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School of Arts and Sciences | English

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Aims and Objectives

The English Department offers an undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The major provides a solid foundation in language studies and a choice of two tracks: Literature or Media and Language.

The Literature track, with a focus on literary works and their interpretation, prepares students for graduate studies or, in conjunction with Education, classroom teaching. The Media and Language track prepares students for careers in the growing fields of media, communication technology, and professional writing.

The department also offers a minor for those whose primary commitment is to another field.

Emphasis in both programs is on developing students' capacity for critical and imaginative reading, thinking, discussing, listening, and writing; on introducing students to works of literature that will enrich their lives; on providing learning experiences that enable them to gain insight into lasting human values; and on preparation for both the world of work and further professional education.

For audit sheet information, please examine our two tracks:  Literature and Media and Language.

Course Requirements

All English majors must complete a total of 39 credit hours. Whether students choose the Literature or the Media and Language track, all must complete the following courses: EN 132; EN 201 or 204; EN 303 or 340; EN 328, 344, 347 or 348; EN 433; and EN 463. Those in the Literature track, in addition to the required courses, must take EN 329, EN 330, EN 331, EN 332, EN 437, and two additional courses at the 200, 300, or 400 level. Those in the Media and Language track, in addition to the required courses, must take EN 109, 113, 202, or 205; EN 329 or 330; EN 331 or 332; EN 341; EN 475; AR 210; and PR 220.

Note: EN 351/352 or EN 288/488 may be substituted for any of the above with permission from the English Department.

Minors complete 18 credit hours in English, including EN 109, 132, or 201; EN 303 or 340; EN 329 or 330; EN 331, 332, or 333; EN 328, 344, 347, or 348; and one additional course at the 200, 300, or 400 level.
 
Education majors in Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA) Integrated Language Arts complete requirements for an English major. Education majors seeking licensure in Middle Childhood Reading and Language Arts also take a number of courses in the English Department. Students in both areas need to contact the Education Department for more details.

Course Descriptions

EN 100A
College Reading and Study Skills (3)
This course serves as a support course for students entering college. The focus of the course is on developing student competencies in textbook reading comprehension, writing, listening, and study skills. This course is graded PA, PB, PC, D/NC, and F/NC.

EN 100B
College Writing Skills (3)
This course is designed to assess strengths and weaknesses in the understanding and use of expository writing skills, to increase competency in those areas where a weakness exists, and to enable the student to take the Ursuline Studies Introductory Seminar or Transitions. This course is graded PA, PB, PC, D/NC, and F/NC.

EN 107
Introduction to Literature (3)
This course is used for awarding credit from the CLEP general literature exam and the Advanced Placement exam.

EN 109
Fundamentals of Acting (3)
Basic acting techniques and character study examining the experience of acting both on stage and off stage, including performance opportunities.

EN 113
Acting the Scene (3)
A study of script analysis and character, emphasizing the character's psychology, environment, and interactions with others.

EN 114
Theatrical Production (1)
A hands-on experience in the "behind the scenes" areas of theatrical production for a fully mounted play.

EN 132
Life, Language, Literature (3)
An introduction to English as a discipline for students interested in language and its role in human life. Topics include linguistic issues, literary scholarship, and other areas of English Studies.

EN 201
Introduction to the Theater (3)
An examination of the meaning of theater through a study of its component parts and of the history of its major periods. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II Aesthetic Response satellite (AE).

EN 202
American Theater (3)
A history of the American theater with readings from selected plays. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II Aesthetic Response satellite (AE).

EN 204
Introduction to Film (3)
An examination of the language, structure, and meaning of film through a study of its component parts and of some of the major films throughout cinema history. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II Aesthetic Response satellite (AE).

EN 205
Speech Communication (3)
A study of the basics of communication, including the concepts and methods needed for effective speaking and listening and for oral and gestural language. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 217
The American Short Story (3)
A study of representative American short stories from Edgar Allan Poe to the present. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II American Culture satellite (AM).

EN 218
Modern European Drama (3)
A study of representative European plays from Henrik Ibsen to the present. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II Western Culture satellite (WE).

EN 219
United States Women's Literature (3)
A study of selected short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama by eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century women writers of the U.S. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II American Culture satellite (AM).

