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English Courses

ENG-0200 Studies in Poetry
A study of the techniques and types of poetry and how to read them. The course concentrates on the intricacies of this art form by examining large quantities of traditional and contemporary verse. Offered spring semester. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Humanities requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ENG-0201 Studies in Fiction
The techniques and types of fiction taught by close reading and analysis of a variety of short stories, novels, and film. Studies in Fiction is a Multicultural Course that predominantly focuses on American and British texts from the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries. Offered fall semester. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Humanities requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ENG-0203 The History of the English Language Through Its Literature
The historical development of the English language from Old English to Modern English studied in itself and through linguistic analysis of selected passages of poetry and prose through the centuries. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0204 Survey of British Literature — Medieval to 1798
An examination of significant literary works from Beowulf to early Romanticism. Offered fall semester. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Humanities requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ENG-0205 Survey of British Literature — 1798 to 1920
An examination of significant literary works from the Romantic poets through James Joyce and Virginia Woolf. Offered spring semester. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Humanities requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ENG-0211 Classical Myth in Literature (in English translation)
A study of the classical themes and figures of mythology traced through their literary manifestations. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0220 The Development of the Novel in English
A study of the novel as a form in English from its eighteenth-century origins to its nineteenth-century flowering. Offered every third year. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Humanities requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ENG-0221 The Development of the American Novel
A study of selected American novels from Susannah Rowson’s Charlotte Temple to Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Humanities requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ENG-0222 Major American Writers to 1890
A survey of Colonial, Romantic, and Regional American writing with an emphasis on Franklin, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Jewett, and Freeman among others. Offered every third year. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Humanities requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ENG-0223 Major American Writers, 1890-1940
A survey of Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism in fiction, especially James, Gilman, Chopin, Stephen Crane, Robinson, Fitzgerald, and Eliot. Offered every third year. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Humanities requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ENG-0225 Emerging Modernisms: Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature
A survey of European, American, and English literature that bridges the modernist and Victorian periods. This class will consider how authors such as Oscar Wilde, Olive Schreiner, Henry James, and Gustav Flaubert, among others, build upon literature of the Victorian period and serve as the foundation for Euro-American modernism. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0226 Introduction to Irish and Anglo-Irish Literature
A survey of readings in Irish myths (in translation) and in literature by Irish and Anglo-Irish writers from Swift to Heaney. This class focuses upon twentieth-century literature and on colonial and postcolonial experiences. Offered every third year. 3 credits. This course fulfills a Global Awareness/Culture requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ENG-0229 Arthurian Literature and Thereafter
The course offers readings from the tradition of King Arthur, beginning with the Welsh tales from the Mabinogion and continuing through Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur. It then considers contemporary manifestations of myth and fantasy that build upon the Arthurian tradition. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0230 African-American Literature
A study of novelists, poets, dramatists, and critics who have enriched and illuminated the American literary experience from the perspective of African-American artists. Offered every other year. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Multiculturalism and Gender requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

ENG-0245 Classical Poetry and Prose (in English translation)
Classical Poetry and Prose will trace what might be called the classical sensibility through a study of Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Aristophanes, some Aristotle, Pindar, Horace, Cicero, Seneca, and Ovid. It will spend most of its time in antiquity and then move on to Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, some Dryden and Pope, Dr. Johnson, James’ Washington Square, and Pieper’s Leisure, The Basis of Culture. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0259 Classical Drama
A study of classical drama in relation to Greek and Roman cultures in works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Plautus, Terence, and Seneca. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0270 Social Justice in Modern and Contemporary Literature
In Social Justice and Contemporary Literature, students will explore literary representations of some of the most challenging and important cultural, historical, and moral issues of our time. Students will study and debate the role of literature in recording and challenging issues in social justice, as well as tensions surrounding inequalities due to race, class, gender, citizenship, war, genocide (post) colonialism, and/or environmental concerns. The thematic focus will vary. Prerequisite: WRT-0110 or equivalent. Offered spring semester. 3 credits.

ENG-0280 Literature and the Environment: The American Experience
Students will understand the importance of landscape and environment in America from the nineteenth century to the present in three ways: analysis of a variety of literary texts and films from Walden to An Inconvenient Truth and King Corn; research on significant authors and events related to environmental issues from John Muir and the ultimate creation of the National Parks System to Rachel Carson and the reversal of the national pesticide policy; and participation in one or more activities/field trips to area locations such as the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Protection and Bartram Gardens. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Sustainability requirement in the Undergraduate College's General Education program.

