English Courses

In lower-division courses, students improve essential skills needed to understand and interpret literature and to express their ideas in writing. Emphasizing poetry as well as prose, these courses invite students to read literature within a variety of social, cultural and ethnic contexts.

Upper-division courses encourage a sense of literary history and tradition as well as an understanding of adaptation and change in cultural and literary conventions. With the freedom afforded by upper division electives, students can explore a broad range of world literatures to examine different genres and historical periods, or to nurture a specific interest through a series of related classes.

The Senior Project option provides a further opportunity for in-depth study in the student's chosen area.


Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2015-2016, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2015. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

ENGL 110, ENGL 115, ENGL 121, ENGL 222, ENGL 223, ENGL 224, ENGL 225, ENGL 228, ENGL 231, ENGL 280, ENGL 294, ENGL 298, ENGL 300, ENGL 304W, ENGL 310, ENGL 312, ENGL 314, ENGL 318, ENGL 324, ENGL 326, ENGL 328, ENGL 332, ENGL 334, ENGL 336, ENGL 342, ENGL 344, ENGL 348, ENGL 352, ENGL 355, ENGL 356, ENGL 357, ENGL 358, ENGL 359, ENGL 360, ENGL 362, ENGL 364, ENGL 366, ENGL 368, ENGL 370, ENGL 372, ENGL 374, ENGL 375, ENGL 376, ENGL 380, ENGL 381, ENGL 382, ENGL 383, ENGL 391, ENGL 392, ENGL 393, ENGL 420, ENGL 493, ENGL 494, ENGL 495, ENGL 498, ENGL 499

ENGL 110 | INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING FOR ESL STUDENTS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

A writing workshop designed for non-native speakers of English to prepare them to take ENGL 121. Instruction in the fundamentals of various modes of written expression, including English grammar, sentence structure, understanding the importance of audience, editing and revision. Readings selected from non-fictional prose works and film documentaries. Students are encouraged to use the Writing Center, staffed by trained peer-tutors. Every semester.

ENGL 115 | INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

A writing workshop to prepare students to take ENGL 121. Instruction in the fundamentals of various modes of written expression, including sentence work, understanding the importance of audience, editing, and revision. Readings from non-fictional prose works. Students are encouraged to use the Writing Center, staffed by trained peer-tutors. Every semester.

ENGL 121 | COMPOSITION AND LITERATURE

Units: 3

Fulfills the core curriculum requirement in lower division written literacy, and should be taken within the first four semesters. Practice in developing skills of close observation, investigation, critical analysis, and informed judgment in response to literary texts. Students are encouraged to use the Writing Center, staffed by trained peer-tutors. Every semester.

ENGL 222 | POETRY

Units: 3

An introduction to the study of poetry. Readings include a variety of poetic forms and range across literary periods and nationalities. Every semester.

ENGL 223 | STUDIES IN GENRE

Units: 3

Readings in a type of literature, ranging through periods and nationalities. May include drama, narrative, epic, tragedy, comedy, biography, autobiography, or others. Every semester.

ENGL 224 | STUDIES IN LITERARY TRADITIONS

Units: 3

Readings in a particular body of literature, which may be defined formally, topically, ethnically, or otherwise, as it develops over a period of time. Every semester.

ENGL 225 | STUDIES IN UNITED STATES LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Readings in some period or aspect of the literature of the United States, including that of underrepresented groups. Every semester.

ENGL 228 | STUDIES IN WORLD LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Readings in some period or aspect of literature outside England and the United States. Works not originally in English will be read in translation. Every semester.

ENGL 231 | CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Units: 3

Reserved for students in credential programs. Literary and popular texts produced for children. Emphasis on analysis of how children’s texts construct gender, sex, race, class, family structure, power relations, and violence, for example. Includes phonemic awareness, word analysis, and field experience.

ENGL 280 | INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE

Units: 3

Studies in the plays and poems of William Shakespeare, including the major genres (tragedies, comedies, histories, and romances). Every semester.

ENGL 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS

Units: 1 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Lower division courses that treat a special topic, genre, or author. See departmental list of offerings each semester.

ENGL 298 | INTERNSHIP

Units: 1-3

Practical experience tutoring students in low-income schools, grades K-8. Open to all USD students, regardless of major. Offered for one to three units of upper or lower division credit. Every semester.

