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ENG 101: College Writing
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

A first-year writing and critical thinking skills development course introducing the conventions of academic argumentation. The course focuses on the study of genre conventions and rhetorical contexts of academic writing and the practice of composing arguments that respond to specific rhetorical situations. A process-based approach to writing, critical thinking, and self-reflection and analysis is emphasized in a collaborative workshop setting. Offered every fall and spring.

ENG 120: Introduction to Literature
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

An introduction to fiction, poetry and drama, to techniques of literary interpretation and analysis, and to literary criticism and research. Recommended for Group IV of the Integrative Requirement.

ENG 190: Science Fiction and Fantasy
3 CH   /  WIC

A course introducing students to the genre of science fiction and fantasy. (P: ENG 101) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 205/THAR 205: Stratford Experience
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  Lab Fee

This hybrid course explores seminal dramatic texts from literary and historical perspectives along with a focus on the artistic considerations/requirements for successful productions. Course includes an excursion to see three shows at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival over fall break. Open to entering students upon request and with instructor approval. No prerequisites. Course fee: $195. Valid Passport required. Offered every fall. (P: ENG 101 or permission of the instructor) Offered every fall.

ENG 212: Creative Nonfiction
3 CH

A technical course treating the theoretical and practical aspects of various genres of magazine writing and creative nonfiction such as the personal essay, travel writing, biography, autobiography, the memoir, and literary journalism. (P: ENG 101 or permission of the instructor) Offered fall of even-numbered years.

ENG 215: British Literature Survey
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

A survey of the development of British Literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the present, offering broad coverage of each critical movement throughout British history. Offered every fall. (P: ENG 101)

ENG 225/THAR 225: Shakespeare: Page to Stage
4 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

A hybrid course of equal parts analysis, research, and performance intended to simultaneously highlight some of the Bard’s lesser-known works (to scholars and actors alike) while helping students develop critical and creative thinking, scholarly writing skills, and performance technique. This course fulfills Thiel College’s Creative Core requirements. (P: ENG 101 or permission of the instructor) Offered every spring.

ENG 235: American Literature Survey
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

A survey of the development of American Literature from Colonial times to the present, offering broad coverage of each critical movement throughout American history. Offered every spring. (P: ENG 101

ENG 242: Digital Rhetoric
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

A course designed to engage students not only in the technical (how-to) aspects of work with digital communication and composition media and technologies, but also with the critical analysis of that media. (P: ENG 101) Offered every fall

ENG 260: Business and Technical Writing
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

A basic course in writing for business and technical fields including writing letters, abstracts and reports of several types. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 267: World Literature Survey
3 CH

A study of literature from various literary traditions around the globe from antiquity to the present. (P: ENG 101) Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

ENG 270: Advanced Composition and Research
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

A course designed to help students mature as writers and teach them advanced library research. It will prepare students for the kind of writing and research expected in upper-level English courses. English majors must take this course before the end of their sophomore year. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 282: Creative Writing: Poetry
3 CH

A technical course treating the theoretical and practical aspects of writing poetry. (P: ENG 111 and 112 or permission of the instructor) Offered fall of even-numbered years.

ENG 284: Creative Writing: Fiction
3 CH

A technical course treating the theoretical and practical aspects of writing fiction. (P: ENG 111 and 112 or permission of the instructor) Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

ENG 286: Creative Writing: Drama
3 CH

A technical course treating the theoretical and practical aspects of writing drama. (P: ENG 111 and 112 or permission of the instructor) Offered spring of even-numbered years.

ENG 290: Introduction to Mythology
3 CH   /  WIC

An introduction to the major myths of classical antiquity and a survey of the theories of myth interpretation, with special reference to the importance of myth in modern literature. (P: ENG 111) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 305: Children's Literature
3 CH   /  WIC

A survey of children's literature: poetry, nonfiction, biography, the genres of fiction including fantasy, folk literature, realism and literature about ethnic and minority groups. (P: ENG 111) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 312: Topics in the Novel
3 CH

A topics course related to the history of the novel chosen by the instructor. Examples include the development of the novel, the 19th century novel, and the 20th century novel. May be repeated if a different topic is offered with permission of the Department. (P: ENG 101 and ENG 120) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 315: Adolescent and Young Adult Literature
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  WIC

A survey of literature available for teenage readers. Students will examine literature for adolescents and young adults, read a representative sample of that literature and investigate the issues such as censorship and the influence of the media pertinent to this area of study. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 317: Linguistics
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

A study of the language universals—phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, lexicon, and pragmatics—the types of linguistics, and the nature and causes of language change. (P: ENG 101, ENG 125, ENG 235, or permission of the instructor

