Course Descriptions

Literature

LIT 201
Introduction to Literature
3 credits

This course introduces students to the historic forms of literature that include short story, drama, poetry, and the novel. Students will read, critically analyze, and evaluate selected works from each literary genre. They will prepare short reports and papers about the characteristics of these selected works.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

LIT 205
World/Non-Western Literature
3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of non-western literature. The study will cover selected literary works from areas such as: India, South East Asia, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Middle East, and Russia. Students will examine the influence of politics, religion, economics, and geography on literary expression. They will also explore the influence of the literature and culture of these non-western countries on many American concerns.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

LIT 302
Adolescent Literature
3 credits

This course is a study of literature for children and adolescents and is designed to introduce students to both classic and contemporary materials related to children's literature. The course will emphasize the development of knowledge of literature and how to effectively integrate that knowledge into the curriculum. Students will learn how to evaluate and select appropriate literature for children through consideration of age, values, cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

LIT 313
Visual Approaches to Literature: The Graphic Novel
3 credits

This course will cover graphic novels and storyboarding, looking at both text and graphics to discuss plot, characterization, themes, symbolism, and other literary elements. Students will become familiar with Joseph Campbell's monomyth in order to explore common structures and ideas in graphic novels. Students will also begin to storyboard in order to understand the logical underpinnings of plot and character development. This class will be taught by reading, class discussion, and analysis. Assessment will be through essays, storyboarding, and presentations.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122 or COM 245

LIT 332
Major American Writers
3 credits

This course will survey American literature from the Colonial period to the present. Emphasis will be placed on writers who have significantly influenced national literature.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

LIT 333
African American Literature
3 credits

This course is a survey of African American literature from the 1700s to the present. Students will examine writings from their historical contexts, analyzing the social, economic, and political forces that influenced these works.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

LIT 361
The Art of Poetry
3 credits

Students will study the major forms of poetry through the works of selected poets. They will examine various poetic techniques and devices as well as various poetic symbols. Students will also explore the characteristics of various poetic schools such as Symbolism, Modernism, Imagism, Confessional Poetry, Beat Poetry, African American Poetry, Women’s/Feminist Poetry, Native American Poetry, Nature Poetry, and Deep Image Poetry.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

LIT 400
Multicultural Literature
3 credits

At the end of this course, students will understand how to read literature to gain insight into cultures and human experiences different from their own, from both past cultures and present cultures.  Student analysis of texts will allow them to grow in empathy and awareness that will help prepare them as they move into increasingly diverse personal and professional spaces. The readings selected will be a mixture of long form (book length) and short form (essay) readings. Literary analysis expressed through written communication will take the rhetorical forms of description, analysis, and reflection.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122 or COM 245

LIT 410
Non-Fiction Literature
3 credits

At the end of this course, students will understand how to read and interpret non-fiction literature to gain insight into the rhetorical tools used in non-fiction.  Because of an increased emphasis on non-fiction in education and a societal emphasis towards increasing levels of literacy, this course was designed to help students with close-reading and analytical skills. The readings selected will be a mixture of long form (book length) and short form (essay) readings.  Literary analysis expressed through written communication will take the rhetorical forms of description, analysis, and reflection.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122 or COM 245

LIT 443
Shakespeare’s Plays
3 credits

Students will examine five major plays of William Shakespeare. They will view and discuss the plays especially in terms of their application to the present time. The discussions will focus on the characters in the plays and the conflicts that they faced.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

LIT 445
British Literature
3 credits

This course presents the works of representative major British authors from Chaucer to contemporary writers. The focus is on a limited number of authors, and students engage in an in-depth study of selections by each. Literature includes prose fiction, essays, plays, and poems.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122