ENGL 300 | BRITISH LITERATURE TO 1800

Units: 3

This course presents a survey of English literature from the seventh century (Caedmon) to 1800, including texts representative of the Old English and Medieval periods, the Renaissance, and the 18th century. Topics will include the evolution of the language and the development of literary/poetic form as well as historical and cultural contexts. Texts and writers usually include Beowulf, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Pope, Swift, and others. Every semester.

ENGL 304W | ADVANCED COMPOSITION

Units: 3

A workshop course in the writing of expository, descriptive, and critical prose. This course is designed to fulfill the upper division written literacy requirement for non-English majors; it will fulfill an upper division elective for English majors. Every semester.

ENGL 310 | DANTE

Units: 3

Dante’s Divine Comedy, Vita Nuova, and selected other works in their literary and historical contexts. Texts will be read in English translation.

ENGL 312 | MEDIEVAL STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

This course considers literary texts composed from late antiquity through to the 15th century that may be drawn from European and other traditions of the period (Persian, Arabic, Indian, Slavic, Chinese, others). The course may include such topics as: the Heroic age; the Arthurian cycle; the age of chivalry; the Crusades. Texts are generally read in translation. May be repeated when topic changes.

ENGL 314 | CHAUCER

Units: 3

The life and work of Geoffrey Chaucer, set in the historical and cultural context of late 14th-century England. The course gives particular attention to The Canterbury Tales, as well as to some of Chaucer’s shorter poems. Readings will be in Middle English.

ENGL 318 | DEVELOPMENT OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Units: 3

Studies in the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics of the English language; synchronic and diachronic variation; current theories of the grammar of English; theories of language acquisition and contact. Required of teacher credential candidates.

ENGL 324 | RENAISSANCE DRAMA

Units: 3

Studies in the English drama of the 16th and 17th centuries, focusing on such contemporaries of Shakespeare as Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, and others.

ENGL 326 | RENAISSANCE STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Studies in the literature and culture of early-modern England. Readings may include poetry, drama, and prose, fiction and non-fiction.

ENGL 328 | MILTON

Units: 3

Studies in the poetry and prose of John Milton, with emphasis on Paradise Lost.

ENGL 332 | RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURY STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Studies in the prose and poetry of men and women writing between 1660 and 1800. Writers may include Behn, Burney, Dryden, Finch, Johnson, Montagu, Pope, and Swift.

ENGL 334 | RESTORATION AND 18TH CENTURY DRAMA

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Studies in the drama written between 1660 and 1800. Playwrights may include Behn, Centlivre, Congreve, Etherege, Farquhar, Sheridan, and Wycherley.

ENGL 336 | DEVELOPMENT OF THE NOVEL

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

This course studies the emergence and development of the novel in England as a distinct literary genre in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Authors may include Behn, Defoe, Richardson, Swift, Fielding, Sterne, Smollett, Lewis, and Austen.

ENGL 342 | ROMANTICISM

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Poetry and prose of first- and second-generation Romantic writers. May include Blake, the Wordsworths, Coleridge, Byron, the Shelleys, and Keats, as well as European and American Romantic writers.

ENGL 344 | VICTORIAN STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Poetry and prose of the Victorian period. May include works by Carlyle, Tennyson, the Brownings, the Pre-Raphaelites, Arnold, Wilde, Ruskin, Newman, Mill, and letters, journals, and diaries of the period. May be repeated when topic changes.

ENGL 348 | NINETEENTH CENTURY NOVEL

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Readings in Austen, Dickens, the Brontës, George Eliot, Hardy, Conrad, and others. May also include letters, essays, and verse of the period.

ENGL 352 | UNITED STATES LITERATURE TO 1900

Units: 3

Readings will include works by Bradstreet, Hawthorne, Cooper, Poe, Twain, Dickinson, James, Whitman, Melville, and others.

ENGL 355 | EARLY UNITED STATES LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Readings may include works by Franklin, Poe, Dickinson, Melville, Hawthorne, Fuller, Douglass, Emerson, Peabody, Thoreau, Whitman, or others.

ENGL 356 | UNITED STATES FICTION 1900-1940

Units: 3

Readings will include works by Crane, Robinson, Dreiser, Wharton, James, Cather, Frost, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and others.

ENGL 357 | MODERN UNITED STATES LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Readings may include works by James, Adams, Gilman, DuBois, Stein, Wright, W.C. Williams, T.Williams, Baldwin, Rich, Sexton, Lorde, Faulkner, Fitzgerald or others. May be repeated when topic changes.

