History of the English Language (ENG221) - This course studies language and writing with a special emphasis on the history and evolution of English from its origins in Old English through Middle English to Modern English. It may look at British English, American English, and World English's and how words are adopted into the language and adapted to meet new needs. Students will study the English language as an ever-growing, ever-changing phenomenon.
Advanced Grammar (ENG223) - This course is an in-depth study of modern English grammar that blends descriptive and prescriptive approaches. It emphasizes the distinction between grammatical form and function and the recognition of basic patterns underlying complex sentences and it stresses the rhetorical value of competency in sentence-level grammar.
British Literature I (Old English through the Restoration) (ENG291) - This course is a survey of the major literary works and their themes in British literature from the eighth through the eighteenth centuries. By responding critically to early works such as the Old English epic Beowulf, Middle English works by authors such as Chaucer and Langland, Renaissance works by authors such as Shakespeare, Marlow, More and Restoration and eighteenth-century works by Milton, Dryden, Swift, Pope and Johnson, students will gain an understanding of the cultural, societal, political, religious and linguistic influences that shaped British literature. This is a writing intensive course.
American Literature I (Colonial to Civil War) (ENG293) - This course will introduce students to major trends in American literature from the Colonial Period through the Civil War. Students will read works by authors such as John Winthrop, William Bradford, Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin, Frederick Douglass, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville with a focus on issues such as American identity and purpose, the relationship of self to community, the role of religion in early American life, the impact of secularism, the value and the limits of human reason and the role of imaginative expression in human life. This is a writing intensive course.
Literary Theory (ENG463) - This course is a study of critical theory beginning with selected classical texts by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Dryden, Nietzsche, Tolstoy and others. Approaches such as Marxist, psychological, structural, post-structural, feminist, reader-response and contemporary theorists, such as Jacques Derrida, Donna Haraway, Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault and Jean-Francois Lyotard will also be discussed and analyzed. Through examination of sample texts and the theoretical approaches to their analysis, students will learn to move from literal to figurative interpretations of a work of literature and to consider multiple interpretations of a text. The interrelationships between writer, reader and analysis will be explored though advanced critical theory. This is a writing intensive course.