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ENGLISH (ENG)


ENG 100 - COLLEGE WRITING IMPROVEMENT

Prerequisite: None

This course focuses on fundamentals of grammatical form and compositional structure in order to improve writing skills required for college-level papers. Students are placed in the course by ACT/SAT scores and high school records. The course is graded S/U; a grade of U requires that the course be repeated until the student achieves an S. It does not satisfy the Core composition requirement and is not open to students with credit in ENG 101 or 102. One section is designated for international students.

Credit: 3


ENG 101 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION I

Prerequisite: ENG 100 if required by placement

This course stresses the development of effective grammatical and rhetorical form through the assignment of expository and argumentative writing projects. Students will learn to reflect on ideas and observations, to use writing as a tool to sharpen those ideas, to reflect on their own writing process, and to use and cite sources accurately. May not be taken for S/U credit. Meets Core credit for composition I.

Credit: 3


ENG 102 - ENGLISH COMPOSITION II

Prerequisite: ENG 101

English 102 is the second course in Ashland University's two-semester writing sequence and involves continued emphasis on the writing process, critical thinking, close reading, the rhetorical nature of language, and research skills. The course requires frequent writing and may not be taken for S/U credit. Meets Core credit for composition II.

Credit: 3


ENG 110 - WRITING LABORATORY

Prerequisite: None

This course offers individualized instruction and practice in writing skills or all academic writing assignments, including grammar, punctuation, sentences, paragraphs, and the short essay. Graded S/U. May be repeated once for additional credit. Does not fulfill Core credit or English requirement.

Credit: 1


ENG 201 - INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING

Prerequisite: None

This course introduces basic techniques and forms of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Regular writing and reading assignments illustrate specific aspects of poetic and prose narrative form.

Credit: 3


ENG 202 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDIES

Prerequisite: ENG 101

This course is an introduction to literary studies and the skills needed to read, understand, and write about literature. Using a selection of material from different periods and genres, students will develop a sense of how literary texts work, how they relate to each other, how to develop critical analysis skills, and how to assess critical interpretations and contexts.

Credit: 3


ENG 203 - AMERICAN LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course focuses on a specific problem or question in American society from the colonial period to the present. Possible areas of focus might include race and slavery; nature and the environment; freedom, democracy, and the individual; immigration and nativism; gender in America; or America at war. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 217 - BRITISH LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course involves a sustained study of selected texts of British literature and emphasizes literary content as statement of moral and philosophic attitudes in British writers. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 301 - WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: POETRY

Prerequisite: ENG 101 and 201

This is a seminar in the writing of poetry. Professors with extensive publication experience conduct the workshop. May be repeated once for credit.

Credit: 3-6


ENG 303 - WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: SCREENWRITING

Prerequisite: ENG 101

This is a seminar in screenwriting. Professors with extensive film studies experience conduct the workshop. May be repeated once for credit.

Credit: 3-6


ENG 304 - SHORT STORY

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is an intensive study of the short story as a literary genre with particular attention to narrative construction and to literary techniques. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 308 - THE POEM

Prerequisite: ENG 102

The course focuses on poetry and poetics. Meets Core credit for humanities

Credit: 3


ENG 309 - AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course closely examines representative works by African American writers, ranging from early slave narratives to contemporary prose, poetry, and drama. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 311 - WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: FICTION

Prerequisite: ENG 101, 201

This is a seminar in the writing of short and long fiction. Professors with extensive publication experience conduct the workshop. May be repeated once for credit.

Credit: 3


ENG 312 - WRITERS’ WORKSHOP: CREATIVE NONFICTION

Prerequisite: ENG 101, 201

This is a seminar in the writing of creative nonfiction, defined as essay, memoir, or narrative. Professors with extensive publication experience conduct the workshop. May be repeated once for credit.

Credit: 3


ENG 314 - LITERATURE AND GENDER

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course focuses on literature that centrally engages issues of gender, including but not limited to masculinity, femininity, patriarchy, biological vs. socially constructed notions of sex and gender, and intersections between gender and other factors-including race, class, religion, and sexuality-in shaping human experience. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 315 - GERMAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course involves reading and discussion of a number of major writings in German literature. Students will read short stories, novels, poetry, and non-fiction. Some of the themes include the conflict between artistic and bourgeois values, class and ethnic conflict, legal issues, aesthetic concerns, and contemporary cultural movements. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 316 - POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course focuses on literatures shaped by colonialism and imperialism. The course emphasizes in-depth study of colonial and postcolonial literature supported by an understanding of the historical, social, cultural, and political contexts of that literature. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 317 - STUDIES IN SHAKESPEARE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

