English Course Descriptions

Description

Please note: Semesters and years given below are subject to change.

ENG 107 Introduction to Writing                                                          4 hours
Prerequisite: Placement recommendation. Fee: yes. Fall 13, Winter 14, Fall 14, Winter 15
Concentration on the concepts of focus, organization, and development of expository writing. Introduction to research skills and writing, and the use of technology in composition. One additional weekly period of tutor­ing is required. Students must receive a final grade of at least C or retake the course. Credits from this course are not counted toward the English major.

ENG 108 Academic Writing                                                                   4 hours

Prerequisite: Placement recommendation. Fee: yes. Fall 13, Winter 14, Summer 14, Fall 14, Winter 15, Summer 15
Concentration on developing students’ abilities to produce analytical academic writing. Special attention to developing research skills and strategies. Students will be engaged in reading and discussing texts and writing within complex rhetorical situations. Students will work on a variety of types of written assignments ranging from short writing activities to fully-developed essays. Individual tutorial sessions will supplement class work. Students will learn to use technology as an aid to writing. Students must receive a final grade of at least C or retake the course. Credits from this course are not counted toward the English major.

ENG 160 Introduction to Literature                                                      3 hours
General Education requirement. Fee: yes. Fall 13; Winter 14, Summer 14, Fall 14, Winter 15, Summer 15
Study and discussion of a variety of literary forms, including poetry, fiction, and drama, with emphasis on critical analysis.

ENG 203 Literature: The Short Story                                                   3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Fee: yes. Winter 15

Study and discussion of the themes and techniques of the short story.
ENG 205 Children’s Literature                                                              3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Fee: yes. Fall 13, Winter 14, Fall 14, Winter 15
Interpretive and critical study of literature for children and adolescents. Historical and categorical survey of children’s books, stressing significance in classroom and home.

ENG 206 Introduction to Poetry                                                            3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Fee: yes. Summer 13, Summer 15
Introduction to the skills required to read poetry, and to a variety of poets and poetic forms.

ENG 207 Introduction to Mass Media                                                    3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Fee: yes. Winter 14
Exploration and critical analysis of the nature and effects of mass media as a cultural phenomenon that has revolutionized our world. The course will focus on the key technological developments that have changed the way we communicate and understand our world from the telegraph to the Internet.

ENG 209 Fundamentals of Speech                                                       3 hours
Term varies
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic communication skills in public speaking, and to improve his or her ability to communicate effectively.

ENG 222 Introduction to African-American Literature                       3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108, student must have completed any LS require­ment. Fall 13, Fall 14
Study and discussion of works by important writers of the African-American literary tradition. Interrelation of cultural‚ social‚ and historical influences.

ENG 241 History of the Drama                                                              3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Winter 15
Study of major playwrights of the western world; em­phasis on human self-expression through drama.

ENG 260 Approaches to Literary Studies                                           3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108, ENG 160. Fee: yes. Fall 13, Winter 14, Fall 14, Winter 15
Introduction to the discipline of literary study for students majoring and minoring in English and language arts. The course emphasizes writing about literature and critical strategies and information resources. This is a writing intensive course which should be taken before English 314 and at least two semesters before English 496.

ENG 264 Introduction to Creative Writing                                           3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Fall 13
Introduction to the principles and practices of writing poetry, fiction, and drama. Students will develop their skills as writers of imaginative literature by becoming conscious of craft, becoming effective critics of each other’s works, and improving their abilities to judge quality writing.

ENG 275 Introduction to Classical Literature and Mythology          3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Fall 13
A survey of canonical mythological works of Classical Greece and Rome. The course covers a variety of genres: epic and lyric poetry, comedic and tragic theatre with the intention of giving students a firm grounding in the stories that undergird much of western culture from literature and philosophy to the sciences and psychology.

ENG 290 Introduction to Film                                                              3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Fee: yes. Term varies.
Introduction to the history and theory of film as an art form. The course will consider the historical development of film as well as the major narrative, technical, and cultural elements of cinema.

