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English Undergraduate Course Catalog 2016-2017



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First-Year Courses

Requirements in first-year English must be completed before a student takes any other English course.

 

ENG 1300. Developmental Writing. Basic composition skills. For students who have not satisfied TSIP requirements or for those who need developmental work before taking English 1310. Does not count toward any degree offered by the university. 

ENG 1310. College Writing I. Expository writing as a means of exploring and shaping ideas. Emphasis on critical reading and the improvement of essays through revision. (MC/P). 

ENG 1320. College Writing II. Continuation of English 1310. Expository writing as a means of analyzing and understanding texts. Research paper required. Requirements in sophomore English must be completed before a student takes any advanced work in English. (MC/P).

Sophomore Courses

ENG 2310. British Literature before 1785. Representative authors and works of British literature from the beginnings through the Neoclassical Period. (MC). 

ENG 2320. British Literature since 1785. Representative authors and works of British literature from the Romantic Period to the present. (MC). 

ENG 2330. World Literature before 1600. Representative authors and works of literature from the ancient world to the early modern world. Readings may come exclusively from the Western tradition or from various literary traditions, such as those of Africa and Asia. (MC). 

ENG 2340. World Literature since 1600. Representative authors and works of literature from the modern world. Readings may come exclusively from the Western tradition or from various literary traditions, such as those of Africa and Asia. (MC). 

ENG 2359. US Literature before 1865. Course surveys representative authors and works of US literature from the beginnings to the Civil War. 

ENG 2360. US Literature since 1865. Course surveys representative authors and works of US literature from the Civil War to the present. 

Junior-Senior Courses

ENG 3301. Critical Theory and Practice for English Majors. Course introduces the critical theories underpinning rhetorical and literary analysis within various branches of English Studies and develops the skills of reading, writing, and research. Required for majors and open to minors; must be taken in the first semester of upper division classes. (WI) (MC/MP). 

ENG 3302. Film and Video Theory and Production. The study of film and narrative theory combined with the practice of videography and video editing. (WI). 

ENG 3303. Technical Writing. The study and practice of expository writing in technical and scientific professions. Emphasis on planning, writing, revising, editing, and proofreading proposals, reports, and other forms of professional communication for a variety of audiences. Computer technology included. (WI). 

ENG 3304. Professional Writing. The principles of expository writing adapted for the workplace. Prepares students in non-technical fields to write documents commonly used in professional settings. Students compile a writing portfolio suitable for a job search or for application to professional school. Computer technology included. (WI). 

ENG 3306. Writing for Film. This course is an introduction to screenwriting that combines the study of published film texts with workshop practice in writing for film. (WI). 

ENG 3307. Introduction to the Study of Film. An introduction to various theoretical approaches to the study of film and to important debates within film theory. Focus will include, but is not limited to, (1) theories of spectatorship, (2) the debate between formalism and realism, (3) psychoanalytic and feminist theories, and (4) cultural approaches to film. (WI). 

ENG 3308. Advanced Topics in Film. Course offers a focused examination of film as text, with an emphasis on critical, theoretical, cultural, historical, and stylistic aspects. Topics may include history of classical Hollywood cinema; silent film; world, European, or national cinemas; or the documentary. Repeatable once when topic varies. (WI). 

ENG 3309. The Southwest in Film. A survey of films of the Southwest, emphasizing the history and cultural diversity of the region as represented on screen. (WI). 

ENG 3311. Practices in Writing and Rhetoric. Study and practice of advanced expository writing, with focus on achieving clarity and readability. Recent emphases have included The Essay, Nature Writing, Argument, Writing for the Government, Online Communication. May be repeated once for credit when emphasis varies. (WI). 

ENG 3312. Internship in English Studies. Course offers a supervised work experience related to students’ career interests. Junior and senior majors are eligible with permission of the Director of Internships. Prerequisites vary with the internship and will be determined by the Director in consultation with faculty. 

ENG 3313. Software Documentation for Computer Science Majors. A companion to CS 3398, covering the composition techniques, including planning, organization, revision, standard language use, and audience identification problems necessary for producing the required documents and reference manuals for software documentation. (WI). 

ENG 3315. Introduction to Creative Writing. A critical seminar for writers of fiction, poetry, and articles. Creativity, criticism, and revision are emphasized. (WI).

