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    English Courses at Hamline University

    ENG 1100 - English for International Students

    Goals: As preparation for ENG 1110 the course will help international students develop the writing skills necessary for college-level course work.

    Content: Focus on writing and rewriting with an emphasis on the particular needs of non-native speakers of English.

    Taught: Annually.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 1110 - Writing and Reading Texts

    Goals: To develop critical writing, reading, and thinking skills needed in academic courses in order to achieve greater effectiveness and analysis in writing. To understand the dynamic relationship between language and culture and to begin to explore how one is shaped by language and shapes the world through language.

    Content: Critically reading a variety of literary, nonliterary, and visual texts and developing research skills for providing cultural, social, political, and historical contexts. Frequent writing and rewriting in a variety of genres, at least one of which includes research strategies and incorporation of sources. Focus on the elements of successful written communication, including invention, purpose, audience, organization, grammar, and conventions.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisites: None. Required of all first-year students. Open to others with permission of the department. ENG 1110 does not apply to the English major but instead counts toward a student’s breadth of study.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 1210 - British Literatures to 1789

    Goals: To survey British literature to 1789 in its cultural and intellectual contexts.

    Content: Selected works by such authors as Geoffrey Chaucer, Margery Kempe, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Andrew Marvell, and Jonathan Swift.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or its equivalent, or concurrent registration.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 1220 - British Literatures after 1789

    Goals: To survey British literature after 1789 in its cultural and intellectual contexts.

    Content: Selected works by authors such as Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Robert Browning, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and Tom Stoppard.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or its equivalent, or concurrent registration.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 1230 - American Literatures to 1860

    Goals: To survey American literature to 1860 in its cultural and intellectual contexts.

    Content: Literary forms such as sermon, oral narrative, autobiography, journals, essays, poetry, and fiction. Possible authors and texts: Native American poetry and tales, Cabeza de Vaca, Mary Rowlandson, Sor Juana, Benjamin Franklin, William Apess, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or its equivalent, or concurrent registration.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 1240 - American Literatures after 1860 

    Goals: To survey American literature from about 1860 to the present in its cultural and intellectual contexts.

    Content: Literary forms such as the novel, poetry, and drama that develop themes such as the rise of the city, changing social and personal values, industrialism, and individual alienation. Possible authors: Mark Twain, Kate Chopin, Langston Hughes, William Faulkner, Adrienne Rich, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Maxine Hong Kingston.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or its equivalent, or concurrent registration.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 1250 - World Literatures

    Goals: To survey literatures of the world in their cultural and intellectual contexts.

    Content: Selections and emphasis will vary from semester to semester. Students will gain understanding of literary forms such as the novel, drama, poetry, and essay in different cultural contexts. Typical topics for discussion may include the cross-cultural comparison of forms, colonial and postcolonial experiences, and the effects of globalization.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or its equivalent, or concurrent registration.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 1270 - African-American Literatures

    Goals: To survey African-American literary tradition as influenced by oral and written forms of expression. To heighten the student’s awareness of the particularity of African-American cultural expression as well as its connections with mainstream American writing.

    Content: Selections of texts may vary from semester to semester. Typically, the course will survey prose, poetry, and drama from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Selected works by such authors as Phillis Wheatley, David Walker, Frederick Douglass, Frances Harper, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Jean Toomer, Sterling Brown, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Lorraine Hansberry, and Alice Childress.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or its equivalent, or concurrent registration.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 1800 - Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric

    Goals: To have students understand fundamental principles of rhetorical theory and how they can be applied - analytically, ethically, and/or persuasively - in a variety of organizational frameworks and in the production of common genres of professional communication, including memos and reports, job letters, policy documents, and public relations.

    Content: Using readings in rhetorical theory and case studies in professional communication, the course will focus on ethical, technological, legal, and pragmatic elements of producing professional writing in various genres and media for diverse audiences and purposes.

    Taught: Annually in fall and spring semesters.

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and ENG 1110 or FSEM 1020.

