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EN 090 Introduction to College Reading
A developmental course in reading and study skills improvement with emphasis on vocabulary building, improved comprehension, effective note taking and study skills, and critical reading. A minimum grade of C- is necessary for successful completion of this course. Credits may not be applied toward any degree. (2)

EN 100 Introduction to College Writing
A college-level course designed to develop writing skills through analysis of the writing process and the practice of a variety of techniques and strategies. Emphasis on essay development based on personal experience and observation. Analysis of paragraph structure and organization as well as audience and purpose. A minimum grade of C- is necessary for successful completion of this course. It does not fulfill major or Liberal Arts Core requirements but counts as an elective. (2)

EN 101 Composition I
This course focuses on the reading, writing, critical thinking, and research skills that students need to participate effectively in civic discussions and debates. The course explores topics of public significance, particularly those important to the DC metro area, through first-hand research and an examination of new and traditional media. The course culminates in a project that contributes to the public discussion of a topic. A minimum grade of C is required for enrollment in EN 102 and for graduation. Enrollment: self-placement or successful completion of EN 100. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WR. (3)

EN 102 Composition II
A continuation of EN 101. Emphasis on analysis and argument and the use of both primary and secondary sources in research. The course includes oral presentations. A minimum grade of C- is required for graduation. Prerequisite: EN 101 or equivalent. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WR. (3)

EN 150 Introduction to American Sign Language
This course provides students with an introduction to American Sign Language, Deaf culture, and the Deaf community. Students will develop an understanding of visual gestural communication, American Sign Language– including basic signs and finger-spelling – and a social history of America's Deaf people. (3)

EN 200 Elements of Literary Study
An introduction to the essential elements of literary analysis in poetry and prose. Cultivates an awareness of literary study as a discipline and the conventions of literary research and writing. Develops and refines skills of close critical reading and logical argumentation. Open to English majors and minors only. English majors must earn a grade of C or better. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of department chair. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, WI. (3)

EN 201 World Literature: The Ancient World
A study of world literature from Gilgamesh and Homer to Virgil and Saint Augustine. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-1. (3)

EN 202 World Literature: The Middle Ages
A study of world literature from the late antique to the late medieval periods. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-1. (3)

EN 203 World Literature: Renaissance through Enlightenment
A study of world literature from the 15th through the 18th permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-1. (3)

EN 204 World Literature: Romanticism through Post-Modernism
A study of major international cultural movements and literary works from the 19th through the 21st centuries. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, LT-1. (3)

EN 205 American Literature I
A study of representative American literary works from the colonial period through Reconstruction. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-1. (3)

EN 206 American Literature II
A study of representative American literary works from Reconstruction to the present. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-1. (3)

EN 207 Theater History
A study of selected periods in the development of theater from the ancient world to the 20th century. This course introduces students to key theatrical traditions across cultures by focusing on the material contexts of performance in addition to plays as written texts. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-1. (3)

EN 211 Principles of Language
An investigation of basic constructs and subsystems of English structure as described by grammarians of various theoretical persuasions. (Also listed as COM 211.) (3)

EN 212 Topics in Acting
An introduction to the stylistic and technical elements of performance. Each semester will focus on the craft of acting for a specific performance medium (stage, screen, live digital webcast). Emphasis on analysis of performance styles, history, and methodologies. This workshop course requires the production and critique of student performance. Students may enroll in the course more than once under different topics. (Also listed as COM 212.) (3)

EN 220 The Movie or the Book? Narrative Adaptation in the Cinema
A study of narrative strategies in film, looking both at adaptations of the narrative from print to film, and at film genres. Films will be examined from a literary perspective, including an introduction to the vocabulary of film studies from various theoretical backgrounds such as feminism, genre studies, and multiculturalism. Special attention to how the choice of media affects storytelling and how visual narratives differ from, or derive from, textual narratives. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. (Also listed as IS 220.) Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-1. (3)

EN 225 Literary Superheroes
A study of the "hero" and "superhero" models in European and American literature. Emphasis is placed on the various heroic codes both as literature and as embodiments of popular visions, ideals, and desires of different eras. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-1, WI. (3)

EN 227 Short Fiction
Introduction to the formal study of fiction with emphasis on the short story and short novel. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-1, WI. (3)

EN 230 American Multicultural Literature
A study of multicultural literature that challenges definitions of American identity based on assumptions about race, culture, ethnicity, and gender. Emphasis on themes of identity and otherness, marginalization and empowerment, and assimilation and resistance. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-1. (3)

EN 240 Introduction to Visual and Cultural Studies
An introduction to the core concepts, methods, and vocabularies of visual and cultural study. This course is required for all students enrolled in the interdisciplinary Media and Performance Studies minor. Prerequisite: EN 102. (Also listed as IS 240.) Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, WI. (3)

EN 250 Introduction to Shakespeare and Elizabethan Literature in London
An introduction to the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in relation to Elizabethan life and wider literary traditions. The course readings will be considered as textual artifacts of their time and location. The role of the writer and audience will be examined, as well as the relationship of Shakespeare to other significant poets and playwrights of the period. Offered only in London. Prerequisite: EN 102. (3)

EN 270 Approaches to Creative Writing
An introduction to the stylistic and technical elements of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and writing for performance through close readings of professional examples and writing exercises. This workshop course focuses on the production, critique, and revision of student writing. Prerequisite: EN 102. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

EN 280 Perspectives on Language Acquisition
A study of what it means to "know" a language and how speakers build communicative competence in both first and second languages. Special emphasis is given to the difference between child and adult second-language learners, barriers to language learning, and the cross-cultural problems involved in learning a second language. (3)

