2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II 
    
    Jan 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Catalog with Addendum II [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


The information following course titles indicate (1) hours per week of lecture, (2) hours per week of laboratory and (3) semester credit hours. A small number of courses are offered for a variable number of credit hours, and the semester credit hours listed represent the maximum number of hours possible for credit. This will be noted in the course description.

The frequency of offering follows the meeting and credit hour information. Courses offered every year are designated by semester(s) only. Courses offered every other year are designated by semester and odd/even year.

Note: Since most courses are not offered every semester, students should be aware that failure to take a required course when it is offered may delay graduation.

Any course may be offered on demand should sufficient interest be demonstrated and should a qualified instructor be available. “Demand” courses with a defined content will be offered as regularly as practical for the host department.

At the end of the course description, the following information will be given when applicable: laboratory information, corequisites (“simultaneous enrollment”) and prerequisites, cross listed courses (“same as”), special fees, and pertinent information about the use of the course.

Courses and Numbering

All courses are listed alphabetically by course prefix and numerically within each prefix. The department and college assignments are also noted. ACU uses a three-digit course numbering system. Courses numbered 100 to 299 are lower-level courses (primarily for freshmen and sophomores). Courses numbered from 300 to 499 are upper-level, or advanced, courses (primarily for juniors and seniors). Courses numbered 500 to 799 are graduate courses. All courses numbered 000 to 099 do not count toward graduation or GPA.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Some courses have prerequisites, which must be met before a student may register for that course, or corequisites, which must be completed simultaneously. In some cases, a student may have special knowledge, skills or background that will enable him or her to perform well in a given class without meeting its prerequisites or corequisites. Such a student should seek special permission from the department offering the course.

A course may not use the same requirement as both prerequisite and corequisite. Courses listed as corequisite must be taken together. Students may not drop or withdraw from a course with corequisite requirements without dropping or withdrawing from both courses. Students may repeat a course with corequisite requirements alone in subsequent attempts if they fail or do not receive degree credit for the course on the first attempt. However, in courses with a subject code of EACH, EDUC, NURS, or SPAN, students must repeat both corequisite courses if they fail or do not receive credit for one or both courses on the first attempt.

Students should refer to the most recent catalog for course corequisites, prerequisites, and restrictions.

Course Sequencing

Some courses have recommendations of a previous course(s) for appropriate sequencing. Such recommendations are not prerequisites; the system will allow any student meeting a course’s prerequisites to enroll for a course regardless of whether the student meets the sequencing recommendations. Students are cautioned, however, to follow sequencing recommendations when all of the courses in the sequence are on their degree plans.

Independent Study and Special Topics Courses

Neither an independent study nor a special topics course should be a version or instance of a course that already has been approved for inclusion in the catalog.

Independent Study

An independent study course is a unique, student-initiated and student-driven course. An independent study course should be used to enhance a degree. It should be used as a substitution for degree requirements only in rare circumstances; it should not be used to correct poor planning. All other catalog policies apply.

Independent study courses are usually designed to be worth 3 credit hours. Ideally, independent study courses should make up no more than 6 hours (5 percent) of any student’s undergraduate degree. They should make up no more than 20 percent of any student’s graduate degree. Independent study courses should use the even hundred course number appropriate to the level of study (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, etc.)

Student proposals for independent studies may be approved or denied based on faculty interest or availability and departmental priorities. Students in the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program will incur a separate fee for an independent study course and should contact the Director of the DMin Program for details.

When proposing an independent study, the student should complete the Independent Study Request form and discuss it – including the outcomes and artifacts of the study – with the proposed faculty member. Artifacts should support the student’s and the faculty member’s intended outcomes for the course through research, written work, creative projects, and/or professional projects. If the course is approved by the faculty member, the faculty member is responsible for creating the syllabus for the independent study. The syllabus must include the learning outcomes and how they will be measured.

The syllabus and Independent Study Request form should be submitted to the chair and dean on a timeline that would allow for the proposal to be approved or denied prior to the beginning of the term or part of term in which the course is being proposed. Study Abroad courses should be approved prior to departure from the United States.

Special topics

A special topics course is faculty/department-initiated and faculty-driven. A special topics course will be included in the course schedule for registration in a given term and could be used as a pilot for addition to the curriculum. A substitution form must be submitted for a special topics course to satisfy degree requirement. All other catalog policies apply.

