Fall Semester 2020 English 2000-level Courses

English 2000-level courses

Unless otherwise noted, these courses satisfy University Core 40 requirements. English Majors are also required to take an additional 2000-level English class as part of their degree. 


Shakespeare and Adaptation

ENGL 2321.01: British Literature. T/TH 3:00 - 4:15. Instructor: Harrison. In this course, we’ll be reading three of Shakespeare’s most famous plays alongside of illustrations, adaptations, and responses. We will explore a host of different Shakespeare media: comic books, short stories, YouTube videos, songs, poems, and at least one video game. 

American Rock and Roll

ENGL 2326.01: American Literature. TTh 11:00am -12:15. Instructor: Klaehn. This literature class introduces the impact of “Heartland” Rock and Roll on American culture. Analyze the lyrics, imagery, and personas of American artists such as Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and many others. 

Western Film

ENGL 2343.70: Literature and Ideas. Web-based. Instructor: MacDonald. Come along to watch, enjoy, and discuss the American West in film—from the 1940s through the present. John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Barbara Stanwyck and Christian Bale do the ‘cultural work’ of showing us to ourselves. 

Religion and Film

ENGL 2343.03: Literature and Ideas. MW 9:30 - 10:45 Hart and Mereness. How are religious beliefs addressed in film? Informed by a Judeo-Christian perspective and history, this course will examine a series of films—classic, sci-fi, drama, comedy—that address religious belief. While the course assignments will vary across the semester, one central assignment will not—active discussion that incorporates and respects a variety of perspectives. 

“Oh brave new world!”: Dystopian Literature

ENGL 2341.70: Introduction to Literature. Web-based. Instructor: Pleming. Are we living in a modern dystopia? This fall, beware ‘Big Brother,’ take an extra gram of soma, and gather your handmaids and droogs while we explore this question—and more—through an examination of works from Orwell, Huxley, Atwood, and Burgess. 

Pop Culture Heroines

ENGL 2341.71: Introduction to Literature. Web-based. Instructor: McCormack. Popular media is both a reflection of and an influence on cultural values, hopes, and fears. With this role in mind, this course will examine popular culture heroines and their presence in various media (novels, films, television shows, video games, and others). 

Global Science Fiction

ENGL 2331.70 Web-Based. Instructor: Tyrer. This fully online course will expose students to classic and contemporary science fiction from diverse cultures and periods in the world community. Students will gain an understanding of the cultural and historical significance of Sci Fi as a critique of culture, social conditions, and the limits of our own reality. 

Nature, Culture, Agriculture

ENGL 2343.01 TTH 11:00 - 12:15. Instructor: Hunt. This literature course is specifically designed for people with interests in Natural Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, and Environmental Science. The course will have three “units” divided by those general fields, though many readings will cross over in terms of relevance. Authors read in the course include Rachel Carson, Edward Abbey, Annie Proulx, E. O. Wilson, Wendell Berry, and Paolo Bacigalupi.

Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL 2350.01 M 6:00-8:40. Instructor: M. Foster. You know you wanna take this one! Sorry, this one does not count for CORE 40.

English Course Rotation

Course Rotation Notes: While it is subject to change, we tend to offer some courses on a regularly scheduled basis. So, while you are planning out finishing your English BA or English Language Arts and Education BA, you should be aware of a few consistent offerings we make in regards to courses that are required for our degrees. Be sure to check your degree checklist and your degree plan to determine which of these courses you'll need to take. 

English BA degree checklist OR English Language Arts and Education degree checklist

Every Fall and Spring Semesters

  • ENGL 3380: Literary Analysis. We prefer  for you to take this course early in the program. 
  • ENGL 3311: Language Structure. 

Every Fall Semester

  • ENGL 3312: History of the English Language
  • ENGL 3351: British Literature to 1700
  • ENGL 3360: American Literature to 1865
  • ENGL 3383: World Masterpieces
  • ENGL 4301: Advanced Composition

Every Spring Semester

  • ENGL 3352: British Literature after 1700
  • ENGL 3361: American Literature after 1865
  • ENGL 4305: Advanced Technical Communication
  • ENGL 4310: Advanced Grammar
  • ENGL 4352: Shakespeare
  • ENGL 4390: Capstone

Fall 2020 Advanced English Undergraduate Courses

Here are the descriptions for the upcoming ENGL 3000 and 4000-level courses. 

