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Undergraduate Degrees

English/Literature  
List of all courses and their descriptions
List of all courses, their descriptions and offerings in the schedule book

ELIT1040 - Readn Literature:Coming Of Age
Fall 2014

This course teaches students the processes of close reading, analysis, and interpretation of literature and invites students to make connections between literature and their experiences. Students learn to distinguish between reading for comprehension and reading for pleasure, to recognize key principles of storytelling, and to distinguish types of literary works. Introducing students to texts that are international and multicultural in scope as well as to Western literature, the course focuses on works that treat the themes of initiation and development, especially coming of age.
Prerequisite: COSK1220
3 Credits

ELIT1050 - Readng Lit:Classics/Cntr Trad
Fall 2014

This course (Reading Literature: Classics and Counter-Traditions) teaches students the processes of close reading, analysis, and interpretation of literature and invites students to make connections between literature and their experiences. Students learn to distinguish between reading for comprehension and reading for pleasure, to recognize key principles of storytelling, and to distinguish types of literary works. Introducing students to texts that are international and multicultural in scope as well as to Western literature, the course focuses on the social processes and literary qualities that affect how particular works come to be considered "classics."
Prerequisite: COSK1220
3 Credits

ELIT1060 - Reading Literature: Myths
Fall 2014

This course teaches students the processes of close reading, analysis and interpretation of literature and invites students to make connections between literature and their experiences. Students learn to distinguish between reading for comprehension and reading for pleasure, to recognize key principles of storytelling, and to distinguish types of literary works. Introducing students to texts that are international and multicultural in scope as well as to Western literature, the course focuses on the repeatable, universal patterns that inform various literatures and cultures and the effects of various cultural myths on literary works.
Prerequisite: COSK1220
3 Credits

ELIT1070 - Childrens Literature
Fall 2014

This course is a survey course in Children's Literature designed to assist pre-service teachers to become familiar with the touchstone books, classic texts, and new publications in children's literature. Caldecott and Newbery medal winners will be presented and discussed in the course. Pre-service education students will learn the best practices for evaluating children's literature, integrating children's literature into the school curriculum, choosing trade books for the classroom, and motivating children to want to learn to read.
Prerequisite: COSK1220
3 Credits

ELIT1310 - Literature At Home/Abroad
Spring 2015


Prerequisite: COSK1221
3 Credits

ELIT2000 - The Study Of Literature
Fall 2014

considers the nature of literary interpretation by introducing students to concepts, debates and controversies in criticism today. Students learn about common critical terms and theoretical approaches and apply these terms and approaches to a variety of fictional texts, such as drama, short stories, poetry and novels. In doing so, students learn how to use disciplinary frameworks to ask new questions about texts, to develop their interpretative skills and to participate in the professional discourse of this field.
Prerequisite: COSK1221
3 Credits

ELIT2010 - The Study Of The Essay
Fall 2014

This course introduces students to the study of the historical origin and development of the essay as a genre through analysis of select essays written during the Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment (16th through 18th centuries) as well as essays by 19th century Romantic and Victorian authors. Students are also exposed to contemporary essays written in English from a variety of perspectives by a culturally diverse group of essayists. In addition, students learn fundamental rhetorical principles of invention, arrangement, and style in order to analyze the essays read for the course and to construct personal and scholarly essays.
Prerequisite: COSK1221 or COSK1225
3 Credits

ELIT2030 - African Amer Lit & Experience
Fall 2014

The course focuses on texts created by African Americans which reflect the diverse thoughts, beliefs, customs, struggles, achievements, and visions of African American writers. This course teaches students the process of close reading, analysis, and interpretation of literature and invites students to make connections between literature and their experiences. The course stresses in-depth reading and concentrates on the interrelationships of literary works and the social and cultural values and beliefs reflected in and affected by those works. Some attention is given to the terminology basic to literary study and to the place of literature in a well-rounded education. The course is designed for students without prior coursework in literature.
Prerequisite: COSK1221 or COSK1225
3 Credits

ELIT2040 - Literature and Medicine
Fall 2014

This course connects practices common in literary analysis (analyzing point of view, authorial reliability, plot, theme, symbol, characterization etc.) with skills relevant to the health sciences (such as verbal reasoning, critical thinking, pursuing implications, clarifying ambiguity, making inferences etc.). Studens apply literary analysis to novels, short stories, plays and/or poetry in order to understand concepts related to the health sciences, such as health, wellness, death, dying, disability, autonomy, professionalism and others. The course's interdisciplinary approach emphasizes the importance of narrative in health care and is designed for students without prior coursework in literature. The course is open to al students.
Prerequisite: COSK1221 or COSK1225
3 Credits

