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English (ENGL) Courses

Lower-Division

ENGL 101 WRITING AND RHETORIC I (3-0-3)(F,S)(FW). Develops students’ knowledge of what writing is and how it functions in the world. Invites students to understand their writing as situated within academic, civic, and personal contexts. Immerses students in developing flexible, inquiry-based writing strategies and processes. Emphasizes reflection and metacognition. PREREQ: ENGL 123 or satisfactory placement score.

ENGL 101M WRITING AND RHETORIC I PLUS, MULTILINGUAL (6-0-6)(F,S)(FW). English 101 (see course description above) paired with a studio (lab) for multilingual writers. The studio is an intensive study of a variety of writing concepts and strategies designed to complement the English 101 curriculum. English 101M fulfills the graduation requirement for English 101. PREREQ: ENGL 122 or satisfactory placement score.

ENGL 101P WRITING AND RHETORIC I PLUS (3-1-4)(F,S)(FW). English 101 (see course description above) paired with a studio (lab) component. The studio is an intensive study of a variety of writing concepts and strategies designed to extend the English 101 curriculum. English 101P fulfills the graduation requirement for English 101. PREREQ: ENGL 101P placement.

ENGL 102 WRITING AND RHETORIC II (3-0-3)(F,S)(FW). Develops students’ understanding of how rhetoric functions in academic and public environments. Engages students in inquiry about writing and rhetoric in action. Immerses students in the iterative processes of writing and research. Offers opportunities to reflect on and compose in specific rhetorical contexts. PREREQ: ENGL 101 or satisfactory placement score.

ENGL 115 RHETORIC AND POPULAR CULTURE (3-0-3)(F,S). Introduces the rhetorical strategies and persuasive techniques embedded in popular culture. Analyzes and critiques a variety of popular culture texts and artifacts (e.g., comics, digital media, games, political discourse, sports, TV shows).

ENGL 122 ACADEMIC ENGLISH WRITING FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES, LEVEL II (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Practice in English composition with an emphasis on writing processes (pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing) and concepts such as audience, purpose, and thesis. Special emphasis placed on the connections between reading and writing and on developing vocabulary and grammatical complexity. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: English-as-a-Second-Language placement exam recommendation.

ENGL 123 ACADEMIC ENGLISH WRITING FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES, LEVEL III (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Preparation for the demands of academic writing in English. Refining communicative strategies through reading and revision. Successful completion of ENGL 123 qualifies the student for entrance into ENGL 101. (Pass/Fail.) PREREQ: English-as-a-Second-Language placement exam recommendation or a grade of Pass (P) in ENGL 122.

ENGL 175 LITERATURE AND IDEAS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU)(FH). An exploration of ideas in literature and other cultural texts. Topics will vary, and texts may include film, drama, new and interactive media, poetry, fiction, graphic novels, and other literary and cultural forms.

ENGL 198 INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH STUDIES (1-0-1)(F,S,SU). Introduction to the disciplines that make up English studies: creative writing, English education, linguistics, literature, rhetoric and composition, and technical communication. Topics include the principles, theoretical underpinnings, methods, and practical applications of English studies. (Pass/Fail.)

