Courses

ENGL 101 - Composition I
3 Credit Hours

A general course in expository, narrative, and descriptive writing, emphasizing basic writing skills: grammar, punctuation, usage, sentence structure, paragraphing, organization, and thesis support. Short writing assignments and essays.
Other: Students are required to earn a C (2.0) or better in this course before taking Composition II. This course may be waived on the basis of official placement.
ENGL 102 - Composition II
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to persuasive writing and the research paper. This course emphasizes critical thinking and identification with audience, as well as research methods and documentation sources. Essays and a research paper are required.
Prerequisites: ENGL 101 or official placement.
Other: Students are required to earn a C (2.0) or better in this course in order to graduate.
ENGL 163 - Introduction to Literature
3 Credit Hours

An introductory course devoted to an understanding of poetry, fiction, and drama, with attention to methods of presentation, elements of literature, and content.
ENGL 165 - Short Fiction
3 Credit Hours

A wide-ranging genre study of short prose works, from the short story to the novella, with attention to both American and international writers.
ENGL 170 - Contemporary Literature (Honors)
3 Credit Hours

A study of novels, film, poetry, memoirs, etc., written by living writers. American and international authors are equally represented among the works studied.
Prerequisites: Honors student or 3.5 GPA.
ENGL 207 - Strategies for Teaching and Tutoring Writing
2 Credit Hours

An introduction to the theories of writing pedagogy, writing center theory, tutoring dynamics, and the practical concerns of teaching writing, such as teaching the mechanics, directed self-editing, and prioritizing revision. The course is designed specifically for Writing Center tutors and secondary education majors wishing to supplement their preparation in the teaching of writing.
Prerequisites: Grades of B (3.0) or above in ENGL 101 and 102 or permission of instructor.
ENGL 213 - Introduction to Creative Writing
3 Credit Hours

A workshop course in which students explore several modes of writing--poetry, prose, or drama. Students examine works by master writers, complete assignments, and submit their own work for class review.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
ENGL 215 - Writing for the Print Media
3 Credit Hours

A study of sound journalistic practice in the print media. A hands-on course designed to improve the student?s ability to interview, do research, and write editorials, news stories, and feature articles for newspapers and magazines.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
ENGL 225 - An Introduction to Literary Studies
3 Credit Hours

A course offering English majors a survey of critical approaches as well as experience in using important concepts and terms of literary disclosure. Topics include genres, scansion, research and MLA formatting, and an overview of literary periods. This course prepares English majors and minors for upper-division work in the field and should be taken in the sophomore year or as soon as the major is declared.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
ENGL 230 - Non-Western Literature
3 Credit Hours

An exploration of the traditional and emerging literatures of Africa (ENGL 230), or Asia (ENGL 231), or other countries, regions, or continents (ENGL 232). A wide range of genres from poetry to fiction to film and drama will be investigated.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
ENGL 231 - Non-Western Literature
3 Credit Hours

An exploration of the traditional and emerging literatures of Africa (ENGL 230), or Asia (ENGL 231), or other countries, regions, or continents (ENGL 232). A wide range of genres from poetry to fiction to film and drama will be investigated.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
ENGL 232 - Non-Western Literature
3 Credit Hours

An exploration of the traditional and emerging literatures of Africa (ENGL 230), or Asia (ENGL 231), or other countries, regions, or continents (ENGL 232). A wide range of genres from poetry to fiction to film and drama will be investigated.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
Other: This course satisfies the International Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
ENGL 235 - Early Classics of Western Literature
3 Credit Hours

An exploration of early masterpieces of Western literature, from Homer, Greek drama, and Virgil to Dante.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
ENGL 240 - American Literature, The Early Tradition
3 Credit Hours

A survey of major works of American writers from Bradford to 1900 in their historical, cultural, and literary contexts.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
ENGL 241 - American Literature, Realism to the Present
3 Credit Hours

A survey addressing the historical, social, and political importance of American literature during the twentieth century as well as its literary merits. Beginning with Twain and moving through the great age of American novels in the 20s and 30s to post World War II fiction and poetry. Major authors covered include Crane, Wharton, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, West, Cather, Ellison, O?Connor, Plath, Lowell, Oates, Updike, and Roth. Major literary and intellectual movements such as Realism, Modernism, and Post-modernism will be considered.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
ENGL 245 - American Ethnic Literature
3 Credit Hours

A survey of the rich ethnic literatures of the United States, including the works of Hispanic, African-American, Native American, Asian-American, and other ethnic writers and filmmakers. Novels, poetry, short fiction, drama, and film may be included.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
ENGL 248 - Applachian Literature
3 Credit Hours

An investigation into the poetry, short fiction, novels, and other genres of the writers of the Appalachian region. While many West Virginia writers will be studied, works from the entire region will be included.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
ENGL 251 - England, The Heritage I
3 Credit Hours

A survey of English literature beginning with Beowulf and ending with the eighteenth century, focusing on the mastery of literary terms and the recognition of genres ranging from lyric poetry to drama to fiction to satire. Includes major figures such as Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, Pope, and Johnson.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
ENGL 252 - England, The Heritage II
3 Credit Hours

survey of English literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the mastery of literary terms and recognition of genres ranging from lyric poetry to prose to drama to the novel. Includes major figures such as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Dickens, Hardy, Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, Shaw, Forster, Larkin, and Stoppard.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
ENGL 255 - Irish Literature
3 Credit Hours

