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English (ENG) Course Descriptions

Department of English, College of Liberal and Fine Arts


ENG 2013  Introduction to Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Introductory study of great works of literature with an emphasis on novels, plays, and poetry by British and American authors. Designed for nonmajors.

ENG 2213  Literary Criticism and Analysis
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
A study of poetry, fiction, and drama, with close attention to literary terms, literary criticism, and the characteristics of each genre. This course includes intensive reading and extensive writing requirements and is designed to prepare students who intend to take advanced courses in literature and other students who have a commitment to the rigorous study of literature.

ENG 2223  British Literature I [TCCN: ENGL 2322.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Study of representative works of British literature from the medieval period to 1700. Required of students majoring in English.

ENG 2233  British Literature II [TCCN: ENGL 2323.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Study of representative works of British literature from 1700 to the present. Required of students majoring in English.

ENG 2263  American Literature I [TCCN: ENGL 2327.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Study of representative works of American literature from the pre-Colonial period to 1865. Required of students majoring in English.

ENG 2293  American Literature II [TCCN: ENGL 2328.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Study of representative works of American literature from 1865 to the present. Required of students majoring in English.

ENG 2323  Creative Writing: Fiction
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Offers the opportunity for intensive practice and development of techniques in the writing of fiction.

ENG 2333  Creative Writing: Poetry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Offers the opportunity for intensive practice and development of techniques in the writing of poetry.

ENG 2343  Creative Writing: Nonfiction
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Offers the opportunity for intensive practice and development of techniques in the writing of nonfiction genres such as memoir, autobiography, and informal essays.

ENG 2383  Multiethnic Literatures of the United States
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
A survey of the literature of various minority groups such as Native American, Asian American, African American, and Latina/o. Designed for nonmajors.

ENG 2413  Technical Writing [TCCN: ENGL 2311.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Techniques of expository writing, particularly adapted to students in technological and scientific subjects.

ENG 2423  Literature of Texas and the Southwest
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Study of the literature of Texas and the Southwest, including an examination of the region’s multicultural heritage. Designed for nonmajors.

ENG 2433  Editing
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ENG 2413.
Principles and applications of production editing and technical editing, including evaluation and revision of style, tone, and organization of documents. Practice in the use of editing symbols and copy marking. (Same as COM 2433. Credit cannot be earned for both ENG 2433 and COM 2433.)

ENG 3033  American Literature, 1945 to Present
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of the literature written in the United States since 1945.

ENG 3063  American Literature, 1870–1945
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of literature written in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

ENG 3073  Young Adult Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Literary analysis of the kinds of reading available for adolescents: poetry, drama, biography, science fiction, mystery, and fantasy. Both classics and current trends will be considered. Emphasis on the novel. (Formerly ENG 2373. Credit cannot be earned for both ENG 3073 and ENG 2373.)

ENG 3113  Studies in Individual Authors
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Study of the works of an individual British or American author or of several authors examined in relation to one another. May be repeated for credit when authors vary.

ENG 3123  Modern Fiction
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical survey of American, British, and Continental fiction of the 20th century, studied in relation to the development of modern techniques.

ENG 3133  Women and Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of the presentation of women and feminist issues in various literary forms.

ENG 3153  Topics in Drama
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Study of one or more periods (e.g., Tudor-Stuart, modern, contemporary) or modes (e.g., comedy, tragedy) of drama. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 3213  Chaucer
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of The Canterbury Tales and other poems. Texts in Middle English.

ENG 3223  Shakespeare: The Early Plays
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of comedies, histories, and tragedies from 1590–1601.

ENG 3233  Shakespeare: The Later Plays
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of comedies, tragedies, and romances from 1602–1613.

ENG 3243  Topics in the British Novel
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of English novels. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 3253  The American Novel
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Reading and discussion of representative American novels.

ENG 3273  Milton
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Reading and analysis of Milton’s major poems and selected prose in the context of his times.

ENG 3303  Theory and Practice of Composition
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Extensive practice in the techniques of clear, effective writing. Designed for students who will write in their professions and will supervise the writing of others.

ENG 3313  Advanced Composition
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in rhetoric.
Study of the principles and procedures of informational and persuasive prose. Emphasis on coherence, liveliness, persuasiveness, and originality. Extensive writing practice, including the writing of arguments.

ENG 3323  History of the English Language
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Historical survey of the development of the English language.

ENG 3333  Introduction to the Structure of English
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Analysis of English syntax from various theoretical perspectives, including traditional, structural, and generative. Consideration of the concept of Standard English and of language variation, especially regional and social variation within modern English.

