English consists of three concentrations offered by Graceland University's Division of Humanities Literature, Writing, Cinema Studies. By orienting coursework toward both the liberal arts tradition and contemporary issues, the division prepares students to understand the cultural context of a complex world, to be innovative, to think critically about practical and theoretical questions, and to articulate their thinking creatively and accurately.
Graduates may move either into further academic pursuits or directly into the job market. They excel in the study of law, graduate programs, teaching and journalism. Graduates find careers in government, education, business, and industry (advertising, public relations, organization communications), journalism and other mass media.
In addition to the general education requirements, majors in English must complete a program of 42 s.h.
A minor in English requires 18 or more semester hours in English including ENGL3410 or ENGL3480 and two of the following: ENGL2310, ENGL2320, ENGL2330, ENGL2340.
The following courses are not acceptable for credit in the minor: ENGL1410, ENGL1440, ENGL1470, ENGL1480, ENGL3200-3280, ENGL3370.
A minor in Cinema Studies requires 18 or more semester hours from the following:
ENGL1410 Modern Rhetoric 3 s.h.
Designed to help students improve their writing skills by combining extensive writing practice with a study of the various forms of written discourse (exposition, narration, argumentation, description). Prerequisite for students with Enhanced ACT English score below 15, or an SAT English score below 400: DEVL1250 or two high school English courses, one of which must be or prominently require composition (not creative writing), with a grade of "C" or better in both. (Students whose native language is not English must have the approval of the instructor of English as a Second Language before enrolling in Modern Rhetoric.) Goal 3C
ENGL1440 English Honors 3 s.h.
Designed to help exceptional students improve their writing skills and increase their understanding of their linguistic environment by combining extensive writing practice with a study of language, the basic principles of logic, and the various forms of written discourse (exposition, narration, argumentation, description). Admission by selection only. Goal 3C
ENGL1500 Introduction to Literature 3 s.h.
Introduction to the major genres of literature: fiction, poetry and drama. Designed for students with little or no background in literature. Recommended as preparation for other literature courses. Goal 2B
ENGL2000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.
ENGL2220 Frankenstein in Text and Film 3 s.h.
Examines the history of the Frankenstein myth by studying several significant film representations as well as Mary Shelley's text. Addresses psychoanalytic, feminist, historicist, and Marxist interpretation of Shelley's important text. Goal 2B
ENGL2270 Literature by Women 3 s.h.
This interdisciplinary class offers close, careful readings of a range of literary works by women writers from the English-speaking world. These texts describe their authors’ sometimes problematic, sometimes triumphant relationships to culture and society. The material is arranged chronologically from the middle ages to the present in order to suggest a general historical overview of women’s experiences in western culture. Also this structure should help readers see that there is an important female literary tradition that, for several centuries, has coexisted with, revised, and influenced male literary models. We will explore both the diversity and commonality of women’s experiences, as expressed in issues like culture, race, class, sexual preference, education, geography, and religion. Goal 2B
ENGL2310 English Literature to 1800 3 s.h.
An introduction to major English writers and literary movements from the Old English period through the 18th century with emphasis on Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton. Goal 2B
ENGL2320 English Literature from 1800 to 1919 3 s.h.
An introduction to major English writers and literary movements from the Romantic Period through the First World War. Goal 2B
ENGL2330 American Literature to 1900 3 s.h.
Survey of American writers beginning with the Colonial period and continuing throughout the 19th century. Goal 2B
ENGL2340 Twentieth-Century English and American Literature 3 s.h.
Survey of the major English and American writers of the 20th century. Emphasis on poetry and fiction. Goal 2B
+ ENGL2410 Creative Writing: Poetry 3 s.h.
Designed to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of poetry through extensive poetry writing and class discussion. Emphasis on poetry as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. Goal 2B
+ ENGL2420 Creative Writing: Fiction 3 s.h.
Designed to increase students’ understanding and appreciation of fiction through extensive fiction writing and class discussion. Emphasis on fiction as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. Goal 2B
+ ENGL2500 Introduction to Mass Media (Also COMM2500) 3 s.h.
Introduction to the primary mass media forms — newspapers, books, magazines, radio, television, sound recording, movies, and the Internet — to gain an understanding of the ways they operate. Included are industries based on mass media—journalism, advertising, and public relations—as well mass media theory, law, and ethics. Emphasis on critical thinking about the mass media.
