in English - 0-8 cr.

ENG 4999 - Independent Study - 0-12 cr.
Explores advanced English study in an area of special interest to the student. The work must be conducted under faculty direction and receive departmental approval.