Bachelor Course Descriptions

CourseSubjectHours
1003Introduction to College Composition
The process and practice of essay writing. Emphasis on correct word usage, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph writing, and the whole essay. Required of those who have failed the writing section of the THEA (formerly TASP) test, MSU Placement Test, or other approved state alternative test.
3(3-0)

1013Introduction to College Reading
The study and practice of reading comprehension through structure, meaning, and evaluation. Analysis of sentences, paragraphs, and whole pieces of writing. Attention given to making inferences, drawing conclusions, building vocabulary. Required of those who have failed the reading section of the THEA (formerly TASP) test, MSU Placement Test, or other approved state alternative test.
3(3-0)

1023Advanced Oral Skills for International Students
This course is designed to assist international students in the development of fluency and accuracy in spoken English. The course provides instruction and practice in listening comprehension, pronunciation, stress, intonation, and conversation at the academic level in North American English.
3(3-0)

1033Advanced Grammar for International Students
This course is designed to assist international students in the development of the English writing skills and fluency needed to be successful in academic subjects at the university level. The course includes a comprehensive look at sentence-level grammatical units.
3(3-0)

1113Rhetoric and Composition (TCCNS = ENGL 1301)
Prerequisite(s): Demonstrated readiness for college-level reading and writing. Reading readiness can be demonstrated either by passing the reading section of THEA (formerly TASP), or of an approved alternative test, or being exempt from the reading section of THEA on the basis of other examination scores. Reading readiness can also be demonstrated by earning a grade of C or better in ENGL 1013, Introduction to College Reading. Writing readiness can be demonstrated either by passing the writing section of THEA, or of an approved alternative test, or being exempt from the writing section of THEA on the basis of other examination scores. Writing readiness can also be demonstrated by earning a grade of C or better in ENGL 1003, Introduction to College Composition. Students who are THEA exempt by military service or associate's degree, or by the former exemptions of grandfathering or high school grade point average, may be required to demonstrate readiness by passing the reading and writing sections of the MSU Placement Test, unless other test scores and/or transfer courses provide such proof.
Training in skills involved in the writing process through the composition of short essays and the reading of prose selections. At least one essay--including all steps in the composition process--will involve instruction and practice in computer-assisted writing and editing.
3(3-0)

1123Rhetoric and Composition (TCCNS = ENGL 1302)
Prerequisite(s): English 1113.
Continued training in skills involved in the writing process through composition and reading with the addition of particular skills needed for thoughtful research, including selection, analysis, integration, and documentation of both print and electronic sources. Preparation of a research paper of moderate length demonstrating these skills.
3(3-0)

2113Composition Skills
Prerequisite(s): English 1123 and completion of 60 semester hours.
Skill in clear and forceful composition and in standard usage is the primary objective of the course. The course is required of those who have failed the English usage examination. May not be counted toward an English major or minor, or toward English as a first or second teaching field or teaching emphasis.
3(3-0)

2413World Literature (TCCNS = ENGL 2332)
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
A study of the masterpieces of Western world literature from Homer through the Renaissance.
3(3-0)

2423World Literature (TCCNS = ENGL 2333)
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
A study of the masterpieces of Western world literature from the Enlightenment to the present.
3(3-0)

2613Survey of American Literature (TCCNS = ENGL 2327)
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
Survey of American literature with emphasis upon historical background as well as upon important writers from the beginnings through the rise of realism.
3(3-0)

2623Survey of American Literature (TCCNS = ENGL 2328)
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
Survey of American literature with emphasis upon historical background as well as important writers from realism to the present.
3(3-0)

2723Selected Studies in Literature
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
Concentrated study of selected authors, genres, or themes. May be repeated for credit with changed content.
3(3-0)

2813Survey of English Literature (TCCNS = ENGL 2322)
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
A survey of English literature from its seventh century beginnings through the neoclassical era. Emphasis is on the works of principal authors as they reflect literary and historical backgrounds.
3(3-0)

2823Survey of English Literature (TCCNS = ENGL 2323)
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
A survey of English literature of the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods. Emphasis is on the works of principal authors as they reflect literary and historical backgrounds.
3(3-0)

3003Folklore
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
An examination of the development of folklore as an academic discipline and of the uses made of folklore in a variety of cultures.
3(3-0)

3103Creative Writing
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Emphasis on the writing of fiction and poetry, the techniques and concerns of each. Ordinarily only one genre is dealt with in any given semester. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor and chair.
3(3-0)