ENGL2510 Introduction to Film 3 s.h.
Study of cinema as an artistic endeavor, form of rhetoric, cultural mirror, and purveyor of ideology. Introduces the fundamentals of the discipline, to include vocabulary, concepts of film production, film reception, film analysis, film interpretation, and film criticism. Exploration of the artistic, commercial, entertainment, and ideological relationships between cinema and American culture, along with practice in the film literacy skills needed to qualitatively assess and communicate cinema's artistic and cultural contributions. Goal 2B
ENGL2520 Film Adaptations of Literature 3 s.h.
A representative sampling of literary adaptations to film. Designed to increase understanding of the relationship between and interdependence among cinema and literature. Goal 2B
ENGL2530 Film Topics 3 s.h.
An introduction to contemporary and historical film topics as they relate to film form and cultural practice. Topics will vary, but may include Politics in Cinema; Resisting Hollywood; Race, Class and Gender in Film; International Film; Representing Nature. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Goal 2B.
ENGL2550 The Politics in/of Cinema 3 s.h.
An analysis of films that take politics as their narrative topic. "Politics" will be defined in two ways. The first way examines the various and sometimes conflicting ways films portray politics, politicians, criminals, the law, and government. The second way examines how films question or reinforce stereotypes centering on issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality. Ultimately, the course foregrounds such questions as "how stable is the boundary between politics and art," and "what does it mean to call a work of art political." Goal 2B
ENGL2570 Protest and Propaganda
An investigation of propaganda and social protest films, novels, and art of the 20th century. Analysis of how political or social struggle is fused into a creative, entertaining, or aesthetic product for purposes of affecting social change. Issues pertaining to the use of culture as a political tool will be discussed. Goal 2B
ENGL2900 Topics in English 3 s.h.
Special studies in English designed primarily for the non-English major. Content may vary and will be announced at time of offering. When content changes, course may be repeated for credit.
ENGL3000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.
+ ENGL3110 Critical Theory 3 s.h.
Advanced study of literary, cultural, and moving image theory, and the application to written and filmic texts.
ENGL3150 Film, Theatre, and the American Dream 3 s.h.
Explores a fundamental component of American mythology referred to as "The American Dream." Examines some of the ways in which the American Dream has been defined, promulgated, and evaluated in films and plays. Implications of gender, ethnicity, income, geography, and historical period on perceptions of the American Dream also will be investigated. Goal 2B
ENGL3200 Advanced Composition: Business and Professional Writing 3 s.h.
Designed to increase the writing skill of upper-division students. Strong emphasis on writing for professional purposes. Techniques of writing for specified audiences. Practice in planning and writing, in self-criticism, and in editing. Prerequisites: ENGL1410 and Junior standing. Goal 3D
ENGL3210 Advanced Composition: Essay Writing 3 s.h.
Designed to increase the writing skill of upper-division students. Emphasis on critical thinking, reading and writing and on applying complex principles of style. Prerequisites: ENGL1410 and Junior standing. Goal 3D
ENGL3220 Advanced Composition: Technical Report Writing 3 s.h.
Designed to increase the writing skill of upper-division students. Focus on writing that enables readers to act—to meet needs or perform tasks associated with their jobs. Emphasis on technical reports, both formal and informal. Prerequisites: ENGL1410 and Junior standing. Goal 3D
ENGL3250 Advanced Composition: Honors 3 s.h.
Designed to increase the writing skill of upper-division Honors students. Emphasis on the interconnections of critical thinking, reading, writing and the sustained scholarly research process. Prerequisites: ENGL1410 or ENGL1440 and Junior standing. Admission for Honors students or by instructor consent. Goal 3D
ENGL3270 Advanced Composition: Media Writing 3 s.h.
An introduction to writing for broadcast and print media. Emphasis is on writing clear, concise, and concrete prose appropriate to most mass media audiences. Course also includes an introduction to the principles of advertising and public relations writing. Prerequisites: ENGL1410 and junior standing. Goal 3D
ENGL3280 Advanced Composition: Newswriting 3 s.h.
Designed to increase students’ knowledge of newswriting and to help them develop skills in writing news stories. Includes study and practice of the principles of clear and forceful newspaper writing. Also includes practice in news gathering, story planning, copy editing and proofreading. Prerequisites: ENGL1410 and junior standing. Goal 3D
+ ENGL3350 Shakespeare (Also THTR3350) 3 s.h.
