Course Descriptions

 

0300. Composition and Grammar — 3 hours

Prerequisite: As indicated by the Texas Wesleyan University English Placement Exam
Developmental Course: This course cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements
Designed to prepare students for ENG 1301, this course addresses grammar, punctuation rules, and essay writing. Only students who have a 70 or better in course work will be eligible to take the final exam; those students not eligible will earn a grade of “F” in ENG 0300 and must retake the course at Texas Wesleyan. Students earning a 70 or better in course work, including the final essay, will receive the earned grade, and must enroll in ENG 1301. This course does not fulfill the English requirement within the General Education Curriculum.

1301. Composition and Rhetoric — 3 hours

Prerequisite: As indicated by the Texas Wesleyan University English Placement Exam or satisfactory completion of ENG 0300
Designed to encourage critical reading and thinking, this course establishes the components of the writing process, familiarizes students with basic rhetorical vocabulary, introduces elements of the various discourse communities and their conventions, and introduces students to the role of technology in research and writing. In order to succeed, students must demonstrate proficiency in word processing and computer searches. Must be taken within a student’s first 30 hours.

1302. Composition and Literature — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301
Building on rhetorical principles learned in ENG 1301, this course further explores the role of the writer as a critical reader by focusing on the dominant genres of literature: fiction, poetry, drama, and essays. Students gain a better understanding of composition by writing explications and analyses as they learn to establish researched critical positions. Must be taken within a student’s first 30 hours.

2301. Survey of World Literature I — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301 and 1302
Representative writings in the literature of the Eastern and Western worlds from the ancient periods through the Renaissance.

2302. Survey of World Literature II — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301 and 1302
Representative writings in the literature of the Eastern and Western worlds since the Renaissance.

2308. Introduction to the Profession of English — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301 and 1302
This 2000-level required course serves as the introductory course for the English major and is delivered in four units: 1) Careers for English Majors (including overview of secondary certification), 2) Literary Studies, 3) Rhetoric & Composition, and 4) Creative Writing. With the purpose of making educated decisions about their concentration within the English major and career paths, students will learn about literary theory, practice literary analysis, learn about rhetorical theory, practice rhetorical analysis, learn about genres of creative writing, and practice creative writing.

2311. Survey of English Literature — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301 and 1302
Representative major figures from the Old English period through the Age of Classicism.

2312. Survey of English Literature I — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301 and 1302
Representative major figures from the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries.

2321. Survey of American Literature I — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301 and 1302
Representative writers from the Colonials to the Transcendentalists.

2322. Survey of American Literature II — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301 and 1302
Representative writers since the Transcendentalists.

3301. Grammar — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature survey
This course will examine the logic of modern English, emphasizing the traditional system of grammatical description, phrase-structure diagramming, structural patterns in English syntax, and various approaches to teaching grammar at the elementary/middle school level. Research and writing assignments will allow students to explore issues of language relevant to their future professions. This course is for majors in elementary education and will not fulfill a requirement for English majors.

3306. The History of Rhetoric — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature survey
A writing concentration course that introduces students to the evolution of rhetoric, the study of communication and its effect on an audience. Will examine major rhetorical theories from Ancient Greek culture to the present, relating those theories to language use in the home, workplace, academia and public forums. Can be applied to either writing concentration.

3310. Advanced Writing — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301,1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature, and 45 credit hours
Designed to build upon the sequence of outcomes emphasized in English 1301 and 1302, ENG 33XX is distinguished from first-year writing by the difficulty and length of writing projects ranging from resume and cover letter to extended research reports. English 33XX also offers more attention to style, grammar, and ethical documentation as writing strategies expected of upper-level students. Students will be encouraged to customize their assignments based on career goals and/or disciplinary conventions. They must also complete at least one formal oral presentation using presentation technologies and develop an online writing portfolio that could be used for internship, career, or graduate school applications.

3312. Writing in the Natural Sciences — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature, and 45 credit hours
An advanced composition course designed to improve logic, clarity, concision, and strength in prose by focusing on writing, reading, research, and critical thinking skills as they relate to scientific topics. Readings and assignments will concern different kinds of writing done within or about scientific disciplines, addressing both specialist and non-specialist audiences. A formal oral presentation is a significant component of each student's evaluation.

3318. Survey of British Literature I — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
An historical overview of British literature from 600 until 1800. Students will be expected to develop an understanding of the major literary periods and an appreciation for the artistry and technique of the works studied. The course will have a required research component.

