Western Kentucky University

English for Secondary Teachers Course Descriptions

English for Secondary Teaching

Course Descriptions

From the Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012:

The major in English for secondary teachers (reference number 561) is intended for those seeking certification to teach in secondary schools in Kentucky. It requires a minimum of 55 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. No minor or second major is required. (Certification requires an additional 34 hours of education courses specified by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.)

Requirements for the major are as follows: ENG 104, 299, 304, 385, 391, 401, 410, 492; COMM 145 or 161*; THEA 151*; ENG 476. In addition students must complete the following clusters.
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  • Cluster #1 Literature Surveys (6 hours): ENG 381, 382, 392
  • Cluster #2 Allied Language Arts (6 hours): COMM 245, JOUR 202, JOUR 427, THEA 425
  • Cluster #3 Writing Electives (3 hours): ENG 301, 303, 305, 311, 358, 402, 415
  • Cluster #4 Literature Elective ** (3 hours): ENG 333, 340, 354, 355, 365, 387, 394, 395, 396, 398, 430, 455, 457, 459, 468, 481, 482, 484, 486, 487, 488, 489, 490, 493, 495
  • Cluster #5 Literature of Diversity *** (3 hours): ENG 360, 370, 393, 497
  • Elective: Choose one additional course from cluster 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 or another allied language arts course.

*COMM 145/161 and THEA 151 also count as General Education courses.
**The one literature elective must be from a period not chosen from cluster #1.
***ENG 370 and 393 also count as General Education, category E.

 

Required Courses

ENG 104 Introduction to Linguistics (3 hours)
A general introduction to language study with emphasis on units of sounds, units of meaning, sentence structure, dialects, and other cultural aspects of language. Focus is on the English language.

ENG 299 Introduction to English Studies (3 hours)
Effective Fall 2009, Prerequisites: ENG 200 or Permission of Instructor
Introduction to the discipline of English studies for literature and writing majors, including exploration of issues and conflict within the discipline, strategies for reading and researching literary texts, overview of requirements and opportunities within the major, and introduction to career and graduate study options.

ENG 304 English Language (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 100
A study of the sounds, word structures, and sentence patterns of modern English, with emphasis given to parts of speech, phrases, and clauses.

ENG 385 World Literature (3 Hours)
Pre-Requisite: ENG 200
Study of selected works in translation by major figures in world literature from ancient Greece to modern Europe, exclusive of British and American writers.

ENG 391 Survey of American Literature I (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A study of selected works by representative authors reflecting the chronological development of American Literature to 1865.

ENG 401 Advanced Composition (3 Hours)
Prerequisites ENG 100 and ENG 300
Theory and practice in reading and writing various genres of non-fiction, including researched essays, cultural critique, deposition, narrative, and argument. Special attention to style, voice, arrangement, and advanced writing techniques.

ENG 410 Theories and Rhetoric of Composition (3 Hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 300 and either ENG 302 or ENG 304
A study of contemporary theories of composition with an emphasis on their application to writing and the teaching of writing.

ENG 492 Senior Seminar (1 hour)
Prerequisites: ENG 299 and Senior Standing. To be taken in the last semester of coursework.
In the Senior Seminar students will synthesize and assess what they have learned over the course of the English major by reviewing the discipline of English, exploring career and graduate studies opportunities, and collecting and revising selected major projects from previous classes.

THEA 151 Theatre Appreciation (3 Hours) Gen Ed A-H
A study of the literary, historical, and creative aspects of the theatre. It is designed to develop an understanding and appreciation of the art of theatre from the point of view of the audience.

COMM 145 Fundamental Speaking and Communication (3 Hours) Gen Ed A-3
Focuses on the preparation and delivery of public speeches (informative and persuasive), with skills development in listening, teamwork, and interpersonal communication contexts. (Course fee)

OR

COMM 161 Business and Professional Speaking (3 Hours) Gen Ed A-3
Examines the speech communication process in business and professional though studying principles and offering practical experience in the following areas: communication process, interpersonal relations, interviewing and counseling, conference and group processes, manuscript speaking, persuasion in selling, telephone communications, and situational speech. (Course Fee)

 

Electives by Cluster:

 

Cluster #1 Literature Surveys (6 hours):

ENG 381 Survey of English (British) Literature I (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200.
A study of elected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of English literature to 1798.

ENG 382 Survey of English (British) Literature II (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200.
A study of selected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of English literature from 1798 to the present.

ENG 392 Survey of American Literature II (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A study of selected works by representative major authors reflecting the chronological development of American Literature from 1865 to the present.

 

Cluster #2 Allied Language Arts (6 hours):

COMM 245 Argumentation and Debate (3 hours)
A beginning course in argumentation and debate, emphasizing construction, analysis, and refutation of arguments. Classroom experience is provided in academic debating.

JOUR 202 Introduction to Media Writing (3 hours)
Writing to print, online and broadcast media, and public relations with primary focus on news writing. Accuracy, responsibility, clarity, style and structure techniques emphasized. (Course fee)

JOUR 427 School Journalism (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Senior or graduate standing.
A course designed to meet the state requirements for secondary certification in journalism. Explores resources available to journalism teachers and the responsibility of publications advisors.

THEA 425 Play Production in the Schools (3 hours)
Offers practical instruction in the fundamentals of theatrical production at the secondary school level. Emphasis on providing current and future teachers with resource materials and practical solutions to the challenge of producing and directing high quality theatre in the schools.

 

Cluster # 3 Writing Elective (3 hours):

ENG 301 Argument and Analysis (3 hours)
Prerequisites ENG 100 and 300
For students preparing for professional or graduate schools and general studies seeking to improve their writing. Major attention to how idea and audience determine purpose, form, and content of writing.

