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English

Literature Courses

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 LIT 201HW
Honors Colloquy

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 4WRITING LEVEL 2  and permission of the Honors Office. Required of all Honors students. Explores the elements of critical and creative thinking. Emphasizes relationships among thinking, writing, and productive interaction with others, as well as the interdisciplinary nature of truth and knowledge. Includes project and/or research writing at instructor's discretion. Provides opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning. Credit may be earned in LIT 201H or IHU 201H but not both. (45-0)

LIT 219W
Literary Analysis

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Surveys and practices methods of literary interpretation and appreciation, from the close reading strategies of New Criticism to the contemporary considerations of reader-response theory. Interpretive papers on particular works of fiction, poetry and drama are required. (45-0)

LIT 220W
Readings in Poetry
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Studies the background, developments, and the current state of modern poetry. Emphasizes poetry by American and British authors. (45-0)

LIT 221W
Readings in the Short Story 

(3 credits)  

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. The student will read selected short stories of British, American, and other authors in addition to increasing one's understanding of this relatively modern form, the student will explore ways in which the short story is personally meaningful in depicting our perception of ourselves and the world in which we live. (45-0)

LIT 222W
Readings in The Novel 

(3 credits) 

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. From a reading of selected novels the student will develop understanding of the novel form. The student will also learn how to derive personal meaning and satisfaction from novels chosen from different times, places, and cultures. (45-0)

LIT 223W
Readings in Drama 

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or instructor permission. Studies historical and popular American, British and other plays. Examines the effects of drama on both American, British and other cultures. (45-0)

LIT 224W
Literary Festival

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor. Examines a body of literature organized by the selection of material either from the works of one author, genre, or topic, or a combination thereof. (e.g. science fiction, war novel, thrillers, horror, etc.) Course content to be announced each semester prior to registration. Credit may be earned in LIT 224 or LIT 224H but not in both. (45-0)

LIT 224HW
Literary Festival (Honors)

(3 credits) 

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course  or permission of instructor and permission of the Honors Office. Examines a body of literature organized by the selection of material either from the works of one author, genre, or topic, or a combination thereof. (e.g. science fiction, war novel, thrillers, horror, etc.) Course content to be announced each semester prior to registration. Provides opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning. Credit may be earned in either LIT 224 or LIT 224H but not in both.(45-0)

LIT 226W
Introduction to Film

(3 credits) 

Prerequisite: Any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C or permission of instructor. Follows the creation of a film from the original idea to final production. Examines film as a mode of popular entertainment and as an art form. Focuses on identifying the media's components and developing the viewers' standards of appreciation. Credit may be earned in LIT 226 or IHU 226 but not in both. (45-0)

LIT 227W
The American Motion Picture 

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Studies popular films, with major emphasis on American culture as reflected in the motion picture.  Examines the effect of the images portrayed in motion pictures on the perception of American society and history; topics vary from semester to semester. (45-0)

LIT 227CW
The American Motion Picture* 

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 4 and WRITING LEVEL 2. Concurrent enrollment in ENG 111 or ENG 112 in a coordinated learning community. Studies popular films, with major emphasis on American culture as reflected in the motion picture. Examines the effect of the images portrayed in motion pictures on the perception of American society and history; topics vary from semester to semester. Credit may be earned in either LIT 227 or LIT 227C, but not both. (45-0)

LIT 228W
Masterpieces of World Literature:  Beginnings through 1600s 

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor. Surveys world literature through 1600 that includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the masterpieces of the Western tradition. Concentrates on recurring themes, such as a person's relationship to God and nature, individual and social morality, liberty and responsibility, social and economic justice, and the search for a meaningful existence. Credit may be earned in LIT 228 or LIT 228H but not in both. (45-0)

LIT 228HW, Masterpieces of World Literature:  Beginnings through 1600s (Honors) 
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor and permission of the Honors Office. Surveys world literature through 1600 that includes, but is not necessarily limited to, the masterpieces of the Western tradition. Concentrates on recurring themes, such as a person's relationship to God and nature, individual and social morality, liberty and responsibility, social and economic justice, and the search for a meaningful existence. Provides opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning. Credit may be earned in either LIT 228 or LIT 228H, but not in both. (45-0)

LIT 229W
Masterpieces of World Literature:
1600s to Present 

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor. Surveys world literature from the 1600s to the present including but not necessarily limited to the masterpieces of the Western tradition. Concentrates on recurring themes, such as a person's relationship to God and nature, individual and social morality, liberty and responsibility, social and economic justice, and the search for a meaningful existence. Credit may be earned in LIT 229 or LIT 229H. (45-0)

LIT 229HW 
Masterpieces of World Literature:  1600s to the Present (Honors) 

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor and permission of the Honors Office. Surveys world literature from the 1600s to the present including but not necessarily limited to the masterpieces of the Western tradition. Concentrates on recurring themes, such as a person's relationship to God and nature, individual and social morality, liberty and responsibility, social and economic justice, and the search for a meaningful existence. Provides opportunities to engage in independent intellectual inquiry to foster deeper learning. Credit may be earned in either LIT 229W or LIT 229HW, but not in both. (45-0)

LIT 230W
Readings in Modern Non-Fiction

 (3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor. Studies selected modern (post-1945) and contemporary non-fiction works in order to understand the variety of forms and expression which are possible. Concentrates on themes and topics which are a recurring part of the human condition. (45-0)

