Undergraduate Classes (0103 - 3533)

NOTE: Entering freshmen may enter honors or special sections of composition depending on standard and other tests. See the Composition page for details. International students of non-English background will be placed in composition sections appropriate to their needs as determined by TOFEL scores.

EN 0103. Basic English. (3) (Prerequisite: A score of 15 to 18 on the English section of the ACT). Three hours lecture. A study of grammar and mechanics as basic to composition, with emphasis on the sentence and the paragraph. Does not count toward any degree.

EN 1103. English Composition I. (3) (Prerequisite: A score of 17 or above on the English section of the ACT or EN 1003). Three hours lecture. A study of logical and rhetorical principles and organizational strategies that contribute to effective writing.

EN 1103H. Honors Composition I. Honors section open through invitation only. The analytical study and frequent practice of interdisciplinary writing coupled with the analytical study of major literary genres - fiction, poetry, and drama.

EN 1111. English Studies. (1) One hour lecture. Introduction to English Studies: a survey of the profession, including disciplinary assumptions, research processes, sub-fields, and career opportunities.

EN 1113. English Composition II. (3) (Prerequisite: EN 1103, 1163, or 1183). Three hours lecture. An expanded study of and practice in stylistics, logic, and research as contributions to analytical writing.

EN 1113H. Honors Composition II. Honors section open through invitation only. Continuation of EN 1103H. [May be taken by qualifying students to fufill the full 6 hour freshman writing requirement.]

EN 1173. Accelerated Composition II. (3) (Prerequisite: a score of 28 or above on the English section of teh ACT or consent of the instructor). Three hours lecture. A literature-based expanded study of and practice in stylistics, logic, and research as contributions to analytical writing. [May be taken by qualifying students to fufill the full 6 hour freshman writing requirement.]

EN 2203. Introduction to Literature. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition). (Not open to English majors or honors students who complete EN 1183 or 1193). Three hours lecture. The critical and appreciative study of masterpieces in various genres chosen from English and world literature.

[2000 level survey classes (EN 2213, 2223, 2243, 2253, 2273, and 2283) may be taken in any order by students who have completed the composition prerequisite.]

EN 2213.English Literature Before 1800. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition). Three hours lecture. A survey of English literature from the Medieval to the Neo-classical period, including works by Shakespeare, Milton, and Pope.

EN 2223.English Literature after 1800. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition). Three hours lecture. A survey of English literature including the Romantic, Victorian, and Modernist periods.

EN 2243. American Literature Before 1865. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition). Three hours lecture. A survey of American literature and culture, including letters, sermons, essays, fiction and poetry, from the fifteenth century through the antebellum period’s “American Renaissance.”

EN 2253. American Literature after 1865. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition). Three hours lecture. Survey of representative authors, texts, and periods that demonstrate the richness and diversity of American literature after 1865.

EN 2273. World Literature Before 1600. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition). Three hours lecture. Selected works from ancient times to 1600 in translation.

EN 2283. World Literature After 1600. . (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition). Three hours lecture. Selected works, excluding literature of the U.S., Britain, and Ireland, since 1600.

EN 2403. Introduction to the Study of Language. (3) Three hours lecture. Students will be introduced to the subfields of linguistics to answer questions they have about language and to provide evidence about language acquisition and use. (Same as AN 2403). This course fulfills a social science requirement for the MSU General Education core under either cross-listing.

EN 2434. Literature and Film. (4) (Prerequisite: Completion of English composition requirements). Three hours lecture. One laboratory. Introduction to literary and cinematic techniques, methods of analysis, and structures.

EN 2443. Introduction to Science Fiction. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements of the student’s major field). Three hours lecture. A study of major science fiction writers of the past two centuries, with emphasis on human experience in a technological society.

EN 2453. The Icelandic Sagas. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition). Three hours lecture: A survey, in English, of the sagas and their relationship to history, mythology, and other medieval literatures. (Same as FL 2453).

EN 2990. Special Topics in English. (1-9) Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years).

EN 3223. Writing for Architects. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition; junior standing). Three hours lecture. Development of writing ability by reading, analyzing thematic architectural material, and by writing. Lecture; group discussions of grammar, rhetoric stylistics, etc.

EN 3303. Creative Writing. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of freshman composition). Three hours lecture. Basic techniques in writing fiction and poetry; meter and rhyme, metaphor and image, plot, characterization, dramatic detail.

EN 3313. Writing for the Workplace. (3) (Prerequisite: EN 1113 or equivalent). Three hours lecture. Advanced writing course focused on communication in the workplace, including correspondence, technical descriptions, instruction writing, proposals, and recommendation reports.