ELIT2050 - Classic, Myth, & World Lit
Fall 2014

This course focuses on the repeatable, universal patterns that inform various literatures and cultures and the effects of various cultural myths on literary works. This course teaches students the process of close reading, analysis, and interpretation of literature and invites students to make connections between literature and their experiences. The course stresses in-depth reading and concentrates on the interrelationships of literary works and the social and cultural values and beliefs reflected in and affected by those works. Some attention is given to the terminology basic to literary study and to the place of literature in a well-rounded education.
Prerequisite: COSK1221 AND ELIT1040
3 Credits

ELIT2055 - World Literature
Fall 2014

This course examines ancient and modern texts from a variety of cultures. This course teaches students the process of close reading, analysis, and interpretation of literature and invites students to make connections between literature and their experiences. The course stresses in-depth reading and concentrates on the interrelationships of literary works and the social and cultural values and beliefs reflected in and affected by those works. Some attention is given to the terminology basic to literary study and to the place of literature in a well-rounded education. The course is designed for students without prior coursework in literature.
Prerequisite: COSK1221 or COSK1225
3 Credits

ELIT2065 - Honors World Literature
Fall 2014


Prerequisite: COSK1221 or Concurrent
3 Credits

ELIT2080 - Women and Literature
Fall 2014

This course focuses on texts created by women writers which reflect the diverse thoughts, beliefs, customs, struggles, achievements, and visions of women. This course teaches students the process of close reading, analysis, and interpretation of literature and invites students to make connections between literature and their experiences. The course stresses in-depth reading and concentrates on the interrelationships of literary works and the social and cultural values and beliefs reflected in and affected by those works. Some attention is given to the terminology basic to literary study and to the place of literature in a well-rounded education. The course is designed for students without prior coursework in literature.
Prerequisite: COSK1221 or COSK1225
3 Credits

ELIT3020 - Sem In Lit: Selected Poets
Fall 2014

This course enables students to study the lives and works of important poets from a literary critical point of view, examining the historical evolution of poetry and poetic forms, the distinctive features of poetry, the unique qualities of individual poets, the historical and cultural contexts of their writing, and strategies for reading and interpreting poetry. The course will include examples of epic, narrative, and lyric poetry and may include the study of important poets in translation (such as Sappho, Dante, Mallarme, or Rilke).
Prerequisites: Any ELIT course and 75 credits
3 Credits

ELIT3040 - Sem In Lit: Sel Amer Authors
Fall 2014

This course enables students to engage in detailed literary study of two major figures in American literature. Students will synthesize and evaluate the key issues of American literary scholarship through detailed studies of the works, biography and criticism of Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Selected novels and short stories of the two writers will be examined in the seminar for their aesthetic values, their social and political contexts, their rhetorical and genre strategies, and major biographical facts. Students compile annotated bibliographies, make oral presentations, write short papers, and write one 15 page scholarly essay based on research.
Prerequisites: Any ELIT course and 75 credits
3 Credits

ELIT3050 - Sem In Lit: Yeats/Joyce
Fall 2014

This course enables students to engage in detailed literary study of two major figures in Irish literature, as well as the culture and history that surround Yeats and Joyce. Students will synthesize and evaluate the key issues of Irish literary scholarship through detailed studies of the works, biography and criticism of Yeats and Joyce. They will engage in the reading of the history of Ireland in the late Nineteenth and the early Twentieth centuries. Selected novels, poems, plays, and short stories of the two writers will be examined in the seminar for their aesthetic values, their social and political contexts, their rhetorical and genre strategies, and their connections with the biographical facts of the authors' lives. Students will compile annotated bibliographies, make oral presentations, write short papers, and write one 15 page scholarly essay based on research.
Prerequisites: Any ELIT course and 75 credits
3 Credits

ELIT3060 - Sem In Lit: Drama
Fall 2014

This course enables students to study the historical growth, aesthetic premises, and literary and theatrical techniques of major modern playwrights. Students analyze play structure and the major styles in modern theater, such as realism, naturalism, expressionism, and theater of the absurd. The works studied most often include those of Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, O'Neill, Brecht, Ionesco, Williams, Miller, Becket, and Wilson. To help students grasp modern dramatic technique, students may participate in dramatic readings, block and deliver short scenes from key plays, and compare and contrast actors' interpretations of various dramatic scenes.
Prerequisites: Any ELIT course and 75 credits
3 Credits

