Catalog Course Descriptions

This page contains the official catalog descriptions of all available courses, past and present, offered by the Department of English. For a list of courses offered in current or upcoming quarters, visit the "Course Offerings" page.
Course Number Catalog Description Areas Fulfilled
ENGL 122LE

Environmental survey of Western literature that explores the often-ignored literary history of the natural world.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 122NE

Same course as Environmental Studies 122NE.

Perceptions of nature have changed throughout history and vary across cultures. Course explores changing expressions of our changing relations to the world we live in, with emphasis on cultural movements (films, literature, newspapers, etc.) that have affected contemporary American experience.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 124

Consult the course outline booklet in th department office for the authors read in any particular quarter.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 124 S

A seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 124 designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course will include either supplementary readings or more intensive study of the English 124 reading list, as well as supplemental writings.

ENGL 126 A

The eighteenth century. Such writers as Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollet, and Sterne.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 126 B

The nineteenth century to 1850. Such writers as Austen, The Brontes, Thackeray, and Dickens (earlier novels).

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 126 C

The nineteenth century from 1850. Such writers as Dickens (later novels), Eliot, Trollope, and Hardy.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 128AA-ZZ

Detailed readings in, and critical examinations of, specific literary forms. Recently taught genres have included autobiography, comedy, romance, and satire.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 129

Investigation of the interrelations between writing and queer sexualities, i.e. those sexualities (gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, etc.) which represent an averse or contestatory relation to normative heterosexuality. Specific topics vary by quarter.

ENGL 131AA-ZZ

Topics vary from quarter to quarter. To see what is being taught in any particular quarter, students should consult the department's course outline booklet.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 132AA-ZZ

Courses in individual American writers such as Hawthorne-Melville (132HM); Henry James (132J); Mark Twain (132T); Ernest Hemingway (132H); William Faulkner (132F); Emily Dickinson (132D); Robert Frost (132FR); Walt Whitman(132W).

ENGL 132F

Courses in individual American writers such as Hawthorne-Melville (132HM); Henry James (132J); Mark Twain (132T); Ernest Hemingway (132H); William Faulkner (132F); Emily Dickinson (132D); Robert Frost (132FR); Walt Whitman(132W).

ENGL 132FR

Courses in individual American writers such as Hawthorne-Melville (132HM); Henry James (132J); Mark Twain (132T); Ernest Hemingway (132H); William Faulkner (132F); Emily Dickinson (132D); Robert Frost (132FR); Walt Whitman(132W).

ENGL 132H

Studies in American writers. Courses in individual American writers such asHawthorne-Melville (132HM); Henry James (132J); Mark Twain (132T); Ernest Hemingway (132H) William Faulkner (132F); Emily Dickinson (132D); Robert Frost (132FR); Walt Whitman (132W).

ENGL 132HM

Courses in individual American writers such as Hawthorne-Melville (132HM); Henry James (132J); Mark Twain (132T); Ernest Hemingway (132H); William Faulkner (132F); Emily Dickinson (132D); Robert Frost (132FR); Walt Whitman(132W).

ENGL 132J

Studies in American writers. Courses in individual American writers such asHawthorne-Melville (132HM); Henry James (132J); Mark Twain (132T); Ernest Hemingway (132H); William Faulkner (132F); Emily Dickinson (132D); Robert Frost (132FR); Walt Whitman (132W).

ENGL 132M

Courses in individual American writers such as Hawthorne-Melville (132HM); Henry James (132J); Mark Twain (132T); Ernest Hemingway (132H); William Faulkner (132F); Emily Dickenson (132D); Robert Frost (132FR); Walt Whitman(132W).

ENGL 132T

Courses in individual American writers such as Hawthorne-Melville (132HM); Henry James (132J); Mark Twain (132T); Ernest Hemingway (132H); William Faulkner (132F); Emily Dickinson (132D); Robert Frost (132FR); Walt Whitman(132W).

ENGL 132W

Studies in American writers. Courses in individual American writers such asMelville-Hawthorne (132HM); Henry James (132J); Mark Twain (132T); Ernest Hemingway (132H); William Faulkner (132F); Emily Dickinson (132D); Robert Frost (132FR); Walt Whitman (132W).

