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ENGLISH
Andrew J. Smyth
CHAIRPERSON
Engleman D 265
(203) 392-6741 - Fax (203) 392-6731
smytha2@SouthernCT.edu
Department Secretary: (203) 392-6710

Charles Baraw, Associate Professor
Corinne Blackmer, Professor
Mary Brown, Professor
Joel Dodson, Associate Professor
Scott Ellis, Professor
Nicole Fluhr, Professor
Rachel Furey, Assistant Professor
Nicole Henderson, Professor
William Hochman, Professor
Brandon Hutchinson, Associate Professor
Brian Johnson, Professor
Elizabeth Kalbfleisch, Associate Professor
Audrey Kerr, Professor
Steven Larocco, Professor
Jason Lawrence, Assistant Professor
Robert McEachern, Professor
Jeffrey Mock, Professor
Vara Neverow, Professor
Kalu Ogbaa, Professor
Timothy Parrish, Professor
Paul R. Petrie, Professor
George A. Rosso, Professor
Michael Shea, Professor
Vivian Shipley, Professor
Meredith Sinclair, Assistant Professor
Andrew J. Smyth, Professor
Dana Sonnenschein, Professor
Cynthia Stretch, Professor
Melissa Talhelm, Professor

MAJOR IN ENGLISH

Through an intensive study of literature, the major in English gives students a knowledge of the broad outlines of literature and encourages them to engage in critical thinking. The English faculty promotes the development of both a critical reading ability and mature writing skills.

The major in English can lead to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree (secondary education). The curriculum is designed to build a strong foundation for careers in teaching (secondary school and college), business, and communications, and to prepare students for graduate study in many different professional areas.

Secondary Education (Bachelor of Science Degree)

Students interested in pursuing a career in the teaching of English must first be accepted into the program and into the School of Education. See the department website for application information. To meet State and departmental requirements, secondary education majors in English must maintain an overall GPA of 2.7 or better and an average of 3.0 or better in their English courses.

Because the State Department of Education regularly updates its requirements for teacher certification, new courses may be added to the program by the time a student is ready to graduate and be certified. Students are encouraged to stay informed about their program area requirements and see their advisers often. The Gate System below suggests a sequence for completing key professional courses. No undergraduates should register for ENG 494 and ENG 496 until all other program requirements have been completed. Students who successfully receive the B.S. degree and pass Praxis® II will be recommended for Initial Teaching Certification.

Gate System

All students enrolled in the secondary education program in English must proceed through the program's Four Gates in the proper sequence:

Gate 1: Application to the School of Education*; Application Portfolio; Interview with the Secondary Education Committee; Taking Praxis® Core exam

(*A student may take no more than two professional education courses prior to acceptance into the School of Education)

Suggested key courses: EDU 201 (fieldwork experience), SHE 203

Gate 2: Fieldwork experience in ENG 492 —Teaching Literature to Adolescents

Suggested key courses: ENG 492, EDU 413, RDG 517, MDS 340, SED 482

Gate 3: Fieldwork experience in ENG 493 — English (Secondary School)

Suggested key course: EDU 471

Gate 4: ENG 494—Student Teaching (English) and ENG 496*—Student Teaching Seminar (English); Student Teaching Portfolio; and passing Praxis® II Content, required for certification but not graduation.

*Taken concurrently with EDU 496; all other professional education courses must be completed prior to enrolling in these two courses during the student teaching semester.

**Passing Praxis® II is a requirement for certification.

The specific professional requirements for Initial Teaching Certification in Connecticut are listed in the secondary education section of the School of Education.

ENG 097 - Tutorial in Basic English

A writing tutorial designed to assist students needing individualized instruction in grammar, usage, and basic language skills. By placement exam or permission of instructor. Does not satisfy the written communication requirement.

0 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2019

ENG 110 - Fundamentals of Academic Writing

Instruction in multi-stage reading and writing processes in order to comprehend complex texts and write different types of academic essays. A portfolio will be required.

Prerequisite(s): By assignment only.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 112 - Writing Arguments

Development of critical reading and writing skills with a focus on intellectually demanding texts. Emphasis on source-based argument writing. By assignment only.