ELIT3070 - Sem In Lit: Classic Novels
Fall 2014

This course enables English majors to engage in detailed literary study of select nineteenth century novels. Primarily a reading course for English Literature and English Education majors, students will read a number of British, American, French and Russian novels. Close attention will be paid to historical context in order to analyze the economic, social, political and philosophical concerns of novels produced during the early, middle and late years of the Industrial Revolution. A variety of rhetorical and literary critical approaches will be used by students to examine the novels. Special attention will be paid to social and economic conditions created by the Industrial Revolution in Britain and the United States. Students will compile annotated bibliographies, make oral presentations, write short papers defining critical problems, and write one 15 page scholarly essay as a result of their research.
Prerequisite: Any ELIT course and 75 total credits.
3 Credits

ELIT3080 - American Lit Before 1865
Fall 2014

This course examines the historical growth, philosophical premises, and literary techniques of important writers in American literature up through the Civil War. Students read a wide, diverse range of literature, such as Native American, Spanish American, and African American literatures, in the genres of fiction, essays, poetry, journals, autobiographies, and slave narratives. Students also study aesthetic and intellectual movements such as Neo-classicism, Romanticism, and Transcendentalism. The course focuses on historical development with emphasis on the American Renaissance of the 1850's. Students investigate print, internet resources, and electronic databases and write literacy research essays in MLA format.
Prerequisites: COSK2220 or COSK2225 and any ELIT course
3 Credits

ELIT3090 - American Lit From 1865-Present
Fall 2014

This course enables students to study the historical growth, philosophical premises, and literary techniques of important writers in American literature from the Civil War to today with emphasis on the modern period. Students read a wide, diverse range of literature including minority literatures, especially the immigrant experience. Students also study genres such as fiction, poetry, journals, and autobiographies, and aesthetic movements such as realism, naturalism, and modernism. Students investigate print, internet resources, and electronic databases and write literacy research essays in MLA format.
Prerequisites: COSK2220 and any ELIT course
3 Credits

ELIT3120 - British Literature To 1789
Fall 2014

This course examines the historical growth, philosophical premises, and literary techniques of important writers in British and Commonwealth literature from Beowulf through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, the Restoration and the 18th century. Students read a wide range of literature, including fiction, drama, poetry, journals, and autobiographies. The course focuses on historical development with emphasis on significant schools and movements such as the Metaphysical poets and the Neoclassical writers. This course excludes Shakespeare. Students investigate print, internet resources, and electronic databases and write literary research essays in MLA format.
Prerequisites: COSK2220 or COSK2225 and any ELIT course
3 Credits

ELIT3130 - British Literature 1789-Presen
Fall 2014

British literature from 1789 examines the historical growth, philosophical premises, and literary techniques of important writers in British and Commonwealth literature from the late 18th century to the modern era. Students read a wide range of literature, including fiction, drama, essays, poetry, journals, and autobiographies. The course focuses on historical development with emphasis on significant schools and movements such as Romanticism, Victorian writers, and Modernism. Students investigate print, internet resources, and electronic databases and write literary research essays in MLA format.
Prerequisites: COSK2220 and any ELIT course
3 Credits

ELIT3520 - Dramatic Art Of Shakespeare
Fall 2014

This course enables students to study drama as practiced by Shakespeare. While examining the history of Shakespearean production and the historical and cultural contexts of Shakespeare's England, students practice close, critical readings of at least one tragedy, one comedy, and one history play. To help them grasp Shakespeare's dramatic technique, students may participate in dramatic readings, block and deliver short scenes from key plays, and compare and contrast actors' interpretations of various dramatic scenes.
Prerequisites: COSK2220 or COSK2225 and any ELIT course
3 Credits

ELIT4800 - Seminar In English Studies
Fall 2014

This course enables senior English and English Education majors to analyze and synthesize the key issues of the discipline through detailed studies of literature and close readings of texts, considering their aesthetic values, social and political ideologies, rhetorical and genre strategies, and major biographical facts about the authors. Students compile annotated bibliographies, make oral presentations, write short papers analyzing critical problems, and write one 20-25 page scholarly essay based on their research.
Prerequisites: Any ELIT course, COSK2230 and 75 credits, or permission of department head.
3 Credits

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