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ENGLISH-3150: Career Preparation for English and Related Majors
Instructor: Jennifer Patton
This general elective course helps English majors and students from other humanities disciplines to explore and prepare for careers after graduation. Students will analyze texts to gain a practical and theoretical understanding of the world of work. They will learn to identify their own strengths and preferences to guide their job activity and career choices.
ENGLISH-3271: Structure of the English Language
Instructor: Lauren Squires
*Students learn basic characteristics of English linguistics focusing on the basic building blocks of language; the sounds of English and how they are put together, word formation processes and rules for combining words into utterances/sentences. Students investigate and explore linguistic variation, accents of American English and the implications of language evaluation in educational settings.
GE: Cultures & Ideas
ENGLISH-3304: Business and Professional Writing
Instructor: Christa Teston
*In this course, you will learn principles and practices associated with writing well in business and professional contexts. You will be provided with a good deal of feedback on your prose and several opportunities to refine your style, organization, and collaborative writing strategies. Most of in-class time will involve workshopping course deliverables and learning the nuances of successful professional communication. At the end of this course, you will have writing samples that demonstrate expertise with the following genres: correspondence genres (letters, memos, social media); presentation genres (pitches, pecha kucha, slideware); collaboration genres (charter document, strategic plan); information genres (reports, documentation, PSAs, fact sheets); proposal genres (project proposals, marketing proposals); employment search genres (resume, cover letter, interview techniques).
ENGLISH-3305: Technical Writing
Instructor: Staff
Study of principles and practices of technical writing. Emphasis on the style, organization, and conventions of technical and research reports, proposals, memoranda, professional correspondence, etc.
GE: Cultures & Ideas
ENGLISH-3361: Narrative and Medicine 
Instructor: Jared Gardner
*This course is built on the principle that narrative competence improves outcomes for both caregivers and patients. We will explore this by taking up a range of questions, for instance: How does narrative give us greater insight into illness, medical treatment, doctor-patient relationships and other aspects of health and medicine?   
GE: Literature
ENGLISH-3364: Special Topics in Popular Culture—Vampires 
Instructor: Karen Winstead 
*This course will examine the representation of vampires in popular culture, from their folkloric roots and their classic literary representations in the nineteenth century—John Polidori's Vampyre, Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla and Bram Stoker's Dracula—to their recent incarnations in TV, film and novels. We will consider what made blood-suckers so mesmerizing and how their image has shifted over the centuries. We will also consider how these figures have been used to explore a host of social issues—generational and class conflict, changing gender roles, sexual identity—as well as to articulate "forbidden" passions and fears.  
GE: Cultures & Ideas
ENGLISH-3364: Special Topics in Popular Culture—Insurgent Youth: Punk, Riot Grrrl and Black Metal 
Instructor: Thomas Davis
*How do cultural worlds respond to moments of political distress? How can music, art and lifestyles model other ways of living and thinking? This class pursues these two questions by investigating three distinct subcultures: punk, riot grrrl and black metal. We will listen to a wide range of music, placing it in its historical context and tracing its lasting influences. Readings and viewings will range across documentary films, memoirs, cultural theory, zines and other literary and visual texts. Our class will also host visits from music journalists, scholars and participants in these three subcultures.
GE: Cultures & Ideas
ENGLISH-3372: Science Fiction and/or Fantasy: Science Fiction, or, How to Build Worlds
Instructor: Brian McHale
* If you regularly read science fiction and watch sf films and consider yourself a knowledgeable fan, or if you only occasionally read or watch SF, or if you never read SF and seldom watch SF films—whichever of these categories you belong to, this course is for you! Its purpose is to give you tools for thinking, speaking and writing about SF. Our main concern won't be SF’s history, its marketing and readership or even its ideas—though all of these things will come into the picture. Our focus will be on how SF is made—its form. We'll explore questions such as, What distinguishes science fiction from other types of fiction? How are science fiction novels (and films) constructed? How do we get from sentences on a page (or shots in a film) to worlds in the imagination? Specific topics will include the future, the alien and world-building. What does it mean to imagine the future? When we try to do so, are we really just imagining versions of the present? What about aliens— are they really just versions of ourselves, after all, ourselves in a funhouse mirror, or can we imagine something that is genuinely, radically not-us? What is involved in building a world? Why go to the trouble of building one, when there is a well-made and perfectly usable one all around us? 
