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ENGL 0110

Writing Mechanics (1-0) This course covers the basic principles of grammatical structure and punctuation. Recommended for those needing or desiring more training in English grammar and usage. Laboratory time may be required. (Fall, Spring)

ENGL 0310

Introduction To Composition (3-0) The study of, and extensive practice in, process writing with emphasis on the basic elements of an effective essay, including work on mechanical skills. Recommended for those needing or desiring more training be- fore taking

ENGL 1310

Introduction To Composition (3-0) The study of, and extensive practice in, process writing with emphasis on the basic elements of an effective essay, including work on mechanical skills. Recommended for those needing or desiring more training be- fore taking ENGL 1310. Laboratory time is required. (Fall, and Spring as needed)

ENGL 1310

Composition and Rhetoric (3-0) Prerequisites: DEVS 0310 or placement demonstrated by ACT or SAT scores, high school transcript, CLEP, or departmental exam. Required for all degree programs, this course provides an intensive study and practice of the fundamental principles of exposition leading to the habit of effective writing. Classes, limited in size, are workshops with individual instruction. (Fall, Spring,Summer as needed) (TCCN ENGL 1301)

ENGL 1320

Composition and Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: ENGL 1310. Required for all degree programs, this course acquaints students with the written analysis of literary works including representative examples of poetry, drama, and prose fiction. (Fall, Spring, Summer as needed) (TCCN ENGL 1302)

ENGL 2300

Advanced Composition Prerequisites: ENGL 1310, 1320. A workshop-style course in essay-writing for the student who desires instruction and practice beyond the freshman (or high school dual-credit) level. Students will write approximately four medium-length essays of various types and, based on instructor feedback, complete substantial revisions of each. At least one essay will include research and the incorporation of secondary sources. Class enrollment will be kept at a minimum, and the instructor will devote considerable attention to each student and his or her writing. The course will also include a thorough review of punctuation, grammar, and style. The course is open to students of all majors and disciplines. (Spring)

ENGL 2310

Masterpieces of British Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: ENGL 1320. This course surveys significant works of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. Individual instructors may vary the choice and treatment of texts to explore developments of theme (i.e., the hero, journey, monsters) or genre. (Fall, Spring, Summer as needed) (TCCN ENGL 2321, 2322, 2323)

ENGL 2320

Masterpieces of American Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: ENGL 1320. This course surveys significant works of American literature from pre-colonial times to the present. Individual instructors may vary the choice and treatment of texts to explore developments of theme (i.e., the hero, journey) or genre. (Fall, Spring, Summer as needed) (TCCN ENGL 2326, 2327, 2328)

Masterpieces of World Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: ENGL1320. This course surveys great works of literature from around theworld. Individual instructors may vary the choice and treatment of textsto explore developments of theme (i.e., the hero, journey, monsters) orgenre (i.e., tragedy, epic, romance). (Fall, Spring, Summer as needed) (TCCN ENGL 2331, 2332, 2333)

ENGL 2350

Topics in Literary Study (3-0) Prerequisite: ENGL 1320. Thiscourse examines literature through the lens of a particular topic (i.e., women, sports, law), region (i.e., the Southwest, Southern Gothic, colonialism), or genre (i.e., the lyric, tragedy, comedy). (Fall, Spring, Summer as needed)

ENGL 3310

Medieval English Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: One sophomore levelEnglish course. Provides a study of the prose and poetry of English literature from earliest Anglo-Saxon times to 1500. (Spring 2013)

ENGL 3313

World Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course. The course is a comparative study of representative literary masterpieces of major world literatures. Topics will vary. (Spring 2014)

ENGL 3315

Children’s Literature I (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore level English course. Survey of seven genres of children’s literature from ancient to present times, with emphasis on award-winning selections. Special emphasis on use of children’s books in elementary grades. (Fall, Summer)

ENGL 3316

Children’s Literature II (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore level English course. A survey of books suitable for readers in the upper elementary school. It will include a survey of Newberry Award Winning authors and texts. All seven genres of literature will be studied. (Required for Grades 4-8 certification and English Language Arts and Reading 8-12 certification). (Spring, Summer)

ENGL 3320

English Renaissance (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomorelevel English course. Topics include Shakespeare, Milton, and other major Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century prose stylists, dramatists, and poets. (Summer as needed)

ENGL 3330

Restoration and 18th Century English Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course. This course surveys major literary trends from the Restoration to the Pre-Romantic Movement with reading in essays (including journalism), political-religious satires, philosophical and lyric poems, drama, and the novel. (Spring 2014)

ENGL 3341

English Romanticism (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore level English course. This course examines poetry and prose of English Romanticism (1790-1830) in light of dominant philosophical, social, political, and literary trends of the period. (Spring 2013)

ENGL 3342

The Victorian Period (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore level English course. Topics include major English poets and prose writers, 1830-1900, with emphasis on distinctive approaches to common artistic, intellectual, and social problems. (Fall 2014)

ENGL 3371

Seventeenth- and Eighteenth- Century American Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course. The student examines Colonial writings from a critical and historical perspective, with an emphasis on important developments in religious, political, and social thought. (Fall 2013)

ENGL 3372

Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course. Students examine the texts and contexts of selected major American nineteenth - century writers. (Fall 2014)