    Note: ENG 1800 is required in the English major with a concentration in professional writing and in the professional writing minor. ENG 1800 replaces one of the two required survey (12xx) courses for the professional writing concentration and serves as the required survey course for the professional writing minor. ENG 1800 may count as one of the two required survey courses (12xx) in the English major with a concentration in creative writing, but it may not be taken as the required survey course in the English or creative writing minors.
    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3010 - Textual Studies and Criticism

    Goals: To introduce readers to a critical relationship with literary form that is the foundation of the discipline of English. The course investigates literature and writing as a site of cultural production and consumption, leading to a self-reflexive development of critical thinking through the close reading of texts in different genres. Students acquire critical terminology and practice interpretive strategies.

    Content: Close reading of and writing about selected works from various cultures, genres, and periods.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: Strongly recommended that one survey course (1210, 1220, 1230, 1240, 1250, 1270) be completed or taken concurrently.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3020 - Literary and Cultural Theory

    Goals: To introduce students to theoretical approaches to texts and to the practical applications of literary theory. Students should take this gateway course in the sophomore year in conjunction with declaring a major/minor. This course builds on the learning experiences introduced in ENG 1110, the surveys, and ENG 3010: Textual Studies and Criticism and prepares students for success in 3000-level writing and literature courses and the senior seminar. Required for many 3000-level courses.

    Content: Reading and discussing representative 20th-century critical approaches to the study and understanding of written texts and producing analytical essays that apply critical methods to selected texts.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisites: One survey course (ENG 1210, 1220, 1230, 1240, 1250, 1270) completed. While in rare cases ENG 3020 may be taken concurrently with ENG 3010, it is strongly encouraged for student success that ENG 3010 be completed first. Not recommended for first-year students. Nonmajors and nonminors need the permission of the instructor.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3100 - Introduction to African-American Studies

    Crosslisted as PHIL 3100.

    Goals: To develop an understanding of several key issues in African American Studies emphasizing close textural reading and analysis. Additionally, students participate in academic service learning to synthesize textual and experimental learning.

    Content: The course materials will focus on critical readings about construction of race as a concept; intersections of race, class and gender; Afrocentrism; pan-africanism; diasporic connections; nationalism; religious dimension; literary theory and popular culture.

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3190 - Introduction to Linguistics 

    Goals: To examine the scientific study of language and language analysis.

    Content: Analysis of language in terms of phonetics and phonology (sounds), morphology (word formation), semantics (the meaning system), syntax (sentences and their structure), and language change. Discussion of the relationship between language and neurology, psychology, society, and culture.

    Taught: Alternate years.

    Prerequisites: ENG 1110 or equivalent; ENG 3020 recommended.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3320 - Fundamentals of Journalism

    Goals: To develop skills in writing for mass media.

    Content: Techniques and practice of news, feature, and interpretive reporting combined with reading and discussion of principles and ethics of journalism.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3330 - Special Topics in Journalism

    Goals: To explore special topics in news reporting and writing.

    Content: Build on basic writing techniques and formats with concentration on interviewing, fact gathering, editing, and design. Exposure to print, broadcast, or online media. Topics vary. Check section title and description.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or equivalent. ENG 3320 is recommended.

    A student may register for this course more than once for different topics.

    Credits: 4 credits


    ENG 3370 - Topics in Professional Writing and Rhetoric

    Goals: An intensive study in a particular area of professional writing.

    Content: Based upon the principles and practices of professional writing and communication, this course requires that students write for multiple, complex audiences and purposes. Topics vary. Check section title and description. Examples include “research and report writing,” “writing for new media” and “professional and technical writing.”

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or its equivalent. Business students should take ENG 1800 to fulfill the major writing requirement. ENG 1800 is recommended for some ENG 3370 sections. A student may register for this course more than once for different topics.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3450 - Studies in Literatures Across Cultures

    Goals: A critical study of a specific topic in world literature.

