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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

View courses and full requirements for this program in the current course catalog.

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