English Department Course Offerings

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100  Developmental English (3).  Institutional credit only.
Required for admission to ENG 101 for students judged by the English department to need added instruction in writing skills before enrolling in ENG 101 and/or whose ACT English scores are 17 or below (SAT verbal scores are 360 or below). This course does not fulfill the core requirement, nor does it count toward the 124 hours required for graduation.  Must be passed with a C- or above to enter 101.  (Fall only)
101  Freshman English I (3).
Instruction in the writing process to develop skill in producing expository and persuasive writing, including the research essay. Emphasis on the Christian responsibility to use language effectively and ethically.  Must be passed with a C- or above to enter ENG 102.  (Fall and spring)
102 Freshman English II (3). Prereq: ENG 101 with at least a C-.
An introduction to the literary genres and critical writing. Emphasis on critical reading and evaluation of literary texts from a Christian perspective.  (Fall and spring)
121  Advanced Freshman English (3).
Open only to freshmen judged by the English department to be exceptionally proficient in English. An introduction to the literary genres and instruction for development of skill in expository and critical writing, including the research essay. Emphasis on critical reading and evaluation of literary texts from a Christian perspective.   If students pass ENG 121 with a grade lower than C, they must successfully complete ENG 101.  Students failing ENG 121 must successfully complete ENG 101 and 102.  (Fall only)
130 Practicum: Campus Yearbook (1).  Prereq: Instructor's permission.
An introductory course designed to teach the fundamentals of photojournalism: copy layout, graphics, and design.  The laboratory and backdrop for this course is the Belhaven campus yearbook.  The course requires attendance at lectures, seminars, and yearbook staff meetings.  May be repeated for up to three hours of elective credit.  This course does not count toward the communications or English major or minor, nor does it count toward the creative writing programs.  (Fall and spring)
201, 202  Survey of British Literature (3, 3). Prereq: ENG 102 or 121.
A survey spanning from the Anglo-Saxons and culminating in contemporary authors with the division of the courses occurring after the Restoration and 18th century. Emphases are on major authors, literary historical periods, and basic interpretive skills.  (201, fall only; 202, spring only)
203, 204 Survey of World Literature (3, 3).  Prereq: ENG 102 or 121.
A survey of major continental authors and their writings, the literary historical periods, and the linguistic cultures of various nations. ENG 203 covers the Greco-Roman and Hebrew-Christian periods through the Renaissance; ENG 204 from the Enlightenment to the modern and postmodern eras. (203, fall only; 204, spring only)
205, 206 Survey of American Literature (3, 3).  Prereq: ENG 102 or 121.
ENG 205 is a survey which begins with the colonial authors and concludes with the Transcendentalists. ENG 206 surveys the period from approximately 1900 to the present. Emphases are on major authors, the emergence and shaping of American literature, and basic interpretive skills.  (205, fall only; 206, spring only)
302  History and Grammatical Structures in English (3). Prereq: Six hours toward the survey course requirements or instructor’s permission.  A systematic study of traditional English grammar. Includes summaries of language acquisition and the history of the language. Not accepted toward the English requirement for the B.A. degree in humanities.  May not be taken as an independent study.  (Fall only)
303 Effective Writing in Bibliography and Research (3). Prereq: Six hours toward the survey course requirements or instructor’s permission. Instructive guidance in the effective writing of extensive research papers of literary criticism written according to the MLA guide to documentation. The student is led through a mastery of the progressive steps of the research and writing procedure. Course includes summaries of literary theories.  May not be taken as an independent study.  (Spring only)
330 Photojournalism Editing: Campus Yearbook (3).  Prereq: Instructor’s permission.
Editing within the context of photographic copy layout, graphics, and design.  The laboratory and backdrop for this course is the Belhaven University campus newspaper.  The course requires attendance at lectures, seminars, and yearbook staff meetings.  May be repeated for six hours of elective credit.  This course does not count toward the communications or English major or minor, nor does it count toward the creative writing programs. 
