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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Introduction to Literary Study (SEL 150)

Introduction to reading, research, grammar, and writing in the study of literature. Emphasis on literary forms, research tools, and the vocabulary of literary study. Practice in writing the literary essay. English majors take this course during their freshman or sophomore year. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Introduction to Popular Fiction (SEL 155)

Introduction to the reading and writing of popular fiction. Emphasis on understanding the scope and meaning of the conventions of the major genres: romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, etc. Practice in writing popular fiction. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Newswriting (SEL 227)

Study of the roles of the journalist in society, the types of journalism, the newsgathering process, and journalism history. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Topics in Journalism (SEL 230)

Emphasis varies from term to term, e.g., Exposition and Argument, Editorial Writing, Contemporary Journalism. Repeatable for credit. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Topics in Creative Writing (SEL 231)

Emphasis varies from term to term, e.g., Creative Thinking and Expression, Writing Science Fiction, Finding Forms for Personal Experience, Short Creative Forms. Spring and summer. Repeatable for credit. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

The Writing of Fiction (SEL 232)

Instruction and practice in the writing of short fiction. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Fall semester, even-numbered years. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

The Writing of Poetry (SEL 233)

Instruction and practice in the writing of poetry. Consideration of contemporary poetic theory and practice. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Magazine Writing (SEL 235)

An understanding of, and appreciation for, contemporary American magazine journalism, skills in research, and writing for magazines. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SEL227. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Writing for the Internet (SEL 236)

Surveys the forms of online writing, including text messaging, e-mail, message boards, weblogs, web pages, and wikis. Students create or contribute to such texts, examine the conventions that have developed for each form (in social and professional contexts), and reflect upon their cultural significance. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Writing about Literature (SEL 237)

This course teaches students to apply college writing skills to the discipline of English, with particular emphasis in the researched essay. Students read a wide variety of primary texts and interpret them through writing, revision, and literary theory. English and journalism majors should take this course in the fall semester of the sophomore year. Writing Intensive course. Fall semester. Prerequisites: SEL106 or SEL107, and SEL150, grade of C or better. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Major Writers and Genres (SEL 250)

Emphasis varies from term to term, e.g., short fiction, autobiography, science fiction. Counts toward the gender and women's studies minor when the topic is "Feminist Readings." Alternate years. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

Reading Poetry (SEL 251)

Introductory study of how poets turn experience and emotion into organized expression. Discussion of poetic techniques, practice, pattern, and style. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Topics in Women in Literature (SEL 253)

Emphasis varies from term to term, e.g., Women as Heroes, Contemporary Fiction by American Women, Victorian Women Writers. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.

The Bible as Literature (SEL 255)

This is an introductory literature course in reading the Bible. The course surveys the formation of the Bible related to Judaic and Christian traditions. Students examine diverse literary forms: from mythic stories of origin and prophecies to poems and parables. Students develop the skill of critically reading biblical literature through a theological lens. Spring semester, even-numbered years. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

European Literature (SEL 261)

A survey of selected European writers, from ancient times to the present, and of how, through literature, they express their understanding of human experience. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Topics in World Literature (SEL 263)

Topics vary from year to year, e.g., International Novel, Confucius and Modern Thought, African Women’s Writing, Survey of World Literature. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Major British Writers I (SEL 264)

The works of significant British writers, from the Beowulf poet to Austen. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Major British Writers II (SEL 265)

The works of significant British writers, from Blake to the present. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

American Literature 1800-1915 (SEL 266)

Explores a diverse body of nineteenth-century literature, including fiction, poetry, narrative, and essays, written in different regions of the United States by men and women of various cultural groups. Works of the American literary renaissance are studied alongside writing from other traditions, such as Native American autobiography, African American narrative, and women’s fiction. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

American Literature 1915 to Present (SEL 267)

Traces the emergence of multiple perspectives in twentieth century U.S. literature. Examines the ways fiction, poetry, and drama represent an increasing diversity of voices, with an emphasis on contemporary novels by writers from various cultural groups. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Spring semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Cont American Lit for Children (SEL 269)

