English Courses

Communication Arts

CA 102: American Sign Language, Level I (3)

Cross-listed as SED 102. An introductory course in the use of manual communication within the framework of everyday conversation. The course includes background on language, deafness, deaf Americans and their culture, communication modes, approximately 370 signs, the numbers 1-30, and the American Manual Alphabet. At the culmination of this course, the student will begin to develop functional proficiency in American Sign Language using everyday situations as context for communication, listen and speak effectively using ASL, gain a basic understanding of language, deaf Americans and their history and culture, and form reasons, values, and judgments about the larger culture we exist in, and the deaf culture. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)

CA 106: American Sign Language, Level II (3)

Cross-listed as SED 106. This course is a continuation and extension of American Sign Language I for students who have completed the first level course SED 102 American Sign Language I. The course will further develop the communicative competencies of manual sign language beyond the basic level. Students will continue with the examination and understanding of deaf culture, history and language, along with exposure to ASL sentence types, time, and all aspects of grammar, syntax and pragmatic use of manual sign. Prerequisite: CA/SED 102. Offered Each Year (Spring). (UG)

CA 205: Oral & Visual Communication (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. This course assists the student in understanding communication principles, both oral and visual, and mastering the techniques of speaking and presenting that are instrumental to the achievement of success in our society. It also raises the consciousness of the place of culture in human interaction and the ethics surrounding the role of the "speaker." Offered As Needed. (UG)

CA 206: Storytelling and Story Development (3)

The goal of Storytelling and Story Development is to teach students the process of telling a story, or developing a story which achieves an emotional impact with the audience. Different goals in storytelling will be addressed, including attempts to educate, persuade, entertain, or provoke. Through a process of reflection, students will critically analyze and explore different types of stories, including historical accounts, myths, folk and fairy tales, journals, diaries, personal tales and tandem telling. Prerequisite: ANIM 217. Offered Each Year (Spring). (UG)

CA 207: Screenplay Writing (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. This course will provide the student with the necessary skills that are needed to write a full-length feature film screenplay. The course will examine format rules and specific screenplay structure, which will be broken down and analyzed using a minimum of five Oscar-winning screenplays. Upon course conclusion, the student will have a completed story treatment, detailing a three act story, a completed first act, and a specific outline for acts II and III. Prerequisite: CMP101. Offered as Needed. (UG)

CA 221: Human Communication (3)

An introductory study of the fundamental concepts and theories of human communication, exploring and defining its nature from an anthropological/ cultural point of view. The course will examine such topics as animal vs. human communicative processes, the various elements of communication, a study of the nature of human interaction and the concept of audience, and representative types of communicative techniques. Offered Each Year. (UG)

CA 222: Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

Cross-listed as PR 222.This course will emphasize the application of theories and concepts to specific forms of human communication including mass media, the graphic arts, interpersonal and group communications, and written communication. Offered Each Year. (UG)

CA 301: Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication (3)

Cross-listed as PR 301. A thorough and intensive study of dyadic (two-person) interaction, its component parts, and its basic issues and concerns. Particular attention is given to the evolution of human relationships. Offered As Needed. (UG)

CA 303: Communication in a Multi-Cultural Society (3)

An examination of the social and cultural implications of interaction among diverse cultures, both international and domestic; the problems inherent in such interaction; and the rewards and benefits which result. Offered As Needed. (UG)

CA 317: Journalism (3)

Writing Intensive. Cross-listed as CMP 317. An introductory course in the fundamentals of journalism, with an emphasis on writing news stories, reviews, interviews, and editorials. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed (UG)

CA 318: Writing for Media (3)

Writing Intensive. Cross-listed as CMP 318. This course emphasizes non-fiction writing in such areas as in-depth reporting of public affairs, contemporary profiles, issue-related stories, magazine writing and criticism. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

Composition

CMP 101: English Composition (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Communication Skills; Information Literacy. Writing Intensive. The primary emphasis is on developing rhetorical awareness: an understanding of the contexts, purposes, and expectations that govern college-level writing. Course topics include: the technical and stylistic skills of expository writing; strategies for critical and purposeful reading, writing, and inquiry; and information literacy. These skills will be addressed through group and individual instruction and through assignments in expository writing and research. Prerequisite: college-level competence as determined by standardized test scores and high school GPA. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

