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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 105 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD LITERATURE / 3 credits 

Reading and analysis of at least three major works of Western literature common to all sections, with additional Western and non-Western works chosen by individual instructors. 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 209 Welsh Mythology / 3 CreditS 

A survey of Welsh mythology and literature from the 6th to 15th centuries. Prerequisite: ENG 102. 

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 

Survey of major British literary works from Beowulf through to the 18th century, with emphasis on the British interpretation and appropriation of the Western literary tradition. Readings include 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. Readings include 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 

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

Survey of 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

Survey of 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

Examination of 20th-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

Study of selected 20th-century American novels and short stories. Course focus 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 337 ADVANCED GRAMMAR / 3 credits

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

An introduction to 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 

An introduction 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 

Study of varying topics in English. Includes a 2-week Nichols trip. Prerequisites will vary.

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

Survey of 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 448 ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING INTENSIVE / 3 credits

An intensive writing seminar, including a 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.