English Literature Course Descriptions

Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year.  Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice.  Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.


ENG 104
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (FICTION) 
-- 4 Credits
Enhances enjoyment of various forms of fictional prose, increases understanding of the conventions of fiction and various forms of storytelling, and encourages exploration of the diversity of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOTB.


ENG 105
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (DRAMA) -- 4 Credits

Enhances enjoyment of plays as literature, including tragedies and comedies; increases understanding of the conventions of drama and the theater; and encourages exploration of the diversity of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent
placement test scores. Audit available.This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOTB.


ENG 106
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE (POETRY
) -- 4 Credits
Enhances enjoyment of poetry, increases understanding of poetic elements, conventions and forms, and encourages exploration of the diversity of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOTB.


ENG 107
WORLD LITERATURE: ANTIQUITY -- 4 CREDITS

Introduces broad spectrum of literature in translation that begins in antiquity and concludes at the dawn of the Renaissance. Includes works of fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction. Examines the uniqueness and interconnectedness of literature from a variety of worldwide traditions, both western and nonwestern.
This series (ENG 107ENG 108) does not have to be taken in sequence. The first of a two-course survey of World literature. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOTB.


ENG 108
WORLD LITERATURE: RENAISSANCE
-- 4 CREDITS
Introduces a broad spectrum of literature in translation that begins in the Renaissance and concludes at the present. Includes works of fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction. Examines the uniqueness and interconnectedness of literature from a variety of worldwide
traditions, both western and nonwestern. This series (ENG 107ENG 108) does not have to be taken in sequence. The second of a two-course survey of World literature Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and  Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOTB.


ENG 195
FILM STUDIES: FILM AS ART -- 4 CREDITS

Enhances understanding of film through analysis of film history and form. Develops visual literacy and analysis skills by offering a range of tools to study any film. Analyze ways in which a film may both contribute and react to its time and culture; analyze film through studying the techniques by which it was made; and substantiate observations with examples taken from film tradition and from the film itself. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following: GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOTB.


ENG 196
FILM STUDIES: DIRECTORS -- 4 CREDITS

Enhances understanding of film through analysis of directorial decisions and film techniques. Develops visual literacy and analysis skills by offering a range of tools to study any film. Analyze ways in which directorial decisions may affect an individual film and viewer; situate a film within a director's body of work; analyze ways in which it may both contribute and react to its time and culture; and substantiate observations with examples taken from the film tradition and from the film itself. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOTB.


ENG 197
FILM STUDIES: CONTEMPORARY THEMES AND GENRES -- 4 CREDITS

Enhances understanding of film through analysis of contemporary filmmaking, narrative techniques, genres, themes and critical approaches. Develops visual literacy and analysis skills by offering a range of tools to study any film. Analyze contemporary film techniques and the ways in which the films may both contribute and react to their time and culture; study contemporary film theory; and substantiate observations with examples taken from
the film tradition and from the film itself. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS,
Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS,
Arts and Letters/ASOTB.


ENG 201
SHAKESPEARE: EARLY WORKS -- 4 CREDITS

Explores the development of Shakespeare's art and contribution to literature, culture, and the English language, with a focus on the earlier histories, tragedies, comedies, and nondramatic poetry. Introduces the study of Shakespeare's dramatic techniques, character development, historical and cultural setting, and language. Recommended prior coursework: ENG 105 and ENG 106. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOTB.


ENG 202
SHAKESPEARE: LATER WORKS -- 4 CREDITS

Explores the development of Shakespeare's art and contribution to literature, culture, and the English language, with a focus on the later histories, tragedies, comedies, and nondramatic poetry. Introduces the study of Shakespeare's dramatic techniques, character development, historical and cultural setting, and language. Recommended prior coursework: ENG 105, ENG 106 and ENG 201. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOTB.


ENG 204
SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE
-- 4 CREDITS
The first half of a two-course survey of British literature that includes English 205. English 204 introduces students to British literature from its AngloSaxon and Celtic beginnings through the 18th century. The series need not be taken in sequence. Recommended: ENG 104, ENG 105 and/or ENG 106. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS,
Arts and Letters/ASOTB.
 

ENG 205
SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE -- 4 CREDITS

The second half of a two-course survey of British literature that includes English 204. English 205 introduces students to British literature from the 19th century to the present. The series need not be taken in sequence. Recommended: ENG 104, ENG 105 and/or ENG 106. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOTB.
 

