Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


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English Courses

ENL 1300 College WritingCredit Hours: 3

Emphasizes critical thinking and argumentation: understanding and representing multiple analytical perspectives fairly; applying analytical reasoning; engaging with college-level texts from multiple disciplines, genres, and media; and adapting writing to contexts and conventions of varied discourse communities. Completion of this course with a grade of "C" or better is required in order to enroll in ENL 1310. Prerequisite: Placement through SOAR or successful completion of UAS 0990 (Basic Writing).

Prerequisites:
UAS 0990 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 1310 Academic WritingCredit Hours: 3

Engages students in academic inquiry, research, and argumentation: designing research questions; locating, evaluating, and synthesizing secondary research; performing primary research to construct new knowledge; employing critical thinking strategies to develop arguments with purpose, meaning, and significance. In addition to exploring the influence of traditional print-based genres and rhetorical contexts, students will develop an awareness of how these contexts are likewise affected by emerging media. Prerequisite: Placement through SOAR, successful completion of ENL 130 (College Writing), or approved transfer of 3 credits of college composition.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1300 (Minimum Grade of C, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2010 The JournalCredit Hours: 3

Orientation to the study of English, focusing on the use of the journal as a tool to integrate reading and writing while creative, logical, and critical thinking are applied to literature.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2020 Writing Across the CurriculumCredit Hours: 3

Gives students the opportunity to combine interdisciplinary writing and subject matter in order to work with specific community/cultural issues. Students may be asked to write for audiences relevant to their own areas of study. Students may also be asked to write for specific audiences in the Detroit-metro area.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2040 Introduction to Business WritingCredit Hours: 3

Introduction to the writing of informational and persuasive forms used in the daily activity of business. Special attention is paid to professional standards of writing, the situations business writers face, and expectations of audiences.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2050 Introduction to Creative WritingCredit Hours: 3

Emphasis on the valuable tension between individual vision and the demands that various genres (poetry, short story, dialogues, drama, etc.) place on the individual's creativity. Emphasizing both practical tools for creative writing and their relationship to nurturing the imagination, the course serves students seeking to discover their own creative voice, as well as those going into teaching and/or upper-level creative writing courses.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2060 Introduction to Professional WritingCredit Hours: 3

This course will expand student writing repertoires beyond the analysis essay and basic research paper, providing guidance about style and also calling attention to specific issues of rhetoric such as audience and purpose. Students will create practical or "real-world" writing that reflects knowledge of their own and other disciplines as well as that which explores writing in non-academic areas. This may include feature writing, reviews, digital, and multi-media projects.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2350 Study of FictionCredit Hours: 3

Discussion and close analysis of several forms of fiction, designed to improve critical skills and increase understanding of the genre of fiction and its role as a cultural artifact. By the end of the semester, students should be conversant with the basic elements and terminology used in the study of fiction. In addition, upon completion of the course, students should have an awareness of a variety of critical perspectives.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2360 Diverse Voices in FictionCredit Hours: 3

Introduces students to careful literary analysis by focusing on texts drawn from diverse voices in U.S. literatures. Students explore how these authors negotiate the relationships of the aesthetic, cultural, and political in their works, and how interchanges between established and new literatures change each. By the end of the semester, students should be conversant with the basic elements and terminology used in the study of fiction. In addition, upon completion of the course, students should have an awareness of a variety of critical perspectives.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2450 Study of PoetryCredit Hours: 3

Discussion and close analysis of poems, designed to improve critical skills, increase understanding of the genre of poetry, and show how poets voice the human concerns of their time. Discussion and close analysis of several forms of poetry, designed to improve critical skills and increase understanding of the genre of poetry and its role as a cultural artifact. By the end of the semester, students should be conversant with the basic elements and terminology used in the study of poetry. In addition, upon completion of the course, students should have an awareness of a variety of critical perspectives.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2550 Studies in the FilmCredit Hours: 3

A study of the development of film and important films from principal film-producing countries, along with the artistry of the directors who produced them.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2650 Study of DramaCredit Hours: 3

Discussion and close analysis of drama, designed to improve critical skills and increase understanding of plays. By the end of the semester, students should be conversant with the basic elements and terminology used in the study of drama. In addition, upon completion of the course, students should have an awareness of a variety of critical perspectives.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2800 Introduction to Media StudiesCredit Hours: 3

