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English Courses

ENG 096 English Refresher (2)
Identifying major errors in grammar and learning about the elements of composition. Credit does not count toward graduation requirements.

ENG 098 Foundations in Writing (3)
Basic course in reading, writing, vocabulary development, and grammar. Recommended for students needing foundational work in written communication, including some students of English as a second language. Placement based on results of the SVU writing proficiency test. This course may be repeated and must be followed by both ENG 110 and 120. Does not count toward graduation credit. Maximum enrollment 10 students per section.

ENG 110 Introduction to Composition (3)
Introduction to college writing, with an emphasis on developing the ability to express one’s ideas and personal experiences in a clear and convincing manner. Students receive instruction in the elements of composition (thesis development, paragraphing, and selection and organization of evidence) and hone their ability to identify and repair major grammatical errors. Attention is given to strengthening oral communication and developing vocabulary. Students also receive instruction concerning how to access and use learning resources provided by the university. ENG 110 is for students who would benefit from additional preparation prior to ENG 120, generally those with ACT verbal scores of 20 or lower, or SAT verbal scores of 500 or lower, with final placement based on the results of the SVU writing proficiency test. Students must pass ENG 110 with a C- or better before proceeding to ENG 120 College Composition.

ENG 120 College Composition (GE) (3)
Development of critical thinking skills through reading, writing, and speaking with an emphasis on refining one’s ability to identify, propose, and defend text-based claims. Includes guidance in analytical reading as well as instruction in the writing, editing, and research processes. Students also receive instruction concerning how to access and use learning resources provided by the university. This course is for those students prepared for the rigors of college writing, generally those with a SAT verbal score of 510 or higher or an ACT verbal score of 21 or higher, with final placement based on the results of the SVU writing proficiency test. ENG 120 required for all first-year students, but waived for those scoring 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Test.

ENG 175R Topics in English (3)
Topics in English.

ENG 210 Literature of Western Civilization I (GE) (3)
Works of literature from antiquity through medieval times in light of socioeconomic, political, intellectual, and aesthetic developments.

ENG 215 Literature of Western Civilization II (GE) (3)
Works of literature from the Renaissance through modern times in light of socioeconomic, political, intellectual and aesthetic developments. May be taken independently of ENG 210.

ENG 220 Fundamentals of Creative Writing (3)
Fundamentals of writing poetry and fiction; discussion of student work and the creative process; readings in contemporary poems and short stories. Conferences with instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 120.

ENG 225 Approaches to Literature (GE) (3)
Introduction to concepts and practice of literary interpretation and criticism emphasizing elements of fiction, poetry, and drama. Includes interpretive essays on literature and literary research paper. English majors are strongly encouraged to take this course immediately after completing ENG 120 and before taking other upper division courses in the major. Prerequisite: ENG 120 or equivalent.

ENG 230 British Literature I (3)

ENG 235 British Literature II (3)

ENG 240 American Literature (3)

ENG 269R Literary Magazine Staff (1)
Production of the literary magazine of Southern Virginia University, The Review. Students contribute both to the generation of the magazine’s content as well as to its material production, including fundraising.

ENG 275R Topics in English (3)
Topics in English. Prerequisite: ENG 120.

ENG 279R Newspaper Staff (1)
Journalism and newspaper production. Students are part of The Paladin staff and contribute to the content and production of the newspaper.

ENG 300 Study Abroad: British Literature (3)
Study of English literature, culture, and historical sites while residing in England. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

ENG 320R Intermediate Creative Writing (3)
The writing of poetry and fiction; discussion of student work and the creative process; readings in contemporary short stories and poems. Conferences with instructor. May be repeated for a total of six hours of credit; only three credit hours apply toward English major. Prerequisite: ENG 220.

ENG 323 Advanced Expository Writing (3)
The writing of nonfiction prose with overview of the essay as a literary genre. Students will read, analyze, and write autobiographical and personal essays, informational, persuasive, and exploratory essays, with focus on voice, purpose, and style. Prerequisite: ENG 120.

ENG 324R Writing Popular Fiction (3)
Students will learn how to write a short story using the techniques of popular fiction genres. The course requires each student to write two short stories, as well as to read and evaluate all the stories written by the other class participants. The instructors will evaluate the stories by professional writing standards. Students must be prepared to hear and learn from constructive criticism of their stories. Prerequisite English 120 and either English 210, English 215, LIB 130 or approval of the instructor.