ENG 301 British Literature I                                                                3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Fall 14
Survey of British writers from medieval times to the eighteenth century, includeing such authors as the Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Margery Kempe, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Swift, and Pope.

ENG 302 British Literature II                                                               3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Fall 13
Survey of British writers from the Romantic period to the present, including such authors as Eliot, Dickens,
Browning, Hardy, Joyce, Pinter, Lawrence, Lessing, and Woolf.

ENG 303 Contemporary Studies: The Movies                                  3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Term varies
A study of major American films. Course includes such classic films as Citizen Kane, Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and current films.

ENG 304 Religion in Film                                                                    3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Winter 14, Winter 15
Examines film in the context of religion, and contextualizes religion in the medium of film. The course engages with selected films and the ethical, political, historiographical, and spiritual issues raised in them.

ENG 306 From Novel to Film                                                              3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature or film course and ENG 108. Fall 14
Examination of novels and their film versions, including such novels as Tess of the D’Urbervilles, A Passage to India, A Clockwork Orange, and The Color Purple.

ENG 308 Business and Professional Writing                                   3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108 and several courses in the student’s major field. Fee: yes. Fall 13, Fall 14
Underlying principles and techniques for effective communications in business and professional settings. Empha­sis on audience analysis, purpose, and organization of various types of letters, reports, and memoranda.

ENG 310 American Literature I                                                          3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Winter 15
Survey of American writers of the early period, including such authors as Bradstreet, Dickinson, Douglass,
Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, and Whitman.

ENG 311 American Literature II                                                         3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Winter 14
Survey of American writers of the later period, including such authors as Ellison, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Frost, Hurston, Morrison, Stevens, and Wharton.

ENG 312 Advanced Written and Oral Communications                 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108 and at least two courses in student’s major. Fee: yes. Fall 13, Winter 14, Summer 14, Fall 14, Winter 15, Summer 15
Focus on writing and speaking situations in the student’s major field. Special attention is given to increasing sophistication in style, organization, development, and research strategies. Credits from this general education requirement are not counted toward the English major.

ENG 313 Journalism                                                                          3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Fee: yes. Term varies
Fundamentals of news gathering, writing, editing, and layout.

ENG 314 Literary Theory and Criticism                                           3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108, ENG 260, and at least two literature courses. Fee: yes. Winter 14, Winter 15
Study of the major trends in contemporary literary theory. Course also provides for practical experience with cur­rent methods and assumptions guiding the analysis and interpretation of literary texts.

ENG 317 The English Language: History, Structure, and Grammar         3 hours
Required for secondary teacher certification. Prerequisite: ENG 108. Fee: yes. Fall 13, Fall 15
Study of the development of the English language and an introduction to structural principles and current linguistic theories. Topics include phonetics, language origin and history, word structure, syntax, dialects, language in social interaction, grammar and usage for teachers.

ENG 319 Writing Creative Nonfiction                                              3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Fall 13
Instruction in the techniques of writing varieties of nonfiction beyond the traditional academic essay.

ENG 320 Selected Writers                                                               3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Winter 14, Winter 15
In-depth study of each year's Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series guest author. May be taken more than once for credit with different authors.

ENG 321 Modern Poetry                                                                   3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Term varies.
Study of major modern English language poets, such as Yeats, Frost, Stevens, Moore, Eliot, Hughes, Bishop, Hayden, Lowell, Levine, Merwin, Plath, and Dove.

ENG 322 Studies in African-American Literature                          3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Winter 14, Winter 15
In-depth study of authors‚ periods‚ genres‚ or topics as chosen by the instructor. Students will do presentations and papers on specific individual writers‚ periods‚ genres‚ and/or themes‚ techniques‚ or works.

ENG 324 Selected Topics                                                               3 hours
Prerequisites: At least three literature courses or permission of instructor and ENG 108. Term varies.
In-depth study of major authors, periods, or topics as chosen by the instructor. May be taken more than once for credit with different subjects.

ENG 325  Writing Features and Articles                                        3 hours
Prerequisites: ENG 108, ENG 313. Term varies.
Workshop study of feature writing and the business of feature writing that extends basic principles of journalism to features and articles.

