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English: Course Listing 

Professor and Chair: Mark Walters 
Associate Professor: Sara Morrison
Assistant Professors: Jennifer Cotter, Ruth Williams

The Department of English offers a major in English that leads to the BA degree. The English major as a second major combined with a BS primary major does not require the additional BA degree courses.

The English major teaches high-level critical thinking, reading, and writing, as well as cultivating, through its study of critical theory, creative writing, and U.S., British, and World literatures, a deep awareness of human issues—historical, political, and cultural.

Goals for Student Learning

  • To promote wide reading in major works in the U.S., British, and World literary traditions;
  • To develop familiarity with contemporary critical theories and reading strategies;
  • To become proficient in methods of independent reading and literary research;
  • To become proficient and fluent in writing in academic as well as non-academic contexts.

Students wishing to declare an English major should consult with their advisor. Formal admission to the major requires completion of a minimum of two college-level literature courses, or one college-level literature course and one college level writing course, at least one of which must be ENG 330, Introduction to Textual Study. The minimum acceptable GPA in the courses presented for admission to the major is 2.75.

Students majoring in English may receive certification to teach English in grades 9-12 in the State of Missouri by majoring in both English and secondary education and by fulfilling all requirements of a certification program in English that has been approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Procedures to be followed in obtaining teacher certification are included in the Student Handbook for Teacher Certification. Specific course requirements for all certification programs may be obtained from the Education Department.

The Curriculum

Introductory courses: 200-level courses
200-numbered literature courses (225, 245, 255) are suitable for any student with an interest in literature. They cover a wide range of readings and provide instruction in methods of critical analysis and interpretation of written and other texts. They are divided into three categories: Types, Topics, and Periods. Typically, one of these courses is offered each semester and is open to English majors and non-majors. Students may take more than one of the courses within each category if the content differs.

The literature core: 300-level courses
300-level creative writing courses offer workshops in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The introductory courses are open to anyone; the advanced courses in fiction and poetry are open to students who have completed the introductory courses in those genres. Two creative writing courses are required for English majors.

300-level critical theory courses offer the study of contemporary literary theory. ENG 330 is open to all students and required for English majors; ENG 390 is open to students who have completed 330 and is required for English majors.

300-level literature courses emphasize extensive reading within a broad historical span. Their common purpose is to develop the ability to analyze and contextualize literary works within characteristics of historical periods and literary movements, informed by an understanding of critical methodologies. English majors must complete three literature courses at the 300 level, one each in English, American, and World literatures. English majors are expected to complete ENG 330, Introduction to Textual Study, before enrolling in any other 300-level literature course, although course instructors may waive this prerequisite under certain circumstances.

Non-majors wishing to take any 300-level literature course  must have successfully completed at least one 200-level literature course at Jewell, or the equivalent at another college, or have the instructor’s permission, before enrolling.

Advanced literary studies: 400-level courses
400-level courses offer seminar-type intensive study of a specific topic, writer or theme, founded in the practice and methods of literary theory and primary research. Intended primarily for English majors, these courses provide opportunities for students to complete an independent research project in collaboration with a member of the English Department faculty.

English majors must have been formally admitted to the major and have completed ENG 330, Introduction to Textual Study, and at least two other 300-level courses before enrolling in any advanced studies course. Typically, 400-level advanced studies courses are open only to seniors; however, any qualified English major who has the instructor's consent may take an advanced studies course as an English elective during the junior year, in addition to the two required advanced studies courses to be taken during the senior year. Non-majors may occasionally be admitted to 400-level courses under special circumstances, with the consent of the instructor.

Required Courses
ENG 330          Introduction to Textual Study (4)
ENG 390          Advanced Critical Theory (4)
Two of the following five classes:

  • ENG 316          Creative Writing: Fiction (4)
  • ENG 317          Creative Writing: Poetry (4)
  • ENG 318          Creative Nonfiction (4)
  • ENG 396          Advanced Fiction Workshop (4)
  • ENG 397          Advanced Poetry Workshop (4)

Three literature courses at the 300 level, one in each of U.S., British, and World literature (12)
Two 400-level Advanced Literary Studies courses (8)

Students seeking certification to teach English may use their student-teaching experience as a substitute for one of the 400-level English requirements.

Courses presented for transfer credit should have goals, course work and content similar to specific literature courses listed in the Jewell course catalog. The English department chairperson must approve requests for transfer credit. Normally, no transfer equivalent will be accepted for ENG 330, and no more than one course will be accepted for transfer at the 300-level.

