Texas A&M University-Kingsville

English (ENGL)

  • For non-majors, please see your advisor to determine exactly which courses are required for your degree.
  • For English Minors, take two freshman English courses, 2342 and 2362, then choose 4 upper-division (3000-4000 level) courses to complete your work.
  • For English Majors, you will be advised in this department when you achieve junior standing. Please see the Departmental Administrative Assistant in Room 110 to receive advisement.
  • For Writing Minors, after your freshman and sophomore (2342, 2362) requirements, you need to take four writing courses, most numbered at the 3000 level. Certain requirements must be met. Please consult the catalog.

Courses for Freshmen

Some placement tests enable freshmen to receive credit for freshman English. Please see your course catalog.

1301. Rhetoric and Composition. (ENGL 1301) 3(3-0)

Study of English grammar and usage and the principles of effective expository and argumentative writing; development of reading skills; analysis of short essays as models for writing. Required of all freshmen.

1302. Rhetoric and Composition. (ENGL 1302) 3(3-0)

Continuation of ENGL 1301 with more exacting standards for writing skills and reading comprehension; analysis of short essays with an emphasis on argument, language and ideas. Includes research skills component. Required of all freshmen. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301. 

 

Sophomore Courses and Courses for Non-Majors

Many majors ask that students take English 2342 and/or English 2362. Some majors ask that students take Technical Writing or Professional Communication. Other courses in this section may be enjoyed as lower- and upper-division electives. Courses here require that you have finished both English 1301 and English 1302.

2314. Technical Writing. (ENGL 2314) 3(3-0)

Scientific writing style and technical methods of exposition: definition, description, process, analysis and interpretation. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302.

2331. Global Issues in Literature. (ENGL 2331) 3(3-0)

Study of literature by world authors to reveal commonalities and diversity among cultures and global perspectives on ethics. Assignments focus on multiple cultures and allow further practice in writing and information literacy. Prerequisite: ENGL 1302.

2342. Readings in Poetry and Novel. (ENGL 2322) 3(3-0)

Study of poems and novels by American, British and world authors emphasizing the characteristics of each genre and further refining writing skills. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302.

2362. Readings in Short Story and Drama. (ENGL 2323) 3(3-0)

Study of short stories and plays by American, British and world authors emphasizing the characteristics of each genre and further refining writing skills. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302.

2374. Professional Communication. 3(3-0)

Communication skills for the professional. Writing of reports, letters, proposals, etc. Oral presentations in the form of group problem-solving, design reviews, requests for funding and/or public testimony/hearing. Use of presentation media to support oral communication. Prerequisite: ENGL 1302. Credit may not be obtained in both ENGL 2374 and COMS 2374.

2376. Introduction to Film Criticism. 3(3-0)

World films as a literary genre. Ideas and terms that spring from the film genre, and those of literary criticism. Film as cultural artifact, commodity and visual rhetoric. Practice in writing essays in film criticism. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302.

3399. Special Topics in Literature or Language for Non-English Majors. 3(3-0)

Readings in special topics such as science fiction, detective novels, Chicano literature, Black literature, women's studies or the dialects of American English. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of sophomore English or permission of instructor.

 

Upper-Division Courses for Majors, Minors, and Electives

Courses in this section require that students have finished their freshman and sophomore English requirements. Many courses in this section are required of Education Majors, English Majors, English Minors, and Writing Minors.

3300. Special Topics in Writing. 3(3-0)

Practice and refinement of the writing process with emphasis on audience, purpose and form, paying attention to rhetorical invention, arrangement and style appropriate to the particular topic. May be repeated when a different topic is scheduled. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of sophomore English or permission of instructor.

3340. Creative Writing and Publication. 3(0-3)

Workshop environment for composing and reading creative works in progress. Basic instruction in graphics software and definition of terminology associated with fiction and poetry composition, page layout and printing. Active participation in the creation of TAMU-K’s literary magazine. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of sophomore English or permission of instructor.

3373. Children's Literature. 3(3-0)

Books for children from nursery school through middle school. Students participate in writing poetry, choral reading, book reviewing, storytelling and responding to books in a variety of ways. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of sophomore English or permission of instructor.

3376. Mythology. 3(3-0)

Greek and Roman mythology; epics of Western Europe, as background for the study of literature in the English language. Prerequisite: 3 semester hours of sophomore English or permission of instructor.

4114. Senior Portfolio Project. 1(0-2)

Guided creation and presentation of the final senior portfolio. Students should register for ENGL 4114 before the final semester of the Bachelor of Arts. Prerequisite: senior standing in English. Credit/Non-credit.

4310. Introduction to Linguistics. 3(3-0)

An introduction to the scientific study of language. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English. 

4311. English Grammar and Usage. 3(3-0)

The structure of the present-day English language, with attention to its varieties and history. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4322. British Literature of the Middle Ages. 3(3-0)

Selected readings in translation from Old English to Middle English poetry and prose, with emphasis on Beowulf, the Arthurian legends and the Canterbury Tales. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4325. Literature of the British Renaissance. 3(3-0)

Selected readings in poetry, prose and non-Shakespearean drama of the 16th and 17th centuries. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4327. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature. 3(3-0)

The period from 1660 to 1800 with representative works of the major writers in verse, prose and drama. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4331. The Major Plays of Shakespeare. 3(3-0)

A close analysis of representative comedies and histories and the major tragedies. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4341. Studies in the British Novel. 3(3-0)

Study of significant British novels, with emphasis upon such authors as Fielding, Richardson, Eliot, Hardy, Burgess and Joyce. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4343. Nineteenth-Century British Literature. 3(3-0)

Major writers of the Romantic and Victorian periods. Cultural background and representative works, including poetry and nonfiction prose. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4346. Twentieth Century British Literature. 3(3-0)

Chief modern British writers of poetry, prose and drama. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4361. Studies in the American Novel. 3(3-0)

Study of significant American novels. Emphasis may be on historical development, certain periods, special topics treated by American novelists or varieties of American fiction. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4365. Colonial and Nineteenth-Century American Literature. 3(3-0)

Survey of the chief nineteenth-century poets and prose writers, with some attention to their colonial predecessors. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4366. Twentieth-Century American Literature. 3(3-0)

Survey of the chief twentieth-century American poets and prose writers. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4370. Special Topics in Literature or Language. 3(3-0)

Selected topics in British or American literature and/or world literature and language. A topic for intensive investigation will be selected for each offering of the course. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English. Credit may not be obtained in both ENGL 4370, when topic is taught from a women's studies perspective and WGST 4370.

4372. Studies in the American Short Story. 3(3-0)

Study of short fiction by American authors. Emphasis may be on historical development, certain periods, special topics treated by American writers, formal invention and style or schools of fiction writing. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4374. Literature of the American Southwest. 3(3-0)

Survey of Southwestern American Literature from the period of exploration to contemporary authors with emphasis on what makes their works characteristically “Southwestern.” Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English. 

4384. Studies in Drama. 3(3-0)

Selected topics in American, British or Continental drama. Emphasis may be on historical development, certain periods or some other approach to the study of drama. May be repeated once when a different topic is scheduled. Prerequisite: 6 semester hours of sophomore English.

4390. Explorations in English. 3(3-0)

An integrated study of language, language activities, composition, the composing process, literature, relating literature and reading and mass media. Current research will be explored. Prerequisite: 9 advanced hours of English.

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