Department of English

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Department of English Mission Statement

Using innovative teaching approaches, the Department of English empowers students to write and communicate across numerous current and emerging fields, to think critically, and to solve problems creatively. At all levels of instruction--from first-year composition through graduate classes--the Department of English establishes a firm foundation for students to begin their exploration of the world and, for English majors, builds on that foundation with opportunities to enrich their cultural and intellectual lives through classes that emphasize deep analysis, careful research, and rigorous writing across several fields including the study of literature, creative writing, and professional writing. The Department of English both serves the needs of the University and strives to become a destination department for those students whose personal goals and intellectual curiosity align with the Department’s mission.

Cool Classes for Spring 2023

A flyer for EH 251, introduction to creative writing.

EH 251 Introduction to Creative Writing

Introduction to the craft of imaginative writing, the landscape of contemporary literature, and the writer as artist. Students will engage with contemporary arts culture. Introductory course for the Creative writing minor genre-specific workshop courses. Prerequisite(s): EH 101, EH 103, or EH 105.
Flyer for course EH 206, literature for life.

EH 206 Literature for Life: Captivity and Freedom

A survey of literature that focuses on transformative texts addressing specific themes, ideas, or larger life questions central to the humanities, concentrating on writing from the 20th Century to the present. Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

A flyer for EH 325, major authors featuring Jane Austen and film.

EH 325 Major Authors, Jane Austen and Film

A survey of major works by a featured author(s), including works by major authors of a particular era, literary movement, region, nationality, and/or genre. May be duplicated for credit for a total of six (6) semester hours, as long as each course taken is on a different topic. Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.

A flyer for EH 330, writing for the web.

EH 330 Writing for the Web

An introduction to writing style, rhetorical strategy, research methods, and best practices for writing website content while learning the basics of user experience (UX), search engine optimization, and content management systems as they relate to writing. Writing Intensive Course. Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.
Flyer for EH 352, creative writing poetry.

EH 352 Creative Writing: Poetry

A course focused on analyzing published poetry, reading and commenting on the writing of classroom peers, and producing original poems for discussion in a workshop format. Prerequisite(s): EH 251 or approval of the instructor.
Flyer for EH 353, creative writing in nonfiction.

EH 353 Creative Writing: Nonfiction

A course focused on analyzing published nonfiction, reading and commenting on the writing of classroom peers, and producing original nonfiction for discussion in a workshop format. Prerequisite(s): EH 251 or approval of the instructor.
A flyer for EH 372, graphic novels manga mania.

EH 372 The Graphic Novel: Manga Mania

Dedicated to selected writers, themes, genres, countries (manga, manhua, bande dessinee, etc.) or a survey of the medium as a whole. May be duplicated for credit for a total of 6 semester hours as long as each course taken is on a different special topic. Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.
A flyer for EH 424, special topics in film on Richard Linklater.

EH 424 Special Topics in Film: Films of Richard Linklater

Analyzes the works of a particular director, genre, period, etc. with an emphasis on film as text. Prerequisite(s): EH 102, EH 104, or EH 106.
A flyer for EH 435, Creative Collective.

EH 435 Creative Collective

Professional writing project-based learning for campus and community partners. The English Department’s in-house student creative team who collaborate to produce documents and print and digital media through research, writing, design, editing, and project management. Writing Intensive Course. Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of at least 3 hours of professional writing coursework and departmental approval.
 
A flyer for EH 491, English internship.

EH 491 English Internship

Provides direct experience and application of principles, concepts and theories acquired in coursework with an emphasis on writing in a professional organization while giving students the opportunity to gain work/career experience in service/learning or business/corporate settings. For English majors and minors. Grade: Pass/Fail. Prerequisite(s): Completion of at least 6 hours of 300+ English classes and permission of the Department Chair and sponsoring faculty member.