Study of a representative group of Shakespearean plays and sonnets. Primary emphasis is placed on the dramatic and poetic elements in the plays with some study of various aspects of the Renaissance. Goal 2B
+ ENGL3370 The Methods of Teaching English 3 s.h.
Presents an overview of the secondary school curriculum in English and methods of teaching English including language, composition, and literature. Special emphasis on a review of teaching grammar and the development of a unit lesson plan. Required of prospective English teachers.
+ ENGL3400 Literary Genre 3 s.h.
Designed to focus on a single genre: prose fiction, poetry, drama, or nonfiction. Topic announced at time of offering. May be repeated for credit when category changes. Goal 2B
+ ENGL3410 The Structure of English 3 s.h.
Study of English grammar with special attention to its structure at the word and clause level.
+ ENGL3440 Major English Author 3 s.h.
An intensive study of the work of a single English author, with attention given to his or her literary, historical, and social milieu. May be repeated for credit when subject changes. Goal 2B
+ ENGL3450 Major American Author 3 s.h.
An intensive study of the work of a single American author, with attention given to his or her literary, historical, and social milieu. May be repeated for credit when subject changes. Goal 2B
+ ENGL3460 Periods in Literary History 3 s.h.
A detailed study of a single literary age. Work will focus on the literature of the period, but attention will also be given to the historical, intellectual, and artistic background. Subjects will vary, chosen from the following: Chaucer and His Contemporaries; Literature of the English Renaissance; Restoration and 18th Century Literature; Romantic and Victorian Literature and Contemporary English Literature; Contemporary American Literature. May be repeated for credit when subject changes. Goal 2B
ENGL3480 Cultural Studies 3 s.h.
Explores cultural systems of meaning and attendant issues of power, particularly in terms of class, gender, nation, race, nature, and sexuality. Emphasis on commercial and media culture.
ENGL3520 American Cinema History 3 s.h.
A detailed study of the following film eras: Silent and Early Sound Eras, Hollywood's Classical or "Golden Age," and the Post-Classical era. Work will focus on the films of the period, along with production values and methods, but attention will also be given to the historical, intellectual, and artistic background. Recurring themes and innovative technical and artistic approaches will be highlighted. Changing gender, racial, and ethnic roles will be analyzed. Goal 2B
+ ENGL3530 Digital Filmmaking 3 s.h.
A hands-on introduction to digital film production and editing. Introduces the technical knowledge need to investigate the creative possibilities of composition, light, motion, color and sound in shooting digital film. Examines the fundamentals of nonlinear editing, including continuity development, logging clips, audio tracks, and transitions. Prerequisites: ENGL2510 or instructor consent. Goal 2B
+ ENGL3540 Screenwriting 3 s.h.
Intensive exploration of and hands-on practice in screenwriting, with emphasis on format, plot, character development, and dialogue. Prerequisite: ENGL2510 or instructor consent.
ENGL3550 Film Studies 3 s.h.
A detailed study of significant film practices and themes. Themes will focus on film genres, directors, and historical trends. Topics will vary, but may include, Documentary Film; Independent Film; Queer Cinema; Film Theory; Experimental Film; Kubrick; Hitchcock. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisite: ENGL2510 or Instructor Consent. Goal 2B
ENGL3900 Topics in English 1-3 s.h.
Study of selected topics of interest in English, to be announced prior to the semester when the course is offered. May be repeated for credit as topics change.
ENGL4000 Individual Study 1-3 s.h.
ENGL4150 Senior Project 3 s.h.
Planning, preparing, and presenting a senior project in the student's area of concentration.
ENGL4300 Internship in English 1-3 s.h.
Off-campus practical experience in a communication related professional setting. Offers an opportunity for application of communication skills and knowledge in monitored individual learning setting related to student’s academic and career interests. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of six hours.
ENGL4400 Practicum in Information Services (Also COMM4400) 1-3 s.h.
On-campus practical experience in college relations office, admissions office, media center or alumni relations office. Offers an opportunity for study in a monitored individual learning setting. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and permission of the appropriate college official. Repeatable to a maximum of six hours.
+Denotes an alternate year course.