ENGL 201 NONFICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F,S). Further development of skills and strategies learned in ENGL 102. Student will study and write nonfiction prose, particularly research and persuasive writing. Writing practice will stress the writer’s awareness of his or her own style and the manipulation of stylistic elements. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 204 CREATIVE NONFICTION: GENRES AND CONTEXTS (3-0-3)(F,S). Students will study and write genres of creative nonfiction. Writing practice and analysis of published creative nonfiction will emphasize voice, genre, and style, with particular emphasis on a writer’s rhetorical choices. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 211 SACRED TEXTS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Applies methods of literary study to examine sacred texts from multiple traditions. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 212 INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F,S). Students design and create practical documents and presentations relevant to the workplace and courses in their majors. Students learn about the social and cultural aspects of communication in specific disciplines and organizations. Topics include writing effective and persuasive documents, creating technical graphics, analyzing sources of information, and conducting research. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 216 LITERATURE AND GLOBAL CONSCIOUSNESS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). A survey of literature in relation to global consciousness. Readings may encompass a wide range of texts through a globalized perspective. Students will examine how literature addresses race, gender, ethnic and national identities and reflects anthropological, historical and political contexts emerging from cultural encounters. All readings in English. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 217 MYTHOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Mythologies and mythological concepts having most influence on Western civilization. Emphasis on Greek, Norse, and Judeo-Christian mythologies and their relation to religion, literature, art, and modern psychology. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 220 CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of children’s literature from multiple perspectives, including its continuing influence on contemporary genres and culture. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 221 LITERATURE AND ADVOCACY (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of texts engaging with advocacy, human rights, the ethics of community, and civic responsibility. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 261 LITERARY HISTORY I (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Examines worldwide literary texts to 1700. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 262 LITERARY HISTORY II (3-0-3) (F/S/SU). Examines worldwide literary texts from 1700 to present. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 267 SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Examines the dominant cultural movements and literary forms in England from the middle ages through the 18th century. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 268 SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE II (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). The reflection of social and cultural changes in the poetry and prose of Romantic, Victorian, and modern England. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 275 METHODS OF LITERARY STUDIES (3-0-3) (F/S/SU). Preparation for upper-division literature courses. Engagement with principal types of literature, central questions in literary studies, and ways of conducting literary research. Emphasis on critical thinking and writing. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 277 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Survey of selected texts from the breadth of traditions in early American literature, with its often contradictory, competing ideals and identities. Emphasizing critical reading and written analysis, the course traces the emergence of American literary thought and culture from the period of European contact up to the Civil War. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 278 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Survey of selected texts from the breadth of traditions in later American literature, with its diversity of texts from the period’s major literary movements. Emphasizing critical reading and written analysis, the course traces the continued development of American literary thought and culture from the Civil War to the present. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

Upper Division

ENGL 300 STUDIES IN WORLD LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of selected texts from world literature. All readings in English. Topics may vary. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 301 TEACHING WRITERS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOMS (3-0-3)(S). Students inquire into disciplinary frameworks that guide the curricular and instructional practices of teachers of writers in secondary schools. As a service learning course, students will work with writers in classroom and/or community contexts in order to apply and develop their expertise and repertoire for leading writers and understanding the choices writers make as they compose a range of texts. PREREQ: ENGL 101, ENGL 102.

ENGL 302 TECHNICAL RHETORIC AND GENRES (3-0-3)(S). An advanced study of the rhetoric of technical communication for technical communication emphasis students and others who are considering a career in the field. Topics include information design, technical communication ethics, instructional writing, and strategies of visual and verbal rhetoric. PREREQ: ENGL 212 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 303 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TUTORING WRITING (3-0-3)(F). Preparation for tutoring for the Boise State Writing Center. Emphasis on writing processes, interpersonal dynamics, questioning techniques, evaluation of writing-in-progress, and rhetorical theory as it pertains to tutoring. PREREQ: ENGL 102 and PERM/INST. COREQ: ENGL 493: Internship in Writing Center.

ENGL 304 ARGUMENT (3-0-3)(F,S). Study of various kinds of arguments and overview of the history and terminology of argument. Allows students to workshop their own argumentative writing and develop communication skills in the field of English, specifically the field of rhetoric and composition. PREREQ: ENGL 102 and ENGL 198, or PERM/INST.

ENGL 307 LITERARY TRANSLATION (3-0-3)(Intermittently). Exploration of the theory and practice of literary translation. Students will translate short works of literature and discuss them in a workshop format. Languages and genres translated vary with instructor. May be taken twice for credit.

ENGL 310 WRITING, ADVOCACY, AND LEADERSHIP (3-0-3)(S). Study and apply literacy theories appropriate to professional writing in organizations and communities. Analyzes formal and informal learning in a variety of settings beyond the classroom. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 314 PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT (3-0-3)(F,S). Study of principles of effective proposal development and grant writing for a variety of business and nonprofit contexts. Students will practice developing proposals, identifying funding sources, creating proposals in response to requests/calls for proposals, and giving appropriate oral presentations. PREREQ for English majors: ENGL 102, ENGL 198, and ENGL 212. PREREQ for non-English majors: ENGL 102, ENGL 212 or AE 201, or PERM/INST.

ENGL 316 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of contemporary American literature with a focus on emerging trends and developments. PREREQ: ENGL 275.