CMP 212: Writing for the Campus Newspaper (3)

This course introduces students to the culture and practices of the campus newspaper, from reporting and reviewing to editing and production. Students will learn how to originate topics, investigate and write news stories for the college community and within the framework of journalistic ethics. Prerequisite: CMP 101. Offered As Needed. (UG)

CMP 217: Principles of Rhetoric: Argument and Persuasion (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Communication Skills; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Writing Intensive. In common use, the term "rhetoric" calls to mind the negative and the nefarious -a tool manipulated by slick politicians and shady dealers. In fact, rhetoric is an art with deep roots in some of the oldest and most revered educational traditions worldwide. This course is designed to help students become more informed, effective, and ethical practitioners of argument. While the class will focus primarily on written persuasive forms most common within academic settings, it will also require students to examine and/or compose forms of argument and persuasion common within public, interpersonal and digital forums. Through engaged class participation, collaborative work, and regular composing practice, the student should become more conscious of the central beliefs about persuasion that shape writing in academic, professional, and public settings. Further, the course will facilitate forms of analysis, critique, and composition that may help the student gain greater awareness of his/her own persuasive powers and practices. Prerequisite: CMP101 or equivalent. Offered As Needed. (UG)

CMP 301: Professional Writing (3)

This is a cross-curricular course in which students study and practice the discourse of various disciplines: Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural and Health Sciences. Students learn to recognize and utilize the central conventions of writing in these disciplines by using techniques of rhetorical analysis. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

CMP 311: Advanced English Composition (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Communication Skills; Information Literacy. Writing Intensive. Fulfills Research & Presentation requirement. This advanced course in composition is designed to help students expand and refine their technical and stylistic writing skills. Through analysis of professional writing, the students will learn to identify structures and techniques of effective writing and research. Through extensive directed writing experience, the student will learn to emulate techniques of effective written communication and research. Prerequisite: Completion of 45 credits or permission of instructor. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

CMP 312: Creative Writing (3)

Writing Intensive. Fundamental principles in the writing of poetry, the short story, and drama. Individual and class criticism in a workshop format. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

CMP 315: Advanced Composition for Health Professionals (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Communication Skills; Information Literacy. Writing Intensive. Together with PT 312, combination of both courses meet Research and Presentation requirement. This course in composition is designed to help students in the health and natural sciences expand and refine their technical and stylistic skills through an extensive directed writing experience based on professional models. Students will use medical and scientific terminology, write case-based reports and analysis, learn documentation methods and, and write standard research forms used in professional communications. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered Fall and Spring Semesters. (UG)

CMP 317: Journalism (3)

Writing Intensive. Cross-listed as CA 317. An introductory course in the fundamentals of journalism, with an emphasis on writing news stories, reviews, interviews, and editorials. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed (UG)

CMP 318: Writing for Media (3)

Writing Intensive. Cross-listed as CA 318. This course emphasizes non-fiction writing in such areas as in-depth reporting of public affairs, contemporary profiles, issue-related stories, magazine writing and criticism. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

CMP 420: Promotional Writing (3)

Writing Intensive. Cross-listed as PR 420. This course introduces students to a style of marketing writing commonly known as "copywriting." Students will learn to write text (copy) whose aim is to promote products and services. Among units focused on will be brochures, print advertisements, broadcast advertisements, public service announcements for radio and television, direct mail, and other elements of marketing communications. CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered Each Year. (UG)

CMP 92: Developmental English Language Skills (3)

This course is designed to assist students in obtaining basic college-level proficiency in English grammar with direct application to paragraph and essay writing. Offered in HEOP Summer Program. Please note: The number of credits this course carries are in clock hours, not institutional credit hours. A clock hour course will not advance your degree progress; rather, it is designed to strengthen your skill in order to qualify for a credit-bearing course in this area of study or in a related field. The clock hours DO count, however, towards your course load and for financial aid purposes. (UG)

CMP 95: Basic Grammar (3)

This course is designed for students who need to review the parts of speech, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Students will master these concepts while simultaneously learning to vary their sentence types. Offered As Needed. Please note: The number of credits this course carries are in clock hours, not institutional credit hours. A clock hour course will not advance your degree progress; rather, it is designed to strengthen your skill in order to qualify for a credit-bearing course in this area of study or in a related field. The clock hours DO count, however, towards your course load and for financial aid purposes. (UG)

