Undergraduate Degree Program


EN 100 Introduction to College English
A basic college-level English course in reading comprehension and expository composition. This course prepares students to read, think, and write with the accuracy, critical acuity, and cogency generally expected in college classes. EN 100 is for students whose preparation is marginal in the skills essential for success in post-secondary education; yet, who demonstrate a solid grasp of the fundamentals (i.e., of the semantics and syntax of Standard English). Generally offered each fall semester. 3 credits

EN 106 Written Expression I
Through the study of the basic strategies of the composing process, students employ written expression as a vehicle of critical thinking as they are trained in the craft of expository writing and coached in skills necessary for producing clear, concise, and coherent essays. Generally offered each semester. 3 credits

EN 107 Written Expression II
Continuing EN 106, the second semester builds upon students’ fundamental knowledge of expository writing and increases proficiency in reading and writing, particularly argument, persuasion, and research. An introduction to the major literary genres provides a context for written response. Generally offered each semester. 3 credits

EN 129 Drama: Vision and Revision
This course focuses on modern re-imaginings of earlier plays. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 143 Introduction to Creative Writing
A writing course designed as a general introduction to the strategies of literary composition. Through sustained and systematic practice in the techniques that stimulate and refine creative writing, students will exercise and develop intuitive and critical abilities essential to significant artistic achievement. Generally offered once a year. 3 credits

EN 155(H) Writing for Humanities: Composing with the Classics
This is a course designed to complement work in HU 114(H). Students will refine their understanding of the writing process as they continue to gain a greater appreciation for the relationship between reading texts intelligently and writing with clarity and precision. Each week, following class discussions on the readings, students will be given topics for writing assignments. The essays or writing projects (creative and expository) will vary in length; the student will write a total of 30–45 pages. Generally offered each spring semester. 1 credit

EN 220 The Short Story
A study of the thematic and stylistic range of the short story, with a concentration on the work of several English-language masters of the genre, such as Hawthorne, Poe, James, Crane, Joyce, Hemingway, O’Connor, and Oates. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 225 Masterpieces of American Literature I
This introductory survey traces the development of a distinctly American literary tradition in relation to questions of national identity, selfhood, gender, and race. Drawn from contact and colonial writing through the ante-bellum period, readings may include Native American myths; exploration and captivity narratives; religious writing; poems by Bradstreet, Taylor, Whittier, and Longfellow; autobiographies by Franklin and Douglass; essays by Emerson and Thoreau; fiction by Hawthorne, Poe, and Melville. 3 credits

EN 226 Masterpieces of American Literature II
The second part of Masterpieces of American Literature introduces students to major American achievements in poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fictional prose from post-Civil War era through the second half of the twentieth century. Readings may include the poetry of Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, Stevens, Hughes, and Bishop; the fiction of James, Twain, Wharton, and Faulkner; the drama of O’Neill and Williams; the prose of Washington and DuBois. 3 credits

EN 227 Masterworks of British Literature I
Introduces students to the treasures of British literature: the tales of Chaucer; sonnets of Shakespeare; poems of Sidney, Spenser, Donne, Marvell, Milton, Dryden, Pope; essays of Swift and Samuel Johnson. Making use of some of the most beautiful and suggestive literary texts in English, this course helps students to become confident and responsive readers of literature. 3 credits

EN 228 Masterworks of British Literature II
The second half of Masterworks of British Literature explores selections from among the prose and poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats; the works of Tennyson, Arnold, the Brownings, Ruskin, Mill, Newman, Carlyle, Pater; and such modern poets as Yeats, Eliot, Auden, and Heaney. 3 credits