ENG 325: Exploring Literary New England
3 CH

A travel class in which students will investigate literary homes, museums and related sites in the northeastern United States. Sites such as Walden Pond near Concord, Mass.; the Mark Twain home in Hartford, Conn.; and the Robert Frost homestead in Derry, N.H. will be included. Offered May 2016 and 2019. (P: ENG 230 and 240 and permission of the instructor)

ENG 330: Dramatic Literature
3 CH   /  WIC

A chronological survey of dramatic literature from the fifth century B.C.E. to the present, emphasizing major figures and developments. The course includes an introduction to the drama of several cultures with an emphasis on the Western tradition. (P: ENG 111) Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

ENG 337: Drama into Film
3 CH

A study of world cinema adapted from works of dramatic literature. (P: ENG 101 or permission of the instructor) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 340: Shakespeare
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

A study of Shakespeare's life and works that emphasizes his development as a poet and dramatist. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 347: Literary Theory and Criticism
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

A historical survey of theories of literary criticism from Plato to the present day. The course includes practice in applying theories to the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of literature and culture. (P: ENG 101, ENG 120, ENG 215, ENG 235, or permission of the instructor

ENG 352: Topics in Drama
3 CH

A topics course exploring the genre of drama chosen by the instructor such as specific themes, periods, or playwrights. May be repeated if a different topic is offered with permission of the Department. (P: ENG 101, ENG 120, or permission of the instructor) Offered on an irregular basis

ENG 385: Women in Literature
3 CH   /  WIC

A literature course examining works by and about women written throughout history, with an emphasis on the last 200 years. Offered every other academic year.

ENG 415: Special Project
Credit Hours Vary   /  Offered Every Fall

A course involving individualized study in an area other than the department's regular course offerings. (P: Junior standing and permission of the instructor, department chair and student's academic adviser)

ENG 425: Independent Study
Credit Hours Vary   /  Offered Every Semester

A project, thesis or reading program carried out under the supervision of a faculty member in the English Department. For English majors and well-qualified non-majors. (P: Junior standing, 3.25 cumulative GPA, permission of the instructor, department chair and student's academic adviser)

ENG 430: Cooperative Education
Credit Hours Vary   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

ENG 495: Special Topics Seminar
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

A special topics course with seminar meetings for discussion and presentation of research. Topics will be announced at least one year in advance. (P: junior standing and completion of ENG 210, 220, 230, 240 and 270)

ESOL 100: ESOL Reading I
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course will assist English language learners in developing their English reading and vocabulary-building skills so they have a solid foundation for both general and college-level academic reading. Students will read from a variety of sources and will practice reading strategies such as skimming and using context clues. Students who earn below a grade of C minus must retake the course, but may enroll in ESOL 101 before doing so.

ESOL 101: ESOL Reading II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

This companion course to ESOL 100 provides a second semester for English language learners to improve their reading abilities. Through vocabulary building, reading from a variety of sources and learning reading strategies designed to make them more efficient readers, students will build a foundation for both general and academic reading. Students must earn a minimum grade of C minus to successfully complete the course. Students who enter Thiel in the spring may be required to take ESOL 100 as well.

ESOL 103: ESOL Speaking and Listening I
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course will provide English language learners with instruction, guidance and practice in listening to and speaking English so that students can be better prepared for academic life: in lectures, in discussions and in conversations. Students will build meaningful vocabulary, listen to and take notes on mock lectures, discuss lecture material, read aloud, speak in a variety of circumstances and practice pronunciation. Students who earn below a grade of C minus must retake the course but may enroll in ESOL 104 before doing so.

ESOL 104: ESOL Speaking and Listening II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

Speaking and Listening II provides international students with an additional semester to practice and strengthen English speaking and listening skills at a college level. Learning vocabulary, practicing conversations, listening to lectures, taking notes, discussing course material, reading aloud, making oral presentations and working individually with the instructor are essential elements to the course. Students must earn a minimum grade of C minus to successfully complete the course. Students who enter Thiel in the spring may be required to take ESOL 103 as well.

ESOL 106: ESOL Writing I
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

Writing I is designed to assist English language learners with important aspects of writing in English: developing vocabulary, selecting proper word forms and English expressions, and refining sentence structure. Further, students will gain experience with the stages of the writing process-inventing, drafting and revising and focus on producing clear, coherent, well-developed paragraphs and short essays. Students who earn below a grade of C minus must retake the course but may enroll in ESOL 107 before doing so.

ESOL 107: Writing II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

As the companion course to ESOL 106, this course also assists English language learners with English composition. Students will learn about and practice all stages of the writing process, as well as focus on points of grammar that are typically difficult for English language learners. Throughout the semester, students will focus on producing clear, coherent, well-developed paragraphs and short essays. Students must earn a minimum grade of C minus to successfully complete the course. Students who enter Thiel in the spring may be required to also take ESOL 106.