Courses

See extended course descriptions for Fall/Summer 2014.
See past course descriptions: Spring 2014Fall/Summer 2013Spring 2013Fall/Summer 2012Spring 2012Fall/Summer 2011.

Effective Fall 2013, BENG = ENGL and BTHE = THEA. 

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English and Literature Courses

ENGL 101  Composition (3 credit hours). An introduction to university-level writing, emphasizing critical thinking and the analysis, evaluation, and construction of arguments. Students will learn how to formulate a thesis, structure paragraphs, organize complex ideas, find and evaluate information, and write a research paper. (ENGL 101L, or placement out of ENGL 101L, is a Corequisite.)

ENGL 101L  Intensive English Composition Laboratory (1) Intensive practice in English composition. Special attention devoted to thesis formation, essay structure, paragraph structure, style and mechanics. (Students may place out of ENGL 101L with a sufficiently high score on USCB’s English Placement Test.)

ENGL 102  Composition and Literature (3). (Prerequisite: ENGL B101 or B105, and B101L, each with a grade of ‘C’ or higher) An introduction to literature that includes the writing of expository and critical essays, including a research paper.

ENGL 105 – Enhanced Composition (3). (Co-requisite: ENGL B101L, or placement out of ENGL B101L). For English majors, humanities majors, and all word-lovers: an enhanced version of ENGL B101. An introduction to genres of writing, including (but not limited to) researched arguments.

ENGL 106 – Enhanced Composition and Literature (3). (Prerequisite: ENGL B101 or B105, and B101L, each with a grade of ‘C’ or higher). For English majors, humanities majors, and all word-lovers: an enhanced version of ENGL B102. An introduction to literary interpretation and the writing of researched arguments about literature.

ENGL 180 – Introduction to Film (3). (Prereq: ENGL 101 with a grade of C or higher). Introduction to critical analysis of film (for all majors).

ENGL 190  Introduction to Journalism and Media Studies (3). Introduction to practical skills for contributing to and running a print publication, supported by analysis of various media and communication paradigms.

ENGL 191  Journalism Laboratory (1). (Prereq: ENGL 190) Supervised participation in the production of The Tidal Tribune. May be repeated for up to 8 credits.

 


Note: Students must complete ENGL 101/105 and 102/106, or equivalent, (each with a grade of C or higher) before taking any other any English Course at the 200-level or higher.

 

ENGL 200 – Introduction to English Studies (3). An introduction to the history, present state, and potential futures of English Studies with an emphasis on the distinctive fields, methods, and terminology employed in the discipline of English.

ENGL 222 – Creative Writing across the Curriculum (3). Introductory level workshop designed to foster a student’s appreciation for, and ability to create brief works of adult level fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and drama. Appropriate for students from any discipline.

ENGL 287  American Literature (3). Survey of American literature: major authors, genres and periods. 

ENGL 288  English Literature I (3). British poetry, drama and prose from Beowulf to the 18th century. 

ENGL 289  English Literature II (3). British poetry, drama and prose from the 18th century to the present. 

ENGL 290  Great Books of the West (3). {=CPLT 290} Selected masterpieces of Western literature, with emphasis on non-English language texts in translation which are foundational to literature in English, including works by Homer, Dante, Cervantes, Voltaire, Goethe and Flaubert.

ENGL 291  Introduction to Non-Western Literature (3). {=CPLT 291} Selected masterpieces of non-Western literature. Works may range from antiquity to the present. (Satisfies USCB General Education Non-Western Requirement)

 


Unless otherwise noted, students must complete one literature course at the 200-level or have the consent of the instructor before taking any upper level course.

 

ENGL 380  Epic to Romance (3). {=CPLT 380} Comprehensive exploration of medieval and other pre-Renaissance literature using texts representative of the evolution of dominant literary forms.

ENGL 381  The Renaissance (3). {=CPLT 381} Literature of the Renaissance, in its cultural contexts, explored through representative works.

ENGL 382  The Enlightenment (3). {=CPLT 382} Literature of the Enlightenment in its cultural contexts, explored through representative works.

ENGL 384  Realism (3). {=CPLT 384} Literature of Realism in its cultural contexts, explored through representative works.

ENGL 385  Modernism (3). {=CPLT 385} Literature of Modernism in its cultural contexts, explored through representative works.

ENGL 386  Postmodernism (3). {=CPLT 386} Literature of Postmodernism in its cultural contexts, explored through representative works.

ENGL 395  Classical Drama (3). {=CPLT 395} Representative plays by Greek and Roman dramatists.

ENGL 397  Modern European Drama (3). {=CPLT 397} Continental plays from the mid-19th century to the present.

ENGL 399  Independent Study (3-9). (Prereq: consent of instructor) Contract approval by instructor, advisor, department chair and vice chancellor for academic affairs is required.

ENGL 401  Chaucer’s Works (3). Chaucer’s works, with special attention to the Canterbury Tales.

ENGL 402 – Tudor Literature (3).  Poetry and prose of the 16th century.

ENGL 403 – 17th-Century literature (3).  Poetry and prose of the 17th century.

ENGL 405 – Early Shakespeare (3).  Shakespeare's early poetry and plays, with representative works by his contemporaries.

ENGL 406 – Late Shakespeare (3).  Shakespeare's late poetry and plays, with representative works by his contemporaries.

ENGL 407  Milton (3). Milton’s works, with special attention to Paradise Lost.

ENGL 410 – 18th-Century literature (3).  Poetry and prose of the 18th century.

ENGL 411  British Romantic Literature (3). Poetry and prose of the English Romantic period.

ENGL 412  Victorian Literature (3). Poetry and prose from the 1830s to the end of the century.

