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Kansas State University

English

Linda Brigham, Head

Professors Dodd, Eiselein, Hedrick, Holden, Keiser, Machor, L. Rodgers, Smit, and L. Warren; Associate Professors Brigham, Dayton, Donnelly, Franko, Hall, Hauck, Janette, Nel, Nelson, Phillips, Potts, Ward, Westman, Wheatley, and Wood; Assistant Professors González, Marzluf, Rahman, S. Rodgers, Smith, and Tatonetti; Instructors Baker, Brogno, Dillon, Friedmann, Mosher, McClendon, Murray, Ransom, Reekie, and A. Warren; Emeriti: Professors Dees, Johnston, Kremer, McCarthy, Nyberg, Rees, and M. Schneider; Associate Professors Ansdell, Brondell, Cohen, Conrow, and Gillespie; Instructors Bergman, Bussing, Clark, Frazier, Kolonosky, Pelischek, and Rochat.

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E-mail: english@k-state.edu

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Bachelor of arts

Students may elect to earn a BA in the department through a course of study based on one of the following three tracks: literature, literature and creative writing, or literature with teaching certification. For all three tracks, students must take at least 6 hours of American literature and 6 hours of British literature other than Shakespeare. Students also must achieve a C or better in ENGL 310 for the course to count for major credit.

Literature track
ENGL 310Introduction to Literary Studies3
One Shakespeare course3
One language course (430, 476, 490)3
Any three of the following “survey” courses:9
ENGL 361 (British I), 362 (British II), 381 (American I), 382 (American II)
Three English courses numbered 315-5999
Three English courses numbered 600-7999
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At least 12 of the 18 hours in courses numbered 315 and above must be literature courses.

Literature and creative writing track
ENGL 310Introduction to Literary Studies3
One Shakespeare course3
One language course (430, 476, 490)3
Any two “survey” courses6
(ENGL 361, 362, 381, 382)
Two of the following:6
ENGL 461Introduction to Fiction Writing
ENGL 463Introduction to Poetry Writing
ENGL 465Introduction to Creative Nonfiction
ENGL 469Special Topics in Creative Writing
Two advanced creative writing courses selected
from ENGL 604, 661, 663, 665, 761, 762, 763,
and 7716
Two literature courses numbered 600 and above6
One course in literature or language numbered
315-5993
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Literature with teaching certification track
ENGL 310Introduction to Literary Studies3
One Shakespeare course3
ENGL 400Advanced Expository Writing for Prospective Teachers3
ENGL 435Linguistics for Teachers3
ENGL 545Literature for Adolescents 3
Any three “survey” courses9
(ENGL 361, 362, 381, 382)
One world literature course3
Any one course numbered ENGL 315-5993
Two literature courses numbers 600 and above6
Composition elective3
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English minor

Students have two options for the minor in English, one emphazising literature, the other emphasizing writing.

English minor with an emphasis in literature

Introduction to Literary Studies (ENGL 310)3
Two of the four American and/or British6
survey courses (choose two: ENGL 361, 362, 381, 382)
Any three courses ENGL 300 or above9
(One of these must be a literature course numbered 600 or above)
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English minor with an emphasis in writing

Introduction to Literary Studies (ENGL 310)3
One American or British survey course3
(choose one: ENGL 361, 362, 381, 382)
Any four writing courses ENGL 300 or above12
(choose four: ENGL 300, 400, 415, 461, 463, 465, 469, 510, 516, 562, 604, 661, 663, 665, 755, 761, 762, 763) (one of these courses must be numbered 600 or above)18
 
Note: ENGL 415 is open only to engineering majors.
 

Teacher certification

Students preparing to teach English in high school may adopt either of two programs: the major outlined above, leading to the BA degree in English and the BS degree in education; or the College of Education major in secondary education, leading to the BS degree. Majors desiring certification should consult their advisors in both the English department and the College of Education.

For specific certification requirements in secondary education, see the College of Education section of this catalog.

English courses

ENGL 030. Writing Laboratory. (1-4) I, II. Credit/No Credit. Laboratory practice in writing for all students who need review in fundamentals of composition. Especially for students who have difficulty in meeting standards in Expository Writing I and II, but also designed to assist students who desire to improve their composition skills. Hours are not applicable toward degree requirements. May be repeated up to 6 hours maximum. Pr.: Consent of instructor.