CMP 97: Basic Rhetoric (3)

This course emphasizes audience and purpose, invention, the main idea, focus, and coherence. Students will incorporate these concepts into their writing process while learning to use evidence to develop different modes of paragraphs. Offered Each Semester. Please note: The number of credits this course carries are in clock hours, not institutional credit hours. A clock hour course will not advance your degree progress; rather, it is designed to strengthen your skill in order to qualify for a credit-bearing course in this area of study or in a related field. The clock hours DO count, however, towards your course load and for financial aid purposes. (UG)

English

ENG 91: Essential Reading Skills (3)

This course is designed to develop the skills to comprehend and retain information from college-level texts. Offered Each Year (Fall). Please note: The number of credits this course carries are in clock hours, not institutional credit hours. A clock hour course will not advance your degree progress; rather, it is designed to strengthen your skill in order to qualify for a credit-bearing course in this area of study or in a related field. The clock hours DO count, however, towards your course load and for financial aid purposes. (UG)

ENG 94: Developmental Reading and Study Skills (3)

This course is designed to assist students in developing selective reading, study, and thinking skills necessary for successful performance in college-level courses. Offered in HEOP Summer Program. Please note: The number of credits this course carries are in clock hours, not institutional credit hours. A clock hour course will not advance your degree progress; rather, it is designed to strengthen your skill in order to qualify for a credit-bearing course in this area of study or in a related field. The clock hours DO count, however, towards your course load and for financial aid purposes. (UG)

English as a Second Language

ESL 047: Selected Topics (3)

This course is intended to strengthen English skills for non-native speakers on both Intermediate and Advance levels. A variety of topics may be offered at any one time, including speaking and listening, academic reading, academic writing, business english, pronunciation, speaking clearly, and introduction to American culture. Offered As Needed. Please note: The number of credits this course carries are in clock hours, not institutional credit hours. A clock hour course will not advance your degree progress; rather, it is designed to strengthen your skill in order to qualify for a credit-bearing course in this area of study or in a related field. The clock hours DO count, however, towards your course load and for financial aid purposes. (UG)

ESL 215: Scholarly Research and Writing (3)

The course prepares the international nursing student to develop a written research project. The steps of literature review to determine the state of the science of the student's selected topic is addressed. Students will research and compile an annotated historical review/bibliography of a research journal series related to their topic. Instruction focuses on several forms of expository writing common in the health professions while emphasizing effective communication between the writer and different audiences. The course emphasizes critical reading and thinking, argumentative writing, library research, and documentation of sources in an academic setting. Offered as Needed (UG)

Literature

LIT 112: Approaches to Literature (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. This survey course in literature includes textual analysis of literary works, classic through contemporary, selected from various genres. Writing assignments are based on the readings. CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered Each Semester. (UG)

LIT 201: World Literature I (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. Writing Intensive. A study of the Greco-Roman literature with emphasis on epic and drama, medieval literature with emphasis on epic and folklore. Readings of the Renaissance include Dante's Divine Comedy and Cervantes' Don Quixote. The second semester consists of a survey of European literature (exclusive of that of England)from the Neo-classic Period to 1900. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered Each Year. (UG)

LIT 202: World Literature II (3)

A study of western literature since the neo-classical period. Masterpieces of the romantic, realistic, and modernist period will be considered. The greatest emphasis will be placed on transitions and the context in which they occurred. Special attention will be paid to Goethe's "Faust" and Flaubert's "Madame Bovary". Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered Each Year. (UG)

LIT 203: Readings in British Literature I (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. Writing Intensive. This course is designed to give the student an understanding and appreciation of the traditions of British literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the early nineteenth-century Romantic period. Through close and critical reading of selected works, students are acquainted with the various genres and major thematic and philosophical movements in British literature. Prerequisite: CMP 101 and LIT 112 or permission of instructor. Offered Each Year. (UG)

LIT 204: Readings in British Literature II (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. Writing Intensive. This course is designed to give the student an understanding and appreciation of the traditions of British literature from the early nineteenth-century Romantic period to the present. Through close and critical reading of selected works, students are acquainted with the various genres and major thematic and philosophical movements in British literature. Prerequisite: CMP 101 and LIT 112 or permission of instructor. Offered Each Year. (UG)