Prerequisite(s): successful completion of ENG 110 or [placement into 'Path 2' and successful completion of INQ 101] or placement in ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 119 - College Composition for Bilingual Students

Instruction in multi-stage reading and writing processes for bilingual students (heritage speakers and English Learners) in order to comprehend complex texts and write different types of academic essays; special emphasis on the conventions of U.S. standard academic English. A portfolio will be required. Special Information: By appointment only.

Prerequisite(s):

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

ENG 120 - Writing Arguments for Bilingual Students

English 120 is designed for bilingual students, focusing on developing academic reading and writing skills in English necessary for their undergraduate study in the U.S. specifically, students will learn how to understand, summarize, respond to, and intergrate academic-level texts (from academic journals, high-quality journalism, professional websites, textbooks, and case studies). In additon, the course provides a comprehensive review of the essential english grammar for academic writign, partricularly in the argumentative genre.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 119

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 125 - Representing Sexism and Homophobia Critically

An analysis of social, aesthetic, psychological and historical manifestations of sexism and homophobia in literature, and the consequences of these prejudices.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

ENG 198 - Special Topics

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

ENG 200 - Intermediate Composition

Course in expository writing, teaching the command of language.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 201 - Creative Writing

Emphasis on the basic craft of writing poetry and stories. Selections from contemporary literature are used as creative writing models.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 (may be taken concurrently) or LEP Critical Thinking and Written Communication.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 202 - Introduction to Poetry Writing

Exercises in the fundamentals of poetry writing: meter, figurative language, tone, and structure.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 203 - Introduction to Fiction Writing

Exercises in character, conflict, point of view, tone, plot, setting, scene, and narration—culminating in a complete short story.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 209 - Lyrics as Literature: Reading and Writing Song Lyrics

Writing Song Lyrics Study of the song lyric as both a literary and musical form, with emphasis on folk music and the singer-songwriter movement. Discussion and application of the craft of lyric composition.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Critical Thinking.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 217 - Introduction to Literature

Introduction to the values, purposes, and pleasures of drama, fiction, and poetry, and to basic modes of literary interpretation. Readings on topics such as African-American identity, meaning and madness, sexuality and ethics, or politics.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 or HON 150 (either may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 218 - The American Experience and Literature

American literature in the genres of prose, poetry, and drama in the context of United States culture, society, and politics.

Prerequisite(s): English 112 or HON 150 (either may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 219 - Time and Place in Literature

Literature studied with attention to the importance of a particular era.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 or HON 150 (either may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 240 - Professional Writing: Theory and Practice

The study of how language works in written expression, from articles in trade journals to poetry.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 294 - English Tier 3 Capstone

Topics vary.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112, 6 of 8 Tier 2 categories, and prior or concurrent completion of all Tier 1 courses.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

ENG 302 - Intermediate Poetry Writing

Continued practice and instruction in the craft of writing poetry.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 202 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 304 - Technical Writing and Communication

Interpreting specialized and technical information for readers at various levels and preparing material for publication.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 306 - Intermediate Fiction Writing

Continued practice and instruction in the craft of writing fiction.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 203 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 307 - Literary Analysis for English Majors

An introduction to the critical vocabulary for analyzing literature, to the practices of close reading and interpretation, and to proper documentation and citation using the MLA style.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112 or HON 150; and ENG major or minor.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 308 - English Studies: Critical Theories

An introduction to the range of literary-critical, historical, and philosophical theories current in English Studies and to using such ideas to transform reading responses into coherent interpretations.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in ENG 307.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 309 - Rhetorical Strategies in Writing and Communication

Instruction in a range of persuasive and argumentative strategies embodied in classical and modern rhetorics.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 312 - English Grammar Systems

Study of three major English grammar systems (traditional, structural, and transformational), including some history of the language. Emphasis on modern linguistic principles and on social, regional, and functional varieties of English usage.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 316 - Writing for Business and Industry

Practice in gathering and analyzing data and in writing and editing specialized reports, manuals, and correspondence.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 317 - Cross-Cultural Literatures and Contexts

