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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 206. Zombie Apocalypse. (3) This course will trace zombie genealogy from its earliest introduction in horror movies including Bela Lugosi's performance in White Zombie (1932) and George A. Romero's post-war Night of the Living Dead (1968), to present day apocalyptic zombie wars featured in novels and poems and other literature including Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide and excerpts from classic works including T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, George Orwell's 1984, Haitian voodoo zombie lore, African cannibalism accounts, and Center for Disease Control guidelines for surviving a zombie apocalypse. From fictional depictions of zombies with their expressionless eyes, staggering bodies, and carnivorous desires, we will move beyond zombies as mere monsters, re-examining zombie lore through the lens of present day apocalyptic scenarios concerning old disease resurgence, drug addiction effects, increasing wars, violence, and exploring chances for human survival when resources are few and laws are non-existent. In a modern culture dominated by virtual reality and questions about "identity," students will engage in philosophical and ethical discussions about what it means to be fully alive, or human, in an increasingly desensitized society and how individuals would respond if faced with a real-life zombie apocalypse.

ENGL 209. Bad Girls in Literature: Speaking Up and Acting Out. (3) The girl next door, tomboys, good girls, bad girls — these familiar stereotypes point toward ways that females have been characterized and classified in literature and a variety of American cultures. But what defines a "bad girl?" This course will examine that term by exploring texts about females by women. How have conceptions of gender and race changed throughout US history? How do different cultures define girls and women and their roles and value? What can cultural/historical contexts explain about the labeling of girls and women? What role does sexuality play in the labeling of females in a patriarchy? How does a writer convey values through characterizations, settings, and other tools of the craft? A series of critical reading and writing assignments will explore these questions.

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. ENGL 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. ENGL 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. ENGL 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. ENGL 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) ENGL 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) ENGL 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: RHET 131.

ENGL 252. Poetry Writing. (3) In this course, we will both read and write poetry. The class will introduce students to poetry from around the world. Students will discover the power and diversity of the written and spoken word. They will develop a vocabulary of literary terms and analytical skills to examine published poems as well as to critique their peers' poetry and their own. Writing and revising their original work throughout the semester, students will produce a portfolio of their own poems by the end of the semester.

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: ENGL 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: RHET 132 and either ENGL 203 or 204. Each semester may be taken independently of the other.

ENGL 371. American Lives: Surviving and Striving in the Margins. (3) A course in contemporary autobiographies. Students will read the stories of gay, lesbian, and transgender teens who become homeless when their families kick them out. They will follow a Jesuit priest as he helps Los Angeles youths struggling to escape gang life. Readings will be supplemented by documentary films and guest speakers.

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 3.50, 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: THEA 203. Graded Pass/Fail.

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