Introductory courses not for major credit

ENGL 100. Expository Writing I. (3) I, II. Introduction to expressive and informative writing. Frequent discussions, workshops, and conferences. Offers extensive practice in the process of writing: getting ideas, drafting, analyzing drafts, revising, and editing.

ENGL 110. Honors English I. (3) I, II. Critical reading and writing for first-year students with high ACT scores. Students may also be admitted at the discretion of the director of expository writing program. Each individual section will concentrate on themes determined by the instructor.

ENGL 125. Honors English II. (3) I, II. Advanced critical reading and writing. Students who receive A in ENGL 100 may, on the recommendation of their instructor and the director of the expository writing program, be admitted. Students who are members in good standing of one of the various college honors programs may also be admitted. Otherwise, admission is on the same basis as that for ENGL 110. Each individual section will concentrate on themes determined by the instructor.

ENGL 150. English Studies Abroad. (2-3) Intersession only. Travel abroad, with selected readings, lectures, and discussions which explore the relationships between literary texts and their physical and cultural environments. Repeatable once with change of topic.

ENGL 200. Expository Writing II. (3) I, II, S. Introduction to writing persuasively and in response to literature. As with ENGL 100, uses discussions, workshops, and conferences, and emphasizes the writing process. Pr.: ENGL 100 or 110 and sophomore standing.

University General Education courseENGL 220. Fiction into Film. (3) I, II. Critical analysis of literary texts and their film adaptations.

ENGL 230, 231, 233, 234. Introduction to Western Humanities. Courses examine Western culture through literature, philosophy, religion, art, and music. The four courses may be taken individually and in any order.

University General Education courseENGL 230. Classical Cultures. (3) I, II. Ancient Greek and Roman cultures.

University General Education courseENGL 231. Medieval and Renaissance. (3) I, II. Middle Ages to mid 1600s.

University General Education courseENGL 233. Reformation to Enlightenment. (3) I, II. Beginnings of Protestantism through the 18th century.

University General Education courseENGL 234. Modern. (3) I, II. 19th century to the present.

ENGL 251. Introduction to Literature. (3) I, II, S. Study of fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction.

University General Education courseENGL 261. British Literature: Medieval and Renaissance. (3) I, II. Major works to about 1700, selected for the general student, emphasizes Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton. Will not apply to survey requirement for English majors.

University General Education courseENGL 262. British Literature: Enlightenment to Modern. (3) I, II. Major works since about 1700, selected for the general student. Will not apply to survey requirement for English majors.

University General Education courseENGL 270. American Literature. (3) I, II. Selected writers from various periods in American literary history. Designed for students not majoring/minoring in English.

University General Education courseENGL 287. Great Books. (3) I, II. Introduction to world classics from past to present.

ENGL 295. Selected Studies in English. (1-3) Intersession. Selected studies in literature, language, rhetoric, and cultural studies. Repeatable once with change of topic. Pr.: ENGL 100 or 110. May not be used for English major credit.

University General Education courseENGL 297. Honors Introduction to the Humanities I. (3) I. Study of selected major works of history, literature, and philosophy of central importance in the Western cultural tradition. Emphasis on classroom discussion and writing interpretive essays. Limited to entering freshmen. Pr.: Consent of instructor. Same as HIST 297, MLANG 297, PHILO 297.

University General Education courseENGL 298. Honors Introduction to the Humanities II. (3) II. Continuation of ENGL 297. Pr.: ENGL 297 or consent of instructor. Same as HIST 298, MLANG 298, PHILO 298.

ENGL 299. Honors Topics in English. (3) I, II. Readings and colloquia in selected topics in literature or language. Repeatable once with change of topic. Pr.: Open only to arts and sciences honors program students and to others completing ENGL 100 or 200 and 110 or 125 with a 3.5 GPA.

Courses for major and minor credit

ENGL 300. Expository Writing III. (3) I, II. Advanced practice in writing a variety of expository forms: personal essays and informative and persuasive reports. Additional work on style and the demands of various rhetorical situations. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 310. Introduction to Literary Studies. (3) I, II, S. Elements of literary form and style: an introduction to criticism for English majors. Intended as a first course in the analysis of form and technique, an introduction to literary terms commonly used in later courses, and practice in critical writing. Readings from a broad range: poems, plays, essays, and novels.