The special topics syllabus must be submitted to the dean before March 1 for a fall course or October 1 for a spring or summer course, so that it will be available for student registration. Special topics courses should choose the course number appropriate to the level of study from the following: 140, 240, 340, 440, 540, 640, 740, etc.

The Texas Common Course Numbering System

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed for the purpose of aiding students in the transfer of general academic courses between colleges and universities throughout Texas. Common courses are freshman and sophomore academic credit courses that have been identified as common by institutions that are members of the common course numbering system. The system ensures that if the student takes the courses the receiving institution designates as common, then the courses will be accepted in transfer.

For further information contact the transfer course coordinator in the Registrar’s Office.

 

English

  
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    ENGL 301 - Introduction to the Major


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    The introduction to the major is a three-hour course designed to introduce English majors to selected seminal works of literature across the world, beginning with ancient texts and continuing to 1950. It will equip students with a foundational framework with which to begin their classes in the major. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore requirements for English majors.
  
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    ENGL 311 - Literary Theory and Criticism


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Readings of major critical texts from Plato to the present, with practice in writing original criticism according to major literary approaches. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 320 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Writing of literary works grounded in factual reality, using techniques of novelists and poets. Includes autobiography, nature writing, travel narrative, cultural criticism, spiritual memoir. Involves peer review; offers strategies for revision and publication. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 321 - Screenwriting


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Fundamentals of storytelling and film structure, including character development, conflict, scene writing, and dialogue. Students write short film scripts as well as the first act of a feature-length film. Prerequisite: Completion of sophomore literature requirement.
  
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    ENGL 322 - Fiction Workshop


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Writing of fiction with guidance from lectures and class members’ critiques. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 323 - Poetry Workshop


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Writing of poetry with guidance from lectures and class members’ critiques. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 324 - Play Writing Workshop


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    A basic method of developing a play script with critiques and readings by actors. Includes workshop by professional playwright. Same as THEA 457.
  
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    ENGL 325 - Advanced Composition


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Analysis of the writing process, step by step, with practice in the major types (description, narration, evaluation, exposition, persuasion, and research) and with emphasis on revision. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore literature requirements and Junior standing. Designed for future teachers and writers. A writing-intensive course.
  
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    ENGL 326 - Business and Professional Writing


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Introduction to the theory and accepted practices of composition in occupational fields, including correspondence, report writing and presentations based on content in upper-level courses in the student’s major field. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore literature requirements and Junior standing.
  
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    ENGL 327 - Scientific and Technical Writing


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Prepares students to write and edit technical and scientific forms of discourse appropriate for academe and the work place. Documents will be written both individually and collaboratively. Oral presentations will be made throughout the semester. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore literature requirements.
  
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    ENGL 328 - Social Justice: A Rhetoric


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    The course offers analysis of discursive and non-discursive texts on social justice through various rhetorical approaches. Its emphasis is on the use of rhetorical analysis to critique policies, power structures, and equity in the texts. Prerequisite: Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 329 - Rhetoric as Written Discourse


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    A survey of major rhetorical texts from classical times to present. Emphasis on the development of rhetorical theory as it relates to written discourse. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements. COMM 491 may be substituted for this course.
  
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    ENGL 330 - Advanced English Grammar


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Current trends in the analysis of the English language. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements. Recommended for future teachers.
  
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    ENGL 331 - Narrative for Film and New Media


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Principles of storytelling, including myth and screenplay structure, as used in movies, graphic novels, and interactive gaming. Close study of fantasy and science fiction narratives. Workshop format involves peer review. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 332 - Introduction to Film Studies


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Survey of cinema from the silent era to today with an emphasis on fluency in cinematic language, genre, and production. Film studies represent more than simply looking at movies through a literary lens but learning to see how different filmmakers approach the fusion of image, sound, and story. Prerequisite: Completion of sophomore literature requirement.
  
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    ENGL 333 - Studies in World Cinema


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Survey of significant directors beyond Hollywood/British cinema with key texts in film studies of the last half-century. Students will refine written arguments directed toward popular and scholarly audiences. Prerequisite: Completion of sophomore literature requirement.
  
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    ENGL 351 - Literature for Young Adults


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    A content reading course emphasizing literature and other materials for middle school and high school students. Attention is given to major authors, ground-breaking books, and contemporary materials in various genres. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements and Junior standing. May not be used to satisfy University English literature requirement.
  