LIT 211: Readings in American Literature I (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. Writing Intensive. During the first semester, emphasis will be placed upon the "becoming" of American literature and the development of an identity that is communicated in specifically American letters. The second semester will carry through with Whitman (whose early poetry will terminate the first semester's study) and present a different set of complexities from those of early America: industrialization, urbanization, and immigration, among others. It will trace the development of the literature and the aesthetic theory of a second "new" America - and take that development to the present. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 212: Readings in American Literature II (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Affective Awareness; Contextual Integration. Writing Intensive. During the first semester, emphasis will be placed upon the "becoming" of American literature and the development of an identity that is communicated in specifically American letters. The second semester will carry through with Whitman (whose early poetry will terminate the first semester's study) and present a different set of complexities from those of early America: industrialization, urbanization, and immigration, among others. It will trace the development of the literature and the aesthetic theory of a second "new" America - and take that development to the present. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 213: Contemporary Native American Literature (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. This course provides an introduction to contemporary Native American literature, drawing readings from authors representing diverse culture areas. Fiction, poetry, and drama produced by Native American writers will be read as reflections of tribal and regional concerns and as material raising the broader questions of Native identity within mainstream white American culture. Critical analysis of the readings will address literary portrayals of the individual in her/his relation to the community, nature, spirituality, gender roles, political/economic conditions, and art and creativity. Literary images of Native America will be both reinforced and challenged with sensory experiences offered by contemporary film, dance, music, and artwork. Students will gain a deeper understanding of Native American perspectives on contemporary American culture. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 219: Literature and Film (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. This course examines the various literary genres (short story, novel, drama, poetry, and non-fiction) in relation to film. The course assumes that film has radically expanded both the forms of literary communication and the way literature (especially literary narrative) is understood and received. The course also assumes that film not only supplements more traditional literary forms and media, it also depends on them in a way which is at once parasitic and synergistic. In keeping with its primary and secondary competencies, the course emphasizes the aesthetic and communicative aspects of literature and film. The course also examines these same aspects in the commercial and technical/ technological process involved in adapting literature to the screen, e.g., aesthetic choices made in adapting a short story, a novel, a play or "the poetic" to film, both for the large screen and the small (television). Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 230: Exile Literature (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Affective Awareness; Communication Skills; Contextual Integration. Writing Intensive. This course will examine, through close reading, women and men whose writing is central to the literature of exile and expatriation, particularly in the 20th century. We will explore "literature" in its various forms, such as memoir, the short story, the novel, non-fictional writing, and literary criticism. Whether self-imposed (expatriation) or imposed by authorities (exile), the loss of "home" has been described as one of the most difficult states of existence to endure. At the same time, exile is productive, and it has contributed to some of the most thoughtful literature ever written. We will attempt to understand how this is so. Attention will be paid to the relationship between aesthetics and politics, and the novel as a structure through which exile is represented. Prerequisite: CMP101 or Permission of Instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 241: Literary Legacies of the Sixties (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. This introductory course to literature includes the study of selected literary works of late twentieth-century America. It contextualizes contemporary literature and provides students with sources (including works of literature, film, and other primary source materials) that explain the background and development of a number of issues including the Cold War, Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, the Feminist Movement, the Gay Rights Movement, and the Culture Wars. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 248: Whodunit? The Detective Story (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Affective Awareness; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Moral and Ethical Discernment. This course focuses on the history and rhetorical strategies of detective fiction, which begins in the nineteenth century with works by Edgar Allen Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and continues into the present with many variations along the way, including several popular films and television series. Today it is a widely read form of popular fiction that usually has several entries on the bestseller lists. This course follows the general division of the detective story into three categories: the Amateur Detective, the Private Investigator and the Police Procedural. Students will explore the conventions of each category through short stories and will write a term paper on a representative novel. Prerequisite: CMP 101. Offered as Needed. (UG)

LIT 301: Chaucer (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. An intensive study of the major poems with attention given to language and historical background. An extensive reading of the minor poems. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 302: Milton (3)

An intensive study of "Paradise Lost" and the minor poems, as well as a discussion of Milton's representative prose. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 304: The Romantic Movement in English Literature (3)

