Undergraduate English Courses

ENGL 0303. Basic Writing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

Provides students with instruction in the basics of acceptable writing, with special focus on preparing them to succeed in the writing demanded throughout the Tarleton State University freshman composition sequence. The course helps students address writing problems by work in such areas as the composing process, arrangement, cohesion, paragraphing, syntax, and use of evidence. The course also helps students (on an individual basis) with their particular problems in grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling. A student must earn a grade of at least C in order to progress to ENGL 1301. The course will not substitute for any other course and does not count for degree credit.

ENGL 1100. Transitioning to University Studies in English. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Practical study designed to introduce English majors to university life and to the career possibilities available in this major. Students will develop skills for academic success, development of personal growth and responsibility, and will engage in active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective.

ENGL 1301. Composition I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A prerequisite to English 1302, the course introduces students to the diverse characteristics of writing for academic contexts. Students in English 1301 write about ideas, in particular responding analytically and critically to written sources. The course helps students become familiar with academic audiences, situations, purposes, genres, and some primary conventions (style, arrangement) of those genres. Moreover, students work to develop their own composing processes, particularly for ways of inventing ideas, planning, and revising their texts.

ENGL 1302. Composition II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A sequel to English 1301, this course introduces students to research in academic contexts. Students address questions such as What is it for? What are its limitations? What are some of its shapes? How does one go about it? The course introduces students to a variety of research methods, systems of documentation, contemporary library resources, and research genres. Among other writing tasks for the course, each student is expected to carry out his/her own research study for possible publication in The Tarleton Freshman Writer. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.

ENGL 2320. Forms of Literature. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A genre-based study of predominantly modern literary works. Students will analyze form and content with particular emphasis on the vocabulary and techniques germane to literature, investigate its attendant treatment as an academic discipline, and explore its aesthetic connections to human experience. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302.

ENGL 2340. Literature and Film. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of styles, components, and techniques of literary genres, with particular attention to the medium of film as it relates to literary expression. Students will be required to source films from streaming services or library resources. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302 or prior approval of department head.

ENGL 2350. Backgrounds of Western Literature. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of major works in translation which provide the foundation for the literary tradition of the modern Western world, emphasizing, but not limited to, the Ancient World, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and 1302.

ENGL 3195. Written Discourse Theory and Application. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Students will receive instruction and training in written discourse theory and practice as appropriate and necessary preparation for tutoring in the University Writing Center and/or the English and Languages Department Language Arts Lab. Students must receive prior approval to enroll. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, 3 hours sophomore ENGL, and approval of Writing Program Director and Writing Center Directors.

ENGL 3301. American Literature to 1865. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

From the beginnings to 1865. A critical survey of major writers and movements with emphasis upon such representative authors as Poe, Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Dickinson, and Melville. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which can be taken concurrently.

ENGL 3302. American Literature Since 1865. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

From 1865 to the present. A critical survey of major writers and movements with emphasis on such representative authors as Crane, Howells, Frost, Hemingway, and Faulkner. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which may be taken concurrently.

ENGL 3309. Technical Writing and Document Design. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Process of developing technical information, including researching, drafting, editing, revising, and designing technical reports, proposals, manuals, job application documents and professional correspondence for specific audiences, using word processing and graphic applications. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302.

ENGL 3310. Technical Writing and Editing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Study of advanced technical communication situations such as formal reports, grant proposals, and professional articles, and extensive discipline-specific professional level practice in these forms. Study of general editorial techniques in formats, graphics, and layout and design methods in technical publications. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL, ENGL 3309.

ENGL 3312. Graphics and Technical Writing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course will examine the integration of graphic components in printed and electronic mediums. Students will use computer applications to compose and design graphics such as bar graphs, organizational charts, flow charts, diagrams, and drawings. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL, ENGL 3309.

ENGL 3315. Foundations of Literary Research and Analysis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An introduction to the skills, practices, and perspectives that inform literary research and analysis. The course explores how careful reading, close textual analysis, and creative and informed research methodology culminate in cogent and substantive critical essays about literary texts. The course includes discussion of the formal conventions of major literary genres as well as discussion of concepts such as relationships of literary texts to histories and cultures, the formation of canons, literary movements, and theoretical perspectives that inform literary analysis. This course is required only for majors. May be taken concurrently with other advanced English literature courses. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours of Sophomore English.

