English (ENGL)

ENGL S092 Improving Writing Skills

4 credits (4+0)
Students will study writing as a process of composition and communication, and will write short essays directed at a variety of audiences. Review of basic grammar, mechanics, and usage will receive special attention. Reading strategies will be discussed and students will be encouraged to read interactively. Courses below 100 level are not applicable toward degrees.
Prerequisite: English placement test.

ENGL S110 Introduction to College Writing

4 credits (4+0)
Focuses on the basics of writing, including control of basic grammar and punctuation. Through frequent writing and revision, students develop a portfolio of essays that is submitted to a review panel for assessment at mid-term and at the end of the semester. This course does not satisfy the GER communication requirement.
Prerequisite: ENGL S092 (C or better) or placement test.

ENGL S111 Methods of Written Communication

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Instruction in techniques of essay organization and development, research, and analytical reading and writing. A critical analysis and research paper are required.
Prerequisite: ENGL 110 (C or better) or placement test.

ENGL S211 Intermediate Composition: Writing About Literature

3 credits (3+0)
GER. This course focuses on exploring, understanding, and appreciating literature, which will generate analytical student writing. Students write analyses of at least three works from the various genres (poetry, short fiction, drama, and novel or film). Traditional literary research among critical sources leads to at least one research paper.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better) or placement test.

ENGL S212 Technical Writing

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Composition of professional correspondence and technical reports. A broad range of college and career writing skills including audience analysis, readability and effective style. Significant critical reading and major investigative report required.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better).

ENGL S215 Introduction to Literary Study

3 credits (3+0)
GER. This course provides a thorough introduction to college-level literary study. By reading and discussing literary texts, students will gain an understanding of major literary genres, critical terminology, and theoretical positions. Students will become familiar with the conventions of literary research and critical writing by participating in workshops that enable them to exchange ideas and sharpen skills.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or better) or instructor permission.

ENGL S216 Writing for the Web

3 credits (3+0)
Focuses on the techniques of developing written content for the web environment. Instruction and practice in the unique aspects of web content delivery including readability for the visitor, best practices in written web content, the writing and design relationship, writing for search engines, delivery of in-depth content, and analytics. Critical reviews of web site content, substantial practice in web writing techniques, and a final project are required.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111.

ENGL S217 Introduction to Film Studies

3 credits (3+0)
An introduction to the practice of film analysis. Students will examine how the various aspects of film production work together to create meaning in cinema. Introduces students to the history of film as well as to a variety of film genres in narrative, documentary, and experimental cinema. Through a close analysis of several pivotal films, this course ultimately seeks to provoke deeper questions about the role of visual media in our society.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better) or instructor permission.

ENGL S218 Themes in Literature: Selected Topics

3 credits (3+0)
Exploration of literary themes in various genres of literature, including fiction, poetry, drama, and film. Specific theme is announced in semester course schedule.May be repeated for credit when content varies.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or better) or instructor permission.

ENGL S223 Survey of British Literature I

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Analysis and interpretation of selected writings from the Anglo-Saxons to the eighteenth century.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better) or concurrent enrollment.

ENGL S224 Survey of British Literature II

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Analysis and interpretation of selected writings from the Romantic period to the present.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better) or concurrent enrollment.

ENGL S225 Survey of American Literature I

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Analysis and interpretation of selected American writings from the early seventeenth century to the civil war.
Prerequisite: ENGL 211 (C or better) or instructor permission.

ENGL S226 Survey of American Literature II

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Analysis and interpretation of selected American writings from the civil war to the present.
Prerequisite: ENGL S111 (C or better) or concurrent enrollment.

ENGL S261 Introduction to Creative Writing

3 credits (3+0)
GER. Introduction to the study and practice of writing original works of fiction and poetry. Writing techniques are explored through class discussion, study of established writers, and participation in writing workshops.
Prerequisite: ENGL 211 (C or better) or instructor permission.

ENGL S302 Masterpieces of World Literature

3 credits (3+0)
This course focuses on study of masterpieces of world literature in translation, selected from diverse genres, literary periods, and cultural traditions.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or better) and upper-division standing, or instructor permission.

ENGL S303 Literature and the Environment

3 credits (3+0)
This course surveys the relationship between literature, human culture, and the natural environment. Readings will be selected from diverse traditions and genres.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or better) and upper-division standing, or instructor permission.

ENGL S305 Children's Literature

3 credits (3+0)
This course will introduce the major genres and conventions of literature for children as well as develop critical skills for reading, thinking, and writing about children's literature and culture. In learning about genres and ranges of children's literature, we will ask deeper questions about what we offer to children as truth, what we think about society and ourselves, and what we offer children as ways of growing up.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or better) and upper-division standing, or instructor permission.