ENGL 413  Modern English Literature (3). Poetry and prose of the 20th century.

ENGL 415 – The English Novel (3). Development of the novel as a literary form and study of selected works from its beginnings to the present.

ENGL 419  Topics In English Literature (3). Intensive study of selected topics. May be repeated for credit under a different suffix.

ENGL 421  American Literature 1830-1860 (3). Poetry and prose of the American Romantic period.

ENGL 422  American Literature 1860-1910 (3). Poetry and prose from the Civil War to the early modern era.

ENGL 423  Modern American Literature (3) Poetry and prose from 1910 to 1945.

ENGL 424  American Drama (3). Representative plays from the 18th century to the present.

ENGL 425A  The American Novel to 1914 (3). Representative novels from the 18th century to World War I.

ENGL 425B  The American Novel Since 1914 (3). Representative novels from 1914 to the present.

ENGL 426  Contemporary American Literature (3). Poetry and prose from 1945 to present.

ENGL 427  Southern Literature (3). Representative works of Southern writers.

ENGL 428  African-American Literature (3). Representative works of African-American writers.

ENGL 429  Topics in American Literature (3). Intensive study of selected topics. May be repeated for credit under a different suffix.

ENGL 437  Women Writers (3). Representative works written by women.

ENGL 439  Selected Topics (3). Intensive study of selected themes, topics, currents of thought or interdisciplinary concerns. May be repeated for credit under a different suffix.

ENGL 441  History of Literary Criticism and Theory (3) Representative theories of literature from Plato through the 20th century.

ENGL 442  Principles of Modern Literary Theory (3). Major 20th-century approaches to texts, from New Criticism to the present.

ENGL 453  Development of the English Language (3). {=BLIN 431} English from Indo-European through Germanic and into Old English, Middle English and Modern English. No previous knowledge of Old English or Middle English is required.

ENGL 460  Advanced Writing (3). Extensive practice in different types of non-fiction writing. (Prereq: ENGL 101 and 102, each with a grade of C or higher.)

ENGL 462  Technical Writing (3). Preparation for and practice in types of writing important to scientists, engineers and computer scientists, from brief technical letters to formal articles and reports. (Prereq: ENGL 101 and 102, each with a grade of C or higher.)

ENGL 463  Business Writing (3). Extensive practice in different types of business writing, from brief letters to formal articles and reports. (Prereq: ENGL 101 and 102, each with a grade of C or higher.)

ENGL 464  Poetry Workshop (3). May be repeated with consent of instructor for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

ENGL 465  Fiction Workshop (3). May be repeated with consent of instructor for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

ENGL 466 – Writing Internship (1-6).  (Prereq: Junior standing, 3.0 GPA, 9 hours of English 200-level or higher,  and permission of instructor. Interns for journalistic positions must have passed ENGL 190 with a B or better; Interns for other positions must have passed ENGL 463 with a B or better.) Internship in writing, editing, proofreading, and/or research with a community organization or publication, with training in writing effectively for diverse audiences in a workplace setting. (May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.)

ENGL 472 - Cinema (3). {=THEA 472} An investigation into the aesthetics of cinema. The course will also focus on the major genres.

ENGL 472L  Cinema Laboratory (0). {=THEA 472L} Required viewing for ENGL 472.

ENGL 497 - Reading for Senior Thesis (3). Directed reading in preparation for senior thesis in literature.  (Prereq: Junior standing, and approval of the instructor.)

ENGL 498  Senior Seminar: Writing (3). This seminar provides the capstone experience for English majors in the writing concentration. Students will work both independently and within a classroom setting to complete a substantial portfolio of poetry or prose. (Prereq: Senior standing with GPA of 3.0 within English major, 6 credits from ENGL 460, 464 and 465 with grades of B or higher and departmental approval.)

ENGL 499  Senior Thesis (3). The senior thesis provides a capstone experience for English majors. Students will work independently and with the professor to complete a substantial creative or scholarly work. (Prereq: Senior standing with GPA of 3.0 within English major and departmental approval. Senior thesis for writing concentration requires additionally 6 credits from ENGL 460, 464 and 465 with grades of B or higher.)

Theatre Courses

THEA 170  Fundamentals of Acting (3). The techniques of body and voice control; improvisations; interpretation of characters: characterization applied in scenes.

THEA 172  Basic Stage Makeup (1). The study and application of the principles of the art of makeup for the theatre.

THEA 200 - Understanding and Appreciation of Theatre (3). An introduction to the understanding and appreciation of theatrical experience. Attendance at theatrical performances required.

THEA 220  Theatre Laboratory (1). Supervised participation in theatre production. No formal class meetings. May be repeated for up to 8 credits.

THEA 253  Scenic Technology (3). A beginning course in the principles and practice of scenic technology.

THEA 340  Oral Interpretation of Literature (3). {=COMM 340} A course designed to give an understanding of the principles involved in extracting meaning from the printed page and the oral presentation of that meaning in a lucid and stimulating manner.

THEA 370  Intermediate Acting (3). (Prereq: THEA 170) A continuation of THEA 170.

THEA 399  Independent Study (3-6). Contract approval by instructor, advisor, department chair and vice chancellor for academic affairs is required.

THEA 428  African American Theatre (3). The major movements, figures, plays and critical strategies that have marked the development of African American theatre in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

THEA 472  Cinema (3). {=ENGL 472} An investigation into the aesthetics of cinema. (Prereq: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102)

THEA 472L  Cinema Laboratory (0). {=ENGL 472L} Required viewing for THEA 472.

THEA 481  History of Cinema (3). Survey of the international cinema from 1945 to the present.