Students will read examples of Shakespearean histories, comedies, romances, and tragedies, exploring language and dramatic technique to develop an understanding of the structure and themes. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 319 - DRAMATIC LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course analyzes dramatic literature as an art form and social document. Representative plays in English and/or English translation will be examined to understand the ways in which the traditional and innovative qualities of drama explore different critical perspectives and cultural contexts. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 324 - THE NOVEL

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course analyzes the novel as an art form and social document. Representative novels in English and/or English translation will be examined to understand the ways in which the novel’s narrative traditions and innovations explore different critical perspectives and cultural contexts. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 325 - MAJOR WRITERS SEMINAR

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of one or more major writers. Class assignments will include extensive reading of the works of the particular writers, supplemented by critical, biographical, and historical materials. This course may be repeated under different suffixes.

Credit: 3


ENG 330 - AFRICAN LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course emphasizes the study of literature produced on the African continent during the precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial periods. Primary texts will be supplemented by critical, cultural, and historical materials related to Africa. The course traces the themes of African nationalism and postcolonialism as dramatized in the works of major African authors. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 332 - GLOBAL FILM

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course will emphasize the historical or contemporary practice of non-U.S. cinemas, focusing on one national cinema per course. Students explore the cinema of a county, region, or linguistically related group of countries focusing on intersections of aesthetics, socio-historical context, ideology, and film industry practices. Meets Core credit for CCI.

Credit: 3


ENG 338 - THEMES AND TOPICS IN LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course explores a major idea or theme through a wide range of literary and related texts. Typically, the seminar will focus on a particular historical, social, or artistic idea. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 340 - STUDIES IN JEWISH LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course involves reading and discussion of a number of major works in Jewish literature. Students will read short stories, novels, and a memoir; themes include religious faith, silence, the father-son relationship, gender issues, grief, wisdom, and folly. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 343 - AMERICAN STUDIES

Prerequisite: ENG 102

An examination of a particular topic, event, or theme that finds expression in American literature, film, history, religion, and/or culture from the 19th century to the present. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 351 - ADVANCED COMPOSITION

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This is an advanced course in compositional form and expression emphasizing development of effective rhetorical and stylistic techniques. Students will analyze the work of representative authors. Writing assignments emphasize stylistic control and conceptual development.

Credit: 3


ENG 365 - GREEK LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course will address the question of the Greek view of men and women in relation both to each other and to the gods as revealed in literature. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 370 - RUSSIAN NOVEL

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course involves reading Russian novels in English translation. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 371 - LITERATURE AND FILM

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course emphasizes film aesthetics and visual narrative as it compares to written literary narrative. Meets Core credit for humanities.

Credit: 3


ENG 401 - THE LITERATURE OF EARLY ENGLAND

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of the literature of England from the Anglo-Saxon period through the time of Chaucer with particular emphasis on the rhetorical features of Old and Middle English.

Credit: 3


ENG 404 - THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

A high-level study of England’s literature of the Elizabethan period, this course focuses on poetry and drama.

Credit: 3


ENG 405 - PROBLEMS IN CREATIVE WRITING

Prerequisite: ENG 301, 302

This course is concerned with the development of individual style and voice in student writing. The course is conducted by professors with extensive publication experience.

Credit: 3


ENG 406 - 17TH-CENTURY ENGLISH LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of material written in England and some of its colonies during the 17th century. Class discussions are set within the context of the political and religious strife during a century building up to the English Civil War and then reckoning with its aftermath.

Credit: 3


ENG 408 - 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of both traditional and emergent literary traditions, from neoclassicism to sentimentalism and from satire to sensibility.

Credit: 3


ENG 410 - ROMANTIC MOVEMENT

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of major texts and critical background of the Romantic movement

Credit: 3


ENG 411 - VICTORIAN PERIOD

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of major texts and critical background of the Victorian period.

Credit: 3


ENG 413 - MODERN ANGLOPHONE LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of the literature of Great Britain, Ireland, and the Anglophone world other than America in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Credit: 3


ENG 414 - GLOBAL LITERATURE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of literature outside the predominant British or American traditions, with focus on the social and cultural contexts of that literature together with critical commentary.

Credit: 3


ENG 415 - CAPSTONE COURSE IN CREATIVE WRITING

Prerequisite: ENG 301, 302

This course is concerned with the editing and presentation of the student's literary output. The principal work of the class will be the revision and presentation of the student's writing over his or her college writing career.