Introduces students to a growing field of research rooted in critical analysis of film, television, radio, and digital media. Students combine the study of media theory with the completion of real-world projects that examine the process involved in media production and reception.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2850 African-American LiteratureCredit Hours: 3

Critically examines the work of African-American authors, and analyzes these works within a context of issues essential to the African-American experience, including: the construction of "blackness," notions of black masculinity and femininity, and representations of the black body. Students are exposed to a wide variety of texts that comprise the African-American literary tradition, including those by authors such as Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Amiri Baraka.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 2950 The Study of FolkloreCredit Hours: 3

An exploration of folktales, urban legends, and folkways of local folk groups, those in the U.S., and groups in other countries. The dynamic and various nature of the folk process is examined in terms of theories of the function and resilience of folk performances. Students may document folklore of their own groups.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3010 Writing of FictionCredit Hours: 3

Students explore the craft of creating fiction by reading, writing, and revising short stories. Working in small groups is a key component in the revision of student work.

Prerequisites:
ENL 2050 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3020 Writing of PoetryCredit Hours: 3

Exploration of the craft of writing poetry, with emphasis on tapping creative sources of observation and memory, study of poetic uses of language, and the writing and revising of a variety of poems. Peer critiquing forms a key component in the course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 2050 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3030 Technical WritingCredit Hours: 3

Practical application of basic technical writing principles and acceptable guidelines in scientific and industrial reporting. Students use an audience-centered approach on lab and field studies, memoranda, progress reports, detailed instructions, and typical formal documents.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3040 Writing of ScreenplaysCredit Hours: 3

Introduction to the art of motion picture scriptwriting in which students critique screenplays as well as produce their own. Subjects addressed include traditional Hollywood modes of storytelling, and experimental cinematic narratives of the postmodern era.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3050 Freelance Writing for Print and WebCredit Hours: 3

An introduction to the interdisciplinary forms and content of nonfiction writing, both creative and more straightforwardly informative. Attention is paid to creating digital content that reflects the identity or branding of its host or sponsor; also, to the strategies and styles of writing short pieces of arts criticism and magazine-length personal profiles or features. Students understand the importance of appealing to an audience, a market for goods and services they write about and a market for their own writing. They develop a voice that prepares them for careers in media production.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3060 Research and Research WritingCredit Hours: 3

Study of the reasons and rationale for engaging in research. Through various topics, issues, or community/cultural problems, students will use research to discover and produce new ideas or responses. Students will learn advanced techniques in gathering research through field work, interviews, and computer retrieval.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3070 Writing of Creative NonfictionCredit Hours: 3

Exploration of creative nonfiction as a broad genre encompassing various forms including memoir, the personal essay, and literary journalism. Students will read articles addressing aesthetic and ethical issues within each form, as well as examples of each, as a means of illustrating the breadth of possible approaches. Readings and discussions thereof will ultimately be used in the service of writing, critiquing, and revising creative nonfiction, which will be the primary emphasis of the course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
ENL 2050 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3110 American Literature to 1865Credit Hours: 3

Survey of the major trends and figures in American literature from the beginnings through the Civil War. Alongside classic figures such as Rowlandson, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Douglass, Stowe, and Dickinson, the class explores previously marginalized writers. Students also learn about contemporary theoretical approaches to early American literature as well as the cultural contexts of antebellum writing.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3120 American Literature 1865-1920Credit Hours: 3

Survey of the literature of the U.S. and the social forces that shaped it from the Civil War through the 1920s. Issues and subjects likely to be addressed include: the expanding notion of American identity, changing gender relations, the struggles of African Americans and immigrant groups, Psychological Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and revisions of the literary canon.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3200 Medieval LiteratureCredit Hours: 3

Survey of the major trends and representative figures of the Middle Ages, including Beowulf, Chaucer, the Gawain Poet, Middle English lyrics, the Middle English Religious Drama, Malory, and other selected texts.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3210 Renaissance LiteratureCredit Hours: 3

