English

The courses in the English major paint a diverse but coherent portrait of humanity, both past and present, Western and non-Western, men and women, rich and poor. The major is interdisciplinary in nature, concerned with the nexus of the relationship between literature, history, and culture. The theme “Cultures in Transition” supplies a focus for all the courses offered within the major. The English major provides small classes that intentionally create opportunities for students to work closely with faculty and other students, fostering clear thinking and the development of problem solving skills. Capitalizing on its urban setting, the English major provides a bridge to your career by offering field work experiences and internships in local businesses, public TV or radio, newspapers, or the arts community. Admission to the English major requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, demonstration of competency in English composition, and the successful completion of 45 college level credits.

Richard (Dick ) A. Hill, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, dhill@cu-portland.edu

Kim Knutsen, Ph.D., Professor, kknutsen@cu-portland.edu

Ceiridwen Terrill, Ph.D., Professor, cterrill@cu-portland.edu

ENG 101      THEMES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE-PARADOX      Credits: 3

Introduction to college level writing and critical thinking.

ENG 199E      EXPIRIMENTAL COURSE      Credits: 3

Experimental course option varies by term. Please see academic department for course description.

ENG 202      INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH      Credits: 2

Basic principles of speech are studied with the goal of perfecting communication in both formal and informal settings. Primary features of the course include the study and critique of various communication models, audience analysis and individual tutelage in verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

ENG 202H      INTRO TO SPEECH - HONORS      Credits: 2

Basic principles of speech are studied with the goal of perfecting communication in both formal and informal settings. Primary features of the course include the study and critique of various communication models, audience analysis and individual tutelage in verbal and non-verbal communication skills.

ENG 206      INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE      Credits: 2

Explores the world of the theatre as it stretches from the creation of the script to the opening night performance. Introduces students to the major genres of drama and styles of production. A representative selection of plays is read and discussed. Students will also view several live performances.

ENG 208      ACTING I      Credits: 2

Investigates the actor's art and discipline. The development of internal and external skill is stressed. Includes the performance of scenes.

ENG 217      LITERARY JOURNAL I      Credit: 1

A practicum in the composition, development, editing, and publication of The Promethean, Concordia University's annual journal. Emphasis on refining and perfecting editorial skills and critical judgment in the literary and visual arts.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 218      LITERARY JOURNAL II      Credit: 1

Continuation of the practicum in the composition, development, editing, and publication of The Promethean, Concordia University's annual journal. Emphasis on refining and perfecting editorial skills and critical judgment in the literary and visual arts.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher and ENG 217.

ENG 222      BRITISH LITERATURE I      Credits: 3

Readings include representative British prose, poetry and drama from the 8th-century Anglo-Latins through the 17th-century Cavalier poets. Special emphases in the course include pre-Norman literature (especially the epic, Beowulf), Arthurian literature, medieval lyric poetry, Chaucer and Elizabethan/Jacobean drama. Some examination of Middle English texts and language will be included.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 223      BRITISH LITERATURE II      Credits: 3

Readings include representative British prose, poetry and drama from the early 17th-century to the early 21st century. Special emphases in the course include Milton's Paradise Lost, the early English novel (especially Fielding), Romantic poetry, the Victorian novel (especially Dickens), the Aesthetic movement, the War Poets and absurdist theatre.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 231      AMERICAN LITERATURE I      Credits: 3

A critical and multi-cultural study of major writers and themes in 17th - 19th century American literature. Discusses the role of literature in the creation of our culturally diverse national identity.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 232      AMERICAN LITERATURE II      Credits: 3

A critical study of major writers of 20th century American literature (e.g., James, Hemingway, Faulkner, Bellow, Morrison). Special attention will be paid to the relationship between cultural/political ideas and literature, including the impact of the world wars, Existentialism, and the role of women and minorities.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 299E      EXPERIMENTAL COURSE - ENGLISH      Credits: 3

Experimental course option varies by term. Please see academic department for course description.

ENG 310      WORLD DRAMA      Credits: 3

A study of theatrical literature with emphasis on the theatre as an arena for the rehearsal of cultural arguments. Plays studied will include works representative of the comic, tragic, neoclassical, romantic, Marxist, realist and absurdist traditions by such playwrights as Aristophanes, Euripides, Shakespeare, Racine, Moliere, Ibsen, Shaw, Delaney, Bjorneboe, Brecht and Beckett.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 312      INTRODUCTION TO POETRY      Credits: 3

An introduction to the principles and practice of poetic interpretation and composition. Students will develop critical interpretation and evaluation skills through careful reading and discussion of classical and contemporary examples. May be repeated once for a total of six credits if the topics of each class are unique.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 315      THE WORLD NOVEL      Credits: 3

