ENGL 2155. Introduction to Literary Studies: Critical Methods (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. In this introductory course for English majors, students will acquire a familiarity with key literary terms and genres and will sharpen the tools needed to interpret different kinds of literature. Much of the course will be devoted to understanding the development of literary theory and its importance for analyzing literature. Schools of theory that will be discussed include formalism, historicism, Gender Studies, post-structuralism, post-colonialism, psychological criticism, and more. The course will also equip students with the research skills they will need to navigate the traditional card catalog, electronic environments, bibliographic databases, contextual primary sources, reviews, etc.
ENGL 2156. Introduction to Literary Studies: Poetics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. In this introductory course for English majors, students will acquire a familiarity with the key terms of poetics and will sharpen the tools needed to read, analyze, and interpret poetry. The course will focus on the basic forms, kinds, modes, and divisions within poetry, will teach students how to recognize common poetic meters and provide them with some understanding of the process of scansion, will help them recognize various aural effects, types of metaphor, ways of meaning, and provide them with a working knowledge of the trajectory of the poetic tradition, its prominent conventions, and the role of innovation. The course will also help students develop critical skills related to thinking and writing successfully about poetry, including the application of research.
ENGL 2157. Writing for the English Major (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. In this advanced writing course for English majors, students will analyze prose style and structure to help them develop their own skills in composing expository prose, and they will write 4-6 papers, totaling at least 25 graded pages. At least two of the essays should be analytical, requiring close reading of a text; at least one paper should require research and documentation; and two essays may require students to employ personal narrative. Students will be encouraged to approach writing as a way to think about and communicate ideas to others; to develop an awareness of the self as a thinker; to develop a sense of voice; to write persuasively; and to understand the rhetorical contexts for writing by establishing the writer.