courses offered Fall 2021

ENG 100 Comprehensive Writing Fundamentals

Gen Ed Foundations

This course is an intensive course intended to bring inexperienced writers up to speed with the fundamental skills required in academic writing. The Comprehensive track runs in parallel with the Writing Fundamentals sibling course, but, with twice the contact hours, it elevates student competence more gradually, at a pace more appropriate for inexperienced writers. Successful completion of the course grants access to Writing from Research (ENG 102).

ENG 202 Writing from Theory

Gen Ed Foundations

This course is a seminar on the principles of effective expository writing with a focus on the critical perspectives and theories that enliven contemporary literary, art, and cultural studies. Through an historical survey of critical theory, including an introduction to relevant terminology, the course will cover various types of arguments, appropriate to different concerns and cultural contexts. The theory addressed in this course spans theories of race, class, gender and national identity, postmodern and poststructuralist perspectives, Marxist critique, and psychoanalytic approaches. Writing assignments will provide students with the opportunity to apply these theories to literary works, film, painting, and built space.

ENG 208 Fiction: Genre, Technique, and Structure

Core Elective

Literature Minor Core Elective

Writing Minor Core Elective

This introductory level literature class is designed to help students acquire the skills for reading, appreciating, writing, and critically analyzing fiction. This course intends to introduce the students to basic concepts about literary technique, elements of fiction, and innovation while honing their critical thinking skills.

ENG 313 Creative Non-Fiction Writing

Major Elective

Writing Minor Elective

Nonfiction is a genre that has grown more diverse and creative than ever, embracing all styles from serious to whimsical and encompassing every topic imaginable. This course will focus on the creative process and the generation of several different forms of writing within the nonfiction genre, including the personal essay, the memoir, biography, and the journalistic or magazine profile

ENG 499 Capstone Senior Project

Core

A seminar in which students select a publication, production or research project to complete over the course of two semesters. Students are required to choose a project in creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction), or a scholarly thesis, work with an advisor to complete their projects over the course of their final two semesters as seniors.

ENG 101 Writing Fundamentals

Gen Ed Foundations

This course introduces students to the rigors and discipline of the writing process, stage by stage, from choosing a topic, to collecting information, brainstorming, planning and outlining, drafting, revising and editing, to proofreading and finalizing. Each stage is punctuated with assignments and exercises that familiarize students with the rhetorical modes, from description, to comparison/ contrast, narration, classification, extended definition, cause-effect, and argument. In in-class and at home work, students will practice producing grammatically correct and logically sound claims, arranged in coherent paragraphs; understand and develop the thesis statement; learn to distinguish between primary and secondary sources; learn to annotate sources, and incorporate quotes in their writing with proper lead-in sentences and follow-up; begin familiarizing with citation styles; learn to use information technology, from research to writing and formatting.

ENG 203 Writing Rome

Major Elective

Writing Minor Elective

This course explores the city of Rome through writing. On-site classes provide an interdisciplinary, studio-art approach to the generation of written work. Through the studied practice of descriptive writing and the examination of setting as a vital literary component, students will create their own textual map of the Eternal City.

ENG 303 Images of Italy in British and American Writers

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

This course examines Italy and its impact on British and American writers, investigating the complicated ways Italy figures in the Anglo-American imagination. Selected readings, discussion and analysis from the writings of Hawthorne, James, Wharton, Forster, Lawrence, Pound and others will be discussed.

ENG 315 Advanced Concepts in Fiction Writing and Criticism

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

Writing Minor Elective

In this course students will learn a broad array of concepts and methods in literary studies and writing, taken directly from the self-reflective work of creative writers and the critical work of scholars. The acquired knowledge and expertise will enable students to navigate upper division courses in writing and literature, and to approach the capstone project, with competence, poise, and style.

ENG 102 Writing from Research

Gen Ed Foundations

This course prepares students to plan, research, and write academic-level research papers au- tonomously. Students are guided through all writing stages, from preparing an articulated re- search proposal, to collecting sources and arranging them in an annotated bibliography, to out- lining, drafting, and, finally, completing the paper in accordance with current MLA guidelines. Each stage is also punctuated with writing drills in the form of in-class essays, citing and quot- ing drills in the form of worksheets, annotation drills on select academic sources related to the class theme, and a thorough overview of the use of library resources, both material and elec- tronic. Students will also practice discussing and explaining their project in workshop sessions.

ENG 204 Survey of American Literature

Core

Literature Minor Core

Writing Minor Core Elective

The course is a study of American literature from the colonial, though the romantic, realist/naturalist, modernist and contemporary literary periods, with particular focus on the major writers Particular emphasis is placed on the diversity and representativeness of American literature.

ENG 309 Shakespeare’s Italian Plays

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

The intensive study of five or six of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies set in Italy, ancient and early modern, with attention to English attitudes toward Italy and Shakespeare’s use of Italy, the nature of comedy and tragedy, and the shape of Shakespeare’s career.

ENG 498 Capstone Senior Project

Core

A seminar in which students select a publication, production or research project to complete over the course of two semesters. Students are required to choose a project in creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction), or a scholarly thesis, work with an advisor to complete their projects over the course of their final two semesters as seniors.