Creative Writing: Fiction

ENGL 3301.01: Tyrer, ONLINE. An exploration of fiction writing, focusing on the short story. Students will consider fundamental elements of fiction and the relationship of narrative structure, style, and content, exploring these elements in their own work, assigned readings, and the work of peers in order to develop an understanding of the range of possibilities open to the fiction writer. Advanced elective.


Language Structure

ENGL 3311.01: Jacobsen, M 6-8:45 pm. Language makes us, us. To understand language structure is to understand the foundation of the human condition. From sounds (phonology) to words (morphology) to sentences (syntax) to speeches (discourse), linguistics illuminates the basic components of language and the fundamental behavior of humanity itself. Required of English Majors; required OR ENGL 4310 for English Education Majors. 


History of the English Language 

ENGL 3312.01: Jacobsen, MW 9:30-10:45. This course is designed to give you a working knowledge of how English, the most widely spoken language in human history, became the way that it is. Required of English and English Education Majors. 


The Bible as Literature

ENGL 3350.01: Hart, ONLINE. While the Bible is the central sacred text in the Judeo-Christian tradition, our goal will not be that of spiritual formation or exploration. Rather, our focus will be to examine the cultural importance of biblical texts in a literary context. We will focus on the Bible as a collection of different genres—poetic, historical, mythological, biographical, prophetic—and as a major infl uence in the Western world. Elective. 


English Literature to 1700 

ENGL 3351.01: Helbert, TTH 1:30-2:45. This course will cover some of the most illustrious literature ever written from the fall of the Roman Empire to the Age of Enlightenment. From powerful songs about creation, through heroic narratives of warriors and monsters, romances and lyrics on humanity and love, to tragedies of epic proportion, we will read and discuss this period’s greatest stories. Required of English and English Education Majors. 


American Literature to 1865 

ENGL 3360.70: MacDonald, ONLINE. From the Puritans to the writers during the Civil War era, America produced a wide variety of literary voices and talents. Our course, spanning 1630-1865, will examine the culture and writing of Puritan America, the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th Century, and the attempt at creating a national voice in the first part of the 19th century. We will explore religious ideals and writings, emerging women’s voices, Native American protests against emerging U.S. policies, and the rise of nature writing and American Romanticism. Required of English and English Education Majors. 


Literary Analysis

ENGL 3380.01: Hunt, TTH 9:30-10:45. Introduction to the fundamentals of literary analysis, critical vocabulary, and closer reading of a range of literature across a variety of periods and genres. Required of English and English Education Majors. 


Contemporary World Literature

ENGL 3383.01: Brooks, TTH 11-12:15. This course will survey modern world literature and fi lm, from the work of Gustave Flaubert to Bong Joon-Ho's 2019 film Parasite. Along the way we will explore aesthetic movements like modernism, postmodernism, and neo-realism; analyze works from Africa, Asia, South America, and continental Europe; and examine how artists have grappled with political developments like colonialism, the Cold War, and the rise of globalization. Required of English Majors; required OR ENGL 4310 for English Education Majors. 


Rhetoric and Pop Culture

ENGL 4301.01: Bennett, MW 3-4:15. Rhetorical analysis reveals what is hidden in plain sight: it is the “magic decoder ring” of communication and writing. In this course, we’ll apply various methods of rhetorical analysis to reveal the hidden discourse in some of our favorite popular culture, from the evolution of technological values in Iron Man to the feminism of Nancy Drew. Required OR ENGL 4305 for English and English Education Majors. 


Language Acquisition

ENGL 4311.01: Jacobsen, MW 9:30-10:45. How users of English make meaning through language. Emphasizes phonology, morphology, semantics, and syntax. Advanced Elective. 


DEATH in Literature

ENGL 4392.01: Harrison and Helbert, T 6-8:45 pm. “Death” is a literary and philosophical concern not bound by language, period, religion, culture, or genre. Like death itself, it is a concern all-encompassing and ever present. This course will explore the concept, as presented in literary works, from antiquity to the present. Core questions include: How has death been understood by humanity over time? How has that understanding changed over the last few millennia? What does it mean to die, not just as an individual, but as a culture? In the face of cultural apocalypse (the Black Plague, the Great Flood, genocide, Ragnarok, Climate Change, etc.), how has humanity coped, created, and recovered? Advanced Elective.