Introduction to novels and picture books for elementary school-aged children, with emphasis on presenting such books in the classroom, encouraging a love of reading, and addressing geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic differences through books. Fulfills literature requirement for teaching certification candidates. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Advanced Study in Literature (SEL 309)

Topics vary from term to term; emphasis is on upper-level (junior and senior) in-depth study, e.g., Medieval Studies, Social Themes in the Novel, Austen and the Brontes, Development of the British Novel, Victorian Literature, Twentieth Century Studies. Prerequisites: SEL150 and two other English courses. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.

Chaucer (SEL 310)

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, with introductory study of Middle English language and literary and historical traditions. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Shakespeare (SEL 311)

Selected works of Shakespeare, tracing his development as dramatist and poet. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Juniors and seniors only. 3 credits. Fee.

Literary Criticism (SEL 312)

Theories of literary criticism, focused on contemporary theory and practice. Prerequisite: SEL237. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Publication Workshop (SEL 331)

Provides strategies and methods of writing for publication for diverse markets in journalism and creative writing. Topics include freelancing as a business, researching the marketplace, the editorial process, and coping with rejection. New material is critiqued in collaborative peer groups. Writing is submitted for publication. Prerequisite: SEL227, SEL231, SEL232, SEL233, or SEL236. Spring semester, even-numbered years. Juniors and seniors only. 3 credits.

Topics in Media Aesthetics (SEL 335)

Students learn and apply a variety of critical methods for understanding and evaluating aesthetic criteria in media. Depending on the topic, the course may cover television, film, the Internet, or any one of several other contemporary or emerging media. Prerequisite: SEL237. Repeatable for credit. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Topics in Media & Culture (SEL 336)

Examines one or more issues in depth that result from the interplay of cultural forces and contemporary media. The course may focus on specific media, tracing their development and interaction in contemporary society, or it may begin with an issue and deal with the ways in which media treat and shape issues. Prerequisite: SAR110, SLA201, SHY221, or SMU272. Repeatable for credit. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Literature for Young Adults (SEL 344)

An introduction to literature targeted toward middle and high school readers. Includes poetry and short fiction; emphasizes novel-length fiction from Catcher in the Rye to contemporary fantasy. Includes teaching strategies, principles of selection, and special concerns of those writing adolescent literature. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Genre Writing Workshop (SEL 355)

This workshop develops specific technical skills and addresses conventions required for crafting a novel geared toward a genre audience. These skills include characterization, plotting, pacing, point of view, and other elements of production. Participants create, share, and edit book chapters, synopses, and materials customarily needed in preparation for a novel-length work. Prerequisites: SEL155 and SEL232. Fall semester. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Internship (SEL 430)

Repeatable for credit. Permission required. Variable credit.

3 Credits.

The Art of the Film (SHU 265)

This introductory course in film aesthetics critically examines the primary elements in the motion picture. Students learn how a film builds meaning by analyzing the diverse components that construct a movie such as editing, directing, scoring, acting, and dramatic storytelling. It familiarizes students with film genres, cinema technology, and historical movements relevant to the development of the medium. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Topics:Film Studies (SHU 365)

This course covers diverse issues and topics related to the cinema while emphasizing advanced research writing in the humanities. Topical focus could include: film genres (e.g.,“The Western”,“The Documentary”), cinematic history (e.g.,“Films of the Silent Era”), international movements (e.g.,“The French New Wave”), directors (e.g., “Hitchcock”), or particular thematic or theoretical studies relevant to the humanities (e.g., “Literary Adaptations”,“War in Film”). Spring semester, even-numbered years. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits. Fee.

Dramatic Writing (STR 260)

Instruction and practice in writing for the stage and screen through exercises and the first draft of a one-act play, screenplay, or book for a musical. The study and analysis of dramatic structure in traditional and diverse texts is combined with activities designed to spark ideas and nurture the writers’ unique voice. Satisfies the Artistic Expression requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

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