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    ENGL 362 - American Literature Before 1860


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    A survey of the major writers before the Civil War. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 363 - American Literature After 1860


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, Summer

    A survey of the major writers since the Civil War. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 376 - Fiction


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    Novels and short stories that seem to have earned a permanent reputation. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 377 - Drama


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Oxford: on demand; Abilene: Spring, odd years

    Survey of significant plays from ancient Greeks to the present. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 378 - Poetry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    Advanced study of poetry that seems likely to endure. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 380 - Interactive Narratives


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    English 380 introduces the lexicon and theoretical models for the study of interactive narratives (from games, social media, fan literature, or other emerging media). Students will explore how meaning is generated through these narratives, demonstrating the knowledge they gain through reflective writing, researched writing, and project-based assignments. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 401 - Guided Study: Literary Criticism


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 402 - Guided Study: Writing


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 406 - Guided Study: American Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 407 - Guided Study: General Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 409 - Guided Study: British Literature After 1700


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 410 - Language and Literature Internship


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Summer

    Designed for students who obtain internships requiring or allowing for college credit. Can be taken for 2 or 3 credits, depending on the number of hours required by the internship. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status.
  
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    ENGL 432 - Introduction to Linguistics


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Introduction to linguistics including topics such as phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics, language acquisition, regional and social language variation, and historical linguistics. Emphasis varies to suit the needs of the class. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 441 - Topics in Literary Criticism and Bibliography


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 442 - Topics in Writing


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 443 - Topics in the English Language


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 445 - Topics in Teaching English and Reading


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 446 - Topics in American Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 447 - Topics in General Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 448 - Topics in British Literature Before 1700


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 449 - Topics in British Literature After 1700


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: on demand

    May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 459 - English for Secondary Teachers


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Specialized instruction in the content and methods of teaching and testing oral and written composition, grammar, and literature in secondary schools. Required for English certification. Prerequisite: 6 hours of upper-level English.
  
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    ENGL 464 - American Novel


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    A study of significant novels. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 470 - Multicultural Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    An introduction to and a study of literature by various cultures in the United States. Includes both general backgrounds and specific authors and works. May be repeated as content varies. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 471 - Literature and Belief


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    A survey of classic literary texts concerned with faith, doubt, and Christian spirituality from Augustine to the present. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 472 - Film and Belief


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    A detailed study of recent and classic films with emphasis on their theological elements and how they are manifestations of culture. Students will develop viewing discernment and the ability to assess and write about thematic elements of films in genres, including romantic comedy, drama, independent, and foreign film. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements and Junior standing.
  
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    ENGL 473 - Rhetoric and Belief


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    This course focuses on the intersections of rhetoric and belief. Students examine traditional religious discourse and consider the rhetorical nature of that discourse, as well as examine ways that belief - not just faith in a transcendent being - permeates much (if not all) rhetorical discourse. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 481 - Medieval British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    A survey of major medieval texts with special emphasis on Middle English and Chaucer. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 483 - Shakespeare


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Summer

    An introduction to comedies, histories, and tragedies with attention to major critical approaches to Shakespearean drama. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 484 - Seventeenth-Century British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    English poetry and prose of the 17th century, with emphasis on Donne, Herbert, and Milton. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 495 - Eighteenth-Century British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    A survey of major works and authors with some emphasis on drama. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 496 - Nineteenth-Century British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    A survey of Romantic and Victorian poetry and prose, 1780-1900, with emphasis on the major writers. Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 497 - Twentieth-Century British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    Selected writing from British authors throughout the century, covering at least three genres (fiction, poetry, drama, or nonfiction). Prerequisite: Completion of Sophomore English requirements.
  
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    ENGL 499 - Studies in World Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    A senior seminar using contemporary theoretical and critical approaches to selected literatures of the world. Provides a practical introduction to a range of literatures through application of current tools and methods of literary analysis in a discussion setting. Prerequisite: Senior standing. For majors only. A capstone and writing-intensive course.
  
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    ENGL 520 - Creative Nonfiction Workshop


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Writing of literary works grounded in factual reality, using techniques of novelists and poets. Includes autobiography, nature writing, travel narrative, cultural criticism, spiritual memoir. Involves peer review; offers strategies for revision and publication.
  
