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English, Writing & Linguistics

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English

ENG 104, 105, 106 Introduction to Literature (4 each)
A sequence in literary genres involving works in English and translation. 104, fiction; 105, drama; 106, poetry. Any two fulfill liberal arts core curriculum literature requirement. Not recommended for English majors and Language Arts Secondary Teaching majors.

 

ENG 107H, 108H Survey of Western Literature (4 each)
For students admitted to WOU’s Honors Program. Courses examine Western literary masterpieces; 107H focuses on Greek and Roman works, 108H on medieval through Enlightenment. All honors courses are writing-intensive. Enrollment requires permission of Honors Program director.

 

ENG 107, 108, 109 Literature of the Western World (4 each)
A chronological survey of masterpieces of Western literature from ancient times to the present. 107, Greco-Roman; 108, Medieval and Renaissance; 109, 18th century to the present. Any two fulfill liberal arts core curriculum literature requirement. English majors and Language Arts Secondary Teaching majors should take ENG 107 and ENG 108; ENG 109 is also highly recommended.

 

ENG 199 Special Studies
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

ENG 204 Survey of British Literature (4)
A survey of British literature from Beowulf to 1660. Prerequisites: WR 135 (or equivalent) and two LACC literature courses from: ENG 104-109, FR 110, GL 110; LING 210 may also be used by Early/Elementary/Middle Level Education students

 

ENG 205 Survey of British Literature (4)
A survey of British literature from 1660 to 1832. Prerequisites: WR 135 (or equivalent) and two LACC literature courses from: ENG 104-109, FR 110, GL 110; LING 210 may also be used by Early/Elementary/Middle Level Education students

 

ENG 206 Survey of British Literature (4)
A survey of British literature from 1832 to the present. Prerequisites: completion of WR 135 (or equivalent) and two LACC literature courses from ENG 104-109, FR 110, GL 110: LING 210 may also be used by Early/Elementary/Middle Level Education students

 

ENG 218 Introduction to Literary Study (4)
Introduction to basic literary concepts, research and documentation, and textual explication. English and language arts majors and minors should take this course before enrolling in upper-division literature courses. Prerequisites: WR 135
(or equivalent) and two LACC literature courses from: ENG 104-109, FR 110, GL 110; LING 210; may also be used by Early/Elementary/Middle Level Education students

 

ENG 253 Survey of American Literature (4)
A survey of American literature from the beginnings to 1865. Prerequisites: WR 135 (or equivalent) and two LACC literature courses from: ENG 104-109, FR 110, GL 110; LING 210 may also be used by Early/Elementary/Middle Level Education students

 

ENG 254 Survey of American Literature (4)
A survey of American literature from 1865 to the present. Prerequisites: WR 135 (or equivalent) and two LACC literature courses from: ENG 104-109, FR 110, GL 110; LING 210 may also be used by Early/Elementary/Middle Level Education students

 

ENG 301 Shakespeare (4)
A study of selected major works of Shakespeare. Prerequisite: WR 135 (or equivalent) and LACC Literature/Modern Language requirement.

 

ENG 318 Contemporary Literary Theory (4)
Survey of contemporary literary theories, focusing on their practical application for textual explication.
Prerequisites: WR 135 (or equivalent) and ENG 218

 

ENG 320 Medieval British Literature (4)
An in-depth study of selected writers, forms and themes in Medieval British literature. Prerequisites: ENG 204 and ENG 218, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 321 Renaissance British Literature (4)
An in-depth study of selected writers, forms and themes in Renaissance British literature. Prerequisites: ENG 204 and ENG 218, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 323 British Literature 1660-1832 (4)
An in-depth study of selected writers, forms and/or themes in British literature from restoration, Augustan or Romantic British literature. Prerequisites: ENG 205 and ENG 218, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 324 Victorian British Literature (4)
An in-depth study of selected writers, forms and themes in British literature during the Victorian era. Prerequisites: ENG 206 and ENG 218, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 325 20th Century British Literature (4)
In-depth study of selected writers, forms and themes in 20th century British literature. Prerequisites: ENG 206 and ENG 218, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 331 Period Studies in American Literature to 1865 (4)
In-depth study of selected writers, forms and/or themes in American literature from the beginnings through Romanticism. Specific focus will be identified in the on-line course offerings. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisites: ENG 218 and ENG 253, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 332 Period Studies in American Literature since 1865 (4)
An in-depth study of selected writers, forms, and/or themes in American literature since 1865. Specific focus will be identified in the on-line course offerings. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisites: ENG 218 and ENG 254, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 340 Period Studies in World Literature Before 1700 (4)
An in-depth study of selected writers, forms and/or themes specific to the period before 1700 in Europe outside of the British Isles. Specific focus will be identified in the online course offerings. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: ENG 107 or 108; and ENG 218, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 341 Period Studies in World Literature After 1700 (4)
An in-depth study of selected writers, forms and/or themes specific to the period since 1700 in Europe outside the British Isles. Specific focus will be identified in the online course offerings. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: ENG 108 or 109; and ENG 218, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 380 The Bible as Literature (4)
A study of the representative literary forms, events and figures of the English Bible, either Old and/or New Testaments, with emphasis on the Bible’s importance to the subsequent development of the literary and philosophical traditions of the Western world. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

