Course Descriptions

English (EN)

0110 Developmental Seminar (3 non-credit hours) F, SP
For Adult Degree students only, based on a placement test. Developmental Seminar is intended to help students develop the university-level competencies in reading and writing that are prerequisite  to the standard composition sequence. To that end, this course provides an intensive review of English grammar, mechanics and usage; an introduction to critical thinking; and frequent practice in written composition, including expository essays. Students must pass this course with a grade of “C” or better before they can enroll in English 1113. This is a developmental non-credit course. See pages concerning developmental non-credit courses at the front of the catalog.

1113 Composition and Reading I (3) F, SP
For Adult Degree students only. A basic introduction to university-level reading, writing and research. This course promotes competence in grammar, mechanics and usage and emphasizes the development of critical thinking and writing skills through assigned readings and written compositions. Required readings include both literary and non-literary texts; required writing includes frequent
expository and argumentative essays, at least one of them documented. Prerequisite for English 1113: satisfactory performance on placement exam, or C or above in EN 0110. Students must complete English 1113 with a grade of “C” or above before enrolling in English 1313.

1313 University Writing (3) F, SP, SU
A first-year composition course that develops students’ ability to read and think critically, to employ discussion and writing as a means of exploring and refining ideas, and to express those ideas in effective prose. The course is designed to help students develop transferable skills of analysis and argumentation, applicable to a variety of disciplines. Students will produce at least four projects
totaling 4000 words of formal writing. At least one of the essays must be an evidence-based argumentative essay. The course will emphasize successive stages of the writing process, including prewriting, drafting, and revision, and will provide feedback from classmates and the instructor. This course meets the standards for Foundations general education credit. Prerequisite for Adult Degree students: C or above in EN 1113. Prerequisite for traditional students: satisfactory achievement on a placement essay.

2113 Survey of English Literature I (3) F, SP
A study of English literature from the beginnings through the Restoration and the 18th Century with an emphasis on literary history. Prerequisite: English 1313. 2123 Survey of English Literature II (3) F, SP A study of English literature from the Romantic Period to the present with an emphasis on literary history. Prerequisite: English 1313.

2133 Survey of American Literature I (3) F, SP
A study of American literature from colonial times through the Age of Romanticism with an emphasis on literary history. Prerequisite: English 1313. 2143 Survey of American Literature II (3) F, SP, SU A study of American literature from the Age of Realism to the present with an emphasis on literary history. Prerequisite: English 1313.

2153 Survey of World Literature I (3) F, SP, SU
A study of translated masterpieces of classical and European literature that have significantly influenced the development of Western culture, particularly English and American literature. Much attention is given to the classical tradition in Homer, Virgil, Dante and classical mythology. Prerequisite: English 1313.

2163 Survey of World Literature II (3) F, SP
A study of translated masterpieces of world literature since the 17th century that have significantly influenced the development of Western culture, particularly English and American literature. Prerequisite: English 1313.

219V Studies in Literature (3) Offered on demand
A study of a special topic in literature selected by the instructor.This course meets the general education sophomore literature requirement. Prerequisite: English 1313.

2903 Introduction to Literary Studies (3) SP
An introduction to the discipline of English as a profession, focusing on the historical development of English studies, the foundational knowledge and skills expected of English majors (including modes of writing in the discipline, techniques of disciplinary research and methods of interpretation and criticism), and vocational preparation. Assessment will include the preparation of a professional portfolio. Required of all English majors. Pre- or corequisite: English 21n3.

300V Practicum (1-3) Offered on demand
A writing-related practicum for English majors, directly supervised by English department faculty. Offered on demand. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Assessment includes course  portfolio. May be taken for SALT credit with instructor permission. Repeatable for up to 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: English 3013. 3013 Advanced Composition and Rhetoric (3) F, SP A study of  rhetorical strategies used to write about both formal and informal topics. Entails the analysis of prose styles, stresses organization and presentation of information and ideas, the presentation of a  case or a formal argument, and adaptation of a stance to fit the particular audience. Prerequisite: English 1313. Required of all English majors. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

3023 English Grammar (3) F*
An eclectic study that includes both a review of the traditional grammar and an introduction to some important concepts of structural and transformational grammar. Class discussion, assigned  readings, and exercises aim at discovery of principles by which we generate and analyze the structures of standard English, with special attention to grammatical terminology that is especially useful for teachers and writers. More specifically, this study examines syntactic patterns and their transformations, form and function in the several word classes, and the relation of standard dialect and  punctuation to grammatical concepts. Prerequisite: English 1313. Required of English teaching majors.

3033 History of the English Language (3) SP*
A study of the development of the English language as manifested in changes in its phonology, morphology, grammar and semantics, especially as these can be understood in relation to culture and  to some fundamentals of linguistics. Although some attention is given to Indo-European correspondences, the emphasis is on developments from the Old English Period to the present, including  American dialects. Prerequisites: English 21n3 and EN 3013.

3053 Literature for Young Adults (3) SP
This course provides experience with and theory of literary works, typically outside the classical/traditional canon, which are suitable for young adults. The course is required for English teaching  majors but can be applied to a major or minor in English. The course does not meet the general education requirement of a sophomore literature course. Prerequisite: English 21n3. On occasion,  some sections of this course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

31n3 Topics in Professional Writing (3)
Students will develop professional writing skills by designing and producing a wide range of documents. Topics selected by the instructor may include new writing technologies for professional  communication and presentation, analyzing verbal and visual rhetoric of traditional and electronic texts, and evaluating document usability. Prerequisite: English 1313 with a grade of “B” or higher, or  instructor permission.