A detailed study of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Bryon, Shelley, and Keats with supplementary readings in other less well-known poets of the period. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 306: Adventures, Enchantments & Wonders: The Literature of Fantasy and Science Fiction (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. A comprehensive study of the new and traditional forms of folk myths, fantasy stories, and tales of the future, with special emphasis on the future of our civilization and the nature of alternative realities. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 307: Literature of the Supernatural (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. A study of prose and poetic works which have, as a central focus, supernatural beings, events, and/or phenomena, and an examination of how such literature reflects mankind's deepest desires and drives. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 309: Film Seminar (3)

Fulfills core competency: Affective Awareness. Writing Intensive. This course involves screening and discussion of classic and contemporary feature-length films. It is designed to expose students to a wide variety of film periods, styles, and genres, as well as cinema cultures and national co-texts. Discussion of technical matter provides background for interpreting film as a distinct literary genre. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 310: The English Novel (3)

A study of the evolution of the novel as a genre, beginning with its prototypes in the romance and allegory and including representative selections from the more prominent 19th and 20th century authors. The study will include various types of novels as well: the novel of manners, the sociological novel, the philosophical novel, etc. Offered As Needed (UG)

LIT 311: Survey of English Poetry I (3)

Analysis of representative English poetry from 1530 to the present, in terms of thought, technique, type, and historical background. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 312: Survey English Poetry II (3)

Analysis of representative English poetry from 1530 to the present, in terms of thought, technique, type, and historical background. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 313: The Gothic Imagination (3)

Gothic literature pushes the boundaries of social convention, exploring the darker side of human experience and opening taboo subjects. This course engages contemporary critical and theoretical assessments as it covers three main avenues of gothic literature - horror stories, sensation fiction, and detective narratives. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 314: Magical Realism in Fiction and Film (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Affective Awareness; Contextual Integration; Communication Skills. The term "magical realism" comes from the German art critic Franz Roh, who coined the term "Magischer Realismus" in 1925 to describe what eventually became "Expressionist" painting. This term was later adopted by Latin American writers who were attempting to define their own unique writing style. Authors like Gabriel Gabriel Garc a M rquez and Mario Vargas Llosa went on to influence numerous expressions of "magical realism" all around the world. This course charts the development of two expressions of the magical realist genre - from two or more different geographic regions - through the close reading of fiction and film. Essential to our reading of these texts will be a few key questions: how do we begin to differentiate magical realisms? How is a magical realist film different from a magical realist text? And what are different strains of this diverse genre attempting to do? Prerequisites: CMP101 or LIT112 or permission of Instructor. Offered as Needed. (UG)

LIT 315: Religious Themes in Modern Literature (3)

Fulfills core competency: Moral and Ethical Discernment.Cross-listed as REL 315. The purpose of this course is to analyze the relationship of theology to literature by examining the religious dimensions as they are portrayed in modern creative literature. Themes to be developed will be: religious perspectives in eastern and western religions, the pursuit of religious identity in western culture, good and evil, relationship of sacred to profane, the loss of innocence, love, suffering, freedom and destiny, time and eternity. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

LIT 317: Gender Trouble: Literature and Film (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. Cross-listed as WST 317. Do the gender roles represented in literary works reflect a "reality" based on biological differences between the sexes? Or are gender roles simply a product of a culture's religious, economic, and political agendas? This course examines works from various genres and historical periods in order to understand how they reinforce or subvert gender stereotypes that inform and condition people's lives. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 318: The English Drama (3)

A study of the development of English drama from its medieval beginnings in church ritual to its contemporary forms. Readings include representative selections from the mystery and morality plays of the 14th century, Renaissance and Restoration drama, 19th century social drama, and modern experimental theatre. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 320: Modern & Contemporary Irish Literature (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. In this course we will read and analyze works (fiction, drama, poetry) produced in Ireland during the twentieth century. The early part of this period, following the late 19th c. Celtic Twilight, is known as The Irish Renaissance. This period saw a resurgence of Irish Nationalism that manifested itself in several ways, some of which were renewed interests in the Irish language, literature and culture. The latter part of the period is marked by the emergence of Ireland as a postcolonial republic under partition (post 1922), leading up to the ongoing sectarian conflict we still refer to today as "The Troubles." More recently in the 1990's, Irish writing reflects Ireland's entrance into the European market economy, earning the epithet "The Celtic Tiger." The works we will read are all part of the Anglo-Irish tradition (written or translated into English). We will focus on modern and contemporary Ireland in selected works of its major writers as they examine their country's encounters with the British Empire, Catholic/Protestant religious conflict and its own mythological past. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 323: 18th Century English Literature (3)

