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English
College of Arts and Humanities

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English (ENG)
The department of English offers programs and courses in language, literature and writing, all of which are considered indispensable in liberal arts education.  The program includes majors and minors in secondary education, creative writing and literature.  Graduates in secondary education are ready to embark upon a career in their field.  Majors and minors in creative writing and literature often go on to graduate school, though many find employment in a wide range of fields.  The department also teaches a large number of courses in General Education, helping students meet requirements in cultural and global awareness, literary analysis and written communication.  Majors and minors acquire greater proficiency, but all students in English courses study the expression of thoughts and the interpretation of texts, while developing an appreciation of language and its infinite variety.

Basic Writing Assessment
Students demonstrate proficiency in written communication with a grade of C or above in ENG 111 and by passing the Basic English Proficiency (BEP) exam.   Transfer students with a grade of C or above in a basic freshman composition course from a regionally accredited institution or with any writing course meeting the General Education writing requirement, will be exempt from the BEP exam.
  
A new student’s academic file will be reviewed before the student may enroll in ENG 102 or ENG 111.  An English sub-score of 17 on the ACT or SAT critical reading score of 440 or below will place a student in ENG 102.  These students will enroll in ENG 111 upon passing ENG 102 with a grade of C or above.  If a student has not taken the ACT, SAT or cannot get access to those scores, a writing placement may be given.

Basic English Proficiency Exam (BEP)
Bachelor degree-seeking students enrolled in ENG 111 are required to pass the BEP exam with a grade of C or above.  Students who do not succeed on the exam in ENG 111 may retake it during the spring semester of their sophomore year.  If they do not succeed then, they must register for ENG 307 and pass the course.  Students with success in an AP high school course must take the BEP exam (consult with adviser for details).

Basic English Proficiency Exam
Bachelor degree-seeking students enrolled in ENG 111 are required to pass the Basic English Proficiency exam.  Students who do not succeed on the exam in ENG 111 may retake it during the spring semester of their sophomore year.  If they do not succeed then, they must register for an upper-level writing review course and pass the course.  Students with success in an AP high school course must take the exam (consult with adviser for details).

Major
A student needs to complete 36 hours of courses selected in consultation with the department for a major in English.

Concentration in Creative Writing

ENG 201

Introduction to Literature

3

ENG 202

Creative Writing

3

ENG 205, ENG 206

British Literature I, II or

 

ENG 221, ENG 222

American Literature I, II or

 

ENG 227, ENG 228

Literature of European Civilization I, II
(choice of two of the above classes)

6

ENG 225

American Cinema

3

ENG 312

Advanced Expository Writing

3

ENG 341

The English Language

3

ENG 422

The British Novel or

 

ENG 424

The American Novel

3

ENG 460

Independent Study

3

 

Electives (upper level)

9

 

Total

36

Students in the College of Arts and Humanities must pass two semesters of foreign language. 

English Education
Students interested in teacher certification in language arts-English must complete the following program.  These courses specifically enable the teacher to teach 7-12 language arts-English after passing the appropriate tests.  Students may add to their certificate many other content-related endorsements by passing other endorsement tests.  For further clarification, see “Education.”

Required English courses:

ENG 201

Introduction to Literature or

 

ENG 202

Creative Writing

3

ENG 205

British Literature I or

 

ENG 206

British Literature II

3

ENG 221

American Literature I or

 

ENG 222

American Literature II

3

ENG 225

American Cinema or

 

ENG 227

Literature of European Civilization I or

 

ENG 228

Literature of European Civilization II

3

ENG 312

Advanced Expository Writing

3

ENG 313

Great Plains Literature or

 

ENG 314

American Multiethnic Literature

3

ENG 315

Women Writers

3

ENG 323

Shakespeare

3

ENG 327

English Methods

3

ENG 341

The English Language

3

ENG 342

English Grammar

3

ENG 422

The British Novel or

 

ENG 424

The American Novel

3

COM 101

Fundamentals of Speech Communication

3

COM 202/302

Oral Interpretation

3

 

Total

42

Required education courses:

EDU 201

Foundations of Education

3

EDU 216

Technology for Teachers I

1

EDU 311

Educational Psychology

3

EDU 316

Technology for Teachers II

1

EDU 324

Literacy Methods in the Content Area

3

EDU 330

Curriculum Standards and Assessment

3

EDU 335

American Indian Education

3

EDU 356

Secondary and Middle Level Teaching Methods

3

EDU 365

Classroom Management for the K-12 Educator

3

EDU 410

Human Relations/Multiculturalism

3

EDU 412

Adolescent Learners’ Needs

3

EDU 416

Technology for Teachers III

1

EDU 474

7-12 Student Teaching

14

EDU 475

Seminar

2

SPD 206

Teaching Students with Exceptionalities in the General Classroom

3

 

Total

49

Minor
A student needs to complete 24 hours of courses selected in consultation with the department for a minor in English.

