Spring 2016

The English department offers a variety of lower and upper division courses. Specific section numbers and corresponding times for all courses may be found on Swampfox Web.

The following 100 and 200 level General Education courses will be offered in Spring 2016 with the professors listed below.

English 111 with Lab: Composition I

  • England
  • Zaice
  • N. Cowles

English 112: Composition II

  • Clemons
  • Black
  • Whisnant
  • Taylor
  • Kostoff
  • Gardner
  • Rooks
  • Washington
  • Marley
  • Rousseau
  • N. Cowles
  • Smolen-Morton
  • Edwins
  • Love

English 200: Writing in the Disciplines

  • Eleazer
  • Jones
  • Veenstra
  • Rousseau (ONLINE)
  • Sutton (ONLINE)
  • Hilson
  • Owens
  • D. Cowles
  • Black
  • England
  • Reynolds


English 250: Introduction to Literature

  • Eleazer
  • Reynolds
  • Miller
  • Johnson
  • Flannagan
  • Marley
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Cowles
  • Edwins
  • Gardner
  • Taylor
  • Jacobs

English 251: Introduction to Film Studies. Dr. Clemons.
In recent years, movie-goers have begun very vocally questioning the white male bias of Hollywood films. In this course, we will join in that critique by examining films that feature “minority” protagonists. After four weeks of introduction to classic cinema, the remainder of the course will use films featuring women, the disabled, and characters of various non-white races and ethnicities to review basic cinematographic techniques. As a capstone, students will complete a creative final project in which they gender-bend or race-bend a work in classic cinema. Possible films include The Women, Run Lola Run, Do the Right Thing, Pan’s Labyrinth, Frida, Mad Max: Fury Road, and The Hunger Games. This course meets the Literature element of the General Education requirements.

English 252: Reading and Writing Literature (ONLINE). Dr. Clemons.
With what illness would you diagnose the main character in “The Yellow Wallpaper?” How should Poe’s “The Raven” have ended? What scene do you wish you’d read in A Doll’s House? In Eng 252, students take on the task of responding to literature by rewriting it in new ways. Coursework includes both creative writing assignments and quizzes in literary terminology. This course is designed primarily for RN to BSN distance learning students, and will be held online; however, all health care majors will find something of value in the course. This course meets the Literature element of the General Education requirements.

NOTE: To participate, students will need access to GoogleDrive and Blackboard, and they will need a working webcam and microphone to hold conferences. This is not a self-paced course.



English 300: Foundations for Literary Study. Dr. Edwins.  MWF 12:30-1:20

English 305: Business Writing.

  • Dr. Hilson.  MWF 10:30-11:20
  • Dr. Hilson.  MWF 11:30-12:20
  • Dr. Kunka.  TTH 11:20-12:35

English 308: Survey of British Literature.  Dr. Reynolds.  MWF 8:30-9:20

English 309: Survey of American Literature. Dr. Veenstra.  MWF 10:30-11:20
This class charts the development of American literature, beginning with the question of what constitutes the earliest Americans and American literature (Native Americans or the European explorers who “discovered” the continent?). As we continue, we will read from historical and literary voices that helped craft a sense of what it has meant to live and write in this country through a series of transformative periods. Along the way, we will discuss key literary figures and movements as well as the social contexts they reflected and helped create. By the end of the semester, students will have strengthened their skills of literary analysis; be able to demonstrate advanced understanding of a specific text, author, or thematic issue via an independent research essay; and be able to situate that understanding within the larger context of American history and literature.

English 310: Modern English Grammar.  Dr. Eleazer.  MWF 12:30-1:20

English 313: Literature for the Young Child. Dr. Love.  TTH 11:20-12:35

English 315: Literature for Children.  Dr. Nelson. TH 9:55-11:10

English 316: Literature for Young Adults. Dr. Nelson. MWF 9:30-10:20

English 318: Technical Communication.  Dr. Hanson.  MW 2:30-3:35

English 332: The Romantics. Dr. Washington. MWF 10:30-11:20
The Romantic period, following hard on the heels of the American and French Revolutions, was also a revolutionary literary period. Great innovations occurred in many genres, styles, and media as the period gave rise to new forms of lyric poetry, monster stories, epic comedy, sonnets, feminist tracts and novels, environmentalist poetry, and political protest literature. Writers of the period include William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Johns Keats, Charlotte Smith, William Blake, Anna Barbauld, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Lord Byron among others. In this course we will read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice as well as several selections from the above named authors.

English 341: Advanced Composition for Teachers. 

  • Dr. Spear. TTH 8:30-9:45
  • Mr. Owens.  TTH 9:55-11:10

English 346: Modern American Literature.  Dr. Miller. MWF 9:30-10:20

English 361: Shakespeare.  Dr. Jacobs.  MWF 1:30-2:20

English 362: Mythology and Literature.  Dr. Marley.  MW 2:30-3:45
Interested in the Apocalypse? Feminism? Religion? Dreams? The undead? Investigate all of these questions and more!  While mythology is often synonymous with the Greeks and Romans, this course will explore myth as a considerably larger global phenomenon.  So, in addition to texts such as The Iliad, we’ll also examine myths from Mesopotamia, Iceland, Africa, and China.  We’ll read, for example, the Polynesian myth of Hainuwele, who defecates valuable objects — and the Sumerian myth of Inanna, who may very well be the first goddess.  We’ll also make connections to contemporary literature — and popular culture as a whole — paying careful attention to how the themes and images we discuss are frequently reinterpreted and recirculated.  Finally, we’ll consider a number of critical methodologies to understand myth in a variety of different ways.  As such, we’ll look at the work of critics such as Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, and Claude Lévi-Strauss.  No previous knowledge of mythology is required!

