English Courses

ENG 1000 SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN ENGLISH (3 s.h.)

A course in grammar and Computer-Assisted Composition (CAC) to meet the needs of students with skill deficiencies in English. Students who place into English 1000 must pass the course before taking English 1010. One hour of CAC lab per week at discretion of instructor. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

ENG 1010 COMPOSITION (3 s.h.)

Writing, stressing standard English and competence in expository prose. Students must pass ENG 1010 before taking ENG 1020. A research paper is required. One hour of CAC lab per week at discretion of instructor. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

ENG 1020 COMPOSITION AND INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

A continuation of 1010 with emphasis on analysis and interpretation of various literary genres and on research techniques. Research paper required. Prerequisite: ENG 1010. ENG 1020 is a prerequisite for all other English courses. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

ENG 2040 GENRES OF CREATIVE WRITING (3 s.h.)

An introduction to creative writing in four genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. This course is taught as a workshop, focuses on students’ original creative work, and is a prerequisite for all upper level creative writing courses unless a writing sample is submitted and special permission of the instructor to enter those upper-level classes is sought and granted. Cross listed as WRI 2040. Can only be counted toward one program. This course is offered every fall semester.

ENG 2070 REVIEWING WRITING (3 s.h.)

A course in writing, stressing standard English and competence in expository prose, required of transfer students who have received transfer credit for ENG 1010 but who failed the English Placement Test. One hour of CAC lab per week at discretion of instructor. May not be substituted for any other English courses that are core requirements. Does not count toward the major or minor in English, Writing, or Communications. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

ENG 2110, 2120 SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE I, II (3, 3 s.h.)

ENG 2110: Beowulf through the mid-eighteenth century and ENG 2120: The end of the eighteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: ENG 1020. ENG 2110 is offered every fall semester; ENG 2120 is offered every spring semester.

ENG 2210, 2220 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I, II (3, 3 s.h.)

ENG 2210: the seventeenth century through c. 1865 with attention to the cultural-intellectual background. 2210 is offered every fall semester; ENG 2220: 1865 to the present with emphasis on large literary movements. Prerequisite for each: ENG 1020. ENG 2220 is offered every spring semester.

ENG 2310, 2320 SURVEY OF WORLD LITERATURE I, II (3, 3 s.h.)

(GP) ENG 2310: Ancient through Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENG 1020. ENG 2310 is offered every fall semester ENG 2320: Neoclassical through Modern. Asian and Third-World literature may be included. Prerequisite: ENG 1020. ENG 2320 is offered every spring semester.

ENG 2600 REVIEW/APPLICATION OF GRAMMAR FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS (3 s.h.)

Review and application in writing of traditional grammar and standard English usage for future elementary school teachers (K-6). Current elementary level language arts textbooks will be considered. Fulfills no general core requirements either in English or in Humanities; not credited toward majors or minors in Communications, English, and Writing. Required of majors in Elementary Education and Special Education: General Curriculum. Cross listed as EDU 2600. This course is offered annually in the fall semester. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor.

ENG 3200 BUSINESS WRITING (3 s.h.)

Practical written business communications—letters, memoranda, reports, proposals, and resumes. One hour of CAC lab per week at discretion of instructor. Creditable to one program only: Business, English, Mass Communications, or Writing. Prerequisites: ENG 1010 and 1020. This course is offered every spring semester.

ENG 3210 TECHNICAL WRITING (3 s.h.)

Development of writing skills necessary in technical and scientific fields. One hour of CAC lab per week at discretion of instructor. This course is offered as needed. Cross listed as WRI 3210. Can be counted toward only one program.

ENG 3220 ADVANCED GRAMMAR (3 s.h.)

The history of the English language; an analysis of the structure of English grammar: sounds, parts of speech, sentence patterns, prose style, and the new grammars. This course is offered every spring semester in even-numbered years.

ENG 3230 ADVANCED EXPOSITORY WRITING (3 s.h.)

Study and analysis of models of excellence; practice in various techniques and types of composition; use of computers specific to the discipline of English. This course is offered every spring semester in even numbered years.

ENG 3240 CREATIVE WRITING: FICTION (3 s.h.)

The development of fiction-writing skills, using short stories and novels as models. Students produce a minimum of 10,000 words. Can be counted toward only one program. Cross listed as WRI 3240. This course is offered every fall semester in even-numbered years.

ENG 3250 CREATIVE WRITING: POETRY (3 s.h.)

The development of poetry-writing skills, using traditional and modern forms as models. Students produce a portfolio of their work. Can be counted toward only one program. Cross listed as WRI 3250. This course is offered every spring semester in odd-numbered years.

ENG 3260 CREATIVE WRITING: DRAMA (3 s.h.)

The development of play-writing skills, using a broad selection of plays, ancient to modern, as models. Each student writes at least one play. Film and/or television drama can serve as alternate focuses. One hour of CAC lab per week at discretion of instructor. Can be counted toward only one program. Cross listed as WRI 3260. This course is offered every fall semester in odd-numbered years.

ENG 3270 FEATURE WRITING FOR POPULAR MAGAZINES (3 s.h.)

Magazine and feature-section writing. Each student attempts publication of material written in the class. One hour of CAC lab per week at discretion of instructor. Can be counted toward only one program. Cross listed as WRI 32700. This course is offered every spring semester in odd-numbered years.

