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LAR 111: Writing and Intellectual Traditions I


The first semester of the liberal arts core sequence on ideas and writing.  The course is designed to provide students instruction and practice in writing.  Additionally, the course seeks to cultivate student understanding of the meaning and value of a liberal arts education in Christian tradition through the study of ideas, themes, and texts that have influenced Western culture.  An important component of the learning experience is the learning community established among students and instructors.  Supplemental assignments and activities outside of the traditional classroom are required. (4 s.h.)

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LAR 112: Writing and Intellectual Traditions II

The second semester of the liberal arts core sequence on ideas and writing.  While dedicated to the same fundamental objectives and emphases as its counterpart, it builds on the experiences of the first semester through a study of more modern works related to the same ideas and themes.  The course continues the exploration of liberal arts education in the Christian tradition and the cultivation of a learning community among students and instructors.  The writing component is centered on the development of research sensibilities and skills essential to the students' subsequent research writing within their chosen majors.  Supplemental assignments and activities outside of the traditional classroom are required. Prerequisite: LAR 111. (4 s.h.)

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ENG 110: Introduction to English Studies
 

An introduction to the English major.  Students become familiar with the expectations of an undergraduate English major and those who read, study, and write about literature and/or language as a profession and vocation.  Prerequisite: LAR 111. (1 s.h.)

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ENG 200: Introduction to Literature 

An introduction to the study and appreciation of fiction, poetry and drama. Discussion of the methods and elements of the various genres. Practice in writing critical analysis of literary works. Prerequisite: LAR 111. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 208: Tutoring Writing
 

An introduction to the theory and practice of working with writers in a writing-center context.    While useful for any student or teacher of writing, the course is designed to prepare tutors to work effectively with writers in a one-to-one setting.  In addition to standard readings, writing assignments, and projects, students will also be expected to schedule time outside of class to observe sessions in the USF Writing Center.  This course or ENG 209 is required for those seeking employment in the USF Writing Center.  Prerequisites: LAR 111 and LAR 112. (1 s.h.)

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ENG 209: Teaching Writing

An introduction to the theory and practice of teaching writing, both within the classroom setting and through face-to-face conferences.    While useful for any student of writing, the course is designed to equip tutors and teachers at the secondary level and above.  In addition to standard readings, writing assignments, and projects, students will also be expected to schedule time outside of class to observe classroom writing instruction and sessions in the USF Writing Center.  This course or ENG 208 is required for those seeking employment in the USF Writing Center.  Prerequisites: LAR 111 and LAR 112. (2 s.h.)

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ENG 220: World Literature: Major Authors


A sampling of major authors in world literature (excluding British and American writers), with attention to the cultural context, the significant themes, and literary forms. Prerequisite: LAR 111. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 221: British Literature Survey I 

A survey of British literature from its origins through the 18th Century, with attention to historical contexts and predominant interests, themes, and literary forms. Prerequisite: LAR 111. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 222: American Literature Survey I 

A survey of American literature from its origins to 1865, with attention to historical contexts and predominant interests, themes and literary forms. Prerequisite: LAR 111. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 223: British Literature Survey II 

A survey of British literature from the 18th Century to the present, with attention to historical contexts and predominant interests, themes and literary forms. Prerequisite: LAR 111. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 224: American Literature Survey II 

A survey of American literature from 1865 to the present, with attention to historical contexts and predominant interests, themes and literary forms. Prerequisite: LAR 111. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 250: Business Research and Writing 

A writing course designed to give the student instruction and practice in business letter writing, including the psychological approaches best suited to various situations. In addition, the student receives instruction in research techniques and writing strategies for business reports. Prerequisite: LAR 111. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 300: Literature for Children and Adolescents


A study of the literature addressed specifically to children from preschool through adolescence. Exploration of the diverse types of literature for children and adolescents and discussion of the elements of the various genres will be included. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 301: Genre Study 


A seminar course focusing on the study of one or more literary genres (i.e., novel, short tory, poetry, non-fiction, etc.).  Course contents will vary by semester and instructor, with specific course descriptions published for each semester the course is offered.  Prerequisite: ENG 200, 220, 221, 222, 223, or 224. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 311: Creative Writing 