3319. Survey of British Literature II — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
An historical overview of British literature from the nineteenth century until the present. Students will be expected to develop an understanding of the major literary periods and an appreciation for the artistry and technique of the works studied. The course will have a required research component.

3320. Survey of American Literature — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
An historical overview of American literature from its beginnings until the present day. Students will be expected to develop an understanding of the major literary periods and an appreciation for the artistry and technique of the works studied. The course will have a required research component.

3322. Survey of World Literature — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
A survey of selected masterworks from the Eastern and Western worlds. Students will be expected to develop an understanding of the major literary periods and an appreciation for the artistry and technique of the works studied. The course will have a required research component.

3340. Literary Theory and Criticism — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301,1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
This course introduces students to the major schools of contemporary literary theory and criticism and the practice of literary interpretation. The course will have a required research component.

3343. Advanced Grammar, Style, and Editing — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
Advanced study of grammar with applications in style and editing. Offers a foundation in the history of grammar instruction and approaches to learning/teaching grammar. This course helps prepare students for careers as editors, writing consultants, and writing teachers. Open to all majors.

3352. Research Methods — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
Designed to hone research methods in the humanities and social sciences, this course emphasizes the relationship between good research and good writing. (Students should have basic secondary research knowledge using library resources but are not expected to have primary research experience.) This course includes fundamental pedagogical methods for future teachers.

3372. Argument for Professionals — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
An examination of the theory and practice of argumentation with an emphasis on practical applications in genres such as speeches, legal arguments, proposals, and satire. Making use of insights from classical and contemporary rhetoric, cognitive science, and media studies, students will study techniques of persuasion and write persuasive texts. They will also gain experience in research and the use of evidence, case construction, Toulmin and Rogerian styles, and presentation strategies.

4102. Senior Seminar/Portfolio — 1 hour

Prerequisite: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature survey
This one-hour course should be taken during the student’s final semester. It is designed to help students prepare portfolios that will enhance successful admission into professional employment or graduate school.

4193. Internship I — 1 hour

Prerequisite: Completion of 45 hours and ENG 3300 with a grade of “B” or better; or dean’s approval; 2.0 GPA
Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. English internships provide supervised experiential learning in editing, publishing, public relations, and other settings related to the major field of study. ENG 4193, 4293, and 4393 may be repeated separately or in combination with ENG 4394 for a total of no more than 6 credit hours. No student may receive more than 3 hours of English internship credit during a semester.

4293. Internship I — 2 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 45 hours and ENG 3300 with a grade of “B” or better; or dean’s approval; 2.0 GPA
Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. English internships provide supervised experiential learning in editing, publishing, public relations, and other settings related to the major field of study. ENG 4193, 4293, and 4393 may be repeated separately or in combination with ENG 4394 for a total of no more than 6 credit hours. No student may receive more than 3 hours of English internship credit during a semester.

4319. Topics in British Literature — 3 hours

Prerequisite: Any junior-level literature survey, concurrent enrollment in any junior-level literature survey, or instructor permission
An in-depth examination of some aspect(s) of British literary culture. The course may focus on an important historical period or movement, one-three major authors, some question(s) of aesthetics or artistic technique, or a major theme or special topic. Students will be expected to demonstrate effective literary research and analysis. May be repeated for credit as content changes (section subtitles will appear in RamLink).

4322. Topics American Literature — 3 hours

Prerequisite: Any junior-level literature survey, concurrent enrollment in any junior-level literature survey, or instructor permission
An in-depth examination of some aspect(s) of American literary culture. The course may focus on an important historical period or movement, onethree major authors, some question(s) of aesthetics or artistic technique, or a major theme or special topic. Students will be expected to demonstrate effective literary research and analysis. May be repeated for credit as content changes (section subtitles will appear in RamLink).

4330. Topics in World Literature — 3 hours

Prerequisite: Any junior-level literature survey, concurrent enrollment in any junior-level literature survey, or instructor permission
An in-depth examination of some aspect( s) of World literature. The course may focus on an important historical period or movement, one-three major authors, some question(s) of aesthetics or artistic technique, or a major theme or special topic. Students will be expected to demonstrate effective literary research and analysis. May be repeated for credit as content changes (section subtitles will appear in RamLink).