EN 3363. American Literary History. (3) (Prerequisite: 3 hours of literature or consent of the instructor; students taking EN 3363 cannot earn credit toward an English major for EN 2243 or 2253). Three hours lecture. Major writers, genres, periods, and trends in American literature with particular emphasis on critical techniques and resources useful to students of literature.

EN 3414. Critical Writing and Research in Literary Studies. (4) (Prerequisite: Twelve hours of English). Four hours lecture.An introduction to the application of critical theories and research methods in writing about literature, for English and English Education majors.

EN 3423. Descriptive English Grammar. (3) (Prerequisite: Twelve hours of English). Three hours lecture. Advanced course in English grammar.

EN 3513. Women and Literature: Selected Topics. (3) (Prerequisites: Completion of freshman composition). Three hours lecture. A study of literary works by or about women. Texts are selected according to theme, genre, and/or historical period.

EN 3533. Selected authors (3). (Prerequisites:EN 1103 and EN 1113 or their equivalent). Three hours lecture. This course offers a focused study on the major works by selected authors. Authors and texts are selected by the instructor.

 

Split-Level and Graduate Classes (4000 - 8990)

EN 4000. Directed Individual Study. Hours and credits to be arranged.

EN 4223/6223. Principles of Legal Writing. (3) (Prerequisites: Junior standing and completion of English requirements). Three hours lecture. Introduction to prose of the legal profession, emphasizing rhetorical strategy and style. Advanced composition, including work with contracts, letters, regulations, memoranda of law, and briefs.

EN 4233/6233. Composition Pedagogy. (3) (Prerequisite:EN 1113 or Consent of Instructor).Three hours lecture. Introduction to practices and debates in college compositon pedogogies. Develops practical strategies for instruction in composition;introduces historical and theoretical scholarship in rhetoric and composition.

EN 4243/6243. Writing Center Tutoring. (3) (Prerequisite:Grade of B or better in EN 1113 and consent of instructor).Three hours lecture. Introduction to the practices and theories of college writing consultation in Writing Centers.

EN 4303/6303. Craft of Poetry. (3)(Prerequisite: EN 3303 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. The craft and practice of writing poetry.

EN 4313/6313. Craft of Fiction. (3)(Prerequisite: EN 3303 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. The craft and practice of writing fiction.

EN 4323/6323. Literary Criticism from Plato to the Present. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. A survey of literary criticism from Plato to the present.

EN 4333/6333. Southern Literature. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. A survey of southern literature from the antebellum period to the “postsouthern” present. Features selected works representing the diverse literary heritage of the U.S. South.

EN 4343/6343. African American Literature. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. A study of African American literature, especially that of the Twentieth Century.

EN 4353/6353. 20th Century Critical Theory. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. A study of major twentieth-century strategies of interpretation, including psychoanalysis, Marxism, structuralism, feminism, deconstruction.

EN 4403/6403. Introduction to Linguistics. (3) Three hours lecture. The descriptive and historical study of language; linguistic analysis and comparisons; language classification; language in its social and cultural setting. (Same as AN 4403/6403)

EN 4413/6413. History of the English Language. (3) (Prerequisite: Twelve hours of English). Three hours lecture. The origin and development of the English language; past and ongoing changes in sounds and structure; influence of social history on language variation and change.

EN 4433/6433. Approaches to TESOL.(3) Three hours lecture. This course covers various approaches to language teaching, including course design, classroom management, and sociocultural and sociopolitical issues surrounding being a language teacher.

EN 4443/6443. English Syntax. (3) Three hours lecture. Grammatical analysis of English with emphasis on pedagogical applications to teaching English as a foreign/second language.

EN 4453/6453. Methods in TESOL. (3) Three hours lecture. This course covers the various practical pedagogical approaches common in TESOL including methods for teaching reading, listening, speaking, and writing as well as communicative approaches.

EN 4463/6463. Studies in Second Language Acquisition. (3) (Prerequisite: EN 4403/6403 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A survey of the major theories of language acquisition, concentrating on accounts of second language acquisition.

EN 4503/6503. Shakespeare. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Shakespeare’s plays through 1599.

EN 4513/6513. Shakespeare. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Shakespeare’s plays from 1600.

EN 4523/6523. Chaucer. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Studies in the major works of Chaucer. Readings in Middle English.

EN 4533/6533. Milton. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. The principal writings of Milton, including all of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, and some of the chief prose works.

EN 4623/6623. Language and Culture. (3) Three hours lecture. Examination of language as a part of culture, a source of knowledge about other aspects of culture, and a social behavior. (Same as AN 4623/6623 and SO 4623/6623).

