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Department of English

Undergraduate Courses

ENG 1301 COMPOSITION

(Texas Common Course Number is ENGL 1301)
This course affords the opportunity for students to develop their ability to communicate effectively and responsibly through written discourse. Emphasis upon mechanical proficiency and organization skills in writing expository essays, analysis of style, tone, and point of view of expository prose. (Credit for this course may be obtained by qualified students through advanced placement or advanced standing examinations.)
Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on English portion of ACT test, TASP examination, or ENG 1320

ENG 1302 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION

(Texas Common Course Number is ENG 1302)
This course offers the opportunity to learn to recognize and to employ the principles of rhetoric in written discourse. Analysis of rhetoric and logic, writing of essays, and study of research and documentation techniques. Requires the completion of a research project. (Credit for this course may be obtained by qualified students through advanced placement or advanced standing examinations.)
Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or better in ENG 1301, 1387, or 1406

ENG 1310 READING & VOCABULARY

This course offers students the opportunity to develop their ability to read college-level materials. Emphasis on vocabulary and word recognition skills, comprehension skills, study skills, and efficiency in content area reading. Required of students with reading skills below college level. Course does not satisfy general education requirements.

ENG 1320 BASIC WRITING

Intensive study and practice in basic grammar and fundamentals of composition. Emphasis on punctuation, sentence combining, sentence construction, correct language use, and other basic writing skills. Does not count toward hours for graduation or in the computation of hours attempted or earned. A course grade will be recorded as Pass (P) or No Pass (NP). (There will be special sections for foreign-born students. A minimum score of 500 on TOEFL or minimum score of 60 on MTEL is required for entrance.)

ENG 1387 RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION (HONORS PLAN)

Study and practice of writing effectively, emphasis on expository writing and the research paper.
Prerequisite: Admission to honors studies or by invitation

ENG 1388 RHETORIC AND LITERATURE (HONORS PLAN)

Study and practice of writing effectively and interpreting literature. Emphasis on critical analysis of essays, fiction, and poetry.
Prerequisite: ENG 1387 or by invitation

ENG 2300 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE

An introduction to literary genres, with special emphasis on the short story, novel or novella, drama, and poetry. Requires careful reading and the writing of critical essays about individual works.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of "C" in 6 hours of required freshman English

ENG 2303 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN LITERATURE

(Texas Common Course Number is ENGL 2326)
A study of several masterpieces of American Literature, with emphasis on careful reading and on writing critical essays about individual works.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of "C" in 6 hours of required freshman English

ENG 2305 INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH LITERATURE

(Texas Common Course Number is ENGL 2322)
A study of several masterpieces of English Literature, with emphasis on carefully reading and on writing critical essays about individual works.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of "C" in 6 hours of required freshman English

ENG 2307 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD LITERATURE

(Texas Common Course Number is ENGL 2331.)
A study of several masterpieces of world literature in translation, with emphasis on writing critical essays about individual works.
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of "C" in 6 hours of required freshman English

ENG 2308 READINGS IN SPECIAL TOPICS

A study of the literature associated with a special group, area, movement, or technique. The topic to vary with each section. (Special topics to be announced in the schedule of classes. May be taken only once to satisfy general education requirements but may be repeated for elective credit when the topic varies.)
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of "C" in 6 hours of required freshman English

ENG 2313 READINGS IN DRAMATIC LITERATURE

Critical review and analysis of selected classic plays from Greek antiquity to the present time. Designed to clarify the nature and major achievements of western dramatic art. May be counted as English or Communication.
Prerequisite (for English credit): Minimum grade of "C" in 6 hours of required freshman English

ENG 2387 READINGS IN WORLD LITERATURE (HONORS PLAN)

A study of selected works from the literature of Greece, Rome, and Medieval Europe.
Prerequisite: Admission to honors studies or by invitation

ENG 2388 READINGS IN WORLD LITERATURE (HONORS PLAN)

A study of selected works of western literature from Renaissance through modern writers.
Prerequisite: Admission to honors studies or by invitation

ENG 3300 INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE STUDIES

Provides an overview of the cross disciplinary nature of language issues from the theoretical contexts of linguistics to political interactions among languages in contact, to applications of language study for various disciplines including education, psychology, sociology, acquisition, learning, literacy, law, medicine, computer technology, etc.

