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ENG-1301 Composition I

Prerequisite: Satisfactory performance on the English Placement Exam or satisfactory completion of ENG 0300. English 1301 introduces key concepts and competencies of college-level writing including the notion of writing as a process, the ability to recognize and respond to different rhetorical situations, an awareness of genre conventions and strategies, and beginning documentation practices. Students in ENG 1301 should expect to write and revise work in multiple genres and edit their writing to be grammatically and stylistically appropriate; they will also present their work in an end-of-semester portfolio.

ENG-1302 Composition II

Prerequisite: ENG 1301. English 1302 further develops competency in college-level writing by emphasizing the roles of inquiry and revision as students apply appropriate genres and make rhetorical choices according to purpose and audience. A student in ENG 1302 will be expected to create research questions, use a variety of research methods to find relevant information to answer these questions, and write longer texts. Students will continue to refine their documentation skills and use of multiple technologies for both print and electronic composing processes and will present their work in an end-of-semester portfolio.

ENG-2308 Intro to Profession of English

Prerequisites: 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.

ENG-2324 Intro to Creative Writing

Prerequisites: ENG 1301 and 1302. Students will read, discuss, and practice writing various forms of literary expression such as poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, the hypertext, and the literary collage in a discussion-oriented workshop setting. By working in a variety of genres and receiving feedback from the instructors and peers, students will develop a beginner's proficiency in narrative and poetic technique and discover avenues for further growth. All majors welcome.

ENG-2326 Exploring Amer Lit

Prerequisites: ENG 1301 and 1302. This course introduces students to the American literary heritage through an exploration of significant works and the ways in which these works reflect cultural and aesthetic values. Emphasizes critical reading, writing, and thinking.

ENG-2327 Exploring World Lit

Prerequisites: ENG 1301 and 1302 Introduces students to the world's literary heritage through an exploration of significant works and the ways in which these works reflect cultural and aesthetic values. Emphasizes critical reading, writing, and thinking.

ENG-2328 Exploring Brit Lit

Prerequisites: ENG 1301 and 1302. This course introduces students to the British literary heritage through an exploration of significant works and the ways in which these works reflect cultural and aesthetic values. Emphasizes critical reading, writing, and thinking.

ENG-3306 History of Rhetoric

Prerequisites: 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.

ENG-3310 Advanced Writing

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 3310 is distinguished from first-year writing by the difficulty and length of writing projects ranging from resume and cover letter to extended research reports. ENG 3310 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.

ENG-3312 Writing in Natural Sciences

Prerequisites: ENG-1301, 1302, 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.

ENG-3318 Survey of British Lit I

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.

ENG-3320 Survey of American Literature

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 studies. The course will have a required research component.

ENG-3340 Literary Theory & Criticism

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.

ENG-3343 Adv Grammar, Style & Editing

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.

ENG-4193 Internship I

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 hours and ENG 3310 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.

ENG-4330 Topics in World Lit

Prerequisites: 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 of 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).

ENG-4337 Shakespeare

Prerequisites: 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.

ENG-4340 Senior Seminar/Portfolio

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature. An English capstone experience as final preparation for the workplace or graduate or professional school. Students will complete a professional dossier, write a substantial senior thesis, and prepare an electronic portfolio showcasing written work and reflecting on learning from academic work in the major. Students will work closely with supervising instructor to customize thesis and portfolio for post-graduation goals. Note: Course should be taken during the student's final year.

ENG-4342 Comp Theory & Practice

Prerequisites: 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.

ENG-4345 Topics in Professional Writing

Prerequisites: ENG 1301,ENG 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).

ENG-4346 Topics in Contemp Rhetoric

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 contact changes (section subtitles will appear in RamLink).

ENG-4348 Topics in Creative Writing

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 content changes (section subtitles will appear in RamLink).

ENG-4350 Is-English Writing

ENG-4375H Sr Portfolio/Honors Sem in Lit

Prerequisites: ENG 1301, ENG 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature survey, and Acceptance into the English Department Honors Program. An English capstone experience as final preparation for the workplace or graduate or professional school. Students will complete a professional dossier and prepare an electronic portfolio showcasing written work and reflecting on learning from academic work in the major. They will also-as participants in the Departmental Honors Program-have the opportunity to study a selected literary topic in depth and begin work on a two-semester thesis. The topic and content of the thesis will be determined by instructor and student interest. The seminar may be taught by one professor or team-taught.

ENG-4385H Sr Portfolio/Honor Sem in Writ

Prerequisite: ENG 1301, ENG 1302, and 3 hours of sophomore literature survey, and acceptance in the English Department Honors Program. An English capstone experience as final preparation for the workplace or graduate or professional school. Students will complete a professional dossier and prepare an electronic portfolio showcasing written work and reflecting on learning from academic work in the major. They will also-as participants in the Departmental Honors Program-have the opportunity to study a selected topic in Rhetoric or Creative Writing in depth and begin work on a two-semester thesis. The topic and content of the thesis will be determined by instructor and student interest. The seminar may be taught by one professor or team-taught.

ENG-4386H Honors Seminar & Thesis

Prerequisites: ENG 4375H or ENG 4385H. The sequel to both ENG 4375H and ENG 4385H, this Honors course provides students an opportunity to complete a critical thesis (concentrating on a particular idea, reading, writer, concept, or theory) or an extended creative writing project (e.g. a collection of stories). All theses will be assessed by Department faculty, and students will be expected to make one public presentation of their work at University College Day or at a professional conference before graduation.

ENG-4390 Sr Sem/Portfolio for Ed

Prerequisites: 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.

ENG-4393 Internship I

Prerequisites: Completion of 45 hours and ENG 3310 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.

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