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English and Theatre

Faculty: A. Green, A. Metcalf, J. Zeck, L. Bandy+, T. Jackson+, D. Metcalf+, R. Seufert +.

The Department of English and Theatre offers a major and minor in English and courses in both fields.

English Major

Both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science are available for the English major, but the department strongly recommends the study of foreign language that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Secondary school teaching certification is available with a major in English. See the Education Department listing for requirements.

A degree with Honors in English is awarded to graduates with a departmental average of at least 3.5 and an overall average of at least 3.0 who have successfully completed a senior thesis or creative project (English 497). Planning for Honors should begin early in the student's undergraduate career in consultation with the student's faculty advisor.

All English majors are required to take 13 courses (39 credits), including the following:

English Minor

A minor in English requires six courses (18 hours):

Courses

English

ENGL 203. Introduction to Poetry and Short Fiction. (3) A study of the nature, types, and forms of poetry and short fiction, including both traditional and contemporary examples of each. No prerequisite.

ENGL 204. Introduction to the Novel. (3) A study of the elements of the novel as a work of literature. No prerequisite.

ENGL 232/332. Themes in Literature. (3) Study of a specific literary subject or theme. Courses taught under this heading include such topics as Gothic Literature, Film and Literature, and Sherlock Holmes. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. English 332 is the same as 232 but with additional research and writing. No prerequisite for 232; permission of instructor required for 332.

ENGL 234/334. Diversity in American Literature. (3) Study of a specific literary subject in diversity in American literature. Courses taught under this heading typically include American Indian Literature, Women's Literature, The Harlem Renaissance, Latino Literature, and Asian-American Literature. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. English 334 is the same as 234 but with additional research and writing. No prerequisite for 234; permission of instructor required for 334.

ENGL 238/338. World Literature. (3) Study of a specific literary subject in world literature. Courses taught under this heading typically include Greek Mythology, World Classics to 1800, Contemporary Non-Western Short Fiction, and Non-Western Theatre. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. English 338 is the same as 238 but with additional research and writing. No prerequisite for 238; permission of instructor required for 338.

ENGL 240/340. Topics in English Language. (3) Study of a specific topic such as history of the English language, English grammar, slang, American dialects, new words, or forensic linguistics. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. English 340 is the same as 240 but with additional research and writing. No prerequisite for 240; permission of instructor required for 340.

ENGL 242/342. Shakespeare: Comedies and Selected Histories. (3) English 342 is the same as 242 but with additional research and writing. No prerequisite for 242; permission of instructor required for 342.

ENGL 245/345. Shakespeare: Tragedies and Selected Histories. (3) English 345 is the same as 245 but with additional research and writing. No prerequisite for 245; permission of instructor required for 345.

ENGL 250. Creative Writing. (3) Fiction, poetry, drama, or the personal essay. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisite: Rhetoric 101.

ENGL 301, 302, 303. Survey of English Literature. (3, 3, 3) 301: Old and Middle English literature and language to 1550. 302: the Elizabethan Age through the eighteenth century, 1550-1800. 303: the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods, from 1800. Prerequisite: English 203 or junior standing. Each semester may be taken independently of the others.

ENGL 305, 306. American Literature. (3, 3) First semester, from 1620 to the Civil War; second semester, from the Civil War to the present. Prerequisites: Rhetoric 102 and either English 203 or 204. Each semester may be taken independently of the other.

ENGL 363. Secondary School Methods: English. Methods and materials for teaching English in the secondary school. Same as Education 363.

ENGL 393. Career Experience. (3) Practical application in the workplace of the skills of reading and writing, under the supervision of the employer and a faculty member. Graded Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: junior standing.

ENGL 497. Senior Thesis. (3) An original work of literary analysis or creative project, supervised by a faculty member. Prerequisite: senior standing, a departmental grade average of at least 3.5, and an overall average of at least 3.00 and permission of department.

Theatre

THEA 101. Participation in Dramatic Productions. (1 activity credit) Activity credit for students who participate in department-sponsored theatre productions. Graded Pass/Fail.

THEA 203. Introduction to Drama and Theatre. (3) A study of the theatrical process from the analysis of a drama through the development of a production. No prerequisite.

THEA 245. Theatre Production and Development. (1) Active participation in the design, technical development, or acting of a faculty-directed production on campus. Students need not take this class in order to participate in productions. Prerequisite: Theatre 203. Graded Pass/Fail.

THEA 265. Introduction to Acting. (3) An introduction to the fundamentals of acting through monologues and scene study. No prerequisite.