4333. Studies in Literary Genre — 3 hours

Prerequisite: Any junior-level literature survey, concurrent enrollment in any junior-level literature survey, or instructor permission
A focused examination of some question(s) pertaining to genre. Courses may survey the development of a selected genre, focus on a specific period, or explore critical theories or social and aesthetic values. Students will be expected to demonstrate effective literary research and analysis. May be repeated for credit as content changes (section subtitles will appear in RamLink).

4337. Shakespeare — 3 hours

Prerequisite: Any junior-level literature survey, concurrent enrollment in any junior-level literature survey, or instructor permission
A critical examination of Shakespeare's range and development of the art of drama. Students will be expected to demonstrate effective literary research and analysis.

4342. Composition, Theory, and Practice — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature survey
A writing concentration course focusing on the principles, theories and pedagogies involved in the teaching of rhetoric/composition. Particular emphasis is placed on the development of the writing curriculum and assessment of composition. Can be applied to either writing concentration. This course includes fundamental pedagogical methods for future teachers.

4345. Topics in Professional Writing — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
In-depth study of writing genres in professional and public contexts with specific applications for corporate and/or non-profit organizations. Individual sections will focus on topics such as writing and marketing, technical writing, or grant and proposal writing. May be repeated for credit as content changes (section subtitles will appear in RamLink).

4346. Topics in Contemporary Rhetoric — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
An in-depth examination of some aspect of contemporary rhetoric in specific cultural and historical context (e.g., women's rhetoric, American Indian rhetoric). Special emphasis is placed on developing an appreciation for rhetorical theory, interdisciplinary scholarship, research methods, and historiography. May be repeated for credit as. content changes (section subtitles will appear in RamLink).

4348. Topics in Creative Writing — 3 hours

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature
A workshop course designed to help students develop facility and range in one or more of the major creative modes (i.e., poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction). The class focuses on the growth of the students' own work, and submission for publication is encouraged. May be repeated as content changes (section subtitles will appear in RamLink).

4364. Web Culture and New Media Writing — 3 hours

Prerequisite: English 1301, English 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature.
English 4364 examines issues related to new media and is concerned with the production, reception, and navigation of texts within web-based environments. Students will analyze the style and structure of hypertext and practice writing for online readers as they create their own web pages.

4375H. Honors Seminar in Literature — 3 hours

Prerequisite: acceptance in the English Departmental Honors Program
As part of the Wesleyan Honors Program, this literature course offers students the opportunity to study various literary topics in depth. The topic and content of the course will be determined by instructors and student interest. The seminar may be taught by one professor or team taught.

4385H. Honors Seminar in Rhetoric — 3 hours

Prerequisite: acceptance in the English Departmental Honors Program
As part of the Wesleyan Honors Program, this writing course offers students the opportunity to study various topics in Rhetoric and Creative Writing in depth. The topic and content of the course will be determined by instructors and student interest. The seminar may be taught by one professor or team taught.

4386H. Honors Research Seminar and Thesis — 3 hours

Prerequisite: ENG 4375 or ENG 4385
The sequel to both 4375 and 4385, this research based course provides students an opportunity to concentrate on a particular idea, reading, writer, concept, or theory, culminating in an extensive thesis that the department faculty assesses. Because the topics in this course will be very diverse, students in both rhetoric and literature may enroll in the same course.

4390. Senior Seminar/Portfolio for Education — 3 hours

Prerequisite: all GEC English courses, plus a minimum of 12 hours of advanced (3000 level or higher) English courses
A senior level seminar course designed to prepare students for the TExES English Content Area Exam.

4393. Internship I — 3 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 45 hours and ENG 3300 with a grade of “B” or better; or dean’s approval; 2.0 GPA
Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. English internships provide supervised experiential learning in editing, publishing, public relations, and other settings related to the major field of study. ENG 4193, 4293, and 4393 may be repeated separately or in combination with ENG 4394 for a total of no more than 6 credit hours. No student may receive more than 3 hours of English internship credit during a semester.

4394. Internship II — 3 hours

Prerequisite: Completion of 45 hours and ENG 3300 with a grade of “B” or better; or dean’s approval; 2.0 GPA
Graded academic experiences that provide students with an opportunity to put classroom learning into practice. English internships provide supervised experiential learning in editing, publishing, public relations, and other settings related to the major field of study. ENG 4394 may be repeated separately or in combination with ENG 4393 for a total of no more than 6 credit hours. No student may receive more than 3 hours of English internship credit during a semester.

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