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Academic Programs

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Courses Offered:

ENGL 122 Introduction to Poetry (3)

Poems of various periods and genres will be studied with particular attention given to the English-American tradition. Students will learn how reading poetry differs from reading other forms of discourse, and how to enjoy reading poetry more fully. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 124 Short Story (3)

An introduction to the genre of the short story. Examination of the elements (e.g., plot, characterization, narrative point of view, metaphor, symbol) of classic to contemporary stories, paying particular attention to the changes in the ways writers perceive the world. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 126 From Script to Screen (3)

Introduction to strategies for interpreting major plays written in English with primary focus on Shakespeare. Evaluates changes and adaptations as plays are transformed into film, with a goal of helping students become critical viewers of the screen. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 142 Selected Works of British Literature (3)

A consideration of the British literary tradition from Anglo-Saxon times to the 20th century, with a sampling of some characteristic writers and works from various periods. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 144 Nineteenth-Century British Women Writers (3)

Introduction to several genres of literature written by outstanding British women writers of the 19th century. Through its focus on early writings in the women’s movement, the course will provide a context for developments in 20th-century women’s discourse. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 146 Writing of the Inklings (3)

A study of literature composed by the Inklings, the British writing group that numbered among its members C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien, as well as its peers and inspirers. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 148 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)

Introductory study of selected plays and poems by Shakespeare. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 152 Selected Works of American Literature (3)

Great works of American fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama will be read and discussed. Selections represent the colonial through the contemporary periods, but will vary from semester to semester and from instructor to instructor. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 154 Introduction to Ethnic Literatures of the United States (3)

Introduction to literature that explores the cultural diversity of the United States. Readings may be selected from the variety of ethnic literatures in the United States. At the discretion of the instructor individual courses may focus on a single ethnic literature such as African American or Chinese American literature, or may focus on comparing the literatures of various ethnic groups. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 160 Introduction to World Literature (3)

Study of selected works other than British or American. Readings may be selected from African, Indian, Pacific Rim, Caribbean, and other literatures in translation. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 162 Of Gods and Humans: Literature of the Ancient World (3)

A study of some of the most important literary works of the Ancient World (Middle East, Greece, and Rome) with consideration given to the present relevance of the works as well as to their classical greatness. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 164 Studies in the Bible as Literature (3)

Study of selections from the Bible with particular reference to literary types. Cross- listed with BIBL 287. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 172 Literature and the Life of Faith (3)

Reading and discussion of fiction, poetry, and essays, primarily in the Judeo- Christian tradition, which engage issues of faith and life. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 174 Literature and the Environment (3)

Introduction to authors and works from the body of literature dealing with nature, creation, and the environment. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 176 Twentieth-Century Women’s Literature (3)

Modern works by women writers will be considered with an emphasis on how gender impacts literature. Meets General Education Literature requirement.

ENGL 201 Introduction to English Studies I (3)

Focusing on the development of interpretive acuity in both written and oral discourse, this course offers an introduction to the history of literature and criticism in English and also provides insight into the English Major and its relevance to life beyond college.

ENGL 202 Introduction to English Studies II (3)

Continues to focus on the development of interpretive acuity in both written and oral discourse, but it includes and emphasizes methods of research for literary study and writing. Students will develop and complete a major research project as a requirement for this course.

ENGL 203 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)

An introduction to the principles and practice of imaginative writing in three genres: poetry, short story, and drama or creative non-fiction.

ENGL 230 Linguistics (3)

An introduction to language and linguistics with an emphasis on tools and methods for language study.

ENGL 305 Writing (3)

Each ENGL 305 course will be a writing course with a specific focus, such as Advanced Writing, Magazine Writing, Poetry Workshop, Playwriting Workshop, Fiction Workshop, Writing for Business, etc. Magazine writing cross listed with COMM 305, and Newswriting crosslisted with COMM 105.

ENGL 310 British Literature Before 1800 (3)

Courses offered under this heading might include a survey of early British literature, genre studies such as medieval drama or Renaissance epic, literary movements such as Augustan satire, or specific author courses such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, or Milton.

