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    English

    The English major strives to develop competence and creativity in the use of the English language and an understanding and appreciation of the humanizing values inherent in literature.

    Majors 
    The department offers majors in English and writing and minors in English, writing, teaching English as a second language (TESOL). Students who wish to teach should pursue the adolescent/young adult licensure in integrated arts.  


    English Major (44 hours)
    Literature: (21 hours)
    ENG 160 Approaches to Literature (3)
    ENG 240 Survey of American Literature (3)
    ENG 256 Survey of English Literature 1 (3)
    ENG 257 Survey of English Literature 2 (3)
    Additional literature courses (200 level or higher) 9 hours

    Senior research: (5 hours)
    ENG 401 Critical Theory (3)
    ENG 402 Research Seminar (2)

    Writing: (6 hours)
    Language: (3 hours)
    Electives:(9 hours)
    Information about courses, independent studies and comprehensive examinations is available from the chair of the English and language department.

    Writing Major (39 hours)
    The writing major offers various introductory and advanced writing courses. The major is designed to be flexible enough that students can tailor their coursework to their own interests. Additionally, since we believe that one of the best ways to become a great writer is to read great writing, students also take a number of literature courses.


    Writing:
    6-12 hours from the following:
    ENG 202 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
    ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
    ENG 205 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)
    COM 305: Writing for the Media (3)
    ENG 207: Professional and Technical Writing (3)

    5-11 hours from the following:
    ENG 302 Advanced Writing: Fiction (3)
    ENG 303 Advanced Writing: Poetry (3)
    ENG 305 Advanced Writing: Nonfiction (3)
    ENG 430 Senior Writing Seminar (2)

    Literature: (18 hours)
    ENG 160 Approaches to Literature (3)
    ENG 240 Survey of American Literature (3)
    ENG 256 Survey of English Literature 1 (3) or
        ENG 257 Survey of English Literature 2 (3)
    9 additional hours literature courses (200 level or higher)

    Language: (3 hours)
    ENG 252 Linguistics or
        ENG 271 English Grammar (3)

    Activity credits: (1 hour)
    COM 111 Student Newspaper Activity (.5)
    COM 114 Yearbook Activity (.5)
    ENG 111 Shalith Activity (.5)
    ENG 425 Internship (1-3)

    Minors
    English
    (18 hours)
    The English minor enables a student to explore an interest in literature and topics related to English while majoring in another academic discipline. The minor is made up of the following courses:
    ENG 160 Approaches to Literature (3)
    One survey of literature course: ENG 240, ENG 256 or ENG 257 (3)
    One writing course beyond ENG 120 (3)
    English electives (9)

    Writing (18 hours)
    The writing minor enables a student to explore an interest in writing while majoring in another academic discipline. The minor is made up of the following courses:

    Required:
    ENG 205 Expository Writing (3)
    ENG 202 Creative Writing: Fiction (3) 
    ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)

    ENG 302 Advanced Writing: Fiction (3)
    ENG 303 Advanced Writing: Poetry (3)
    ENG 305 Advanced Writing: Nonfiction (3)
     

    Electives:
    6 hours of English electives, including at lkeast one course in literature at the 200+ level.

    ENG 430 Senior Writing Seminar (2) is a recommended additional elective for students who are able to complete 20 hours in the minor.

    TESOL (20 hours)
    The TESOL minor prepares students to teach English to speakers of other languages in this country or abroad and for graduate work in TESOL. (This minor is also available as an endorsement to be added to a teaching license.)

    Required: (17 hours)
    ENG 210 TESOL: Theories and Issues (3)
    ENG 220 TESOL: Instructional Methods and Assessment (3)
    ENG 252 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
    ENG 271 English Grammar (3)
    ENG 312 Language Variation (3)
    ENG 385 or EDU 385 TESOL Practicum (2)

    Electives: (3 hours)
    PSY 262 Cross-cultural Psychology (3)
    SOC 325 Race & Ethnicity in American Society: History and Current Realities (3)
    SOC 162 Anthropology (3)
    one three-semester hour language course

    Adolescent/young adult licensure in integrated language arts
    (81 hours + 21 hours from LAS requirements)

    Students who wish to obtain an Ohio teaching license for adolescent/young adult (7-12) in integrated language arts must complete the following courses, in addition to general education and major requirements:

    Required:
    ENG 110 or 120 College Englsih (3)
    REL 200 Introduction to Biblical Literature (3)
    HUM 221 Humanities 1 (3)
    HUM 222 Humanities 2 (3)
    LAS 100 First Year Seminar (3)
    LAS 111 Integrated Arts (3)
    LAS 400 Christian Values in a Global Community (3)
    COM 305 Writing for the Media (3)
    EDU 317 Studies in Literature for the Adolescent (3)
    ENG 160 Approaches to Literature (3)
    ENG 240 Survey of American Literature (3)
    ENG 243 Studies in American Literature (3)
    ENG 256 Survey of English Literature 1 (3)
    ENG 257 Survey of English Literature 2 (3)
    ENG 367 Shakespeare (3)
    ENG 401 Critical Theory (3)
    ENG 402 Research Seminar (2)

    Choose one:
    COM 185 Public Speaking (3)
    THE 257 Oral Interpretation (3)

    Choose one:
    COM 240 Mass Media (3)
    COM 425 Internship in Communication (3-5)

    Choose one:
    ENG 202 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
    ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
    ENG 205 Expository Writing (3)

    Choose one:
    ENG 271 English Grammar (3)
    ENG 252 Introduction to Linguistics (3)

    Choose one:
    ENG 210 TESOL: Theories and Issues (3)
    ENG 220 TESOL: Instructional Mehtods and Assessment (3)

    Choose two:
    ENG 261 Studies in English Literature (3)
    ENG 265 Studies in Modern Literature (3)
    ENG 282 Studies in the Novel (3)
    ENG 321 Studies in Poetry (3)
    ENG 331 English Colloquium (3)

    Required professional education courses:
    EDU 200 Introduction to Teaching in a Diverse Society (3)
    EDU 205 Field Experience (1)
    SED 220 The Adolescent: Development and Diversity (2)
    PSY 254 Educational Psychology and Classroom Assessment (3)
    EDU 103 Computers and Technology in Education (2)
    EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
    EDU 305 Content Area Literacy/General Methods (3)
    EDU 332 Social and Philosophical Issues in Education (3)
    EDU 344 Adolescent/Young Adult Classroom Organization (2)
    EDU 401 Adolescent/Young Adult Special Methods: Language Arts (2)

    All of the previously listed professional education courses, plus the completion of at least 80 percent of the licensure area course work, are prerequisites for student teaching:
    EDU 451 Student Teaching (Adolescent/Young Adult) (10)

    Courses

    ENG 108 English for Speakers of Other Languages (3)
    An English language course for high intermediate to low advanced non-native English speakers. The language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are well covered. English for a new cultural setting and English for academic work are emphasized.

    ENG 110 College English (3)
    Designed to help students improve writing and critical thinking skills needed in college. Students analyze and critique written texts in the process of writing several analytical essays. Students work through the research process and write a research essay.

    ENG 111 Shalith Activity (.5)
    Activity credit for editing and production of student literary magazine.

    ENG 120 Advanced College English (3)
    Designed to help students improve writing and critical thinking skills needed in college. Students analyze and critique challenging written texts in the process of writing several analytical essays. Students work through the research process and write a research essay. Placement in this class is based on college entrance scores and high school record.

    ENG 160 Approaches to Literature (3)
    An introduction to the methods and practices of literary study at the college level. Includes reading, discussion and writing about primary texts and introduction to secondary materials and research strategies.

    ENG 180 Themes in Literature (3)
    Exploration of ideas within the context of imaginative literary works. The themes will vary from year to year and according to instructor. Examples: humankind's search for meaning, crime and punishment, nature, the city, love.

    ENG 202 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
    An introduction to the craft of fiction, taught in a workshop format. Students will write and critique their own short fiction and read some fiction and theory.

    ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
    An introduction to the craft of poetry, taught in a workshop format. Students will write and critique their own poems and read poetry and poetics.

    ENG 205 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)
    Advanced study and practice in the craft of essay writing. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 207 Professional and Technical Writing (3)
    This course introduces students to writing conventions and discourse strategies for producing both formal and informal documents in a variety of workplace settings. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 210 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Theories and Issues (3)
    An introduction to theories and concepts that inform English teaching when students are not native English speakers. Students will understand the similarities and differences between first and second language acquisition, within the context of the United States. They will become familiar with the terminology and definitions, historical and legal precedents of programs for students learning a second language, and educational issues related to language minority students, including how a student's culture may impact learning and performance in and out of the classroom. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 220 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: Instructional Methods and Assessment (3)
    Students will develop skills in the development of lessons for teaching new language learners that reflect Ohio’s grade-level learning outcomes. They will apply research findings as they select, adapt, and create a wide variety of resources that are appropriate for the second language learners with whom they work. TESOL students will also develop knowledge of and skills in the assessment of second language learners. They will use age-appropriate assessment procedures, interpret data to make instructional decisions, communicate assessment results to students and their caregivers, and develop strategies to help their students use assessment information to make decisions about their learning. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 240 Survey of American Literature (3)
    A chronological survey of American literature from the colonial period to the 20th century. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 243 Studies in American Literature (3)
    Repeatable. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 252 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
    An introductory course emphasizing the phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of the English language with examples from other languages as well.