ENGL 318 BODY POLITICS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of literature in connection with other disciplines, such as new media studies, sociology, history, political science, law, or medicine, to examine the body as a contested site of pleasure, oppression, and identity formation. PREREQ: GENDER 200 or ENGL 275.

ENGL 324 TOPICS IN WRITING, RHETORIC, AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F). Topic will differ by semester. Draws from areas such as composition theory; rhetorical theory/ history; cultural studies; literacy, media, and race/gender/class/ethnicity studies; and current trends in technical communication. May be repeated for a total of six credits. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

ENGL 326 (ART 326)(CW 326) BOOK ARTS (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). A practical exploration of the history of books as conduits of meaning and as physical objects. Papermaking, typography, printing, binding, authorship, and contemporary bookworks will be examined on both theoretical and practical levels. Students produce a classroom edition. May be taken for ENGL or ART credit, but not both. PREREQ for CW 326: ENGL 102; for ENGL 326: ENGL 102; for ART 326: Admission to Visual Art, ART 108.

ENGL 329 GRAMMAR, STYLE, AND WRITING (3-0-3)(S). Explores grammar, structure, and style through classical and modern rhetorical texts and student writing. Students compose and revise their own academic and creative work. Workshop format. PREREQ: ENGL 102 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 338 LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of literature in translation into English. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 340 CHAUCER (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Emphasis on The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde. Also representative minor works. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 341 MEDIEVAL LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of medieval European literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 345 SHAKESPEARE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of selected works of Shakespeare. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 350 BRITISH RENAISSANCE LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 351 MILTON (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). A study of John Milton’s major poetry and prose, with special emphasis on Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 358 EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of eighteenth-century British literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 360 BRITISH ROMANTIC LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of nineteenth-century British Romantic literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 365 VICTORIAN LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of nineteenth-century Victorian literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 375 EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Study and analysis of early American literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 377 AMERICAN RENAISSANCE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of literature from the period of the American Renaissance. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 378 AMERICAN REALISM (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of literature from the period of American Realism. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 380 TEACHING READERS OF LITERARY TEXTS IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSROOMS (3-0-3)(F). Students inquire into disciplinary frameworks that guide the curricular and instructional practices of teachers of readers of literary texts in secondary schools. As a service learning course, students will work with readers in classroom and/or community contexts in order to apply and develop their expertise and repertoire for leading readers of literary texts. PREREQ: ENGL 275.

ENGL 384 LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAN WEST (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Study and analysis of literature inspired by contact of various peoples with the American West. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 386 MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY BRITISH LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Study and analysis of twentieth- and twenty-first-century British literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 387 MODERN AND POST-MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of twentieth-century American literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 390 ETHNIC LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of the roles of ethnic and racial consciousness in literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 392 FILM AND LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Comparative study of literature and cinema as aesthetic media. Topics vary each time the course is taught and may be focused on period, genre, style/technique, or cultural context. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 393 LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study, analysis, and application of a range of critical theories and their historical antecedents. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 394 LITERATURE AND ENVIRONMENT (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of the interplay between humans, non-humans, and their environments in literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 395 WOMEN WRITERS (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of literature by women. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 396 POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Study and analysis of colonial and postcolonial cultures in literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 398 HONORS SYMPOSIUM IN ENGLISH (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Inquiry-based English Studies course for Honors students, with readings, research, and writing focused on an issue of fundamental human concern. Topics vary. PREREQ: PERM/INST.

ENGL 401 ADVANCED NONFICTION WRITING (3-0-3)(F). Advanced practice in nonfiction genres, and study of how writers read and learn from other writers. Focuses on presenting and designing advanced inquiry-based research and critical response as well as language. PREREQ: ENGL 201 or ENGL 204.

ENGL 402 ASSESSING READERS AND WRITERS IN SECONDARY CLASSROOMS (3-0-3)(S). Students develop and apply theories, research, and strategies related to the multiple ways assessments serve as learning opportunities for readers and writers in secondary classrooms. Students create, adapt, and revise reading and writing assessment tools and practices to identify and build on the strengths and resources that readers and writers bring individually and collectively to inclusive and participatory secondary classrooms. COREQ: ED-CIFS 302.