    Content: Intensive analysis of texts in their cultural contexts. Topics vary from year to year. Recent examples: passages to India, the empire writes back, Harlem renaissance, pan-African oratory, 20th-century Irish literature.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisites: ENG 3010. ENG 3020 strongly recommended. A student may register for this course more than once for different topics.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3510 - Studies in a Single Author

    Goals: A critical study of a specific author.

    Content: Intensive analysis of texts in their cultural contexts. Topics vary from year to year. Examples include Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Edmund Spenser, John Milton.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisites: ENG 3010. ENG 3020 strongly recommended. A student may register for this course more than once for different topics.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3530 - Studies in British Literatures

    Goals: A critical study of a specific topic in British literature.

    Content: Intensive analysis of texts in their cultural contexts. Topics vary from year to year. Recent examples: medieval lowlife, Arthurian legends, Renaissance drama, Romantic poetry, Victorian novel, modernism, contemporary novel.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisites: ENG 3010. ENG 3020 (may be taken concurrently). A student may register for this course more than once for different topics.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3540 - Studies in American Literatures

    Goals: A critical study of a specific topic or period in American literature.

    Content: Intensive analysis of texts in their cultural contexts. Topics vary from year to year. Recent examples: American Literature of Landscape and Nature; Walt Whitman and Modern American Poetry; Beats, Bop, and the Status Quo; Comedy and Postmodernism; Women’s Bildungsroman and Kunstlerroman; Science and Literature.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisites: ENG 3010. ENG 3020 (may be taken concurrently). A student may register for this course more than once for different topics.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3570 - Women and Literature

    Goals: To understand women writers’ representations in literature by closely examining their work in historical and cultural contexts through the theory and practice of feminist criticism.

    Content: Focus varies. Recent examples: writers of color, wandering women, black women writers.

    Taught: Annually.

    Prerequisite: ENG 3010 or WSTD 1010. A student may register for this class more than once for different topics.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3710 - Critical Digital Media Theory

    Goals: To have students intervene in current scholarly debates on how digital media has transformed, or should transform, our conceptions of politics, communication, art, law, and life.

    Content: Whatever 21st century technologies - or human reactions to them - are most scandalous or interesting when the class meets, which are studies via current scholarship in the digital humanities, drawing primarily from the traditions of rhetoric, media, and cultural theory.

    Taught: Once per year.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1100 or its equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 3720 - Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice 

    Goals: To learn a range of theories of how writing works and how it is best learned, to apply these theories to develop informed writing processes and teaching practices, and to hone advanced skills in expository and argumentative writing and research.

    Content: Theories of composition and writing pedagogy.

    Taught: Annually in fall and spring semesters.

    Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or its equivalent.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 5700 - Teaching English in the Middle and High Schools (5-12)

    Goals: To instruct prospective teachers in the theoretical foundations of current teaching methods and practices.

    Content: Methods of teaching reading and composition. Planning the English curriculum within the community setting. The inclusion of adolescent literature, non-Western literature, and popular culture in the curriculum.

    Taught: Available annually at either Hamline or another ACTC school.

    Prerequisites: EDU 3150 and 3250; an English major or minor.

    Credits: 4 credits

    ENG 5960 - Senior Seminar

    Goals: This course provides the capstone experience in the major. The goal of this course is to practice and polish previously learned skills and experiences to produce an analysis of literary texts of article length and quality. This essay marks the student’s entrance into the profession as a participant in an on-going and dynamic conversation about specific works and the discipline as a whole.

    Content: Varies from year to year. Recent examples: Twice-Told Tales; Salman Rushdie and Transnationalism; There is No Place Like Home: Literature of Exile; Slavery, Women and the Literary Imagination; Narratives of National Trauma; Propaganda and the Literature of Commitment; 20th Century Drama; Hard-Boiled Fiction; Hawthorne and “a Mob of Scribbling Women”; Renaissance Self-Fashioning; American Melancholy: Readings of Race, Sexuality and Performance Culture.

    Taught: Three senior seminars are offered each year.

    Prerequisites: ENG 3020 and at least one 3000-level literature course or consent of instructor.

    Credits: 4 credits