ENGL 3373

Studies in Modern Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course. Topics include an examination of one or more major authors, styles, genres, decades, or movements important to an understanding of modern literary culture. May be repeated when both instructor and texts vary. (Spring)

ENGL 3374

Studies in Contemporary Literature (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course. Course may examine a phase, school, or collection of writers whose works reflect the state of letters since the end of World War II. (Fall even years)

ENGL 3380

Film and Literary Classics (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course. Students will be introduced to the comparative study of the fundamental, pervasive, and significant transformations and connections between film and literature. Possible offerings might range from “Film and Shakespeare” to “Film and the Novel.” Analytical papers will be required. (Summer as needed)

ENGL 3383

Theories of Composition (3-0) Prerequisite: ENGL 1310, 1320 or permission of instructor. Education majors with English teaching fields should take this course, if at all possible, in the fall semester of their junior year. This course provides an examination of classical and contemporary theories of composition and their application to understanding the various modes of academic and expressive writing.

(Fall)

ENGL 3384

Grammatical Structure (3-0) Prerequisite: ENGL 1310, 1320 or permission of instructor. Topics include an introduction to the current theory and practice of grammars of English. (Fall odd years)

ENGL 3385

Professional and Technical Writing (3-0) Prerequisite: ENGL 1310, 1320 or permission of instructor. Students will learn the use of rhetorical strategies, common formats, and research procedures appropriate to the professions, including business, the sciences, and law.

(Fall odd years)

ENGL 4309

Holocaust through the Eyes of Elie Wiesel (3-0) Prerequisite: ENGL 1310, 1320. This course examines the Holocaust through the writings of Elie Wiesel, a renowned Holocaust survivor. Readings by Weisel are augmented with film and documentary presentations. Implications and events of the Holocaust are examined through religious, literary, and historical perspectives. Cross-listed with REL 4309. (May)

ENGL 4320

Shakespeare (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one junior-level English course or permission of instructor. This course will require critical readings of Shakespeare’s greatest poetry and dramas (histories, comedies, tragedies). (Fall semesters)

ENGL 4340

Studies in a Major Author (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one juniorlevel English course or permission of instructor. Topics will vary and may include British, American, or world literary figures who have had an impact on English-language literature. May be repeated for credit as author varies. (Spring even years)

ENGL 4360

Literary Theory (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one junior-level English course or permission of instructor. Surveys the development of major critical theories concerning literature. (Spring)

ENGL 4371

Poetry Workshop (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course or permission of instructor. This workshop-style seminar will provide students with practice writing fiction and poetry and critiquing poems written by members of the class. (Fall odd years)

ENGL 4372

Fiction Workshop (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course or permission of instructor. This workshop-style seminar will provide students with practice writing fiction and critiquing stories written by members of the class. (Spring odd years)

ENGL 4374

Writing for Newspapers and Magazines (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course or permission of instructor. Topics include a study of the basic news writing techniques; a brief survey of the history of journalistic media; an investigation of the theories of journalism; and an examination of contemporary techniques and problems in journalistic writing. (Fall even years) Course Descriptions - Undergraduate

ENGL 4375

Writing for Television and Radio (3-0) Prerequisite: At least one sophomore-level English course or permission of instructor. This course will introduce techniques of interviewing and fundamentals of researching and organizing features for radio and television. (Spring even years)

ENGL 4379

Elementary Language Arts Concepts 4-8 (3-0) Prerequisite: Senior standing and successful completion of the General Education requirements in English and Reading. The student will study the scope and sequence of the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards) for language arts instruction and the concepts necessary to teach them. Individual skills will be refined and consideration will be given to classroom applications. (Fall)

ENGL 4X95

Independent Studies (Variable Credit) Prerequisites: At least two upper-division English courses or permission of instructor. This is a study program arranged between an advanced student and an instructor to provide intensive study in a particular area of interest. The course includes a definition of goals appropriate for the advanced student, ways of attaining those goals, a schedule for frequent consultation, and means of assuring progress. (By arrangement)

ENGL 4X96H

Honors Tutorial (Variable Credit) Prerequisite: 15 hours of English credit and admission to the Honors Program. Open to student candidates for honors graduation in English, this course includes reading and research in a particular topic of literature, linguistics, or language. (By arrangement)

ENGL 4X97H

Senior Thesis (Variable Credit) Prerequisite: Senior standing, admission to the Honors Program, and permission of instructor. Open to student candidates for honors graduation in English, this course focuses on independent research on a topic approved by the faculty of the department, with a final product of a 75-150 page essay submitted for the approval of the department. (Honors graduates must successfully complete either Senior Thesis or Senior Opus) (By arrangement)

ENGL 4X98

Senior Opus (Variable Credit) Prerequisite: Senior standing, admission to the Honors Program, and permission of instructor. Open to student candidates for honors graduation in English, this course focuses on a creative writing project, either prose, drama, or poetry, with a final product of a 75-150 page essay submitted for the approval of the department. (Honors graduates must successfully complete either Senior Thesis or Senior Opus) (By arrangement)

ENGL XX99

Special Topics (Variable Credit) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Courses of this nature are offered occasionally to groups of students to broaden departmental curriculum, to meet student demand, or to observe special events. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (By arrangement)