Western Kentucky University

English Course Description

Course Descriptions

Below are course descriptions of the undergraduate English classes:

 

ENG 100 Introduction to College Writing (3 hours) (Gen Ed A-1)
Emphasizes writing for a variety of rhetorical situations with attention to voice, audience, and purpose. Provides practice in development, organization, revision, and editing. Introduces research skills.

ENG 104 Introduction to Linguistics (3 hours)
A general introduction to language study with emphasis on units of sounds, units of meaning, sentence structure, dialects, and other cultural aspects of language. Focus is on the English language.

ENG 200 Introduction to Literature (3 hours) (Gen Ed A-2)
Prerequisite: ENG 100.
Introductory study of fiction, poetry, and drama demonstrating techniques by which literary artists reflect human experience. Substantial student writing about literature will be required.

ENG 203 Creative Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 100 and 200.
An introduction to the writing of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and drama as genres of literary expression.

ENG 299 Introduction to English Studies (3 hours)
Effective Fall 2009, Prerequisites: ENG 200 or Permission of Instructor
Introduction to the discipline of English studies for literature and writing majors, including exploration of issues and conflict within the discipline, strategies for reading and researching literary texts, overview of requirements and opportunities within the major, and introduction to career and graduate study options.

ENG 300 Writing in the Disciplines (3 hours) (Gen Ed A-3)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
Interdisciplinary writing course to be taken in the junior year. Students will read and write about challenging texts from a number of fields. Each student will produce a substantial research project appropriate to his or her chosen field.

ENG 301 Argument and Analysis (3 hours)
Prerequisites ENG 100 and 300
For students preparing for professional or graduate schools and general studies seeking to improve their writing. Major attention to how idea and audience determine purpose, form, and content of writing.

ENG 302 Language and Communication (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 100
A course in English grammar and usage designed primarily for elementary education majors. Emphasis is given to sentence structure. Attention is also give to the nature of the language, historical backgrounds, dialects, and standards of correctness.

ENG 303 Intermediate Fiction Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and @03 or permission of instructor
A concentrated study of the techniques of writing fiction, emphasizing contemporary theory and practice.

ENG 304 English Language (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 100
A study of the sounds, word structures, and sentence patterns of modern English, with emphasis given to parts of speech, phrases, and clauses.

ENG 305 Poetry Writing
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203 or permission of instructor
An intensive course in the writing of poetry, Some attention to the practice and prevalent theories of contemporary poets.

ENG 306 Business Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 100
Designed to meet the needs of students in business fields, this course teaches the preparation of written reports, case studies, and other forms of professional writing.

ENG 307 Technical Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 100
Designed to meet the needs of students in engineering and other technical fields, this course teaches the preparation of written and oral reports. Emphasizes formal and informal reports, but also includes various kinds of business letters, memoranda, and other forms necessary in the students' future professional role.

ENG 311 Creative Nonfiction Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203 or permission of instructor
An intensive study of the writing of creative nonfiction (literary nonfiction prose0 with emphasis on contemporary theory and practice.

ENG 320 American Studies I (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
Designed to examine the diverse origins and the decisive elements in the development of American culture and to provide a wide cultural appreciation and a greater understanding of the mainstream of American thought.

ENG 321 American Studies II (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
Designed to examine further the diverse origins and the decisive elements in the development of American culture and to provide a wide cultural appreciation and a greater understanding of the mainstream of American thought.

ENG 333 Medieval Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A survey of representative literary works of the Middle Ages selected from various cultures, with an emphasis on the continuities of medieval literary traditions and cultural values. Non-English works will be read in translation.

ENG 340 Speculative Fiction (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A survey of the development of the genre, including science fiction, and it's relationship to main literary currents.

ENG 354 History of Drama to 1640 (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A comprehensive course which traces the major developments in drama from the ancient Greeks to 1640. Emphasis on representative dramatists and plays.

ENG 355 History of Drama since 1640 (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A continuation of ENG 354.

ENG 358 Drama Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203 or permission of instructor.
A concentrated study of the techniques of drama writing emphasizing contemporary theory and practice.

ENG 360 Gay and Lesbian Literature
Pre-Requisites: ENG 100 and 200
Introduction to gay and lesbian literature from antiquity to present, with emphasis on concepts of sex and gender, critical theory, and cultural constructionism, in global and historical contexts.

ENG 366 History of Narrative Film (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 100 and 200.
Examines the history and development of narrative film from the silent era to the present. Emphasis on specific narrative conventions of Hollywood cinema.

ENG 369 Cooperative Education in English I (Internship) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Admission to departmental cooperative program.
Appropriate supervised work with a cooperating organization.

ENG 370 Multicultural Literature in America (3 hours) Gen Ed E
Prerequisite: ENG 200 or equivalent
Study of literature written in the U.S. by writers from a variety of racial and ethnic groups.

ENG 381 Survey of English (British) Literature I (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200.
A study of elected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of English literature to 1798.

ENG 382 Survey of English (British) Literature II (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200.
A study of selected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of English literature from 1798 to the present.

ENG 385 World Literature (3 Hours)
Pre-Requisite: ENG 200
Study of selected works in translation by major figures in world literature from ancient Greece to modern Europe, exclusive of British and American writers.

ENG 389 Cooperative Education in English II (Internship) (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Admission to departmental cooperative program.
Appropriate supervised work with a cooperating organization.