A survey of the novel including writers within the world's many literary communities with an emphasis on the novel as a medium for the transmission of personal, communitarian, political, religious, and philosophical values. Study will focus on the place and function of the novel in the literary traditions of and by writers from Germany, Russia, Brazil, Cuba, Nigeria, China, Japan, Israel, and Sri Lanka.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 321      SHAKESPEARE      Credits: 3

Selected reading in the Shakespearean comedies, tragedies, histories, romances and sonnets. Traditional and contemporary analytical methodologies and interpretive approaches to the canon will be utilized.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 337      THE SIXTIES IN ITS OWN WRITE      Credits: 3

An exploration of literature and history of the Sixties in America, particularly as they relate to the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, the Counterculture, and the Women's movement.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 342      WOMEN'S HISTORY AND LITERATURE      Credits: 3

A broadly interdisciplinary course (drawing from psychology, sociology, and history) that will investigate how women's roles in society have emerged. In addition to the study of classic literary texts, students will investigate historical movements for women's rights and depictions of women in contemporary media culture.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 343      GENDER, RACE AND LITERATURE      Credits: 3

In this course, we will examine race and gender, and economic class as issues played out and discussed in fiction and nonfiction works from American literature, film and advertising. Although the focal point of the course is on the American experience, students will be exposed to comparative studies involving international contexts. Race, gender, and class pervade our lives in seen and often unseen ways, and our awareness of them increases our capacity for compassion and critical thought. This is a literature based course centered on discussion, research and writing.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 348      FILM AND LITERATURE      Credits: 3

An exploration of the grammar of film, the relationship between film and literature, and the cultural concerns exposed in film.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 350      CARIBBEAN AND LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURE      Credits: 3

Study of key themes in novels and short stories written by writers from various countries across the Caribbean and Latin America and how this literature reflects and creates cultural identity. Core themes include race, socio-economic class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, and politics.
Pre-requisites; WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 355      AFRICAN LITERATURE      Credits: 3

A class exploring contemporary African literature including fiction, film, poetry, drama, and nonfiction.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 363      THE EUROPEAN NOVEL      Credits: 3

A study of representative European fiction from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Readings will include works by such novelists as Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Gogol, Hesse, Silone, Camus, Sartre, and David Lodge. Special attention will be dedicated to identifying the relationship of these writers to their cultures and analyzing critical responses to their texts.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 399E      EXPERIMENTAL COURSE - ENGLISH      Credits: 3

Experimental course option varies by term. Please see academic department for course description.

ENG 439      LINGUISTICS      Credits: 3

Study of general principles of linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics). Seen from a historical and socio-linguistics perspective.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 462      THE HERO      Credits: 3

A study of selected heroes (ancient, modern and contemporary) in order to understand the role of the hero in specific times and place, including especially our own time. Focus provided by Joseph Campbell's idea of the hero's journey. Representative heroes include Odysseus, Aeneas, Dante, King Arthur, Faust, and the hero of Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Prerequisites: WR 121 with a D or higher.

ENG 480      RELIGION AND LITERATURE      Credits: 2

The goal of this course is to engage the student in a comparative study of selected texts in a particular genre of classic literature, in order to probe their insights into the major issues of human existence. In a given semester the genre may explore fantasy literature such as C.S. Lewis' Narnia, tragic literature such as Elie Wiesel's Night, or comedic literature such as Shakespeare's As You Like It.
Pre-requisites: REL 211 or REL 221 with a D or higher.

ENG 492      SENIOR THESIS PREPARATION      Credit: 1

This course is required for students planning to complete a senior thesis. The outcome of this course should be a thesis proposal.

ENG 493      ENGLISH THESIS I: LITERATURE REVIEW AND PROJECT DESIGN      Credits: 2

The first of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the initial components of the thesis, including literature review and experimental or project design, obtain approval from Concordia's Institutional Review Board (IRB) to proceed with the proposed research or project, and begin to implement the research or project.
Prerequisites: ENG 492 with a B or higher, upper division standing, and agreement of a faculty member to serve as Faculty Supervisor for thesis project.

ENG 494      ENGLISH THESIS II: RESEARCH, WRITING, AND DEFENSE      Credits: 2

The second of two courses required to complete the thesis option of the Senior Project for graduation from any major in the College of Arts & Sciences. Thesis students are guided through the final components of the thesis, including the research or project itself, data gathering and analysis, and writing and defense of the thesis. The defense of the thesis will be a public event open to faculty, staff, students, and community members.
Prerequisites: ENG 493 with C or higher.

ENG 496      ENGLISH PRACTICUM      Credits: 3

Supervised experience in a setting related to the student's concentration of choice. Requires a final written summary and presentation of activities by the student.
Prerequisites: Senior status as an English major.

ENG 499      INDEPENDENT STUDY      Credits: 1-3