GE: Literature
ENGLISH-3378: Special Topics in Film and Literature—Film and Comics: Race, Class, Sexuality and Disability
Instructor: Frederick Aldama 
*This course will study the conceptual and theoretical debates that have shaped film studies. It will also offer methods and approaches for understanding the devices used (mise-en-scene, lensing, sound, casting, for instance) by film directors to give shape to their various distillations and reconstructions of the building blocks of reality. It will also explore the perception, thought and feeling systems involved in audience consumption of film. It will explore how a film director creates a visual and auditory narrative that audiences know is not real, yet it triggers real emotions and thoughts about the world. However, in the contemporary period of our focus we will see how they become increasingly reciprocal, forming what we might call a world storytelling system built out of idiomatic and shared world storytelling mechanisms. We will acquire theoretical concepts and tools to understand better how our set of films and comics are built and how they may or may not make new our perception, thought and feeling concerning issues of racism, ableism, misogyny, homophobia and the like.
GE: Cultures & Ideas
ENGLISH-3379: Methods for the Study of Writing, Rhetoric and Literacy
Instructor: Roger Cherry
*This is an introduction to three fields that make up of one of the department's concentrations in the English major: writing, rhetoric and literacy. The course is a discussion-based and your participation and attendance are not merely encouraged but expected.  The instructor will provide relevant context; some rhetorical, historical and social background; and occasionally pose questions for discussion. The class will be a forum for the discussion of a variety of issues and will be most rewarding for both students and instructor if you are actively engaged and committed to lively classroom interaction.
ENGLISH-3379: Methods for the Study of Writing, Rhetoric and Literacy
Instructor: Evonne Halasek
Introduction to the interrelated fields of writing, rhetoric and literacy, familiarizing students with key concepts that underlie work in these interrelated fields and to the scholarly methods of WRL. Together, this discipline studies the ways people use language and other symbols to convey messages, persuade audiences, create meaning and how these practices are learned and taught. 
ENGLISH-3398: Methods for the Study of Literature
Instructor: Sarah Neville, Christopher Jones, Amanpal Garcha, Sebastian Knowles, Christopher Highley and Ethan Knapp
This course serves as the methods course for the Literature and Creative Writing concentrations within the English major. Its purpose is to familiarize students with literary studies in such a way as to prepare them for advanced courses in all literary fields and the genres of creative writing. 
ENGLISH-3465: Special Topics in Intermediate Fiction Writing
Instructor: Stuart Lishan, Memory Risinger and Jessica Rafalko
For students who have experience with the basic elements of writing fiction. Special topics focus on particular aspects of the genre; advanced techniques are explored.
ENGLISH-3466: Special Topics in Intermediate Poetry Writing
Instructor: Babette Cieskowski
For students who have experience with the basic elements of writing poetry. Special topics focus on particular aspects of the genre; advanced techniques are explored.
ENGLISH-3467.S: Issues and Methods in Tutoring Writing
Instructor: Beverly Moss
Theories and practices in tutoring and writing; explores writing-learning connections and prepares students to work as writing consultants/tutors for individuals and small writing groups.
ENGLISH-3468: Special Topics in Intermediate Creative Nonfiction Writing
Instructor: Rachel Toliver
For students who have experience with the basic elements of writing creative nonfiction. Special topics focus on particular aspects of the genre; advanced techniques are explored.
ENGLISH-3662: An Introduction to Literary Publishing
Instructor: Margaret Cipriano
An introduction to the theory and practice of editing and publishing literature.