3143 Technical Writing (3) SP
This course provides practice in technical writing and correspondence while examining technical writing principles and style. Students are guided in polishing a technical research project and report  from their own academic disciplines. By permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: English 1313. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

36n3 Creative Writing (3) F, SP
A focused study of creative writing targeting a single genre; genres will vary upon demand. Students will write, constructively critique each other’s work, and study the work of established writers in a  workshop setting. Students will also be introduced to the process of entering literary competitions, researching publication opportunities, and submitting work for publication. Repeatable for credit.  Prerequisite: English 21n3 or permission of instructor.

3713 Fiction as Genre (3) F, SP
An intensive study of the prose fiction genre in English and in English translation, emphasizing formal and critical analysis. Students will read novels and short stories by a range of established  writers, both classics and contemporary; they may also be required to attend public readings, both on and off campus. Prerequisites: English 2903 and 3013.

3723 Poetry as Genre (3) SP
An intensive introduction to poetry in English, especially the lyric, emphasizing formal and critical analysis. Students will read a wide range of poems by established poets, both classic and  contemporary; they may also be required to attend public readings, both on and off campus. Prerequisites: English 2903 and 3013.

3733 Shakespeare (3) F
An in-depth study of William Shakespeare as a major literary figure. Students will study Shakespeare’s plays and poetry as well as his historical context and cultural significance. Required for all  English majors. Prerequisite: English 21n3.

400V Internship for English Majors (1-3) F, SP, SU
Open to juniors and seniors who have taken internship opportunities that meet Career Development criteria as well as departmental criteria. Repeatable for up to six hours’ credit. Prerequisite:  English 3013. This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

4053 Methods of Teaching English (3) Offered on demand
Through study and observation, this course provides the prospective teacher with information about and opportunities for research into methods of teaching literature, grammar and composition in the  secondary classroom. Practice in making lesson plans is provided. Students are encouraged, though not required, to take English 3053: Literature for Young Adults before enrolling in this course. If  possible, this course should be taken the semester immediately before student teaching. Prerequisite: admission to English teaching program (see requirements under “English Teaching Major.”)  This course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

419V Special Topics (1, 2, 3)
Permitting variable credit of one, two or three hours, this course is designed to further the study of and research into a special topic. Prerequisite is any English 21n3; others may apply - see  academic chair. On occasion, some sections of this course may satisfy the SALT Tier II requirement.

4203 Literary Theory and Criticism (3) SP
The course attempts to define and illustrate several of the principal approaches taken by critics in interpreting and evaluating literary works. Assignments include readings in influential critical texts  from Plato to the present, with particular attention to major terms of criticism. Prerequisite: English 2903 or permission of instructor.

4513 Honors English (3) Offered on demand
A seminar course designed for English majors who have maintained a superior record. Emphasis is placed upon individual research. A long research essay is required. Prerequisites: see academic  chair.

460V Independent Study in English (1, 2, 3)
Offered according to individual need and interest, and permitting variable credit of one, two or three hours, this course is designed for students who have completed at least one upper-division English  course and wish to propose a program of independent study which would deepen or extend their knowledge of literature, written communication, the English language or the teaching of English. The  proposed program of study must be approved by the academic chair. Prerequisites: English 21n3, English 2903, 3013, and 37n3. 46n3

Seminar in American Literature (3) F, SP
An advanced undergraduate seminar focusing intensively on a topic, theme, period, group, genre, etc., from American literature, selected by the instructor. Students will deliver class presentations,  perform significant research and produce a substantial research project. Required of all English majors. Prerequisites: English 21n3, 2903, 3013, and 37n3.

47n3 Seminar in British Literature (3)
An advanced undergraduate seminar focusing intensively on a topic, theme, period, group, genre, etc., from British literature, selected by the instructor. Students will deliver class presentations,  perform significant research and produce a substantial research project. Prerequisites: English 21n3, 2903, 3013, and 37n3.

480V English Travel (1, 2, 3) SU
Group travel with Lipscomb English instructor. Research and writing are required. Prerequisite: see academic chair.

48n3 Seminar in World Literature (3)
An advanced undergraduate seminar focusing intensively on a topic, theme, period, group, genre, etc., from world literature (in translation), selected by the instructor. Students will deliver class  presentations, perform significant research, and produce a substantial research project. Prerequisites: English 21n3, 2903, 3013, and 37n3.

4992 Senior English Capstone (2) F, SP
An advanced seminar designed to help students polish their disciplinary skills as researchers, writers, readers, and presenters on topics selected by the instructor. Students in this course must  submit their English Major Portfolio and earn a score of 5 or better to receive credit for this course. Required of all English majors; must be taken during the student’s last regular semester of course  work.

49n3 Seminar in Special Topics (3)
An advanced undergraduate seminar focusing intensively on a topic, theme, period, group, genre, etc., that crosses traditional boundaries between subject areas. Students will deliver class  presentations, perform significant research and produce a substantial research project. Prerequisites: English 21n3, 2903, 3013, and 37n3.

*Offered in alternate years