Course Descriptions

ENGL 100: Writing Workshop I
3 Semester Credit 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.

ENGL 102: Writing Workshop II
3 Semester Credit Hours

Provides students with information on and practice in skills needed to produce college-level 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.

ENGL 101: Writing Workshop I with Laboratory
4 Semester Credit 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.

ENGL 205: British Literature Survey
3
Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 206: Cultivating Eden: American Literature Survey
3 Semester Credit Hours

A study of significant American writers and survey of American literary traditions from pre-colonial settlement to the present time. Prerequisites: ENGL 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 209: Ye Gods and Goddesses: Classical Mythology
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 230: Readings in World Literature
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 302: Creative Writing Survey
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 304: The Lyric Essay
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 308: Trailing Clouds of Glory: The Romantics
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 311: Poetry
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 312: Literature and Film Studies
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 313: The Novel
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 315: Drama
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 316: Voices of the Drums: Modern Native American Literature
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 318: Understanding the Refugee Experience
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 330: Screen Writing
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

 ENGL 335: Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 342: A Literary Tour
3 Semester Credit Hours

A tour of significant literary sites that involves reports, written work, and discussion of works in which these sites figure. Prerequisites: ENGL 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 344: Page to Stage Workshop
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

 ENGL 346: Topics in Creative Writing
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 347: Going Up Garret: Poetry Workshop
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 348: Fiction Workshop
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 349: Truth is Stranger Than Fiction: Nonfiction Workshop
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 360: The Tudors
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 370: Ancient Tales & Travel: Greek and Roman Literature
3 Semester Credit 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:  ENGL 100/101 and ENGL 102.  Cross-listed with THEA 370.

ENGL 400: Topics in British Literature
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 401: Medieval Literature: Monsters, Maidens, and Men in Chain Mail
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 410: Topics in American Literature
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 411: Major American Writers
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 412: Major English Writers
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 414: American Renaissance
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.  It is recommended that students complete ENGL 206 prior to taking this course.

ENGL 415: American Regionalism
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 416: Modern and Postmodern Literature
3 Semester Credit 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 102.

ENGL 430: Topics in World Literature
3 Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 460: Independent Study
1-3
Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102 and consent of the English Program Director.

ENGL 470: English Practicum
3
Semester Credit 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 100/101 and ENGL 102.

ENGL 480: English Internship
3-12
Semester Credit Hours

Students majoring in certain emphases may apply for an Internship, which enables students to apply in business or professional settings–at advanced levels–theories and techniques learned in the classroom. Prerequisites: Usually, senior standing; successful completion of one English practicum of 3-hours credit; completed application (thirty days prior to internship semester); approvals from the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities, the English Program Chairperson and the Academic Dean. (NOTE: Internships normally compensate monetarily the student as if the student were employed by the agency or firm.) Prerequisites: ENGL 100/101 and ENGL 102.