ENG 3316. Film Studies. Comparative study of films and/or novels adapted to films. Repeatable once when topic varies. (WI). 

ENG 3318. Theories of Writing and Rhetoric. This course focuses on theories central to the study and practice of writing and rhetoric. Emphases vary but might include Composition Theory, Theories of Technical Communication, Chicano/a Rhetorics, Literacy Studies. Repeatable with different emphases for up to 9 hours of English credit. (WI). 

ENG 3319. The Development of English. Origin and growth of the English language with particular attention to phonological, morphological, and grammatical changes; history of dialects, spelling, and dictionaries; sources of vocabulary. 

ENG 3320. Theory and CriticismA study of theoretical and critical approaches, from Aristotle to the present, applied to literary and visual texts. Repeatable once when topic varies. (WI). 

ENG 3321. The Short Story. The short story throughout the world since Poe and Gogol. (WI). 

ENG 3322. The European Novel. Major continental novelists from Cervantes to the present, read in translation. (WI). 

ENG 3323. Modern Poetry. Modern poetry in English and English translation. (WI). 

ENG 3325. Russian Literature in Translation. An examination of major 19th and 20th century works of Russian literature, in translation, from three points of view: their literary value (use of language, style, characterization, theme, structure, techniques); their relation to and influence on European literature; and their illumination of Russian culture and history. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3326. American Drama on Film. Masterpieces of American drama and the films which have been made from them. 

ENG 3327. Types of World Drama in English. Examples of world drama and film adaptations from Aeschylus to Ibsen. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3328. Types of World Drama in English (Modern). Significant examples of world drama in English from Ibsen to O’Neill, Williams, and Miller. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3329. Mythology. Study of myths in ancient cultures, mythic patterns in modern literature, and Hollywood as mythmaker. Repeatable once, in special situations, when topic varies. (WI). 

ENG 3331. Literature of Black America. African-American poetry, drama, and fiction. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3333. Early US Literature. Course surveys US literature from its colonial beginnings to 1865. (WI). 

ENG 3335. US Literature 1865-1930: The Rise of Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism. Course surveys US literature from the Civil War to 1930. (WI). 

ENG 3336. US Literature, 1930 to the Present: From Modernism to Contemporary Forms. Course surveys US literature from 1930 to the present. (WI). 

ENG 3338. The American Novel. A study of the novels and pertinent criticism from the beginnings in America. (WI). 

ENG 3340. Special Topics in Language and Literature. A study of the novels and pertinent criticism from the beginnings in America. (WI) 

ENG 3341. Studies in World Literature. Selections from ancient and modern literature in western and/or non-western cultures. Repeatable once, in special situations, when topic varies. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3342. Editing. A study of editing, to include instruction in making editorial changes, preparing MSS for typesetter, marking galley and page proof; fundamentals of layout and design (typeface, paper, headlines, etc.); problems and possibilities in desktop publishing; and the current status of electronic publications. 

ENG 3343. The Interdisciplinary Approach to Literature. The study of a single author, e.g. Saul Bellow, Charles Dickens, Flannery O’Connor, or Virginia Woolf, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Repeatable once, in special situations, when topic varies. (WI) 3344 Chicano/a Narrative and Social History. (3-0) A survey of narrative. 

ENG 3344. Chicano/a Narrative and Social History. A survey of narrative written by U.S. citizens of Mexican descent. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3345. Southwestern Studies I: Defining the Region. The first of two courses in a broad interdisciplinary survey of geophysical, cultural, social, literary, and political history of the Southwest that emphasizes regional and ethnic expressions of culture in architecture, art, economics, law, literature, philosophy and politics. (MC/MP) (WI). 

ENG 3346. Southwestern Studies II: Consequences of Region. The second of a two-course sequence in a broad interdisciplinary survey of geophysical, cultural, social, literary, and political history of the Southwest, emphasizing regional and ethnic expressions of culture in architecture, art, economics, law, literature, philosophy, politics, popular culture, religion, social science, and technology. (MC) (WI).

ENG 3347. American Poetry. Study of American poetry from its beginnings to present. (WI). 

ENG 3348. Creative Writing: Fiction. A seminar for writers of fiction, with emphasis on creativity, criticism, and revision. Prerequisite: ENG 3315 (WI). 

ENG 3349. Creative Writing: Poetry. A seminar for writers of poetry, with emphasis on creativity, criticism, and revision. Prerequisite: ENG 3315. (WI). 

