Course Descriptions


Freshman Year Experience

CLAS 1103 Freshman Year Experience 2 Credits

This course is designed to assist students in the academic and social transitions associated with college life. The development of specific success skills such as financial literacy, time management, note-taking and study strategies, critical thinking, effective communication, and career and academic guidance activities will be included in this class.

 

Africana Studies

AFRS 3212 African-American Oral Literature 3 Credits

Studies African-American folklore, preaching and speaking, and the lyrics of spirituals, blues, and rap in relation to African roots, historical conditions, and literary practice. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

AFRS 3213 African Literature (Also ENGL 3213) 3 Credits

An introduction to the ―orator and literatures (Anglophone and, in translation, vernacular, francophone, Swahili, and Arabic) of sub- Saharan Africa. Includes such writers as Achebe, Soyinka, Armab, Okri, Ngugi, Senghor, Beti, Oyono, Fagunwa, and Salih. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

AFRS 3216 African-American Poetry (Also ENGL 3216) 3 Credits

A survey of African-American poetry from the nineteenth century through the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary poetry, examining its relationships to the oral tradition and to literary, social, and political influences. Includes such writers as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Rita Dove. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

AFRS 3218 African-Caribbean Literature (Also ENGL 3218) 3 Credits

An introduction to the literature of the Caribbean produced by writers of African descent.Includes such writers as Walcott, Braithwaite, Lamming, Marshall, Kincaid, Cesaire, and Guillen.

 

AFRS 4211 African American Drama (Also ENGL 4211) 3 Credits

A study of the development of African American theater from minstrels to modern theater workshops and the plays of such writers as Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Amira Baraka, Ntozake Shange, and August Wilson.

 

AFRS 4217 African American Fiction (Also ENGL 4217) 3 Credits

A critical survey focusing on leading themes and techniques in the short stories and novels of such authors as Charles Chestnut, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ishmeal Reed, Alice Walker and Gloria Naylor.

 

AFRS 4218 African-American Nonfiction (Also ENGL 4218) 3 credits

A survey of African-American nonfiction from the early slave narratives to the present, including W.E.B. DuBois, Alex Haley, Alice Walker, and others. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

 

English

ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3 Credits

A course designed to develop college-level reading and writing skills. Focuses on vocabulary, analysis of readings, grammar, mechanics, and the steps of the writing process. Introduces documented research and various patterns of organization and development. Minimum passing grade is ―C.‖ Prerequisites: Regular admission or exit from ENGL 0099 and READ 0099

 

ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3 Credits

A course designed to further develop college-level reading and writing skills. Includes analysis of literary texts and specialized application of the research and writing skills learned in ENGL 1101. Minimum passing grade is ―C.‖ Prerequisite: ENGL 1101

 

ENGL 2104 Advanced Composition 3 Credits

Extensive practice in composition forms and stylistic techniques. This course requires peer and self-evaluation and frequent conferences with the instructor to guide extensive revision of compositions. Students develop a final portfolio illustrating their expertise in writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2105 Introduction to Literary Criticism 3 Credits

An introduction to theories and techniques of literary analysis, with practice in reading literary and critical texts, in writing critical essays, and in doing literary research. Includes a survey of critical approaches to literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2110 World Literature 3 Credits

Survey of important works of world literature from ancient times through the present. The course emphasizes examining works for their value both as artistic achievements and as cultural artifacts.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2121 British Literature I 3 Credits

A survey of important works of British literature from the Old English period through the eighteenth century. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2122 British Literature II 3 Credits

A survey of important works of British Literature from the Romantic period to the present.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2131 American Literature I 3 Credits

A study of the main currents of literary thought and expression in America from the colonial period to 1865. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2132 American Literature II 3 Credits

A study of the main currents of literary thought and expression in America from 1865 to the present.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 2222 Introduction to African American Literature 3 Credits

A survey course designed to give an overview of a broad body of works, beginning with the oral tradition of displaced Africans in America. The course includes representative works from major historical periods, including the era of the Slave Trade and Diaspora, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement and Urban Realism.

 

ENGL 2521 Introduction to Film Appreciation 3 Credits

Introduction to reading and interpreting the language of film through an understanding of filmmaking techniques, cinematic conventions and active viewing practices. The influence of key genres, movements, and figures, both American and international, will also be discussed.

 

ENGL 3012 Renaissance British Literature 3 Credits

Literature primarily of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, with emphasis on the transition from medieval to modern ideas, the rise and flowering of English drama, and the emergence of contrasting prose styles and schools of poetry. Includes such writers as Marlowe, Spenser, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Bacon, and Milton.

