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A liberal arts English major requires completion of 33 credits in English, exclusive of composition. The student, in close collaboration with his or her advisor, has latitude in determining which English courses may be chosen to meet the 33 required credits. However, certain restrictions apply. No more than 10 credits earned through production and practicum courses (ENG 231, 331, and 405) may be applied to the 33 credits required. Students anticipating graduate work in English should be aware that a reading knowledge of a foreign language is frequently required. Students interested in one of the following tracks will select courses from the appropriate list (with the advisor's assistance) and fill out their program with elective English courses. The English major leads to a bachelor of arts degree. Students who complete 15 credit hours in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages track will also earn a Teaching English as a Second Language certificate.

English Major Courses

The course explores various aspects of literature including literary analysis, creative writing, and the role of literature in a liberal arts education. In studying three genres (poetry, fiction, and drama) students will learn to analyze literary texts within a cultural context, explore the role of literary theory in this process, try their hand at creative writing, and consider the ways an understanding of how literature plays a role in a well-rounded liberal arts education and preparation for a chosen career. The course meets the general education literature requirement. (Offered every semester.)
A study of literary selections in various genres from diverse writers around the world. This course serves as an introductory course of English majors, as an option for general education, and Honors Program credit. (Offered spring semester.)
Pre-professional work experience in areas such as journalism, publishing, librarianship, law, and TESL. Student enrolled in the course should report directly to a professional supervisor, and the majority of their work should place an emphasis on skills related to their vocational goals. Practicum students who are completing the "writing track" should seek experiences that will emphasize writing, editing, researching, or designing publications, and they should pay particular attention to developing their writing portfolio during this experience. The practicum will be taken for pass/fail credit unless the student formally requests a letter grade before attempting the practicum. (Only a total of eight credit hours from a practicum may be applied toward the required hours for the English major).
A study of the chief writers and types of American literature. Meets the general education literature requirement.
A survey of the major literary currents of Great Britain, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales through the study of selected major works by representative major writers. Meets the general education literature requirement.
An introductory course in the craft of writing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction with careful consideration of published works, writing exercises, and workshops in each genre. May be taken concurrently with ENG 105. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
Spring 2014 - Fantasy Literature An introduction to literature by means of fantasy - the cheapest travel course available, since we travel in our imaginations. We will read five novels, a Shakespeare play, and several short stories and poems and films to discover how fantasy literature works and what it means in our scientific age. The course should enhance a student's reading, writing, listening, viewing, researching, and comprehension skills. Meets the general education literature requirement.
The course provides students with a theoretical overview of current linguistic, psychological, sociological, and educational issues related to second language aquisition and how they relate to the learning and teaching of second languages. Prerequisite: ENG 105. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
This class is designed as an introduction to the history, principles, and practice of news writing. It will provide students with extensive experience in basics of newsgathering and reporting., while placing great emphasis on "hard" news and "beat" writing. Cross-listed with COM 226. Prerequisite: ENG 105. (Offered fall semester.)
A writing course exploring journalistic, expository forms, and stylistic techniques appropriate for periodical publications and their diverse audiences. Cross-listed with COM 227. Prerequisite: ENG 105. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
Study of principles of writing copy for broadcast use for both radio and television. The student will prepare scripts for a wide variety of broadcast applications such as commercials, editorials and commentaries, promotional and public service announcements, news, sports reports, informational features, interviews, and music radio shifts. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.) C-L COM232
A study of the chief writers and types of American literature. Meets the general education literature requirement.
A survey of the major literary currents of Great Britain, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales through the study of selected major works by representative major writers. Meets the general education literature requirement.
An introduction to the literature of a cultural group other than the predominant culture group of the United States. Each time the course is offered it may examine a different literature. The different topics studied could range from African-American Literature to Chinese Literature to Irish Literature to Latin American Literature, but the course will always focus on introducing students to a variety of genres through an exploration of a different culture's literary productions. Meets the general education cross cultural requirement. Course may be repeated due to study of different topics. (Offered spring semester.)
This course builds on the skills acquired in Introduction to Creative Writing to help students hone their writing of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction by exploring the published writers in each field, composing and revising their own work, and critiquing the writing of their classmates. Prerequisite: ENG160. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
This course is an introduction to the discipline and craft of storytelling using multimedia methods. Students explore the major formal elements and components of storytelling using visual, print, and auditory mediums. Students will gain a better understanding of the spiritual, social, and economic roles of storytelling both in terms of storytelling as a powerful tool for gaining an understanding of the world and oneself and as a professional craft. Prerequisite: ENG105. (Offered in the fall semester.)