ENG 3301 MEDIEVAL LITERATURE

A study of various types of medieval literature, including the epic, the romance, and the allegory, with special attention to Middle English writers.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3304 THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

A study of the major works of English writers of the Neo-classical period, including Dryden, Congreve, Pope, Swift, Sterne, and Samuel Johnson.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3305 THE ROMANTIC PERIOD

A study of the development of romanticism in France, Germany, and England, with the main emphasis on English writers.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3306 THE ENGLISH NOVEL TO 1850

A study of the origins and development of the English novel with emphasis on major novelists.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3307 THE ENGLISH NOVEL FROM 1850 TO PRESENT

A study of the continuing development and technique of the English novel with emphasis on the major novelists.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3309 DEVELOPMENT OF THE AMERICAN NOVEL

A study of the American novel from its beginnings to the present, with emphasis on the major novelists.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3310 TWENTIETH CENTURY ENGLISH AND AMERICAN POETRY

A study of the trends and movements in contemporary poetry, with emphasis on the works of the major writers.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3311 CONTEMPORARY DRAMA

A study of trends and movements in 20th century American, British, and European drama, with emphasis on works of major playwrights. May be counted as COMM 3311.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English

ENG 3312 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE

A chronological study of the principal authors, works, and trends in American literature from the Colonial period to the Civil War.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 3313 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE

A chronological study of the principal authors, works, and trends in American literature from the Civil War to the Twentieth Century.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 3314 HEMINGWAY

A study of Hemingway's short stories and novels, with emphasis on those about Spain and Cuba.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English.

ENG 3315 INTRO TO FILM STUDIES

An introduction to the study of film as a particular literary genre with special emphasis on fictional film, technical film analysis, and cinematic interpretation. Cross-listed as FILM 3315.

ENG 3316 LITERATURE AND FILM ADAPTATION

A study of film adaptation of literary works with a special focus on the different types of adaptations, the level of fidelity, and the historical and technical differences between the two artistic mediums. Cross-listed as FILM 3316.

ENG 3317 THE SHORT STORY AND THE NOVELLA

A study of the development and technique of the short story and novella with emphasis on literary appreciation.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 3318 MULTI-CULTURAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY

This course will pursue an exploration of the multi-cultural autobiographical subject. Focusing on a variety of autobiographical contexts, this course will consider the question of identity and its representation in personal essays, memoir, and other forms.

Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

 

ENG 3319 INTRODUCTION TO DESCRIPTIVE LINGUISTICS

An introduction to the methods of linguistic science with emphasis on problem-solving techniques and the application to specific problems.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 3320 ADVANCED TOPICS IN ENGLISH

A course adapted to the study of advanced special topics in English. Course may be offered for open enrollment when topic is selected by the instructor, or course may be conducted as independent/conference study when topic is selected by student and approved by the instructor. May be repeated up to three times for credit when topics vary.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3321 LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Systematic exploration of social aspects of language and language use, including language attitudes, sociolinguistic dynamics of language contact situations, language learning, and the social and linguistic nature of dialects, language variation, and language change.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3322 POETRY

An in-depth study of the art and nature of poetry, with emphasis on sounds, forms, language, and modes of poetry.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3323 WORLD DRAMA

A study of trends and movements in dramatic literature from Ancient Greece through World War I. Emphasis on the works of major playwrights. May be counted as COMM 3310.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3324 THE VICTORIAN PERIOD

A study of the literature of Victorian England, from 1832 to the end of the Nineteenth Century.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3325 CHILDREN'S/ADOLESCENT LITERATURE

Course focuses on children's and young adolescent literatures with various texts aimed at the younger audience.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3326 WRITING AND CULTURE

Course provides students the opportunity to analyze and explore the complex ways in which culture shapes and is shaped by writing and other forms of textual representation.

ENG 3330 ENGLISH GRAMMAR

A study of grammatical concepts with concentration on basic sentence structure, principles of punctuation, and functional grammar. Course designed for, but not limited to, prospective teachers of students with limited English speaking/writing ability and/or ESL students.

ENG 3331 SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE

A chronological study of the principal authors, works, and trends in English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the beginning of the Romantic movement.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3332 SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE

A chronological study of the principal authors, works, and trends in English literature from pre-Romantic poetry to the Twentieth Century.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3333 TECHNICAL REPORT WRITING

Training in writing and presentation of special types of reports often used in engineering, science, and business.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3334 GALLERY

A hands-on course on the process of selecting material, editing, and publishing a student literary arts journal. Includes fundamentals of publicity; manuscript processing, selection, and editing; page decision; cover art; printing requirements.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3336 CREATIVE WRITING I

A introductory study of literary form and techniques, with practice in writing poetry and prose.

