ENGL 400 Senior Seminar

In the capstone course, students will reflect back upon their English major, and will polish their skills in critical and close reading, research-based and other forms of writing, as well as oral explorations of literature.



ENGL 324 or ENGL 343 or ENGL 345 or ENGL 346 or ENGL 348 or ENGL 349 or ENGL 380 or ENGL 381 or ENGL 440 or ENGL 446


ENED 450 or ENGL 401

ENGL 401 Portfolio Completion

Required for all English and English Adolescence Education majors. Gives recognition for thoughtful completion of all elements of the reflective portfolio except the exit paper. Should be taken concurrently with either ENGL 400 or ENGL 450.



ENGL 400

ENGL 404 Literary London

Variable topics course. Taught in London as a study abroad experience, the course examines its content using interdisciplinary approaches rooted in the resources of the city of London.


ENGL 405 Page and Stage

This course will study drama as it is meant to be explored--on the page and on the stage. We begin our analysis of the drama with discussion on campus and then travel to see productions of the plays. In our post-production discussions and writing, we will consider the choices made in production and the impact of that on our reading of the plays. A frequent destination for the course will be New York City, but we may also travel to Stratford, Ontario, or other sites, for productions as well.


ENGL 407 Tragedy

An examination of representative tragedies and selected theories of tragedy from ancient Greece through Renaissance England and Neo-Classical France to the modern era. Primary focus on the plays and fiction with attention to various conceptions of the tragic vision.


ENGL 408 Arthurian Literature

Study of the many works about King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, extending from the eighth century to the present.


ENGL 410 Chaucer

Study of The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde. Introduction to Middle English language and period and to significant Chaucerian scholarship.


ENGL 412 Early Shakespeare

Study of Shakespeare's works to 1600; emphasis on his growth as a dramatist.


ENGL 414 Later Shakespeare

Study of Shakespeare's works from 1600 to end of his career.


ENGL 416 Elizabethan Drama

The development of the English drama in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The growth of drama from the medieval mystery, miracle, and morality plays through the works of Shakespeare's contemporaries. The plays in their cultural, historical, and artistic climates.


ENGL 418 Restoration/18th Century Drama

Study of the drama and theatre of the period, focusing on a variety of traditional and emergent genres such as comedy, tragedy, heroic drama, and pantomime.


ENGL 420 Milton

Milton's thought and art as expressed in "Paradise Lost", "Paradise Regained", "Samson Agonistes", and selections from the minor poems and the prose.


ENGL 422 English Novel I

Study of representative novels of the 18th and early 19th centuries with attention to the development of new readerships and the novel as a genre, emphasizing forms such as the gothic, the epistolary, and the didactic.


ENGL 424 English Novel II

Study of such 19th and 20th century novelists as Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, Conrad, Lawrence, and Woolf. Special attention to form of the novel used to portray each writer's vision.


ENGL 425 Irish Literature

A study of Irish literature, within its cultural and historical context, drawn from both the Irish and English-language traditions. Selections might include medieval poetry and epic, myth and folklore, 18th century bardic poetry, Anglo-Irish literature, and modern and contemporary works.


ENGL 427 Major Writers

Study of the works of up to three major writers. A variable content course. May be taken more than once with departmental approval.


ENGL 430 Bloomsbury Modernism

An in-depth exploration of the Bloomsbury Group, members of which individually and collectively were responsible for shifting attitudes about the nature and function of art, its relation to philosophy, science, economics, politics and culture in early twentieth-century England and beyond. The course seeks to expand students’ understanding of the modernist period, Bloomsbury's place within it, and ongoing legacies for contemporary thinking.


ENGL 446 Contemporary Literary Theory

A study of the most recent American and international literary critical thinking, emphasizing both theory and practice. Students are strongly encouraged to take ENGL 345 as a prerequisite.


ENGL 455 Writing Tutors

An eight-week training program preparing students to tutor writing in the university Learning Center for a minimum of four hours per week. Permission of instructor required.


ENGL 456 ESL Tutoring

Focus on tutoring students whose first language is not English.


ENGL 460 Advanced Poetry Writing

Intensive critical discussion of student work. Readings in contemporary poetry. The orientation of the course is professional, and the students are expected to submit their work to periodicals for publication. Oral presentation of student work. Writing minors must enroll in ENGL 160 concurrently with ENGL 460.



ENGL 362

ENGL 461 Advanced Fiction Writing

Intensive critical discussion of student fiction. Readings in contemporary fiction. The orientation of the course is professional, and students are expected to submit their work to periodicals for publication. Writing minors must enroll in ENGL 160 concurrently with ENGL 461.



ENGL 361

ENGL 465 English Internships

English internships. Interns work 40 hours for 1 credit hour. Enrollment requires a completed Learning Contract and permission of the department.


ENGL 490 Independent Study

Study of a particular author, topic, or work. Periodic meetings with instructor and writing a substantial paper. Department approval.


ENGL 499 Special Topics

A variable-content course. Topics announced in online Course Offerings.