Students will read and comprehend literature, visual culture, and media communication through various critical frameworks that theorize about these cultural artifacts including New Criticism, the Toronto School, The Frankfurt School, Deconstruction, Postmodernism, Feminist and Gender Studies, Ethnic and Race Studies, Post Colonialism, Psychoanalytic Studies, and New Historicism. Students will apply these theories to literature, film, television, and media productions in order to understand how such critical approaches enhance and challenge the understanding of those. Prerequisite: COMM101.
This course is a survey of the history of theatre from the ancient Greeks to the 18th century. It includes a study of representative plays of various types, historical periods and geographical regions. Emphasis will be on analysis of the plays as well as their production potential. The sourse will examine theatre as an art that both reflects and influences social and cultural life. Cross listed with COM 309. This course meets the general education fine arts requirement, but does not fulfill the literature requirement. Prereq: ENG 201 or 243 or consent of the instructor. (offered spring even calendar years).
This course is a survey of the history of theatre from the 18th century to the present. It includes a study of representative plays of various types, historical periods and geographical regions. Emphasis will be on analysis of the plays as well as their production potential. The course will examine theatre as an art that both reflects and influences social and cultural life. Cross listed with COMM 310. This course mmets the general education fine arts requirement, but does not fulfill the literature requirement. Prereq: ENG 201 or 243 or consent of the instructor. (offered spring even calendar years).
A study of the development of English with attention to historical influences as well as to linguistic evolution of sound, forms, structure, and meaning. Students will focus throughout the semester on current issues of gender, ethnicity, regionalism, etc. as they apply to the language. An introduction to the form and syntax of Modern English, with emphasis on the descriptive approach to grammar. Includes review of both traditional grammar and transformational-generative grammar. Prerequisite: ENG 101. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
This course stresses the importance of developing reading and writing skills in the content areas as a means of learning subject matter. Students will learn to use a variety of reading and writing strategies for instruction in the content area classroom. They will also learn how to work with struggling or reluctant students, culturally diverse learners, English language learners and gifted students. They will establish the relationships between these literary concepts and their own content areas, explore ways of meeting the needs of their students, and design learning experiences to help each member of their classes successfully read content materials and effectively apply reading-study skills. Cross listed with EDU 316. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program. (Offered fall semester.)
This course provides students with information about the different historical and current approaches, methods and techniques used in teaching English as a second language. The course asks students to review and evaluate the different materials available to the instructor for effective delivery of information in the classroom. Prerequisite: ENG 214. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
This course focuses on the dynamic relationship between language, communication, and culture. Students will study how cultural differences between communities and within communities affect the communication process and the language choices people make. Meets the general education cross-cultural requirement. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
The course centers on a study of personae (speakers) and their role in the oral performance and communication of literature. There is emphasis on point of view, mode, characterization and dialogue, vocal techniques, and the use of imagery and tone color in oral interpretation. Emphasis is placed on performance as a method for studying literature. Cross listed with COM 321. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or ENG 243. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
This course will help English education majors develop a pedagogical strategy for teaching writing and literature. Prerequisite: ENG 101. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
This course is a multi-genre exploration of contemporary literature that looks at trends and innovations in literature written in the last few decades. students will be encouraged to deepen their reading, writing, and analysis skills through an in-depth exploration of contemporary literature from multiple cultural traditions. Prerequisite: ENG201. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
A comprehensive survey of the various types of poetry and prose for children, with considerable attention to the significant historical and folklore backgrounds. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or 243 or consent of instructor. (Offered every semester.)
A comprehensive study of contemporary literature for the adolescent, involving inquiry into the nature and characteristics of literary materials to which adolescents respond; and criteria for selection, and critical evaluation. The course also examines the pedagogy behind teaching literature in middle school and high school. For students who intend to be teachers, this course will examine how to teaching reading, analysis, and writing in grades 7-12. For students who are taking the course to study literature, they will be asked to apply literary theory to the young adult texts of their choice. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or 243 or consent of instructor. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
A survey of the development of the English novel from eighteenth century to the present. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or 243 or consent of instructor. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
A study of the tragedies, histories, comedies, romances, and poetry of William Shakespeare. Students will do a close reading of the texts, analyzing them in light of classical and medieval dramatic influences, English history and Renaissance English society, and Shakespeare's own art and genius. Cross listed COM 450. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or 243, or consent of instructor. (Offered spring semester.)
