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Course Information
English (HE) Course Information

Course:HE044
Title:Practical Writing Laboratory
Credits: 0—2—1
Description:This course provides intensive, focused instruction in writing grammatically correct and rhetorically effective prose. [fall, spring]
Requisites:Prereq: Recommendation of ADAA; Coreq: HE344.
Course:HE101
Title:Practical Writing
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:The study and practice of grammatically correct and rhetorically effective expository prose, supplemented by the analysis of essays by professional writers. For students selected by English Department. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: Placement by the department chair.
Course:HE111
Title:Rhetoric And Intro To Literature I
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:The first of a two course sequence stressing the writing of rhetorically effective and grammatically correct expository prose. During the first semester students read essays, short stories and plays, and they write brief essays. During the second semester students read novels and poetry and write longer essays. [fall, spring]
Requisites:Prereq: None.
Course:HE112
Title:Rhetoric And Intro To Lit II
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:Continuation of HE111. See HE111 for a listing of topics. [fall, spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111.
Course:HE217
Title:Ancient And Medieval Literature
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A balanced survey of the Western literary tradition and its backgrounds, from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages. Readings may include classical Greek and Roman epic, drama, and philosophy; selections from the Bible; and medieval poetry, drama, and philosophy.
Requisites:
Course:HE222
Title:The Bible And Literature
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:The Bible and its influence on European and American literature. Emphasis will be placed on modern biblical literary-critical methodology and on the symbolic richness of derivative literature from Dante to Nikos Kazantzakis. [spring]
Requisites:Prereq: None.
Course:HE224
Title:Literature And Science
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:The interrelationships among science, technology, and literature. The course considers both the impact of science on literature and the implications of science as reflected in literary responses. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: None.
Course:HE242
Title:Methods Of Literary Analysis
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:This course is designed to introduce new majors to tools of professional literary analysis through a set of focused readings.
Requisites:
Course:HE250
Title:Literature Of The Sea
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:Study of sea literature from the epic to the novel, with an emphasis on literary qualities, human relationships with the sea, and problems of command. [spring, summer]
Requisites:Prereq: None.
Course:HE260
Title:Literature Of War
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A multi-genre survey of war and its consequences as represented in classic and contemporary literature with an emphasis on such issues as individual responsibility, leadership, societal values, and military culture. [fall, summer]
Requisites:Prereq: None.
Course:HE301
Title:Patterns In Drama
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A study of drama, emphasizing reading, viewing, and analyzing dramatic literature and performance. [fall, spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE302
Title:Forms Of Poetry
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A study in the analysis of poetic form and expression. [fall, spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE306
Title:Types Of Fiction
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A study of the novel and short story with particular emphasis on the conventions, techniques, and innovations in the form. [fall, spring, summer]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE307
Title:Topics In Film And Literature
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A study of American, European, and world film in conjunction with relevant literary works. [spring, summer]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE313
Title:Chaucer And The Medieval World
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:The literary and philosophical traditions of Chaucer, the Gawain poet, and other contemporaries, including early and late medieval writers from England and the continent. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE314
Title:The Renaissance Mind
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:Literature and thought of the period bracketed by the two great English epics, Spenser's Faerie Queene and Milton's Paradise Lost. The course includes a continental perspective, with readings from such authors as Machiavelli, Rabelais, Cervantes, Montaigne and Castiglione. [spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE315
Title:Restoration And Eighteenth-Century Literature
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:The literature of the period 1660-1780. Readings may include the plays, novels, satires, and poetry of such writers as Behn, Dryden, Swift, Defoe, Fielding, Pope, Steele, Sheridan, and Johnson. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE317
Title:The Romantic Period
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:Literature and culture of the Romantic period in Britain from the 1780s to the 1830s. Readings may include works by such writers as Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Austen, the Shelleys, Byron, and Keats. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE318
Title:Modern British Literature
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:The literature of Great Britain and Ireland since 1900. Readings may include the novels of Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, Woolf, and Lessing; the plays of Shaw, Synge, O'Casey, and Pinter; the poetry of Hardy, Yeats, Eliot, Auden, and Dylan Thomas. [spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE319
Title:Victorian Literature
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:British literature from the 1830s to the end of the nineteenth century. Readings may include works from such authors as Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot, Hardy, Tennyson, the Brownings, Arnold, Carlyle, and Darwin. [spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE320
Title:Contemporary British Lit.
