English Course Descriptions

English Courses

ENG 101 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I / 3 credits
Basic college expository writing, emphasizing mastery of purpose, focus, organization, development, and mechanics.

ENG 102 ENGLISH COMPOSITION II / 3 credits
Essay-writing emphasizing stylistic development through more difficult expository tasks: argumentation, persuasion, textual analysis, and a research paper. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

ENG 103 ORAL PRESENTATION / 3 credits
An experiential course covering basic approaches to a variety of formal and informal oral presentations including informative lectures, persuasive speeches, verbal presentations of texts, and other forms of public communications, ENG 103 focuses attention on non-verbal as well as verbal skills and builds skill and confidence through practice in a workshop format. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

ENG 110 INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN LITERATURE / 3 credits
This course introduces students to literary analysis through the study of literature drawn from the Western tradition. Students explore the nature of literary discourse, focusing on how language, images, characters, and action produce meaning and affect readers. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

ENG 203 CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY AND LITERATURE / 3 credits
This course studies ancient Greek and Roman mythology as depicted in classical literature. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or permission of instructor.

ENG 210 STUDIES IN FICTION / 3 credits
An introductory course designed to teach students how to interpret and analyze the novel and/or the short story. Prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 102.

ENG 211 INTRODUCTION TO POETRY / 3 credits
An introductory course designed to teach first- and second- year students how to read and respond to poetry. Prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 102.

ENG 212 TOPICS IN LITERATURE / 3 credits
An introductory course designed to teach students how to read and analyze literature through the study of a particular theme. Readings may include a variety of genres such as poetry, fiction, drama, and the essay. Prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 102.

ENG 215 INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE / 3 credits
An introductory course designed to teach students how to read and interpret Shakespeare. Prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 102.

ENG 290 SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I / 3 credits
This course surveys major British literary works from Beowulf through the Augustan age of the 18th century, with emphasis on the British interpretation and appropriation of the Western literary tradition. The reading includes Beowulf, Chaucer, medieval romance, Renaissance epic, drama, and poetry, and Restoration and 18th century satire. Prerequisite: ENG 102 and either 110, 203, 210, 211, 212 or 215.

ENG 291 SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE II / 3 credits
The sequel to ENG 290. Major works of Romantic, Victorian, and twentieth-century British literature, including poetry, fiction, and the essay. Prerequisite: ENG 102 and either 110, 203, 210, 211, 212 or 215.

ENG 320 METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH / 2 credits
Materials, methods, and latest trends in teaching literature and writing. Analysis of test assessments, NCTE standards, and state-mandated requirements, including Arkansas Frameworks and ACTAAP. Prerequisite/corequisite: Teaching Internship.

ENG 323 NINETEENTH CENTURY BRITISH POETRY / 3 credits
A survey of either Romantic or Victorian poetry adding more detail and depth to the basic coverage of these periods provided in the general British Survey (ENG 291). Romantic poets will include Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, and Shelley. The Victorian offering will cover major poets from Tennyson through Hardy and Hopkins. Prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 290 or 291.

ENG 330 AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1900 / 3 credits
This course surveys major American writers selected from the Puritan forefathers, the transcendentalists, the writers of the American Renaissance, and the late 19th century, with particular emphasis on the Puritan roots of the evolving American tradition. Prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 290 or 291.

ENG 331 AMERICAN LITERATURE FROM 1900 / 3 credits
This course surveys American writers of the 20th century, including those of the Lost Generation, the Fugitive Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, the Depression era, modernism, and the contemporary scene. Prerequisite: ENG 102 and either 110, 203, 210, 211, 212 or 215.

ENG 333 MODERN POETRY / 3 credits
Twentieth-Century poetry in English. Usually focusing on poetry written since World War II, the course varies in its approach, sometimes surveying the works of influential poets, sometimes looking in depth at a few of these poets and their contributions to the art and craft of poetry. Prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 290 or 291.

ENG 334 AMERICAN FICTION OF THE 20TH CENTURY / 3 credits
A study of selected 20th-century American novels and short stories. The focus of the course varies from a historical survey of 20th-century American fiction writers to in-depth study of a theme or themes. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 290 or 291.

ENG 335 BRITISH FICTION / 3 credits
Varying studies of the 18th, 19th, or 20th Century. Prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 290 or 291.

