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ENGL0900 Improvement of Language Usage (3)

A course for students who are not prepared for college-level composition, emphasizing a systematic study of language usage, spelling and writing.

ENGL1030 University Writing and Research (3)

A course which enables students to sharpen analytical reading skills and, through the medium of research projects, to refine existing critical thinking and writing skills, preparing them for rigorous academic writing. It acquaints students with current information technology, library resources, and undergraduate research methods, covering the entire process of researching and writing persuasive essays. A student must earn a grade of C- or better. Students with an ACT English score of 18-21, or an SAT Reading Test score of 25-28, or an Accuplacer combined Reading and Sentence score of 140-168 must take ENGL1030L concurrently with ENGL1030. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENGL0900, or ACT English score of 18, or SAT Reading score of 25, or Accuplacer combined Reading and Sentence score of 140, or passing of the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation, or advanced placement.

ENGL1030L University Writing and Research Lab (1)

A course designed to improve the success of students with an ACT English score of 18-21, or an SAT Reading Test score of 25-28, or an Accuplacer combined Reading and Sentence score of 140-168. Students will receive supplemental instruction in reading, analyzing, and writing persuasive essays. Must be taken simultaneously with ENGL1030, and a student must earn a grade of C- or better. Prerequisites: Successful completion of ENGL0900, ACT English score of 18, SAT reading score of 25, or Accuplacer combined Reading and Sentence score of 140.

ENGL2050 Beginning Creative Writing (3)

An introduction to writing fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Emphasis on basic forms, terms, and principles. Offered: every fall.

ENGL2120 English Grammar and Usage (2)

A systematic review of the principles and practice of traditional English grammar and usage conventions. An introduction to morphology and phonology is provided.

ENGL2122 English Grammar and Usage/Linguistics and History (3)

A systematic review of the principles and practice of traditional English grammar and usage conventions. An introduction to morphology and phonology is provided. This course will also introduce students to linguistic theory and the history of the English language, particularly as recorded throughout English literature. This course is taught partially with ENGL2120 and is offered yearly.

ENGL2210 American Literature: Colonial Period to the Civil War (3)

A survey of American writing from the colonial period through the Civil War emphasizing the development of American literary aesthetics, forms, and ideas.

ENGL2220 American Literature: Civil War to the Present (3)

A survey of American writing from the Civil War to the present time, emphasizing the development of American literary aesthetics, forms, and ideas.

ENGL2310 British Literature: Beowulf through the Age of Reason (3)

A survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Restoration.

ENGL2320 British Literature: The Romantic Age to the Present (3)

A survey of British literature from the Romantic and Victorian periods to the present time.

ENGL2410 Major Literature of the Western World (3)

An introductory study of major literary works drawn from the European, British, and American traditions. Special emphasis is placed on literary appreciation.

ENGL2420 World Literature: The Ancient World to the Renaissance (3)

A survey of selected literature from a variety of world cultures. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL2430 World Literature: The Enlightenment to the Modern Era (3)

A survey of selected literature from a variety of world cultures. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL2610W Introduction to Journalism (3)

This course will teach students basic reporting and news writing skills, focusing on Associated Press writing style. Additionally, students will be introduced to the best journalism practices dealing with news value and judgment. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL2980 Introduction to the Study of Literature (1)

An introduction to the basic approaches of literary study. Although open to all students, it is designed to serve as a cohesive agent for the major program. It is required of all majors in the English department. Recommended for the sophomore year. Prerequisites: 3 credits in literature.

ENGL3010 Teaching English in Secondary Schools (3)

This course introduces pre-service teachers to the fundamentals of theory and practice necessary to teach language arts to secondary students. Research based best practices of teaching grammar, writing, and literature will be emphasized. Students will write and teach lesson plans. Students are required to complete a 20-hour field experience. (See EDUC3010) Prerequisites: Program admission. Corequisites: EDUC3750, EDUC3510

ENGL3015 Topics in Writing (3)

Building on the analytical, research, and writing skills gained in ENGL1030, this course provides students the opportunity to explore further the relationships between one particular field of study, academic discipline, or topic and to write critically, engagingly, and knowledgeably about related topics to an informed audience. A student must earn a grade of C- or better. May be repeated for credit with a different topic. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL3020W Principles of Writing (3)

An advanced expository writing course emphasizing the thinking and writing skills necessary to develop an effective prose style. A general course appropriate for advanced students in any area, it is especially recommended for potential graduate students. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL3040W Creative Writing - Prose (3)

Principles, techniques, and practice in writing both fiction and non-fiction. Small-group work and individual conferences are included. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL3050 Creative Writing - Poetry (3)

Principles, techniques, and practice in writing poems. Emphasis on individual writing and small-group activities. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: ENGL2050, or instructor's approval

ENGL3094 Topics in English (1-3)

Specialized study of a topic, genre, or author. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: 3 credits in literature.