English 366: Creative Writing – Literary Nonfiction Workshop. Dr. Spear. TTH 11:20-12:35
We all have a story. Or rather, we all have many stories. But what stories are shared? And what stories are avoided or even silenced? This course invites us to embrace story through the lens of nonfiction; moreover, it encourages us to receive and share our individual and communal stories, even when they have been marginalized in the past. Exploring literary nonfiction as a genre and as an art form, we will examine what it means to “tell the truth, but tell it slant,” as Emily Dickinson would phrase it. Throughout the semester, we will read and interrogate a range of literary nonfiction while investigating the possibilities and limitations of nonfiction, discussing various writing strategies, and working on our own craft when writing our nonfictional stories.

English 367: Creative Writing – Fiction Workshop.  Mr. Kostoff.  MWF 11:30-12:20
Emphasis on mastering the techniques for writing short stories. Students will have the opportunity to write their own stories in whatever genre they choose and study examples from professional writers.

English 368: Creative Writing – Advanced Fiction Workshop.  Mr. Kostoff.  TH 8:30-9:45
Prerequisite: ENG 367; one previous literature course is recommended.
Emphasis on building on the skills from English 367. Students will also explore various schools of fiction, publication options, revision practices, and strategies for composing both short fiction and short novels.

English 370: Creative Writing – Poetry Workshop.  Dr. Flannagan. MWF 12:30-1:20
One previous literature course is recommended.

English 384: African-American Film History.  Dr. Smolen-Morton.  MWF 11:30-12:20
We’ll watch and discuss a variety of genres to explore the image of African Americans on screen and their reception in American culture. We’ll learn about African American actors, actresses, and directors. We’ll look at how control of filmmaking controls the image of African Americans. Film has been used to distort and even erase the image of African Americans in popular culture, through practices like blackface and stereotypes like the coon. The course covers the history of African Americans in film from the beginnings of American cinema to the present and demonstrates how African Americans often challenge the conventions of narrative film and the dominant culture conveyed by them. Can an African American filmmaker avoid race? Can she make a positive African American image with or without it? We’ll see.

English 390: Playwriting Workshop.  Dr. Tuttle.
We’ll begin the semester by writing a ForePlay—a play about sex, basically, or maybe dating, orientation, love, separation, disease, whatever you think needs saying during FMU’s V-Week.  From there we’ll go backwards to discuss the nuts and bolts of dialogue, dramatic structure, character development, and the business of playwriting, and conclude the semester by reading our (your) own one-act plays on topics of your choosing.  

English 405: Advanced Business Communication.  Dr. Hanson. TTH 12:45-2:00
This course provides plenty of opportunities to do real work for real clients, function within a staff of writers, broaden your professional skills, and cultivate your professional image.  Come prepared to plan and implement documentation projects, solve problems, and take a trip to Hobcaw Barony, just across the river from Georgetown.  BetweenTheWaters.org provides a preview of some of the things you’ll see there.

English 411: Rhetoric of New Media. Dr. Kunka.
This professional writing course will expose you to the rhetorical dynamics of writing for new media, focusing on issues of writing for the web and social media, the relationship between design and text, image production, visual rhetoric, audience appeal, and professional ethics in online environments. You will work towards refining your writing style and design sensibilities, thereby enhancing your marketability for writing in the professional marketplace.
Prerequisite: English 305

English 427: Advanced Study in British Literature Before 1785.  Dr. Jacobs. TTH 9:55-11:10

English 448: Advanced Study in African-American Literature.  Dr. Jones. MWF 8:30-9:20
This course will examine theoretical issues in African American Literature through an examination of classic and contemporary texts.  Topics include racial identity, gender and relationships, manhood, and the myth of the strong black woman.  Texts include Their Eyes Were Watching God, Native Son, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and Sula, among others.

English 465: Advanced Study in Critical Theory and Literature.  Dr. D. Cowles. TTH12:45-2:00
The word theory suggests something impractical, far removed from the real world. Yet in many ways the questions theory asks address the most crucial aspects of ourselves and our world: What is the nature of reality? How should we treat each other as humans? What does the world look like from the perspective of someone very different from us? How do things like race, class, and gender affect how we read, think, and live? Theory ironically works to connect literature more directly with our lives and concerns; reading or discussing theory actually makes the texts we study more practical, more relevant.

English 465 asks students to look at how they look at literature (and the world). We will begin generally, examining traditional ways of reading and interpreting (primarily formalism), and move on to more contemporary perspectives (deconstruction, postmodernism, and cultural studies). Then class members will choose four or five other approaches to investigate. Typically these might include feminism and gender studies, critical race theory, Marxism, myth and archetypal theory, ecocriticism, or psychoanalytic theory. The class is very much discussion based; in the past even shy students have found they have things to contribute.  Additional assignments include weekly written responses, a research paper, and a class presentation.  You should definitely take this class if you see any possibility of graduate school in your future.

English 496: English Capstone Experience.  Dr. Miller.  Time TBA

English 498: English Internship.  Dr. Hanson.  Time TBA. Details about Eng 498: English Internship can be found on the Professional Writing Program pages.