Course DescriptionsEngl 100: Exposition and ArgumentEngl 101: English for International StudentsEngl 200: Literary StudiesEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Language, Form, InspirationEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Crime FictionEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Utopian/ Dystopian LiteratureEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Into the WildEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Banned Books and Novel IdeasEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Horrible Husbands and Wicked WivesEnglish 200: Literary Studies--Innocence and ExperienceEngl 231: Film AestheticsEngl 300: Introduction to Professional WritingEngl 301: Introduction to Creative WritingEngl 310: Introduction to Technical WritingEngl 321: Intermediate CompositionEngl 365/565*: Studies in American LiteratureEngl 380/ 580*: Topics in WritingEngl 386: Internship in EnglishEngl 389: Teaching English to Speakers of Other LanguagesEngl 390/590: Topics in LiteratureEngl 396/596: Traditions of Giving and Serving in American LifeEngl 400: New Literacies, Cultures, and Technologies of WritingEngl 401: American Literature 1English 402: American Literature 2Engl 405/505*: Masterpieces of World LiteratureEngl 408/508: Methods of Literary Criticism and ResearchEngl 409/509: Literature of the Medieval PeriodEngl 410/510: ShakespeareEngl 420/520: Literature of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth CenturiesEngl 423: Short Story WritingEngl 424: Poetry WritingEngl 425: Creative NonfictionEngl 430/530: Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth CenturyEng 431: Advanced CompositionEngl 441/541: History of the English LanguageEngl 442/542: Modern English GrammarEngl 443/543: Introduction to LinguisticsEngl 450/550: British Literature of the Nineteenth CenturyEngl 456: The NovelEngl 460/560: Twentieth-Century DramaEngl 470/570: Twentieth-Century FictionEngl 475/575: Twentieth Century PoetryEngl 478: Literature for ChildrenEngl 479/ 579: Literature for AdolescentsEngl 481: Cooperative Education in English 1Engl 482-483: Cooperative Education in English II-IIIEngl 489: The Teaching of EnglishEngl 491: Seminar in Professional WritingEngl 492: Seminar in WritingEngl 493: Seminar in EnglishEngl 495*: Independent Study in EnglishEngl 497: Honors Work in EnglishEngl 498: Honors Candicacy in EnglishEngl 609: Theory and Practice of Expository WritingLS 610: Seminar in HumanitiesEnglish 610: Studies in Nineteenth-Century British LiteratureEngl 615: Shakespeare and His ContemporariesEngl 635: Studies in American Literature

Cr. 3


This course will focus on close readings of major and representative American writers from the Colonial period to the Civil War. The historical and cultural context in which these artists worked will be provided by lecture and oral reports; however, the themes and styles of their literature will be the primary focus of our discussions. Among the writers to be considered are Edwards, Bradstreet, Franklin, Freneau, Cooper, Irving, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville.

Beyond an oral report, students will be required to take two unit exams and a comprehensive final exam. Students may choose to write two critical essays of five to seven pages or one longer paper of ten to twelve pages.


A survey of American authors from the Colonial Period to the beginning of the Civil War, with the following objectives: first, to examine the cultural and intellectual roots of American literature back to their European, African, and native American origins; second, to follow from first blossom to first fruits the emergence of distinctly American writers and styles of writing; third, to study how American authors represented what it meant to be an American, once a sense of the national as well as regional identities began to emerge; and finally, to examine how seminal works of Early American literature shaped, reflected, critiqued, or sought to demolish many of the ideas we have and hold dear about ourselves as Americans. From the very beginning, America has been a meeting place of many cultures, sometimes in concert, more often in conflict, and our reading list will reflect that historical reality, hopefully giving us new ways to come to terms with it.

To reach these objectives, students will be expected to participate actively in classroom discussions and projects, write several short papers, and take a midterm and a final examination.