ENGL 190 Introductory Topics in Literature

An introduction to the process of reading critically and writing perceptively about literary works, through the exploration of specific
topics or questions. Topics for individual sections will vary, and topics for each upcoming semester can be found through BannerWeb or
the English Department Homepage. Counts toward the English major. May not be repeated for credit. First-year and sophomore students

ENGL 191 Golden Age of Piracy: Histories, Literature, Legends, and Myths

The pirates who plundered the ships of the Spanish Main and cruised the coasts of Africa and the Americas both served and troubled conventional notions of race, gender, economics, law, and nationality in a period that saw the rise of Empire and the Atlantic slave trade, the American Revolution, and the wars of the early nineteenth century. The usually criminal and always liminal status of those who decided to “go upon the account” has attracted the attention of numerous authors and filmmakers who have cast them as brave iconoclasts, romantic heroes, and heartless villains.

ENGL 200 Introduction to Poetry Writing: Form, Theory, Workshop

A study of poetic form and theory, leading to a workshop in which students present their own poems for discussion. Students will learn
to write basic narratives, as well as received forms such as villanelles, and to find forms suitable for their own work.

ENGL 202 Introduction to Cinema

This course introduces students to the critical tools involved in the analysis of moving-image media such as film, video, and television.
Students will compose essays that demonstrate a historically informed grasp of cinema’s formal techniques and how these produce
meaning for spectators.

ENGL 204 Introduction to Screenwriting

An introduction to the basic three-act film structure. Students will read and view various screenplays and films, and develop their own
film treatment into a full-length script.

ENGL 205 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction

An Introduction to the field of creative non-fiction, which encompasses the personal essay, the lyrical essay, journalistic reporting, and other genres.
Students will learn to use fictional devices such as setting, point of view, character, dialogue, and symbolism to craft factually accurate essays about real

ENGL 210 Introduction to Creative Writing

This multi-genre course will focus on the craft of creative writing in a workshop setting. Students will read a variety of texts by contemporary writers, and they will produce their own works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.