EN 230 Tragedy
This course explores the nature of tragedy by looking at recurrent patterns in plays that have haunted the imagination of generations. It intends to raise questions about the relationship between tragic drama and “the tragic vision of life” and to consider if it is possible to write tragedy today. Readings may include plays by Sophocles, Shakespeare, Shelley, Ibsen, O’Neill, Brecht, and Ionesco, as well as selected criticism. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 231 Comedy
Like tragedy, comedy has its roots in ancient myth and ritual, but its spirit is one of celebration. Comedy is a genre versatile enough to encompass social commentary, psychological observations, and philosophical issues. This course focuses principally on the works of playwrights such as Aristophanes, Plautus, Shakespeare, Moliere, Congréve, Wycherley, Wilde, Shaw, Chekov, Beckett, and Pinter. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 232 Modern Drama
This course introduces students to the excitement and variety of modern drama. It begins with the roots of modern drama in the nineteenth-century (Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekov, and Shaw) and continues into the present with such playwrights as O’Neill, Eliot, Miller, Williams, Beckett, Albee, and Pinter. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 233 Narrative Literature
An exploration of the varied forms of narrative (and the contexts from which they arise) through a close study of diverse narrative genres, including the epic, romance, novel, and short story. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 236 British and American Novel of the 20th Century
A comparison of innovative modernist works with more traditional novels of the same era, reflecting the forces which shaped twentieth-century Western culture. Authors considered may include Joseph Conrad, E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Edith Wharton, Zora Neale Hurston, and Richard Wright. Also studied are selected works from recent decades. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 244 a/b Creative Writing: Poetry, Short Fiction, Short Theater Pieces
This course invites students with a serious interest in writing to compose various forms of poetry, short fiction, and/or theater pieces. Through weekly writing and class workshops, this course helps students discover material, find and develop an authentic voice, and experiment with different kinds of writing. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 245 a/b The Composing Process
Making use of class exercises, workshops, and individual conferences, this course will guide students to discovering materials, affecting audiences, and writing creatively with clarity and power. Generally offered every year. 3 credits

EN 250 through EN 254 Special Studies in Literature
Topics are interdisciplinary and/or may focus on literature in translation. 3 credits

EN 251 Young Adult Literature
This course centers on different kinds of literature read by young adults. It is particularly useful to future teachers. 3 credits

EN 255 Special Topics in British and American Literature
These courses focus on specific themes, periods, genres, or groups of writers in British and/or American literature. 3 credits

EN 261 Literary Romanticism
This course explores outstanding prose and poetry from selected major Romantic writers such as Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats from the British literary tradition, and Cooper, Hawthorne, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, and Melville from the American literary tradition. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 264 Medieval British Literature
This course introduces a variety of literature from the cultures of medieval Britain, with an emphasis on changing ideals of heroism, questions of gender, and the development of romance. Readings may include Beowulf, selections from Celtic literature, The Lais of Marie de France, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and Arthurian romance, such as Malory’s Morte D’Arthur. All readings are in modern English translation. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 268 Nature and American Literature
This course is an historic and contemporary look at the interplay between wilderness, nature, and civilization in American Culture. The course represents a study of how writers imagine and represent nature and wilderness in American literature, and which genres are most effective. Readings are drawn from writers ranging from Henry Thoreau, John Muir, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Willa Cather to Thoedore Roethke, Gary Snyder, Stephanie Mills, Barry Lopez, Wendell Berry and Leslie Marmon Silko. The class may also consider artistic themes of nature and wilderness, such as paintings from the Hudson River School and American Impressionism to more contemporary visions of the American landscape. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 280 Practicum
The English Department offers suitably prepared students the opportunity to apply and develop reading and composing skills in work environments such as hospital administration, marketing, publishing, television news studios, and newspaper offices. Requires permission of Department Chair, with whom hours and credits are arranged.

EN 283, 284 Shakespeare I, II
These two courses, which can be taken together or separately, explore the literary and theatrical genius of one of the world’s greatest and most controversial artists. We will read, discuss, and watch performances (both film and live) of Shakespeare’s major plays. EN 283 focuses on the turbulent history plays (Richard II, Henry IV Part I and Part II, Henry V); sparkling romantic comedies (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It); and two of the most popular and poignant tragedies (Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet). EN 284 focuses on three great tragedies (Macbeth, Othello, King Lear); two mind-bending, problematic plays (Antony and Cleopatra, Measure for Measure); and the fas ci nat ing and beautiful final plays (The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest). Generally offered every other year. 3 credits each