ENG-0302 Shakespeare
A close and comprehensive study of the artistry and continuing vitality of William Shakespeare through the consideration of his literature, literary celebrity, modern and contemporary interpretations, and marketing through performance and film. Cross-listed as THE-0302. No Prerequisite. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ENG-0304 Medieval Literature
The course focuses on readings from the so-called “Middle Ages” from Boethius to Chaucer. Includes a component on the translation of Old English. No Prerequisite. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0306 The Renaissance Lyric
A close reading of major lyric poets of the sixteenth and early-seventeenth centuries such as Spenser, Sidney, Daniel, and Jonson. No Prerequisite. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0307 The Renaissance Epic
A close study of model epics by Ariosto, Tasso, Spenser, and Milton. No Prerequisite. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0308 Renaissance Prose
The course focuses on prose fiction and non-fiction of the Early Modern period from Moore’s Utopia through the prose works of Milton. No Prerequisite. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0310 Chaucer
A reading of the Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde with some attention to the minor poems. No Prerequisite. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ENG-0316 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Poetry, Prose, and Drama
A study of works by Dryden, Swift, Pope, Defoe, Fielding, Addison, Johnson, Boswell, Goldsmith, and Grey. Students consider the moral, religious, historical, and aesthetic concerns of the Restoration and early-eighteenth century. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0317 The Romantic Sensibility
An examination of the romantic inclination and sensibility in English literature as manifested in the works of Blake, Wordsworth, Austen, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Byron, Tennyson, Yeats, and Evelyn Waugh. The period covered extends from the late eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0319 Romantic Poets
An examination of the major works of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, and Byron. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ENG-0322 The Victorian View
An examination of the major British authors, focusing on poetry, prose, drama, and novels. Carlyle, Newman, Tennyson, Browning, Dickens, Arnold, Ruskin, Pater, Wilde, Hopkins and others will be studied against the intellectual and social background of the period, 1830-1901. 3 credits.

ENG-0330 British Women Writers I: 1660 to 1880
A study of the ways in which female writers contributed to the development of literary texts, periodicals, and newspapers of the period from 1660 until 1880. Prevailing views of and toward women as well as woman-artists will be examined against larger cultural and social issues. Representative authors include Behn, Wollstonecraft, Austen, D. Wordsworth, the Brontes, Barret Browning, C. Rossetti, and G. Elliot. Prerequisite: ENG-0204 or ENG-0205 or Permission of Instructor. 3 credits.

ENG-0343 The Eighteenth-Century British Novel
An examination of the development of the novel in the eighteenth century as seen through major novelists (Richardson, Fielding, Sterne) and some of their successors. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0344 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
A reading of the novels of Walter Scott, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, William Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, and Thomas Hardy. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0350 Modern Poetry
A treatment of major American and British poems with attention to contemporary work. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0355 Modern British Literature
An examination of modernism and modernity in British literature, focusing upon innovations in fiction, film, media, and technology. This class considers novels, short stories, essays, poetry, and periodicals. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

ENG-0359 Modern American Literature
A survey of American writing between the wars, especially considering the works of Frost, Cummings, Stevens, Williams, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0360 Contemporary Literature
This course considers British, American, and Postcolonial literature and films from 1950 through today. The texts are selected in relation to readings in contemporary literary theory and culture. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0363 Literature in the Global Market Place for Teachers
A broad survey of world literatures, this course will include contemporary works of fiction and non-fiction, focusing on young adult literature taught at the middle and high school levels. Each class will include a grammar, punctuation, and usage lesson. Offered spring semester dependent upon students seeking teacher certification in English. 3 credits.

ENG-0365 Modern Criticism
A study of critical theories since 1965 with an emphasis on structuralism and deconstruction. Offered every third year. 3 credits.

ENG-0370 Critical Approaches to Literature and Culture
This course is designed to be an introduction to advanced literary and cultural studies and research; it is thus intended for students majoring in English, Communication, and related disciplines. Students will analyze a variety of critical, historical, and theoretical perspectives; they will thus develop sophisticated research, analytical, and writing skills to use in future upper-level English courses. Prerequisites: ENG-204 and ENG-205, or Permission of Instructor. This course is offered every other fall semester. 3 credits.

ENG-0410 Independent Study
A student pursues a particular literary subject by agreement with a faculty member. Offered as needed. 1 to 3 credits.