This variable topics course will examine a specific area of creating writing each time it is taught. Students will study published examples of the genre under consideration, workshop their own writing, critique their peers, and revise their writing. This course may be repeated one time for a total of six credits. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: ENG 160 or consent by instructor. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
This course explores lyrical writing in songs, poems, and fiction with the intent of training students to hone their skills in lyrical writing with an emphasis on the genre of their choice. Students will read, write, and critique lyrical writing by established writers and fellow classmates. Prerequisite: ENG 105, 160, or consent by instructor. (Offered spring semester off odd calendar years.)
Explores the techniques of editing for creative writers and editors of books, magazines, and journals. Students will learn to read, critique, pitch, and edit published and prospective manuscripts. This course will prepare students to revise their own work and edit the work of others in an editorial capacity. Prerequisite: ENG160. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
ENGL389 Jr Departmental Honors Research (2 Credits)
ENGL399 Open Titled (3 Credits)
The course prepares ESL instructors to understand the assessment and evaluation process and to plan and implement formal and informal assessment in the ESL classroom. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement. Prerequisites: ENG 101, 214, 317, and 318. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
A survey of the American novel from 1800 to the present. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
In this alternating genre course, students will study advanced elements of craft in lyrical, poetry and song lyrics, (spring of odd calendar years) narrative, fiction and non-fiction, (spring of even calendar years), and other genre (offered occasionally in Interterm) writing. This study will be conducted through reading established writers, writing, critiquing, and revising student work. Meets the general education writing intensive requirement. Prerequisite: ENG 160 or consent by instructor. (Offered spring semester.)
ENGL489 Departmental Honors Research (2 Credits)
ENGL490 Departmental Honors Thesis (2 Credits)
Provides students with experience in news writing, sports writing, feature writing, photojournalism, graphic design, desktop publishing, editing, advertising sales, theme implementation, budget management and other experiences related through the production of a campus newspaper. May be repeated up to a total of six hours credit. Cross listed with COMM 231. Prerequisite: ENGL 105. (Offered every semester.)
Provides students with experience in news writing, sports writing, feature writing, photojournalism, graphic design, desktop publishing, editing, advertising sales, theme implementation, budget management and other experiences related through the production of a campus magazine. May be repeated up to a total of six hours credit. Cross listed with COMM 235. Prerequisite: ENGL 105. (Offered every semester.)
This course offers students the opportunity for practical publishing experience through the production the Greenville College Scribblerus. This laboratory experience will come in a variety of forms: * collecting literary and visual art for publication * serving as an editor or assistant editor through the selection and literary editing of submissions * copyediting * page-layout and document design * marketing a literary magazine Two credits will be given to the assigned editor-in-chief who will oversee the journal and submit it for publication. (Offered every semester.)
Provides students with experience in news writing, sports writing, feature writing, photojournalism, graphic design, desktop publishing, editing, advertising sales, theme implementation, budget management and other experiences related through the production of a campus newspaper. May be repeated up to a total of six hours credit. Cross listed with COMM 331. Prerequisite: ENGL 105. (Offered every semester.)
Provides students with experience in news writing, sports writing, feature writing, photojournalism, graphic design, desktop publishing, editing, advertising sales, theme implementation, budget management and other experiences related through the production of a campus magazine. May be repeated up to a total of six hours credit. Cross listed with COMM 335. Prerequisite: ENGL 105. (Offered every semester.)
This course offers students the opportunity for practical publishing experience through the production the Greenville College Scribblerus. This laboratory experience will come in a variety of forms: * collecting literary and visual art for publication * serving as an editor or assistant editor through the selection and literary editing of submissions * copyediting * page-layout and document design * marketing a literary magazine Two credits will be given to the assigned editor-in-chief who will oversee the journal and submit it for publication. (Offered every semester.)
Pre-professional work experience in areas such as journalism, publishing, librarianship, law, and TESL. Student enrolled in the course should report directly to a professional supervisor, and the majority of their work should place an emphasis on skills related to their vocational goals. Practicum students who are completing the "writing track" should seek experiences that will emphasize writing, editing, researching, or designing publications, and they should pay particular attention to developing their writing portfolio during this experience. The practicum will be taken for pass/fail credit unless the student formally requests a letter grade before attempting the practicum. (Only a total of eight credit hours from a practicum may be applied toward the required hours for the English major).

English Major Tracks

English Language & Literature Track

Students will gain an understanding of the various critical approaches to literary texts and authors. You will explore and be engaged in the relationship between literature and the Christian faith.

Journalism & Creative Writing Track

Journalism and Creative Writing students participate in a sequence of journalism and creative writing courses that will finish with an internship experience in writing. Your internship should give you practical experience in the marketplace and should help you explore careers in writing, editing and the media.

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