Prerequisite: ENGL 2121 or consent of the instructor

 

ENGL 3014 Romantic British Literature 3 Credits

The genesis of Romantic theory and the beginning of the Romantic revolt in English; significant literary aspects of the movement as shown in the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats; in the prose writing of Hazlitt, DeQuincey, Hunt, Lamb, and Scott. Prerequisite: ENGL 2122 or consent of the instructor

 

ENGL 3015 Victorian British Literature 3 Credits

Literature during the reign of Queen Victoria, showing the merging of the Romantic tradition into the era of modern doubt. Includes such writers as Carlyle, Tennyson, the Brownings, Arnold, Ruskin, Meredith, the Rossettis, Swinburne, Pater, Hopkins, and Wilde. Prerequisite: ENGL 2122 or consent of the instructor

 

ENGL 3016 Modern British Literature 3 Credits

Literature from the Edwardian period through the two world wars and decolonization to the present. Includes such writers as Hardy, Shaw, Conrad, Yeats, Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, Eliot, Graves, Auden, Thomas, Beckett, Osborne, Pinter, and Stoppard.  Prerequisite: ENGL 2122 or consent of the instructor

 

ENGL 3121 The Bible as Literature I (Also RPHS 3121) 3 Credits

Critical survey of the various forms of literature found in the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3122 The Bible as Literature II (Also RPHS 3122) 3 Credits

An introduction to the literature of the New Testament and to the religious writing contemporary with the Bible known as the Apocrypha. Using the tools of literary and rhetorical analysis, we will explore the meanings the Biblical and Apocryphal texts held for their communities, and the strategies by which the texts construct and convey those meanings. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3212 African-American Oral Literature (Also AFRS 3212) 3 Credits

Studies African-American folklore, preaching and speaking, and the lyrics of spirituals, blues, and rap in relation to African roots, historical conditions, and literary practice. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3213 African Literature (Also AFRS 3213) 3 Credits

An introduction to the ―orature‖ and literatures (Anglophone and, in translation, vernacular, francophone, Swahili, and Arabic) of sub- Saharan Africa. Includes such writers as Achebe, Soyinka, Armab, Okri, Ngugi, Senghor, Beti, Oyono, Fagunwa, and Salih. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3216 African-American Poetry (Also AFRS 3216) 3 Credits

A survey of African-American poetry from the nineteenth century through the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary poetry, examining its relationships to the oral tradition and to literary, social, and political influences. Includes such writers as Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, and Rita Dove. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3218 African-Caribbean Literature (Also AFRS 3218) 3 Credits

An introduction to the literature of the Caribbean produced by writers of African descent. Includes such writers as Walcott, Braithwaite, Lamming, Marshall, Kincaid, Cesaire, and Guillen. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3321 Introduction to Language Study 3 Credits

A general survey of linguistics, with emphasis on sociolinguistics, the historical development of the English language, and the structure of contemporary English. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3416 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing 3 Credits

Guided practice in the writing of various forms of nonfiction (memoir or autobiography, personal essays, travel writing, cultural criticism) that are distinguished by the use of personal perspectives and literary techniques. Students will study and discuss examples by professional writers and other students, submit frequent writing projects, and hold frequent conferences with the instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3417 Introduction to Poetry Writing 3 Credits

An introductory course with an emphasis on the craft of poetry writing. Students will explore and deconstruct a variety of poetic forms and conventions and engage in writing exercises that will help create their own poetry manuscript while building skill as writers. Reading will form the framework for the workshop format in which students will practice the art of constructive criticism and peer critique. To produce poems for workshops, students will write intensely and receive instruction in poetic forms, movements, voice and traditions.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3418 Introduction to Fiction Writing 3 Credits

An introductory course with an emphasis on the craft of fiction writing. Students will examine a variety of fiction texts in order to gain a theoretical understanding of the writing and reading of fiction which will allow them to analyze and critique fiction works. Reading will form the framework for the workshop format in which students will practice the art of constructive criticism and peer critique. To produce stories for workshops, students will write intensely and receive instruction in fiction techniques and literary elements including plot, theme, tone, setting, imagery and description. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