ENG 3420 WOMEN’S LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

Concentrated study of literature written by women. The course emphasizes the historical context of women’s poetry, prose, and fiction; introduces students to major figures in women’s literary history; identifies recurrent themes in writings by women; and introduces students to feminist literary theory. Cross listed as WST 3420. This course is offered every fall semester in odd-numbered years.

ENG 3440 AMERICAN DIVERSITY (3 s.h.)

(GP) American literature by authors of diverse backgrounds, including African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American authors. This course is offered every fall semester in even-numbered years.

ENG 3500 AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

Literature by or about African-Americans. All genres included. This course is offered every spring semester in even-numbered years.

ENG 3610 LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN (3 s.h.)

Literature available to students in grades K-6, with emphasis on historical development, literary genres, and pedagogical strategies. Required for those in Elementary K-6 but not credited toward either the major or minor in English. Cross listed as EDU 3610. This course is offered as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor.

ENG 3620 LITERATURE FOR ADOLESCENTS (3 s.h.)

Literature available to students in middle and secondary schools (grades 6-12) with emphasis on integrating literature in the communication skills program and on strategies for promoting appreciation of literature among students in Middle and Secondary schools. Required of Middle School Education majors and of English majors seeking secondary level teacher licensure. Not credited toward either the 36 s.h. major or 18 s.h. minor in English. Cross listed as EDU 3620. This course is offered as needed. Courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted in lieu of this course except on review and agreement of the course professor.

ENG 3710 CHAUCER (3 s.h.)

The English medieval period with particular emphasis on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and minor poems. This course is offered in the spring semester of alternate years.

ENG 3730 LITERATURE OF MEDIEVAL ENGLAND (3 s.h.)

This course will explore the writings of major authors of Medieval England, with a focus on the major themes including feudalism, Arthurian legend, romances, the Catholic Church, heresy, mysticism, Medieval drama, and/or love poetry. This will also expose students to the major work outside of those of Chaucer, and may discuss connections to be made between the Middle Ages and our own culture today. This course is offered every fall semester in even-numbered years.

ENG 3740 SHAKESPEARE (3 s.h.)

Representative Shakespearean plays with attention to historical background and cultural setting. This course is offered in alternate years.

ENG 3820 NINETEENTH CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

Representative poetry and prose of nineteenth century America, including Romanticism and/or Realism. This course is offered in every fall semester of even-numbered years.

ENG 3920 NINETEENTH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

Representative poetry and prose of nineteenth-century Britain, including Romanticism and/or Victorianism. This course is offered in every fall semester of odd-numbered years.

ENG 4020 MODERNIST LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

British and American fiction, drama, and/or poetry from the early twentieth century, emphasizing principal trends and representative works. This course is offered in every spring semester of even-numbered years.

ENG 4030 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE (3 s.h.)

Fiction, drama, and/or poetry written since World War II, emphasizing principal trends and representative works. This course is offered in every spring semester of odd-numbered years.

ENG 4040 MYTH AND CULTURE (3 s.h.)

An examination of myth and culture through a reading of scholarly literature and myth. Cross listed as REL 4040. Creditable to one program only. This course is offered in the spring semester in even-numbered years.

EDU 4110 ENGLISH TEACHING METHODS FOR SECONDARY/SPECIAL SUBJECT AREAS (3 s.h.)

Methods, materials, and evaluation procedures for teaching English. See EDU 4100-4180. This course is offered as needed.

ENG 4140 LITERATURE OF THE SOUTH (3 s.h.)

The fiction, poetry, and drama of the South, emphasizing fiction and North Carolina writers. This course is offered in alternate years.

ENG 4160 ENGLISH/WRITING INTERNSHIP (1-3 s.h.)

Experiential learning. An opportunity for an upper-level Writing or English major to work either in the public or private sector at a position involving writing, editing, or research. The student is assigned duties approved by the Department Chair, a supervising English or Writing instructor, and an on-site supervisor. Written reports by the student are required. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior status, a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all Writing and English classes, and permission of the supervising instructor. For elective credit. Not creditable toward either the 18 s.h. at the 3000 level or above in English or the 18 s.h. at the 2000 level or above in Writing required by those majors.

ENG 4550 SENIOR SEMINAR IN LITERARY STUDIES (3 s.h.)

A capstone course required for all fourth-year English majors who are candidates for graduation and for all students seeking secondary certification in English, English 4550 offers a thorough review of current research methodologies, citation practices, the use of print and electronic resources, and literary theory. It provides each student with the opportunity to engage in a lengthy, semester-long research project on a single literary topic or text of his or her own choosing. A research paper of at least twenty pages and utilizing at least ten electronic or non-electronic sources will be required as will a twenty-minute oral presentation involving the integration of visual aids and demonstrating each student’s computer literacy. Both the research paper and the oral presentation will be evaluated for grammatical clarity, the accuracy, depth, originality, and the persuasiveness of the analysis or synthesis, and will be expected to conform to current style norms and practices as established by the MLA and used in literary scholarship. For students who plan to attend graduate school, one final segment of the course will be devoted to the graduate school selection, application, funding, and admission processes. For those students who plan to enter the work force, that final segment will be devoted to resume writing and career planning. This course is offered every spring semester.

ENG 4850 SPECIAL STUDIES IN ENGLISH (3 s.h.)

To be determined. In-depth study involving research or research/travel and writing. Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. This course is offered as needed.

ENG 4990 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ENGLISH (TBA)

An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.

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