Creative Writing Course Descriptions

CREATIVE WRITING COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

COM 241 Media Writing                                                                                      

Three (3) credits An analysis and practice of the major forms of media writing, including print, broadcast and web-based publication, with an introduction to the ways that production varies the writing of each. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.” 

ENG 205 Introduction to Creative Writing                                                                            

Three (3) credits An introduction to the basic techniques of writing fiction and poetry. Models of each are studied, and students write and share pieces in both of these literary forms. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.” 

ENG 220 Grammar and the English Language                                                      

Three (3) credits A study of English grammar focusing on standard English. Students are also introduced to the history of the English language. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.” 

ENG 250 Critical Approaches to Literature                                                        

Three (3) credits Students study a variety of genres as a basis of learning to write literary analysis. Focus is on an understanding of the varied perspectives from which a text can be approached, and how readers construct meaning based not only upon the text itself, but also the context in which it is studied. The critical approach as well as theme or topic may vary. Prerequisite: ENG 102 with a minimum grade of “C-.” 

ENG 358 Global Literatures: Studies in                                                         

Three (3) credits A study of literatures from around the globe that considers the artistry, culture, and diverse social conditions of various countries. A specific focus is announced each time the course is offered. Possible topics may include “Colonialism and Globalization,” “The Sacred Texts,” and “War and Revolution.” Course may be repeated once for credit with a different title, but may be counted only once toward the major. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of  “C.” 

ENG 371 Literary Theory and Criticism                                                                

Three (3) credits An introduction to some of the primary conversations structuring debates in literary theory and criticism. Students learn to identify central questions, assumptions, and conflicts in theoretical and critical texts. Students also gain an understanding of the ways that theory and criticism influence their immediate experiences in English courses. Prerequisites: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C” and at least one 300-level literature course, or instructor permission. 

ENG 394 Junior Seminar: Studies in:                                                                  

Three (3) credits Students comprehensively engage a given topic and the critical conversations pertaining to it. The research component of the course allows students to participate in and extend scholarly dialogue. A specific focus is announced each time the course is offered. Prerequisites:  ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C” and ENG 371. 

ENG 405 Advanced Writing                                                                                              

Three (3) credits An opportunity to deepen writing practiced at the junior level, with increased attention to voice and style. This course seeks to develop an awareness of the broader community of writers that includes those with not only similar but also differing writing goals. Prerequisites: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C” and at least two 300-level writing courses. 

ENG 445 Literary Magazine Submission and Production                                

Three (3) credits Focus alternates between literary magazine submissions and literary magazine production. Submission discussion includes aesthetics and techniques for revising and polishing work for submission. During the production focus students participate in the editorial production of a fiction anthology including acquisition and proofreading of manuscripts. Course may be repeated for up to six credits, only three credits of which may count as an elective in the major. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C”; ENG 300, ENG 301, ENG 303, or ENG 305 with a minimum grade of “C”; or instructor permission. 

ENG 494 Senior Seminar:  Studies in:                                                                    

Three (3) credits The Senior Seminar serves as the Standard Major’s capstone experience and focuses on announced thematic topics that allow students to demonstrate competencies developed in the major. The theme or topic is announced for each spring. Prerequisite: ENG 394 and senior standing; or instructor permission. 

Three of the following, at least two of which must have an ENG prefix:

COM 306 Scriptwriting                                                                                                                  

Three (3) credits An introduction to the fundamental tools and skills required to craft a script for performance on stage or in film/video. Students are expected to produce playscripts and screenplays of varying lengths; they are also expected to read and respond to one another’s writing. Some history of playwriting and study of prevailing models of scriptwriting are also included. Prerequisite: COM 216, COM 241, or ENG 205, with a minimum grade of “C.” 

COM 310 Introduction to Performance Studies                                                      

Three (3) credits An interdisciplinary course exploring the human desire to perform in both aesthetic and everyday settings. It explores the links between the arts and literature, anthropology, communication, sociology, and philosophy. Critical reading, written analysis, and performance of literary texts are essential elements of the course. 

ENG 300 Creative Writing: Fiction                                                                        

Three (3) credits Models are studied, and students read and respond to one another’s writing. This course may incorporate narrative theory.  Prerequisite:  ENG 205 with a minimum grade of “C.”

 ENG 301 Creative Writing: Poetry                                                                          

Three (3) credits Instruction is given on the techniques and terminology of poetry writing. Models are studied, and students read and respond to one another’s writing. Prerequisite: ENG 205 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 303 Environmental Writing                                                                            

Three (3) credits A workshop approach to help writers develop a portfolio of essays suitable for publication in outdoor, environmental, and other appropriate magazines. To enhance their essays, writers read and analyze theoretical and published environmental texts. Prerequisite: ENG 205 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 305 Creative Writing: Non-fiction                                                          

Three (3) credits Models are studied, and students read and respond to one another’s writing. Prerequisite: ENG 205 with a minimum grade of “C.” 

Two of the following:

ENG 372 British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance Texts                          

Three (3) credits A study of British Literature focusing on the major genres for the Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and Renaissance periods, ending with the Metaphysical poets (800 A.D. to early 1600s). Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 373 British Literature: Milton through the Romantics                                

Three (3) credits A study of British works of poetry, fiction, drama, and essay produced from 1660 to 1830. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.”

ENG 374 British Literature: The Victorians to the Present Day                        

Three (3) credits A study of British works of poetry, fiction, drama, and essay produced from 1830 to the present day. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.” 

ENG 463 Major British Authors:                                                                            

Three (3) credits An in-depth study of selected, significant authors that approaches works from similar or cross-historical periods of British literature. Course may be repeated once for credit when taken with a different emphasis. Prerequisites: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C” and minimum junior standing.

Two of the following:

ENG 384 American Literature–Early to Civil War                                                

Three (3) credits An exploration of authors and texts in American literature up to 1865. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.” 

ENG 385 American Literature–Civil War to Present                                                          

Three (3) credits An exploration of authors and texts in American literature from 1865 to the present. Prerequisite: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C.” 

ENG 464 Major American Authors                                                                  

Three (3) credits An in-depth study of selected, significant authors that approaches works from similar or cross-historical periods of American literature. Course may be repeated once for credit when taken with a different emphasis. Prerequisites: ENG 250 with a minimum grade of “C” and minimum junior standing.