ENG 385 Folklore (4)
An examination of folklore and folklore techniques in a specific context, such as ballad, legend, etc., or of a specific approach, such as children’s folklore, folklore of the Pacific NW, etc., emphasizing the role of folklore in the total study of culture. Specific focus will be identified in each year’s schedule of classes. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

ENG 386 Form and Meaning in Film (4)
A study of the distinctive aspects of film as an art and communication form, as embodied in the theory and practice of filmmakers and scholars. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

ENG 387 Mythology (4)
An examination of myth and myth techniques in a specific context, such as Greco-Roman, Arthurian, etc., or of a recurrent myth in several mythologies. Specific focus will be identified in each year’s schedule of classes. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

ENG 389 U.S. Minority Literature (4)
A broad examination of the literature of minority or ethnic groups in the U. S., such as African-American, Chicano, etc. Specific focus will be identified in the on-line course offerings. May be taken twice if content is not repeated.
Prerequisite: ENG 218 or consent of instructor

 

ENG 390 World Literatures (4)
An introduction to literatures outside the European/US tradition, such as African or Asian. Specific focus will be identified in the on-line course offerings.
Prerequisite: ENG 218 or consent of instructor

 

ENG 399 Special Studies (4)
An in-depth study of a special topic in literature as identified in each year’s schedule of classes. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

ENG 406 Special Individual Studies (1-12)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Individual or special studies in a limited area of interest under the guidance of a designated faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor required

 

ENG 407/507 Seminar (4)
A regularly scheduled special topics course. Specific focus will be identified in the online course offerings. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: ENG 218 or consent of instructor

 

ENG 409 Internship (1-8)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

ENG 418/518 Topics in Theory and Criticism (4)
Concentrated study of a school or schools of criticism or of a theoretical problem. Readings will include theoretical and practical criticism. Specific focus will be identified in the on-line course offerings. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisites: ENG 218 and one 300-level literature course, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 421/521 Studies in British Literature (4)
A study of special issues and topics in British literature. Specific focus will be identified in the on-line course offerings. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisites: ENG 218 and one 300-level literature course, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 432/532 Studies in American Literature (4)
A study of special issues and topics in American literature. Specific focus will be identified in the on-line course offerings. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisites: ENG 218 and one 300-level literature course, or consent of instructo

 

ENG 441/541 Studies in World Literatures (4)
A study of special issues and topics related to literatures of continental Europe. Specific focus will be identified in the online schedule of classes. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisites: ENG 218 or consent of instructor

 

ENG 447/547 Major Figures (4)
An in-depth study of a major figure in literature or of two closely related figures. Specific focus will be identified in the online course offerings May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisites: ENG 218 and one 300-level literature course, or consent of instructor

 

ENG 465/565 Teaching Literature (4)
Introduction to the theory and practice of teaching literature at the secondary/ early college level, including national and Oregon standards, constructing coherent units of literary study and assessments, and professional resources.
Prerequisites: ENG 218 and one upper division literature course

 

ENG 489/589 Studies in U.S. Minority Literature (4)
In-depth study of the literature of a specific minority or ethnic group in the U.S., such as African-American, Chicano, etc. Specific focus will be identified in the on-line course offerings. Course may be taken twice if content is not repeated.
Prerequisite: ENG 218 or consent of instructor

 

ENG 490/590 Studies in World Literatures (4)
In-depth study of literary works outside the European/US tradition, such as African or Asian. Specific focus will be identified in the on-line course offerings.
Prerequisite: ENG 218 or consent of instructor

 

ENG 606 Special Individual Studies (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Provides graduate students the opportunity to study a special or individual area of interest under the guidance of a designated faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor required

 

ENG 620 Studies in Literary Eras (3)
A study of a significant literary era in European, British and American literature, such as Classical, Medieval, Renaissance, Augustan, Romantic, Realistic, Modern and Contemporary. Specific focus will be identified in each year’s schedule of classes. May be taken twice if content is not repeated.