ENGL 358 | UNITED STATES ETHNIC LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Studies in African-American, Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Chicano/Latino, and Native-American literatures. May be taught from a comparatist perspective and include other U.S. ethnic groups. Historical, political, and cultural material may be provided as context.

ENGL 359 | MODERN UNITED STATES FICTION

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Major works in relation to issues in 20th-century U.S. literature and culture. May include novels or short stories by Wharton, Stein, Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Wright, Morrison, or others.

ENGL 360 | MODERN POETRY

Units: 3

A selection of poets from early modernists to the present. May include works by Yeats, Stein, Eliot, Stevens, Hughes, Brooks, Rukeyser, Sexton, Yau, or others.

ENGL 362 | MODERN DRAMA

Units: 3

A study of selected plays from the past 125 years. Playwrights may include Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw, Brecht, O’Neill, Churchill, Mamet, August Wilson, or others.

ENGL 364 | POSTCOLONIAL STUDIES

Units: 3

Studies in the literature that has arisen from European empires around the globe and the struggles of colonized peoples. Emphasis on the British Empire and the new nations of South Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. May include historical contexts and non-literary works.

ENGL 366 | MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY EUROPEAN LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Readings may include works in translation by Chekhov, Dostoevsky, Kafka, Colette, Tsvetayeva, Camus, Levi, Duras, Handke, Bernhard, Perec, Jelinek, Drndic or others.

ENGL 368 | MODERN BRITISH LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Major works in relation to issues in 20th-century British literature and culture. Writers may include Conrad, Lawrence, Joyce, Forster, Woolf, Shaw, Auden, Lessing, or others.

ENGL 370 | CONTEMPORARY FICTION

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Studies in selected works of recent fiction from around the world.

ENGL 372 | FILM STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Aspects of film as narrative are considered. Topics may include film genres (the silents and early talkies, historical dramas, film noir, cinéma vérité), cinematic adaptation of literary texts, film theory, and the history of film. Restricted to English majors. May be repeated when topic changes.

ENGL 374 | GENDER AND LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Studies in the social and cultural construction of gender in literature and literary theory, as well as the impact of gender on the formation of literary canons.

ENGL 375 | INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING

Units: 3

A workshop on imaginative writing, with examples drawn from literature.

ENGL 376 | TOPICS IN CREATIVE WRITING

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: ENGL 375

Workshop discussion and analysis of student poetry, fiction, or drama (including screenwriting).

ENGL 380 | LITERARY THEORY

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Investigation of the values and assumptions that inform literature and literary criticism through readings in important theorists. Recommended for students planning on graduate work.

ENGL 381 | INTERMEDIATE POETRY WRITING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 375

Workshop in poetry writing with examples drawn from literature.

ENGL 382 | INTERMEDIATE FICTION WRITING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 375

Workshop in fiction writing, especially the short story, with examples drawn from literature.

ENGL 383 | INTERMEDIATE NONFICTION WRITING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 375

Workshop in nonfiction writing, with examples drawn from literature.

ENGL 391 | ADVANCED POETRY WRITING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 381

Investigates and hones the craft of poetry.

ENGL 392 | ADVANCED FICTION WRITING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 382

Workshop to discuss recently published short fiction and students’ stories.

ENGL 393 | ADVANCED NONFICTION WRITING

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENGL 383

Workshop to discussed published nonfiction writing and students’ own work.

ENGL 420 | ADVANCED STUDIES IN SHAKESPEARE

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Prerequisites: ENGL 280

Further study of some aspect of Shakespeare’s work: particular plays, genres, themes, etc. Topic varies. Spring semester.

ENGL 493 | WRITING CENTER TUTORS

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Theory and practice for Writing Center tutors. Consent of Writing Center director required. Every semester.

ENGL 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

Courses that treat a special topic, genre, or author. See departmental list of course offerings each semester.

ENGL 495 | SENIOR PROJECT

Units: 3

A capstone course designed to help seniors produce an original research project. Addresses research methods, critical thinking, and writing process. Recommended for students planning on graduate work.

ENGL 498 | INTERNSHIP

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Practical experience tutoring students in low-income schools, grades K-8. Open to all USD students, regardless of major. Offered every semester for one to three units of upper or lower division credit. Other internship opportunities in the workplace or community involving writing or reading may be arranged by students with the consent of a faculty advisor and the department chair.

ENGL 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Arranged with the consent of a faculty advisor and the department chair. Restricted to upper division English majors or students who have completed at least one upper division literature course.

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