ENG 303 Intermediate Fiction Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203 or permission of instructor
A concentrated study of the techniques of writing fiction, emphasizing contemporary theory and practice.

ENG 305 Poetry Writing
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203 or permission of instructor
An intensive course in the writing of poetry, Some attention to the practice and prevalent theories of contemporary poets.

ENG 311 Creative Nonfiction Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203 or permission of instructor
An intensive study of the writing of creative nonfiction (literary nonfiction prose0 with emphasis on contemporary theory and practice.

ENG 358 Drama Writing (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 and 203 or permission of instructor.
A concentrated study of the techniques of drama writing emphasizing contemporary theory and practice.

ENG 402 Editing and Publishing (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 306 or ENG 307 and one additional upper-level professional writing course. Editing collections of student works in several types, including experience in computer text editing, lectures by visiting publishers and editors of books, journals, and newspapers.

ENG 415 Technology and Writing (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 300
Study of issues surrounding interrelations of technology and writing; effects of technologies (e.g. printing press, computers) on writing processes and on types of writing; institutional changes wrought by computers.

 

Cluster #4 Literature Elective** (3 hours):

ENG 333 Medieval Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A survey of representative literary works of the Middle Ages selected from various cultures, with an emphasis on the continuities of medieval literary traditions and cultural values. Non-English works will be read in translation.

ENG 340 Speculative Fiction (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A survey of the development of the genre, including science fiction, and it's relationship to main literary currents.

ENG 354 History of Drama to 1640 (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A comprehensive course which traces the major developments in drama from the ancient Greeks to 1640. Emphasis on representative dramatists and plays.

ENG 355 History of Drama since 1640 (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A continuation of ENG 354.

ENG 365 Film Adaptation (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
Examines the adaptation of literary works into film not only as an intertextual product but as a process of creative transformation, with emphasis on film analysis and some attention to adaptation theory.

ENG 387 Studies in Autobiography (3 hours) Gen Ed E
Prerequisites: ENG 300.
An examination of the literary components and cultural context of autobiographical works, with particular emphasis on under-represented groups, gender, race, and class.

ENG 394 Kentucky Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
A survey of literary people and places in Kentucky, detailed study of several works of Kentucky writers.

ENG 395 Contemporary Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200.
A study of representative literature since World War II, stressing significant writers, thematic concerns, experiments in technique, and selected criticism. The course content, variable by genre, focuses primarily on fiction, poetry, or drama in alternate semesters.

ENG 396 Mythology (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200 or equivalent.
Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and their influence on art and literature.

ENG 398 Hemmingway and Faulkner (3 Hours) Gen Ed B-1
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A critical study of the major literary works of Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner.

ENG 430 19th Century American Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200 or equivalent.
Seminar in 19th Century American Literature; Course topics will vary.

ENG 455 American Drama (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
This course deals with the development of American drama from colonial productions to present-day plays.

ENG 457 British Literature Since 1900 (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
A study of British literature from 1900 to the present, including fiction, poetry, and drama, with attention to innovations in literary form and cultural context.

ENG 459 Modern Drama (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
A selected study of dramatic literature since Ibsen with emphasis on evolving developments and trends in world theatre.

ENG 468 Early Modern English Literature (3 Hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
A study of sixteenth-and seventeenth-century English literature with attention to the embrace of the vernacular; development of genres and poetic forms; and cultural and social contexts.

ENG 481 Chaucer (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent.
Representative works of Chaucer, with emphasis on the Canterbury Tales; some attention to the medieval background.

ENG 482 Shakespeare (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
Major plays from each stage of Shakespeare's career studied in the light of current Shakespearean criticism and writings from the time.

ENG 484 British Romanticism (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
Background and phases of romanticism, with a study of representative exponents of the Romantic Movement.

ENG 486 The Eighteenth Century (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
The concentrated study of eighteenth century literature, forms, and developments.

ENG 487 Dante's Divine Comedy and It's Influences (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
An intensive study of The Divine Comedy, in English translation, along with Dante's major sources and analogues.

ENG 488 Literature of the Victorian Age (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
A study of selected works by major poets, essayists, and novelists of Victorian England as a reflection of the culture of the age.

ENG 489 The English Novel (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
The technique and history of the novel. Several representative novels studied.

ENG 490 The American Novel (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
History and technique of the American novel from Cooper to the present. Several representative novels are studied.

ENG 493 American Poetry (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
The course examines, in addition to major writers, selected major movements and schools in American poetry, paying special attention to influences, techniques, and styles.

ENG 495 Southern Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 200 or equivalent
This course traces the development of uniquely Southern characteristics as exhibited in the works of major writers of the South.

Cluster #5 Literature of Diversity (3 hours):

ENG 360 Gay and Lesbian Literature
Pre-Requisites: ENG 100 and 200
Introduction to gay and lesbian literature from antiquity to present, with emphasis on concepts of sex and gender, critical theory, and cultural constructionism, in global and historical contexts.

ENG 370 Multicultural Literature in America (3 hours) Gen Ed E
Prerequisite: ENG 200 or equivalent
Study of literature written in the U.S. by writers from a variety of racial and ethnic groups.

ENG 393 African-American Literature (3 Hours)
Prerequisite: ENG 200
A critical study of the contributions of African-American writers to American literature.

ENG 497 Women's Literature (3 hours)
Prerequisites: ENG 300.
An examination of the themes, aesthetic importance, and historical context of canonical fiction by women, with emphasis on twentieth century American and British women writers.

 

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