EN 4633/6633. Language and Society. (3) Three hours lecture. Examination of relationship between language and society. How language varies regionally and socially; people’s use of and attitudes toward different ways of speaking.  (Same as AN 4633/6633 and SO 4633/6633).

EN 4643/6643. The Eighteenth-Century British Novel. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. A study of the early cultural and critical history of the novel, focusing on the novelists who invented and refined the form.

EN 4653/6653. The Nineteenth-Century British Novel. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. A study of the major nineteenth-century British novelists.

EN 4663/6663. The Twentieth-Century British and Irish Novel. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. A study of British and Irish novelists from Conrad and Woolf to Rushdie and Byatt, as well as literary movements including modernism, postmodernism, and postcolonialism.

EN 4703/6703. English Literature of the Sixteenth Century. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Study of the development of the English literary tradition, including works by Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe and others in their cultural and historical contexts.

EN 4713/6713. English Literature of the Seventeenth Century. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Study of major works of poetry, prose, and drama, including works by Donne, Herbert, Jonson, Wroth and others in their literary, cultural, and historical contexts.

EN 4723/6723. British Literature and Culture from 1660-1700. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. An exploration of the literature and culture of the Restoration and late seventeenth century. Covers a variety of different genres.

EN 4733/6733.British Literature and Culture of the Eighteenth Century (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture.. An exploration of important literary, political and cultural phenomena from the British eighteenth century. Covers a variety of different genres.

EN 4803/6803. Types of Twentieth-Century Drama. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. The development of modern American, British, and Continental drama since Ibsen.

EN 4813/6813. The Twentieth-Century World Novel. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Major world novelists of the Twentieth Century, excluding British, Irish, and American.

EN 4823/6823. Twentieth-Century Poetry. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Chief American and British poets; their verse technique and their contribution to poetic art.

EN 4863/6863. The Romantic Poets and Prose Writers. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. An intensive study of the major Romantic poets— Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Coleridge—along with some of the non-fiction prose of the period.

EN 4883/6883. Victorian Poets and Prose Writers. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Intensive study of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Swinburne, and other Victorian poets, along with some of the non-fiction prose of the period.

EN 4903/6903. American Literature: 1800-1860. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Studies in Irving, Cooper, Poe, Hawthorne, the Transcendentalists, and Southern Humorists. This course cannot be taken before EN 2243.

EN 4913/6913. American Literature: 1860-1900. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Studies in Twain, Whitman, Dickinson, James, Crane, and others. This course cannot be taken before EN 2253.

EN 4923/6923. Twentieth-Century American Novel. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. A study of the American novel since Dreiser.

EN 4933/6933. Survey of Contemporary Literature. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Significant trends in European and American literature since the outbreak of World War II.

EN 4943/6943. Form and Theory of Fiction. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Theoretical aspects of fictional technique, genre, style; readings include novels, short stories, and writings about the craft of fiction. Recommended complement to creative writing courses.

EN 4953/6953. Form and Theory of Poetry. (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of English requirements in the student’s major). Three hours lecture. Poetic theory; formal conventions, techniques, and innovations in the tradition of English and American poetry. Recommended complement to creative writing courses.

EN 4990/6990. Special Topics in English. (1-9) Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years).

EN 6013. Internship in Compositional Theory and the Teaching of College Writing. (3) (Prerequisite: Acceptance as a teaching assistant in the Department of English). Three hours lecture. Compositional theory in relation to teaching and evaluating traditional modes of writing, coordinated with at least twenty hours per week of supervised professional experience.

EN 7000. Directed Individual Study. Hours and credits to be arranged.

EN 8000. Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and credits to be arranged.

EN 8103. Graduate Research in English. (3) Three hours lecture. A required introduction to fields of study and to scholarly research and writing in English language and literature.

EN 8333. Studies in Southern Literature. (3) Three hours lecture. Studies in the literature of the U.S. South.

EN 8513. Studies in English Literature to 1485. (3)

EN 8523. Studies in English Literature 1485-1660. (3)

EN 8533. Studies in English Literature 1660-1832. (3)

EN 8543. Studies in English Literature 1832-1900. (3)

EN 8553. Studies in American Literature to the Civil War. (3)

EN 8563. Studies in American Literature from the CivilWar to 1914. (3)

EN 8573. Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature. (3)

EN 8583. Selected Topics in Language and Literature. (3)

EN 8593. Studies in Post-Colonial Literatures. (3) Three hours lecture. Studies in the literatures of the English-speaking world, excluding Great Britain and the United States.

EN 8990. Special Topics in English. (1-9) Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years).

Descriptions on this page are identical to those found in the 2009 catalog, with some revised language as approved by the Department of English.