ENG 390 American Masterpieces (3 Hours)
Pre or Corequisite: ENG 300 Prerequisites: Eng 200
Provides for familiarity with the better-known works of leading American authors. May be counted toward minor in writing but not toward English major or minor.

ENG 391 Survey of American Literature I (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A study of selected works by representative authors reflecting the chronological development of American Literature to 1865.

ENG 392 Survey of American Literature II (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A study of selected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of American Literature from 1865 to the present.

ENG 393 African-American Literature (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A critical study of the contributions of African-American writers to American literature.

ENG 398 Hemingway and Faulkner (3 Hours) Gen Ed B-1
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A critical study of the major literary works of Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. For honors-eligible students only.

ENG 401 Advanced Composition (3 Hours)
Prerequisites ENG 100 and ENG 300
Theory and practice in reading and writing various genres of non-fiction, including researched essays, cultural critique, deposition, narrative, and argument. Special attention to style, voice, arrangement, and advanced writing techniques.

ENG 402 Editing and Publishing (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 306 or ENG 307 and one additional upper-level professional writing course. Editing collections of student works in several types, including experience in computer text editing, lectures by visiting publishes and editors of books, journals, and newspapers.

ENG 408 Psycho/Sociolinguistics (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200 and ENG 407
The study of developmental psycholinguistics (language acquisition), experimental psycholinguistics (speech production/comprehension), and sociolinguistics, (how language varieties are used by families, school systems, ad multicultural nations).

ENG 409 Practicum Writing Instruction (1 Hour)
Participants will study the theory and practice of writing conferences and tutorials. Course will prepare participants to work individually with students in tutorial settings.

ENG 410 Theories and Rhetoric of Composition (3 Hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 300 and either ENG 302 or ENG 304
A study of contemporary theories of composition with an emphasis on their application to writing and the teaching of writing.

ENG 411 Directed Writing (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
A tutorial for students to work under the supervision of a writing instructor. Students choose the form of writing they wish to pursue.

ENG 413 Creative Writing Capstone (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: Two upper-level writing courses; creative writing majors or minors with senior standing.
Capstone course in the creative writing concentration; provides a workshop setting for students with substantial creative writing projects.

ENG 430 19th Century American Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200 or equivalent.
Seminar in 19th Century American Literature; Course topics will vary.

ENG 455 American Drama (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
This course deals with the development of American drama from colonial productions to present-day plays.

ENG 457 British Literature Since 1900 (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
A study of British literature from 1900 to the present, including fiction, poetry, and drama, with attention to innovations in literary form and cultural context.

ENG 459 Modern Drama (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
A selected study of dramatic literature since Ibsen with emphasis on evolving developments and trends in world theatre.

ENG 460 Literary Criticism (3 Hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 100 or ENGL 100C and at least one upper-level literature course
A study of theories and methods of literary and cultural analysis selected from ancient times to the present. Focus includes the written practice of criticism in response to a wide variety of texts.

ENG 468 Early Modern English Literature (3 Hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
A study of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century English literature with attention to the embrace of the vernacular; development of genres and poetic forms; and cultural and social contexts.

ENG 470 Methods and Materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 469 or 469G and one linguistics course.
Selecting and evaluating commercially-prepared materials and developing teacher-made materials for Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

ENG 475 Advanced Fiction Writing (3 Hours)
Effective Fall 2010 Prerequisite: ENG 303 or equivalent
An advanced and intensive course exploring the techniques of writing fiction, emphasizing contemporary theory and practice.

ENG 492 Senior Seminar (1 hour)
Prerequisites: ENG 299 and Senior Standing
In the Senior Seminar students will synthesize and assess what they have learned over the course of the English major by reviewing the discipline of English, exploring career and graduate studies opportunities, and collecting and revising selected major projects from previous classes

ENG 481 Chaucer (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent.
Representative works of Chaucer, with emphasis on the Canterbury Tales; some attention to the medieval background.

ENG 482 Shakespeare (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
Major plays from each stage of Shakespeare's career studied in the light of current Shakespearean criticism and writings from the time.

ENG 484 British Romanticism (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
Background and phases of romanticism, with a study of representative exponents of the Romantic Movement.

ENG 486 The Eighteenth Century (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
The concentrated study of eighteenth century literature, forms, and developments.

ENG 487 Dante's Divine Comedy and It's Influences (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
An intensive study of The Divine Comedy, in English translation, along with Dante's major sources and analogues.

ENG 488 Literature of the Victorian Age (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
A study of selected works by major poets, essayists, and novelists of Victorian England as a reflection of the culture of the age.

ENG 489 The English Novel (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
The technique and history of the novel. Several representative novels studied.

ENG 490 The American Novel (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
History and technique of the American novel from Cooper to the present. Several representative novels are studied.

ENG 493 American Poetry (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
The course examines, in addition to major writers, selected major movements and schools in American poetry, paying special attention to influences, techniques, and styles.

ENG 495 Southern Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
This course traces the development of uniquely Southern characteristics as exhibited in the works of major writers of the South.

ENG 497 Women's Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 300.
An examination of the themes, aesthetic importance, and historical context of canonical fiction by women, with emphasis on twentieth century American and British women writers.

ENG 499 Directed Study in English (3 Hours)
Prerequisites: 3.0 grade point average and senior standing.
A study of a specific literary or linguistic topic directed by a faculty member.

 

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