ENG 207
World Literature ­ Asian (India) -- 4 Credits

Introduces students to Indian literature in English (for the most part, translated) from ancient to
contemporary. May include such works and authors as hymns from the Rig Veda, The Ramayana,
classical poetry, and the twentieth century authors Narayan, Ved Mehta and Arundhati Roy.
Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores.
Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and
Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and
Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 208
World Literature ­ Asian (China) -- 4 Credits

Introduces Chinese literature translated into English, from the oldest texts (ca. 1000 BCE) to
contemporary works. Includes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and film. Examines the cultural
and historical importance of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism on Chinese
literature. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit
available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and
Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and
Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 209
World Literature ­ Asian (Japan) -- 4 Credits

Introduces a range of Japanese texts and films in order to explore the artistic, social, political,
and historical characteristics of Japanese literature from the earliest poems to contemporary
novels. Explores movements in literary and artistic traditions from multiple periods (e.g., Heian,
Meiji) and analyzes how texts emphasize or resist the values of each historical moment. Considers
issues of social class, religion, and aesthetics as they apply to creative works. Prerequisite: WR
115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the
following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and
Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance
education.)


ENG 212
Biography and Autobiography -- 4 Credits

Covers the study of biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, and journals as works of literature.
Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course
fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and
Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B.


ENG 213
Latin American Literature -- 4 Credits

Explores fiction, creative non­fiction, poetry, drama, myth, and other texts from Latin America.
Includes works from many cultures and ethnicities from Latin America, including indigenous peoples. All readings are in English. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and
Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 214
Literature of the Northwest -- 4 Credits

Studies fictional, factual, and poetic works by Northwest writers from before the arrival of
Euro­Americans to the present. Emphasizes relationship between Northwest writing and Northwest
social, cultural, and physical environment. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and
Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and
Letters/ASOT­B.


ENG 215
Literature of Genocide -- 4 Credits

Introduces a range of international texts and films pertaining to genocide in order to explore the
social, cultural, political, and historical conditions that have led to genocide, the conditions it
creates for its victims, and its aftermath. Explores experiences of individuals, later generations,
and nations, including issues of exile and reconciliation. Considers memoirs, fiction, poetry,
literary nonfiction, documentaries and feature films created by survivors and others. Prerequisite:
WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the
following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 216
Teen and Children's Literature -- 4 Credits

Explores a wide range of literature written for children and teens and introduces the history of
this literature focusing on American and British writing as well as international and multicultural
traditions. Examines the differences between literature for children and teens and literature for
adults, the relationship between text and illustrations, and other issues and controversies
concerning children's literature such as the didactic use of text and censorship. Prerequisite: WR
115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. (May be offered only via
distance education.)


ENG 222
Images of Women in Literature -- 4 Credits

Explores images of women as they appear in a diverse range of texts from across a variety of
cultures and historical periods. Focuses on how both men and women have imagined and represented femininity and femaleness in ways that can challenge, reinforce and/or reconfigure culturally­based perceptions, behaviors and practices. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B.


ENG 230
Environmental Literature -- 4 Credits

Introduces texts that explore the relationship between people and their environments, both natural
and built. Examines historical trends that have shaped thinking, understanding, and feelings about
how humans and the natural world interact. Explores literary writings on issues of sustainability,
environmental justice, ecological literacy, and a sense of place. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. (May be offered only via distance
education.)


ENG 237
American Working Class Literature -- 4 Credits

Introduces students to literature by and/or about the working class, primarily from an American
perspective. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121. Recommended: ENG 104, ENG 105 and/or ENG 106. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and
Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 238
International Working Class Literature -- 4 Credits

Introduces literature by and/or about the working class, primarily from an international
perspective. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121. Recommended: Completion of ENG
104, ENG 105 or ENG 106. Audit available.


ENG 240
Introduction to Native American Literatures -- 4 Credits

Studies oral and written composition by Native Americans from both before and after contact with
Euro­Americans. Provides historical, geographical, political, social, cultural, religious, linguistic, aesthetic, and ethnopoetic contexts for understanding the various tribal literatures studied. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 244
Introduction to Asian­American Literature -- 4 Credits

Studies writings in English by American writers of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Pacific Islander, and other Asian ancestry. Considers the writings in their historical, cultural, political, and social contexts. Emphasizes development of attitudes, values, and identities.
Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and
Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered
only via distance education.)


ENG 246
Transnational Literature -- 4 Credits

Examines the themes of Transnational Literature, such as migration, exile and displacement and
revolves around literary responses to various historical and cultural moments of transition or
crisis. Explores the relationships between a text, its author, and its national, cultural and/or
linguistic boundaries. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121. Audit available. This course fulfills
the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts
and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance
education.)


