3000 Level Courses

ENG 3010 -  (IC) Intermediate Writing
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Course in reading, research and writing for upper-level students. Emphasis on conducting research by drawing from the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and professions in preparation for Writing Intensive courses in the majors.

ENG 3050 - (IC) Technical Communication I: Report Writing
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ENG 3050 prepares students from across disciplines for the reading, researching, writing, and designing Technical and Professional genres. The value that technical communicators provide stems from making technical or professional information more usable and accessible to diverse audiences, most often to advance the goals of a workplace, organization, or company. While some technical writing in 3050 addresses a general audience (e.g., instructions for online communities), technical documents are often written for multiple audiences with different specializations (e.g., technical reports for executives and implementers). Technical documents incorporate both textual (writing) and visual (graphics, illustrations, media etc.) elements of design, and deal with topics that range from technical or specialized (computer applications, medical research, or environmental impacts), to the development or use of technology (help files, social media sites, web-pages) to more general instructions about how to do almost anything (from technical instructions to managerial and ethical workplace procedures).
 

ENG 3020 - (IC) Writing and Community
Thomas Trimble

English 3020, which fulfills the Intermediate Composition (IC) general education requirement, prepares students for reading, research, and writing in their upper-division courses
and majors. Students in English 3020 achieve these outcomes through collaborative community engagement, combining hands-on experience with a community organization completed outside of class with writing activities related to the work of the organization. Students offer their time and labor to the community organization and, in return, develop valuable intellectual skills in real community contexts. The course emphasizes researching local problems, analyzing various kinds of texts, writing for different purposes, listening, negotiating with people of different ages and from different backgrounds, and learning to work collaboratively with a diverse array of people and organizations.
 

ENG 3090 - Introduction to Cultural Studies
Jonathan Flatley

How do we come to like what we like? Why are we anxious about some things and not others? What kinds of meanings do we get from our favorite songs or TV shows? In this course, we will examine different theories and examples of the meaning-giving and emotion-educating practices sometimes called “culture,” with a primary emphasis on the everyday cultures in which we currently reside. The course aims to give students the tools to think critically about the texts that help us make meaning and have feelings in our everyday lives. We will consider key debates within cultural studies regarding what “culture” is, the history and value of “mass culture,” the meaning of “ideology,” what racism is and how it works, and the politics of gender and sexuality.

ENG 3100 - Introduction to Literary Studies
Literature and Global Modernity
Watten, Barrett

An introduction to the study of literature for English majors. The course is an intensive and extensive introduction to a range of literary texts and interpretive approaches that may be encountered in upper-division classes. It should be taken at or near the beginning of one's undergraduate work in the major, and helps satisfy the 12-credit prerequisite for 5000-level courses.

Students are introduced to literary and critical texts from a wide range of genres, periods, and literatures, to enhance their ability to engage unfamiliar and challenging texts and to expand their interpretive skills as readers and their clarity and versatility as writers. Past versions of the course have attempted great leaps between canonical, traditional and noncanonical, experimental texts. There will be frequent short written assignments (totaling about 30 pp.), a final, and lots of class discussion.

The Winter 2018 edition will likely focus on “global modernity” as represented in literature and visual art. Modernity is associated with progress, the rise of reason, achievements in science and the arts, changes in class and productive relations, and the construction of modern subjectivity, race, and gender. But do writers and artists from around the globe see modernity in the same way? This course will explore the differences between ways global modernity is depicted in terms of literary form and genre; the politics of race, class, and gender; and the increasing complexity of the global in cultural, linguistic, economic, and ecological terms.


ENG 3110 - (PL) English Literature to 1700
The Strange, Weird, and Monstrous
Hilary Fox

In popular culture, early English literature is usually thought of as the “original” fantasy, the source of the worlds depicted in Lord of the Rings, Skyrim, and Game of Thrones. This section of the survey will introduce you to some of these sources in person, as well as to their historical, social, and material contexts. As a focus for our discussion, we will look at some of the same things that interested J.R.R Tolkien and George R.R. Martin--the strange, the amazing, and the monstrous across texts both major and minor from a range of genres. We will look at riddles and mysteries, epic (Beowulf), romance (Marie de France's Bisclavret and Yonec), vision literature and autobiography (The Book of Margery Kempe, The Shewings of Julian of Norwich), dramatic encounters with other worlds both spiritual and geographical (Doctor Faustus and The Tempest), and finally, very early science fiction (The Blazing World).
 

ENG 3120 - (PL) English Literature After 1700
Michael Scrivener

The course surveys English literature from the 18th to the 21st centuries. As an introductory course, it will acquaint students with some important aspects of the literature (poetry, prose, fiction, drama) and literary history (from neoclassicism [Pope and Swift] to post-modernism [Salman Rushdie and Zadie Smith]). The writing assignments include the following: two papers (35%); six quizzes (35%); and a final (20%). Attendance and participation count 10% of your grade.
 

ENG 3140 - (PL) American Literature after 1865
S. Chandra

Adopting a transnational framework, this course will challenge the appropriation of the term America by the United States to refer to itself as a nation. Central to our study will be idea of America not simply as a geographical entity but also a term of inquiry with which to investigate questions of power, culture, and politics, race, gender, labor, globalization, immigration. We will address a variety of questions including: how is U.S. nationalism produced through the construction of its borders with other nations; how has the concept of nation changed through various historical and literary periods since 1865; how do literary works across national boundaries share similar concerns about social and political realities. In addition to literary texts, we will also read historical and theoretical material to contextualize the literary texts. Topics may include Anglo-American takeover of the southwest, immigration patterns, world wars, and rise of the U.S. as a global power. Students will also be required to write a literary essay commensurate with each student’s own intellectual interests. Because this course is a discussion-based course, attendance is required.
 

ENG 3800 - Introduction to Creative Writing
Caroline Maun

This course will introduce you to three genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. We will read examples of each genre, and we’ll consider what it is like to professionalize creatively, sustain creative practices, engage constructively with work in progress, and be supportive members of a creative community. Students produce a portfolio of material that includes polished work for submission to publication venues and/or award competitions. Students will write a reflective statement that can be used as a basis for an artist’s statement or graduate admissions applications at a later time. Weekly writing assignments and productive and supportive participation in small-group workshops are required.

ENG 3800 - Introduction to Creative Writing
Three Genres, One Vision
Jamaal May

This creative writing workshop will explore three genres (poetry, fiction, nonfiction) with a focus on how a personal vision translates across them. Our world moves at such a clip that sustained focus on an idea can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean it is impossible. We will look at writers who use different genres and mediums to express a unified philosophy, aesthetic, or concern while keeping up with the fluidity of culture. Students will generate original work as well as participate in small breakout sessions and group conversations with the intention of expanding the lexicon with which we discuss creative work. My approach is a dynamic classroom that I adjust to student needs so there is a certain expectation of flexibility.

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