Literature - Writing Sample Schedule/Paradigm A guide for completing your Literature with Writing Emphasis major+ More The major paradigm offered below is an optimal pathway to completion of the major. However, several factors affect a student's ability to follow this specific pathway, including timing of a student's decision to major, course availability, course demand, course scheduling conflicts, and faculty availability. Therefore, a student should expect that he/she will not likely follow this specific pathway to completion of the major. A student may use the paradigm as a resource and preparation guide, but a student's academic advisor is the best resource for planning course schedules. Freshman Year - Fall LCT140 First Year Seminar 3 E120 English Composition 3 E250 Literary Imagination (may be taken spring semester) 3 General Education Content Area 3-4 General Education Content Area 3-4 Credits: 15-17 Freshman Year - Spring ID160 Artscore 2 E220 Argumentative & Research Writing 3 COM101 Public Speaking 3 E295 Practical Grammar & Usage 2 E250 Literary Imagination (if not taken fall semester) 3 General Education Content Area 3 Credits: 13-16 Sophomore Year - Fall LCT225 Perspectives (may be taken spring semester) 3 E326 OR E329 OR E220 Short Fiction Writing (offered alternate years) Poetry Writing (offered alternate years) Argumentative & Research Writing (if not yet taken) 3 Literature Requirement (from sections B, C or D in course descriptions below) 3 General Education Content Area Course 3-4 General Education Content Area Course 3-4 Credits: 15-17 Sophomore Year - Spring E295 Practical Grammar (if not taken freshman year) 2 Literature Requirement (from sections B, C or D in course descriptions below) 3 Literature Requirement (from sections B, C or D in course descriptions below) 3 General Education Content Area Course 3 Elective 3 Credits: 12-14 Junior Year - Fall LCT375 Global Issues (may be taken spring semester) 3 E326 OR E329 OR E325 Short Fiction Writing (offered alternate years) Poetry Writing (offered alternate years) Advanced Essay Writing 3 Literature Requirement (from sections B, C or D in course descriptions below) 3 General Education Content Area 3 Elective 3 Credits: 15 Junior Year - Spring E328 Professional Communication 3 E452 Critical Approaches to Literature 3 General Education Content Area Course 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Credits: 15 Senior Year - Fall LCT475 Capstone (may be taken spring semester) 3 E326 OR E329 Short Fiction Writing (offered alternate years) Poetry Writing (offered alternate years) 3 E490 Senior Thesis (may be taken spring semester) 2 Seminar in English (may be taken spring semester) 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Credits: 17 Senior Year - Spring LCT475 Capstone (if not taken fall semester) 3 E490 Senior Thesis (if not taken fall semester) 2 E496/497 Internship 1-17 Seminar in English (if not taken fall semester) 3 Elective 3 Elective 3 Credits: 15-17 It is the responsibility of the student to complete all major and university requirements. Please refer to the university catalog for additional information regarding this major. Course title and content is subject to change. Not all courses are offered each semester or year. Please consult with your major advisor for the most current information. Students enrolled in the Lasallian Honors Program should consult the program director for the appropriate sequence of courses. Course descriptions + More A. All of the following: E220 - Argumentative and Research Writing (3 credits) In this intermediate writing course, students learn how to read and produce informative and persuasive essays. Students write essays and a research paper incorporating outside source material. Review of MLA citation and documentation style is included, along with practice in doing library and web-based research. Prerequisite: E120 or placement. E250 - Literary Imagination (3 credits) This course for potential English majors and minors introduces students to various critical reading strategies, provides practice in close reading and the development and defense of a thesis appropriate for literary analysis, and offers multiple writing opportunities. The course aims to convey a sense of literary history by exposing students to intensive study of the representation of a particular theme or strain (e.g., ambition, desire) in different genres over time. Prerequisite: E120 or E120/220 placement. E295 - Practical Grammar (2 credits) The purpose of this course is to teach students to identify basic and advanced grammatical structures. Students are asked to apply this grammatical knowledge to exercises that require them to edit for grammar and punctuation. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: E120 or equivalent. E452 - Critical Approaches to Literature (3 credits) This course explores relationships and dialogues among literary works, literary criticism, and cultural theory. In a seminar setting, students wrestle with key theoretical concepts, such as identity, gender, power, language, and representation, and learn to situate their own readings of literary works in a theoretically informed critical conversation. The course investigates the contributions, methodologies, and assumptions associated with key figures in literary and cultural studies. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: E250. E490 - Senior Thesis (2 credits) Designed to be a capstone experience for senior English majors, this course provides advanced instruction in the research methods, drafting and revision, and bibliography work involved in writing a major research project. Students complete a major research paper in an area of their interest in literary studies and make an oral defense of their project at the end of the course. Prerequisite: junior or senior majors only. B. One American literature course: E302 - An American Conflict: The Individual vs. Society (3 credits) Especially because of its strong historical emphasis on the individual and individualism, there has always existed in American culture a dynamic tension between the individual and society. This course explores how major American authors have chosen to present and interpret this theme by tracing it from its roots in early American literature to its most sophisticated expression in works written during the latter half of the 19th and first part of the 20th century. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: E250. E303 - Imagining Nature in Early American Literature (3 credits) This course focuses on the relationship between the American literary imagination and nature. It examines how early American romantic, naturalistic, and modernist authors have imaginatively perceived the relationship between nature and humanity. Students read and discuss American literary texts that embody a variety of perspectives on this relationship, leading to a deeper understanding of this pervasive cultural theme. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: E250. E306 - American Dreamers (3 credits) This course focuses on the theme of identity in American literature since the start of the 20th century and, in particular, on those authors and texts that explore the topic of identity in relation to the American dream. Students read and discuss a variety of American literary texts that embody varying perspectives on this relationship. These perspectives include, but are not limited to, the following: gender, ethnicity, sexual identity, geographical location, and religious affiliation. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: E250. E307 - Modern American Literature (3 credits) American Modernism studies the major American authors who were writing between the two world wars and the Modernist literary movement of which they were a part. Students examine a variety of poetry and fiction to identify the changes in form that emerged around the time of World War I; students make connections between the content and form of literature and what was happening in world history and in the world of art; and students consider the individual innovations of writers within the broad aesthetic movement known as Modernism. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: E250. C. Two British literature courses from two different periods: (Choose E315 or E316, E330 or E331, or E351 or E352) E315 - Christianity and Its Others (3 credits) In this course, students explore the advent and establishment of Christianity as the dominant mode of discourse in the Medieval and Early Modern periods of British Literature. This investigation hinges upon exposure to countercurrents which Christianity operated against as it established its primacy (such as paganism, Judaism, Islam), as well as to tensions within Christianity itself (heresies, humanism, patriarchy v. feminism, and the division between Catholicism and Protestantism). While the course thus is historical and cultural in its overall theme, the emphasis is on close reading and discussion of literary texts. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: E250. E316 - From Romance to Epic (3 credits) In this course students explore the development of medieval British Romance especially from its Celtic and French origins, then proceed to examine Spenserﾒs fusion of romance with epic in the context of the rising vogue of the epic in the Early Modern period, and conclude in a sustained engagement with Miltonﾒs Paradise Lost. The course focuses on the development of these two genres, but with attention to the cultural context in which the texts to be explored were produced. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: E250. E330 - British Restoration and 18th Century Literature (3 credits) This survey examines the major works and authors of the Restoration through the Eighteenth Century, including the historical, political, and social contexts of these works. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: E250. E331 - The Romantics and Their World (3 credits) Between 1785 and 1830, British writers witnessed two major revolutions and participated in many cultural, political, and intellectual watersheds, from the rise of Romanticism and Republicanism to nation building to the beginnings of modern feminism. They dealt with these cultural experiences in new as well as traditional literary forms, including the historical novel, lyric and narrative poetry, essays, letters, and journals. This course examines the lives and works of a selection of major literary figures from this period and assesses their contributions to the literary tradition in English. Prerequisite: E250. E351 - British Modernism: Its Origin and Its Ends (3 credits) This course explores the primary characteristics of British Modernism by studying authors writing before, during and after the high point of the movement in the early twentieth century. By studying Victorian, Modern and Postmodern British writers, the course considers the creation of modernism and its aesthetic aftermath and simultaneously questions the legitimacy of modernism as a distinct aesthetic category. Special attention is given to aesthetic, theological and philosophical questions and how these are reflected or addressed in literary works. Authors studied might include Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Jean Rhys and Peter Carey. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: E250. E352 - The Edge of Empire (3 credits) This course studies British Literature from the Victorian Age into the postmodern period by looking at it from the ﾓoutside.ﾔ By studying works of literature from those writing on or about the periphery of the central literary tradition of the British empire, students gain a sense of post-1830 British literature and its relationship to the cultural conditions in which it was produced. Topics could include such areas as Colonial Literature, the Irish Literary Renaissance, and Womenﾒs Literature and consider writers such as Bram Stoker, Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, Graham Greene, Jean Rhys, Salman Rushdie, and Seamus Heaney. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: E250. D. One global literature course: E370 - Literature in Evolution (3 credits) This course examines contemporary literature in English by writers from around the world. The course aims to convey a sense of the stylistic and thematic tendencies that continue to evolve in the literatures of our world by exposing students to intensive study of the representation of a particular theme or strain (e.g., imperialism, desire) in works by authors from a variety of backgrounds and social/ political situations. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: E250. E373 - Post-Colonial Fictions (3 credits) This course focuses on literature in English that addresses colonization and decolonization. The course considers how postcolonial texts present the legacy of imperialism; how postcolonial writers inscribe their perspectives, politics, and lived experiences in literature; and how various fictional accounts (of origin, of colonization, of identity, of nationality) contribute to a contemporary understanding of community, history, and narrative. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: E250. E381 - The Adventures of the Writer in World Literature (3 credits) A study of selected works in translation from non-Anglo- American cultural traditions. Students in this course examine how geographical and cultural differences contribute to varying literary representations of ﾓuniversalﾔ themes. Taking as our point of departure the notion of the artist figure, we examine ancient and modern ideas of creativity, authorship, and the role of the writer in society in cultures around the world. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: E250. E383 - Geographies of Identity (3 credits) A study of selected works in translation from non-Anglo-American cultural traditions. Students in this course explore literature from around the world with a focus on how identities, perspectives, and values are shaped by geographical and cultural circumstances. We look particularly at literary dialogues and confrontations between the Western European tradition and writers from other cultures, especially Russian and African, from the 19th century to today. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: E250. E390 - Womenﾒs Narrative (3 credits) This course focuses on narrative strategies that are distinctive in literature by and/or about women and examine themes and issues that are common to women from a variety of social, historical, and/or political situations. In particular, the course examines how literature by and/or about women differs from literature by and/or about men, and how women writers inscribe their perspectives, politics, and lived experiences in literature. Prerequisite: E250. E391 - African American Perspectives (3 credits) African American Literature studies the literary works of major authors of African American heritage. Students examine poetry, fiction, and autobiographical narrative, as well as engage critical race theory that seeks to situate writers of color and their relationship to the American literary tradition. This course considers African American literature as integral to the American literary canon, and readings allow students to see the ways in which African American writers have contributed to, been influenced by, and transformed American culture. Prerequisite: E250. E. One seminar: E470-479 - Seminars in English (3 credits) These courses, reserved for upper division English majors and minors, explore special topics in depth through careful reading and research in a seminar setting. Topics vary by semester (see specific descriptions on the course schedule). Prerequisite: junior or senior majors or minors only. F. Three upper-division writing courses from: E325 - The Art of the Essay (3 credits) In this course, students produce a variety of essays that cover a range of rhetorical situations. Emphasis is placed on strategies for developing and organizing essays as well as on rhetorical concerns, such as audience, purpose, voice, and style. Attention is also paid to integrating research, both formal and informal, into studentsﾒ work. Offered fall semester. Prerequisite: E220 or equivalent. E326 - Short Fiction Writing (3 credits) Through the reading of short stories, guided instruction and writing workshops, students in Short Fiction Writing study the genre of the short story and produce several examples of their own literary short fiction for an audience. In addition to composing original works that reveal their own artistic vision, students are expected to become informed of the literary tradition of the short story and provide critical and theoretical reflections on their work as well as the writing of other students and of published authors. Offered in alternate