    ENG 256 Survey of English Literature 1 (3)
    A chronological survey of English literature from the AngloSaxon period through the 18th century. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 257 Survey of English Literature 2 (5)
    A chronological survey of English literature from the 19th century to the present. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 261 Studies in English Literature (3)
    Repeatable. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 265 Studies in Modern Literature (3)
    Repeatable. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 271 English Grammar (3)
    A systematic study of the grammar of standard English based upon insights from several linguistic traditions, including that of transformational grammar. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 282 Studies in the Novel (3)
    Repeatable. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 302 Advanced Writing: Fiction (3)
    Advanced writing in fiction. Taught mainly in workshop format, this course extends and develops students' writing skills and knowledge of the resources of the genre. Offered every third year.

    ENG 303 Advanced Writing: Poetry (3)
    Advanced writing in poetry. Taught mainly in workshop format, this course extends and develops students' writing skills and knowledge of the resources of the genre. Offered every third year.

    ENG 305 Advanced Writing: Nonfiction (3)
    Advanced writing in nonfiction. Taught mainly in workshop format, this course extends and develops students' writing skills and knowledge of the resources of the genre. Offered every third year.

    ENG 310 Phonology of American English (3)
    This course concerns the sound system of the English language, focusing primarily on American English pronunciation but drawing comparisons with English pronunciation elsewhere as appropriate. Topics will include articulatory phonetics, the phonemes and phonology of American English, word and sentence stress and intonation in American English, common problems presented by American English pronunciation to ESL learners and sound contrasts between American English and other world Englishes.

    ENG 312 Language Variation (3)
    This course introduces students to the dialects of American English and to international forms of English known as world Englishes. The nature and evolution of pidgin and creole forms of English are explored, as are such linguistic phenomena as code switching and diglossia. The meanings of language and dialect are examined and such relevant material from selected non-English languages introduced to illustrate course concepts and to show contrasts between English and other languages. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 321 Studies in Poetry (3)
    Repeatable. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 331 English Colloquium (3)
    Study of a special topic or classification of literature. Examples: African-American literature, literary criticism. These seminars are restricted to an enrollment of 15 students. Prerequisite: upper-class standing or permission of instructor. Repeatable. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 367 Shakespeare (3)
    Study and discussion of Shakespeare's major works. Prerequisite: upper-class standing or permission of instructor. Offered alternate years.

    ENG 385 TESOL Practicum (2)
    TESOL minors will use the practicum to teach or tutor in an ESL setting such as a school, college or community language center. Education students working toward a TESOL endorsement must complete the practicum in an Ohio public school under the supervision of a certified ESL teacher. The two credit hours offered for the practicum are based on a n expectation of at least 30 hours of teaching or tutoring.Prerequisites:
    ENG 210, ENG 220, ENG 271, ENG 312. This course is also listed as EDU 385.

    ENG 390 Independent Study (1-3)
    By arrangement.

    ENG 401 Critical Theory (3)
    A survey of modern critical theory and issues with emphasis on primary theoretical and philosophical texts. Various theoretical approaches will be considered, as well as issues relating to the canon, to authorial intention and to the value of theory itself. It is expected that students will apply their understandings of modern theoretical approaches in ENG 402. Prerequisite: junior or senior status.

    ENG 402 Research Seminar 1 (2)
    Introduces the student to research procedures and methodologies, which will result in an original research thesis on a literary topic. The course will include methods of research, preparation of a prospectus, writing a research document and presenting research orally. The study may focus on literature, language, communication or drama.

    ENG 425 Internship (1-3)
    Editorial work through independent study by which a student may earn credit. Assignments may include work with student publications, the Bluffton University communications office or local newspapers. By arrangement.

    ENG 430 Writing Seminar (3)
    Completion of a major writing project with close supervision and feedback. The project may be in a single genre or a combination of genres organized by some theme or topic. Submission of the project (or parts of it) to appropriate magazines/journals with the goal of publication.