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    ENGL 522 - Fiction Workshop


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Writing of fiction with guidance from lectures and class members’ critiques.
  
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    ENGL 523 - Poetry Workshop


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    Writing of poetry with guidance from lectures and class members’ critiques.
  
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    ENGL 525 - Advanced Composition


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Analysis of the writing process, step by step, with practice in the major types (description, narration, evaluation, exposition, persuasion, and research) and with emphasis on revision. A writing-intensive course.
  
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    ENGL 526 - Business and Professional Writing


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Introduction to the theory and accepted practices of composition in occupational fields, including correspondence and report writing based on content in upper-level courses in the student’s major field. Some oral work required.
  
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    ENGL 529 - Rhetoric as Written Discourse


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    A survey of major rhetorical texts from classical times to present. Emphasis on the development of rhetorical theory as it relates to written discourse.
  
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    ENGL 530 - Advanced English Grammar


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Current trends in the analysis of the English language. Recommended for future teachers.
  
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    ENGL 532 - Introduction to Linguistics


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    Introduction to linguistics including topics such as phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics, language acquisition, regional and social language variation, and historical linguistics. Emphasis varies to suit the needs of the class.
  
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    ENGL 551 - Literature for Young Adults


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    A content reading course emphasizing literature and other materials for middle school and high school students. Attention is given to major authors, ground-breaking books, and contemporary materials in various genres.
  
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    ENGL 558 - Teaching English as a Second Language


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    An introduction to the methods and techniques of teaching English as a second language. Prerequisite: ENGL 330 .
  
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    ENGL 562 - American Literature Before 1860


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    A survey of the major writers before the Civil War.
  
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    ENGL 563 - American Literature After 1860


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, Summer

    A survey of the major writers since the Civil War.
  
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    ENGL 564 - American Novel


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    A study of significant novels. May be repeated as content varies.
  
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    ENGL 570 - Multicultural Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    An introduction to and a study of literature by various cultures in the United States. Includes both general backgrounds and specific authors and works. May be repeated as content varies.
  
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    ENGL 571 - Literature and Belief


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    A survey of classic literary texts concerned with faith, doubt, and Christian spirituality from Augustine to the present.
  
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    ENGL 572 - Film and Belief


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    A detailed study of recent and classic films with emphasis on their theological elements and how they are manifestations of culture. Students will develop viewing discernment and the ability to assess and write about thematic elements of films in genres, including romantic comedy, drama, independent, and foreign film.
  
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    ENGL 576 - Fiction


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    Novels and short stories that seem to have earned a permanent reputation. May be repeated as content varies.
  
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    ENGL 577 - Drama


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Oxford: on demand; Abilene: Spring, odd years

    Survey of significant plays from ancient Greeks to the present. May be repeated as content varies.
  
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    ENGL 578 - Poetry


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    Advanced study of poetry that seems likely to endure. May be repeated as content varies.
  
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    ENGL 581 - Medieval British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    A survey of major medieval texts with special emphasis on Middle English and Chaucer.
  
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    ENGL 583 - Shakespeare


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Summer

    An introduction to comedies, histories, and tragedies with attention to major critical approaches to Shakespearean drama.
  
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    ENGL 584 - Seventeenth-Century British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    English poetry and prose of the 17th century, with emphasis on Donne, Herbert, and Milton.
  
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    ENGL 595 - Eighteenth-Century British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, odd years

    A survey of major works and authors with some emphasis on drama.
  
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    ENGL 596 - Nineteenth-Century British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    A survey of Romantic and Victorian poetry and prose, 1780-1900, with emphasis on the major writers.
  
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    ENGL 597 - Twentieth-Century British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    Selected writing from British authors throughout the century, covering at least three genres (fiction, poetry, drama, or nonfiction).
  
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    ENGL 610 - Studies in American Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    Emphasis upon literary, social, and intellectual currents as seen in certain significant writings. May be repeated as topics vary for up to 9 hours credit.
  
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    ENGL 612 - Studies in British Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring

    May emphasize genres, themes, or individual writers. May be repeated as topics vary for up to 9 hours of credit.
  
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    ENGL 613 - Literary Theory and Faith


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall

    Various topics in contemporary literary criticism and theory. May be repeated as topics vary for up to 9 hours of credit.
  
