Course Descriptions – English

ENGL 1301 – Writing Workshop I — 3 hours. Students in this course will develop the necessary skills to recognize the aesthetics of writing, to engage in critical thinking, and to write research papers appropriate for college level coursework. (Offered every fall semester).

ENGL 1302 – Writing Workshop II– 3 hours. Provides students with information on and practice in skills needed to produce collegelevel writing involving research, to develop critical thinking necessary to analyze and select sources appropriate for research projects, to use MLA documentation and cite sources correctly, and to create and deliver oral presentations. (Offered every spring semester).

ENGL 1401 – Writing Workshop I with Laboratory — 4 hours. Students in this course will develop the necessary writing and critical thinking skills to engage in academic level research and to write research papers appropriate for college level coursework. Includes one laboratory hour per week. (Offered every fall semester).

ENGL 2302 – Creative Writing Survey – 3 hours.
A critical study of contemporary American writers accompanied by a survey of the creative writing workshop. Emphasis on four genres – poetry, creative non-fiction, fiction and drama – and writing within those genre conventions. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 2305 –British Literature Survey – 3 hours.
A study of the major poets and prose writes who contributed to the development of literature, intellectual though, and language of English speaking peoples from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 2306 – Cultivating Eden: American Literature Survey – 3 hours.
A study of significant American writers and survey of American literary traditions from pre-colonial settlement to the present time. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 2309– Ye Gods and Goddesses: Classical Mythology – 3 hours.
Introduces the world of classical mythology using primary works of art and literature. The course will explore basic principles of classical Greek and Roman mythology and engage in literary analysis of these ancient tales in order to provide insights into the human condition. In addition, students will research at least one other culture’s mythology and explore the connections and archetypal need for humans to attempt to explain their existence in the world around them. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 2330 – Readings in World Literature — 3 hours.
Concentration on some aspect of world literature from ancient times to the present. The schedule of course offerings will specify the geographical origin, period and genre of literature a given section will treat. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3304 – The Lyric Essay – 3 hours
This course will examine the blending of the creative nonfiction and poetry genres, which in the past ten years have created the hybrid genre of lyric essays. Lyric essays combine the linguistic potential of poetry with the personal struggles of the essay. We will study the essay, starting with Montaigne, and trace the progression from a formal exercise to one that seeks to capture the essence of human experience. Students will read, write, and workshop in this genre while always examining truth, language, and self. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302

ENGL 3308 – Trailing Clouds of Glory: The Romantics — 3 hours.
A study of the Romantic Movement (1780-1832), emphasizing Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats and prose writers. Interpretation of each writer’s most significant work, with attention to historical and literary influences. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3311 – Poetry – 3 hours.
This course concentrates on some aspect of poetry from ancient times to the present. The schedule of course offerings will specify the geographical origin, period or theme a section will treat. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3312 – Literature and Film Studies – 3 hours.
This course will focus on the movement from a literary work to the medium of film and will consider those occasions when the reverse is true – when a popular film is transformed into a literary work. The course will examine the phenomena of metamorphosis when a narrative moves from one form to another. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3313 – The Novel — 3 hours.
Artistic, historical and analytical study of the novel. Readings and discussion of major novelists and representative works. The schedule of course offerings will specify the geographical origin, period or theme a section will treat. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3315 – Drama – 3 hours.
A study of dramatic literature with attention to historical and cultural perspective. The schedule of course offerings will specify the geographical origin, period or theme a section will cover. Cross-listed with Theatre. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3316 – Voices of the Drums: Modern Native American Literature – 3 hours.
This course focuses on those writers of the modern period who have contributed to the “Native American Renaissance” from 1930 to the present time. Students will examine ways in which Native Americans have maintained traditional beliefs and practices while living in two cultures. Students will conduct scholarly research and present their findings in effective oral and written communications. Satisfies general education multi-cultural requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3318 – Understanding the Refugee Experience – 3 hours.
In this course, students will study the difficulties and issues surrounding the relocation of peoples due to war or oppression. Students will work with refugees in the local community and with staff from the International Center, a refugee resettlement agency in Western Kentucky. Students will read literature documenting refugee experiences and other materials pertinent to the field. Students will learn about how one becomes a refugee and the various agencies involved in the process of refugee resettlement; students will also learn about various career options for refugee assistance and for working with issues that create refugees. Satisfies general education multi-cultural requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3330 – Screen Writing – 3 hours.
Screenwriting Basics focuses on developing short screenplays individually and collectively. Students’ individual work will be read and discussed in class through workshop. Group work to produce a collaborative piece will enable student to augment their own creative learning goals as well as experiment in filming. An emphasis on structure and revision/editing will be applied to the screenplays produced by the students with a minor focus on professional screenplays/films for comparative analysis as well as submission of creative works. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3335—Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults—3 hours.
Through reading, discussing, workshopping, and analyzing form and content of canonical and contemporary literature, students will learn about and create poetry and fiction for elementary and middle grades students and young adults. Attention to audience and appropriate rhetorical devices. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3342 – A Literary Tour – 3 hours.
A tour of significant literary sites that involves reports, written work, and discussion of works in which these sites figure. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3344 – Page to Stage Workshop – 3 hours.
Students will compose character sketches, monologues and scenes and perform the work generated in class. Students will offer a public performance of selected work, generated in class, as a final project. Cross-listed with Communication Arts. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3346 – Topics in Creative Writing – 3 hours.
Practice in types of writing including fiction, poetry and personal essay. Opportunity to experiment in various literary forms. Selected work by students will be read and discussed in class. Attention to editing and publishing. Qualified students by permission of instructor. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3347 – Going Up Garret: Poetry Workshop – 3 hours.
Students will experiment with image, metaphor, meter, and stanza as they develop their poetic skills. Students will share their writing and offer peer evaluation in a workshop environment. Students will create a chapbook of poetry as a final project. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302