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:British Literature from 1945 to the present day. Reading may include the novels of Orwell, Greene, Murdoch, Naipaul, Barnes, Ishigura, and Zadie Smith; the plays of Beckett, Pinter, Orton, Stoppard, Churchill, and Friel; and the poetry of Larkin, Heaney, Hughes, Gunn, and Motion. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE326
Title:American Lit, 1607-1860
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A survey of American literature including the Native American tradition from European settlement to the Civil War, emphasizing the relationship between the emerging culture and literature. Readings may include works from such authors as Bradford, Bradstreet, Franklin, Wheatley, Cooper, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Douglass. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE328
Title:American Lit, 1860-1914
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A survey of American literature from the Reconstruction through the Gilded Age, emphasizing the rise of realism and naturalism. Readings may include works from such authors as Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Howells, Crane, Dreiser, Chesnutt, Chopin, James, and Wharton. [spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE329
Title:American Lit, 1914-1945
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A survey of American literature between the wars. Readings may include works by such authors as Stein, Eliot, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Hughes, Hurston, Larsen, O'Neill, Steinbeck, West, and Wright. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE330
Title:American Lit, 1945-Present
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A survey of American literature and culture since World War II. Readings may include works by such authors as Ellison, Ginsberg, Lowell, Bishop, Baraka, Heller, Pynchon, Bellow, Plath, Sexton, Rich, Roth, Updike, DeLillo, Mamet, McCarthy, and Morrison. [spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE333
Title:Shakespeare
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A study of a representative sample of Shakespeare's tragedies, histories, and comedies. Readings may also include works by Shakespeare's contemporaries. [fall, spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE343
Title:Creative Writing
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:An introduction to the writing of prose, poetry, and drama. [fall, spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE344
Title:Professional Communication
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A study of advanced methods of presenting information in a wide variety of forms. Assignments may include preparing articles, reports, and military documents. Students may be asked to design and present a persuasive or analytical speech. [fall, spring, summer]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE360
Title:Special Topics In Literature
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:An open-topics literature course. Specialized offerings vary from semester to semester. [fall, spring]
Requisites:Prereq: HE111 and HE112.
Course:HE371
Title:African American Studies
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:This course examines historical periods and aesthetic movements, such as orality and the protest tradition, and major figures in African American literature such as Frederick Douglass, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison.
Requisites:Prereq: HE112
Course:HE372
Title:Asian American Studies
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:This course will investigate Asian American cultural expressions, including responses to stereotypes, such as the model minority and the yellow peril, by studying works by major authors such as Sui Sin Far, Jhumpa Lahiri, Yone Noguchi, Hisaye Yamamoto, Carlos Bulosan, and Maxine Hong Kingston.
Requisites:Prereq: HE112
Course:HE373
Title:Latinx Studies
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:The course concentrates on fiction and non-fiction works about the Latinx experience in the United States. Throughout the semester students will analyze how literature can work as a gateway to explore processes of identity formation through many of its facets, including: class, race, gender, sexuality, and language (among others). Possible authors to be discussed include: Piri Thomas, Rudolfo Anaya, Sandra Cisneros, Cristina Garcia, Junot Diaz and Cristina Henriquez, among many others.
Requisites:Prereq: HE112
Course:HE374
Title:Gender And Sexuality Studies
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:Advanced methods of analyzing literature and culture are taught through a set of focused readings of theories, histories, perspectives, and/or major figures in LGBTQ, women┬┐s and/or gender studies. Readings may include Audre Lorde, Sarah Ahmed, Gloria Anzaldua, and Kimberle Crenshaw.
Requisites:Prereq: HE112
Course:HE375
Title:Native American Studies
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:This course explores the aesthetics, traditions, and concerns of Native American and First Nations peoples through multiple genres of literature from major authors such as Sherman Alexie, Paula Gunn Allen, Marie Clements, Vine Deloria Jr., Pauline Johnson, and Gerald Vizenor.
Requisites:Prereq: HE112
Course:HE442
Title:Literary Theory
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A survey of key problems, figures, and texts in the history of literary and cultural thought. Required of all honors English majors. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: one 300-level English course.
Course:HE461
Title:Studies In A Literary Period
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:In-depth study of a limited period in literary history. For example: the Augustan period, the beginnings of Romanticism, the fin de siecle, and the 1960s in American literature. [fall, spring] ]
Requisites:Prereq: one 300-level English course and permission of the department chair.
Course:HE462
Title:Studies In A Literary Problem
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:In-depth study of a problem that cuts across traditional divisions of nationality, historical period, or genre. For example, myth and symbol in literature, literature and science, the concept of the hero. [fall, spring]
Requisites:Prereq: one 300-level English course and permission of the department chair.
Course:HE463
Title:Studies In Literary Figures
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:Extensive reading in the works, biography, and criticism of major figures in world literature. For example: Milton, Wordsworth, George Eliot, Dickens, Dostoevsky, O'Neill, Melville, Faulkner, Stevens, Morrison. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: one 300-level English course and permission of the department chair.
Course:HE467
Title:Studies In A Literary Genre
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:Study in a special genre. For example, the epic, the autobiographical novel, science fiction, imagist poetry. [spring]
Requisites:Prereq: one 300-level English course and permission of the department chair.
Course:HE503
Title:Seminar In Arts & Literature
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:An interdisciplinary honors seminar concerning a special topic in literature and the arts. [fall]
Requisites:Prereq: 1/C Honors English majors or by permission of the department chair; Coreq: HE521.
Course:HE504
Title:Seminar In An Advanced Topic
Credits: 3—0—3
Description:A concentrated honors seminar exploring individual literary works or issues. [spring]
Requisites:Prereq: 1/C Honors English majors or by permission of the department chair; Coreq: HE522.
Course:HE521
Title:Honors Supplement I
Credits: 1—0—1
Description:Focused study of a topic generated in HE503.
Requisites:Prereq: None; Coreq: HE503.
Course:HE522
Title:Honors Supplement II
Credits: 1—0—1
Description:Focused study of a topic generated in HE504.
Requisites:Prereq: None; Coreq: HE504.