400 Classical Literature in Translation (3).  Prere  q.: Six hours toward the survey-course requirement or its equivalent, or instructor’s permission. The course will cover various genres of Greek Literature, including a close study of specific texts in translation.  Topics to be covered will include epic and lyric poetry, tragic and comic drama, history, philosophy and oratory.  Authors studied will include Homer, Pindar, Plato, and three major tragedians: Aristophanes, Thucydides, and Demosthenes.  (Spring odd years)
402 English Capstone Studies (1). Prereq.:Senior status or permission of department chair.
This course covers a wide span of vocational and relational issues germaine to an English major. Includes presentations from graduate school representatives and a wide swath of other  professionals. Intensive reading in vocational issues. Writing will include resumes, application letters, and surveys of vocational possibilities. Course will also include preparation for professional school entrance examinations.  (Spring only)
415 Shakespeare (3).  Prereq: Six hours toward the survey course requirement or its equivalent, or instructor’s permission.
Study of the major plays and sonnets.  (Fall only)
436 Romantic British Literature (3). Prereq: Six hours toward the survey course requirements, or instructor’s permission.  Beginning with Blake, students read through the works of major British Romanticists (e.g., Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats). Emphasis is upon poetry, but prose is included.  (Fall, even years)
440   Victorian British Literature (3). Prereq: Six hours toward the survey course requirements, or instructor’s permission.  A study of the intellectual, spiritual, and social movements of the 19th century, with special emphasis upon the relation of these trends to current fads and problems. This examination includes major Victorian poets (e.g., Tennyson, Browning, and Arnold) as well as prose commentators and novelists (e.g., Eliot, Scott, and Hardy).  (Fall, odd years)
445  Modern British Literature (3). Prereq: Six hours selected from literature survey courses, or instructor’s permission.  An in-depth survey of major writers of poetry, drama, and fiction from 1890 to the present, including Irish writers. The literature in the course moves philosophically from modern to postmodern. (Spring, odd years)
450 Development of the British Novel (3). Prereq: Six hours selected from selected from literature survey courses, or instructor’s permission.  A critical and historical study of the English novel from its beginnings with Defoe to the experimentation within the modern period. The course describes the novel as a particular genre with well-defined antecedents.  (Spring, even years)
457  Development of the American Novel (3). Prereq: Six hours selected from selected from literature survey courses, or instructor’s permission. Representative American novelists from Brown and Hawthorne to the modern era. Emphasis on changes in the genre through the historical periods, both in regard to stylistic form and thematic content.  (Fall, odd years)
465  Contemporary American Literature (3). Prereq: Six hours selected from selected from literature survey courses, or instructor’s permission. A study of American poetry, drama, and fiction from 1910 to the present. The course builds on American realism and naturalism and proceeds into the modern and postmodern eras.  (Spring, even years)
470  The Bible as Literature
An examination of the literary forms, themes, and purposes of selected genres from the Old and New Testaments. Course surveys the writings in their literary, historical, and sacred contexts.
473 Christian Masterpieces (3)
A study of major Christian works  of the Western literary tradition from Augustine to T. S. Eliot.
480 Special Topics in English Studies (3). Prereq: Six hours selected from selected from literature survey courses, or instructor’s permission.  Covers selected topics not studied extensively in other courses. May be repeated for differing topics.
490 Tutorial (1-3). Prereq:  Six hours selected from literature survey courses, or instructor’s permission.
An opportunity for students with the requisite background in English studies to do advanced research work on selected topics or to engage in an advanced creative writing project. Offered by arrangement with an English department faculty member.
492  Internship (1-3).  Prereq: Six hours selected from literature survey courses, or instructor’s permission.
Supervised practical experience in a position that calls upon skills developed by the English major. May be within the English department or an approved public or private company or agency. Open to junior or senior English majors. Approval of the departmental chair and the division chair must be obtained. The course is graded on a pass/fail option.  Refer to “Student Intern Programs and Practicums” for further requirements.

 

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