ENG 3337 CREATIVE NON-FICTION

Explores creative nonfiction as a historical genre and offers students the opportunity to create and workshop their own essays.

ENG 3338 ADVANCED COMPOSITION

Course offers students the opportunity to develop a sustained writing project to completion. Course covers methods of defining the parameters of a project, analyzing audience and publications, and designing and publishing the project.

ENGL 3341 WOMEN’S RHETORIC AND LANGUAGE

This course provides a focus on rhetoric and language in women’s experiences. Related topics will include the contribution women have made to the western rhetorical tradition as well as the consideration of the differences in actual language uses and conventions by and about women.

ENGL 3342 ETHNIC WOMEN WRITERS

This course provides a focus on women’s writing from a multicultural perspective. Centered on the study of literary works and literary theory either by or about women, this course offers a global perspective and purposes insights about various approaches to the question of ethnic women and their representation.

ENGL 3343 WOMEN’S LITERATURE

This course provides a focus on literature by women and the contributions that such literature has made to a variety of cultural and social contexts. The focus will be on feminist perspectives and theories in critical analysis.

ENG 3344 LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN

Both feminsim and women's writing in Latin America has grown out of unique histories, social conditions, and geographcial diversity constituting a thinking rooted in Marxism, socialism, and grass roots movements. This course will discuss a number of literary texts by Latin American women as well as some films and historical and theoretical essays. The course is designed to explore how Latin American women's literature and feminism (generally marginalized by Women's Studies courses in the US) challenges the tradition of women's literature and Feminisms in the West and makes us re-think the approaches to gender prioritized in the US.

ENG 3350 SURVEY OF WORLD LITERATURE

A focused study of the principle authors, works, and trends in World Literature from the ancient world to the contemporary period. With specific focus on period, genre, or theme to be determined by the individual instructor.

ENG 3351 19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE

Nineteenth-Century American Literature will cover the poetry, novels, short stories, and culture of the long nineteenth century (1789–1914).

ENG 3369 ENGLISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE

Covers the prose, poetry, and drama of the Renaissance period in England (1485-1660).

Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3398 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN FICTION

Contemporary American Fiction is a study of short fiction and novels by contemporary American authors in the context of American literary history with an emphasis on critical analysis.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 3399 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY

Contemporary American Poetry is a study of poetry by contemporary American authors in the context of American literary history with an emphasis on critical analysis.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English

ENG 4301 SHAKESPEARE

A study of representative comedies, histories, and tragedies.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 4302 MODERN ENGLISH SYNTAX

Studies in modern English syntax with attention given to investigative methods and findings of contemporary linguistic analysis.

ENG 4304 INTRODUCTION TO CULTURAL STUDIES

Historical and textual study of the discipline of Cultural Studies, with emphasis on major figures and schools in Cultural Studies and their relation to textual analysis.

ENG 4305 SURVEY OF LITERARY THEORY

Introduces students to the general principles of literary theory and provides opportunities for practical application of theoretical models to literary texts.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English.

ENG 4306 APPLIED LITERARY THEORY

Practical application of theoretical models to literary texts. Particular focus on major figures, schools, and movements in contemporary Literary Theory.
Prerequisite: ENGL 4305

ENG 4307 APPLIED DISCOURSE STUDIES

Offers students experience in the practice and methods of rhetorical and discourse analysis applied to specific topics by instructor.

ENG 4308 HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

A history of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 4309 CHAUCER

A study of selected works of the Fourteenth Century English poet.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 4310 AMERICAN LITERATURE OF THE SOUTH

A study of the works of representative writers of the South.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 4311 TOPICS IN SINGLE AUTHOR

A study of the works of a single author.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 4312 MILTON

A study of the major poems and selected prose and minor poetry.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 4313 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL FILM

Investigates the cultural, political, aesthetic, ideological, historical and theoretical issues of international cinema. May be repeated once when the topic varies. Cross-listed as FILM 4313.

ENG 4314 CONTRASTIVE GRAMMAR

A comparison of English and Spanish grammatical systems with emphasis on substantive and descriptive problems arising from the differences in the systems. Course open only to students with proficiency in both English and Spanish.