Credit: 3


ENG 417 - ENGLISH GRAMMAR & USAGE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course will provide students with knowledge of grammar, syntax, and mechanics. It is designed for those preparing to be teachers of English and Language Arts as well as for those who wish to extend their knowledge of the language.

Credit: 3


ENG 418 - HISTORY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course focuses on the history of the English language, its many dialects, and vocabulary development from root words and derivational affixes. The course is designed for English majors and minors wishing to improve their knowledge of the history of the language, as well as those who will be teachers of secondary school English and Language Arts.

Credit: 3


ENG 425 - AMERICAN LITERATURE I: BEGINNINGS TO 1845

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of American writing from its beginnings to 1845 with focus on the social and cultural contexts of that literature together with critical commentary.

Credit: 3


ENG 426 - AMERICAN LITERATURE II: 1845 TO 1890

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of American writing from 1845 to 1890 with focus on the social and cultural contexts of that literature together with critical commentary.

Credit: 3


ENG 427 - AMERICAN LITERATURE III: 1890 TO 1945

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of American writing from 1890 to 1945 with focus on the social and cultural contexts of that literature together with critical commentary.

Credit: 3


ENG 428 - AMERICAN LITERATURE IV: 1945 TO PRESENT

Prerequisite: ENG 102

This course is a high-level study of American writing from 1945 to present with focus on the social and cultural contexts of that literature together with critical commentary.

Credit: 3


ENG 450 - SENIOR PORTFOLIO IN LITERARY STUDIES

Prerequisite: Senior status

This course provides the structure for examining the Creative Writing, English, or Integrated Language Arts major’s fulfillment of the English Department Student Learning Outcomes near the end of the student’s time in the major. Required for all Creative Writing, English, and Integrated Language Arts majors.

Credit: 0


ENG 501 - SUMMER RESIDENCY I

Prerequisite:

There will be three major components to the course: 1) Writers' Workshop/Mentor Tutorial Sessions 2) Craft, Style, and Publishing Seminars 3) Evening/Weekend Readings and Discussions. In addition, students will meet individually with their mentors to define a writing/reading project for the non-residential courses. There will also be new student orientation sessions, academic advising sessions, and computer support sessions. Collegiality and the ability to work within a supportive MFA arts community is a criterion for passing English 501 and for remaining in academic good standing in the MFA Program.

Credit: 3


ENG 502 - SUMMER RESIDENCY II

Prerequisite: ENG 501, 632

There will be three major components to the course: 1) Writers' Workshop/Mentor Tutorial Sessions 2) Craft, Style and Publishing Seminars 3) Evening/Weekend Readings and Discussions. In addition, students will meet individually with their mentors to define a writing/reading project for the non-residential courses. There will also be academic advising sessions, and computer support sessions.

Credit: 3


ENG 503 - SUMMER RESIDENCY III

Prerequisite: ENG 701

This exit residency will emphasize post-thesis concerns. Each student will defend his or her thesis before a faculty committee, participate in a thesis reading, and develop a deepening awareness of the publication industry through advisement from faculty, visiting writers, agents and editors. There will be individual meetings with editors and agents, in addition to the regular three components of the summer residency: 1) Writers' Workshop/Mentor Tutorial Sessions 2) Craft, Style, and Publishing Seminars 3) Evening/Weekend Readings and Discussions. Emphases in the Writers' Workshop/Mentor Tutorial Sessions will vary but might typically involve a focus on methods of publication and navigation of the professional writing life, on new writing unrelated to the thesis, on outtakes from the thesis that might form the nucleus of a new book, or on the further development of the completed thesis into a publishable manuscript.

Credit: 3


ENG 504 - THE CRAFT TALK

Prerequisite: ENG 633

This course offers students the opportunity to revise their critical essay in ENG 633: Mentorship III into the genre of the craft talk or seminar. Students work with a mentor and peers as they develop the essay into a presentation that they will then present before an audience of MFA students, faculty, and community members during summer residency programming.

Credit: 1


ENG 600 - VARIABLE UNIT MENTORSHIP

Prerequisite:

​Variable unit mentorship to allow students to work with faculty directly on a particular project, idea, or exploration. Not to be used except by special application to program director.

Credit: 1-9


ENG 601 - LITERATURE OF EARLY ENGLAND

Prerequisite:

A study of the literature of England from the Anglo-Saxon period and the time of Chaucer. Particular emphasis on the rhetorical features of Old and Middle English. Reading and analysis of representative works, including Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales.

