Writing 111 (FYW), Writing 120 (Writing and Rhetoric), or its equivalent is a prerequisite for all courses in the English department except some 100-level courses. While a few courses have additional prerequisites, most 100- and 200-level courses are open to all students — majors and non-majors alike — who have completed Writing 111, Writing 120, or its equivalent. 300-level courses ordinarily build upon prior work in the English Department. 300-level creative writing courses generally require prior completion of a relevant a 200-level creative writing course as a prerequisite. 300-level courses in literary studies (English courses other than those in creative writing), generally require as prerequisites English 185 and two 200-level English courses. Any course offered in the English department can count as an elective in the major.
Please note that these classes are subject to change.
100-level (Level I)
200-level (Level II)
English 243 Arthurian Legend and Literature – K Cherewatuk (Post 1800)
This course examines a number of foundational texts of the medieval legend of King Arthur, focusing on key motifs such as the quest and love triangle, main characters, and genres. Students explore the specific social contexts that produced these works and select modern versions that reveal the perennial appeal of the Arthurian myth. Prerequisites: FYW or its equivalent. (ALS-L)
English 260 Topic: Shakespeare and Material Culture – K Marsalek (Cross Disciplinary; Pre 1800)
English 276 Literature and the Environment – M Allister (Cross Disciplinary, Post 1800)
Through nonfiction, fiction, and poetry, students explore the complex relations between humans and the “natural” world. Students consider questions such as the following: What does it mean to be connected to a landscape? What is a sense of place? Students also reflect on how they and the writers they read put landscape into language. Also counts toward envionmental studies major (all emphases) and concentration. Prerequisites: FYW or its equivalent. (ALS-L)
English 280 – The Western – B Nordfjord (Genre, Post-1800)
ENGL 287: Professional and Business Writing – Staff (Genre)
This course gives students a hands-on opportunity to develop their use of writing strategies and technologies appropriate to workplaces. Course themes include workplace practices, professional ethics, technology resources, promotional resources, and writing on behalf of an organization. Students create individual and collaborative projects including employment documents, proposals, brochures, memos, and other professional genres. Through case studies, readings, and/or client-based projects, students analyze writing practices in a range of professional settings. Course fee for document production. Also counts toward management studies concentration. Prerequisites: FYW or its equivalent. (WRI)
ID 258: Theater in London – J Naito (Off-Campus)
For centuries, London has served as the cultural capital of a nation that has shaped and been shaped by the dramatic arts. In recent decades, with the rise of globalization and the rise of London as a global city, London’s stages have continued to play a central role in British life, while also reflecting the influence of ideas, individuals, and practices that have originated elsewhere. All of this makes London an ideal location in which to study the contemporary diversity of theater and performance. During January, we will attend approximately twenty performances that aim to span the breadth of what London’s theaters have to offer, from productions of Shakespeare and other acknowledged masters to devised productions, site-specific works, and stage plays by emerging playwrights. These live performances will serve as the center of the course, complimented by discussion-based seminar sessions and excursions within and beyond London to relevant sites of cultural and historical interest. Although the majority of our time will be spent in London, we will spend two nights in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, and one night in Oxford. Toward the end of January, the program will pause for approximately three days, during which time students will be free to pursue individual plans in London or, depending on the pandemic and other travel restrictions, elsewhere in Europe. Prerequisites: None. (ALS-A; OLE Core: Creativity)