ENGL 3320. Advanced Grammar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to the grammatical structure of modern English at the level of word, clause, and discourse presented through the application of the principles of descriptive grammars, accompanied by a review of current prescriptive grammars. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL.

ENGL 3330. Advanced Composition. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Students will examine the rhetoric of composition through intensive writing workshops and close reading of composition-related texts. The goals of the course are (1) to discover and define some coherent relations between rhetoric and composition; (2) to challenge the students' presuppositions about essayistic space through a process of peer- and instructor-reviewed writing workshops. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL, or prior approval of department head.

ENGL 3341. Cultural Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course explores an array of diverse cultural and historical contexts through literature produced outside the common British and American traditions. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which can be taken concurrently.

ENGL 3342. Genre Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Literary genres consist of related kinds of works, combining content and form, gradually changing as their cultures change. The purpose of generic study is an understanding of literary tradition and of the way in which authors speak to their times, and to all times, through the genres they inherit and modify. This course will provide an intensive study of one or more genres. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which can be taken concurrently.

ENGL 3343. Creative Writing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on the craft and art of writing narrative, poetic, and dramatic discourse. Attention to the conception, design, and execution both of the whole work and of elements of figurative language, characterization, dialogue, point of view, and poetic structure, as well as other elements of the craft. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which can be taken concurrently.

ENGL 3370. An Introduction to Linguistics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of descriptive linguistics revealing the nature and scope of the characteristics and complexities of human language. Much of the course consists of learning the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of modern English. Attention will also be focused on the nature and diversity of the rule-bound creativity underlying the tacit systematic use of human language. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL.

ENGL 3390. Readings in Adolescent Literature. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Survey of literature with a focus on teenage audiences. Readings will include both classics and contemporary selections. Study will be concerned with increasing student understanding of unique aspects of adolescent literature and its application in public school curricula. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301,1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which can be taken concurrently.

ENGL 4086. English Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

A course featuring independent reading, research, and discussion under personal direction of instructor, topics to vary according to student need. Open to students of senior classification with prior approval of department head.

ENGL 4300. Shakespeare. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An in depth study of representative types of Shakespeare's drama and poetry. Credit for both ENGL 4300 and DRAM 4300 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which can be taken concurrently.

ENGL 4301. British Literature I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A chronological study of the works of the principal authors and their historic backgrounds from approximately 700 A.D. to the end of the eighteenth century. The writers considered include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, and Swift. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which can be taken concurrently.

ENGL 4302. British Literature II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

A chronological study of the works of the principal authors and their historic backgrounds from the end of the eighteenth century to the present. The writers considered typically include Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson, Browning, and Eliot. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which can be taken concurrently.

ENGL 4311. Studies in Rhetoric and Language. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course offers advanced study in the theory, nature, and practice of written discourse. Special emphasis is given to helping students investigate language theoretically as a background for their own professional and personal use. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL.

ENGL 4312. Technical Writing and Computer Applications. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of and practice in use of word processing and desktop publishing in document design and publication. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, 3 hours sophomore ENGL, ENGL 3309, ENGL 3312.

ENGL 4315. Senior Literary Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course offers an opportunity for students to engage in an intensified, focused, well-defined study. Possibilities include the examination of a particular writer, groupings of writers, a specific geographic region, and/or literary criticism. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which can be taken concurrently.

ENGL 4320. Writing for Electronic Mediums. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced study of and practice in writing for electronic mediums with a primary focus on planning, designing, and composing professional pages for the world wide web. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, 3 hours sophomore ENGL, ENGL 3309, 3312.

ENGL 4335. Film Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A study of movies both as dramas - involving plot, characterization, theme, etc. - and as artistic productions - involving shots, cuts, and other film techniques. Other aspects of film criticism are covered. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL; for English majors only, 3315, which can be taken concurrently.

ENGL 4360. Advanced Studies in Secondary English. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course applies the standards of the National Council of Teachers of English to the curriculum of secondary English. It provides an intensive review of composition principles, language conventions, literary genres, and computer instructional technology. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, 1302, and 3 hours sophomore ENGL.