College of Continuing Professional Studies

CCPS English Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
ENGL 114: College Writing,Reading, and Study Skills
ENGL 150: Composition

200 Level Courses:
ENGL 200: Literature Matters
ENGL 201: British Literature 1: Medieval through Eighteenth Century
ENGL 202: British Literature 2: Nineteenth Century through the Present
ENGL 203: American Literature 1: 1620-1865
ENGL 204: American Literature 2: 1865-1980
ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay
ENGL 208: Practicum: Tutoring in a Writing Center
ENGL 212: Comparative Mythology
ENGL 235: The History of Film
ENGL 236: Ozarks Culture and Folklore
ENGL 251: Editing and Publishing
ENGL 253: Grammar and Style
ENGL 266: Creative Writing I - Fiction
ENGL 267: Creative Writing I - Poetry
ENGL 268: Creative Writing I - Nonfiction
ENGL 290: Selected Topics
ENGL 291, 292: Research

300 Level Courses:
ENGL 301: Theory and Practice
ENGL 302: Women Writers
ENGL 303: Single Authors
ENGL 305: Studies in Ancient through Medieval Literature
ENGL 306: Studies in Sixteenth- through Eighteenth-Century Literature
ENGL 307: Studies in Nineteenth- through Twentieth-Century Literature
ENGL 311: Studies in Contemporary Literature
ENGL 317: African-American Literature
ENGL 342: Shakespeare and Ethics
ENGL 344: Studies in World Literature
ENGL 353: Nature of the English Language
ENGL 355: Small Press Book Publishing
ENGL 366: Creative Writing II - Fiction
ENGL 367: Creative Writing II - Poetry
ENGL 368: Creative Writing II - Nonfiction
ENGL 375: Land and Literature
ENGL 381: Southern Literature
ENGL 390: Selected Topics
ENGL 391, 392: Research
ENGL 397, 398: Internship

400 Level Courses:
ENGL 455: Advanced Writing Workshop
ENGL 493: Senior Seminar
ENGL 490: Selected Topics
ENGL 491, 492: Research
ENGL 497, 498: Internship


ENGL 114: College Writing,reading, and Study Skills. 3 hours.

This course is designed for students returning to, or starting, college after being out of formal education for several years. Emphasis is placed on acquiring basic composition, reading, and study techniques that will lay the foundation for the student’s college career.

ENGL 150: Composition. 3 hours.

Writing course designed to develop students’ abilities to write in a variety of modes for a wide range of purposes.

ENGL 200: Literature Matters. 3 hours.

One of three foundational courses for majors and potential majors in English, Literature Matters introduces students to a central set of problems in contemporary literary studies (for example, Identity and Empire, Shakespeare to Ondaatje). The course includes important canonical works as well as neglected or emerging writers. There is a focus on how to read and understand literature; how reading and writing literature influence identity, meaning, and value; and how to develop strategies for reading, discussing, and writing about literary works. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course in the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year.

ENGL 201: British Literature 1: Medieval through Eighteenth Century. 3 hours.

Students discuss canonical texts of early British writing, with particular attention to close-reading and appreciation. The course often pursues a single theme, genre or motif through the readings.

ENGL 202: British Literature 2: Nineteenth Century through the Present. 3 hours.

This course introduces students to major writings from the past 200 years of British writing, with particular attention to close-reading and appreciation. The course often pursues a single theme, genre or motif through the readings.

ENGL 203: American Literature 1: 1620-1865. 3 hours.

Students become familiar with major writings from pre-Civil War American culture, with “flashbacks” to colonial American literature. This course often pursues a single theme, genre or motif through the readings.

ENGL 204: American Literature 2: 1865-1980. 3 hours.

This course introduces students to major texts of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with particular attention to modernist and postmodernist writing.

ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 150.
Expository Writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another’s writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice, and audience.

ENGL 208: Practicum: Tutoring in a Writing Center. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: ENGL 207.
Students work in a tutorial setting two hours per week and meet one hour per week to discuss assigned readings in composition studies. S/U grading only. 

ENGL 212: Comparative Mythology. 3 hours.

A study of mythic literature in ancient, medieval, and contemporary cultures, with close attention to the archetypal codes revealed in all mythologies.

ENGL 235: The History of Film. 3 hours.

A survey of major international and American film accomplishments beginning with Griffith and Chaplin and continuing through contemporary directors such as Bergman, Fellini and Allen. Some attention will be given to film technique, theory and analysis.

ENGL 236: Ozarks Culture and Folklore. 3 hours.

The main goal of this class is to provide a firm foundation in critical thinking, research, writing and effective communication in terms of gaining cultural insights while encouraging an appreciation for the culture of the Ozarks.  To do that, we’ll take a look at the people, the food, the music, the legends, the lore, the jargon and the habits/ethics of the Ozarks’ hill people from the 1800s to the present time. Additional goals include promoting critical thinking, teamwork, self-confidence and storytelling as educational tools.