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    ENGL 615 - World Literature


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, odd years

    Selection of texts for this course ranges freely over the globe, engaging literary works from all countries and cultures. When texts for study are selected from the non-Anglophone world, they are presented in English translation.
  
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    ENGL 620 - Literary Research Methods and Publication


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Fall, even years

    An intense, step-by-step guided research experience introducing students to advanced literary research methods, presentation, and publication.
  
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    ENGL 622 - Rhetoric and Belief


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    This course focuses on the intersections of rhetoric and belief. Students examine traditional religious discourse and consider the rhetorical nature of that discourse, as well as examine ways that belief - not just faith in a transcendent being - permeates much (if not all) rhetorical discourse.
  
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    ENGL 623 - Discourse Theory


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Offers a brief historical framework from the sophists to the Scottish Enlightenment. It then explores the implications of major discourse theorists on composition and rhetoric studies.
  
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    ENGL 624 - Non-Traditional Rhetoric


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    The course offers immersion into one type of non-traditional rhetoric (visual, feminist, silence, etc.) each time it is taught. Students will read text and theories in the non-traditional rhetoric as well as perform one major analysis.
  
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    ENGL 625 - Rhetorical Methods and Publication


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    The course offers experience understanding quantitative and ethnographic research in composition as well as preparing students to perform rhetorical analysis for publication.
  
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    ENGL 631 - Contexts: Studies in a Single Author


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focusing on a single author, this course encourages a depth of exploration that is not feasible in the format of survey courses. This format allows for an intensive study of the works and context of an author and through this examines multiple modes of literary criticism and theory.
  
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    ENGL 633 - Connections: Studies in a Literary Period


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    This seminar integrates the philosophical, cultural, political, and spiritual underpinnings of period formation, in a transnational, interdisciplinary context through discussions in a seminar setting.
  
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    ENGL 650 - Contemporary Composition Theory


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring, even years

    Contemporary Composition Theory surveys problems, issues, and current threads of discussion within contemporary Composition-Rhetoric scholarship. Prerequisite: Permission from Graduate Director, Department of Language and Literature. Each student must be entered manually by department.
  
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    ENGL 652 - Rhetorical Theory and Praxis


    Lecture Hours: 3
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 3
    Terms Offered: Spring

    An examination of rhetorical theories as they informed praxis, beginning with an overview of the history of rhetoric, then a study of the intersection between rhetorical theory and writing center theory and pedagogy and composition theory and pedagogy.
  
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    ENGL 699 - Master’s Thesis


    Lecture Hours: 0
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 6
    This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.

English as a Second Language

  
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    FLEN 021 - Low-Intermediate Reading


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 4
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Practice in reading for academic purposes across a wide range of content. Emphasizes vocabulary. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
  
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    FLEN 023 - Low-Intermediate Oral Communication


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 4
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Oral drills, pronunciation practice, guided conversations, and other activities designed to strengthen oral/aural skills in English. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
  
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    FLEN 027 - Low-Intermediate Grammar


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 4
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Grammatical proficiency is improved through the examination of major sentence patterns and grammatical forms. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
  
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    FLEN 029 - Low-Intermediate Writing


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 4
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    English composition training based on various topics accessible to the ESL student at this level. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
  
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    FLEN 031 - High-Intermediate Reading


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 4
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Practice in reading for academic purposes across a wide range of content. Emphasizes vocabulary. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
  
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    FLEN 033 - High-Intermediate Oral Communication


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 4
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Oral drills, pronunciation practice, guided conversations, speeches, class discussions, and other activities designed to strengthen oral/aural skills in English. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
  
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    FLEN 037 - High-Intermediate Grammar


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 4
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Grammatical proficiency is improved through the examination of major sentence patterns and grammatical forms. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
  
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    FLEN 039 - High-Intermediate Writing


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 4
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    English composition training based on various topics accessible to the ESL student at this level. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
  
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    FLEN 041 - Advanced Reading


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 4
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Practice in reading for academic purposes across a wide range of content. Emphasizes vocabulary. This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
  
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    FLEN 047 - Advanced Topics in ESL


    Lecture Hours: 4
    Lab Hours: 0
    Credit Hours: 4
    Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

    Special topics based upon communication needs of students in the course (e.g., oral presentation in the academic setting, research writing, advanced academic reading skills). This course is available for variable credit. Please see your advisor for more information.
 

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