ENGL S311 The Art of the Essay

3 credits (3+0)
The study of literary non-fiction writing in its various forms, moving beyond traditional academic writing. Genres studied may include cultural criticism, literary journalism, book reviews, feature articles, radio pieces, personal essays, blog writing, and travel writing. Critical analysis of published essays is a primary feature. Advanced rhetoric techniques, creative structures, research, and the writer/audience relationship are studied. Students share .work and engage in critical analysis and editing.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or better) and upper division standing, or instructor permission.

ENGL S330 Shakespeare

3 credits (3+0)
Provides an introduction to the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare.
Prerequisite: ENGL 211 (C or better) and upper division standing, or instructor permission.

ENGL S363 Nature Writing

3 credits (3+0)
Study and practice in the techniques of nature writing. Writing techniques will be explored through class discussion, study of literary models, and participation in writing workshops. Classroom instruction may be supplemented by short excursions into the outdoors.
Prerequisite: ENGL S261 (C or better) and upper-division standing, or instructor permission.

ENGL S365 Literature of Alaska: Native and Non-Native Perspectives

3 credits (3+0)
This course explores Alaskan literature: oral and written, traditional and contemporary, Native and non-Native. Course texts will be taken from diverse cultural and geographical areas of Alaska. Special attention will be given to different styles and genres of oral and written literature, as well as different social and cultural values embedded in these texts.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or better) and upper-division standing, or instructor permission.

ENGL S370 Native American Literature

3 credits (3+0)
Explores traditional and contemporary Native American literature in North America. May include traditional oral forms, novels, short stories, film and poetry. Literary texts will be discussed in relation to cultural contexts and interpretations as well as readings in contemporary critical theory.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or better) and upper-division standing, or instructor permission.

ENGL S395 Portfolio Writing

1-3 credits, variable (0+0+ 4-12)
Students work with the instructor independently on the preparation of a portfolio of writing as required by some academic programs. Includes a review of academic writing, and assistance with writing, compiling and revising portfolio essays. Highly recommended for BLA transfer students.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 or instructor permission.

ENGL S414 Research Writing

3 credits (0+0+9)
Designed for the advanced student with a practical project in the student's field, this course concentrates on language, style, and audience in scholarly writing. The instructor critiques student work, and discusses it in conference. Students must have proposals prepared when seeking permission to enroll. May be repeated for up to nine credits.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211 (C or better) and upper division standing, or instructor approval.

ENGL S418 Advanced Themes in Literature: Selected Topics

3 credits (3+0)
Advanced exploration of literary themes in various genres of literature, including fiction, poetry, drama, and film. The specific theme is announced in the semester course schedule. May be repeated for credit when content varies.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211.

ENGL S419 Major Authors: Selected Topics

3 credits (3+0)
Advanced exploration of major authors in the history of British and American literature. Examples include Chaucer, Shakespeare, John Milton, Jane Austen, Melville, or Virginia Woolfe. The specific author(s) will be announced in the course schedule. May be repeated for credit when content varies.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211.

ENGL S420 Genre Studies: Selected Topics

3 credits (3+0)
Provides an in-depth exploration of a major literary genre. Examples include epic, romance, autobiography, or the novel. The specific genre will be announced in the course schedule. May be repeated for credit when content varies.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211.

ENGL S421 Women and Literature: Selected Topics

3 credits (3+0)
Focuses on the contributions of women to literary history. Readings include a variety of texts by women as well as works of theory and criticism. The specific theme will be announced in the course schedule. May be repeated for credit when content varies.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211.

ENGL S422 Literary Periods: Selected Topics

3 credits (3+0)
In-depth study of selected literary periods in English or American literature. The specific literary period will be announced in the course schedule. May be repeated for credit when content varies.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211.

ENGL S423 Ecocriticism

3 credits (3+0)
An introduction to the theory and practice of ecocriticism. Readings will include the history and theory of environmental literature as well as research in the interdisciplinary fields of environmental philosophy and ecofeminism. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the interplay of human culture with nature in literary texts.
Prerequisite: ENGL S211.

ENGL S461 Advanced Creative Writing: Selected Topics

3 credits (3+0)
Advanced study and practice in the techniques of creative writing. This may include poetry, drama, fiction, creative non-fiction, or other genres. Creative writing techniques are explored through literary study and writing workshops. The specific theme and/or genre will be announced in the course schedule. May be repeated for credit when content varies.
Prerequisite: ENGL 261 (C or better) and upper-division standing, or instructor permission.

ENGL S499 Thesis

1-3 credits (0+0+ 4-12)
Independent thesis or project in the student's area of interest as approved by the student's advisor. The thesis will be presented to and evaluated by panel to be determined by the English department. Pass/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: Admission to the bachelor of arts in English program, or creative writing minor, senior standing, and instructor permission.