ENG 328 Intercultural Communications                                       3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Term varies
Study of intercultural communications that examines the relationships of language and culture, the development of dominant value systems, normative behavior of groups and individuals within groups, and the common barriers to intercultural understanding: ethnocentricity, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination.

ENG 331 Contemporary Drama                                                    3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course (preferably ENG 241) and ENG 108. Term varies.
Studies in drama from the 1950s to the present.

ENG 333 Detroit in Literature                                                      3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Summer 14
Examination of representations of Detroit in fiction, poetry, and other artistic media produced between 1940 and the present.

ENG 347 Methods of Teaching English                                    3 hours
Prerequisites: Admission to teacher certification; permission of department and instructor. Fall 13, Winter 14, Fall 14, Winter 15
Introduction to the theories, goals, and techniques of teaching English at the secondary level. Unit planning, learning assessment, skill building in composition and literature, simulations in lesson presentation. Appropriate field-based experiences.

ENG 348 Teaching Writing and Speaking                                3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108. Elementary focus in Fall, Secondary focus in Winter. Fall 13, Winter 14, Fall 14, Winter 15
An introduction to Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) theories and practices of teaching written and oral litera­cies at the elementary and secondary levels.

ENG 350 World Literature                                                         3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Fall 13
Survey of works of world literature in translation. This may include works of Asian, African, Caribbean, European, and South American writers.

ENG 351 Shakespeare                                                              3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Winter 14
Study and discussion of selected plays from major periods of Shakespeare’s development.

ENG 352 The Novel                                                                  3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Term varies.
Study of the development of and major themes in the genre of the novel, including such novels as Madame Bovary, David Copperfield, Crime and Punishment, and Portrait of a Lady.

ENG 353 Contemporary Literature of Africa                          3 hours
Prequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Term varies
Study and discussion of contemporary African literature. This may include works of Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiongo, Ama Ata Aidoo, J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, and Nuruddin Farah.

ENG 361 Shakespeare on Film                                                3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Winter 15
Study of Shakespeare's plays and contemporary film interpretations and adaptations of major works such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Othello, and The Tempest.

ENG 362 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry                         3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108, ENG 264. Winter 14
Advanced instruction in the writing of poetry. Writing workshop with student conferences. Students take part in public presentation/publication of their work.

ENG 363 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction                        3 hours
Prerequisite: ENG 108, ENG 264. Fall 14
Advanced instruction in the techniques of short story and longer fiction writing. Writing workshop with student conferences. Students take part in public presentation/publication of their work.

ENG 370 Literature by Women                                                3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Fall 14
Study of both the establishment of and resistance to traditions in literature by women. The course seeks to grapple with definitions of feminism and what might constitute feminist literature.

ENG 388 Cooperative Field Experience                                 1-4 hours
Prerequisite: Department approval. Fall 13, Winter 14, Summer 14, Fall 14, Winter 15, Summer 15
Supervised work experience in an activity related to English or language arts. May be taken more than once for credit.

ENG 415 Writing Online                                                            3 hours
Prerequisites: One literature course and ENG 108. Fall 14.
Workshop study of online writing. Students will extend their understanding of new media as they master the online principles of non-linearity, hypertextuality, and layering that differentiate online media from print.

ENG 491 Independent Study                                                    3 hours
Prerequisites: At least three literature courses, permission of instructor, and ENG 108. Fall 13, Winter 14, Sum­mer 14, Fall 14, Winter 15, Summer 15
Independent in-depth study of particular authors, periods, genres, or issues. May be taken more than once for credit with different topics.

ENG 496 Senior Seminar                                                          3 hours
Prerequisites: English or Language Arts majors only‚ ENG 260, ENG 312‚ ENG 314‚ 24-33 hours in the major including three literature courses at the 300 level. Fee: yes. Fall 13, Winter 14, Fall 14, Winter 15
In-depth critical reading, research, and analysis of a specific theme, genre, or single author. An extensive written research project and an oral presentation are required.

 

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