Courses

A note from the Department Chair:

As you prepare for fall registration, I wanted to offer you a few suggestions.  As always, we try to provide information on the website, through EMA, and through individual consultation with advisers.

We have also posted an Excel file Fall 2014 Courses that lists all the courses we are offering and includes notes on which requirements they fulfill.  EMA has the final word, but for those of you who to see the whole list of courses we're offering on one page, this might be helpful.  I very much hope this is the very final schedule...that said, as those of you who have been around, we do occasionally have to make a very few alterations, which you'll hear about if they occur between now and September.

1) ENGL206 or ENGL207 (World Literature) is advised -- this course counts toward your general education requirements (F.A), and also toward the major.  They are also great courses!

2) Taking ENWR220 early on makes sense; note topic differences – Next fall we are offering six different sections.  While they all teach the same skills -- writing the analytic essay through close reading -- each section is quite different in focus.  All of us who teach the course design thematic courses of our own choosing!, so you need to select the one the theme that you are interested in. Please go to
EMA to read descriptions.

3) Follow your Heart/Manage Your Life: As you select courses, pay attention not only to requirements, but to your interests and to what you can manage to read.  For example, I couldn't take three novel classes and do well, but I could do well in three classes if I took a novel class, a poetry class and a writing class.  Three English major classes are generally as many as you will want to take -- go for balance.

4) Look out for infrequently offered courses, and those that are typically only offered once a semester.  In particular, the topics offered in Special Topics courses and 400 level courses (ENGL493 and ENGL494) are offered only occasionally (and 400 level courses, marked as "senior" courses, are for juniors and seniors).  Please read the descriptions on EMA, and also below.

ENGL 250-0: Special Topics:  *Downton Abbey:  US*
Mon 11:30 to 12:45 and online (hybrid)
Dr. Sharon A. Lewis

We open with a showing of an early episode of the acclaimed drama, PBS’s Masterpiece *Downton Abbey,* seeking class markers and struggles.  After an introduction to applicable literary theories, we spend the remainder of the semester reading and writing about post-1900 U.S. literature which represents social class status, class conflict, and analyses of capitalism.  Some titles under consideration:

Paul Fussell, Class; Sherman Alexie, Reservation Blues; Helen Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus; William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying; Yoko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor; Jamie Johnson’s documentary, Born Rich; David Lodge, Nice Work; Dorothy Allison, Bastard Out of Carolina.

ENGL 493-01: Seminar: Morrison, Faulkner, and Roth: Novels on Race and Culture
T and Th.  10 – 11:15 am
Dr. Larry Schwartz

A seminar on three of America’s most important modernist writers—Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, and Philip Roth—and their representations of race and culture within their disparate literary domains.

For an Excel spreadsheet of Fall offerings, Fall 2014 Courses.

For course descriptions and guidelines on EMA, click here.

For the full course catalog, click here: Course Catalog.  Please note that the English Department offerings include courses beginning with ENFL, ENGL, ENGL, ENID, ENLT, and ENWR.

For the Graduate Program, click here.