Survey of the major trends and representative figures of the Renaissance (excluding Shakespeare, who is taken up in ENL 463). Students study the work of Spenser, Sidney, Marlowe, Donne, Jonson, Webster, Bacon, and the Cavalier poets.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3220 English Literature of 18th CenturyCredit Hours: 3

Survey of the major trends and representative figures of the "long" Eighteenth Century. Authors studied include Milton, Congreve, Behn, Swift, Dryden, Pope, and others.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3230 English Literature of 19th CenturyCredit Hours: 3

Survey of the major trends in English poetry and prose from the Romantic Period through the Victorian Age. In addition to stalwarts Wordsworth, Keats, Carlyle, Arnold, Browning, Ruskin, Tennyson and Pater, students study the Pre-Raphaelites and other less known but influential authors. A novel by Austen, Dickens, Eliot, or Hardy may be assigned.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3260 History of the English LanguageCredit Hours: 3

The study of the English language in various contextual and historical forms. Consideration may be given to economic, political, historical, technological, literary, linguistic, gendered, or racial usages of and influences on English.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3340 Transatlantic ModernismsCredit Hours: 3

Provides both an introduction to and a critical examination of U.S. and British literatures between WWI and WWII. Topics include but are not limited to the following: modernist aesthetics and formal experimentations, the intersections of literature and the visual arts, war and technology, literature and politics, the cultural construction of gender, race and sexual orientation, and metropolitan life.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3350 Post-1945 LiteratureCredit Hours: 3

Survey of the major trends and representative figures in U.S. and British literatures and cultures after World War II. Subjects likely to be covered include: the Beats; magical realism; feminism; postmodern, postcolonial, and identity-based literatures; and experimental modes such as docu-drama and hypertext.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3700 The NovelCredit Hours: 3

Study of the history, development, and generic conventions of the novel.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3750 Film GenresCredit Hours: 3

Study and critique of popular and alternative film genres, such as Science Fiction, Horror, Film Noir, Road Movies, Historical, etc. The focus is on the history, development, technique, and larger social and political functions of film genres.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3760 The Art of the FilmCredit Hours: 3

Study of the twentieth century's unique art form, the film, with emphasis on the collected work of a director or on a theme.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3900 Children's LiteratureCredit Hours: 3

Exploration of values inherent in the major genres of children's books. Emphasis is on developing critical skills for evaluating literature used in pre-school, elementary, and middle school grades.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3910 Young Adult LiteratureCredit Hours: 3

An interdisciplinary, transnational exploration of young adult/adolescent literatures. Genres studied include poetry, short story, novel, and film. Emphasis is placed on issues of race, class, and gender, and on the young adult reader.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3950 Folklore ArchivingCredit Hours: 3

Students work with a computer on one or more topics in the University's Folklore Archive.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 3980 Independent StudyCredit Hours: 1

Intensive study in an area chosen by the student for independent work under the direction of a specialist.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4010 Advanced Writing of FictionCredit Hours: 3

An intensive course, limited to 12 students, helping accomplished fiction writers to hone and direct their talent. Small-group critiquing, mentoring by faculty and invited writers, and participation in campus and public readings help serious students deepen and expand their work.

Prerequisites:
ENL 3010 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4020 Advanced Poetry WritingCredit Hours: 3

An intensive course, limited to 12 students, helping accomplished student poets to develop their talents through challenging writing assignments and the study of selected poets. Students participate in small-group critiques, give a formal reading toward the end of the semester, and submit work for publication inside and outside the university.

Prerequisites:
ENL 3020 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4040 Advanced Writing of ScreenplaysCredit Hours: 3

An advanced course in scriptwriting, building on skills mastered in ENL 3040. Offered in an intense and supportive workshop setting, students will critique, edit and revise their own work as well as the work of peers. A final product will consist of a 90-120 page script prepared to meet market/publication standards.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
ENL 3040 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4050 Editorial Processes and ProductsCredit Hours: 3

Based in the established and emerging publications of the University, the course teaches students to identify and evaluate a publication's critical focus and target audience. Students then master skills that bring a publication to press: introductory design and layout, document flow, peer review processes, correspondence standards, electronic pre-press, cost-effective printing, marketing / distribution issues, and online versions of print texts. Prepares students for work in the fields of popular and academic publishing.