EN 290 Literary Theory and Practice
An introduction to the foundations of literary theory and to the process of applying these critical approaches in literary research. Students will explore the principles of movements such as Formalism, Gender Studies, New Historicism and Cultural Criticism, and Psychoanalytic Criticism. Open to English majors and minors only. English majors must earn a grade of C or better. Prerequisite: EN 200. (3)

EN 301 The Writing Process: Theory and Practice
A study of traditional and contemporary composition theory stressing the connection between writing and learning. This workshop/portfolio writing course provides opportunities for revision and peer review and culminates in a self-study informed by current research in writing. English majors must earn a grade of C or better. Prerequisites: EN 102. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

EN 303 Literary Nonfiction
An in-depth study of literary nonfiction with attention to stylistic and technical elements and/or topical concerns of the genre. This course is provided in a workshop format, focusing on production, critique, and revision of student work, supplemented by assigned readings. Open to juniors and seniors, and to others with the consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: EN 102. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

EN 305 Topics in Creative Writing
An in-depth study of the stylistic and technical elements of one or more of the genres of creative writing (poetry, fiction, or writing for performance) through close analysis of  professional examples and practice of the craft in a workshop format. (3)

EN 308 Style and Revision
An advanced writing workshop exploring the effects of style on revision and enabling students to analyze and perfect their own writing styles. Style includes the principles of clear and fluid sentence-level prose as well as the connection between sentence-level choices and an author’s voice. Students will apply the guidelines of well-known style manuals and analyze and imitate the distinctive styles of prominent writers. English majors must earn a minimum grade of C. Prerequisite: EN 102. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

EN 321 Modern Drama
A critical study of the development of modern drama from the 19th century to the present. The course includes a study of major modern dramatic movements such as realism, expressionism, black arts, and postmodern performance art. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, LT-2, WI. (3)

EN 322 19th-Century British Poets
A study of major British poets of the Romantic and Victorian periods in the context of the important historical issues, literary traditions, and techniques of their age. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-2. (3)

EN 323 Modern Poetry
A study of modern American and British poetry in the context of the literary and cultural trends that informed the movement. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-2. (3)

EN 330 Chaucer and the Courtly Love Tradition
A study of England’s master medieval poet in the context of a major literary current of the late medieval world. Exploration of the origins and major themes of courtly love poetry and a close study of selected Canterbury Tales and of Troilus and Criseyde. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-2. (3)

EN 340 Major Women Writers
A study of the emergence and creative achievements of key women writers. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-2, WI. (3)

EN 350 The American Dream
An exploration of the American dream of success and its manifestation in various genres of American literature. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-2, WI. (3)

EN 351 Literature of Childhood and Adolescence
An examination of the images of childhood, adolescence, and maturity projected by 19th-and 20th-century writers and the definitions of innocence and experience these images imply. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-2. (3)

EN 355 Shakespeare
An introduction to Shakespeare with a focus on reading and analyzing Shakespeare's language as well as considering Shakespeare in cultural context. May include the study of Shakespeare adaptations and/or Shakespeare in performance. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-2. (3)

EN 357 Topics in Literature before 1800
An in-depth study of selected texts and topics in literature from 1300 to 1800 with a focus on aesthetic analysis and cultural context. Open to juniors and seniors, and to others with the consent of the instructor. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-2. (3)

EN 385 Approaches to Teaching Secondary English
Prepares the student to teach English at the secondary level by integrating content mastery with effective pedagogical strategies. Field experience: 20 hours. Prerequisites: ED 250 and ED 327S. (3)

EN 400 Internship
Senior students may register for an internship in cooperating government, business, education, research, or media communications agencies in the Washington metropolitan area under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: permission of the dean of Arts and Sciences. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (3-6)

EN 421 Project
An investigation of a selected topic in literature or linguistics. The project is intended to demonstrate an ability to conduct independent research and present the results in writing of commendable quality. Prerequisite: permission of the dean of Arts and Sciences. (3)

EN 424 Senior Seminar

An intensive study of a selected literary genre, movement, or period from either British or American literature. Students produce a research seminar paper related to the topic studied. Required of senior English majors; other students may enroll with permission of the instructor. English majors must earn a grade of C or better. Prerequisite: EN 102. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

EN 426 Studies in the Novel

A topics course on the novel focusing on various issues and themes in the genre. Content varies, depending on instructor. Students may enroll in this course more than once, provided there is no significant overlap in content. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-2, WI. (3)

EN 428 Studies in Contemporary Literature

A topics course in contemporary literature focusing on major trends in literature and theory since World War II and exploring the relationship of literature, history, and contemporary culture. Content varies, depending on instructor. Students may enroll in this course more than once under different topics. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: LT-2. (3)

EN 429 Topics in Performance

A topics course in performance studies focusing on a major issue, theme, or development in theater and/or film. The course explores the relationships among text, medium, performance, and audience. Students will examine both the theoretical and cultural contexts that affect performance. Content varies, depending on instructor. Students may enroll in this course more than once under different topics. Prerequisite: EN 102 or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, LT-2, WI. (3)

EN 433 Research

A student in this course will conduct collaborative research (scholarly work leading to new knowledge) under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: application and approval of department chair. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (1-6)

EN 490 Major Author(s)
An in-depth study of one or two major writers. Author(s) announced in course schedule. This course may be taken more than once, provided the student selects different authors. Prerequisite: EN 102 and EN 200, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: DSINQ, LT-2, WI. (3)