ENGL 320 British Literature After 1800 (3)

Courses offered under this heading might include a survey of later British literature, genre studies such as Victorian poetry or postmodern British fiction, literary movements such as the Romantic poets, or specific author courses such as Jane Austen, George Eliot, or James Joyce.

ENGL 330 American Literature Before 1900 (3)

Courses offered under this heading might include a survey of early American literature, genre studies such as the early American novel or early American nature writing, literary movements such as the Transcendentalists, or specific author courses such as Melville, Dickinson, Whitman.

ENGL 340 American Literature After 1900 (3)

Courses offered under this heading might include a survey of later American literature, genre studies such as modern tragedy or postmodern language poetry, literary movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, or specific author courses such as William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, or Wendell Berry.

ENGL 350 Postcolonial/World Literature (3)

Courses offered under this heading might include a survey of non-western literature written in English (especially African, Indian, Pacific Rim, and/or Caribbean literatures), focus on one national or regional literature, genre studies such as the postcolonial novel or Creole poetry, or specific author courses such a Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, or Derek Walcott.

ENGL 360 Genre (3)

Courses offered under this heading examine a specific kind of literature such as short story, novel, lyric, epic, tragedy, or the essay. Courses may cover a wide range of time and place—for example, a course on tragedy might start with Sophocles and proceed with Shakespeare, Hardy, O’Neill and Beckett. Young Adult Literature will be offered under this course number.

ENGL 370 Critical Theory (3)

Courses offered under this heading might include a survey of the chronological and topical development of literary criticism, focus on a particular mode or movement such as reader-response theory or the Frankfurt School, or specific theorists such as Mikhail Bakhtin, Julia Kristeva, or Hans-Georg Gadamer.

ENGL 391 English-Journalism Practicum (1–3)

Work experience under professional supervision in areas such as public relations, journalism, and publishing. Open to junior and senior English/journalism majors who have completed at least four English/journalism courses. (Pass/Fail grade only.)

ENGL 393 Staff Writer Practicum (1)

Staff Writers who have distinguished themselves in style and profession (determined by faculty in English and Communications) may receive one elective credit per semester for significant written contributions to The Swinging Bridge on a regular basis: this entails submitting at least one dedicated story per issue and attending (helping with) training sessions and staff meetings. Prerequisite: sophomore status or above is required. (Pass/Fail grade only.)

ENGL 392 Student Publications Practicum (1–3)

The editor-in-chief of official student publications may receive three elective credits per semester for significant contributions to the publications on a regular basis. The section editors of the official student publications may receive one elective credit per semester for significant contributions to the publications on a regular basis. May be repeated for a total of six credits. Students must complete both ENGL 112 Newswriting and ENGL 305 Writing: Magazine Writing prior to or concurrently with their service as editors in order to receive academic credit. (Pass/Fail grade only.) Consent of faculty advisor for the publication is required for enrollment.

ENGL 407 Secondary English Curriculum and Instruction (3)

A seminar emphasizing disciplinary content issues that are specific to English teaching. Areas of focus include curricular and instructional decision-making processes; classroom management strategies; assessment techniques; adaptations for exceptional learners; instructional technology applications; and professional development. Concurrent enrollment with EDUC 420, TEP 435, and PSYC/HDFS 311. Prerequisite: admission to the Professional Semester.

ENGL 491 Independent Study (1–6)

Independent study or research (normally no more than three credits per term) under the supervision of an instructor whose approval must precede enrollment (minimum GPA of 3.0 required).

ENGL 494 Literature Seminar (3)

Study and practice in bibliographical and critical methods. Consideration of Christian responses to the discipline. Preparation and presentation of major project.

ENGL 496 Writing Seminar (3)

Exploration of the relationship of the Christian faith to the writer. Preparation of a major project for possible publication. Prerequisite: Two previous Messiah College writing courses or Instructor’s consent.

ENGL 497, 498 Major Honors (3, 3)

Independent research program for junior- and senior-level students who have a strong academic record for a minimum of five previous semesters of college study. Overall G.P.A. of 3.5; G.P.A. of 3.7 in the major; and departmental approval required for enrollment.