Concentration in Creative Writing

ENG 202

Creative Writing

3

ENG 205, ENG 206

British Literature I, II or

 

ENG 221, ENG 222

American Literature I, II or

 

ENG 227, ENG 228

Literature of European Civilization I, II

6

ENG 225

American Cinema

3

ENG 312

Advanced Expository Writing

3

ENG 341

The English Language

3

ENG 422

The British Novel or

 

ENG 424

The American Novel

3

ENG 460

Independent Study

3

 

Total

24

 

Course Descriptions

101 College Reading Skills                                                                    3 hours                  F,S
This course assists students in learning and applying the essential reading and study skills necessary for academic success at the postsecondary level.
This is a developmental course.

102 Introduction to Writing                                                                   3 hours                 F,S
Stressing the ability to write coherent and accurate short essays, this class prepares students for ENG 111 and aids written work across the curriculum.  Grammar review is an emphasis of the class.  Students who receive a C- or below must retake the class the following semester.  This course does not count toward an English major or minor and cannot be used to meet certification requirements in education.  A student may be enrolled until attaining a sufficient writing level.
This is a developmental course.

107 College Reading and Writing                                                          3 hours                     S
This course is a continuation and reinforces the skills learned in ENG 101 and ENG 102.  Students may take this course in conjunction with ENG 111.
This is a developmental course.

111 Expository Writing                                                                          3 hours                  F,S
For this course, students will write at least two drafts each of four three-to-five-page papers, preparing for the more extensive research assignment.  For this assignment students will learn research methods, practice Modern Language Association (MLA) documentation protocols and execute a seven- to-10-page argumentative research paper.  Students will also engage in peer editing on all writing.  Students who receive a C- or below must retake the class the following semester.
Prerequisite: Placement by examination or successful completion of ENG 102.
General Education: Effective Expression – Written

201 Introduction to Literature                                                               3 hours                     F
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of literary study, including critical terms, and focusing on contemporary world literature with equal proportions of Western and non-Western work.  Students will discuss fiction, poetry and drama by internationally known authors.
General Education: Cultural and Global Awareness

202 Creative Writing                                                                              3 hours                 F12
This course provides a workshop environment that combines creative writing and criticism.  Students work in the three major genres: poetry, fiction and drama.  Selections of students’ work are offered to our literary journal, “Prairie Winds,” and to the Agnes Hyde Writing Contest.
General Education:  Effective Expression – Artistic Appreciation

205 British Literature I                                                                         3 hours                F12
The first of two surveys concentrating on poetry, drama and fiction from the British Isles, this course begins with poetry written in Old English and extends through the 18th century.
General Education: Effective Expression – Literary Analysis

206 British Literature II                                                                        3 hours                  S13
The second of two surveys concentrating on poetry, drama and fiction from the British Isles, this course begins with the Romantics and extends through the contemporary period.
General Education: Effective Expression – Literary Analysis

221 American Literature I                                                                       3 hours                 F13
This historical survey of prose and poetry of America covers the Puritan era to the American Renaissance, concentrating on major movements and authors.
General Education: Effective Expression – Literary Analysis

222 American Literature II                                                                      3 hours                 S14
This historical survey of prose and poetry of America extends from Walt Whitman to modern authors, concentrating on major movements and authors.
General Education: Effective Expression – Literary Analysis

225 American Cinema                                                                            3 hours                F14
As a historical survey of the American movie industry, this course begins with the great studios of early Hollywood, the films they produced and the filmmakers who directed them.  It concludes with the filmmakers and films of the present generation.