ENG 3350. Medieval Europen Literature. Studies of Medieval contexts, genres, and writings across Europe. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3351. Anglo-Saxon Language, Literature, and Culture. An introduction to Old English life and writings from early culture through Beowulf (texts in modern translation). (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3352. Medieval English Literature. Studies of important non-Chaucerian writings in the Middle Ages, some in modern translations. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3353. British Poetry and Prose of the Sixteenth Century. Major poets and prose writers from More to Spenser. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3354. Shakespeare. Selected plays from the earliest through Hamlet. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3356. British Poetry and Prose of the Seventeenth Century. Prose and poetry from Donne and Bacon to Milton and Dryden. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3357. British Literature of the Restoration and Augustan Periods, 1660-1750. Course explores development of classicism through Pope and Swift. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3359. British Literature, 1750-1800. Course explores the decline of classicism and the Romantic beginning. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3362. The British Romantics. Course explores British poetry and prose of the Romantic Age. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3365. Victorian Literature. Developments in Victorian poetry and prose as these apply to the student’s cultural background. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3368. The British Novel. Course explores British prose fiction. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3370. Twentieth-Century British Literature. Selected poetry, fiction, and drama since 1900. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3385. Children's Literature. A survey of traditional and contemporary literature for children with attention to literary history, aesthetic qualities, and critical approaches. (WI). 

ENG 3386. Adolescent Literature. A survey designed to provide a critical philosophy and working repertoire of literature for adolescents. (WI) (MC/MP). 

ENG 3388. Women and Literature. A survey of women’s writing in English, in various genres, over a period of some 600 years (14th century to the present). (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3389. The Discipline of English. The nature of English studies as a formal field, its components and their relationships. Open only to candidates with 90 semester credit hours. (WI). 

ENG 3390. Problems in Language and Literature. Independent study with individualized reading list, research project, and tutorial sessions, focused on a special problem in language and/or literature. May be taken only with permission from the Chair of the Department of English, the Director of Advanced Studies, and the assigned professor. (WI). 

ENG 3392. Women Writers of the Middle Ages. Religious and secular writings by women from the early Church through the 15th century. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 3393. Introduction to Canadian Literature. An introduction to Canadian literature with discussion of aesthetic, cultural, and political issues surrounding it. Texts will be Anglophone and Francophone in translation. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 4310. Modern English Syntax. A study of English syntax as described by traditional, structural, and transformational grammarians, with major emphasis on transformational generative syntax. 

ENG 4323. Studies in Autobiography and Biography. Selected works in autobiography and biography. (WI). 

ENG 4325. Literature of the SouthwestThe literature of Texas and the surrounding territory; various types of non-fiction prose, fiction, and poetry. (WI). 

ENG 4334. US Romanticism. Course explores the US Romantic movement of the 19th century, with consideration of important authors, intellectual backgrounds, and literary relationships. (WI). 

ENG 4348. Senior Seminar in Fiction Writing. Workshop in writing fiction and evaluating manuscripts. Students produce portfolio of creative work. Prerequisite: ENG 3348. (WI). 

ENG 4349. Senior Seminar in Poetry Writing. Workshop in writing poetry and evaluating manuscripts. Students produce portfolio of creative work. Prerequisite: ENG 3349. (WI). 

ENG 4350. Senior Seminar in Film. Course integrates perspectives from English film and media studies, including film criticism, history, theory, screenwriting, and practical video skills. Each student will choose a focus, and all students will critique scholarly research, screenplays, and video projects that demonstrate concepts learned. Prerequisite: ENG 3307 or departmental approval. (WI). 

ENG 4351. Chaucer and His Time. The works of Chaucer and their significance in an important literary and social era. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 4355. The Later Shakespeare. The problem comedies, through the tragedies, to the plays of the final years; emphasis on reading in depth the plays, significant critical materials, and selected plays by Shakespeare’s contemporaries. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 4358. Milton. Milton’s longer poems and most important prose writing. (MC) (WI). 

ENG 4385. Advanced Studies in Children's or Adolescent Literature. This course studies children’s or adolescent literature. Possible topics include a historical period, a geographical area, a genre, a single author, or a theoretical approach, with attention to developing critical and research skills. Repeatable with different emphases for up to six hours of English credit.