An introduction to cross-cultural literature and their contexts. Students will become familiar with a range of literatures: African/African American, Asian/Asian American, Latino/ Latin American, and Native American literature written by male and female authors; literary texts representing other cultures may be included at individual professors’ discretion.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

ENG 318 - Writing for the Web

Study of composing processes and content development in professional digital environments.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112, 6 of 8 Tier 2 complete (Honors Coll.: 15 cr. HON or 45 cr. total), and prior or concurrent completion of all Tier 1 (Honors Coll.: T1MC and T1QR only).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 321 - British Literature through History I

Study of selected works of pre-1789 British literature as situated in culture and history.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 322 - British Literature through History II

Study of selected works of post-1789 British literature as situated in culture and history.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 323 - American Literature through History

Study of selected works of United States literature as situated in culture and history.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 331 - British Novel to 1900

Major and minor novelists including such writers as Defoe, Fielding, Richardson, Behn, Austen, Thackeray, Eliot, and Hardy.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 342 - Shakespeare I: 1564-1601

A study of the development of Shakespeare’s dramatic art through a reading of the histories, comedies, and tragedies from the earliest works through Twelfth Night.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

ENG 343 - Shakespeare II: 1601-1616

A study of Shakespeare’s mature art through a reading of the problem comedies, the great tragedies, and the dramatic romances.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 360 - Early American Writers

The major works in the age of settlement, revolution, and early romanticism.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 362 - American Realism

American writing from after the Civil War to the turn of the century.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

ENG 366 - American Poetry

Study of American poetry.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2019

ENG 371 - Literature Into Film

An examination of the dynamics involved in the cinematic renderings of literary narratives.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 372 - Young Adult Literature

A critical examination of young adult literature as a category of literature that resists easy definition, but requires careful scrutiny in the changing atmosphere of the 21st century literacy. Students read widely in the field in order to establish generic characteristics of the literature; common archetypes and themes; rhetorical elements of author, audience, and message; and the popular, academic, and critical reception of young adult books.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 380 - Chaucer

Chaucer’s poetry with special emphasis on The Canterbury Tales.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 385 - English Medieval Literature

A study of the major prose, poetry, and drama of the Medieval period in England.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

ENG 398 - Advanced Special Topics in English

Examination of developments, issues, and/or creative work in the field of English.

Prerequisite(s): Restricted to juniors or seniors majoring or minoring in English or Literature.

1 to 3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 402 - Advanced Poetry Writing

Workshop in poetry writing for advanced students.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 302 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 406 - Advanced Fiction Writing

Workshop in fiction writing for advanced students.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 306 or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 415 - History of the Language

Historical, cultural, political, and linguistic survey of the origins and development of the English language.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Cultural Expression.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 423 - Contemporary African-American Novelists

An examination of recent African-American novelists such as Morrison, Naylor, Johnson, and Wideman, with particular emphasis on emerging writers.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 424 - The Harlem Renaissance

An examination of the major poets and writers of fiction of the Harlem Renaissance, including Toomer, Johnson, Thurman, McKay, Larsen, and Hughes.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 428 - Victorian Age Literature

British Literature of the Victorian era, 1837-1901.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 444 - 18th-Century British Literature

Study of the British writers of the 18th century.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ENG 462 - Gay and Lesbian Film and Literature

A survey of gay and lesbian literature and film in several genres, including documentaries, comedies, camp parodies, and dramas.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

ENG 463 - 20th-Century American Novel

Representative 20th-century American novels.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

ENG 464 - American Modernism

Investigation of poetry, prose, and drama of the major American modernists, such as Djuna Barnes, Elizabeth Bishop, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in ENG 307.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 465 - Postcolonial Literature

A study of works which deal with the experience, causes, and consequences of colonization. Emphasis on twentieth and twenty-first century literary texts from Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and South Asia, within the historical, cultural, and political context of European imperialism and postcolonial resistance.