ENGL 3419 Intro to Technical Writing 3 Credits

This course introduces students to the written, oral, and digital aspects of technical communication. Students will gain proficiency in the techniques of objective reporting on scientific and technical material; the conventions of technical exposition; rhetorical analysis; collaborative writing; the ability of completing tasks in the workplace; language use; and principles of various technical reports, including abstracts, proposals, presentations, and manuals. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3515 World Drama 3 Credits

A survey of important dramatic works from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 3800 Peer Writing Tutor Seminar 3 Credits

This course is designed to examine the theoretical and practical components of writing center work. Prerequisites: ENGL 1101 and 1102 with a B or better or ENGL 2104 with a B or better

 

ENGL 3810 Peer Writing Tutor Practicum 1 Credit

This course is designed to allow students who have successfully completed ENGL 3800 further opportunity to apply the theoretical and practical components of writing center work. Prerequisite: completion of ENGL 3800 with a C or better

 

ENGL 3900 Internship for English Majors 3 Credits

This course is designed to give students practical experience working, researching, and/or studying in a public or private agency related to the field of English. Students will be supervised by the sponsoring agency as well as faculty advisor; all parties will work together to designate individual goals and responsibilities for each student. Intern positions may be obtained in any one of a broad range of relevant organizations, including but not limited to various media outlets, publishing and/or editing firms, non-profits, libraries, governmental agencies, educational and educational support facilities, and legal firms. Students must complete at least 100 hours of onsite work as well as additional writing and research assignments. Prerequisite: ENGL 2104

 

ENGL 4011 Shakespeare 3 Credits

Reading and critical discussion of the great tragedies, comedies, and historical plays of Shakespeare with attention to Shakespeare’s life and to Elizabethan theater. Prerequisite: ENGL 2121

 

ENGL 4021 The British Novel 3 Credits

An evaluative study of works of great English novelists. Rise and development of the English novel, together with an analytical appraisal of four elements—setting, character, plot and philosophy. Readings and discussion of various types, with emphasis upon the variety of methods by which the novel interprets life.

Prerequisite: ENGL 2122 or consent of the instructor

 

ENGL 4112 History of Literary Criticism 3 Credits

A survey of literary criticism from Plato, Aristotle, Longinus, and the Sophists through the modern and early contemporary period (including formalism, ethical criticism, structuralism, and the Black Arts movement).Emphasis on classic texts. Prerequisites: ENGL 2104 and ENGL 2105

 

ENGL 4121 American Women’s Writing 3 Credits

A study of writing by American women, from the colonial period to the present, with particular attention to issues of identity and literary authority. The course will consider writers such as Bradstreet, Wheatley, Rowlandson, Fuller, Jacobs, Dickinson, Chopin, Gilman, Wharton, Hurston, Moore, Stein, H.D., Morrison, Walker, and Angelou. Prerequisites: ENGL 2131 and ENGL 2132 or consent of the instructor

ENGL 4211 African-American Drama (Also AFRS 4211) 3 Credits

A study of the development of African-American theater from minstrels to modern theater workshops and the plays of such writers as Langston Hughes, Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Ntozake Shange, and August Wilson. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4217 African-American Fiction (Also AFRS 4217) 3 Credits

A critical survey focusing on leading themes and techniques in the short stories and novels of such authors as Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ishmael Reed, Alice Walker, and Gloria Naylor. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4218 African-American Nonfiction (Also AFRS 4218) 3 Credits

A survey of African-American nonfiction from the early slave narratives to the present, including W.E.B. DuBois, Alex Haley, Alice Walker, and others. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4311 Nineteenth Century American Literature 3 Credits

A study of fiction and poetry of the Romantic and Realist periods in the United States. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4332 American Short Story 3 Credits

A survey of the development of the short story as a literary form from Poe to the present. Includes such writers as Harte, Henry, Anderson, Faulkner, Hemingway, O’Connor, Updike, Carver, and Barthelme.

Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4335 American Poetry 3 Credits

A study of poetry written in America, with an emphasis on significant themes, techniques, and movements. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4400 Special Topics in Literature 3 Credits

An in-depth exploration of a literary topic. The topic changes each time the course is offered. Examples of topics include The Gullah Culture, Contemporary Multiethnic American Literature, Islamic Literature (in translation), Latin American Fiction (in translation), and Japanese Literature (in translation). Can be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4416 Creative Nonfiction Writing Seminar 3 Credits

This course is designed to continue work in the craft and creation of creative non-fiction writing. In this seminar students will closely examine their writing and that of their peers, as well as a variety of creative and academic creative non-fiction texts in order to further a theoretical understanding of the writing and reading of creative non-fiction. Students will write intensely to produce works for peer critique in a workshop setting.

