Spring 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.

The Literature of Policing Justice

ENGL 2326: American Literature. TTH 11:00 - 12:15. Instructor: Klaehn. This course will examine the impact of literature and film on the discussion of racial inequality, especially in the justice system. We will study the literary strategies both authors and directors utilize to shine a spotlight on conflicts in the courtroom, especially as they reflect on the larger society.

Saddle Up Westerns: Classic American Western Film

ENGL 2343.70: Literature and Ideas. Web-based. Instructor: MacDonald. Come along to watch, enjoy, and discuss the American West in film—from the 1940s through the present. John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Barbara Stanwyck and Christian Bale do the ‘cultural work’ of showing us to ourselves.

Pop Culture Heroines

ENGL 2341.01: Introduction to Literature. MW 11:00 - 12:15. Instructor: McCormack. Popular media is both a reflection of and an influence on cultural values, hopes, and fears. With this role in mind, this course will examine popular culture heroines and their presence in various media (novels, films, television shows, video games, and others). Heroines guiding this course include Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michonne Hawthorne (The Walking Dead), Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games), and Ellie (The Last of Us).

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. 

Nature, Culture, Agriculture

ENGL 2343.01: Literature and Ideas. MW 1:30 - 2:45. Instructor: Hunt. This literature course is specifically designed for people with interests in Natural Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, and Environmental Science. The course will have three “units” divided by those general fields, though many readings will cross over in terms of relevance. Authors read in the course include Rachel Carson, Edward Abbey, Annie Proulx, E. O. Wilson, Wendell Berry, and Paolo Bacigalupi.


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

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 2020 Advanced English Undergraduate Courses

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

Creative Writing: Poetry

ENGL 3306.70: Tyrer, ONLINE. Workshop on the art of writing poetry, focusing on the basic elements such as forms and structure of both classical and contemporary poetry. Advanced elective.

Information and Document Design

ENGL 3307.01: Bennett, MW 11:00-12:15. Provides an overview of the theory and practice of information design, visual rhetoric, visual communication, and document design. Fundamental technical communication skills, concepts, and theories will be covered. Major assignments will vary but may include the production of original designs for a specific audience/client. This course builds essential written communication skills such as creating content and making design choices for specific audiences and different users, communicating about specialized topics to specialized audiences as well as problem-solving skills. This course also offers some technical skill-building, specifically in how choose, and use, different technological platforms for designing and deploying communication artifacts. 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. 

Film Studies: The U.S. American Epic

ENGL 3342.01: Hunt and Roos, MW 9:30 - 10:45. In this exploration of U.S. film, we will explore the “epic” as a genre connected to particular moments in U.S. history, and articulating a particular story of our nation. Among the films to be included are the Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Gregory Nava’s Mi Familia. Whereas the traditional epic is associated with a masculine hero, our study of the genre will emphasize diverse variations within the epic tradition that seek to illuminate the diverse populations that impact and are influenced by our nation. Students will be viewing films on their own. Films chosen will be easily accessible—we will offer EPML library dvd copies to borrow, or you can use Amazon, Netflix, Google or some other platform, but students are individually responsible for accessing these materials.

English Literature 1700 to Present

ENGL 3352.70: Hart, ONLINE. This course surveys major authors of English literature, including the Romantic poets, Victorian novelists, Modernist modernizers, and Postmodern innovators. We’ll focus our efforts on understanding genre and on making connections between literature and the social, the political, and the historical. Required of English and English Education Majors.

American Literature 1865 to Present

ENGL 3361.70: Brooks, TTH 9:30-10:45. Survey of U.S. American literature from the advent of realism to the present. Required of English and English Education Majors. 

Literary Analysis

ENGL 3380.70: Meljac, ONLINE. 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 Topics in Technical Communication: Storytelling with Data

ENGL 4305.01: Bennett, MW 3-4:15. Exploration of a number of advanced issues related to technical communication. Fundamental technical communication skills, concepts, and theories will be covered. This course builds on essential written communication skills and problem-solving skills. Depending on the course topic, technical skills may also be taught. Topics may vary at instructor discretion. Required OR ENGL 4305 for English and English Education Majors. 

Language Acquisition

ENGL 4311.01: Jacobsen, MW 1:30 - 2:45. How users of English make meaning through language. Emphasizes phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax. Advanced Elective. 

English Major Capstone

ENGL 4390.01: Helbert, 3:00 - 4:15. Focuses on research, documentation methods, and academic prose style. Enables students to develop, expand, and finalize their capstone projects for online publication and formal presentation. Required of English Majors, Senior status required.

The Art of Modernism

ENGL 4392.01: Roos, M 6-8:45 pm. This course is designed to help students become familiar with the writings of Modernist literatures and cultures. We will be using the European visual arts as well as some aspects of dance and music as analogue and comparison for better understanding Modernist craft, which often involved technical experimentalism. Authors include Joseph Conrad, Gertrude Stein, Nella Larsen, T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf. Advanced Elective.