ENGL 133AA-ZZ

Courses on American writing associated with particular regions such as the South, the West, New England.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement, American History and Institutions
ENGL 134AA-ZZ

Studies in literature of cultural and ethnic communities in the United States. Courses on writing produced by, or associated with, cultural communities in America such as Afro-Americans, Chicanos, Asian-Americans.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement, Ethnicity Requirement, American History and Institutions
ENGL 136

Course surveying the variety of developing traditions in American writing from the beginnings through the revolutionary period. 

ENGL 137A

Developing traditions of American poetry within a variety of historical and cultural contexts: from the beginnings to the modern era.

American History and Institutions, Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 137B

Developing traditions of American poetry withi a variety of historical and cultural contexts: modern to contemporary.

American History and Institutions, Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 138C

Developing traditions of prose narrative within a variety of historical and cultural contexts: from World War I to the present.

American History and Institutions, Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 140

An intensive study of American writing from World War II to the present.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 144

The generic forms of cultural issues characteristic of early modern European poetry, fiction, and drama. Such authors as Petrarch, Boccaccio, More, Rabelais, Ariosto, Montaigne, Camoes, Shakespeare, Lope de Vega, and Cervantes.

ENGL 146AA-ZZ

May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 28 units provided letter designations are different.

Studies of literary genres, authors, periods, or themes that engage or exemplify technology, whether historical technologies or contemporary digital, bio, nano, and other technologies. Examples of topics include Pynchon's novels and information theory, hypertext fiction, the new poetry of codework, cyberpunk science fiction, nineteenth century literature and steam technology, and literature of industrialization.

ENGL 147AA-ZZ

Letter grade only. May be repeated for credit provided the letter designations are different. Maximum allowable units are 12, of which 8 can be applied to the major.

Studies in historical and contemporary media systems including orality, writing, print electronic media (telegraph, phone, radio, film, TV video, satellite communications), and digital media (the Internet, word-processing, etc.) in their relation to literary or cultural expression. Example topics include Enlightenment media, modern literature, and graphic design, film and literature, twentieth century media theory.

 

ENGL 148AA-ZZ

Courses on the social, political, legal, economic, gender, race, and other aspects of information technology and its institutions as these affect or are affected by the realm of cultural or symbolic expression, including literature and art. Examples of topics include free speech and censorship from print to the Internet, globalism, etc.

ENGL 149

Focuses on the history and theory of the twentieth and twenty-first century media. Students study and create media projects. Media topics include film, radio, television, computer hypertext, the internet, and computer games. Course includes lecture and lab. The lab teaches the skills needed to do web-based projects and media presentations.

ENGL 15

Introduction to Shakespeare in which a number of major plays are read with close attention to language, dramatic structure, and historical context.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 150

A study of twentieth-century Irish literature written in English against a background of Irish history during the struggle for Independence and later. Major emphasis on Yeats, Joyce, Synge, and O'Casey; other writers of the period, such as Stephens, O'Flaherty, O'Connor, and Behan, will also be touched on.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 150S

Seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 150 and designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes either supplementary readings, or more intensive study of English 150 reading list, as well as supplemental writing.

ENGL 151A

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151AA-ZZ

Courses in individual writers such as Spenser, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift,Richardson, Fielding, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151BL

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Jonson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151CD

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151D

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151DR

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151J

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151L

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151P

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151S

Courses in individual writers such as Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151SW

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151W

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 151Y

Courses in individual writers such as: Donne, Jonson, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Lawrence, and Yeats.

ENGL 152A

Intensive study of the Canterbury Tales.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 152AS

A seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 152A designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes either supplementary readings or more intensive study of the English 152A reading list, as well as supplemental writing.

ENGL 156

Study of texts related to the social and cultural practices of chivalry in the Middles Ages, from the seventh through the fifteenth centuries. The course centers on such texts as "The Battle of Maldon", "The Dream of the Rood", "Sir Orfeo", "Gawain and the Green Knight", "Le Morte D' Arthur", and the Middle English lyrics.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement

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