EN 224
American Autobiography (3)
A study of representative American autobiographies illustrating a variety of approaches to recording one's life history. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II American Culture satellite (AM).

EN 227
The Adolescent in American Literature (3)
A study of the adolescent character in selected American novels as well as in literature written specifically for young adult readers. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II American Culture satellite (AM).

EN 245
Introduction to World Cinema (1-3)
Offered in conjunction with the Cleveland International Film Festival, held annually in the spring, Introduction to World Cinema is a survey course in which students study world cinema with emphasis on the national and cultural contexts within which films are created and distributed. Students will be required to attend the film festival as part of the requirements for the course and thus must be available during the festival dates. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors and EN 204 Introduction to Film or permission of the instructor. Ursuline Studies Stage II World Culture satellite (WO) when taken for three credits.

EN 250
European Literature I (3)
A survey of the literature of Europe through the Renaissance. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II Western Culture satellite (WE).

EN 251
European Literature II (3)
A survey of the literature of Europe from the Enlightenment to the present. Prerequisite: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II Western satellite (WE).

EN 303
Creative Writing (3)
A study of the techniques of short fiction, poetry, and drama with practice in the writing of each genre. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 328/228
World Mythology (3)
A study of myths of representative cultures of the world with special attention given to the myth of the hero as well as mythic literary criticism as a tool for the analysis of literature. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II World Culture satellite (WO).

EN 329
American Literature I (3)
A survey of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama of the United States from the seventeenth century to 1865. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 330
American Literature II (3)
A survey of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama of the United States from 1865 to the present. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 331
British Literature I (3)
A survey of the literature of England from the eighth to the late eighteenth century. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 332
British Literature II (3)
A survey of the literature of England from the late eighteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 333
Twentieth-Century British Literature (3)
A survey of modern (1900-40) and contemporary (Post World War II) British fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 340
Creative Nonfiction Writing (3)
An advanced study of the writing of nonfiction prose, including essays, reviews, and interviews. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 341
Magazine Production (3)
A hands-on experience in all areas of magazine production for the publication of Inscape, Ursuline College's literary/art magazine. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 344/244
Asian Literature (3)
A survey of Asian cultures and literary traditions from ancient to modern times. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II World Culture satellite (WO).

EN 347/247
Major Authors of Africa (3)
A study of fiction and drama from the four main geographic regions of the African continent as well as of the cultural and political forces that impact the literature. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II World Culture satellite (WO).

EN 348/248
Latin American Women's Literature (3)
A study of contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by women writers of Mexico, South and Central America, and the Caribbean, as well as of the cultural and political forces that impact the literature. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors. Ursuline Studies Stage II World Culture satellite (WO).

EN 351, 352
Reading Seminar (3, 3)
Reading, analysis, and discussion of selected works or topics. Focus varies depending on the professor offering the course. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 433
Introduction to the History of the English Language (3)
Study of linguistic developments from Old English to Modern British and American English with attention to language history and language diversity. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 437
Shakespeare (3)
Intensive study of the major tragedies, comedies, and histories. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 461, 462
Independent Study (1-3, 1-3)
Directed independent study of a topic in English Studies. Applicants and topics subject to prior approval of department chair. Recommended for juniors and seniors. 461 is a prerequisite for 462.

EN 463
Senior Research Seminar (3)
Directed independent study of a topic in English Studies (upon approval of the English faculty member directing the study) taken by English majors in the senior year, culminating in a research project for assessment. EN 463 will be offered as a class if a sufficient number of senior English majors are eligible to take the course.

EN 475
Academic Internship (credit varies)
An off-campus learning experience to provide the student with the opportunity to relate academic and educational goals to learning experiences and situations beyond the limits of the classroom. Recommended for juniors and seniors.

EN 288, 488
Special Topics (3)
Topics from any genre, author, or theme. Focus varies depending on the professor offering the course. Prerequisites: Ursuline Studies Stage I anchors.

EN 199, 299, 399, 499
External Learning Assessment (credit varies)
Measurable and verifiable learning which has occurred outside of the traditional classroom. Numerical designation indicates level of proficiency in the topic. Courses for which there is an exact Ursuline College equivalent are listed by the appropriate numerical designation. The "PL" is listed before all course titles for which credit is granted through external learning assessment.