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Languages and Literature

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ENGL 240
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Writing Cognate
3

Study of and practice in the composition of imaginative literature, with emphasis on the short story and poetry. Students engage in the close reading of texts, both those written by established writers and those of classmates, practicing and presenting their own creative writing.

Prerequisites: ENGL 101

ENGL 320
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing Cognate
3

A workshop course in which students study and practice the principles of writing poetry. Students read and discuss each other's writings as well as those of established poets.

Prerequisites: ENGL 240, Sophomore standing

ENGL 321
Creative Writing: The Short Story
Creative Writing Cognate
3

A workshop course in which students study and practice the principles of writing short fiction. Students read and discuss each other's writings as well as those of established writers.

Prerequisites: ENGL 240, Sophomore standing

ENGL 410
Seminar in Creative Writing
Creative Writing Cognate
3

Study of advanced techniques in writing fiction and/or poetry. Writing exercises, critique, study of professionals' strategies, and workshop discussion all contribute to students' development of their creative writing skills.

Prerequisites: ENGL 320 or ENGL 321

ENGL 485
English Senior Seminar
English Core
3

Capstone seminar providing an intensive exploration of the Christ-centered nature of the discipline. Involves the preparation and defense of a major academic project and portfolio.

Prerequisites: Senior standing

ENGL 202
Literature of the United States: Beginnings to the Civil War
English Core, Humanities
3

Survey of literature written in the United States from the early works until 1865. Primary emphasis is placed upon the works of major writers. The course includes references to historical, social, and biographical backgrounds as necessary information for an understanding of the literature.

Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in ENGL 102

ENGL 203
Literature of the United States: Civil War through the 21st Century
English Core, Humanities
3

Survey of literature written in the United States beginning with works written during the Civil War and continuing into the twenty-first century. The course includes general references to historical, social, and biographical backgrounds as necessary information for an understanding of the literature.

Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in ENGL 102

ENGL 211
British Literature: Middle Ages through the 18th Century
English Core, Humanities
3

Survey of English literature from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century (450-1798). Primary emphasis is placed upon the works of major writers, with general references to the historical, social and biographical backgrounds as necessary information for an understanding of the literature. Parallel reading and reports are required.

Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in ENGL 102

ENGL 212
British Literature: 19th Century through the 21st Century
English Core, Humanities
3

Survey of English literature beginning with the romantic period (1798) and continuing through the modern period. Brief consideration is given to outstanding writers and prominent trends in recent literature.

Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in ENGL 102

ENGL 377
Shakespeare
English Core, Humanities
3

Critical reading of and writing about selected tragedies, comedies, and histories of William Shakespeare.

ENGL 305
The Art of the Essay
English Core, Pre-Law
3

Study of the genre of the essay. Students read some of the best contemporary, American non-fiction writing across fields such as the arts, religion, politics, and natural sciences, practicing the techniques found in these models as they develop their own essay style.

Prerequisites: ENGL 102, Sophomore standing

ENGL 332
Medieval English Literature
English Elective
3

Study of English literature written before 1500, including Beowulf and the work of Chaucer.

Prerequisites: ENGL 102

ENGL 335
Milton and the Seventeenth Century
English Elective
3

Study of the poetry and prose of John Milton and other major 17th century British writers, with an emphasis on the religious and political contexts of the literature.

Prerequisites: ENGL 102

ENGL 340
Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
English Elective
3

Study of British literature between 1660 and 1800, including the origins of the English novel.

Prerequisites: ENGL 102

ENGL 348
British Romantics
English Elective
3

Study of the poetry and prose of the British Romantic Period, including the poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats and the fiction of Austen.

Prerequisites: ENGL 102

ENGL 350
Victorian Literature
English Elective
3

A study of the Victorian writers of England in both poetry and prose, considered in their relation to the intellectual, religious, social, and aesthetic currents of the age.

Prerequisites: ENGL 102

ENGL 360
American Women Writers
English Elective
3

Study of the contribution of women to the American literary tradition, beginning with the early Puritans and examining the continuing evolution of women's societal roles by reading selections from several different genres.

Prerequisites: ENGL 102

ENGL 365
Contemporary Literature
English Elective
3

Study of the works of select British and American writers published after 1945.

Prerequisites: ENGL 102

ENGL 370
The Religious Imagination in American Literature
English Elective
3

Study of select American texts as religious expressions that give voice to writers' foundational beliefs, such as their understandings of God, nature, humanity, and salvation. Students consider the breadth of the diverse American religious imagination as they read the texts of writers such as Emily Dickinson, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O'Connor, and other contemporary authors.

Prerequisites: ENGL 315, 377, or at least one course numbered ENGL 330-350

ENGL 390
Independent Study
English Elective
1 to 3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is administered according to a learning contract between a designated faculty member and the student.

ENGL 490
Advanced Independent Study
English Elective
3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is administered according to a learning contract between a designated faculty member and the student.