fall semesters. E328 - Professional Communication (3 credits) An introduction to professional communication, this course teaches students how to write documents commonly generated in the work world, such as memos, resumes, letters, manuals, reports, and proposals. Students are invited to write documents for different audiences, especially those in a studentﾒs major field of study. Attention may be given to incorporating visuals as well. Finally, general principles of the composing process, of grammar and mechanics, and of style are reviewed as needed. Offered spring semester. Prerequisite: E120 or equivalent. E329 - Poetry Writing (3 credits) This course aims to help students produce inspired and technically informed literary poetry intended for an audience. In addition to writing and discussing their own poetry, students become informed of both the techniques and the traditions of poetry writing. Course work includes the study of published poets and poems, essays and research papers on theoretical issues related to poetry, and the production of original poems by the students. Offered in alternate fall semesters. E425 - Writing in the First Person (3 credits) This course will focus on a variety of ﾓautobiographicalﾔ texts narrated in the first person, including fiction and non-fiction. Additional readings, class discussion, frequent in-class writing activities, and two longer writing projects (one creative, one critical) will focus on the construction of identity, voice, authority, and authenticity in narratives written in the first person. Open to all junior and senior English majors and minors; especially recommended for Literature with Writing Emphasis majors. G. A minimum three-credit internship: E497 - Internship () Please contact the department chair for more information. Additional English Courses E105 - Writing Skills (3 credits) This course is designed to prepare students for college- level writing. Included is practice in sentence, paragraph, and essay structure as well as significant review of grammar, punctuation, and usage fundamentals. Emphasis is placed on the development of writing as a process of thinking and communicating that involves the stages of generating, drafting, and revising. The course serves as a preparation for E120, English Composition. Students who are required to take E105 must complete the course with a passing grade before enrolling in E120. E120 - English Composition (3 credits) This course emphasizes the process of writing, from the generation of ideas to the editing of the final text. Students practice strategies to improve the organization, development, and style of their essay writing. The course also stresses helping students achieve competence in grammar, punctuation, usage, and mechanics and includes a review of MLA citation and documentation format in concert with writing a shorter research paper. Prerequisite: E105 or placement. E175 - Introduction to Literature (3 credits) In this course, students gain exposure to works of fiction, poetry, and drama and acquire experience in critical reading and interpretation of literature. Students not only read but also actively engage with literary texts, in the process becoming familiar with literary conventions and discourse. Readings may explore a particular theme (e.g., The Heroic, The Quest, The Individual and Community, Coming of Age); themes and reading selections vary by instructor. Prerequisite: E120 or E120/220 placement. E195-204 - Special Topics in English (1-3 credits) Selected topics in English may be offered depending on student and faculty interest. E298 - Field Exploration (1-5 credits) E300 - Dimensions of Literature (3 credits) This general education course is designed to give students an understanding of some major writers, themes, or trends of literature (American, English, or World) in its larger context - cultural, historical, philosophical, theological, etc. Themes or concepts that serve as points of departure in the investigation of literary history or cultural and individual expression vary from semester to semester (see specific titles on course schedule). E333 - Shakespeare (3 credits) This course focuses on a representative group of Shakespeareﾒs sonnets, comedies, histories, and tragedies. Emphasis is placed on close reading of the plays, with the intention of exploring some of Shakespeareﾒs most pressing issues, including love, nature, death, dreams, relationships between parents and children, gender roles, freedom of the will, and reality itself. The course also address the cultural milieu out of which the texts were generated; the meaning of the terms ﾓcomedyﾔ, ﾓhistoryﾔ, and ﾓtragedyﾔ; and the relationship of the written plays to modern film adaptations. Offered spring semester. E340-345 - Special Topics in English (1-4 credits) Designed to permit instruction in specialized fields of English, explore new topics and utilize the expertise of the faculty and other resource persons. E360 - Literature on Location (3 credits) This course is designed to convey a broad sense of English literary history and culture. Through intensive study of culturally important works of English literature, written in different genres over a significant period of time, the course will explore traditionally British values, customs, social norms, and sensibilities. The course will conclude with a fortnight in England, where the class will visit landscapes and sites relevant to the courseﾒs texts. Offered periodically. Prerequisite: 15 credits. E410-419 - Special Topics (1-3 credits) Selected topics in English may be offered depending on student and faculty interest.