ENGL 403 EDITING FOR CLEAR COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F). An introduction to editing workplace documents so that audiences can understand them easily and use them efficiently. Topics include copyediting, comprehensive editing, proofreading, principles of plain language, working with authors, and preparing documents for publication. PREREQ: ENGL 212 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 408 WRITING FOR NONPROFITS AND SOCIAL MEDIA (3-0-3)(F). Study of content strategy for businesses and nonprofits. Students will produce basic print documents, such as brochures, data sheets, and flyers, and they will develop social media content in projects for clients or service-learning partners. PREREQ: ENGL 212 or SPS 301 or UX 362 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 416 USER-CENTERED DESIGN PRINCIPLES (3-0-3)(F,S). User-centered design focuses on the relationships between people and the products, services, and systems that they use. Students will learn how users interact with their virtual environments and how to plan, develop, and conduct usability tests to solve specific problems. Topics, which borrow from fields including psychology, human factors, and usability engineering, include user prototyping, interface design, accessibility, and information structuring. PREREQ: ENGL 212 or UX 362 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 424 ADVANCED TOPICS IN LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Topic and focus vary. May be repeated for a total of six credits. PRE/COREQ: ENGL 393, Senior Standing or PERM/INST.

ENGL 425 RHETORIC AND SOCIETY (3-0-3)(F). Uses rhetorical theories to analyze relationships between power, identity, and culture in social contexts. Students examine and explore case studies of rhetorical situations to develop a deeper understanding of participation in the community and beyond. Areas may include social movements, mainstream media, political discourses, and digital spaces. PREREQ: ENGL 304.

ENGL 430 SEMINAR IN FICTION (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Advanced study and analysis of fiction. Topic and focus vary. May be repeated for a total of six credits. PRE/COREQ: ENGL 393, senior standing, or PERM/INST.

ENGL 431 SEMINAR IN POETRY (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Advanced study and analysis of poetry. Topic and focus vary. May be repeated for a total of six credits. PRE/COREQ: ENGL 393, senior standing or PERM/INST.

ENGL 432 SEMINAR IN NONFICTION (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Advanced study and analysis of nonfiction. Topic and focus vary. May be repeated for a total of six credits. PRE/COREQ: ENGL 393, senior standing or PERM/INST.

ENGL 433 SEMINAR IN DRAMA (3-0-3)(F/S/SU). Advanced study and analysis of drama. Topic and focus vary. May be repeated for a total of six credits. PRE/COREQ: ENGL 393, senior standing or PERM/INST.

ENGL 480 INTEGRATING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (3-0-3)(F). Students create, adapt, and revise instructional plans that integrate the English language arts: reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and representing. Students create curricular unit plans that provide opportunities for diverse learners to participate in inclusive and dialogic communities. COREQ: ED-­CIFS 401, ED-LLC 444.

ENGL 492 CAPSTONE IN WRITING, RHETORIC, AND TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F,S)(FF). Extensive revision of previous written work in writing, rhetoric, and technical communication courses and creation of portfolio. PREREQ: Senior standing and PERM/INST.

ENGL 495 ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS STUDENT TEACHER INQUIRY COMMUNITY (1-0-1)(S)(FF). Students reflect on and inquire into interactions with learners in secondary English language arts classrooms and implementation of instructional plans and practices with a community of colleagues. This course supports students’ classroom teaching during the student teaching semester. COREQ: ED-CIFS 484 or ED-CIFS 485.

ENGL 498 SENIOR CAPSTONE IN LITERARY STUDIES (3-0-3)(F/S)(FF). Capstone course for literature majors. A culminating experience course for literature emphasis students that focuses on writing, critical inquiry, and teamwork. PREREQ: Senior standing, PRE/COREQ ENGL 393, a minimum of 3 credits in ENGL 424, ENGL 430, ENGL 431, ENGL 432, or ENGL 433, or PERM/INST.

ENGL 499 CAPSTONE IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(S)(FF). A culminating experience course that focuses on writing, critical inquiry, and teamwork. This course covers the study and application of principles for creating a portfolio consisting of print and on-screen documents. Addresses strategies for working successfully as a technical communicator in industry. Topics include content design and organization, collaboration, writing style, graphic design, principles of Web design, online help systems, and usability testing. PREREQ: ENGL 302 and senior standing or PERM/INST.