3203Technical Writing
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
The purposes and practice of expository writing in the professions, with particular emphasis on writing related to each student’s major. Topics include audience analysis, technical editing, and elements of various types of technical reports. Each student will complete one major report as well as numerous shorter letters and reports.
3(3-0)

3253Dramatic Literature
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
A survey of major dramatic works in world literature.
3(3-0)

3273Poetry
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
Reading and analysis of selected poetry.
3(3-0)

3293Short Story
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
Reading and analysis of selected short stories.
3(3-0)

3303Tragedy
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
A study of the tragic view of man in literature from the classical Greeks to the present, including philosophical background.
3(3-0)

3313Comedy
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
A study of the comic vision of man in literature from the classical Greeks to the present, including philosophical background.
3(3-0)

3333Satire
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
Theory of satire and study of its application in representative literary works.
3(3-0)

3343The Novel
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
Reading and analysis of selected novels.
3(3-0)

3503Advanced Survey of Literature
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Instruction and practice in the written analysis of representative works from Western civilization with an emphasis on the major genres, especially poetry.
3(3-0)

3513Advanced Grammar
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Discussion and practice of techniques for the grammatical analysis of English sentence structures.
3(3-0)

3523Advanced Composition
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
For those who want to improve their writing skills beyond the basic composition courses. Various forms of exposition will include articles, essays, reviews, abstracts, summaries, and investigative writing. Attention given to structure, diction, and sentence style. For students preparing for teaching, professional work, graduate study, or general communication. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor and chair.
3(3-0)

3533The Theory of Composition
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
The theory and practice of composition, including process, rhetorical, and thematic models and their relation to individual and group writing.
3(3-0)

3703Themes in American Literature and Life
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
Thematic studies of the American literary, social, and cultural scene from the Puritans to the present.
3(3-0)

3713Contemporary American Literature and Life
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
Contemporary American culture as reflected in American literature, social backgrounds, and the arts.
3(3-0)

3723Selected Studies in Literature
Prerequisite(s): English 1123
Concentrated study of selected authors, genres, or themes. May be repeated for credit with changed content.
3(3-0)

4513History of the English Language
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
The development of the sounds, forms, and structure of English and the implications of modern language problems.
3(3-0)

4523Introduction to Linguistics
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Methods and nature of language; the interlocking systems that make up language; methods of language analysis.
3(3-0)

4533Literary Criticism
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
A survey of historical and contemporary methods of literary criticism and their application to selected texts. Recommended especially for those intending to teach literature or pursue graduate study in English.
3(3-0)

4623American Romantic Movement
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Emphasis on the poetry and prose of Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Whitman.
3(3-0)

4633American Realism and Naturalism
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
The realistic and naturalistic approaches in prose fiction with emphasis on Twain, Howells, James, Dreiser, Crane, and Norris.
3(3-0)

4653Modern American Literature
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
A survey of the major American prose writers and dramatists of the first part of the 20th century.
3(3-0)

4753Old English Language and Literature
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Language, literature, and world view of Anglo-Saxon England. Emphasis on Beowulf and the epic tradition.
3(3-0)

4763Middle English Language and Literature
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Language, literature, and world view of medieval England. Emphasis on Chaucer.
3(3-0)

4773Shakespeare
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Shakespeare’s art and thought as seen in drama and poetry.
3(3-0)

4783English Renaissance Period
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Renaissance thought and culture as revealed by the poetry, prose, and drama of the age.
3(3-0)

4853Eighteenth Century English Literature
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
The literature and intellectual currents of the period with emphasis on Pope, Swift, and Johnson.
3(3-0)

4863The English Romantic Period
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
The literature and intellectual currents of the period with emphasis on Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.
3(3-0)

4873The Victorian Period
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
The literature and major developments during the age of Tennyson, Browning, and Arnold.
3(3-0)

4883Twentieth Century English Literature
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Authors and trends in English literature of the 20th century.
3(3-0)

4913National Literatures in Translation
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
Selected topics and works in translation from one or more major national literatures. May be repeated for credit with changed content.
3(3-0)

4943Modern World Literature
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
A survey of the major authors and trends in world literature of the first part of the 20th century.
3(3-0)

4953Contemporary Literature
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of English beyond 1123 or consent of chair.
A selective study of recent literature.
3(3-0)

4993Directed Reading or Research
Prerequisite(s): Six hours of advanced English, senior standing, and consent of chair.
Intensive study for the advanced student of a selected topic or area in language or literature. May be repeated once for credit.
3(0-0)