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Unless otherwise indicated in the course descriptions, all advanced English courses are open to all students who have completed their sophomore English requirements (ENGL 201 and ENGL 202/215/218/219), or who have the ap­proval of the department head.

For more information regarding meeting times, locations, credit hours and instructors please refer to the Registrar's page.

The courses in philosophy are included in the English curriculum under subject code PHIL. Fine Arts courses are also included in the English curriculum and are found under subject code FNAR.

Fall 2014 Course Offerings

ENGL 101 & 102 Composition and Literature I & II

Each Semester-Required of all freshmen.

The development of the basic skills of writing, reading, and analysis through the study of literary types. ENGL 101: Reading and evaluating essays; writing paragraphs and essays, including a research paper. ENGL 102: Writing essays on topics pertaining to selected readings in literature. Readings will include poetry and at least one of the other two major genres of imaginative literature (fiction and drama). ENGL 101 is graded on a scale of A, B, C, U. A student must earn a “C” or higher in ENGL 101 before taking ENGL 102.

Foreign students whose English language facility is judged to be less than adequate will be enrolled in a special, two-semester version of ENGL 101. Satisfactory completion of this course is a prerequisite for ENGL 102.

ENGL 201 & ENGL 202 Major British Writers I & II

Each Semester-Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102

ENGL 201 is required of all sophomores other than English majors. ENGL 202 is one of four courses (the others are 215, 218, and 219) that can satisfy the second-semester core requirement.

Study in depth of major writers in British literature from the medieval period to the present. ENGL 201: Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, and Swift. ENGL 202: Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Hardy, Yeats, and Eliot. Several themes assigned on the literature studied.

ENGL 205 Informative Speaking

Prerequisite: ENGL 101

The general principles of speech composition and speech presentation; prac­tice in expository speaking. Includes the use of computer technology to create effective visual aids.

ENGL 208 Crime on Film

Prerequisite: ENGL 102

A study of crime-related films, including a wide range of documentaries and fiction-based feature films from the early 20th century to the present.  

ENGL 212 Bible as Literature

Prerequisite: ENGL 102

A study of selected portions of the Old and New Testaments as literary masterpieces and cultural monuments, with some attention to the major systems of interpretation.

ENGL 215 Masterpieces of American Literature

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102

Can be used to satisfy the second semester core requirement in English.

A survey of representative works of American literature from its beginning to the present, with some consideration of principal literary developments and historical issues. Authors may include Franklin, Emerson, Melville, Dickin­son, Twain, James, Hemingway, Faulkner, O’Neill, Frost, Stevens, Hurston, O’Connor, and Rich.

ENGL 221 Introduction to Creative Writing

Prerequisite: ENGL 102

An introduction to a wide variety of creative writing forms, including the writing of short stories, screenwriting, memoir, poetry, and drama.

ENGL 303 Shakespeare I

Prerequisite: Completion of core requirement in English

This course will present students with different but representative selections from the comedies, histories, and tragedies. Since the courses will not overlap, students may take both Shakespeare I and II.

ENGL 310 Literature of Medieval England

Prerequisite: Completion of core requirements in English.

A survey of the most important literature composed during the Old English and Middle English periods, exclusive of Chaucer. Some works will be read in original languages, some in translation. 

ENGL 348 Twentieth Century Southern Literature

Prerequisite: Completion of core requirements in English.

A study of the most important Southern authors of the twentieth century, with emphasis on significant regional topics such as the Fugitive and Agrarian Movements, the development of the Southern tradition, and the Southern Gothic School.

ENGL 375 Special Topic in Literature or Language

Prerequisite: Completion of core requirements in English.

A study of an individual author, topic, or problem in literature or language.

ENGL 402 Senior Seminar I: Mark Twain's Later Writings

Open to senior English majors

A seminar on an individual author, topic, or problem, as suggested by members of the faculty or by groups of English majors and subject to the approval of the department head in consultation with the instructor. The principal requirement of the course will be a long research paper that will test the student's ability to effectively research a topic and construct a complex argument based on that research.

ENGL 413 Advanced Composition

Prerequisite: ENGL 102

The study and practice of advanced writing techniques, including use  of computer technology for web publishing. The course fulfills state teacher certification requirements for advanced composition.

ENGL 499 Internship

Prerequisite: Completion of either ENGL 411 or 413 with a grade of C or better; for students not majoring in English, permission of the department head.

A practicum to apply previously acquired skills to professional experience. Students work with a department faculty member and under the supervision of professionals in business, communications, law, religion, health, or other field. Student interns must provide their own transportation and must adhere to all college policies regarding internships.



FNAR 205 Music Appreciation

A non-technical course to enhance the student’s understanding and enjoyment of music by a twofold approach: first, to gain fundamental knowledge of style, con­tent, and form of the most outstanding works of the great composers; and second, to study the evolution of musical art up to the present time; particular emphasis is placed upon the latter.

FNAR 206 Art Appreciation

The theory of abstract principles and material techniques as applied in the evalu­ation of works of art. The employment of such theory in an introductory study of famous art works.

FNAR 250 Special Topics in Fine Arts

Offerings may include art-related topics such as Modern Art, Art of the South, European Art, and Architecture; as well as music-related topics including studies of individual composers and the Baroque, Rococo, Classical, and Romantic Period.

FNAR 306 Photography

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

An exploration of the fundamental techniques of digital photography through critical examination of historical examples and hands-on experience in a variety of photographic genres.


PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy

An inquiry into the nature of philosophic thinking, especially with regard to the problem of knowledge and the nature of reality. Study of the classical origins of Western philosophy, as well as more recent developments.

PHIL 202 Reasoning and Critical Thinking(Logic)

A study of the principle methods which distinguish valid from invalid arguments. After a brief explanation of what an argument is, the concepts of validity and invalidity are introduced, and a systematic study of the principles governing the application of these concepts to arguments is undertaken. An extensive treatment or traditional Aristotelian logic (the syllogism, rules of validity, immediate inference, etc.) is supplemented by an introduction to principles of modern symbolic logic.