LIT 241W
Introduction to Mythology
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Provides an introduction to some of the concepts of mythology and the presence of these concepts in art and literature in particular. Considers the functions of mythology, the universality of the journey pattern in all myths, the nature of mythic imagery, the distinction between mythos and logos as patterns in thinking, the approaches available in examining particular myths and the application of all these dimensions in reading a given story. (45-0)

 LIT 242W
Introduction to British Literature

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Provides a sampling of the work of some of the major authors in British Literature. Requires works to be read and examined for an understanding of the material, an appreciation of the literary forms and for the awareness of unifying themes that hold together a culture's conceptual framework. Enhances reading skills and aesthetic appreciation through exposure, discussion, writing and critical thinking. (45-0)

LIT 245W
Biblical Literature:  Old Testament

(3 credits)

This course will be a critical study of the literature of the Old Testament. It will treat the Old Testament Canon in its historical development, and examine both the literary styles and the changing theological and ethical ideas. (45-0)

LIT 246
Biblical Literature:  New Testament

(3 credits)

A critical study of the literature of the New Testament with some attention given to the Inter-Testamental literature. The literature will be studied in terms of its historical development. Some attention will be given to the canonization of the New Testament, to the different literary styles and to the theological and ethical ideas. (45-0)

LIT 251W
Children's Literature

(4 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. or equivalent second level writing course. Surveys literature for children in the elementary grades. Explores quality trade books for children; presents respected writers and illustrators in various genres. Dispels commonly misconceived and generic thinking about children's literature, replacing with more perceptive criteria and reflective judgment of book selection. Results in greater knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of children's literature. (60-0)

LIT 252W
Young Adult Literature 

(3 credits) 

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Explores literature written for and about young adults, defined as those students in middle or junior high and high school. Surveys quality trade books, with emphasis on top writers of the best, most engaging literature. Increases awareness of how literature speaks to young adults and engages them in language and learning experiences. Appropriate for general students of literature and those planning to enter careers in secondary education, sociology, psychology, and juvenile justice. (45-0) 

LIT 253W
Literature for Preschool Children 

(3 credits)

Surveys quality fiction and nonfiction trade books for preschool children, with emphasis on top writers and illustrators of the best, most engaging literature. Increases awareness of how literature speaks to young children and engages them in language and learning experiences. (45-0)

LIT 260W
Holocaust History and Literature 

(3 credits) 

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Introduces Holocaust studies. Covers the years 1933 to 1945, focusing on the role of perpetrators, victims, bystanders, and those involved in resistance and rescue. Uses a variety of literature that assesses how did the Holocaust happen? Who is responsible? What can we learn from this catastrophe? (45-0)

 LIT 269W
Native North American Literature

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Surveys the literature of Native North Americans: poetry, short stories, novels and non-fiction, including biographies of important Indian leaders. Develops an understanding of the cultures which produced the literature. (45-0)

LIT 271W
American Literature to 1865

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Studies major movements and themes in American literature as they appear in the works of important authors from the Puritan period to and including the Age of Romanticism. Credit may be earned in either LIT 271W or LIT 271HW, but not in both. (45-0)

LIT 271H
American Literature to 1865 (Honors)
(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Studies major movements and themes in American literature as they appear in the works of important authors from the Puritan period to and including the Age of Romanticism. Credit may be earned in either LIT 271W or LIT 271HW, but not in both. (45-0)

LIT 272W
American Literature Since 1865 

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Studies major movements and themes in American Literature after the age of Romanticism through the Age of Realism and New Directions. (45-0) 

LIT 272AW
American Literature Since 1865*

(3 credits)

Concurrent enrollment in ENG 111 or ENG 112 in a coordinated learning community. Studies major movements and themes in American Literature after the age of Romanticism through the Age of Realism and New Directions. Credit may be earned in LIT 272 or LIT 272A, but not in both. (45-0)

LIT 274W
Mexican-American Literature 

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of the instructor. Studies novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction by Mexican-Americans. Explores some cultural elements such as ethnicity, self-hood, self-definition, machismo and gender issues, religious influences, the tradition of curanderos and la llorona. Constructs an understanding of how culture (can) affect creative expression. (45-0)

 LIT 276W
Contemporary American Fiction 

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor. Studies trends, techniques, and themes in recent American novels and short stories. Requires reading, analyzing, and critiquing works of modern writers. (45-0)

LIT 277W
Early African-American Literature

(3 Credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor. Studies trends, techniques, and themes in recent American novels and short stories. Requires reading, analyzing, and critiquing works of modern writers. (45-0)

LIT 278W
Modern African-American Literature 

(3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Studies current trends in both cultural and historical contexts. Examines the ways in which Modern African-American Literature is influenced by American history and how it affects the lives of African-Americans. (45-0)

LIT 283W
Literature of Mysticism

3 credits)

Prerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Explores literature about mysticism, both secular and religious. Designed to help students begin an inner search for authenticity, personal integration and self-awareness. Provides a variety of possibilities for developing innate potentialities and for achieving altered states of consciousness through awareness exercises, meditation, chanting, fantasy journeys and journal writing. (45-0)

LIT 285W
Women in Literature

(3 credits)

Discusses women as literary characters and as authors in time periods and cultures selected by instructor. Concentrates on women's perceptions of social structures, the blending of private and public spheres, and women's relationships to the world of publishing and literary criticism. Contrasts a woman-centered look at literature with more traditional, canonical approach to literature. (45-0)

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