Upper Division Literature and English Studies Courses
**Note: All upper division courses have a prerequisite of Eng 102 (or Eng 200, if student took classes in the former first year writing sequence) with a grade of C or higher.**
Eng 300: Foundations for Literary Studies. Block 1. Cowles
Introduces literary studies with emphasis on research methodologies, elementary literary theory, analysis, and the skills necessary to read and respond to poetry, fiction, and drama.
Eng 308: Survey of British Literature. Block 1. Washington
Surveys British literature covering major authors, periods, and key texts from the ninth through the 21st centuries; provides an introductory foundation for further study.
Eng 309: Survey of American Literature. Block 1. Miller
Surveys American literature covering major authors, periods, and key texts from the 16th through the 21st centuries; provides an introductory foundation for further study.
Eng 326: Medieval British Literature. Block 2. Woosley-Goodman
Surveys the literature produced in England during the Old and Middle English periods, with special attention to the epic, lyric poetry, visionary literature, admonitory prose, histories, and drama. Readings from earlier periods or contemporaneous European sources may also be included.
Eng 334: Modernism. Block 3. Marley
Focuses primarily on the literature of British authors from 1890-1950. Takes an interdisciplinary approach, situating literature within larger social, cultural, and artistic movements, exploring the decline of the British Empire, the persistence of the social class system, the disillusionment with the techno-rationalism of modernity, and experimental forms of representation such as cubism, psychological realism, expressionism, imagism, futurism, surrealism, and existentialism.
English 335: Contemporary British Literature. Block 3. Washington
Covers a wide range of recent British literature, including authors who have been recognized with prestigious literary prizes. Material may include multiple genres (fiction, poetry, drama, and film). Course will give insight into the cultural, political, and personal complexities that characterize mid- to late-20th century and 21st century British texts.
Eng 342: Writing in Early America. Block 4. Flannagan
Covers the philosophical, historical, and literary beginnings of American literature through 1820. Examines literary purpose, audience, and genre for a variety of texts authored by Native Americans, African Americans, Puritans, visitors to America, and Revolutionary thinkers. Texts will include sermons, diaries, histories, autobiographies, biographies, poetry, plays, letters, pamphlets, captivity narratives, songs, and fables.
Eng 348: African American Literature. Block 4. Jones
Presents and overview of literature produced by African Americans from the mid-19th century to the present. Explores how African-American writers address issues surrounding gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and identity. Using poetry, novels, essays, autobiographies, short stories, and speeches, the course examines themes, literary movements, and the development of an African-American literary tradition. Authors include Frederick Douglass, Richard Wright, Jessie Fauset, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin.
Eng 361: Shakespeare. Block 5. Hilb
Examines in detail selected histories, comedies, and tragedies. Requires outside reading and individual research to broaden the student’s comprehension and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.
Eng 363: World Literature. Block 6. Marley
Introduces the range of world literature in the Ancient World (to 476 C.E.). Studies texts from East and West in the context of the cultures that produced them. A substantial portion of the course will be devoted to Asian and African literature.
ENG 365: Modern Drama. Block 6. Tuttle
Surveys 20th century world drama and dramatic theory. Examines the literary, technical, and aesthetic developments in world drama since the late 19th century, beginning with realism, then tracing the various reactions to it, including symbolist, expressionist, absurdist and epic theatre, as well as contemporary hybrid forms. Emphasizes seminal playwrights, directors, and theatre companies important to the cultivation of the modern theatre audience.
Eng 383: Film, Genres, and Styles. Block 8. Smolen-Morten
Explores the history and form of specific types of films as they have been grouped by critics, viewers, and movie makers. Follows the development of film types, like science fiction or the western, and situates each film in its historical and cultural context and analyzes its structure.
ENG 385: Sex, Gender & Literature. Block 8. Rooks
Focuses on using gender theory to examine various texts, considering interaction between male and female in literature in terms of both writer and reader, and how the constructed identities of gender, sexuality, and textuality shape and relate to each other.
Eng 426: Rise of the British Novel. Block 2.Johnson
Focuses exclusively on the development of prose fiction from 1660 through 1832. Covers a representative sample of novels and explores various explanations for the “sudden” development of the novel as a distinct genre.
Eng 444: American Poetry. Block 4. Edwins.
Familiarizes students with American Poetry from colonization to the present day. Lecture and discussion will emphasize the historical and sociocultural context of the poems. Potential poets include Bradstreet, Wheatley, Whitman, Dickinson, Eliot, Pound, Hughes, Stein, Williams, Stevens, Brooks, Bishop, Lowell, Plath, Ammons, and Ashbery.
Eng 465: Advanced Study in Critical Theory & Literature. Block 7. D Cowles
Focuses on a range of critical theories or on areas or issues in literature with emphasis on critical methods of inquiry. This course is strongly recommended for majors planning on graduate studies.
Eng 496: English Capstone Experience. Block 9. Miller
(Prerequisite: At least 21 hours in English above the 100 level).
Includes assessment of English majors’ knowledge of the discipline and instruction in career search skills. Satisfactory performance required of all students in the semester they complete the major.
Education License: Eng 313: Literature for the Young Child. Weldy. Not applicable toward General Education Requirements (Literature), English Liberal Arts major, Professional Writing option, minor, or collateral.
