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 157

A course in the English drama of the period from 1500 to 1642, excluding Shakespeare. Such writers as Marlowe, Jonson, Dekker, Heywood, and Webster will be featured.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 15S

Seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 15 designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes either supplementary reading or more intensive study of the English 15 reading list, as well as supplemental writing.

ENGL 15S

Seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 15 designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes either supplementary reading or more intensive study of the English 15 reading list, as well as supplemental writing.

ENGL 162

An intensive study of Milton.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 165AA-ZZ

Studies of topics not limited to a specific author, period, or literary form. Specific course titles are announced prior to the beginning of each quarter.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 169

Such dramatists as Dryden, Etheredge, Wycherly, Congreve, and Sheridan.

ENGL 170AA-ZZ

How are contemporary studies of the mind relevant to language and literature, and vice versa? How have we imagined the mind at different times and in different cultures? Topics vary but focus especially on interdisciplinarity, history of theories of mind, and creativity.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 172

A course in the neoclassical literature of England and the continent. Topics will vary from quarter to quarter. To see what is being taught in any particular quarter, students should consult the department's course outline booklet.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 175AA-ZZ

Interdisciplinary examination of literary texts broadly construed; course will address texts, topics, theories, or methods relevant to the study of literature in English that speak to other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. Course focus will be determined by instructor(s). 

ENGL 176PL

Explores relationships between performances of identity, literary analysis, and the staging of literature. Students conceptualize the performance of identity, space, and text through original dramatization of literary materials that they prepare, stage, and embody. No theater experience required.

ENGL 179

Such writers as Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Shelley, Lamb, and Hazlitt.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 18

Practical and historical introduction to the art of public speaking in a variety of contexts (legal, political, corporate, artistic, dramatic, educational, etc.). Main lecture focuses on critical and historical analysis of actual speeches; lab offers practical training in performing them. 

ENGL 180

Such writers as Browning, Tennyson, Hopkins, Hardy, and the pre-Raphaelites.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 181AA-ZZ

A course in the Romantic and Victorian periods. Topics will 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 182AA-ZZ

Reading of selected fiction and other relevant prose emphasizing analysis and understanding of literary methods, kinds, techniques, and objectives from the viewpoint of the practicing writer.

ENGL 184

Helps to fulfill the English major requirement in foreign language (option 2).Such authors as Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Proust, Kafka, Mann, and Sartre in translation.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 185

A survey of English modernism. Reading may include works by immediate precursors of English modernism (Pater, Wilde), but will concentrate on representative texts by such central figures as Eliot, Pound, HD, Williams,Yeats, Stein, Woolf, Conrad and Barnes.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 186

Introduction to modernism as an international complex of interconnected aesthetic ideas and practices across the media.

ENGL 187AA-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 189

Study of English and American contemporary drama, fiction, and poetry written since 1960.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 190AA-ZZ

Literature in English from such countries as India, the Caribbean, and the African nations. 

ENGL 191

Such early writers as Hughes, Hurston, Wright, Ellison, Baldwin and such contemporary writers as Reed, Walker, Morrison, Bambara within various cultural and theoretical contexts

Ethnicity Requirement, Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement, American History and Institutions
ENGL 192

The course examines science fiction as a literary genre. Emphasis throughout is upon the nature and development of the genre in its historical and cultural context.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 192S

A seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in english 192 designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course will include either supplementary readings, or more intensive study of the english 192 reading list, as well as supplemental writing.

ENGL 193

Critical and historical study of fiction from the classic of Poe, Conan Doyle, and Christie to the many contemporary kinds.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 193S

A seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 193 designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes either supplemental readings or a more intensive study of the English 193 reading list, as well as supplemental writing.

ENGL 194

Team based independent research under the supervision of a faculty member on issues related to contemporary or historical cultures of technology, media, and information including the topics covered in English 146AA-ZZ, 147AA-ZZ, and 148AA-ZZ. Student work in teams and conduct research using methods that involve online and library research; simulations, hypertexts, games, videos, and other experimental ways of modeling literary works; exploring immersive online worlds; etc. Results are put online in a course wiki, blog or other publication medium managed by the English department.

ENGL 195I

Under supervision of English Department faculty, English majors may obtain credit for work without pay in publishing, editing, journalism, or other employment related to English literature. Required are work hours, weekly meeting with professor, and a final paper or journal.

ENGL 196

For students in the English department's honors program only. This is the second half of thesis preparation and requires writing a 50+ page paper.

ENGL 197

Content will vary with each instructor. Students will be asked to do a project that acquaints them with some of the resources of the library and results in their reading beyond the primary course materials.

ENGL 198A

Focus on the aims, norms, methods, professional goals, and purposes of advanced literary study. In consultation with their faculty mentor, students begin preparatory research, draft the proposal, and create initial bibliographies for their honors thesis.

ENGL 198B

The Honors Seminar is a one-term course that exposes students to the standards and best practices of research-level literary scholarship while also preparing the ground for the students' intended research topics.

ENGL 198H

The Honors Seminar is a one-term course that exposes students to the standards and best practices of research-level literary scholarship while also preparing the ground for the students' intended research topics.

ENGL 199

Reading and conference for students with upper-division standing.

ENGL 199RA

Independent research assistance in English. Coursework shall consist of faculty supervised research assistance.

ENGL 205A

Introduction to the language, prose, and shorter poems.

ENGL 205B

Beowulf.

ENGL 205C

Topics in Old English literature.

ENGL 21

An introduction to the study of narrative forms with a focus on the nature of narrative, the functions of narrative, and the transformations that occur when a narrative is moved from one medium or cultural context to another.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 21S

A seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 21 designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes either supplemental readings, or a more intensive study of the English 21 reading list, as well as supplemental writing.

ENGL 22 GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 225

Examines theories of creativity and linkages between philosophical, rhetorical, and psychoanalytical concepts and current creative writing pedagogies. Experiments with classroom practices, with focus on the participants' own creative work.

ENGL 22S

Seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 22 designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes either supplementary reading or more intensive study of the English 22 reading list, as well as supplemental writing. 

ENGL 230

Content of the course will vary from quarter to quarter.

ENGL 231

Content of course will vary from quarter to quarter.

ENGL 232

Content of course will vary from quarter to quarter.

ENGL 233

Content of course will vary from quarter to quarter.

ENGL 234

Content of course will vary from quarter to quarter.

ENGL 235

Content of course will vary from quarter to quarter.

ENGL 236

Content of course will vary from quarter to quarter.

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