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Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

EN 099 Basic English Language (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Students acquire understanding of the basic grammatical structure of English. This course will emphasize the correct use of words, phrases, and sentences. Credit for EN 099 is not applicable toward English elective or graduation requirements.

EN 110 Conversational English (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Students whose native language is not English. This course offers basic practice in spoken English for the nonnative speaker. Students will work on their oral communication and participation. This course may not be used for an English major, minor, or teaching field.

EN 121 English Grammar and Composition (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: English placement exam or at least “C-” in EN 099. Students learn traditional grammar and mechanics. Additionally, students will learn how to write essays focusing on effective paragraphs, sentences, and diction. Meets 4 hours a week. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C-,” regardless of their major.

EN 123 English Grammar and Composition (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: English placement exam. Students learn traditional grammar and mechanics. Additionally, students will learn how to write essays focusing on effective paragraphs, sentences, and diction. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C-,” regardless of their major.

EN 126 English Grammar and Composition (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in EN 121 or EN 123 or English placement exam. This course focuses on developing students’ ability to write persuasively and to conduct research. Students will write argumentative, researched essays and papers, focusing on effective content, organization, sentence structure, and diction. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C-,” regardless of their major.

EN 202 American Literature (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in EN 126. This course teaches from a Christian perspective the major authors and works from William Bradford to the modern era. Students will understand and appreciate the works by learning the meaning, philosophy, literary qualities, and historical context of the works presented.

EN 204 British Literature (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in EN 126. This course teaches from a Christian perspective the major authors and works from Beowulf to the modern era. Students will understand and appreciate the works by learning the meaning, philosophy, literary qualities, and historical context of the works presented.

EN 301 Creative Writing (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: EN 126. Students study and practice the tools of effective writing in areas of personal interest while maintaining a balance between creativity and adherence to standards for quality writing. Special attention is given to poetry, characterization, and other forms of imaginative writing.

EN 307 American Romanticism (3) Offered Fall odd. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in EN 202. This course focuses on major selections of American Romantic authors such as Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Whitman, and others. Students will analyze each writer’s themes, philosophies, literary techniques, and structure as they gain an appreciation for each writer’s works.

EN 310 American Novel (3) Offered Spring even. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in EN 202. Students learn the development of the American novel through the study of philosophy, theme, characterization, and other literary characteristics as they read representative novels by Hawthorne, Twain, Howells, and others.

EN 312 Victorian Literature (3) Offered Spring even. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in EN 204. This course focuses on major poems, essays, and novels of the British Victorian Era. Students will analyze works for meaning, structure, literary techniques, and philosophy.

EN 315 Shakespeare (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in EN 204. Students will learn the essentials concerning the life and times of William Shakespeare and selected major plays (comedies, tragedies, and histories).

EN 318 English Romantic Poetry (3) Offered Spring odd. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in EN 204. Selections from prominent writers of the Romantic Era are studied for the purpose of understanding and appreciating their poetic styles and recognizing the philosophy of the Romantic Movement. The student will learn how to recognize literary themes and to interpret significant literary passages from a traditional Christian perspective.

EN 348 Late 19th–Mid 20th Century Poetry (3) Offered Fall even. Prereq.: EN 202 and 204. Students learn selected poetry of the late 19th through the mid-20th century including poems penned by William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens.

EN 360 Advanced English Grammar and Composition (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: At least “C-” in EN 121 (or EN 123) and in EN 126. This course provides a detailed study of traditional grammar and guides students in writing clear and graceful prose.

EN 401 Advanced Creative Writing (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: At least “C-” in EN 301. This course provides the creative writing student instruction in crafting fiction and poetry. The student will learn the elements of character, plot, conflict, and dialogue; will learn to craft both free verse and rhymed, metered poetry; and will apply the techniques of editing fiction and poetry to his own work.

EN 402 British Novel (3) Offered Fall odd. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in EN 204. This course focuses on the historical development of the English novel. The student will read and analyze novels by authors such as Austen, Dickens, and Conrad.

EN 414 American Realism (3) Offered Spring odd. Prereq.: Credit for or concurrent enrollment in EN 202. This course focuses on major works of American Realism from 1865–1920. Students will develop an appreciation for the literature of this era and analyze the selections for meaning, structure, literary techniques, and philosophy as they read and write about the selections.

EN 418 World Drama (3) Offered Fall. Prereq.: EN 204. This course provides an in-depth reading and interpretation of representative international dramas from ancient Greece to the twentieth century. The student will analyze the works’ themes, genre, philosophy, and dramatic techniques.

EN 423 The Classics of Western Literature (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: EN 204. The student will examine the major pieces of poetry, drama, and prose of Western civilization from the third century B.C. until the nineteenth century A.D.

EN 441 Senior Literature Research Project (1) Offered Fall, Spring. Prereq.: Senior English major. This course requires the student to complete a comprehensive, independent project to synthesize his major area of study in college. Extensive reading and research are required. The paper will cover one aspect of an author’s literary contributions. Students are expected to use the literature itself as their primary means of support. Biographical details and literary criticism may be used provided they directly prove the thesis.

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