Prerequisite: ENGL 3416 or permission of the instructor with writing sample

 

ENGL 4417 Poetry Writing Seminar 3 Credits

This course continues work in the craft and creation of poetry writing. In this seminar students will closely examine their writing and that of their peers, as well as a variety of creative and academic poetry texts in order to further a theoretical understanding of the writing and reading of poetry. Students will write intensely to produce works for peer critique in a workshop setting.  Prerequisite: ENGL 3417 or permission of instructor with writing sample

 

ENGL 4418 Fiction Writing Seminar 3 Credits

This course continues work in the craft and creation of fiction writing. In this smaller workshop format, students will closely examine their writing and that of their peers, as well as a variety of fiction texts in order to further a theoretical understanding of the writing and reading of fiction. Students will write intensely to produce works for peer critique in a workshop setting. Prerequisite: ENGL 3418 or permission of instructor with writing sample

 

ENGL 4419 Advanced Screenwriting Seminar 3 Credits

An advanced course in screenwriting with an intensive emphasis on the craft of screenwriting. Students will explore and deconstruct conventions of American and foreign film and engage in writing exercises that will help create their own script while building their writing skills. Students will acquire detailed instruction in story structure, dialogue, character development and cinematic methods. By the end of the course each student will have produced a complete, polished original screenplay. Prerequisite: THEA 4105 or permission of instructor with writing sample

 

ENGL 4551 Postcolonial Studies 3 Credits

An exploration of such concerns as race, gender, nationality, and postcolonial subjectivity. Texts studied will include such writers as Jean Rhys, V. S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Grace Nichols, and Okot p’Bitek, along with such theorists and critics as Homi Bhabha and Frantz Fanon. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4621 Popular Culture Studies 3 Credits

An examination of American pop culture, with an emphasis on developments since World War II.A study of current trends in pop culture and cultural theory. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4631 Literary & Cultural Theory 3 Credits

Focuses on current trends in literary and cultural theory. Introduction to major schools/tendencies, including Marxist materialism, dialogic and semiotic analysis, deconstruction, reader-response criticism, psychoanalytic criticism, new historicism, materialist feminism, and African-American feminism. Prerequisite: ENGL 1102

 

ENGL 4700 Senior Seminar 3 Credits

A capstone course in which students will be guided to synthesize previous coursework through intensive study of literary movements, genres, and authors. Methods include small group discussion, formal and informal oral presentations, and conferences with the professor. Each student will prepare a major paper demonstrating skill in research, writing, and critical thinking. Prerequisite: ENGL 2104, ENGL 2105, and Senior standing

 

 

Foreign Languages

Arabic

ARAB 1001 Elementary Arabic I 3 Credits

An introduction to elementary modern standard Arabic. The course will focus on the phonology and writing system. Lectures in Arabic civilization and culture will be integrated into the language study. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school Arabic or who are native speakers of Arabic.

 

ARAB 1002 Elementary Arabic II 3 Credits

A continuation of Elementary Arabic I. The emphasis will be on speaking and writing skills. Intensive practice of sentence structure and basic vocabulary will be required. Various aspects of Arabic culture will be examined. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school Arabic or who are native speakers of Arabic. Prerequisite: ARAB 1001

 

ARAB 2001 Intermediate Arabic I 3 Credits

An intensive review of grammar and sentence structure, along with drills in reading, speaking and writing. Language instruction will be supplemented with lectures and audio-video presentations. Prerequisite: ARAB 1002 or two years of high school Arabic

 

ARAB 2002 Intermediate Arabic II 3 Credits

Continuation of Intermediate Arabic I. Prerequisite: ARAB 2001

 

Chinese

CHIN 1001 Elementary Chinese I 3 Credits

An introduction to elementary Chinese. This course focuses on listening to, speaking, writing, and reading everyday Chinese. Lectures on Chinese civilization will be integrated into the language study. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school Chinese or who are natives of Chinese.

 

CHIN 1002 Elementary Chinese II 3 Credits

A continuation of CHIN 100I with more emphasis on writing. Intensive practice in grammar and composition will be required. Continuing study of Chinese culture. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school Chinese or who are natives of Chinese. Prerequisite: CHIN 1001

 

CHIN 2001 Intermediate Chinese I 3 Credits

Intensive review of grammar and sentence structure, with emphasis on writing, speaking, and reading. Some cultural aspects will also be studied. Prerequisite: CHIN 1002 or two years of high school Chinese

 

CHIN 2002 Intermediate Chinese II 3 Credits

Continuation of CHIN 2001. Prerequisite: CHIN 2001

 

French

FREN 1001 Elementary French I 3 Credits

A beginning French course which focuses on practice in hearing, speaking, reading, and writing everyday French. The culture and civilization of France are also stressed. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school French or who are native speakers of French.

