English at Bluffton College


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.

Major (44 hours minimum)
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.


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) or ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
ENG 304 The English Language (3) or ENG 271 English Grammar (3)

Electives:

ENG 202 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)
ENG 203 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)
COM 275 Organizational Communication (3) COM 305 Writing for the Media (3)
ENG 390 Independent Study in English
ENG 425 Internship in Journalism (1-3)
Any upper-level literature course (3)


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.

Required: (17 hours)

ENG 208 Theories, Methods and Issues in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Language (3)
ENG 252 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
ENG 271 English Grammar (3)
ENG 310 Phonology of American English (3)
ENG 312 Language Variation (3)
ENG 385 TESOL Practicum (2)

Electives: (3 hours)

ENG 304 The English Language (3)
PSY 262 Cross-cultural Psychology (3)
SOC 325 Race & Ethnicity in American Society: History and Current Realities


Courses

ENG 105 Applied College Skills (1)
This course stresses reading and writing comprehension and skills. College survival skills, including word processing, library and study skills, will be applied to assigned work in the student's other classes.

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 and ENG 120 College English (3)
Designed to help students improve writing and study skills needed in college. Course level will be based upon skills assessment.

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 Expository Writing (3)
Advanced study and practice in the craft of essay writing. Offered alternate years.

ENG 208 Theories, Methods and Issues in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (3)
An introduction to theories, methods and concepts that inform English teaching when students are not native English speakers. Perspectives for teaching the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening are covered and opportunities are provided for practical application of course material.

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 304 The English Language (3)
An introduction to the study of the English language, its history, variations and development on the American scene. Offered alternate years.

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.

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 on demand.

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. While attempts will be made to fit practicum assignments to the interests and preferences of individual students, flexibility may be necessary depending on the demand for ESL support in the area at any given time. The two credit hours offered for the practicum are based on an expected six hours of time spent teaching or tutoring each week of the semester during which students are enrolled in the course.

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


Modified 10/5/00