 

ENG 624 British Literature (3)
A study of a period, literary movement or theme in British literature. Specific focus will be identified in each year’s schedule of classes. May be taken twice if content is not repeated.

 

ENG 626 American Literature (3)
A study of a period, literary movement or theme in American literature. Specific focus will be identified in each year’s schedule of classes. May be taken twice if content is not repeated.

 

ENG 628 Continental Literature (3)
A study of a period, literary movement or theme in European continental literature. Specific focus will be identified in each year’s schedule of classes. May be taken twice if content is not repeated.

 

ENG 631 Major Theories of Literary Criticism (3)
The history, principles and practice of various aspects of literary criticism. Prerequisite: 15 hours of literature or consent of instructor

 

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Writing

WR 115 College Writing I (4)
A writing course introducing a variety of writing strategies and emphasizing critical reading and thinking. This course helps students prepare for LACC writing requirement, WR 135.

 

WR 135 College Writing II (4)
An intensive writing course focusing on critical analysis, argumentation and documentation. This course meets the LACC writing requirement if passed with a grade of C- or better. Note: students must complete WR 135 (or its transfer equivalent) before enrolling in upper-division writing intensive courses.

 

WR 222 Writing for the Sciences (4)
Combines instruction in writing on issues in the sciences with strategies for researching scientific material. Focus is placed on finding, evaluating, and utilizing library and electronic resources along with developing strategies for understanding, analyzing, and making scientific arguments. Students will also become familiar with documentation styles used in science writing. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent

 

WR 223 TEMPORARY - PENDING PERMANENT APPROVAL.
Combines instruction in research skills with the production of essays utilizing research, including traditional library research, internet research, documentation styles, and forms of researched writing. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent.

 

WR 230 Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition Studies (4)
A broad introduction to the field of rhetoric and composition, with emphasis on its historical, theoretical, and practical development. Writing majors and minors should take this course before enrolling in upper-division writing courses. Prerequisites: WR 135

 

WR 321 Business Writing (4)
Instruction and practice in writing business reports, memos, and letters. Particularly appropriate for students in business and related areas. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent

 

WR 322 Technical Writing (4)
Instruction and practice in writing technical reports, proposals, and other technical writing forms. Particularly appropriate for students in health, science, and technical fields. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent.

 

WR 323 Intermediate Exposition (4)
Intermediate expository writing. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

WR 350 News Writing (4)
Course introduces students to the basics of news reporting; developing, researching, and writing news stories. The course will also cover interviewing skills, research techniques, and different news writing styles, as well as a discussion on libel law and journalistic ethics. Prerequisite: WR 135 or equivalent

 

WR 360 Fiction Workshop (4)
First course in fiction writing, emphasizing technique and critical appreciation of fiction writing. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

WR 361 Poetry Workshop (4)
First course in poetry writing, emphasizing technique and critical appreciation of poetry writing. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

WR 362 Topics in Creative Writing (4)
First course in techniques of creative writing in areas other than fiction or poetry. Specific focus will be identified each time course is offered. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 135

 

WR 399 Special Studies (4)

 

WR 406 Special Individual Studies (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Individual or special studies in a limited area of interest under the guidance of a designated faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

WR 409 Internship (1-8)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

WR 412/512 Writing Center Internship (1-6)
Supervised practical experience as a Writing Center consultant, diagnosing student texts and suggesting techniques for students’ writing skills improvement. Prerequisite: WR 135, WR 440, additional 400-level writing course, recommendation of WR 440 instructor

 

WR 414 Advanced Composition (4)
Advanced instruction and practice in the principles of writing. May be taken twice. Prerequisite: 300-level writing course or consent of instructor

 

WR 430 Historical Issues in Composition (4)
A historical survey of rhetoric and composition theories, focusing on the development of instructional styles relevant to different periods. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: WR 135 or consent of instructor

 

WR 440/540 Teaching of Writing (4)
Course dealing with current theories and practices in teaching writing in English Language Arts and other subject areas in the public school. Prerequisite: WR 135 and LING 315 or consent of instructor

 

WR 450 Writing for Publication (4)
A survey of methods of publication and of markets for various kinds of writing. Theory and practice in manuscript preparation, manuscript form, proofreading, and copyright application. Submission of actual manuscript for publication.