Prerequisite(s): 'C' or better in ENG 307.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 484 - Milton

Study of Milton’s poetry.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

ENG 486 - Seminar in American Literature

Intensive study of a major writer or a selected topic, with choices changing each term.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

ENG 487 - Seminar in British Literature

Intensive study of a major writer or a selected topic, with choices changing each term.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 307 (may be taken concurrently).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

ENG 492 - Teaching English: Methods I

English teacher candidates learn the theories, pedagogies, and practices associated with teaching poetry, novels, drama, and short fiction to young adults. Work for the course includes a fieldwork component.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance to the School of Education and Juinor or Senior status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 493 - Teaching English: Methods II

English teacher candidates learn teh theories, pedagogies, and practices associated with the teaching of writing of texts of all kinds. Work for the course includes a fieldwork component.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 492.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

ENG 494 - Student Teaching–English

Guided observation and supervised student teaching in English, grades 7–12, in a cooperating school. Fifteen-week field experience.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 493 and all other professional education courses. Corequisite: ENG 496.

10.5 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

ENG 496 - Student Teaching Seminar–English

Discussion of educational issues, in particular those raised by students' experiences in the field. Focus on unit planning, Classroom management, reflective practice, and culturally responsive pedagogy. Exploration of ethical judgements, human diversity, and civic engagement in secondary English education.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 493, 6 of 8 Tier 2 complete (Honors Coll.: 15 cr. HON or 45 cr. total), and prior or concurrent completion of all Tier 1 (Honors Coll.: T1MC and T1QR only). Corequisite(s): ENG 494.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

ENG 497 - Internship in Teaching Writing

An internship in one of the introductory-level, writing-focused courses offered by the English Department for an upperdivision student with particular interests and strengths in writing.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

ENG 498 - Professional Writing Internship

Practical experience in writing and editing reports, correspondence, and technical materials for area businesses, industries, and government and community agencies directed by a company supervisor and a faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): One professional writing course and 'B' or above on the professional writing exam or departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

ENG 499 - Independent Study

Prerequisite(s): Departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2019

JST 300 - Literature of the Hebrew Bible

Study of the literature of the Hebrew Bible in light of genre (similar to tragedy, the novel, essay and romance). Critical methods such as source criticism and form criticism are used as aids to literary interpretation.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Cultural Expression.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

JST 302 - Literature of the New Testament

Study of the literature of the New Testament in light of genre (gospel, epistle, apocalypse) and literary development. Critical methods such as source criticism and form criticism are used as aids to interpretation.

Prerequisite(s): LEP Cultural Expression.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

LIT 300 - Hebrew Bible as Literature

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible as literature, ancient Israelite and Jewish philosophy, and foundational cultural text. Students will analyze the three parts of the work (Torah, Prophesies, and Writing) as a humanistic epic, and emphasize interpretation of genres, including historical narrative, etiological myth, prophecy, law, poetry, short story, and philosophical meditation as well as character psychology.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

LIT 302 - Literature of the New Testament

Study of the literature of the New Testament in light of genre (gospel, epistle, apocalypse) and literary development. Critical methods such as source criticism and form criticism are used as aids to interpretation.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

LIT 326 - Dante and His Times

Highlights of the Divine Comedy are read and analyzed against the historical and philosophical backdrop of Dante’s times.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

LIT 330 - Renaissance in Europe 1350-1650

Against the background of history and intellectual movements, reading in the works of Petrarch, Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Castiglione, Michelangelo, Erasmus, Rabelais, Montaigne, and Cervantes.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2018

LIT 335 - The Portrayal of Childhood

How children appear in literature: innocent cherubs or limbs of Satan. The discovery of identity, confrontation with the grown-up world, triumphs and disasters of childhood.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112. Not for English major credit.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

LIT 354 - European Novel and Short Story 1945 to Present

A study of representative prose writers of the world since the war such as Sartre, Camus, Solzhenitsyn, Boll, and Grass.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2018

LIT 370 - Contemporary French Novel

Study of selected novels of Proust, Gide, Mauriac, Celine, Malraux, Sartre, Camus, Beckett, and Robbe-Grillet.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2019

LIT 382 - Contemporary Latin American Literature

Explores the richness of contemporary Latin American literature, with emphasis on social and esthetic implications. Works by major and representative authors read in English translation.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020

LIT 406 - Classical Drama

A study of Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2019

LIT 488 - Seminar in World Literature

Intensive study of a major writer or a selected topic, with subject changing each term.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 112

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2020