English (ENGL) Courses

While the courses listed below are generally offered in the scheduling patterns indicated, factors such as staffing or demand result in some courses being offered at irregular intervals.

Lower-Division

ENGL 101 WRITING AND RHETORIC I (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FW). Introduction to critical reading and to writing processes, including invention, revision, and editing. Emphasis on writing thoughtful explorations of readings, observations, ideas, and experiences; developing the author’s voice and inventiveness; editing for style and conventions of standard usage. PREREQ: ENGL 123 or satisfactory placement score.

ENGL 101M COLLEGE WRITING FOR MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS (6-0-6)(F,S,SU). Intensive language development for multilingual English learners, with special attention to reading strategies, genre analysis, and the vocabulary for investigating academic literacy. Fulfills the graduation requirement for English 101. PREREQ: ENGL 123 placement or Pass in ENGL 122.

ENGL 101P INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING PLUS (3-1-4)(F,S,SU). 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,SU)(FW). An inquiry-based course that continues work with critical reading and writing processes and provides experiences with methods and genres of researched writing. Students will initiate research projects, gather information from a range of sources, and demonstrate they can write about that information purposefully, using appropriate documentation. 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,SU). 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 202 INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(FS). 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 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 THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Examines selected historical, biographical, poetic, dramatic teaching, and letter-writing portions of Hebrew-Christian testaments. Emphasis on literary aspects with discussions of notable concepts in major writings. PREREQ: ENGL 102.

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 267 SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1790 (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: 1790 TO PRESENT (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 and (ENGL 198 or English Minor or English Teaching Endorsement or Global Studies major) or PERM/INST.

ENGL 277 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE: BEGINNINGS TO CIVIL WAR (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: CIVIL WAR TO PRESENT (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. 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 ENGLISH COMPOSITION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Theories and techniques for teaching English composition in secondary schools. Intended for English teaching students; should be taken during teaching block I. PREREQ: Upper-division standing or PERM/INST. COREQ: ENGL 481.

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 202 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 303 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TUTORING WRITING (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). 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,SU). 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)(Even years). 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 202. PREREQ for non-English majors: ENGL 102, ENGL 202 or AE 201, or PERM/INST.

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 CW, ART, or ENGL credit, but not from more than one department. 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)(F,S,SU). 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 381 ENGLISH TEACHING: WRITING, READING, AND LANGUAGE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Theories and methods of teaching secondary school English language arts, including integration of composition, literature, and language. Students compose instructional planning documents and teaching lessons. PREREQ: ENGL 102, ENGL 275, ENGL 301, and ENGL 481. COREQ: ED-­CIFS 401 and ED-LLC 444.

ENGL 383 STUDIES IN FICTION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Study and analysis of fiction. Topic and focus vary. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

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 385 STUDIES IN POETRY (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Study and analysis of poetry. Topic and focus vary. 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 CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN LITERATURE (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Study and analysis of twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 388 STUDIES IN NONFICTION (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Study and analysis of nonfiction texts. Topic and focus vary. PREREQ: ENGL 275 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 389 STUDIES IN DRAMA (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Study and analysis of dramatic texts. Topic and focus vary. 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.

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 202 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 202 or SPS 300 or UX 462 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 415 TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION AND USABILITY (3-0-3)(F). An advanced study and application of the principles involved in planning, designing, and writing informational and instructional content. Topics include audience analysis; multimedia content integration; principles of writing usable, accessible information; the role of narrative in technical communication; and effective instructional design. Students will learn to critique existing genres, styles, and patterns in instructional documentation; and will have the opportunity to create manuals, guides, and tutorials for genres such as games, mobile apps, websites, and products. PREREQ: ENGL 202 or UX 462 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 416 USER-CENTERED DESIGN PRINCIPLES (3-0-3)(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 202 or UX 462 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. PREREQ: ENGL 393 and six credits of 300-level literature courses or PERM/INST.

ENGL 425 RHETORIC AND SOCIETY (3-0-3)(F)(Odd years). 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: COMM 321.

ENGL 481 LITERATURE FOR USE IN JUNIOR AND SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (3-0-3)(F,S,SU). Study of literature taught in secondary school and approaches for teaching this literature. Intended for English teaching students; should be taken during teaching block I. PREREQ: ENGL 275 and two literature courses, or PERM/INST. COREQ: ENGL 301.

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 STUDENT TEACHING SEMINAR (1-0-1)(F/S)(FF). Seminar supporting student teaching in English grades 6-12. Students compose and share teaching documents and reflect on teaching experiences. (Pass/Fail.) 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, a minimum of 3 credits in ENGL 424, and PERM/INST.