ENG 3343  Principles of English Linguistics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Introduction to the goals and procedures of modern linguistics, emphasizing phonetics, phonology, and morphology. Discussion of language acquisition and the neurolinguistic foundations of language ability. Some attention to topics such as semantics, pragmatics, and language change. (Same as ANT 3903 and LNG 3813. Credit cannot be earned for more than one of these courses.)

ENG 3393  Literary Theories
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ENG 2213.
Critical study of the nature and function of literature and the relationship of literature to philosophy, history, and the other arts; attention to such topics as stylistics, genres, and literary history.

ENG 3413  Specialized Professional Writing
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ENG 2413.
Writing for specialized purposes such as news releases, feature articles, reports, newsletters, speeches, scriptwriting, advertising, and professional correspondence.

ENG 3423  Topics in Creative Writing
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: ENG 2323 or ENG 2333 or ENG 2343 and consent of instructor (writing portfolio required).
Creative writing workshop in specialized area or genre other than poetry or short fiction. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 3513  Mexican American Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of literature by and about Mexican Americans, including prose, verse, drama, essays, and autobiography. Concentration on writings since 1959.

ENG 3613  African American Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of literature by and about African Americans, including prose, verse, drama, essays, and autobiography.

ENG 3713  Topics in Multiethnic Literatures of the United States
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Comparative study of a specific genre or theme in the literatures of various ethnic groups in the United States such as African American, Asian American, Native American, and/or U.S. Latino/a. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 3813  Topics in Native American Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of a topic in Native American/Indigenous literatures focusing on an author, a genre, a theme, or on traditional and oral literature. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 4013  Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Selected readings in the fiction, drama, poetry, and prose of the British literature of the late 17th century and the 18th century.

ENG 4023  Romantic Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Selected readings in the fiction, poetry, and prose of the British Romantic period.

ENG 4033  Literary Modes and Genres
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Intensive study of a single mode or genre such as comedy, tragedy, allegory, satire, epic, or a type of nonfiction such as biography. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 4053  Modern British and American Poetry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
An intensive study of major modern poets.

ENG 4063  Medieval English Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Study of the major English writings from the Anglo-Saxon and Middle English periods (excluding Chaucer), with special emphasis on Beowulf and Chaucer’s contemporaries. Some works in translation, but original texts whenever possible.

ENG 4113  Renaissance Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Selected readings from major writers of the 16th and early 17th centuries (excluding Shakespeare).

ENG 4143  Victorian Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Selected readings in the fiction, poetry, and nonfiction prose of major Victorian writers.

ENG 4393  Feminist Theory of Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of feminist theory and the relationship of gender to literature. Selected readings from major feminist theorists in connection with the study of literary texts.

ENG 4423  Studies in Advanced Linguistics
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ENG 3343 or LNG 4013.
Specialized study of one or more areas of linguistic research, including historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, dialectology, linguistics for literary analysis, or languages in contact. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 4433  Advanced Professional Writing
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: ENG 2413 or the equivalent.
Development of complex documents such as manuals, proposals, grants, environmental impact studies, newsletters, and brochures. Extensive practice in writing, layout and design, and preparation of professional documents. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 4523  Writer’s Workshop: Advanced Fiction Writing
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor (writing portfolio required)..
Designed for students who have demonstrated potential as fiction writers. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 12 semester credit hours of ENG 4523 and/or ENG 4533 will apply to a bachelor’s degree, and not more than 6 semester credit hours will apply toward the English major.

ENG 4533  Writer’s Workshop: Advanced Poetry Writing
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor (writing portfolio required).
Designed for students who have demonstrated potential as poets. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 12 semester credit hours of ENG 4533 and/or ENG 4523 will apply to a bachelor’s degree, and not more than 6 semester credit hours will apply toward the English major.

ENG 4613  Topics in Mexican American Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of a topic in Mexican American literature: author, genre, or theme. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 4713  Topics in African American Literature
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Completion of the Core Curriculum requirement in literature.
Critical study of a topic in African American literature: author, genre, or theme. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 4911-3  Independent Study
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ENG 4933  Internship
3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Supervised experience relevant to English. May be repeated once for credit, but not more than 3 semester credit hours will apply to the English major.

ENG 4953  Special Studies in English
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not normally or not often available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Studies may be repeated for credit when the topics vary, but not more than 6 semester credit hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

ENG 4973  Seminar for English Majors
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: 12 upper-division semester credit hours in English.
This undergraduate seminar, limited to English majors in their senior year, offers the opportunity to study a genre, author, or period in English or American literature. Content varies with each instructor. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

ENG 4991-3  Honors Thesis
1 to 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and Department Scholarship and Honors Committee; enrollment in or completion of ENG 4973.
Supervised research and preparation of an Honors Thesis for the purpose of earning English Honors. May be repeated once with advisor approval.


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