 

WR 460 Advanced Fiction Workshop (4)
Advanced study of fiction-writing techniques. May be repeated once for credit. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 360 or consent of instructor

 

WR 461 Advanced Poetry Workshop (4)
Advanced study of poetry writing technique. May be repeated once for credit. Workshop. Prerequisite: WR 361 or consent of instructor

 

WR 496/596 Special Topics in Writing (4)
An exploration of selected writing topics, as identified in each year’s schedule of classes. May be taken twice if content is not repeated. Prerequisite: one upper-division writing class or consent of instructor

 

WR 606 Special Individual Studies (1-6)
Individual or special writing instruction in a specific form of writing under the guidance of a designated faculty member.

 

WR 610 Forms of Expository Prose (3)
Intensive study and practice in analyzing and writing expository prose. Recommended for secondary teachers.

 

WR 642 Writing Across the Curriculum (3)
Introduces students to the theories and techniques in teaching writing, and teaching via writing, relevant to content knowledge courses.

 

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Linguistics

LING 210 Introduction to Linguistics (4)
An examination of similarities and differences in languages of the world (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics), as well as issues in applied linguistics, child language acquisition, literacy and dialect diversity.

 

LING 312 Language and Society (4)
A study of the relationship between language and society, including linguistic diversity, bilingualism, multilingualism, ethnography of speaking and social bases for language change. Prerequisites: LING 210 and 215, or consent of instructor

 

LING 314 Language Study for Elementary/ Middle Teachers (4)
Detailed study of the linguistic sub-systems of English (phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics/pragmatics) as they directly relate to the background knowledge and skills required for effective elementary teaching. Topics include: language standards and dialect variation, cueing systems in reading, vocabulary development, writing conventions and personal voice, bilingual and second language development. Prerequisite: LING 210

 

LING 315 Structure of English I (4)
Overview of the linguistic structure of English including word structure and the grammar of simple and complex sentences in authentic texts. Prerequisites: LING 210

 

LING 370 Discourse and Text (4)
The study of linguistic structure and function in context, including the analysis of style, genre, register and dialect. Prerequisite: LING 210 or LING 315 or consent of instructor

 

LING 406 Special Individual Studies (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Individual or special studies in a limited area of interest under the guidance of a designated faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

LING 407/507 Seminar (4)

 

LING 409 Internship (1-8)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

LING 410 Theories of Foreign Language Acquisition for Adult/Young Adult Learners (4)
Introduction to adult and young adult foreign language learning (EFL). Will study the principles and processes that govern second language learning in adults and young adults, with attention to the processes of child language acquisition that are both similar to, and different from, foreign language acquisition.

 

LING 415 Strategies in TEFL for Adult/ Young Adult Learners (4)
Overview of past and contemporary methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages and the relationship between methodological trends, theories of language learning and the contexts of teaching. Prerequisites: LING 210 and LING 315

 

LING 416 TEFL Certificate Practicum (2)
Course gives students a supervised practical teaching experience in which theoretical knowledge is integrated with valuable skills and experience in a structured setting with adult second language learners. Prerequisites: LING 410 and LING 415

 

LING 450/550 Linguistic Analysis of Style and Genre (4)
Analysis of style and genre from a linguistic perspective. Topics to be covered include the history of style/genre in the context of language instruction and writing assessment; sentence fluency and syntactic development in the context of genre-specific texts; stylistic punctuation.

 

LING 490 History of the English Language (4)
A study of the historical origins and development of the English language, including the principles and processes of language change. Prerequisites: LING 210 and LING 315, or consent of instructor

 

LING 492 Pedagogical Grammar in TEFL for Adult/Young Adult Learners (4)
Course, designed for prospective EFL/ESL teachers, examines English syntax in depth, with special emphasis on those aspects of English grammar that present difficultyfor EFL/ESL speakers. Topics include, the auxiliary system of English, the tense/ aspect system, complementation, reference. Prerequisite: LING 210 and LING 315.

 

LING 496/596 Special Topics in Linguistics (4)
An exploration of selected topics in linguistics. Specific focus will be identified in each year’s schedule of classes. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

LING 606 Special Individual Studies (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Opportunity to study a special or individual area of interest under the guidance of a designated faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

LING 610 Theories of Grammar (3)
A survey of grammatical systems (traditional, structural, phrase structure, transformational, case).

 

LING 615 Applied Linguistics for Teachers (3)
Application of principles of the scientific study of language to areas of interest to teachers, including pronunciation, grammar, dialect, spelling, vocabulary development and English as a second language.

 

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