Degrees & Courses

B.A. in English
Course checklist for English majors
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EH105 Basic Composition (3)
A course in expository writing at the college-entry level.
EH/BS106 Business Communication (3)
Introduces students to effective listening, writing, and presenting skills for business and other professional activities.
EH111 Introduction to Poetry (3) AC
Introductory study of various poets and poetic forms.
EH112 Introduction to Fiction (3) AC
Primarily a study of the short story and the short novel as literary forms.
EH/TE 113 Introduction to Drama (3) AC
Study of the elements of drama through close readings of works from various ages and countries.
EH205 Advanced Composition (3)
The writing of non-fictional prose. Not for Freshmen.
EH210 Creative Writing (3) AC
The writing of original poetry and/or short fiction based on the instructor’s discretion.
EH211 World Literature (3)
Variable content course dealing with literature in translation.
EH212 World Literature in English (3)
A study of world authors who are not British or American but whose work is written in English. Authors covered may include writers from South Africa, Canada, India, the West Indies, Nigeria or other countries where English serves as a first or common language.
EH218 Modern Poetry (3)
Study of representative poems by 20th-century poets.
EH220 Creative Writing II (3)
The writing of original poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and scripts. Not for freshman. Prerequisite: EH 210 Creative Writing
EH221 Introduction to Literary Studies (3)
Principles of literary prose and verse; structures, techniques, and devices of various literary types. This course is required for English majors and minors.
EH 222 Literary Studies for Language Arts (3)
Principles of literary prose, drama and verse; structures, techniques and devices of various literary types for students intending to major or minor in Language Arts.
EH225 Literature and Motion Pictures (3) AC
Comparative study of fiction and drama, and the feature motion pictures inspired by them.
EH230 Grammar of Modern English (3)
Analysis of the language through traditional, structural, and transformational grammar.
EH231 History of the English Language (3)
Origin of the language and its development; exercises on vocabulary origin and semantic change and important dictionaries.
EH/AT240 Artists and Writers in Collaboration (3)
A studio/writing workshop centered on collaborative production of art works and creative writing. Students are encouraged to register in collaborative pairs if possible.
Prerequisites: for EH240, EH210; for AT240, one studio art class. For EH240 and AT240, junior or senior status or instructor permission.
EH/WS255 Women Writers (3)
Selected texts in English by female authors. Draws from all genres and periods.
EH260 Catholic Writers (3)
This course explores fiction written by Catholic writers and analyzes and discusses how their faith manifests itself in their novels and short stories.
EH261 Irish Literary Heritage (4)
Selected readings in Irish poetry, prose and drama; visitations to Irish litera and historical sites; meetings and conversations with contemporary Irish writers; theatre attendance. Semester in Ireland participants only.
EH266 Studies in English Literature (3)
Intensive study of literature to be determined by instructor. Credits may be earned under different specific titles.
EH273 Studies in American Literature (3)
Intensive study of literature of 19th and 20th century America, to be determined by instructor. Credits may be earned under different specific titles.
EH274 African-American Literature (3)
A study of the influences, major authors and developments in African-American literature.
EH291 Introduction to Journalism (3)
Writing course focusing on basic practices and principles of modern newspaper reporting.
EH292 Advanced Journalism (3)
Variable-content course emphasizing special skills for writing features, editorials. Prerequisite: EH 291 or instructor or chairperson approval.
EH293 Publication Practicum (1)
Writing, reporting and/or editing for campus newspaper. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.
EH310 Special Topics in English
Intensive study determined by instructor. Credits may be earned under different specific titles.
EH348 Poetry Writing (3)
The writing of poetry and the study of its elements. Prerequisite: EH210
EH349 Fiction Writing (3)
The writing of fiction and the study of its elements. Prerequisite: EH210
EH350 Nonfiction Writing (3)
The writing of nonfiction such as the memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, and lyric essay. Prerequisite: EH210 or EH291.
EH/TE 352 Script Writing (3)
The writing of scripts for the stage and/or screen and the study of the elements of script writing. Prerequisite: EH210
EH355 The Novel I (3)
The evolution of the novel in English from its origins to 1900, using representative works from British and/or American writing.
EH356 The Novel II (3)
The evolution of the novel since 1900. This course will treat novels written in English and may include translations of representative modern novels written in other languages.
EH361 Early British Literature (3)
Major literary productions from Beowulf (8th century) through the 16th century. Old and Middle English texts, with exception of Chaucer, studied in translation. Prerequisite: EH22 with a grade of C or higher.
EH362 British Literature: 17th and 18th Centuries (3)
Introduction to poetry and prose of the English 17th and 18th centuries, from Donne through Johnson and Boswell. Prerequisite: EH221 with grade of C or higher.
EH363 British Romantic Literature (3)
Primarily a study of poetry by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher.
EH364 British Literature: Victorian and Early 20th Century (3)
Study of representative poetry, prose, and drama from the Victorian Age to World War I. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher.
EH365 20th Century British and Irish Literature (3)
Selected readings from English and Irish poetry, drama, and prose from beginning of the 20th century to present. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher.
EH370 American Literature I: Colonial through Early Federal Period (3)
A survey of American writing from the first European colonization of North America through the first fifty years of the American federation. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher.
EH371 American Literature II: 19th and Early 20th Centuries (3)
Survey of major fiction and poetry in America written during the American Renaissance and up to the First World War era. Prerequisite: EH 221 with a grade of C or higher.
EH372 American Literature III: 20th Century(3)
Study of representative examples of American literature since World War I era. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher.
EH/EN388 Youth Literature (3)
Required for elementary and secondary reading minors. Not an education method elective. This course will introduce students to significant young adult authors and their books and will introduce them to strategies for teaching literature to middle and high school students. In addition, techniques and principles in the selection, evaluation, and promotion of young adult literature will be discussed. This is a course that secondary English majors should take, and it would be helpful if students have fulfilled their Literary Studies requirement (either EH221 or EH222) before taking the course. Field component: none.
Prerequisite: EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5
EH395 Studies in Modern Literature (3)
Intensive study of literary topics and/or authors determined by instructor. Course analysis forms on file. Credits may be earned under different specific titles.
EH397 Field Experience/Internship in Journalism (Variable)
EH398 Readings in Literature (Variable)
Individually-negotiated program of readings on selected topic established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
EH399 Independent Project (Variable)
Individually-negotiated project of defined nature established by contract between instructor and student. Contracts filed with Registrar. Prerequisite: Approval of the chairperson.
EH/EN400 Teaching Writing (3)