ENG 250
Introduction to Folklore and Mythology -- 4 Credits

Develops a cross­cultural perspective on myths, mythologies and folklore from around the world.
Explores different theories of the cultural meanings and functions of myth, past and present.
Introduces various ways of interpreting and experiencing myth and folklore as texts with oral
origins. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B.


ENG 253
American Literature to 1865 -- 4 Credits

Introduces the literature of the land which is now the United States from before European contact
through the mid­nineteenth century. Revolves around written manifestations of the various
interests, preoccupations, and experiences of the peoples creating and recreating American culture. Considers various literary forms, canonized (such as novel, narrative poem), popular (such as the serialized tale, verse) and unpublished (the jeremiad, Native American oratory, the slave
narrative, diary).Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit
available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and
Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered
only via distance education.)


ENG 254
American Literature from 1865 -- 4 Credits

Introduces students to the literature of the land which is now the United States from the
mid­nineteenth century to the present. The course revolves around written manifestations of the
various interests, preoccupations, and experiences of the peoples creating and recreating American culture. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 256
African­American Literature -- 4 Credits

Introduces the literatures of the American people whose roots are in Africa. Investigates African
civilization and writers of African descent up to the period of Reconstruction. Explores American
and European slave narratives, as well as the African origins of African­ American writing and
storytelling. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts
and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be
offered only via distance education.)


ENG 257
African­American Literature -- 4 Credits

Introduces the literature of Americans whose roots are in Africa. The course explores the period of
Reconstruction through Harlem Renaissance. It incorporates novels, short stories, poems,
journalism, autobiographies and plays. Focuses on the oral tradition and written texts of African
Americans. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement
test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural
Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS,
Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 258
African­American Literature -- 4 Credits

Introduces the literature of Americans whose roots are in Africa. Emphasizes the way contemporary
political and social aspirations of African Americans are reflected in the literature of the
periods from the Harlem Renaissance through the present. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or
equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE
requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS,
Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 260
Introduction to Women Writers -- 4 Credits

Explores women's writings and literary theory from diverse places and historical periods.
Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts
and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and
Letters/ASOT­B.


ENG 261
Literature of Science Fiction -- 4 Credits

Explores the roots of science fiction as well as classic and modern works of science fiction and
speculative literature. Introduces common themes in science fiction, the various ideological underpinnings of science fiction, and the way such literature comments on current issues in society and presents new ideas to society. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 265
International Political Poetry -- 4 Credits

Develops students' understanding of how poets address issues of class oppression, economic
inequality, racism, sexism, war, and peace. Shows how poets function as prophets, precursors,
dissidents, and recorders. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores.
Audit available. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 266
Literature of War -- 4 Credits

Introduces a range of international texts and films pertaining to war in order to explore the
social, cultural, political, and historical conditions that have led to war, the experiences of
those directly and indirectly involved in war, as well as its aftermath. Explores various
perspectives, including those of combatants and their families, innocent victims, returning
soldiers and veterans, and later generations. Considers the many complex questions about the
evolving definitions of war; the morality of war; the roles of race, gender and religion in war;
the roles of propaganda and anti­war movements; the ways in which wars are remembered and
forgotten; and the possibilities for peace. Considers memoirs, fiction, poetry, literary
nonfiction, graphic novels, documentaries and feature films created by both combatants and
civilians. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121. Audit available. (May be offered only via distance
education.)


ENG 269
Wilderness Literature -- 4 Credits

Explores writings about wilderness and the natural world, giving attention to the relationship
between nature and culture. Considers a variety of historical perspectives through essays, poetry,
book­length nonfiction, novels, and film. Examines efforts to rethink the concept of wilderness
with respect to law, gender, work, race, and the built environment (e.g., urban forests, gardens,
farming) while addressing contemporary concerns for global environmental sustainability. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be offered only via distance education.)


ENG 275
The Bible as Literature -- 4 Credits

Explores the Bible as a literary text by discussing authorship, translation, literary forms,
history, and cultural context. Discusses the Bible as a point of reference for literature as well
as for other works of art. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores.
Audit available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts
and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT­B. (May be
offered only via distance education.)


ENG 298
Independent Study: English -- 4 Credits

Covers special topics, activities, or projects in the area of English not covered in depth in other
English courses. Recommended: Previous study in English. Instructor permission
required. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AS.