ENG-0412 Seminar: Special Topics in Literature
(These courses will be offered on a rotational basis, as needed.)
An intensive study of an author or topic (Austen, Dickens, Joyce, Lawrence, Wharton, Wilde, Victorian Women), using a seminar format in which students present and defend papers. Pre-requisite: 1 English course or instructor approval. Offered every year. 1 or 3 credits.

ENG-0420 Internship
A student pursues a particular work experience by agreement with a faculty member. 1 to 3 credits.

ENG-490 Senior English Seminar
A study of fundamental texts in literary theory from Plato and Aristotle through the early twentieth century. The course serves as a forum for seniors to develop and revise their senior comprehensive requirements. Prerequisite: Senior English Major Status. Offered spring semester. 3 credits.

WRL-0310 Masterpieces of World Literature
A study of major literary works from the ancient Greeks to the modern Europeans. No Prerequisite. 3 credits. This course fulfills a Global Awareness/Culture requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

Theater Courses

Theater Courses

THE-0150 Theater Workshop
Initial or advanced work on voice, movement, presence, and concentration through individual and group instruction, exercise, and practice; scene development and speech interpretation through improvisational and conventional theatrical techniques, culminating in an individually tailored presentation performed publicly. This course may be repeated with advanced work and different materials. Can partly fulfill a teacher certification requirement. Cross-listed with COM-0150. Offered fall semester. 1 credit.

THE-0200 Acting
Studio work on freeing and using the voice, mind, and body for performance. Includes methods and practice in developing speeches, dialogue, and scenes, both scripted and improvised. Texts and scripts vary from classical to modern; the course includes a public workshop performance. May be repeated with permission of instructor as a more advanced acting course. Required for the theater minor; can fulfill a teacher certification requirement. Cross-listed with COM-0200. No Prerequisite. Offered fall semester. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

THE-0211 Rehearsal & Staging
A course requiring analyzed and graded contributions in acting and/or staging by agreement with the instructor in the semester’s productions. The course may be repeated with permission of instructor. Can partly fulfill a teacher certification requirement. Cross-listed with COM-0211. No Prerequisite. Offered spring semester. 1 to 3 credits.

THE-0212 Rehearsal & Production
A course requiring significant, analyzed, and graded contributions in the areas of staging and acting in a semester’s production. Scheduled an average of five hours every week for full credit, this course is required for the theater minor, can be repeated with permission of instructor, and can fulfill a teacher certification requirement. In order for a student to become involved in any areas of the spring production, such as cast or crew, he/she needs to register for this course for either one or three credits. Cross-listed with COM-0212. No Prerequisite. Offered spring semester. 1 or 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

THE-0213 Development of Theater and Drama I: Classical to 1790
An historical survey of drama and theater from its origins to about 1790. A study of major forms and plays through scripts, videotapes, and lecture-discussion. Fulfills an English and/or Theater minor requirement. No Prerequisite. Offered as needed. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Humanities requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

THE-0214 Development of Theater and Drama II: 1790 to Avant-Garde
An historical survey of drama and theater from about 1790 to contemporary experiments. A study of major forms, theories, and plays through scripts, videotapes, and lecture-discussion. Fulfills an English and/or Theater minor requirement. No Prerequisite. Offered as needed. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Developing the Core/Humanities requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

THE-0302 Shakespeare
A close and comprehensive study of the artistry and continuing vitality of William Shakespeare through the consideration of his literature, literary celebrity, modern and contemporary interpretations, and marketing through performance and film. Cross-listed as ENG-0302. Offered every other year. 3 credits.

Reading Courses

Reading Courses

RDG-0050 Reading and Study Skills for the Successful Student
A course in strengthening reading, vocabulary, and study skills. Inclusion in this class is determined by a placement test. 3 credits.

Writing Courses

Writing Courses

WRT-0104 Advanced Rhetoric
A course for the student who is proficient in basic and intermediate writing skills, covering rhetoric in Aristotle and Cicero to become familiar with rhetorical flourishes and then addressing more modern stylists. Required coursework includes oral presentations, in-class writing, weekly papers, and one research project. 3 credits.

WRT-0109 Essentials of Writing
The purpose of this course is to offer students an intensive review, drill, and writing practice in English grammar, diction, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure. Inclusion in this class is determined by a placement test and/or writing sample. Offered fall semester. 3 credits.