Studies the prominent writers and illustrators of books for young children. Special emphasis on the process of sharing books with children. Required of all Early Childhood majors.
Education License: Eng 315: Literature for Children. Weldy. Not applicable toward General Education Requirements (Literature), English Liberal Arts major, Professional Writing option, minor, or collateral.
Studies the history and scope of children’s literature as well as the prominent illustrators of children’s books. Emphasis on the evaluation of books suitable for the preschool, elementary, and middle school child. Required of all Elementary Education majors.
Creative Writing Courses
Eng 366: Creative Writing: Literary Nonfiction Workshop. Spear
Introduces students to literary nonfiction. Emphasizes the reading and discussion of multiple sub-genres in the field, with an emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first century texts. Also emphasizes the techniques of literary nonfiction writing through the composition of original student work. May discuss the publication of original work in print and digital formats.
Eng 367: Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop. Houle
English 367 offers students the opportunity to think creatively and to shape original characters, events, and images into carefully crafted narratives that can be appreciated and enjoyed by others. We will approach creative writing as a recursive process that includes inspiration and invention, thoughtful production and revision, and the pursuit of publication. Throughout the course, we will develop and sharpen our writerly techniques by reading and discussing texts by established authors. Students will work independently and collaboratively in a supportive and productive workshop environment. The course welcomes new writers as well as those with experience writing stories
Eng 370: Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop. Flannagan
Introduces students to writing poetry. Class discussion will center on the work of class members. All students will be expected to compose and to share their poems with the instructor and with other students. Students will work toward advancing creative, critical, and vocabulary skills in the context of also studying and evaluating other contemporary poetry.
Eng 371: Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry Workshop. Edwins
Prerequisite: Eng 370. One previous literature course is recommended.
Builds on the fundamentals of poetry writing with an emphasis on increased mastery and a wider range of techniques. Students will write numerous original works to be discussed in workshop, with the better works to be submitted for publication.
Professional Writing Courses
Eng 305: Business Writing. Love, Masters
Introduces students to the written communications requirements of business and industry. Students write for specific audiences and learn organization, conciseness, and clarity in writing. The class simulates real-life business situations. To be eligible for English 498, majors and minors in Professional Writing must earn at least a B in this course.
Eng 307: Foundations of Professional Writing. Love
Introduces students to professional writing. Emphasizes analyzing professional writing to study how combinations of language, style, design, formatting, organization, punctuation, and grammar, among other features, affect professional documents. Students will also gain extensive practice in careful proofreading and editing.
Eng 318: Technical Communication. Masters
Introduces students to the conventions of writing in technology and the sciences. Students learn technical writing style, the integration of visual aids, collaborative processes, and document production cycles. To be eligible for English 498, majors and minors in Professional Writing must earn at least a B in this course.
ENG 418: Advanced Technical Communication. Hanson
Designed to help students become more independent technical communicators, preparing them to work as lead writers in team projects or as independent writing contractors. Students work and study at specific client sites, identify their own documentation projects, develop an implementation plan, and then follow through as lead writers, relying on classmates and subject experts as quality reviewers. Students develop documentation projects from conception to publication.
ENG 431: Advanced Topics in Writing: Embodiment, Identity, & Writing. Banister
This class is a seminar-workshop-hybrid designed to foster critical discussion and innovative compositions. In this course, we will examine and discuss theories of embodiment as they are connected to writing practices and our lived experiences as raced, gendered, classed, sexualized, and dis/abled people. Additionally, students will investigate and create multimodal projects that aim to capture embodied writing practices. Students will gain experience writing with different modes, including digital, visual, and oral. As a class, then, we will explore how the intersection between embodiment and multimodality asks us to move beyond the static page and to have a corporeal awareness of our composing processes.
ENG 497 (crosslisted with HIS497): Archival Research. Hanson
When you enroll in ENG 497 or HIS 497, you gain entry into the field of archival research, learn some foundational processes, and then apply your new skills at Hobcaw Barony. The Barony’s current archive includes over 5,000 entries, but many more items need to be catalogues and cross-referenced, searched and sorted. After a tour of the historic property and a discussion led by Hobcaw’s staff archivist, students will identify individual projects, develop implementation plans, coordinate with Hobcaw’s staff, and follow through, taking their projects as far as they can.
Eng 498: English Internship. Masters
(Prerequisite: Permission of department and internship agency; overall grade point average of at least 2.33; grade point average in major or minor of at least 3.0; plus at least a B in 305 and 318.) Directed internship in communications work for a business, public service agency, or industry. With permission of the department, the course may be repeated in a subsequent semester for an additional 3 credits.
Rhetoric and Composition
Eng 340: Theories of Writing. Love
Offers a treatment of the composing process, emphasizing matters useful to teachers of writing, especially current theories. Most assignments involve essay writing, including a substantial amount of application of critical theory to literary texts. Practicum requires student work in the Writing Center or Studio two hours per week.
Eng 341: Advanced Composition for Teachers. Fallon, Nelson
Extensive work in analysis and composition of texts written by and for professional educators. Assignments involved careful reading and practice composing in various modes relevant to early childhood, elementary, and middle-level teachers. Students also explore connections among writing, teaching, and learning as they examine the implications that their experiences as writers have for their work as teachers, particularly teachers of writing.