EN 335 British Novel of the Nineteenth Century
An upper-level course that investigates thematic, narrative, and other stylistic developments in the British novel as represented in selected major works by authors such as Jane Austen, Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and Thomas Hardy. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 337 Modern Poetry
This course traces the development of modern poetry in Britain and America, with an emphasis on the origin and impact of modernism. Through reading and appreciating modern poetry in all its variety, students will explore what it means to be modern—and perhaps post-modern as well. Poets may include Yeats, Pound, Frost, Eliot, Stevens, Williams, Auden, Moore, Hughes, Bishop, Larkin, Ashbery, and Heaney. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 343 a/b Seminar in Poetry Writing
This seminar explores and develops students’ interest in different kinds of poetic forms. It includes a final portfolio in the form of a collection of poems or a single long poem. Students can expect to submit their more accomplished work to various literary publications (including Breakwater) and poetry competitions. P: EN 244a/b or permission of instructor. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 344 a/b Seminar in Fiction Writing
An intensive class in composing and evaluating short stories and longer fiction. Students will work on a variety of brief exercises and one major project in narrative composition. P: EN 244a/b or permission of instructor. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 345 a/b Seminar in Composing Autobiography
This seminar uses readings, class exercises, and workshop activities to help students begin the process of exploring different versions of writing one’s self as a literary text. Issues addressed include becoming the “author” of oneself; autobiography as the “rewriting” of the self; confession and deception as “autobiographical” impulses; the relation between autobiography and fiction. Students compose autobiographical poems or narratives as their final portfolio project. P: EN 143 or permission of the Department Chair. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 346 a/b Seminar in Playwriting
This seminar introduces the student to different kinds of dramatic texts and encourages experimentation in more than one theatrical mode. Students will complete either a one act play or several scenes from a work-in-progress by the end of the course. If possible, completed dramatic texts written by members of the class will be given workshop productions. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 355 American Literary Modernism Seminar
This seminar explores literary modernism in the Americas, with a focus on the ways in which modernist writers from several nations imagine national identity and cultural difference. By reading authors from the United States, Latin America, and Canada, students will be introduced to the richness of New World literatures, and learn how these literatures responded to the challenges of modernity. Readings may include poetry and prose by such authors as Pound; Williams; Faulkner; Stein; Paz; Borges; Scott; Page; and Klein. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 360 The Literature of Love
EN 360 focuses on the literature of love. As we read selected works from the early Greek poet Sappho to contemporary American poets, we will explore the various meanings love takes on in different cultures, centuries, and contexts—and we will consider the possibility that writing itself can be a way of loving. If you think that love poetry is sentimental or predictable, this seminar will surprise you! 3 credits

EN 361 Literature of the Immigrant
Immigration is always two stories: a leaving and an arrival. This course considers the American immigrant experience through the perspective of literature. Novels, short stories, poetry, essays, and memoirs are read to gain understanding of the struggle of creating new lives in an unfamiliar culture. Generally offered every year. 3 credits

EN 380 Internship
A 3 to 6 credit field work experience open only to senior majors. Requires permission of Department Chair, with whom hours and credits are to be arranged.

EN 383 Shakespeare Seminar
This seminar, designed for students who have some previous college experience of Shakespeare, offers an opportunity to study, compare, and perform scenes from a small number of Shakespeare’s plays, in conjunction with a staged production, whenever possible. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 390 Independent Study
A course of study for superior students with well-developed reading plans and research projects. Requires permission of Department Chair, with whom hours and credits are to be arranged. Generally offered every year.

EN 391 Senior Seminar in British and American Literature
This is the culminating seminar for English majors which invites in-depth study of selected seminal literary texts. Past seminars have focused on the question: How does reading and knowing poets of the past relate to our reading and knowing of poets of our own time? Generally offered every year. 3 credits

EN 392 Writing Seminar
This advanced course is aimed at preparing upperclass students to meet successfully the kinds of writing they will encounter in the work place and in graduate study. After an intensive review of the stylistic and other formal aspects of business, technical, journalistic, and scholarly writing, students will concentrate on writing projects keyed to their career plans. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits

EN 393 Seminar in Dramatic Literature
This seminar, required for English majors concentrating in Dramatic Studies, is open to any upperclass student with an interest in drama. The seminar focuses on several provocative issues, including the relation between classical myth and mythic tragedy; the relation of action and inaction in the theater; plays which subvert their own form; political versus apolitical theater. Generally offered every other year. 3 credits