A course providing practice and guidance in the writing of imaginative literature through a study of the principles and forms of poetry and fiction. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 322: Shakespeare


A seminar course focusing on the study of Shakespeare's work, with the specific thematic and generic focus determined by semester and instructor.  Specific course descriptions will be published for each semester the course is offered.  Prerequisite: ENG 200, 220, 221, 222, 223, or 224. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 330: Communication, Language, and Grammar 

An introduction to communication theory and the theory of language description, and a review of grammar, drawing from the traditional, structural and generative-transformational approaches. Prerequisite: LAR 111. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 335: Early British Literature


A seminar course focusing on the study of selected literary works from the origins of British literature through the 18th Century.  Course contents will vary by semester and instructor, with specific course descriptions published for each semester the course is offered.  Prerequisite: ENG 200, 220, 221, 222, 223, or 224. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 341: Early American Literature 

A seminar course focusing on the study of selected literary works from the origins of American literature to 1865.  Course contents will vary by semester and instructor, with specific course descriptions published for each semester the course is offered.  Prerequisite: ENG 200, 220, 221, 222, 223, or 224. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 345: Later American Literature

A seminar course focusing on the study of selected literary works in American literature from 1865 to the present day.  Course contents will vary by semester and instructor, with specific course descriptions published for each semester the course is offered.  Prerequisite: ENG 200, 220, 221, 222, 223, or 224. (3 s.h.)

ENG 355: Later British Literature


A seminar course focusing on the study of selected literary works in British literature from the 18th Century to the present day.  Course contents will vary by semester and instructor, with specific course descriptions published for each semester the course is offered.  Prerequisite: ENG 200, 220, 221, 222, 223, or 224. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 360: Advanced Composition


Study and practice in the art of writing expository prose. Working in a seminar setting, students perfect their rhetorical skills by analyzing the essays of professional writers, writing essays themselves, editing the papers of other class members and participating in critiques of papers in class. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 366: Evolving Canons


A seminar course focusing on the study of culturally diverse literatures, including contemporary works by and about historically marginalized groups within the American tradition and works from non-Western cultures.  Course contents will vary by semester and instructor, with specific course descriptions published for each semester the course is offered.  Prerequisite: ENG 200, 220, 221, 222, 223, or 224. (3 s.h.)


ENG 370: Departmental Practicum in Teaching English


Supervised practice in skills associated with the teaching of English. By observing and assisting university faculty in lower division English courses, the student has the opportunity to develop competencies in activities such as instructing in composition, grammar and literature; developing, presenting and grading exercises, tests and paragraph-to-paper-length writing assignments; and tutoring individual students to remediate deficiencies. Prerequisites: Junior or senior English Education major status and invitation to participate. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 395: Internship in Writing


Practical experience in applying the skills of effective expository writing in a vocational setting such as a business or non-profit service organization. An off-campus supervisor and a faculty internship coordinator direct and certify the experience. Prerequisites: Junior or senior English major status and consent of English faculty. (2-4 s.h.)

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ENG 403: Teaching of English


A study of methods of teaching literature, composition, grammar and reading at the secondary level. Consideration of philosophical bases and instructional objectives for the teaching of English. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 423: Literary Criticism


A seminar course focusing on the study of principal works of literary aesthetics and criticism from the classical to the contemporary.  Course contents will vary by semester and instructor, with specific course descriptions published for each semester the course is offered.  Prerequisite: At least two literature courses. (3 s.h.)

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ENG 450: English Colloquium


The course consists of presentations given by senior English majors who have worked closely with advisors in order to prepare the English Major Writing Portfolio, which serves as the source of content for the presentation. Faculty and guests, on occasion, may also be invited to give presentations. A grade of A, B, C, D, or F is assigned based on the quality of the presentation, the portfolio, and attendance. Prerequisite: Senior English major. (1 s.h.)

Note: A tri-fold brochure describing ENG 450 in more detail is available as a .PDF file.

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ENG 490: Special Topics in English


Studies A seminar course focusing on the study of works and authors not covered in regular courses.  Topics are determined by student and faculty interests, with specific course descriptions published for each semester the course if offered.  Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. (1-3 s.h.)

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ENG 491, 492: Independent Study 


(1-3 s.h. each)

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