Dryden to the Pre-Romantics. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 324: Jane Austen (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. Writing Intensive. This study of the works of Jane Austen situates the six major novels in the context of early nineteenth-century culture, introducing the comedy of manners as an important contribution to the rise of the novel in the nineteenth century. Readings include excerpts from Austen's letters as well as the juvenilia and fragments. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 329: Imagining Trauma (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Affective Awareness; Contextual Integration; Moral and Ethical Discernment. Writing Intensive. In this course we will read and analyze literary works that deal with traumatizing events arising out of personal experience (e.g., racial, sexual) to the communal experience (e.g., war, terrorism). While often confronted and pathologized as an individual problem, in the contemporary globalized world, trauma may in fact have transcultural significance and be a defining feature of contemporary life. The works studied in this course will examine the aesthetic and rhetorical strategies of the literary representation of trauma within a specific historical/cultural context. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 330: The Scottish Renaissance and Scottish National Identity (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Affective Awareness; Contextual Integration; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. Writing Intensive. This course examines the major works of fiction of the second Scottish Renaissance (1982) as they both reflect and contribute to the preservation/ formation of a distinctive but highly contested and increasingly fragmented sense of Scottish national identity. It examines this fiction as a primary means for reinvigorating Scottish national identity while at the same time challenging it by critically examining the past rather than nostalgically reproducing it in light of past and present forces that have altered and in many cases eroded both community and identity. Alisdair Gray's "Lanark," Irvine Welsh's "Trainspotting," Alan Warner's "Morvern Callar," Janice Galloway's "The Trick Is to Keep Breathing" are some of the required readings. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 334: British Women Writers (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. This course presents selections from the work of British women writers from the fifteenth century to the present, with emphasis on the nineteenth century, when female authors came into their own through the popularity of prose fiction. We place these literary works in their social context, learning about historical, legal, and scientific influences on the condition of women in Britain. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 337: Contemporary American Novel (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Affective Awareness; Contextual Integration. Writing Intensive. In this course contemporary novels will be presented as additions to, and variations on, the novel form. The study will include the theory of the novel and the development, and the connections between contemporary themes and those of earlier American literature. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 338: The Short Story (3)

This course will focus on the development of the short story as a literary genre, or on a specific aspect or period of that development, e.g. the contemporary American (or British, or Irish) short story. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 339: Contemporary British Novel (3)

This course introduces students to a representative sampling of some of the most interesting, important and influential British novels and novelists of the past two decades, while situating these works in the larger context of contemporary British literary, cultural, socio-economic and political life. In addition, the course uses these works to hone students' reading, writing, research and critical thinking skills. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 340: Dickens and Victorian Culture (3)

Fulfills core competencies: Contextual Integration; Moral and Ethical Discernment. Writing Intensive. Charles Dickens was without a doubt Victorian England's favorite literary celebrity, and his characters have amused and brought tears to the eyes of readers for nearly two hundred years. In this course, we will read representative works from each phase of Dicken's long career in the light of the aspects of Victorian culture illuminated by his novels. Background readings will help you to understand the social conditions that prompted Dickens to write passionately in the cause of a variety of social issues. Textual analysis of the novels and other primary sources will help you to appreciate the social, political, and moral climate of Dickens' London, as we assess how his novels shaped public policies, laws, and popular attitudes toward the complex human problems so movingly rendered in his works. We will also consider the impact of contemporary film adaptations as they help the novels to reach a broader modern audience. Written assignments will support your development of analytical, research, and interpretive skills, as you offer argumentative readings of literary texts, supported by critical commentaries on Victorian culture. Prerequisite: CMP 101. Offered as Needed. (UG)

LIT 401: Contemporary American Poetry (3)

An investigation of the particular concept of American poetics as expressed in Olson's "Projective Verse" and developed from Whitman through Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams, the influence of which is evident in the work of poets representing all of the major schools of American poetry since the 1950's. Prerequisite: LIT 112.Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 403: Myth and the Invention of Self (3)

