Undergraduate Courses in English

Subject titles and course numbers in parentheses at the end of the course description represent the course equivalent in the Texas Common Course Numbering system.

ENGL 0300 Writing Skills (3-1) This course is designed for students whose score on an approved assessment instrument does not meet minimum requirements on the writing portion of the assessment. In this course, students will develop their writing and reading skills through daily exposure to writing and reading exercises. Topics included in this course are grammar, sentence structure, paragraph development, and essay writing. Areas which will be emphasized for essay writing are appropriateness, unity and focus, development, and organization. Credit in this course cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. (ENG 0300)

ENGL 1301 Composition  I (3-0) This is an introductory college course which emphasizes the composition of short essays and reading skills. Required of all students. (ENGL 1301) Prerequisite: English 300 or sufficient English, verbal, and reading scores to meet the requirements of English 300 as described above.

ENGL 1302 Composition  II (3-0) This course includes the study of various writing modes, with emphasis on exposition, critical analysis, and research techniques. Students will write well-developed, critical, persuasive, documented papers. Required of all students. (ENGL 1302) Prerequisite: English 1301. All sophomore and advanced English courses require completion of the freshman English requirement as a prerequisite.    

ENGL 2306 Topics in Literature (3-0) A sophomore level study related to literature.  May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENGL 2310 Introduction to Folklore (3-0) An introduction to folklore that may include genres of folklore, fieldwork techniques, cultural contexts for folklore, and folklore in literature.

ENGL 2311 Technical and Business Writing (3-0) The study and practice of writing technical and professional reports related to scientific, industrial, and commercial fields. 

ENGL 2312 Writers of the American West (3-0) A study of writers of the American West from the nineteenth century to the present. Readings may focus on works by one author or on works by several authors.

ENGL 2315 Environmental Literature (3-0) An ecocritical survey of literature that reflects relationships among humans, animals, and nature. Readings will span literature from rural, agricultural, Native American, Hispanic, and world cultures.

ENGL 2322 British Literature I (3-0) English literature of the Anglo-Saxon Period, Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Age of Reason.

ENGL 2323 British Literature II (3-0) English literature of the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern Periods.

ENGL 2327 American Literature I (3-0) A study of American literature from Colonial times through the Civil War. ENGL 2328 American Literature II  (3-0) A survey of American literature from the Reconstruction to the Second World War.

ENGL 2331 World Literature  (3-0) A study of masterpieces of world literature from ancient times to the 20th Century. 

ENGL 2341 Forms of Literature  (3-0) Techniques of critical analysis of major literary types: prose, fiction, poetry, and drama. ENGL 3301 Contemporary Literature (3-0) A study which emphasizes works of fiction, drama, and poetry since 1960.

ENGL 3303 Structure and History of the English Language (3-0) The structural essentials of English, with some treatment of the historical development of the language, from Anglo-Saxon to modern English.

ENGL 3304 Shakespeare (3-0) Shakespeare’s principal histories, comedies, and tragedies.

ENGL 3305 Principles of Linguistics (3-0) Introduction to the study of language with attention to phonology, morphology, and syntax. Includes study of the similarities and differences of English and other languages, especially Spanish.

ENGL 3306 Language and Culture (3-0) A study of the function of language within the social and cultural contexts. Course is cross-listed with Anthropology and Sociology.

  ENGL 3307 Sociolinguistics (3-0) A study of the relationship between language and society including language varieties, speech communities, language and culture, and speech acts and speaking.

ENGL 3308 Language and Gender (3-0) A study of the role of language in the construction of gender identities, in the use of direct and indirect speech acts, in the creation of gendered metaphors and stereotypes, and in the concept of "language of power."  

  ENGL 3311 Children’s and Adolescent Literature (3-0) A survey of children’s and adolescent literature and a familiarization with outstanding authors and illustrators of that literature. Includes the application of literary evaluation to children’s and adolescent literature and a survey of resources available. Prerequisite: English major or Interdisciplinary Studies major.

ENGL 3312 Advanced Composition (3-0) An intensive study of writing techniques useful to the advanced writer. Areas of concentration include grammar, rhetorical strategies, and style.

ENGL 3320 Creative Writing: Fiction (3-0) Emphasis on writing short stories. Includes the study of ways to examine and incorporate techniques used by established short story writers into original short fiction. Focuses on writing and critiquing original short stories.

ENGL 3321 Creative Writing: Poetry (3-0) Emphasis on poetry. Provides intensive study of various poetic forms. Focuses on writing and critiquing original poetry.

ENGL 3322 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3-0) Emphasis on writing creative nonfiction (creative essays). Includes the study of various rhetorical devices used in effective creative nonfiction. Focuses on writing and critiquing original creative nonfiction.

ENGL 3323 Creative Writing: Nature Writing (3-0) An intensive study of various forms of nature writing. Focuses on writing and critiquing the natural history essay, travel writing, the ramble, and others.

ENGL 3324 Creative Writing: Introduction to Novel Writing (3-0) An intensive study of techniques and aims unique to writing and critiquing original novel chapters.

ENGL 4302 Southwestern Literature (3-0) A study of the literature of the Southwest with attention given to its regional characteristics and the social background that produced it.

ENGL 4303 Literary Studies (3-0) Topics include subjects like those named below and are announced in the schedule of courses for the semester in which they are offered: Autobiography and Multicultural Literature. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. 

ENGL 4309 Readings and Research Individually guided study and research in English, American or international literature or the English language. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

ENGL 4312 Women in Literature (3-0) A study of women writers, images of women in literature and feminist literary criticism. Topics may include Regional Women Writers, 19th Century Women Novelists, Women’s Autobiography, Contemporary Women Poets. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Fulfills multicultural requirements.

ENGL 4315 Film as Narrative (3-0) A study of narrative in cinematic form, considering both original film creations and adaptation from other literary genres. May be repeated for credit when course emphasis varies.

ENGL 4316 Teaching Language Arts (3-0) A study of the development of reading and writing in English, focusing on applying this knowledge to the language arts classroom.

ENGL 4318 Arthurian Literature (3-0) A study of the Arthurian literary tradition from the Middle Ages to the present. The course also emphasizes the impact of Arthurian themes and characters on art and film.

ENGL 4320 International Literature (3-0) A study of contemporary international, often postcolonial, literature by authors from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, India, the Caribbean, and various African nations.

ENGL 4322 Predators in Literature (3-0) A study of the way large charismatic predators (lions, tigers, wolves, jaguars) are represented in literature. Perspectives include those from folklore, myth, symbol, religion, and science.