100 Introduction to College Writing (3)
A writing workshop to prepare students to take English 121. Instruction in the fundamentals of various modes of written expression, including sentence work, understanding the importance of audience, editing, and revision. Readings selected from non-fictional prose works. Students are encouraged to use the Writing Center, staffed by trained peer-tutors. (Every semester)
121 Composition and Literature (3)
Fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement in lower division Written Literacy. 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)
122 Composition and Literature for Educators (3)
Fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement in lower division Written Literacy for students planning to complete the Liberal Studies major. 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)
223 Studies in Genre (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)
224 Studies in Literary Traditions
(3) Readings in a particular body of literature B which may be defined formally, topically, ethnically, or otherwise B as it develops over a period of time. (Every semester)
228 Studies in World Literature (3)
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)
Literary and popular texts produced for children. Emphasis on analysis B 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. Reserved for students in credential programs.
298 Internship (1-3)
Practical experience tutoring students in low-income schools, grades K B 8. Open to all USD students, regardless of major. Offered for one to three units of upper- or lower-division credit. (Every semester)
300 British Literature to 1800 (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 eighteenth 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, the Pearl Poet, Langland, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Pope, Swift and others. (Every semester)
304W Advanced Composition (3)
A workshop course in the writing of expository, descriptive, and critical prose. This course is designed to fulfil the upper-division written literacy requirement for non-English majors; it will fulfill an upper-division elective for English majors. (Every semester)
306W Advanced Composition for Educators (3)
For Liberal Studies majors only. A workshop course in the writing of reflective, academic, and professional prose. Reading, writing, and research across the curriculum of the public elementary school classroom. Includes completion of the Content Portfolio for the Liberal Studies major. (Every semester)
312 Studies in Medieval Literature (3)
This course considers literary texts composed from late antiquity through to the fifteenth 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.
314 Chaucer (3)
The life and work of Geoffrey Chaucer, set in the historical and cultural context of late fourteenth-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.
318 Development of the English Language (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
332 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Studies (3)
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, Swift. Readings are grounded in the social, intellectual, and cultural history of the period.
334 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama (3)
Studies in the drama written between 1660 and 1800. Playwrights may include Behn, Centlivre, Congreve, Etheredge, Farquhar, Sheridan, Wycherly. Readings are grounded in the social, intellectual, and cultural history of the period.
336 Development of the Novel (3)
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 Defoe, Richardson, Swift, Fielding, Sterne, Smollett, Lewis, and Austen.
342 Romanticism (3)
Poetry and prose of first- and second-generation Romantic writers. May include Blake, the Wordsworths, Coleridge, Byron, the Shelleys, and Keats, as well as Continental and American Romantic writers.
344 Victorian Studies (3)
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.
355 Early U. S. Nonfiction (3)
Essays, autobiographies, journals, manifestos, travel writings, reviews. May include works by Edwards, Franklin, Poe, Fuller, Douglass, Emerson, Peabody, Thoreau, Whitman, or others.
357 Modern U.S. Nonfiction (3)
Essays, autobiographies, and miscellaneous prose since 1850. May include works by James, Adams, Gilman, DuBois, Stein, Wright, W.C. Williams, Baldwin, Lorde, Rich, or others.
358 U.S. Ethnic Literature (3)
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.
359 Modern U.S. Fiction (3)
Major works in relation to issues in twentieth-century U.S. literature and culture. May include novels or short stories by Wharton, Stein, Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Wright, Morrison, or others.
364 Postcolonial Studies (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.
368 Modern British Literature (3)
Major works in relation to issues in twentieth-century British literature and culture. Writers may include Conrad, Lawrence, Joyce, Forster, Woolf, Shaw, Auden, Lessing, and others.
372 Film Studies (3)
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, the history of film. Restricted to English majors.
378 Methods of Teaching Writing (3)
Workshop in the teaching of expository, descriptive, and critical prose. Prerequisite: fulfillment of the Core Curriculum requirement in upper-division Written Literacy (any W course).
380 Literary Theory (3)
Investigation of the values and assumptions that inform literature and literary criticism through readings in important theorists. Recommended for students planning on graduate work.
420 Advanced Studies in Shakespeare (3)
Further study of some aspect of Shakespeare=s work: particular plays, genres, themes, etc. Topic varies. Prerequisite: English 280 or consent of instructor. (Spring)
495 Senior Project (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.
498 Internship (1-3)
Practical experience tutoring students in low-income schools, grades K B 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.
499 Independent Study (1-3)
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.