Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 10

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 7

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 7

Special Topics in English will fulfill the general English component of the distribution requirement of the College. It may be repeated for credit depending on the content of the course. It is not a course offered on a regular basis within the department. The intent of a special topics course is to offer an educational experience which is topical, not available within the regular curricular offerings, and may even be offered interdepartmentally depending on the nature of the course.

Prerequisites: Expository Writing (ENGL 101) OR an equivalent course Or permission of instructor.

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 7

This course focuses on African American authors from the Colonial Era to the present. Topics include recurring themes and concerns, cultural pressures, historical contexts, intellectual currents and literary innovations. Students study major African American writers such as Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Rita Dove, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin and others.

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 7

Prerequisites: Composition and the Spoken Word (ENGL 101); completion of 24 credits towards the major of General Studies; or permission of instructor.

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 7


Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 7 & GER 8

This course provides opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of the English language: its history, its status and functions in different areas of the world, and its variations. Promoting an inclusive and pluralistic concept of Englishes rather than the inaccurate notion of a singular English, students develop explicit knowledge about how language works, and how people learn and use language not only as a tool for communication but as a component of social and cultural identity. Students emerge from this course better equipped to navigate situations requiring cross-cultural communication at the university and beyond.

Prerequisites: Composition and the Spoken Word (ENGL 101)

Students examine the impact of crime and violence in American culture as reflected in literature. Analysis focuses on both perpetrators and victims of crime and violence. Literary genres may include, but are not restricted to, True Crime, fiction, memoir, the graphic novel, and poetry.

Prerequisites: Composition and the Spoken Word (ENGL 101)

This course is designed to advance students’ communication skills for the global marketplace. Emphasis is on technical writing, business writing, and publishing. Students design and produce technical documents, including, but not limited to, job-search documents, memos, reports, and proposals, responding to specific audiences and purposes in the business world. Students should be familiar with desktop publishing and electronic presentations.

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 8

Prerequisites: Composition and the Spoken Word (ENGL 101), one literature course, and 30 credit hours earned with a cumulative GPA of 2.0, or permission of instructor.

Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 6

This course explores the ways in which gender, and in particular the broad concept of masculinity, arises from and impacts American literature and culture. Students examine novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, theatrical productions, and films, as well as excerpts from prominent gender studies scholars. Students also increase their understanding of how masculinity functions and shapes American culture, as well as develop a critical and theoretical lens for reading and interpreting literary works. Through the study of masculinity and masculinities, students leave the course with nuanced knowledge of the complex implications of gendered men and women.