WRT-0110 Writing
This course focuses on writing in a variety of rhetorical modes and includes work in grammar and usage as well as a research project and instruction in library skills. Periodic interviews or tutorials allow the shaping of this writing experience to the needs and abilities of each student. This intensified approach to the teaching of writing increases the student’s ability to discern and analyze the meaning of the words of others and to formulate and express her own thoughts. All matriculated students are required to pass this course. Offered fall and spring semesters. 3 credits. This course fulfills a Core Skills requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

WRT-H110 Honors First-Year Writing
A course in writing expository essays of moderate length and the first-year research paper. Students will study principles of rhetoric suitable for creating lucid, informative, and stimulating prose; they will also develop academic research skills. Inclusion in this class is determined by a placement test and/or writing sample. 3 credits. This course fulfills a Core Skills requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

WRT-0170 Advanced Composition and Oral Presentation Skills
In Advanced Composition and Oral Communication, students will build upon the writing, research, and analytical skills they developed in First-Year Writing. Through a consideration of a range of genres, styles, and audiences, students will use their critical-thinking and research skills to craft both written and oral arguments. Assignments will include papers, short writing assignments, oral presentations, and a final group project. Prerequisite: WRT 0110. 3 credits. This course fulfills a Core Skills requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

WRT-H170 Advanced Writing and Oral Communication
In Honors Advanced Writing and Oral Communication, students will build upon the writing, research, and analytical skills they developed in First-Year Writing. Through a consideration of a range of genres, styles, and audiences, students will use their critical-thinking and research skills to craft both written and oral arguments. For this Honors version of the course, students will engage in primary or archival research and have opportunities to publish their work to the web, in addition to the course's standard oral presentations, debates, and research and group projects.
Prerequisite: Students must meet the UC qualifications for the Honors Program, and must have taken WRT-H110 or have Permission of Instructor. 3 credits. This course fulfills a Core Skills requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

WRT-S170 Writing, Service Learning Component
In conjunction with advanced writing courses, students will engage in service learning experiences that develop their understanding of the links between study and social justice, build upon their research interests in their writing class, and serve as the basis for major and minor writing projects. Prerequisites: WRT-0110. Offered occasionally. 1 credit. This course fulfills the Enacting the Core/Experiential Learning requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

WRT-0233 Technical Writing
Technical Writing teaches students the skills necessary to connect effective communication with professional and organizational goals within the workplace. Students will learn to communicate an organization's positions effectively and efficiently across multiple media platforms emphasizing the written word. The subject centered focus of the course will vary each semester from industry to industry at the instructor's discretion. This course is cross listed with COM-0233. Prerequisite: WRT-0170. 3 credits.

WRT-0240 Business Writing
Business Writing is designed for students from a range of majors to learn the necessary rhetorical and research skills needed for their professional careers. Assignments will include business letters, memos, reports, proposals, and collaborative projects. The subject-centered focus of the course will vary each semester at the instructor’s discretion. This course cross lists with COM-0240. Prerequisite: WRT-0110. Offered in the spring. 3 credits.

WRT-0255 Magazine Writing
This course introduces students to the skills, techniques, and styles for reporting and writing feature-length, non-fiction articles for magazines. This course is cross listed with COM-0250. Prerequisite: WRT-0110. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

WRT-0300 Creative Writing: Nonfiction
Creative Writing – Nonfiction teaches students how to write effective prose in the genre popularly referred to as Creative Nonfiction. In this class, students will analyze the work of established creative nonfiction writers and then build upon that research through writing their own creative nonfiction. Through class discussions, workshops, and conferences, students will also learn how to give and receive productive feedback on the creative nonfiction of their peers, and how to submit their work for publication. Prerequisite: WRT-0110 or Permission of Instructor. 3 credits.

 

 

WRT-0411 Creative Writing: Short Fiction
The workshop format of this course will allow students to read and discuss each other’s work as well as a range of short fiction from established writers—contemporary and classic. With a focus on individual goals, students will create a portfolio to include flash fiction as well as short stories of varying lengths, including a chapter for a longer text. Prerequisites: WRT 110. Offered every third year. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Experience requirement in the UC General Education Program.

WRT-0414 Creative Writing: Poetry
Students write and discuss their own projects in poetry. No Prerequisite. Offered every third year. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.

WRT-0415 Playwriting and Directing
A course for students to write an original play and then direct their own script. No Prerequisite. Offered every third year. 3 credits. This course fulfills the Creative Expression requirement in the Undergraduate College’s General Education program.