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English B.A. Upper-Division Course Offerings

Course Rotation, 2019-2021

Three-Year Degree Plan

Course Descriptions

ENGL 3100 - Introduction to English Studies (3-0-3)

The skills and knowledge necessary for successful pursuit of a degree in English: close reading, critical writing, acquaintance with current theoretical issues, familiarity with bibliographic and electronic resources, and career opportunities. Required of all English majors.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 3110 – Introduction to Writing Studies (3-0-3)

Upper Division English Courses

Course Rotation, 2019-2021

Three-Year Degree Plan

Course Descriptions

ENGL 3100 - Introduction to English Studies (3-0-3)

The skills and knowledge necessary for successful pursuit of a degree in English: close reading, critical writing, acquaintance with current theoretical issues, familiarity with bibliographic and electronic resources, and career opportunities. Required of all English majors.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 3110 – Introduction to Writing Studies (3-0-3)

Introduction to Writing Studies includes an overview of writing across historical periods and cultures, terminology and methods used by writers, and skills in academic, professional, and creative writing. The course will also introduce theories of composing processes, rhetorical and audience analyses, and key characteristics of writing genre. It serves as an introduction to the array of writing courses offered in the department outside of the traditional literature courses. Required of all English majors with writing and literature concentrations.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 3140 - Introduction to Visual Rhetoric (3-0-3)

Visual Rhetoric is defined as the art of using images to inform, argue, or persuade. Effective visual rhetoric always anticipates the question: “What are you looking at?” The use of visual imagery in advertising, art, and other texts can be subtle, direct, or provocative. In most cases, however, we are unaware of how powerful images are and how significantly they impact our understanding of the world. This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of visual rhetoric in a variety of contexts. As part of their coursework, students will analyze, discuss, and write about the role of images in popular culture and they will learn to employ images effectively in print-based and electronic texts.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C).

ENGL 3200 - History of the English Language (3-0-3)

An introductory survey of the history of the English language, from pre-Anglo-Saxon times, through Old, Middle, and early Modern English, and into English as a contemporary global language. Attention to historical changes in sound, structure, syntax, and social contexts.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 3210 - Advanced Grammar (3-0-3)

A course surveying the history, theory, structure, and teaching and learning practices in English grammar. Also includes an overview of modern grammars, including structural and transformational, and research of grammar instruction. The course is required of all language arts majors and minors in the Clayton State Teacher Education program, but is open to students from other majors.

Corequisite(s) : ENGL 1102 (C).

ENGL 3212 - Advanced Composition (3-0-3)

Exploration of more advanced forms and concepts in the development of writing for academic audiences. Emphasizes the various conventions of discourse situations, invention, revision, editorial skills, and document design for individual writing and for the teaching of writing. Also includes a study of grammatical structures that promote syntactic growth and diversity of style.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C).

ENGL 3300 - Women and Literature (3-0-3)

Texts by women and/or works that treat issues of gender and sexuality. Primary texts are supplemented by additional readings designed to enhance students’ abilities to think and write critically about women writers and motifs of gender and sexuality. May be repeated when topics vary.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 3410 - African American Literature I (3-0-3)

A course focusing on the major movements, issues, or themes in the study of African American Literature from 1750-1877.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 3420 - African American Literature II (3-0-3)

A course focusing on the major movements, issues, or themes in the study of African American Literature from 1877-present.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 3501 - Multicultural Literature (3-0-3)

Primary focus on texts by members of one or more traditionally marginalized cultural groups within the United States and with attention to historical and theoretical

aspects. Topics may vary from semester to semester.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 3600 - Careers in Writing (3-0-3)

An introduction to issues and practices relevant to careers in professional writing with an emphasis on understanding contexts, genres, and technologies and producing documents for a variety of professional writing communities and workplaces.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C).

ENGL 3620 - Postcolonial Literature (3-0-3)

An introduction to postcolonial literatures in English. The course may include literature from Africa, the Caribbean, and Asia.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 3650 - Writing for Non-Profits (3-0-3)

This writing course will be balanced with theory and be influenced by a strong service learning component. Small groups of students, under the guidance of the instructor, will work directly with a local or regional nonprofit organization, using their writing skills and rhetorical strategies to address a real need in the community.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C).

ENGL 3700 - Response to Writing (3-0-3)

An introduction to one-on-one writing instruction, classroom based writing consultancy, and the theories that guide these practices. Students will write many kinds of documents, including essays about tutoring and consulting, and they will have applied what they have learned in peer review situations.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C).

ENGL 3800 - Introduction to Creative Writing (3-0-3)

Introductory study in imaginative writing emphasized both selected readings in poetry, fiction, and creative portfolio and student writing in these genres.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1101 (B) and ENGL 1102 (B).

ENGL 3900 - Professional and Technical Writing (3-0-3)

An advanced study and application of principles for effective professional and technical writing. Topics to include audience and context analysis, ethical communication, and writing for international readers. Students put these concepts into practice by writing and designing several professional and technical documents for both specialist and non-specialist readers. While open to students from all majors, the course includes entry assessment of writing skills for the baccalaureate degree program in Communication and Media Studies. Required to earn at least a C in the course, based on the program-entry-level assessments of writing skills built into the class.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C).

ENGL 3910 - Professional Editing (3-0-3)

This course focuses on editing documents from a variety of genres and authors. The course includes proofreading, copyediting, formatting, and recognizing and correcting grammar, punctuation, and mechanics in written documents.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C).