 

FREN 1002 Elementary French II 3 Credits

A continuation of FREN 1001 with emphasis on hearing, speaking, reading and writing. Prerequisite: FREN 1001

 

FREN 2001 Intermediate French I 3 Credits

An intensive review of basic French with more emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing. Various cultural aspects of France and Francophone countries are examined. Prerequisite: FREN 1002 or two years of high school French

 

FREN 2002 Intermediate French II 3 Credits

A continuation of FREN 200I.Intensive review in writing, speaking, and reading. Prerequisite: FREN 2001

 

FREN 3101 Advanced Conversation & Composition 3 Credits

Intensive practice in conversational French based upon written texts and audio-visual documents. Development of writing and stylistic skills in addition to advanced review of grammatical structure. Prerequisite: FREN 2002

 

FREN 3201 French Civilization 3 Credits

Acquaintance of the student with major contributions of France to Western civilization. The notion of Francophones will also be studied. Prerequisite: FREN 3101

 

FREN 3203 Survey of French Literature 3 Credits

Diachronic study of French literature from the middle ages to modern times, with emphasis on major authors and/or works. Prerequisite: FREN 3101

 

FREN 3401 Introduction of Business French 3 Credits

Basic notions of management, market studies, insurance, corporate laws, export-import, telecommunications and commercial correspondence will be introduced. Prerequisite: FREN 3101

 

FREN 3402 Intermediate Business French 3 Credits

Same emphasis as FREN 3401 in addition to the usage of French Minitel through the Internet.

Prerequisite: FREN 3401

 

FREN 4100 Survey of African & Caribbean Francophone Literature 3 Credits

Study of selected writings in prose, poetry, and drama by major French-speaking African, North African, and Caribbean writers.

Prerequisite: FREN 3101

 

Spanish

SPAN 1001 Elementary Spanish I 3 Credits

A course for students with little or no previous language study. Practice in listening to, speaking, reading, and writing everyday Spanish. Introduction to Spanish culture. Not open to students who have more than one year of high school Spanish or who are native speakers of Spanish.

 

SPAN 1002 Elementary Spanish II 3 Credits

Practice in listening to, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. Continuation of SPAN 1001. Prerequisite: SPAN 1001 or permission of instructor

 

SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I 3 Credits

An intensive review of basic principles of the language; continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 1002 or two years of high school Spanish

 

SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II 3 Credits

Intensive review of basic principles of Spanish; continued practice in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 2001

SPAN 3101 Advanced Conversation & Composition 3 Credits

A course focusing on understanding, speaking, and writing. Students will give oral presentations and write compositions on assigned topics. Prerequisite: SPAN 2002

 

SPAN 3201 Civilization & Culture of Spain 3 Credits

An historical survey of the culture of Spain from the Pre-Roman era to the present. Classes will be conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 3101

 

SPAN 3202 Civilization & Culture of Latin America 3 Credits

An historical survey of the culture of Latin American from the Pre-Columbian era to the present. Classes will be conducted in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 3101

 

SPAN 3204 Survey of Literature 3 Credits

Introduction to some of the principal authors, works, and ideas in the literatures of Spanish-speaking countries. Prerequisite: SPAN 3101

 

SPAN 3401 Introduction to Business Spanish 3 Credits

A study of business terminology, including letter writing, insurance, banking, situations dealing with export and import companies, and job interviews. Prerequisite: SPAN 1002 or two years of high school Spanish

 

SPAN 3402 Intermediate Business Spanish 3 Credits

A continuation of SPAN 3401 with further emphasis on terminology relating to banking, insurance, letter-writing, job interviews, and exporting and importing. Prerequisite: SPAN 3401

 

SPAN 4101 Beginning Medical Spanish 3 Credits

A study of terminology vital to medical personnel, nursing students, and anyone in any health-related field. Prerequisite: SPAN 1002 or two years of high school Spanish

 

SPAN 4102 Intermediate Medical Spanish 3 Credits

A continuation of SPAN 4101. Students will continue to learn vocabulary useful to anyone in any medical or health-related field. Prerequisite: SPAN 4101