University General Education courseENGL 315. Cultural Studies. (3) I, II. This course introduces the theories and methods of cultural studies through practical application to particular topics in culture and/or literature. An introductory class that addresses such issues as gender and sexuality, power relations among social groups, the construction, communication, and preservation of knowledge. The course typically features theoretical cultural studies material and a variety of media, including traditional and nontraditional literature, film, comics, television, the Internet, and other popular culture platforms.

ENGL 320. The Short Story. (3) I, II, S. Study of short stories from world literature with emphasis on American, British, and Continental.

ENGL 330. The Novel. (3) I, II. Novels selected from various periods and cultures. Concern for form and critical analysis.

ENGL 335. Film. (3) I, II. Study of film as genre from historical beginnings through classic Hollywood to contemporary cinema. Emphasis on form and critical analysis.

ENGL 340. Poetry. (3) I, II. Close reading of poems and analysis of poetic genres, with emphasis on modern poetry.

ENGL 345. Drama. (3) I, II. Study of drama from classical times to the present.

ENGL 350. Introduction to Shakespeare. (3) I, II, S. Study of representative comedies, histories, and tragedies.

University General Education courseENGL 355. Literature for Children. (3) I, II, S. Survey emphasizing the reading and evaluating of books for children. Required for certification in elementary education. Pr.: Sophomore standing.

ENGL 361. British Survey I. (3) I, II. British literature from Anglo-Saxon times to 1700. Will apply to survey requirement for English majors.

ENGL 362. British Survey II. (3) I, II. British literature from 1700 to the present. Will apply to survey requirement for English majors.

ENGL 381. American Survey I. (3) I, II. American literature from pre-colonial times to the Civil War. Will apply to survey requirement for English majors.

ENGL 382. American Survey II. (3) I, II. American literature from the Civil War to the present. Will apply to survey requirement for English majors.

ENGL 385. Selected American Ethnic Literatures. (3) I, II. Studies in ethnic and multicultural literatures of the United States, such as African American, Asian American, Latina/o, Jewish, and Native American. May offer cross-cultural comparisons of different ethnic traditions or may focus on one tradition. Repeatable once with change of topic.

University General Education courseENGL 390. Fable and Fantasy. (3) I, II. Study of modern works in the fabulous or fantastic modes in relation to the traditions underlying them. Pr.: ENGL 100 or 110.

ENGL 395. Topics in English. (1-3) I, II. Selected studies in literature and language. Repeatable once with change of topic.

University General Education courseENGL 399. Honors Seminar in English. (1-3) Readings and colloquia in selected masterpieces. Pr.: Honors students only.

ENGL 400. Advanced Expository Writing for Prospective Teachers. (3) I, II. Expository writing and a brief introduction to the history and theory of teaching writing, primarily for candidates for Secondary certification in English. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 415. Written Communication for Engineers. (3) I, II, S. Study and intensive use of writing forms characteristic of professional practice. Pr.: Enrollment in the Col- lege of Engineering with junior or senior standing and ENGL 100 or equivalent with A or B credit or ENGL 200.

University General Education courseENGL 420. Topics in Film. (3) I, II. Selected studies in film analysis. Repeatable once with change of topic. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 430. The Structure of English. (3) I, II. Systematic study of the structure of the English language and a consideration of the current theories of analysis: traditional, structural, and transformational-generative. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 435. Linguistics for Teachers of English. (3) I, II, S. Pedagogical aspects of the structure, history, and use of the English language. For students seeking secondary certification in English. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

University General Education courseENGL 440. Themes in Literature. (3) I, II. Explores the literary treatment of important and recurring themes. Repeatable once with change of topic. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

University General Education courseENGL 445. Literary Kinds. (3) I, II. Examines the characteristics, the growth and development, or the uses of specified literary genres. Repeatable once with change of topic. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

University General Education courseENGL 450. Literature and Society. (1-3) I, II. Literature in relation to social and cultural patterns and influences. Repeatable once with change of topic. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 461. Introduction to Fiction Writing. (3) I, II. A practical introduction to short fiction writing. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 463. Introduction to Poetry Writing. (3) I, II. A practical introduction to poetry writing. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 465. Introduction to Creative Nonfiction. (3) I, II. A practical introduction to creative nonfiction or what can be called “the literature of fact.” Writers of creative nonfiction use many of the stylistic and literary tools that fiction writers and poets use, but in the service of rendering factual, literally accurate prose. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 469. Special Topics in Creative Writing. (3) I, II, S. Topics vary. Repeatable once with change in topic. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