Course Descriptions
ENG 220 Business Writing (4 cr. hrs.)
Study of theory and practice in written communication within the business organization. Develops a basis for effective, professional writing of letters, memos, reports, proposals, and presentations. Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 222 Individual Writing Project (1-4 cr. hrs.)
Individual writing courses for qualified students only, undertaken with the close sponsorship of an English teacher and beginning with a project proposal in specific terms. The numbers 322 and 422 are for the second and third such projects undertaken. Prerequisites: CTI 102. An advanced writing course and one completed literature course are also preferred. Enrollment is with instructor permission only.

ENG 225 Literary types (4 cr. hrs.)
Introduction to one or more significant genres of literature such as prose fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction, including new genres such as screenwriting, the graphic novel, and science fiction. Includes an examination of the history and development of the genre.

ENG 235 Introduction to the Study of Language (4-5 cr.hrs.)
A study of the development of human language, language acquisition, structure and change, and language in human life. It is intended for any student interested in the subject. Students who enroll for 5 hours complete a major research or fieldwork project. With this additional hour, the course fulfills Missouri teacher certification requirements. Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years. Prerequisite: CTI 102.

ENG 242 Individual Practicum Project (1-4 cr. hrs.)
Individual practicum projects for qualified students only, undertaken with the close sponsorship of an English teacher, beginning with a project proposal in specific terms. Examples of practice are field work in dialect study, tutoring students of English as a Second Language, service in the Writing Center. In each instance the practical work is combined with reflective study and with process analysis. The numbers 342 and 442 are for the second and third such projects undertaken. Prerequisite: CTI 102. Enrollment is with instructor permission only.

ENG 245 Literary Periods (4 cr. hrs)
Introductory study of literary works associated with a significant historical period, literary movement, or intellectual current. Different literary genres will be studied in relation to the characteristic features of the period or movement, sometimes in the context of other genres of expression, such as painting or cinema. Examples include the Romantics, the Irish Renaissance, Transcendentalism.

ENG 252 Individual Reading Project (1-4 cr. hrs.)
Individual reading projects for qualified students only, undertaken with the close sponsorship of an English teacher, and beginning with a project proposal in specific terms. They are sometimes available for students who desire to undertake substantial reading programs of worthy literary works. The numbers 352 and 452 are for the second and third reading projects undertaken. Prerequisites: CTI 102 and one completed literature course. Enrollment is with permission only.

ENG 255 Literary Topics (4 cr. hrs.)
Introductory study in comparative themes and topics found in significant literary works from more than one literary or cultural tradition. Examples include revenge literature, sexuality in literature, literature and religion, literary utopias, and dystopias. Cross-listed as WST 255 for students seeking a minor in Women’s Studies when the course is focused on gender issues.

ENG 316 Creative Writing: Fiction (4 cr. hrs.)
An introduction to the writing of short stories through the study of the conceptual and mechanical elements of fiction and the workshop-formatted discussion of student manuscripts. Limited enrollment. At least one completed literature course is recommended prior to enrollment. Prerequisite: CTI 102. Offered fall semester.

ENG 317 Creative Writing: Poetry (4 cr. hrs.)
An introduction to the writing of poetry through the study of its elements and conventions and the workshop-formatted discussion of student poems. Limited enrollment. At least one completed literature course is recommended prior to enrollment. Prerequisite: CTI 102. Offered spring semester.

ENG 318 Creative Nonfiction (4 cr. hrs.)
Introduces the wide variety of styles and sub-genres associated with the term "creative nonfiction," including autobiography, profile, biography, history, literary journalism, and the personal essay. Students will read critically and discuss examples by contemporary writers. On topics of their choosing, they will research and write forms of the genre that make up creative nonfiction, discussing their writing in workshop format. Prerequisite: CTI 102. Offered spring semester.

ENG 322 Individual Writing Project (1-4 cr. hrs)
Refer to the description under ENG 222.

ENG 330 Introduction to Textual Study (4 cr. hrs)
Introduces students to close study of texts, informed by contemporary literary theory. Intended for English majors, the course is required for continued study in the English major. Non-majors may be admitted to the course with the instructor's consent. Prerequisite: CTI 102. Offered spring semester.

ENG 340 Studies in English Literature I (4 cr. hrs)
Introduces students to the English literary tradition of the Middle Ages to the 18th Century. Fictional works of various genres, including poetry, prose, and drama, will be studied within their historical and cultural contexts, in dialogue with critical methodologies, and sometimes in the context of other genres, including painting or film. Cross-listed as WST 340 for students seeking a minor in Women’s Studies; WST 340 will not meet a requirement of the English major. Prerequisite: ENG 330 or instructor permission.

ENG 342 Individual Practicum Project (1-4 cr. hrs.)
Refer to the description under ENG 242.