Prerequisites:
ENL 3050 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4090 Modern American EnglishCredit Hours: 3

An introduction to writing instruction in education and English studies. Concentration may be on practical teaching matters, linguistics, educational reform, usage of technology in writing instruction, history of writing in American English studies, and other related issues.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4600 Topics in Literary HistoryCredit Hours: 3

Topics courses examine texts brought together under a particular interpretive approach, as well as the cultural contexts and factors that influence the creation, consumption, and evaluation of literary works. Emphasis also is given to the ways in which literature can shape those contexts. The specific emphasis of any "topics" section will be announced in the schedule book, but the titles below indicate the focus of each course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4610 Topics in Literature and ScienceCredit Hours: 3

Topics courses examine texts brought together under a particular interpretive approach, as well as the cultural contexts and factors that influence the creation, consumption, and evaluation of literary works. Emphasis also is given to the ways in which literature can shape those contexts. The specific emphasis of any "topics" section will be announced in the schedule book, but the titles below indicate the focus of each course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4620 Topics in GenreCredit Hours: 3

Topics courses examine texts brought together under a particular interpretive approach, as well as the cultural contexts and factors that influence the creation, consumption, and evaluation of literary works. Emphasis also is given to the ways in which literature can shape those contexts. The specific emphasis of any "topics" section will be announced in the schedule book, but the titles below indicate the focus of each course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4630 Topics in Author StudiesCredit Hours: 3

Topics courses examine texts brought together under a particular interpretive approach, as well as the cultural contexts and factors that influence the creation, consumption, and evaluation of literary works. Emphasis also is given to the ways in which literature can shape those contexts. The specific emphasis of any "topics" section will be announced in the schedule book, but the titles below indicate the focus of each course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4640 Topics in RaceCredit Hours: 3

Topics courses examine texts brought together under a particular interpretive approach, as well as the cultural contexts and factors that influence the creation, consumption, and evaluation of literary works. Emphasis also is given to the ways in which literature can shape those contexts. The specific emphasis of any "topics" section will be announced in the schedule book, but the titles below indicate the focus of each course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4650 Topics in GenderCredit Hours: 3

Topics courses examine texts brought together under a particular interpretive approach, as well as the cultural contexts and factors that influence the creation, consumption, and evaluation of literary works. Emphasis also is given to the ways in which literature can shape those contexts. The specific emphasis of any "topics" section will be announced in the schedule book, but the titles below indicate the focus of each course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4660 Topics in ClassCredit Hours: 3

Topics courses examine texts brought together under a particular interpretive approach, as well as the cultural contexts and factors that influence the creation, consumption, and evaluation of literary works. Emphasis also is given to the ways in which literature can shape those contexts. The specific emphasis of any "topics" section will be announced in the schedule book, but the titles below indicate the focus of each course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4670 Topics in Cultural StudiesCredit Hours: 3

Topics courses examine texts brought together under a particular interpretive approach, as well as the cultural contexts and factors that influence the creation, consumption, and evaluation of literary works. Emphasis also is given to the ways in which literature can shape those contexts. The specific emphasis of any "topics" section will be announced in the schedule book, but the titles below indicate the focus of each course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4680 Topics in World LiteratureCredit Hours: 3

Topics courses examine texts brought together under a particular interpretive approach, as well as the cultural contexts and factors that influence the creation, consumption, and evaluation of literary works. Emphasis also is given to the ways in which literature can shape those contexts. The specific emphasis of any "topics" section will be announced in the schedule book, but the titles below indicate the focus of each course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4690 Topics in ReligionCredit Hours: 3

Topics courses examine texts brought together under a particular interpretive approach, as well as the cultural contexts and factors that influence the creation, consumption, and evaluation of literary works. Emphasis also is given to the ways in which literature can shape those contexts. The specific emphasis of any "topics" section will be announced in the schedule book, but the titles below indicate the focus of each course.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4800 Literary CriticismCredit Hours: 3

Study of major critical theories and their practical application to determine the strength and limitations of each approach.

Prerequisites:
ENL 2350 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) OR
ENL 2450 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) OR
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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ENL 4900 Senior SeminarCredit Hours: 3

Content will vary based on the expertise of the professor.

Prerequisites:
ENL 1310 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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