ENGL 4000 - English Internship (3-0-3)

This course is the principal experiential learning opportunity for the English major, and is normally taken no earlier than the junior year. The environment appropriate

for an English major, either on or off campus, and should be related to the student's career interests.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 3100 (C).

ENGL 4011 - Critical Theory (3-0-3)

A study of different theoretical approaches to the interpretation of texts and other cultural objects. These theories are then applied to selected works drawn from literature, the mass media, and the fine arts.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 3100 (C).

ENGL 4100 - American Colonial and Federal Literature (3-0-3)

Major works of American literature from 1588 to 1820, including captivity narratives and writings that explore the early development of America as a nation.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4110 - American Romanticism (3-0-3)

Major works of American literature from 1820-1860, including Emerson and Thoreau, as well as writers outside the traditional canon.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4114 - Adolescent Literature (3-0-3)

A thematic study of literature for adolescent and young adult audiences. This study will analyze a broad representation of materials, including those which focus on a variety of ethnic groups, cultural experiences, and historical periods. This course is required for all middle level teacher education students with a major concentration in language arts.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4120 - American Realism & Naturalism (3-0-3)

Major works of American literature from 1860 to 1914 including Twain as well as writers outside the traditional canon.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4130 - Southern Literature (3-0-3)

Major works of Southern American literature from the Romantic period to postmodern writings, including Faulkner and writings outside the traditional canon.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4140 - Modern American Literature (3-0-3)

American poetry, prose, drama, and nonfiction from 1900 to the present. Topics vary from semester to semester.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4150 - Contemporary American Literature (3-0-3)

A survey of contemporary American Literature during the period of 1945 to the present.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4200 - Medieval Literature (3-0-3)

Major works of literature from Old and Middle English, including Chaucer, medieval plays, and examples of other early British literary traditions.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4210 - Renaissance Literature (3-0-3)

Major works of British poetry, prose, and drama from the late 15th century through the mid-16th century, including Shakespeare and Milton.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4215- Shakespeare (3-0-3)

A survey of Shakespeare’s dramatic works with primary emphasis on the major comedies and tragedies and some attention to the histories, problem plays, and romances.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4221 – Seventeenth Century Literature (3-0-3)

A course focusing on the major movements, issues, or themes in the study of Seventeenth Century Literature in Britain.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4222 - Eighteenth Century Literature (3-0-3)

A course focusing on the major movements, issues or themes in the study of Eighteenth Century Literature in Britain, 1689-1783.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4241 - Romantic Literature (3-0-3)

A course focusing on the major movements, themes, and issues in the study of literature in Britain written between 1780 and 1830.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4242 - Victorian Literature (3-0-3)

A survey of British literature written during the period extending from 1830 through 1900, with emphasis on traditional Victorian poets and prose writers and on rediscovered authors.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4250 - Modern British Literature (3-0-3)

Major works of British poetry, prose, and drama from 1900 to the present.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4300 - Advanced Poetry Writing (3-0-3)

Advanced instruction in poetry.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 3800 (C).

ENGL 4315 - Advanced Fiction Writing (3-0-3)

A workshop intensive instruction in fiction writing. Students will study the fiction writing craft and technique and produce their own short fiction.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 3800 (C).

ENGL 4320 - Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing (3-0-3)

A practical study of the techniques and craft of writing the creative nonfiction essay, article, or interview.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 3100 (C) and ENGL 3800 (C).

ENGL 4610 - Modern Poetry (3-0-3)

Selected poetry from the latter 19th century through the present, including works written in English and in English translation from other world poetic traditions.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4630 - The Short Story (3-0-3)

A selective survey of the short story in English from its origins to the present day.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4700 - Senior Thesis (3-0-3)

The preparation of an extended research paper/project based on original work or on work previously completed for another English course. Original projects may be tied to an internship experience directed through the Office of Experiential Learning. Supervised by a member of the full-time faculty, the project is presented to the Department in both oral and written form during the final year of study.

Prerequisites: ENGL 3100 (C) and ENGL 4011 (C).

ENGL 4800 - Selected Topics in English (3-0-3)

Selected topics in English language-based literary study.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4810 - Topics in Women and Literature (3-0-3)

Advanced study of topics in women and literature, along with applicable feminist theories.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4820 - Studies in Drama (3-0-3)

This course focuses on drama covering a variety of time periods, issues, and cultures. Video viewings, guest speakers, and attendance at live performances may supplement lectures and class discussion.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4900 - Directed Research (3-0-3)

Individual study, reading, or other research project(s) under the supervision of a faculty director. May be taken two times for a total of six hours.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102 (C) and [ENGL 2111 (C), ENGL 2112 (C), ENGL 2121 (C), ENGL 2122 (C), ENGL 2131 (C), or ENGL 2132 (C)].

ENGL 4950 – Senior Capstone (3-0-3)

Admission by permission only: students must have completed a minimum of 40 hours in their major before enrolling. This course presents a current critical, pedagogical, creative, or rhetorical issue in English studies; students complete relevant projects in their concentrations. The course will include close readings, informed research, understanding of professional resources, and advanced undergraduate mastery in writing. This course is the capstone course of the English major, a requirement for graduation for all English majors with literary studies and writing concentrations. Students with Secondary English Education concentrations fulfill this requirement through their certification program.

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1102, ENGL 3100, ENGL 3110, and ENGL 4011 (C).