ENG 336 SURVEY OF ENGLISH RENAISSANCE / 3 credits
This course surveys English poetry, drama, and prose from the early 16th to the late 17th Century. Prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 290 or 291.

ENG 337 ADVANCED GRAMMAR / 3 credits
A study of both traditional and modern grammar, with some emphasis on philology and the teaching of English in multi-cultural schools. Offered in alternate years.

ENG 340 FILM STUDIES / 3 credits
Students will acquire the basic vocabulary necessary to analyze film as a visual medium and narrative discourse. Various classic and noncanonical films will be examined through close visual and diegetic analysis. Major critical approaches to film will be examined through readings in secondary scholarship. Attendance at weekly evening screenings is required. Prerequisites: ART 101, ENG 110, or THE 101, or permission of instructor. (Same as ART 340).

ENG 360 CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP IN POETRY / 3 credits
An intensive workshop in the art and discipline of writing poetry, concentrating on the process of writing poems from perception and inspiration through the rigors and satisfaction of revision. Experience in writing poetry expected. Prerequisite: ENG 211 and permission of instructor.

ENG 361 CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP IN FICTION / 3 credits
Development of creative perception, thinking and imagination in the writing of fiction. Experience in writing creatively expected. Prerequisites: ENG 102 and permission of instructor.

ENG 363 ADVANCED COMPOSITION / 3 credits
For students from any major planning to attend graduate and professional schools. Extended writing in the students’ own fields of study. Open only to students with a “B” or “A” in English 102; others should seek permission of instructor.

ENG 365 INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY CRITICAL THEORY / 3 credits
This course introduces students to the theory and practice of several vital critical approaches to literature, including cultural-historical, psychoanalytic, deconstructive, and feminist methodologies. Readings will include selections from primary theoretical texts by such figures as Freud, Lacan, Kristeva, Irigaray, Barthes, Derrida, Saussure, and Foucault, as well as selected literary texts to be interpreted through the various critical methods. This course is highly recommended for students interested in attending graduate school in literature, arts, and humanities. Prerequisites: ENG 290 or 291 OR any 300-level foreign-language literature course. Students in other disciplines who are interested in critical theory may enroll with permission of instructor.

ENG 399 ENGLISH INTERNATIONAL STUDIES COURSE: Variable topics / 1 credit
Studies of varying topics in English, including a 2-week Nichols trip. Prerequisites will vary depending upon course topic.

ENG 433 NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE / 3 credits
Varying studies of the Romantic or Victorian periods or of selected topics. This course may explore comparisons between British and continental works, or between literature and the visual arts. Prerequisite: One 300-level ENG literature course and Junior standing; prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 363.

ENG 441 SHAKESPEARE / 3 credits
This course surveys Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies, using a variety of critical approaches to develop rich and cohesive understandings of the texts. Theatre majors who have completed THE 232 are exempt from the ENG 290 prerequisite. Prerequisite: One 300- level ENG literature course and Junior standing; prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 363.

ENG 442 FAULKNER / 3 credits
This seminar involves reading and discussing the novels and short fiction of William Faulkner, using several critical approaches to enrich discussion. Students have the opportunity to take a short excursion to Mississippi to visit sites used in the fiction and tour Faulkner’s home. Prerequisite: One 300-level ENG literature course and Junior standing; prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 363.

ENG 443 MAJOR WRITERS / 3 credits
Concentrated reading and study of the works of one or two of the great writers of European, English and American literature. Prerequisite: One 300-level ENG literature course and Junior standing; prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 363.

ENG 445 FLANNERY O’CONNOR / 3 credits
In a seminar setting, a close reading and discussion of all of O’Connor’s published works: novels, short stories, essays, and letters. Additionally, students will become familiar with increasingly diverse critical approaches to O’Connor’s life and work. Prerequisite: One 300-level ENG literature course and Junior standing; prerequisite/corequisite: ENG 363.

ENG 448 ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING INTENSIVE / 3 credits
This course provides an intensive writing seminar, including final project, for advanced students in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, or screenwriting. Prerequisite: One of the following (must be in the same genre as the advanced course): ENG 360 (for poetry), ENG 361 (for fiction), ENG 363 (for creative nonfiction), THE 340 (for playwriting or screenwriting), or consent of the Writer-in-Residence.

ENG 450 INDEPENDENT STUDY / 1-4 credits
Concentrated study in selected fields.