ENGL 251: Editing and Publishing. 3 hours.

Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 253.
This practical course is devoted to publishing and editing in both print and electronic media.

ENGL 253: Grammar and Style. 3 hours.

Students intensively investigate modern English grammar and usage. The course acquaints students with models of understanding and teaching grammar and with opportunities for experimenting with a variety of styles.

ENGL 266: Creative Writing I - Fiction. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 150
Students learn techniques for and practice in writing fiction. The course focuses on student workshops.

ENGL 267: Creative Writing I—Poetry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 150
Students learn techniques for and practice in writing poetry.

ENGL 268: Creative Writing I -Nonfiction. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 150.
Students learn techniques for and practice writing nonfiction.

ENGL 301: Theory and Practice. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 150.
This course introduces students to advanced research skills in literary studies. It focuses upon the central questions in literary studies and provides students with the critical and theoretical background to make sense of these questions.

ENGL 302: Women Writers. 3 hours.

A study of British and American literary works written by women. Particular consideration will be given to feminist modes of inquiry and critical thought as well as to the contributions of women in literary scholarship. 

ENGL 303: Single Authors. 3 hours.

This course provides in-depth study of a single author’s literary work. May be repeated when authors vary.

ENGL 305: Studies in Ancient through Medieval Literature. 3 hours.

This course focuses on the literature of ancient and medieval cultures.  Themes vary annually and may include “Representing Good and Evil in the Middle Ages” or “Forms of Love in the Middle Ages.” This course may be repeated when content varies.

ENGL 306: Studies in Sixteenth- through Eighteenth-Century Literature. 3 hours.

This course asks students to investigate selected topics in literature and culture of the Renaissance through the eighteenth century, including European, British, and other cultures. This course may be repeated when content varies.

ENGL 307: Studies in Nineteenth- through Twentieth-Century Literature. 3 hours.

This course requires students to engage the literature and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular attention to interdisciplinary study of Victorian, post-Victorian, Modernist, and Postmodern cultures in the Americas and Europe. This course may be repeated when content varies. 

ENGL 311: Studies in Contemporary Literature. 3 hours.

This course investigates trends in recent literature, written in or translated into English. Texts will date from about 1980 and later. This course may be repeated when content varies.

ENGL 317: African-American Literature. 3 hours.

The backgrounds of African-American culture in African and Caribbean literatures, as well as the history of black American literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with focus on the contemporary scene.

ENGL 342: Shakespeare and Ethics. 3 hours.

Students read Shakespeare’s plays with a focus on the moral component of his drama. We ask how Shakespeare understood what it meant to live well, and how he understood good and evil and the problems of achieving moral clarity and moral maturity in our personal and in our public lives.

ENGL 344: Studies in World Literature. 3 hours.

Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 301.
Students study works outside the Anglo-American tradition.

ENGL 353: Nature of the English Language. 3 hours.

In this diachronic study of the English language, special attention is given to the development of the English language from its Anglo-Saxon origins to the present and to the varieties of English spoken in contemporary American society.

ENGL 355: Small Press Book Publishing. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 253.
This course provides an opportunity to explore book binding, book structures, limited edition runs and writing for small-press publishing.

ENGL 366: Creative Writing II—Fiction. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 266, ENGL 267, or ENGL 268.
By participating in writing workshops, students learn advanced techniques for and practice in writing fiction.

ENGL 367: Creative Writing II - Poetry. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 266, ENGL 267, or ENGL 268.
This course trains students in advanced techniques for and practice in writing poetry.

ENGL 368: Creative Writing II - Nonfiction. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 266, ENGL 267, or ENGL 268.
This course provides advanced study of different kinds of nonfiction writing, with a practical emphasis aimed at preparing apprentice writers to publish their work as they become familiar with a wide range of publications.

ENGL 375: Land and Literature. 3 hours.

This course traces the roots of contemporary thinking about the land in literature both ancient and modern.  We will read a series of texts from the Bible, classical Greek culture, early modern England and nineteenth- and twentieth-century America.  Students should develop a sophisticated, wide-ranging understanding of how contemporary American culture has imagined (and treated) the natural world.

ENGL 381: Southern Literature. 3 hours.

Literature of the southern American states in the context of the South’s characteristic cultural identity.

ENGL 455: Advanced Writing Workshop. 3 Hours.

Prerequisite: Any 300-level imaginative writing course such as ENGL 366, 367, or 368.
This intensive workshop provides writing majors a final opportunity to refine their poetry and prose. Students will be required to submit their work for publication and to create a professional portfolio.

ENGL 493: Senior Seminar. 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 301 and senior status.
This seminar-style course provides a capstone for both the English and Writing majors. Students will do independent research and synthesize their education at Drury, looking backward at how they have developed, and forward to where they will go next. Course only available in the spring semester on the Springfield campus.

ENGL 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours each.

ENGL 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research.

ENGL 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship.

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