ENGL3120 Linguistics: Structure and History of English (3)

An investigation of both traditional and transformational descriptions of English with special attention to the contribution of structural linguistics to modern understanding of the operation of language. Course will also include a study of the history of the English language from the early backgrounds to Old English to modern American English. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL3210 Major Authors in American Literature (3)

A study of selected works of a major American author or authors. Some examples of course topics are: variations on the American Dream, doctors in literature, literature of the sea, small-town America, and American travel literature. May be repeated for credit. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL3210W Major Authors in American Literature (3)

A study of selected works of a major American author or authors. Some examples of course topics are: variations on the American Dream, doctors in literature, literature of the sea, small-town America, and American travel literature. May be repeated for credit. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL3250 The American Novel (3)

A study of the development of the American novel through reading and discussing important novels by American authors. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL3250W The American Novel (3)

A study of the development of the American novel through reading and discussing important novels by American authors. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL3310 Major Authors in British Literature (3)

A study of selected works of a major British author or authors. Some examples of course topics are: faith and doubt in British literature, British fantasy from Swift to Tolkein, and poetry of the Brownings. May be repeated for credit. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL3310W Major Authors in British Literature (3)

A study of selected works of a major British author or authors. Some examples of course topics are: faith and doubt in British literature, British fantasy from Swift to Tolkein, and poetry of the Brownings. May be repeated for credit. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL3320 Shakespeare (3)

A study of representative plays through reading, viewing, and discussing comedies, tragedies, and histories.

ENGL3320W Shakespeare (3)

A study of representative plays through reading, viewing, and discussing comedies, tragedies, and histories. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, Completion of ENGL1030 with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL3350 The British Novel (3)

A study of the development of the British novel through reading and discussing important novels by British authors. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL3350W The British Novel (3)

A study of the development of the British novel through reading and discussing important novels by British authors. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL3410 Greek and Roman Classics (3)

A study of The Iliad, The Odyssey, Greek drama, The Aeneid, and other ancient Greek and Roman works. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL3420 Foreign Literature in Translation (3)

Major works of a foreign country or other geographic area (not the United States or Great Britain) will be studied in English translation. Some examples of course topics are twentieth century European literature, literature of the Far and Near East, Latin-American literature, literature of the African diaspora, or literature of European existentialism. The course topics may also focus on the works of a major author in translation. May be repeated for credit. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL3420W Foreign Literature in Translation (3)

Major works of a foreign country or other geographic area (not the United States or Great Britain) will be studied in English translation. Some examples of course topics are twentieth century European literature, literature of the Far and Near East, Latin-American literature, literature of the African diaspora, or literature of European existentialism. The course topics may also focus on the works of a major author in translation. May be repeated for credit. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL3510 Twentieth Century Poetry (3)

A study of representative British and American poetry of the twentieth century. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL3520 Twentieth Century Drama (3)

A study of representative European, British, and American drama from Ibsen to Ionesco. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL3740 Children's Literature (3)

A study of literature written for children, from pre-school age onward. The course samples a variety of types of literature and will prove valuable for general students, prospective teachers, or parents who wish to enrich their own background in children's literature and to develop qualitative judgment skills.

ENGL3740W Children's Literature (3)

A study of literature written for children, from pre-school age onward. The course samples a variety of types of literature and will prove valuable for general students, prospective teachers, or parents who wish to enrich their own background in children's literature and to develop qualitative judgment skills. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL3910 Literary Criticism (3)

The study and application of representative literary criticisms from Plato to the present. It is required of English and English-education majors and recommended for the junior year. Offered: Alternate years. Prerequisites: 9 credits in literature.

ENGL3960 Internship in Professional Writing (3)

Students will work at least 100 hours in a professional writing situation, such as a newspaper, on a schedule convenient to the needs of the business or office and the students' own course work. The writing situation will be selected in consultation with the Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies Department Chair. Students will have opportunity to observe and participate in all facets of the business. A supervisor in the business situation will agree to serve as editor, instructor, and supervisor, and be approved by the Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies Department Chair. Credit and grade will depend upon the completion of the hours in a dependable, professional manner as verified from the supervisor to the professor.

ENGL4270 Minority Voices in American Literature (3)

A course studying the literature of American cultural minorities. Course content may be either multi-cultural or monocultural. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL4270W Minority Voices in American Literature (3)

A course studying the literature of American cultural minorities. Course content may be either multi-cultural or monocultural. May be repeated for credit. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL4340 Major Romantics and Victorians (3)

Readings in British Romantic and Victorian poetry and prose. The course focuses upon the rapidly changing art and ideas through these periods. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL4340W Major Romantics and Victorians (3)

Readings in British Romantic and Victorian poetry and prose. The course focuses upon the rapidly changing art and ideas through these periods. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL4350 Major British Authors to the Restoration (3)

A course exploring poetry in English from the Middle Ages until 1700. Content may focus on one or two significant poets (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton), or on a literary period. Offered: Alternate years.

ENGL4350W Major British Authors to the Restoration (3)

A course exploring poetry in English from the Middle Ages until 1700. Content may focus on one or two significant poets (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton), or on a literary period. This course fulfills the general-education "W" requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL1030, with a grade of C- or better, or an ACT English score of 30 or higher AND a superior score on the NNU English Department Writing Evaluation.

ENGL4980 Senior Seminar (1)

A review of the English program and a commencement of a lifetime of independent reading and thinking. This course meets the university general education requirement for a capstone course. Required of all majors in the English department. Prerequisites: Senior classification.