English Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
ENGL 110: English for Academic Purposes: Oral Communications (Entering the Discourse). 3 hours.

A practical course designed for international students to improve their skills in both listening and speaking. Class content is discussion-oriented, includes both personal and public discourse, public speaking and group presentation projects, and emphasizes clarity in pronunciation.

ENGL 111: EAP: Writing and Research (Framing an Argument). 3 hours.

This course prepares international students to become college writers. The class teaches rhetoric and logic; style and voice; ethical research methods, documentation, and standards of academic integrity.

ENGL 115: Intensive English (Joining the Community of Scholars). 3 hours.

This course includes lectures, activities, and projects designed to acculturate students to the liberal arts classroom at Drury University, as well as the Springfield community.

ENGL 116: Grammar (Developing Independent Strategies for Success). 3 hours.

This course is student goal/task-focused on strategies to improve language facility; that is, individualized instruction seeks to help each student improve his or her use of grammar in both written and oral communication, and develop personal study strategies.

ENGL 117: Reading (Responding to Texts). 3 hours.

Course emphasis is both on improving reading comprehension strategies, and responding meaningfully to the writing of others. Course focus is on the American Experience.

ENGL 120: English for Academic Purposes: Field Studies in Academic Culture. 1 hour.

Designed as the field studies component to EAP 115, this course focuses on acculturation to university life. This class allows students to experience a full-credit humanities course as a language learner, observer and participant.

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.

200 Level Courses
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. Attention is also given to narrative structure. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course in the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year. Offered spring semester.

ENGL 201: British Literature I: 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 II: 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 I: 1620-1865. 3 hours.

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

ENGL 204: American Literature II: 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.

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, and universal narrative structures.

ENGL 219: The Lawyer in Literature & Film. 3 hours.

This course explores the role of attorneys in film and literature. Using a wide range of texts, the course examines how lawyers can be represented as either heroes, who use law to fight social injustice or villains, whose mastery of the law enables them to overpower others, especially the voiceless. Students will consider why attorneys are viewed through these competing lenses and how these stories and images help us understand our own struggles to gain agency and freedom in an increasingly complex and diverse world.

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 251: Editing and Publishing. 3 hours.

Recommended prerequisite:  ENGL 253.  
A practical course 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.

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

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

Students learn techniques for and practice in writing poetry.

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

Students learn techniques for and practice writing nonfiction.

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

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

ENGL 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
ENGL 301: Theory and Practice. 3 hours.

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 an in-depth study of a single author’s literary work. May be repeated when authors varyThis course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

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.” Counts for the Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor when content focuses on 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 Post-modern 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. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

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 320: Grant Writing and Research. 3 hours.

This course gives students practical experience researching and writing grant applications for not-for-profit agencies. Students from all disciplines are welcome.

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. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ENGL 344: Studies in World Literature. 3 hours.

Recommended prerequisite:  ENGL 301
Students study works outside the Anglo-American tradition. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ENGL 345: Literature and Ethics. 3 hours.

Recommended prerequisite:  ENGL 200
Students will read literary texts to better understand the nature of ethical issues, the limits of various ethical models, and how literature can help us develop capacities to make wise ethical decisions.

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 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 356: Teaching English as a Second Foreign Language. 3 hours.

This course is intended to help students gain introductory understanding of learning theory as it applies to English as a second/foreign language. Students will develop skills and practical teaching experience in ESL.

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

Prerequisite:  ENGL 266 or 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 or 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 or 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 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

400 Level Courses
ENGL 455: Advanced Writing Workshop. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  Any 300-level imaginative writing course such as THTR 354ENGL 366ENGL 367, or ENGL 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.


Literature Course Descriptions

200 Level Courses
LLIT 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.