ENG 345 Studies in English Literature II (4 cr. hrs)
Introduces students to the English literary tradition of the Romantic Period to the 21st Century. Fictional works of various genres, including poetry, prose, and drama, will be studied within their historical and cultural contexts, in dialogue with critical methodologies, and sometimes in the context of other genres, including painting or film. Cross-listed as WST 345 for students seeking a minor in Women’s Studies; WST 345 will not meet a requirement of the English major. Prerequisite: ENG 330 or instructor permission.

ENG 350 Studies in U.S. Literature I (4 cr. hrs)
A study of United States literature, particularly that of the 19th and 20th centuries, covering the works of 30 to 40 writers and examining the aesthetic and technical developments and innovations derived from and influenced by historical contexts. Prerequisite: ENG 330 or instructor permission.

ENG 352 Individual Reading Project (1-4 cr. hrs.)
Refer to the description under ENG 252.

ENG 353 Internship (1-4 cr. hrs.)
A program offering majors hands-on experience in job situations. The internship experience is carefully designed to augment the skills in effective thinking, reading, and writing that English majors develop in the classroom. Prerequisites: Minimum 3.0 GPA and consent of the instructor.

ENG 355 Studies in U.S. Literature II: Minority Literature (4 cr. hrs)
Introduces students to United States minority literary traditions and provides continued practice in analyzing and writing about fictional works. Readings in, discussion of and/or an essay or annotated bibliography about literature for adolescents are provided for students seeking to meet teacher certification requirements for adolescent literature. Cross-listed as WST 355 for students seeking a minor in Women’s Studies; WST 355 will not meet a requirement of the English major. Prerequisite: ENG 330 or instructor permission.

ENG 360 Great Works of World Literature (4 cr. hrs)
A study of representative works of world literature from Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance in translation. The course emphasizes the study and understanding of the literary, cultural, and human significance of selected great works of the Western and non-Western literary traditions in their cultural/ historical contexts and of the enduring human values which unite literary traditions across history and cultures. Cross-listed as WST 360 for students seeking a minor in Women’s Studies; WST 360 will not meet a requirement of the English major. Prerequisite: ENG 330 or instructor permission.

ENG 365 Studies in Contemporary World Literatures (4 cr. hrs)
The course introduces students to contemporary postcolonial literature. Cross-listed as WST 365 for students seeking a minor in Women’s Studies; WST 365 will not meet a requirement of the English major. Prerequisite: ENG 330 or instructor permission.

ENG 390 Advanced Critical Theory (4 cr hrs)
Intended for students who have taken ENG 330, this course undertakes rigorous examinations of critical literary and cultural theory—diverse conceptual methods of reading, interpreting, and analyzing literary and cultural texts.

ENG 396 Advanced Fiction Workshop (4 cr hrs)
Intended for students who have taken ENG 316, this course continues and deepens the study of fiction-writing techniques through intensive workshop examinations of original and revised student manuscripts. 

ENG 397 Advanced Poetry Workshop (4 cr hrs)
Intended for students who have taken ENG 317, this course continues and deepens the study of poetry writing techniques through intensive workshop examinations of original and revised student poems. 

ENG 422 Individual Writing Project (1-4 cr. hrs.)
Refer to the description under ENG 222.

ENG 440 Advanced studies: English literature (4 cr. hrs)
Intensive study of a specific topic, writer, or theme in English literature, grounded in the practice and methods of literary theory and research. Intended primarily for senior English majors, the course provides opportunities for students to complete an independent research project in collaboration with a member of the English Department faculty. Prerequisites: ENG 330 and at least two additional 300-level English courses. May be repeated for credit on different topics.

ENG 442 Individual Practicum Project (1-4 cr. hrs.)
Refer to the description under ENG 242.

ENG 450 Advanced studies: United States literature (4 cr. hrs)
Intensive study of a specific topic, writer, or theme in American literature, grounded in the practice and methods of literary theory and research. Intended primarily for senior English majors, the course provides opportunities for students to complete an independent research project in collaboration with a member of the English Department faculty. Prerequisites: ENG 330 and at least two additional 300-level English courses. May be repeated for credit on different topics.

ENG 452 Individual Reading Project (1-4 cr. hrs.)
Refer to the description under ENG 252.

ENG 460 Advanced Studies: World literature (4 cr. hrs.)
Intensive study of a specific topic, writer, or theme in world literature founded in practice and methods of literary theory and primary research. Intended primarily for English majors, the course provides opportunities for students to complete an independent research project in collaboration with a member of the English Department faculty. Prerequisites: ENG 330 and at least two additional 300-level English courses. May be repeated for credit on different topics.

 
   

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