University General Education courseENGL 470. The Bible. (3) I, II. Literature, history, and cultural backgrounds of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and/or the New Testament and early Christianity. Repeatable once with change of topic. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 476. American English. (3) I, II. Systematic study of the English language as it has been and is spoken in the continental United States. Topics may include Tall Talk, Americanisms, Colonial and Modern dialects, and American dictionaries. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 485. Topics in Rhetoric and Literacy. (3) I, II. Content may emphasize visual rhetoric and literacy, literacy theory, and persuasion, and how such topics are understood in particular contexts and cultures. Repeatable once with change in topic. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 490. Development of the English Language. (3) I, II. Depicts the English language in its place among other world languages, and introduces students to the major ways in which English has changed through time. Considers both internal and external influences as causes of language change. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 492. Humanities Seminar. (3) I, II. Study in depth of selected major figures and movements in Western arts, ideas, and literature. Offered each semester within one of the chronological periods of the introductory courses. Pr.: Appropriate introductory humanities course (or an equiv. background, such as courses in Western civilization, art, or world literature, with consent of instructor).

ENGL 497. Special Investigations in English. (Var.) I, II, S. Individual investigation in authors, genres, periods of literature or language. Pr.: Background of preparation needed for investigation undertaken.

ENGL 498. Honors Tutorial in English. (1-3) I, II. Individually guided study in which the student will formulate and explore a narrowly defined topic in literature or language. May be used to initiate research for senior honors thesis. Pr.: Consent of tutorial instructor.

ENGL 499. Senior Honors Thesis. (2) I, II. Open only to seniors in the arts and sciences honors program.

Undergraduate credit for English major/minor and graduate credit in fields other than English

ENGL 510. Introduction to Professional Writing. (3) I, II, S. Intensive practice in applying rhetorical principles to a number of genres common in non-academic professions and workplaces; an introduction to allied topics such as document design and editing. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200. Limited to majors and minors in English.

ENGL 516. Written Communication for the Sciences. (3) I, II. Theory and intensive writing practice for students in the basic and applied sciences. Pr.: Junior standing and ENGL 125 or 200. Will not substitute for ENGL 415.

University General Education courseENGL 525. Women in Literature. (3) I, II. Study of literary works by or about women. Repeatable once with change of topic.Pr.:ENGL 125 or 200.

University General Education courseENGL 545. Literature for Adolescents. (3) I, II. Selecting, reading, and evaluating books for adolescents. Required for those seeking middle school and high school certification in English. Pr.: ENGL 125 or 200.

ENGL 562. Playwriting. (3) I, II. Theoretical study and practical application of techniques of playwriting with regard to plot, characters, and production; emphasis on the one-act form. Same as THTRE 562.

University General Education courseENGL 580. Selected World Literature. (3) I, II. Addresses writing by authors whose native origins lie outside Europe or the United States. Content may vary with instructor. May examine literature from several countries or regions, concentrate on literature from one country or region, or focus on a topic which transcends national or regional boundaries. Works are written in or translated into English.

ENGL 599. Special Research in English. (Var.) I, II. Individual investigation in authors, genres, periods of literature, or language. Background of preparation needed for investigation undertaken.

Undergraduate and graduate credit

ENGL 604. Expository Writing Workshop. (3) I, II, S. Course emphasizes style analysis of modern non-fiction prose in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Extensive student writing on assignments appropriate to germane topics. Pr.: Junior standing.

ENGL 605-660. Readings Courses. Readings courses are designed primarily for advanced undergraduates although graduate students may also enroll in them. These courses constitute a sequence of period studies covering the chronological range of English and American literature. Within these historical periods, the specific course contents will vary by semester and instructor. They may emphasize literary figures and movements, historical and cultural contexts, or different genres and forms within the periods. Each semester's offerings will be specifically described before each enrollment period in university and department publications. The courses require junior standing and are repeatable with change of subject matter.

