Interim 2022-23

Virtually all courses in the English Department are open to all students, majors and non-majors alike. 100-level courses have no prerequisites. 200-level courses have Writing 120 (Writing and Rhetoric), Writing 111 (FYW), or its equivalent as a prerequisite. 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 any of our majors (English, English with CAL, and Creative Writing).

Please note that these classes are subject to change.

100-level (Level I)

English 123 Introduction to Poetry – J Patterson
OLd major Reqs: elective
New Major Reqs: elective

This course introduces students to poetry from a range of perspectives including, but not limited to the poet’s life; the application of categories of analysis such as race, gender, and nationality; poetry as literary craft; and the aesthetic appreciation of poems. To experience the literary medium of poetry in the fullest sense, students are required to write about, memorize, orally interpret/recite, and compose their own poetry. Prerequisite: None. (ALS-L, ORC)

English 185 Literary Studies – J Shaiman
(Preregistering English majors)

The foundation course of the English major, English 185 introduces students to poetic and dramatic form, narrative structure, and critical theory. In addition, students engage with literature as a living practice and address its role in a culture by attending dramatic performance and readings by visiting writers and critics. Although texts vary with the instructor, all sections explore the contemporary vitality of literature in English and their strong connections to the past. Prerequisite: None. (ALS-L, WRI)

200-level (Level II)

English 2XX – TBA – M Trull
OLd major Reqs: TBA
New Major Reqs: TBA
ENGL 287: Professional and Business Writing – R Eichberger
OLd major Reqs: genre
New Major Reqs: elective

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 – T Edwards (Off-Campus)
OLd major Reqs: elective
New Major Reqs: elective

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)