Offered fall and spring semesters. Secondary English majors and minors are required to take either EN400 or EH400. These courses cannot be double counted to fulfill requirements for both English major/minor and Education. Required for secondary reading minor. Education method elective for secondary certification and language arts major, particularly candidates interested in teaching middle school.

This course introduces students to current theories about the teaching of writing, gives them practice as writers of expressive and expository writing, and provides them with practical strategies for teaching writing as a process in secondary classrooms. Writing issues discussed include designing effective writing assignments, responding to student writing, prewriting strategies, grammar and writing, literature and writing, grading, and assessment. Field component: variable hours tutoring at Aquinas College or in middle or high school classroom (variable times). Prerequisite: EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5.

EH401 Major Authors Seminar (3)
Intensive study of one or more authors, to be determined by the instructor. Credits may be earned under different seminar titles. English majors only. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher.
EH/TE 410 Shakespeare (3)
Introduction to the reading and study of Shakespearean history, tragedy, comedy, and tragi-comedy. Prerequisite: EH221 or EH/TE113 with a grade of C or higher.
EH450 Literary Theory (3)
A study of selected major critical writings and application of principles to literary texts.
Prerequisite: At least 9 semester hours of literature courses and EH221 with a grade of C or higher.
EH451 Chaucer (3)
Reading in Middle English of Chaucer’s major works: Troilus and Criseyde, the Canterbury Tales; historical, biographical, sociological backgrounds. Prerequisite: EH221 with a grade of C or higher. EH361 recommended prior to enrollment in this course.
EH/EN460 Teaching Creative Writing (3)
This course is designed around the concept of “teacher as writer.” Students will develop writing portfolios of their own creative works to serve as models for their potential students. Creative writing lessons will be developed and implemented. Field component. Prerequisite: EN201; cumulative grade point average of 2.5

Film Courses

None may apply to the English major.
EH245 Classic Cinema (3)
Largely a historical study of motion pictures from beginnings through mid-1960s.
EH246 Modern Cinema (3)
Study of representative works by major world directors from 1960 to present.
EH247 Writing About Film and Drama (3)
Variable content course focusing on writing reviews and scholarly essays criticism about genres, recurrent themes, or major filmmakers/dramatists.