English - Course Descriptions
Major in English


Course Descriptions 

Writing Center
A non-credit tutorial service available to
any Utica College student who wishes
help with particular writing problems.

ENG 100 – Writing Skills
Provides in-depth review of grammar,
improvement of mechanical accuracy,
emphasis on sentence writing, and construction
of paragraphs. Two credits
during regular semesters and one credit
during summer sessions. By permission
of Academic Support Services Center.

ENG 101 – Written Communication I
(3) F,S
Practice in college-level writing, focusing
on the expository essay.

ENG 102 – Written Communication II
Further practice in college-level writing,
focusing on research. Prerequisite:
English 101 or equivalent.

ENG 103 – Introduction to the English
Language (3)
An examination of the influence of language
on attitude and perception, manipulative
use of language, types of change within
English, and writing systems.
The course involves no technical
linguistic concepts or theories.

LIT 205: Masterpieces of Western Literature:
Through the Renaissance

This class will focus on tracing the “hero’s
journey” over a variety of texts representing
different ancient cultures.  This journey is both
physical and spiritual.  The class will also
investigate literature focused on the
home and hearth, and the relationships
that develop within the circle of family, friends,
and acquaintances.  Readings will be taken from
the Greco-Roman, Babylonian, Judeo-Christian,
Egyptian, and western European cultures.

ENG 245: Major Figures in English Literature
Through the 18th Century
British literature from the Anglo Saxon
period through the Restoration.
May include Beowulf, Chaucer’s
The Canterbury Tales, poetry, prose,
and drama from 16th and 17th centuries,
Milton’s Paradise Lost, and selected
writings from other authors.

ENG 295: American Literature to 1865

ENG 295 examines texts both for their
literary merit and for their political significance
as we observe how early American writers
struggled with issues such as the
aftermath of the U.S.’s independence from Britain,
the oppressive treatment of Native Americans,
and the horrors of slavery. Two topics
that will be of special interest are how
American literature developed as a post-colonial
literature struggling to find its own voice
and how women were able to claim space
in the literary world despite being
denied access to political power.
We will pay close attention to the
development of different genres and
literary movements as we investigate these issues.

ENG305: Topics in British Literature —
Harry Potter’s Real Parents
The course will examine Harry Potter
in the context of three other important
British fantasy series that came before it:
Tolkien's Middle Earth books, Lewis's 
Chronicles of Narnia, and Pullman’s 
His Dark Materials books.  We'll read 2 books
from each series culminating in two
Harry Potter books to show how the
Potter series follows and departs from
the fantasy series that came before it.

ENG 307: Beginning Creative Writing
The purpose of this course is to explore
all three genres of creative writing—fiction,
nonfiction, and poetry—through selected
readings and your own original writing.
We will focus on how craft—not content—
is used to write a strong piece, by
looking at how it was done by other writers. 
This course is designed to give you a
basic knowledge of concepts and terminology
to critically analyze both your own
and others’ writing. Throughout this
course you will be expected to read
contemporary poetry, fiction, and nonfiction
closely, and analyze the craft features
employed. You will be expected to write
frequently in each of these genres
throughout the course working towards
a final portfolio at the end of the semester
which will showcase your best revised work. 

ENG 308: Creative Nonfiction
Nonfiction workshop: this class
emphasizes writing as a process,
a practice, and a study. This class is
generative, meaning you will be asked
to produce at least two new pieces
of nonfiction and you will revise
one piece for an additional workshop.
Not only will you produce, but you
will revise in order to keep pushing
yourself towards a finished product.
This class is designed to make you push
through revision blocks as well as
generative blocks. Think of this class
as training yourself in the practice of
writing, reading for craft, and learning
how to identify when/where/what/how to revise.

ENG 311: Modern English Grammar
An extensive study of the structure of
the English language using structuralist
and transformational models with a
short introduction to the development
of the traditional school grammars.
Recommended for prospective teachers.

ENG 315: Writing in the Professions
In English 315, Writing in the Professions,
we will study the rhetoric of business
and technical communication and we will
practice a variety of forms, including
letters, memos, e-mails, and reports.
We’ll develop the skills and strategies
essential to effective communication
in professional settings.

ENG 316: Principles and Practice of ESL
Theory of second language acquisition;
linguistics, as relevant to TESL; teaching
approaches and methods, including
testing, in speaking, reading, writing,
communication, and culture.

ENG 335: Literature of the Tudor Period
The Tudor period in English Literature
(1485-1603) has had a bad rap.  Showtime’s
The Tudors not only rewrote history
but cemented the portrayal of Henry VIII
as a man who destroyed wife after wife
and sent all his best friends and
advisors to the block.  In reality, the
literature written during his lifetime
and those of his children (some of it
actually by the king and his family)
constitutes the opening of a new era in
English poetry, drama, and prose. 
Not only did some of the greatest writers
in the English language flourish during
these years, but they developed new forms
of literature: the sonnet, prose fiction,
the translation of the Bible into English,
and, of course, in the newly established
theatres comedy, tragedy, and romance. 
This course will introduce students to
the literature of a period much like our
own, one in which political, social, and
religious conflicts lay behind the
development of early modern literature.

LIT 347: Images of Women in Literature
How are gender and sexuality being
imagined, invented, and lived in different
parts of the world? As a class, we will
investigate how gender works in our
everyday lives, while reading literature
and film that questions, historicizes,
or completely does away with gender
completely. Works will include: Margaret
Atwood’s dystopian novel
The Handmaid’s Tale, Marjane Satrapi’s
graphic-novel Persepolis, and Pedro
Almodóvar's gender-bending Spanish
film All About My Mother.

ENG 375: Literature of the Theatre
This class is designed to give a
broad overview of major pieces of
dramatic literature across multiple
genres. While the class does deal with
plays as literature, it also deals with
how the plays were meant to be
staged, and how a play’s structure
creates an impact on an audience.

ENG 395: American Literature: 1914-45
The Jazz Age. The Harlem Renaissance.
The Great Depression. Two World Wars.
This thirty-year period of glamour
and upheaval produced some of the most
innovative works of American literature.

ENG 587z: American Supernatural Literature
The period between the Civil War
and World War I is considered the heyday
of American Realism. Oddly enough, it was
also the period of the ghost story’s
greatest popularity, and most of the major
realists wrote about the supernatural.
What was the connection between realism
and occult fiction?  What made supernatural
stories popular at this particular point in time? 

* Also see courses listed under World Literature.

Note: The figure in parentheses following the title of the course indicates the credit hours per term. Courses that extend through two terms are shown as follows: (3, 3). Courses that are one term only are shown by: (3). Courses with variable credit are shown with the range of credit available, for example: (1-6).

The College reserves the right to cancel any course if registration does not justify continuance and to make changes in curricula at any time. 

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