ENGL 605. Readings in Medieval Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 610. Readings in Renaissance Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 620. Readings in Seventeenth Century British Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 625. Readings in Eighteenth Century British Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 630. Readings in Nineteenth Century British Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 635. Readings in Twentieth Century British Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 640. Readings in Early American Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 645. Readings in Nineteenth Century American Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 650. Readings in Twentieth Century American Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 655. Readings in American Ethnic Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 660. Readings in Major Authors. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 661. Advanced Creative Writing: Prose Fiction. (3) I, II, S. Advanced writing of prose fiction. Repeatable once. Pr.: ENGL 461 or instructor permission.

ENGL 663. Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry. (3) I, II, S. Advanced writing of poetry. Repeatable once. Pr.: ENGL 463 or instructor permission.

ENGL 665. Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction. (3) I. Advanced writing of prose creative nonfiction. Repeatable once. Pr.: ENGL 465 or instructor permission.

ENGL 670-695. Topics Courses. Topics courses are designed primarily for advanced undergraduates although graduate students may enroll in them. These courses address topics not confined to a single period in a national literature. Specific course content will vary by semester and instructor. It may emphasize cross-national subjects, literary criticism, the development of a theme or genre over time, new perspectives from social, intellectual, or cultural studies, or non-traditional texts and topics. Each semester's offerings will be described more specifically in university and department publications before each enrollment period. The courses require junior standing and are repeatable with change of subject matter.

ENGL 670. Topics in British Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 680. Topics in American Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 690. Topics in Literature for the Young. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 695. Topics in Literature. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 700. Old English. (3) I, II, S. The elements of Old English grammar, with readings in prose and poetry.

ENGL 705. Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies. (3) I, II, S. An overview of selected approaches to the study of culture and of their current application in English studies, including psychoanalytic, feminist, marxist, and structuralist approaches. Pr.: Junior standing.

ENGL 710-759. Studies Courses. Studies courses are designed primarily for graduate students, although advanced undergraduate students may also enroll in them. Their specific contents will vary by semester and instructor, but the courses will reflect concerns with literary and rhetorical forms and genres; with specific authors, periods, or literary movements; with perspectives from social, intellectual, and cultural studies; or with literary themes; or with language or linguistics. Each semester's offerings will be described more specifically in university and department publications before each enrollment period. The courses require junior standing and are repeatable with change of subject matter.

ENGL 710. Studies in a Literary Genre. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 720. Studies in a Major Author. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 730. Studies in a Literary Period. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 740. Studies in a Literary Theory. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 755. Studies in Composition and Rhetoric. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 757. Studies in Language and Linguistics. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 759. Studies in Technical Communication. (3) I, II, S.

ENGL 761. Creative Writing Workshop: Short Fiction. (3) I, II, S. Advanced writing of short prose fiction. Repeatable twice for credit. Pr.: ENGL 661 or instructor permission.

ENGL 762. Advanced Playwriting. (3) I, II, S. Same as THTRE 762.

ENGL 763. Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry. (3) I, II, S. Advanced writing of poetry. Repeatable twice. Pr.: ENGL 663 or instructor permission.

ENGL 771. Creative Writing Workshop: Novel. (3) I, II, S. Repeatable twice. Pr.: ENGL 661 or instructor permission.

ENGL 795. Literary Criticism. (3) I, II, S. Major points of view in modern American and British criticism, with practice in the analysis and judgment of individual literary works. Pr.: Senior standing.

ENGL 799. Problems in English. (Var.) I, II, S. Independent study in major authors, genres, and periods of English and American literature and language. Pr.: Background of courses needed for problem undertaken.

Linguistics courses

Undergraduate and graduate credit

ENGL 600. Principles of Linguistics. (3) I, II. The scientific study of language, with examples from English, Spanish, French, German, and others. Overview of language origins, phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, language acquisition, dialects, language change, and writing systems. Same as LING600 and LG 600.

ENGL 601. General Phonetics. (3) I or II, in alternate years. Description and classification of speech sounds according to point and manner of articulation. Transcription in the International Phonetic Association Alphabet. Includes sounds of English, French, Spanish, German, and others. Same as LING601 and LG 601.

ENGL 602. Historical Linguistics. (3) I or II, in alternate years. Internal and comparative reconstruction of earlier forms of languages. Genetic relationships in language families, and various typological considerations. Includes French, Spanish, and others. Same as LING602 and LG 602.

ENGL 603. Topics in Linguistics. (3) I or II, in alternate years. Seminar on a special topic in linguistics. Topic to be announced for semester in which offered. Repeatable for credit on a different topic. Same as LING603 and LG 603.