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 237

Content of course will vary from quarter to quarter.

ENGL 238
ENGL 24

Focusing primarily on reading, this course is dedicated to understanding the crucial, pleasurable, and troubling genre of the short story. Central to our discussion will be the idea that all acts of reading are attempts to solve a mystery, and texts will come primarily from the American canon. 

ENGL 24G

Reading short fiction: the tale, ghost story, and even Freud's case studies, "Ghosts of the Gothic" maps the popular narrative obsession with the unknown in works by Austen, James, Poe, Chesnutt, and others. 

ENGL 24GS

Seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 24G designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes either supplementary reading or more intensive study of the English 24G reading list, as well as supplemental writing. 

ENGL 24S

Seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 24 designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes either supplementary reading or more intensive study of the English 24 reading list, as well as supplemental writing. 

ENGL 25

Introduction to the age of information in its relation to history, society,and the arts. Topics include the history of information, hypertext, virtualreality, cyberspace, and the role of literature and literacy in the digital age. Introduction of practical skills and technologies associated with the digital age.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 25S

Seminar course for a select number of students enrolled in English 25 designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes either supplementary reading or more intensive study of the English 25 reading list, as well as supplemental writing.

ENGL 265AA-ZZ

Topics vary.

ENGL 274A

Explores connections between theorizations of the nature and history of globalization and recent reconceptualizations of American literary and cultural studies and explores issues for future research into potentially productive intersections. Includes readings in the latest research, student presentations, and a research paper.

ENGL 274B

Explores connections between theorizations of the nature and history of globalization and recent reconceptualizations of American literary and cultural studies and explores issues for future research into potentially productive intersections. Includes readings in the latest research, student presentations, and a research paper.

ENGL 274C

Explores connections between theorizations of the nature and history of globalization and recent reconceptualizations of American literary and cultural studies and explores issues for future research into potentially productive intersections. Includes readings in the latest research, student presentations, and a research paper.

ENGL 297

Graduate tutorial involving regular conferences with instructor and directed research toward seminar paper(s). Attendance at relevant upper-division lectures also required.

ENGL 30

Introduction to major works and themes of American literature designed for lower-division students and non-majors. Topics vary from one quarter to another.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 35

Examines the complex relationship between the American environment and American culture, offering environmentally informed readings of literary landscapes. Syllabus includes significant American writers from the colonial period through the twentieth century.

Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 36

What do literature and critical theory contribute to the reflection on human rights and the analysis of their violation? Inquiry into different ways in which the humanities can re-frame the debate on human rights and act as a social force.

Writing Requirement, World Cultures Requirement
ENGL 38A

African-American literature from colonial times through the Harlem Renaissance.

Ethnicity Requirement, Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 38AS

Seminar course for a select group of students enrolled in English 38A designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes supplementary readings or more intensive study of the English 38A reading list, and supplemental writing.

ENGL 38B

African-American literature from the 1930s to the present.

Ethnicity Requirement, Writing Requirement, GE Area G Requirement
ENGL 38BS

Seminar course for a select group of students enrolled in English 38B designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes supplementary readings or more intensive study of the ENGL 38B reading list, and supplemental writing.

ENGL 50

An introduction providing historical and cultural contexts to one or more American minority literatures usually taken to signify writing from an ethnic community: African American, Asian American, Chicano/a, and Native American.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement, Ethnicity Requirement
ENGL 500

Supervision and instruction of teaching assistants. Teaching assistants must register for this course.

ENGL 50S

Seminar course for a select group of students enrolled in English 50 designed to enrich the large lecture experience for the motivated student. Course includes supplementary readings or more intensive study of the English 50 reading list, and supplemental writing.

ENGL 591

Course provides support for graduate students when developing their dissertation ideas. Focus on research in the humanities at a practical level.

ENGL 592

This colloquium provides graduate students: a) an introduction to the hardware and software used in advanced web-page design; b) an overview of the intellectual issues of "digital culture;" and, c) a context for developing a web-authoring project.

ENGL 593

Provides guidance, training, a forum, and a common center for the various technical endeavors engaged in by student assistants.

ENGL 594

Explores connections between theorizations of the nature and history of globalization and recent reconceptualizations of American literary and cultural studies with an eye to exploring issues for future research into potentially productive intersections.

ENGL 595AA-ZZ

Graduate level research colloquia in various areas of study.

ENGL 595AR

Graduate level research colloquia in various areas of study.

ENGL 595BP

Graduate level research colloquia in various areas of study.

ENGL 596

Individual tutorial. A written proposal for each tutorial must be approved by the graduate adviser.

ENGL 596AA

Individual tutorial. A written proposal for each tutorial must be approved by the graduate adviser.

ENGL 597

Instructor should be the student's major professor or chairman of his doctoral committee.

ENGL 599

Only for research underlying the dissertation and for writing the dissertation.

ENGL 65AA-ZZ

Topics will vary from quarter to quarter.

GE Area G Requirement, Writing Requirement
ENGL 97

A seminar for lower-division students with a strong interest in literature.See departmental course outline booklet for topics. Content will vary with each instructor. Students will be asked to do a project that acquaints themwith some of the resources of the library and results in their reading beyond the primary course materials.

ENGL 99

Introduction to research in English. Independent research under the guidance of a faculty member in the department. Course offers exceptional students the opportunity to undertake independent research or work in a research group.

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