ENGL 3348 –Fiction Workshop – 3 hours.
Students will examine what it means to be human through the created worlds of fiction. Students will hone their abilities to engage audiences and develop writing skills in a workshop environment. Each student will produce a chapbook of his or her fiction writing as a final project. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3349 – Truth is Stranger Than Fiction: Nonfiction Workshop – 3 hours.
Students will write in a variety of nonfiction genres, and will write and evaluate peer writing in a workshop environment. Students are required to complete a portfolio of work including a 10- 15 page memoir essay, one six page essay responding to a secondary text, one journalism project, and participation in weekly workshops and writing prompts. Each student will create a chapbook of nonfiction writing as a final project. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 3360 – The Tudors – 3 hours.
This course will cover literature, history, and art during the Tudor period 1485-1603. Coursework will include a Shakespearean play along with the works of Thomas More, daily historical reading, maintenance of a journal, and submission of a final paper. Students will then travel to England to visit and stay at Tudor sites of interest such as London, Windsor, and Hampton Court Palace for their continued studies. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302

ENGL 3370 – Ancient Tales & Travel: Greek and Roman Literature – 3 hours.
This course introduces students to the world of classical mythology using the same approach taken by the Greek and Romans themselves – primary works of art and literature. The course will explore the basic principles of classical Greek and Roman mythology and relate these ancient tales to provide insights into the human condition. After initial classes introducing the subject and covering the readings, students will travel to London, Athens, and Rome. Prerequisites: English 1301/1401 and 1302. Cross-listed with THEA 3370

ENGL 4160, 4260, 4360 – Independent Study – 1-3 hours.
For advanced students, this course might follow the form of (1) a reading course in literature, with individual assignments and conferences, or (2) a special project within any English emphasis to enrich the student’s background in that area. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and 1302 and consent of the English Program Director.

ENGL 4300 – Topics in British Literature – 3 hours.
This course focuses on literature of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Subject matter in the course varies depending on instructor and student interests. The schedule of course offerings will specify the subject of the course. Offerings include such topics as “British Detective Fiction” and Anglo-Irish Literature. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 4301 — Medieval Literature: Monsters, Maidens, and Men in Chain Mail — 3 hours.
Students will explore the early Angl0- Saxon world of Beowulf through the medieval concepts of chivalry and courtly love that reached its flowering in the 15th century: Chaucer, Malory, Langland, Julian of Norwich, Kempe, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Everyman. Students will use critical thinking and writing skills to evaluate scholarly research, to engage in literary analysis, and to write research papers appropriate to advanced college level coursework. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 4310 – Topics in American Literature – 3 hours.
Subject matter in the course varies depending on instructor and student interests. The schedule of course offerings will specify the subject of the course, which may include such topics as “The Supernatural in Literature” and “American Expatriates.” Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 4311 – Major American Writers – 3 hours.
Comprehensive study of the works of a major figure or figures in American literature. The author or authors to be considered in the course will be announced in the annual schedule of course offerings and may include “Melville and James,” “Faulkner,” and “Wharton and Cather.” Students will use critical thinking and writing skills to evaluate scholarly research, to engage in literary analysis, and to write research papers appropriate to advanced college level coursework. Students will create and deliver oral presentations appropriate for entry level in graduate school or professional positions. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 4312 – Major English Writers – 3 hours.
Comprehensive study of a major figure or figures in English literature. The author or authors to be considered in the course will be announced in the schedule of course offerings and may include “Chaucer,” “Milton,” and “Lawrence.” Students will use critical thinking and writing skills to evaluate scholarly research, to engage in literary analysis, and to write research papers appropriate to advanced college level coursework. Students will create and deliver oral presentations appropriate for entry level in graduate school or professional positions. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 4314 – American Renaissance– 3 hours.
Students will read the writings of major American writers who created what F.O. Mathieson coined the “American Renaissance.” In discussion and research, students will consider the themes, innovations of language, and theory that brought about a divergence from British literature and created a recognizably American literature. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 ENGL 1302. It is recommended that students complete ENGL 2306 prior to taking this course.

ENGL 4315 – American Regionalism – 3 hours.
Students in this course will read diverse representations of regionalism in American literature, consider definitions and uses of regionalism and examine the limitations and appeals of regional literature. Students will experience the language and social context that characterize regional literature. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 4316 – Modern and Postmodern Literature – 3 hours.
This course focuses on writing in the literary movements of modernism and postmodernism in the twentieth century. Students will examine the ways that World Wars I and II, worldwide depression, and the growth of colonialism influenced the development of aesthetic values of modernism and postmodernism. Prerequisite: ENGL 1302.

ENGL 4330 – Topics in World Literature – 3 hours.
This course will focus on literature from around the world written in English or in translation. The specific focus and subject matter will vary, depending on instructor and student interests. Offerings include: “Literature of the European Holocaust” and “Looking for Love.” Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 4370 – English Practicum — 3 hours.
Students majoring in certain emphases may apply for a practicum, which enables students to apply in business or professional settings theories and techniques learned in the classroom. Prerequisites: Usually, at least junior standing; completed application (thirty days prior to the practicum semester); approvals from the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities, the English Program Director and the Academic Dean. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.

ENGL 4370 – English Practicum — 3 hours.
Students majoring in certain emphases may apply for a practicum, which enables students to apply in business or professional settings theories and techniques learned in the classroom. Prerequisites: Usually, at least junior standing; completed application (thirty days prior to the practicum semester); approvals from the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities, the English Program Director and the Academic Dean. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301/1401 and ENGL 1302.