ENGL 495
Internship
English Elective
1 to 3

Approved internship in a field of the student's specialty. This guided learning experience is a culminating experience in which the student applies the principles and skills learned, demonstrating competency under the guidance of a specialist in the field

ENGL 315
African American Literature
English Elective, Humanities
3

Survey of the African American literary tradition with critical reading of and writing about various genres of literature, including essays, poetry, drama, and fiction, by representative African-American authors.

ENGL 330
Studies in World Literature
English Elective, International Studies Elective
3

Study of literature written by authors from around the world, as read in translation. Students study texts chosen primarily from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and read the literature through a comparative approach, considering historical, intellectual, religious, social, and aesthetic contexts.

Prerequisites: At least one of the following: ENGL 202, 203, 211, or 212

FREN 210
Intermediate French I
French
3

Development of intermediate-level French language skills and study of the diverse cultures of the French-speaking world.

Prerequisites: FREN 102 or placement through Department of Language and Literature

FREN 211
Intermediate French II
French
3

Continuation of FREN 210. Development of intermediate-level French language skills and study of the diverse cultures of the French-speaking world.

Prerequisites: FREN 210 or placement through Department of Language and Literature

FREN 310
French Conversation and Composition I
French
3

Intensive practice in oral and written French language skills based on personal experiences, film, cultural readings, articles and short stories. Includes advanced grammar review and vocabulary development.

Prerequisites: FREN 211 or placement through Department of Language and Literature

FREN 311
French Conversation and Composition II
French
3

Continuation of FREN 310. Intensive practice in oral and written French language skills based on personal experiences, film, cultural readings, articles and short stories. Includes advanced grammar review and vocabulary development.

Prerequisites: FREN 310

FREN 410
French Culture through Film
French
3

Study of the history and culture of the French-speaking world through the context of film. Taught in French.

Prerequisites: FREN 311 them in French both orally and in writing.

FREN 420
Culture and Civilization of France
French
3

Exploration of the culture and civilization of France from prehistoric times through the present. Taught in French.

Prerequisites: FREN 311

FREN 475
Special Topics
French
3

Intensive examination of a selected area of study in the field of French language and culture. Topics vary and are announced in advance. This course may be repeated for credit. Lecture, seminar, and/or team study. Taught in French

Prerequisites: FREN 311

FREN 101
Introductory French I
French, International Studies (Foreign Language Requirement)
3

Introduction to French grammar and pronunciation, with emphasis on phonetic pronunciation and on the principles of grammar. Included are basic question-and-answer drills for real-life situations.

FREN 102
Introductory French II
French, International Studies (Foreign Language Requirement)
3

Continuation of skills learned in FREN 101. In addition, reading selections are introduced. Course emphasizes oral comprehension and interacting in real-life situations.

Prerequisites: FREN 101 or placement test

SPAN 210
Intermediate Spanish I
Spanish
3

Development of intermediate-level Spanish language skills and study of the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.

Prerequisites: SPAN 102 or placement through Department of Language and Literature

SPAN 211
Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish
3

Continuation of SPAN 210. Development of intermediate-level Spanish language skills and study of the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world

Prerequisites: SPAN 210 or placement through Department of Language and Literature

SPAN 245
Hispanic Art and Culture
Spanish
3

Study of select creative works from Hispanic traditions, including art, music and film, with an emphasis on cultural background. Taught in English

SPAN 310
Spanish Conversation and Composition I
Spanish
3

Intensive practice in oral and written Spanish language skills based on personal experiences, film, cultural readings, articles and short stories by Hispanic writers. Includes advanced grammar review and vocabulary development.

Prerequisites: SPAN 211 or placement through Department of Language and Literature

SPAN 311
Spanish Conversation and Composition II
Spanish
3

Continuation of SPAN 310. Intensive practice in oral and written Spanish language skills based on personal experiences, film, cultural readings, articles and short stories by Hispanic writers. Includes advanced grammar review and vocabulary development.

Prerequisites: SPAN 310

SPAN 410
Hispanic Culture through Film
Spanish
3

Study of the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world through the context of film. Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisites: SPAN 311

SPAN 420
Culture and Civilization of Spain
Spanish
3

Exploration of the culture and civilization of Spain from prehistoric times through the present. Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisites: SPAN 311

SPAN 421
Culture and Civilization of Latin America
Spanish
3

Exploration of the culture and civilization of Latin America from prehistoric times through the present. Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisites: SPAN 311

SPAN 475
Special Topics
Spanish
3

Intensive examination of a selected area of study in the field of Spanish language or culture. Topics vary and are announced in advance. This course may be repeated for credit. Lecture, seminar, and/or team study. Taught in Spanish.

Prerequisites: SPAN 311

SPAN 101
Introductory Spanish I
Spanish, International Studies (Foreign Language Requirement)
4

Introduction to the Spanish language using a communicative approach with an emphasis on developing introductory listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as an appreciation for Hispanic culture.

SPAN 102
Introductory Spanish II
Spanish, International Studies (Foreign Language Requirement)
4

Continuation of SPAN 102. Introduction to the Spanish language using a communicative approach with an emphasis on developing introductory listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as an appreciation for Hispanic culture.

Prerequisites: SPAN 101 or placement through Department of Language and Literature