Fulfills core competency: Contextual Integration. Writing Intensive. Through a series of readings and discussions of primal myths, urban legends, and folk tales, the course first examines the dynamics of the storytelling process and then how the story becomes elevated by repetition and ritual into myth. After further research into mythopoesis, we investigate how the individual's concept of the self is developed with reference to myths, or stories of belief. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 410: Shakespeare (3)

Fulfills core competency: Communication Skills. Writing Intensive. An intensive study of the major plays considered in the light of philosophical, political, and social ideas of the time. An examination of Shakespeare's thought and of his achievement as dramatist and poet. Prerequisite: CMP 101 and LIT 112. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

LIT 411: Modern Poetry (3)

An intensive study of the modernist period in American and British Poetry. Special attention will be given to William Butler Yeats, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot,William Carlos Williams, and Wallace Stevens. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 413: Victorian Literature (3)

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the major authors and works of British literature of the Victorian Age. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 415: Modern and Contemporary British Literature (3)

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the major figures of British literature since 1900, plus the literary and cultural characteristics of the period. Prerequisite: CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered As Needed. (UG)

LIT 420: Seminar for English Majors (3)

This course involves the intensive study of a literary topic selected by the instructor. It requires intensive reading and research as well as report writing and presentation of research in a cooperative seminar format. The course is open only to English majors or to non-majors nominated by the English faculty. Students may take LIT 420 more than once, providing the topic is different. Prerequisites: LIT 112, LIT 203, LIT 204, and CMP 311. Offered Alternate Years. (UG)

LIT 443: Senior Seminar (3)

In this course the student writes, with faculty advice and supervision, a literary thesis of substantial length. Prerequisites: LIT 112, LIT 203, LIT 204, and CMP 311. Offered Each Year (Fall & Spring). (UG)

Language

LNG 307 : The English Language: Its Evolution and Structure (3)

The nature and origin of language, the ancestry and growth of English, history of English sounds and inflections, sources of vocabulary and variations in standards. Offered Each Year. (UG)

LNG 307 : The English Language: Its Evolution and Structure (3)

The nature and origin of language, the ancestry and growth of English, history of English sounds and inflections, sources of vocabulary and variations in standards. Offered Each Year. (UG)

LNG 337 : Practicum in Implementing Language Arts at the Secondary Level (3)

The primary purpose of this course is to provide secondary English education majors with a comprehensive examination of the many methods and materials used in the classroom at the secondary level. Particular emphasis is placed on the introduction and examination of the characteristics, definitions, standards and trends employed in effective middle and high schools. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)

LNG 337 : Practicum in Implementing Language Arts at the Secondary Level (3)

The primary purpose of this course is to provide secondary English education majors with a comprehensive examination of the many methods and materials used in the classroom at the secondary level. Particular emphasis is placed on the introduction and examination of the characteristics, definitions, standards and trends employed in effective middle and high schools. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)

Public Relations

PR 222: Introduction to Mass Communication (3)

Cross-listed as CA 222. This course will emphasize the application of the theories and concepts to specific forms of human communication including mass media, the graphic arts, interpersonal and group communications, and written communication. Offered Each Year. (UG)

PR 301: Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication (3)

Cross-listed as CA 301. A thorough and intensive study of dyadic (two-person) interaction, its component parts, and its basic issues and concerns. Particular attention is given to the evolution of human relationships. Offered As Needed. (UG)

PR 322: Introduction to Public Relations (3)

An introduction to the concepts, history, ethics and techniques of public relations. The course is designed to provide the student with both theoretical knowledge and the development of basic skills required in professional public relations positions. Research, planning and programming, evaluation and analysis are examined and practiced in the classroom/workshop format. Offered Each Year (Fall). (UG)

PR 420: Promotional Writing (3)

Writing Intensive. Cross-listed as CMP 420. This course introduces students to a style of marketing writing commonly known as "copywriting." Students will learn to write text (copy) whose aim is to promote products and services. Among units focused on will be brochures, print advertisements, broadcast advertisements, public service announcements for radio and television, direct mail, and other elements of marketing communications. CMP 101 or permission of instructor. Offered Each Year. (UG)

PR 443: Research Practicum (3)

This course will provide an introduction to research through an individual project and thesis in the area of public relations. The topic selected by the student is subject to approval by the instructor. Prerequisite: PR 420. Offered As Needed. (UG)