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 102


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 of four major areas: India, South East Asia, Asia, and Latin America. 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 102


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 102


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 102 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 that have significantly influenced the national literature.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


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 102


LIT 334
Dramatic Literature
3 credits

This course is designed to provide the opportunity for study and enjoyment of dramatic literature. Students will study the history of the theater and the forms of drama through the reading and analysis of representative plays. The course will focus on playwrights, periods, settings, characters, plots, and historical aspects of particular plays.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


LIT 353
History of Mystery
3 credits

Students will study the literary genre of the mystery throughout its history. The course begins with selected readings from Edgar Allan Poe (1840s) and presents a historical progression of the mystery with discussions of works by Wilkie Collins, Arthur Connan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammet, and Raymond Chandler. Students will also view selected films and write reviews emphasizing the elements of mystery and their roots in literature.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


LIT 354
Women's Literature
3 credits

This course surveys selected major female writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with an emphasis on their portrayal of the female in relation to twentieth century issues.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


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 102


LIT 370
American Short Story
3 credits

This course will survey the short story from the 18th century to the present. Special attention will be paid to authors who add to the diverse voices that make up the canon or are in some way representative of a movement in literature. Elements such as plot, character, theme, symbolism, figurative language, longevity (within the canon), the story’s place in its cultural context or history, and dialogue will all be discussed. This class will be taught through reading, discussion, reaction essays, and journals.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102


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 102


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 102


LIT 451
The Novel
3 credits

This course is designed to acquaint students with the history, theory, and structural aspects of the novel. Students will study the form of the novel, including theme, point of view, plot, and characterization.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102