Credit: 3


ENG 604 - THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE

Prerequisite:

A survey of the literature of England during the Elizabethan period. Particular attention to the emergence of literary genre and to the development of literary theory and philosophy. Reading and analysis of representative writers, including Spenser, Marlowe and Shakespeare.

Credit: 3


ENG 605 - CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

Prerequisite:

A seminar course in the writing of fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, or poetry. Emphasis on developing various writing projects. The workshop is conducted by professors with extensive publication experience.

Credit: 1


ENG 606 - THE LITERATURE OF THE BAROQUE

Prerequisite:

A study of the Baroque literature in England during the 17th-century, with particular emphasis on parallel developments of form and expression in art and music. Reading and analysis of representative writers including Donne and Jonson and their schools.

Credit: 3


ENG 608 - THE LITERATURE OF THE ENLIGHTENMENT

Prerequisite:

A study of the neoclassical literature of England during the 18th century. Particular emphasis on the emergence of scientific and philosophical expression and on the parallel developments of form and pattern in art and music. Reading and analysis of representative writers including Pope, Swift and Johnson.

Credit: 3


ENG 610 - ROMANTIC MOVEMENT & VICTORIAN PERIOD

Prerequisite:

A survey of literary expression in 19th-century England, beginning with the emergence of the Romantic poets and continuing through the social and political writings of the Victorian period. Reading and analysis of representative writers including Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson and Browning.

Credit: 3


ENG 625 - MAJOR WRITERS SEMINAR

Prerequisite:

A course designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of one or more major writers. Class assignments will include extensive reading of the works of the particular writers, supplemented by critical, biographical, and historical materials. Selection of writers is indicated in the class schedule for each semester.

Credit: 3


ENG 628 - AMERICAN LITERATURE

Prerequisite:

This course is a graduate-level study of a theme or topic in American literature with a focus on social and cultural contexts together with critical commentary.

Credit: 2-3


ENG 631 - MENTORSHIP I

Prerequisite: ENG 501

Emphasis in this course will be on the generation of new writing, revision practices and procedures, and the development of a foundation in writing craft. Students will work as part of an online cohort and under the direction of their faculty mentor. In order to inform their own writing and their understanding of their chosen genre, students will read and critically analyze published work and will actively engage with the creative and/or critical work of their peers. 

Credit: 5-9


ENG 632 - MENTORSHIP II

Prerequisite: ENG 631

Emphasis in this course will be on the generation of new writing, revision practices and procedures, and the continuing development of writing craft. In particular, students will conceptualize and build toward the creation of their thesis. Students will work as part of an online cohort and under the direction of their faculty mentor. In order to inform their own writing and their understanding of their chosen genre, students will read and critically analyze published work and will actively engage with the creative and/or critical work of their peers.

Credit: 5-9


ENG 633 - MENTORSHIP III

Prerequisite: ENG 502, 632

Emphasis in this course will be on the generation of new writing, revision practices and procedures, and the development of a foundation in writing craft. In particular, students will complete a first draft of their thesis. Students will work as part of an online cohort and under the direction of their faculty mentor. Students will also prepare a long craft essay or critical paper as a way to actively engage with published work in their genre.

Credit: 5-9


ENG 651 - COMPOSITION/RHETORIC PEDAGOGY

Prerequisite: 12 semester hours of English at the 400-level

This course focuses on the theory and practice of undergraduate reading and writing instruction, with an emphasis on the teaching of writing.

Credit: 3


ENG 652 - SUPERVISED TEACHING

Prerequisite: enrollment is concurrent with teaching English 100, 101, or 102

This course offers students support during their first semester teaching composition to Ashland University undergraduates. The course focuses on effective and efficient teaching strategies, particularly in the online environment, including best practices for grading and giving feedback, classroom management, and lesson development.

Credit: 1


ENG 701 - MFA THESIS

Prerequisite: ENG 633

This course represents the fourth and culminating step in a program-long process of working toward the completion of a book of poems, essays, short stories, or a novella or memoir. Via the internet, students will develop further the craft of shaping a book-length collection of poems, creative nonfiction, or fiction by working individually with a faculty mentor and collectively with student peers. Though each student will actively work toward the creation of new poems or new narrative segments of nonfiction or fiction writing, and toward the revision of individual works, the primary emphasis of the course will be on developing the student's ability to shape a volume of writing into an aesthetic construct that is at once informed by, and larger than, the sum of its parts.

Credit: 9


ENG 791 - THESIS IN ENGLISH

Prerequisite: Take 21 credits

This course will be conducted by conference during which students will write their MA theses in consultation with their faculty advisors.

Credit: 3