ENG 4315 LITERATURE AND PSYCHOANALYSIS

This course pursues an investigation of literary topics from the perspective of psychology and psychic formations with special focus on a variety of issues relating to madness, identity, and culture.

ENG 4316 MEXICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE

A study of the literature by and about Mexican Americans, with emphasis on the literary techniques and the cultural reflections in this literature.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 4317 FILM THEORY

A study of film critics' and theorists' responses to film and the various theories that have been developed, including formalism, realism, auteurism, ideology critique, feminism, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies. Cross-listed as FILM 4317.

ENG 4318 TEACHING SECONDARY SCHOOL LITERATURE

A study of the characteristics of poetry, drama, and fiction, and of the major approaches to these genres with some attention to works encountered in secondary schools.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 4319 SOUTH TEXAS LITERATURE

A survey of the literary history of South Texas. This course will emphasize, but is not limited to, history, culture, borderlands aesthetics, and canon formation.

ENG 4320 TOPICS IN BORDER STUDIES

Intensive exploration of selected literary, theoretical, and rhetorical topics in Border Studies. Particular focus on issues relevant to the intercultural interactions endemic to border sites and transnational borders.

ENG 4321 FUNDAMENTALS OF LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

A study of how children develop language skills from age five through adolescence. Covers all systems of language from basic sounds through competence in oral and written communication.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English.

ENG 4323 STUDIES IN LITERACY

Course examines the history and theories of literacy, including the critical ways literacy is connected to personal, political, and social forces and ramifications.

ENG 4324 SURVEY RHETORICAL THEORY

course surveys important rhetorical movements from classical to contemporary theories in order to demonstrate the significant influence theories of rhetoric have and continue to have in the social and political functions of discourse.

ENG 4325 COMPOSITION TECHNIQUES

A study of advanced composition techniques, including theories and methods of teaching composition skills.
Prerequisite: 9 semester hours of English.

ENG 4326 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

An analysis of the process of language learning, the normal development of speech and language, and the relationship of language to cognitive and social development.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English.

ENG 4328 INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

A study of the process of learning English as a second language. Special attention given to theories, variables, and second language acquisition.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English.

ENG 4330 ALTERNATIVE RHETORICS

Course considers important contributions to rhetorical and discourse theories that have been overlooked or have been traditionally marginalized in dominant studies of discourse theory. Topic varies, determined by instructor.

ENG 4331 INTRODUCTION TO BORDER LANGUAGE

This course provides an introduction to language use along the US-Mexico border with special attention given to Texas and Valley speech. Topics to be discussed include bilingualism; English and Spanish varieties of speech; language and literacy acquisition education; social, cultural, and historical influences on border and Valley speech; language attitudes; maintenance/shift; and language planning (policy).
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English.

ENG 4332 WRITING FOR LAWYERS

This course is designed as a practical introduction to the types of writing students will encounter in law school and the legal profession. Students will learn about the various audiences that they will face in the legal profession: clients, opponents, other lawyers, law professors, judges and the general public.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English.

ENG 4334 ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING - POETRY

A workshop course devoted to the craft of poetry.
Prerequisite: ENG 3336 or permission of instructor.

ENG 4335 ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING - WORKSHOP IN PLAYWRITING

An undergraduate course in creative writing, specifically writing plays. Students may learn to write monologues, scenes, 10-minute plays, and one act plays, critique each other's work, read 10-minute plays written by professional playwrights, and produce their own plays on campus.

Prerequisite: ENG 3336 or permission of instructor.

ENG 4336 ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING

A workshop course devoted to the crafts of poetry and/or prose.
Prerequisite: ENG 3336 or permission of instructor.

ENG 4337 FORMS AND TECHNIQUES IN CREATIVE WRITING

Studies and practice in poetics, figurative language, metrics, narrative arc, symbol and other formal aspects of poetry and prose.

ENG 4340 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING

Offers students the opportunity to explore and practice various genres and subgenres of creative writing as specified by the instructor.

ENG 4343 ASSESSING AND RESPONDING TO WRITING

Study of writing assessment theory and practice with a focus on how to respond to and evaluate student writing and design meaningful assessment strategies for the classroom.
Prerequisite: 9 hours of English.

ENG 4390 ADVANCED TOPICS IN FILM

Advanced study of the film associated with a particular movement, genre, director, theme, or stylistic technique. May be repeated once when the topic varies. Cross-listed as FILM 4390.

 

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