227 Literature of European Civilization I                                                3 hours                 F12
This is the first of two courses that provides a historical survey of the prose and poetry of Western Europe, from biblical texts and the literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the present day, concentrating on major works and authors.
General Education: Effective Expression – Literary Analysis

228 Literature of European Civilization II                                               3 hours                 S13
This is the second of two courses that provides a historical survey of the prose and poetry of Western Europe, from biblical texts and the literature of the ancient Greeks and Romans to the present day, concentrating on major works and authors.
General Education: Effective Expression – Literary Analysis

275 Field Experience                                                                          1-3 hours                     S

299 Selected Topics – Basic                                                               1-3 hours                 TBA

307 Advanced Writing                                                                            3 hours                     F
The course is a continuation of, and reinforces the skills learned in ENG 111.  It covers the basics of informative research writing, including unifying and organizing varied types of writing, formatting and documenting researched writing, and revising and polishing of writing skills.  It should be taken to satisfy the Basic English Proficiency requirement for graduation.  This course will be assigned if students are unsuccessful in the BEP three times.

312 Advanced Expository Writing                                                          3 hours                     S
This course concentrates on the conception and execution of an extended research project.  This course prepares students for upper-level college writing and professional writing outside the college environment.
Prerequisite: ENG 111.

313 Great Plains Literature                                                                   3 hours                 F12
Students will discover a variety of literature about the Great Plains, including the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa, with an emphasis on how this literature is both regional and universal in scope.  This literature includes fiction and nonfiction works by regional writers.
General Education: Effective Expression – Literary Analysis

314 American Multiethnic Literature                                                     3 hours                  S14
Focusing on the cultural diversity in American literature, students will experience readings in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American and American Indian literature, among others.
General Education: Effective Expression – Literary Analysis

315 Women Writers                                                                               3 hours                S13
This course examines the development of 20th century women’s novels and stories by exploring the various roles that women assign their characters.  The focus of this course is how women writers represent individual identity in balance with defining women’s identities as mothers, daughters, orphans, wives and lovers.  This course includes a variety of works in English (British, Irish, American and Canadian) by women writers and introduces critical approaches to interpreting their works.
General Education: Cultural and Global Awareness

323 Shakespeare                                                                                   3 hours                 S14
Introducing the life and works of Shakespeare, this course concentrates on the plays, emphasizing the development of central themes, the use of different genres, the decisions involved in production and the cultural background of the Renaissance.

327 English Methods                                                                             3 hours                 TBA
This course prepares students intending to teach English in secondary schools.  Students will develop ideas for lessons, practice presentations and units in language, literature and composition.
Prerequisites: EDU 201 and SPD 206.
Corequisites: EDU 330.
341 The English Language                                                                   3 hours                S13
Students will study the development of the language through history, including varieties of English throughout the world.  The course includes contemporary American dialects, current linguistic theory and implications for teaching.

342 English Grammar                                                                            3 hours                    S
This course reviews grammatical principles used in writing.  It is useful for students intending to teach or improve their language skills.

390 17th Century British Literature                                                        3 hours                 TBA
Students will study the Jacobean period, including poetry by Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Herbert and Herrick; and the Restoration, including poetry by Dryden, Milton and Marvell.  Both periods are also represented by drama; the instructor will select other works.  This course is for English majors only and will be offered as needed.

395 Victorian Literature                                                                         3 hours                 TBA
Students will study the period’s exceptionally rich and varied literature, with readings to include essays by Mill, Ruskin, Pater, Arnold and Huxley; poetry by Tennyson, Browning and Hopkins; and fiction by Carroll, Eliot and Trollope.  The instructor will select readings by other authors.

422 The British Novel                                                                            3 hours                 S14
Students will study major works written between the beginning of the 18th century and the end of the 20th century.  This course includes novels by women, Irish authors and others.

424 The American Novel                                                                        3 hours                 S13
This course includes readings in selected American novels from the early 19th century to the present, emphasizing important and influential works and authors.

450 Practicum                                                                                    1-3 hours                TBA

460 Independent Study                                                                       1-3 hours                  F,S
This course offers an opportunity to read extensively, to write critical essays, to develop a journalism portfolio, or to concentrate on creative writing.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

499 Selected Topics – Advanced                                                          1-3 hours                 TBA
Students will focus on a theme, genre, historical period, author, group of authors or some other specialized topic chosen by the instructor.  Topics vary from year to year; students may select the course more than once for credit.



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