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English Courses

English classes in our department range from general survey courses to classes that offer a more in-depth look at a literary genre, writer, literary time period, and theoretical approach. Below is the list of English courses offered in Fall 2022. Please see the University Catalog for a complete list of courses offered by our department.

ENGL 106 Introduction to Literary Studies

Prof. David Kaplin

Section 01

MWF 10:00-10:50

Students will gain insight into close reading techniques, analytical frameworks, and the multiple functions and genres of literature and writing. Learning how to express your analyses clearly and forcefully will also increase your credibility in and outside the classroom.
ENGL 106 Introduction to Literary Studies

Prof. Bruce Simon

Section 02

TR 11:00-12:20

ENGL 106 will provide students with a full semester overview of the major areas within and current approaches to literary studies. Students will gain insight into literary history, the process of and critical debates concerning canon formation, the fundamental skills and terms for effective analysis of poetry and prose, and the multiple functions and genres of literature and writing.

ENGL 204 Survey of English Literature

Prof. David Kaplin

MWF 1:00-1:50

This course offers some of the “Greatest Hits” of English literature, and through them we examine the development of genres, the changing relationships between literature and national identity, the concept and functions of a literary canon, the role of the author, and issues of gender. The reading load for this course is substantial: it is all amazing material, but it is a lot to read! This class counts in the Lit. History I category of the English major.

ENGL 211 World Poetry

Prof. Natalie Gerber

TR 11:00-12:20

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. / There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” In this course we will learn about the nature of verse and some of its manifestations globally while exploring different forms of spiritual and love poetry from pre-1800s (Rumi, Basho, Mirabai). All reading will be in English. Class projects will be creative and performative as well as analytic.  This class counts in the World Literature category of the English major and as a Pre-1800 requirement.

ENGL 213 Texts and Contexts

Prof. Birger Vanwesenbeeck

TR 9:30-10:50

This is a writing-intensive course designed to introduce students to the process of research-based writing intended for a range of audiences and rhetorical situations. Students will undertake a series of writing projects that engage writing process elements and will learn to evaluate and construct logical arguments and to explore questions related to the contexts of writing, such as audience, genre, and historical or political moment. 
ENGL 216 Science Fiction

Prof. Bruce Simon

MWF 10:00-10:50

Historical and generic survey of science fiction through representative works and major authors; examination of its relationships with other types of literature. This class counts in the Genres category of the English major.

ENGL 227 Stage/Screen

Prof. Ann Siegle Drege

Section 02 T 3:30-6:30 R 4:40-5:20

How do choices made on stage or on screen inform our interpretations? As we explore the conventions of film and drama, we'll consider them through the lens of journeys for individuals and communities. A unique and powerful aspect of dramatic literature is that plays in production become communal experiences, and films screened together also create a shared experience.  Together we will wrestle with what it means to be human through the work on stage and screen, discovering that it is heightened by experiencing it together and reflecting on it in collaborative ways.  
ENGL 280 Introduction to Film

Prof. Shannon McRae

T 6:00-9:00 and R 6:00-7:00

Everybody watches movies. Everybody has opinions about them. But would you like to see more deeply into them, to understand greater levels? Would you like to be able to talk about the levels you’re seeing in a way that helps you better frame your thoughts and learn some new ways of seeing by exchanging thoughts with other people? Then this course is for you!  Welcome!   This class counts in the Genres category of the English major.
ENGL 296 American Identities

Prof. Saundra Liggins

Section 01 MWF 1:00-1:50


Section 02 MWF 2:00-2:50

This class is an exploration of the historical construction of American gender, ethnicity/race, and class; their present status; and their literary and cultural representations. Focusing on intersections between these categories of identity, the course will utilize an interdisciplinary approach, integrating materials from fields such as literary studies, history, gender studies, ethnic studies, geography, sociology, music, and art.  This class counts in the Literature & Identities category of the English major.
ENGL 306 Middle Eastern Literature

Prof. Ici Vanwesenbeeck

Internet-Based Course

This fully online course is a survey of Middle Eastern literatures with a thematic focus on love stories from the medieval era to the present.  Please expect to be immersed in various visuals, documentaries, films, and other scholarly and creative works from or about the Middle East. All readings will be in English translation. There are no prerequisites.  This class counts in the World Literature category of the English major.
ENGL 314 Women Writers

Prof. Emily VanDette

W 6:00-8:20

This section of Women Writers focuses on literature from historical eras, mostly the 19th century, in multiple genres. The course restores the legacies of many forgotten women writers, while also highlighting the historical patterns of erasure of women’s voices. Collectively, the readings are a study of the significance of women’s writing in history. Cross-listed as WGST 314.  This class counts in the Literature and Identities category of the English major.

ENGL 324 Myth and Symbol

Prof. Shannon McRae

TR 11:00-12:20

Mythic literature expresses dimensions of human experience that are less readily expressed in more ‘realistic’ literature, and symbols convey dimensions and levels of meaning that more seemingly straightforward narrations cannot so readily approach. The purpose of this class is to help you learn to negotiate those dimensions.  We will read various literary treatments of several mythologies from various cultures, and from different times and places, and move to discussion of contemporary mythmaking.  This class counts in the Theoretical Approaches category of the English major.

ENGL 333 Environmental Literature

Prof. Christina Jarvis

TR 11:00-12:20

Survey of American nature writing, chiefly over the past half century. Focuses on the art of seeing natural places. Includes field trips, direct study of nature.  This class counts in the Genres category of the English major.
ENGL 341 The Harlem Renaissance

Prof. Saundra Liggins

MWF 3:00-3:50

This course is a study of the literature flourishing within the African American community between approximately 1919 and 1930. We will also look at the political, social, and musical activities of the era.  This class counts in the Literary History II and the Literature & Identities categories of the English major.
ENGL 373 English Grammar for Everyone

Section 01 Prof. KimMarie Cole

MWF 10:00-10:50


Section 02 Prof. KimMarie Cole

MWF 2:00-2:50

Together, we'll finding out how and why English works the way it does. Expect to play with language, make mistakes and improve your writing. You'll also learn how to study languages effectively, so you can be a life-long learner of English.
ENGL 380 Film: Silence to Sound

Prof. Shannon McRae


T 2:40-5:40 and R 2:40-3:40


This course begins with the origins of silent cinema in early 20th-century Europe as a cultural, artistic, and revolutionary contribution to the international modernist movement and ends with the shift to Hollywood narratives and values during WWII as a way of expressing popular and cultural anxieties. We focus on the “classic” films, auteur filmmakers and landmark historical and technological developments that shaped and defined the cinematic art. We will also discuss avant-garde cinema, the significance of B-movies, and early animation. We also learn to interpret films within various theoretical contexts such as psychoanalysis, Marxism, gender theory, queer theory, race theory, historicism, and culture studies.    This class counts in the Theoretical Approaches category of the English major.
ENGL 399 Romanticism and the World

Prof. David Kaplin

MWF 11:00-11:50

The Romantic Movement began and developed in Western Europe, but it has influenced writers across the globe from the nineteenth century to the present day. This course explores Romantic influences in the literatures of India, Japan, and Latin America with a focus on how writers incorporate Romantic themes and conventions into their own cultural and literary traditions. This class counts in the World Literature category of the English major.

ENGL 427 Major Writers: Vonnegut

Prof. Christina Jarvis

TR 2:00-3:20

Study of the works of up to three major writers. A variable content course. May be taken more than once with departmental approval.  This class counts in the Major Author category of the English major.


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