Current Courses

Fall 2018 Course Offerings
EN 101 The Process of Writing (3)  

Offers intensive work in generating ideas, organization, style, and mechanics for the development of college-level writing. Admission by assignment. Does not fulfill core requirement in English. Minimum grade of “C” required.

EN 111 College Writing (3)  

A writing intensive course that develops students’ college-level writing competence; writing is taught as a process that entails a series of revisions through the completion of several short assignments and longer expository essays. Includes preparation of a research paper and instruction in MLA style.

EN 207 Global Literature (3)

Instructor: T. Harney-Mahajan TF 11:30am-12:45pm

Explores non-western literature, including works from Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

EN 221 Women in Literature (3)

Instructor: M. Lindroth MW 1:00pm-2:15pm
Examines the presentation of woman and her roles in a selection of literature by and about women. Examples chosen from each professor’s classic and contemporary favorites.

EN 226 Psychology and Literature (3)

Instructor: S. Miller III W 7:00pm-9:30pm
Uses the insights of Freud and Jung to illuminate myths (ancient and modern) and examines techniques for dramatizing the life of the mind in fiction and drama. Selections by Strindberg, Lawrence, James, O’Neil, et al.

EN 227 American Images in Literature (3)

Instructor: D. Whelan MWF 9:00am-9:50am
Explores short stories, novels, and poetry embodying various images of America—its geography, values, customs, and people—emphasizing the subject and quality of the images presented, the literary techniques with which these are developed, and the total self-reflection of the country which they convey.

EN 301 Masterpieces of Western Literature (3)

Instructor: T. Harney-Mahajan MW 3:00pm-4:15pm
Surveys major literary texts in the history of world literature with an emphasis on those considered essential to an understanding of British and American literature.

EN 307 Modern Drama (3)

Instructor: M. Lindroth TR 11:30am-12:45pm
Explores the origins of contemporary theatre in the themes and innovations of playwrights from the modern through the post-modern eras.

EN 313 The American Novel (3)

Instructor: K. Kornacki TR 3:00pm-4:15pm
Explores the development of the novel in America. Novelists, include Melville, Twain, James, Wharton, Ellison and others.

EN 315 Coming of Age Literature (3)

Instructor: K. Kornacki MW 10:00am-11:15am
This course examines the coming of age novel or the Bildungsroman. Literary works within this genre depict an adolescent’s journey from innocence to experience and explore several themes, such as rebellion, friendship, romance and sexuality and identity formation. Issues of race, gender and ethnicity are also addressed in terms of their influence on the literature. The course fulfills an upper elective division in the English major.

EN 320 Writing Power (3)

Offers an intensive writing workshop for students determined to advance from average to superior writing performance. Emphasis on effective strategies for producing compelling prose in many disciplines. Chair’s permission required. Does not fulfill core literature requirement.

EN 321 (EE) Work and Working-Class Life (3)

Instructor: D. Anderson MW 3:00pm-4:15pm
Explores ethical issues in the context of literature (short stories, novels, poems, lays, nonfiction essays) focused on work, working people and working-class life. Some of the questions we consider in class discussion and in writing are the following: Does work have an ethical value beyond its purpose of earning a living? Why are some kinds of work valued less than others? Are poverty and unemployment a sign of personal, or societal, moral failing? What ethical obligations do workers owe each other and/or to people who employ them? What ethical conflicts are faced by working people trying to survive in a harshly competitive world? Enriched Core: Ethical Inquiry and Applications.

EN 323 Journal Editing: Presence (3)

Instructor: M. Miller MW 10:00am-11:15am
This course will enable students to exercise a critical eye when selecting poems submitted by a wide variety of contemporary poets on the basis of their artistic merit. Selected poems will be published in the annual issue of the international print journal, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry. Students will read critical essays that discuss qualities of poetry that make it “good” by way of its craft. Additionally, they will read book reviews published in a number of current literary journals devoted to the intersection of literature and religious faith or spirituality with a view toward writing short reviews of recently published collections of poems. Excerpts rom these student reviews will be posted on the journal’s website:

EN 349 (EG) Literature and the Environment (3)

Instructor: K. Kornacki MW 1:00pm-2:15pm
This course introduces students to nature/environmental writing in a U.S. or international context. It explores the different ways writers (of novels, short stories, poems, and works of non-fiction) have thought about our relation to the natural world. Reading these writers, we discuss the kinds of questions they raise and try to answer: What obligations do people have to other species? What is our relation to the natural places or bioregions we inhabit? What environmental threats do we face, and how can they be addressed? Enriched Core: Global Awareness and Cultural Understanding.

EN 410 English Seminar (3)

Instructor: M. Miller TR 1:00pm-2:15pm
One of the final courses that an English major takes, the English Seminar provides an in-depth study of a few major authors chosen by the professor in relation to a critical theme. English requirement restricted to junior and senior majors.

EN 413 Contemporary Fiction (3)  

Instructor: D. Anderson TR 10:00am-11:15am
Emphasizes literary analysis in world fiction by late 20th and early 21st century writers, including Erdrich, Morrison, Achebe, Ondaatje, and others.