ENG 325 Literary Theory and Criticism (3)
A study of the primary theories of literature evident in major works of criticism from Plato to the present as well as in contemporary critical practices. Strongly recommended for English majors interested in a teaching career or graduate study in English. Prerequisite: ENG 225.

ENG 327R Writing the Popular Novel (3)
Students will learn how to write a novel using the techniques of popular fiction genres. The course requires each student to write a detailed outline for and approximately 100 pages of a novel. Students must also read an evaluate the students’ work by professional writing standards. Students must be prepared to hear and learn from constructive criticism of their work. Prerequisite 324R, or approval of the instructor.

ENG 330 Genre Studies: Fiction (3)
General introduction to fiction as a literary genre, discussing the development and identifying the range of its diverse formal conventions. Prerequisites: ENG 225 and one from among ENG 210, 215 or LIB 130.

ENG 340 Genre Studies: Dramatic Literature (3)
Successful completion of the following (or equivalent as determined by the instructor and registrar): English 120 Freshman Composition; and one course from either LIB 130 Classics of Western Literature; ENG 213 Major Periods; ENG 225 Approaches to Literature; ENG 230 British Lit I; ENG 235 British Lit II; or ENG 240 American Lit.

ENG 341 Playwriting I (3)
Creation of style and technique in playwriting; discipline and practice of the writer. Includes discussion of student work and the reading of contemporary plays. Conferences with instructor. Cross-listed with THE 341. Prerequisite: ENG 120.

ENG 342 Playwriting II (3)
Development of style and technique in playwriting. In depth discussion of student work, reading plays, conferences with instructor, and writing one act and/or multi-act plays. Cross-listed with THE 342. Prerequisite: ENG 341 or THE 341.

ENG 345 Studies in Shakespeare (3)
A study of selected dramatic works by Shakespeare emphasizing text, performance, and criticism. Prerequisites: ENG 120 and one from among ENG 210, 215, 225.

ENG 348 Literature and Film (3)
Emphasis on film techniques and on film as an interpretation of texts. Prerequisites: ENG 120 and one from ENG 210, 215, 225.

ENG 350 Genre Studies: Poetry (3)
General introduction to poetry as a literary genre, discussing the development and identifying the range of its diverse formal conventions. Prerequisites: ENG 120 and one from among ENG 210, 215, 225.

ENG 360R Seminar in English (3)
Topics vary to include language studies and literary studies in genre, authors, periods, movements, and cultural influences. May be repeated for a total of 9 hours credit. Prerequisites: ENG 120; one from ENG 210, 215, 225; and junior or senior class standing.

ENG 369R Literary Magazine Senior Staff (2)
Students assume leadership roles in the production of The Review (see ENG 269R). Prerequisite: ENG 269R and consent of instructor.

ENG 375R Topics in English (3)
Topics may include periods of literary theory, the novel, drama, poetry, regional and other literatures, Greek and Roman classics, sacred texts, language, or writing. Prerequisites: ENG 120 and one from among ENG 210, 215, 225, or LIB130.

ENG 379R Newspaper Senior Staff (2)
Members of The Paladin editorial board and senior staff. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

ENG 385R Directed Study in English (3)
Under instructor’s guidance, student pursues topics of personal interest. Prerequisites: ENG 120, 225, and consent of instructor.

ENG 399 Internship/Practicum in English (3)
Internship or practicum in field of potential employment or advanced study. Internship proposal must be approved before registration. Prerequisites: ENG 120, 225, and consent of instructor.

ENG 420R Advanced Creative Writing (3)
Seminar in creative writing. Seniors concentrate on either poetry or fiction as they work on a substantial body of work. May be repeated for a total of six hours of credit. Prerequisite: ENG 320 or consent of instructor.

ENG 475R Senior Topics in English (3)
Topics may include periods of literary theory, the novel, drama, poetry, regional and other literatures, Greek and Roman classics, sacred texts, language, or writing. Prerequisites: ENG 120 and one from among ENG 210, 215, 225.

ENG 497 Senior Exam for English Majors (0)
Course fee applies. Required to graduate. In the final semester of a student’s undergraduate career, he or she must register for and take the senior comprehensive exam at the end of the semester. Time and place of the exam TBA.

ENG 498 Senior Paper (3)
A substantial critical project written under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: senior class standing and consent of instructor.

ENG 499 Senior Internship/Practicum in English (3)
Internship or practicum in field of potential employment or advanced study. Internship proposal must be approved before registration. Prerequisites: ENG 120, 225, senior class standing, and consent of instructor.