Fall Semester 2021 English 2000-level Courses

English 2000-level courses 

Unless otherwise noted, these courses satisfy University Core 40 requirements. English Majors are also required to take an additional 2000-level English class as part of their degree.  

Gods and Monsters

ENGL 2321: British Literature. Web-based. Instructor: Hart. In this course, we will investigate some of the most famous villains ever created—Grendel and his mother; Macbeth; Satan; Frankenstein’s Creature; Mr. Hyde; Dracula—focusing on the intersections between creation and destruction, inspiration and desolation, divinity and monstrosity.

Global Science Fiction

ENGL 2331.70: World Literature. Web-Based. Instructor: Tyrer. This fully online course will expose students to classic and contemporary science fiction from diverse cultures and periods in the world community. Students will gain an understanding of the cultural and historical significance of Sci Fi as a critique of culture, social conditions, and the limits of our own reality. 

Greek Myths

ENGL 2341.01: Introduction to Literature. M/W 11:00 – 12:15. Instructor: Jacobsen. In this course, we will explore the rich heritage of Greek literature and mythology: gods, goddesses, demigods, heroes, rebels, tyrants, and the human navigation of a fated world.


English Course Rotation

Course Rotation Notes: While it is subject to change, we tend to offer some courses on a regularly scheduled basis. So, while you are planning out finishing your English BA or English Language Arts and Education BA, you should be aware of a few consistent offerings we make in regards to courses that are required for our degrees. Be sure to check your degree checklist and your degree plan to determine which of these courses you'll need to take. 

English BA degree checklist OR English Language Arts and Education degree checklist

NOTE for English Language Arts and Education Majors: Schedule of Teacher Qualification Classes

Every Fall and Spring Semesters

  • ENGL 3380: Literary Analysis. We prefer for you to take this course early in the program. 
  • ENGL 3311: Language Structure. 

Every Fall Semester

  • ENGL 3312: History of the English Language
  • ENGL 3351: British Literature to 1700
  • ENGL 3360: American Literature to 1865
  • ENGL 3383: World Masterpieces
  • ENGL 4301: Advanced Composition

Every Spring Semester

  • ENGL 3352: British Literature after 1700
  • ENGL 3361: American Literature after 1865
  • ENGL 4305: Advanced Technical Communication
  • ENGL 4310: Advanced Grammar
  • ENGL 4352: Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4390: Capstone

Fall 2021 Advanced English Undergraduate Courses

Here are the descriptions for the upcoming ENGL 3000 and 4000-level courses. 

Creative Writing: Fiction

ENGL 3301.70: Tyrer, ONLINE. Workshop on the art of writing fiction with focus on the short story. Advanced Elective.

Language Structure

ENGL 3311.01: Jacobsen, MW 9:30 - 10:45. Language makes us, us. To understand language structure is to understand the foundation of the human condition. From sounds (phonology) to words (morphology) to sentences (syntax) to speeches (discourse), linguistics illuminates the basic components of language and the fundamental behavior of humanity itself. Required of English Majors; required OR ENGL 4310 for English Education Majors. 

History of the English Language

ENGL 3312.01: Helbert, T/TH 11-12:15. Growth and development of the English language from Anglo-Saxon to the present. Required of English and English Education Majors.

English Literature Beginnings to 1700

ENGL 3351.01 Harrison T/TH 1:30 – 2:45. This is a survey of English literature from its beginnings in Old English to the Restoration period. Required of English and English Education Majors.

American Literature Beginnings to 1865

ENGL 3360.70: MacDonald, Online. Survey of U.S. American literature from the Colonial period to the Civil War. Required of English and English Education Majors. 

Masterpieces of World Literature

ENGL 3383.70: Meljac, Online. Introduction to significant international literatures and their contexts. Topics may include postcolonial literatures, world literatures in translation, surveys of non-Anglo national literatures, world literatures as resistance.

Literary Analysis

ENGL 3380.01: Roos, T/TH 09:30 – 10:45. Introduction to the fundamentals of literary analysis, critical vocabulary, and closer reading of a range of literature across a variety of periods and genres. Required of English and English Education Majors.   

Advanced Composition

ENGL 4301.01: Bennett, MW 3-4:15. “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument” (Desmond Tutu). This class will teach you to do just that. We’ll cover theories of argumentation, analyze arguments across a wide range of media, and students will construct their own original arguments. Required OR ENGL 4305 for English and English Education Majors. 


Southwestern Literature

ENGL 4363: Hunt, MW 1:30 – 2:45. In this course, we will study a set of “classic” Southwestern authors—Edward Abbey, Rudolfo Anaya, Leslie Marmon Silko—against a set of recent/contemporary works including Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning, Paulo Bacigalupi’s The Water Knife, and Luis Alberto Urrea’s The Water Museum. From this comparison, we will discuss what ideas are enduring in our region’s literature, and how the literature and our region are changing in response to the contemporary scene. We will discuss issues of race, gender, sexuality, nation/migration, and climate change, among others.

Representations of Class in Contemporary Film and Fiction

ENGL 4392.01: Brooks, M 6-8:45 pm.

In this course, we will examine representations of class, class struggle, and class solidarity in texts from the 1980s to the present. What can these texts tell us about how economic relationships have changed in the last 40 years? How is life experienced by the 21st century “working class”? (And what is that, exactly?) What is the relationship between social forms like class and literary forms like genre (horror, sci-fi, fantasy)? Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, the course will also consider how the work of teaching literature relates to other kinds of labor. Advanced Elective.