A study of major Irish writers -- novelists, poets dramatists -- of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Yeats, Joyce, Shaw, Synge, O?Casey, Beckett, Heaney, Boland, and Doyle, with attention to Irish history and the relationship between Ireland and America.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102; ENGL 163 is recommended.
ENGL 275 - Studies in Gender
3 Credit Hours

An exploration through literature and criticism of questions related to gender. Women?s Studies ENGL 275) will be offered along with courses that consider other issues related to gender (ENGL 276).
Prerequisites: ENGL 102.
Other: This course satisfies the United States Cultural Studies requirement of the General Studies Curriculum.
ENGL 311 - Creative Writing Poetry
3 Credit Hours

Informal workshop course that concentrates on writing poetry and provides a helpful and critical audience for the student?s work.
Prerequisites: ENGL 213 and one course in literature.
ENGL 313 - Creative Writing: Fiction
3 Credit Hours

Informal workshop course that concentrates on writing fiction and provides a helpful and critical audience for the student?s work.
Prerequisites: ENGL 213 and one course in literature.
ENGL 315 - Creative Writing: Non-Fiction
3 Credit Hours

An informal workshop course that focuses on writing non-fiction pieces and offers a critical and helpful audience to evaluate the student?s work.
Prerequisites: ENGL 213 and one course in literature.
ENGL 317 - Autobiography and Journal Writing
3 Credit Hours

An introduction to the autobiographical genre through the reading of five or six autobiographies from the classic Franklin to the contemporary Maya Angelou. The student will explore his or her own life through various journalistic techniques by keeping a personal journal that will, along with the readings, provide material for writing several papers, culminating in an autobiography.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 319 - Advanced Composition
2 Credit Hours

An advanced course in composition in which students practice and develop their skills in exposition, narration, description, and argumentation.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 320 - The English Language
3 Credit Hours

The history of the English language and its modern evolution, with attention to varying analysis of its structure and grammar.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
Other: Required for all English majors.
ENGL 337 - Modern World Literature
3 Credit Hours

A far-reaching study of modern world writing, investigating significant works from Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 340 - Twentieth Century American Literature: Poetry
3 Credit Hours

A study of a particular genre such as poetry (ENGL 340), fiction (ENGL 341), or a theme or topic (ENGL 342). A genre course might, for example, look at the novel in the 1990s, while a theme course might pursue the quest for individual identity in American literature of this century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 341 - Twentieth Century American Literature: Fiction
3 Credit Hours

A study of a particular genre such as poetry (ENGL 340), fiction (ENGL 341), or a theme or topic (ENGL 342). A genre course might, for example, look at the novel in the 1990s, while a theme course might pursue the quest for individual identity in American literature of this century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 342 - Twentieth Century American Literature: Theme or Topic
3 Credit Hours

A study of a particular genre such as poetry (ENGL 340), fiction (ENGL 341), or a theme or topic (ENGL 342). A genre course might, for example, look at the novel in the 1990s, while a theme course might pursue the quest for individual identity in American literature of this century.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 350 - Shakespeare
3 Credit Hours

A study of representative plays: comedies, histories, tragedies and romances against the background of the Elizabethan age.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 351 - The Age of Chaucer
3 Credit Hours

The poetry of Chaucer as it developed from Middle English literature under the influence of the French and Italian Renaissance. This course will also address other writers of Chaucer?s time, the origins of the ballad, and the beginnings of English drama.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 353 - The Age of Spenser and Milton
3 Credit Hours

study of major works of Milton and Spenser, with additional consideration of poets and prose writers of the English Renaissance and Reformation.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 359 - Nineteenth Century British Literature
3 Credit Hours

A study of the major literary movements in England in the nineteenth century. The course will survey the entire century, although one era (such as Romanticism) or one genre (such as poetry) might be emphasized.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 361 - Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
3 Credit Hours

A workshop course focused on the advanced study of the short story in various forms. Attention will be paid to short-shorts and stories of more traditional length. Attention will be paid to use of language and how it adds to the form.
Prerequisites: ENGL 313 or permission of instructor.
ENGL 362 - Advnaced Creative Writing: Poetry
3 Credit Hours

A workshop course focused on the advanced study of open and closed form, voice, tone, language and image. Students will complete a portfolio of poems assigned by the instructor.
Prerequisites: ENGL 311 or permission of instructor.
ENGL 370 - Critical Approaches and Literary Analysis
3 Credit Hours

A survey of critical approaches from the ancients to contemporary approaches such as feminism and reader-response. Students will read a variety of texts in order to develop their skills in criticism.
Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and one course in literature.
ENGL 410 - Major Author Seminar
3 Credit Hours

A study of a major writer (or, in some cases, two closely related writers) designed to provide in-depth exposure to a particular author?s works. Authors whose works would be considered include Chaucer, Spenser and Milton, Wordsworth and Coleridge, Austen, Dickens, Dickinson and Whitman, and Joyce.
Prerequisites: English major or permission of instructor, and one course in literature.
ENGL 420 - Senior Thesis
2 Credit Hours

During the senior year, directed by instructors in the English department, each major will complete an academic study, critical analysis or writing project, one that represents the student?s highest achievement as a scholar or a writer. The project will be presented orally to the department.
Prerequisites: Senior standing and at least 24 hours in the major.
Other: atisfies advanced composition requirement for general studies.