English Department at Pacific University

English Department Course Descriptions

ENGL-155 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

ENGL-195 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent Study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ENGL-200 Introduction to Literature

An introduction to the study of literature by examining fiction, poetry, drama and essays from various periods and countries. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-220 Literature and Human Concerns

A study of important ideas and problems as they are reflected in the world's literature. War, racism, death, censorship, film, civil disobedience, minority literature, and the Holocaust are examples of characteristic topics. Please see department for additional information on specific offerings. May be repeated for credit when content varies. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-221 Disability and Literature

The historian Sander Gilman calls literature "the art of writing down a culture's dreams." It is interesting to note, then, how many of Western culture's dreams are of the physically or mentally different, the monstrous (so-perceived) and the maimed, the crippled and the crazed. From Sophocles' Philoctetes to Dunn's Geek Love, this course explores how and why authors of various periods have imagined and represented physical and cognitive difference. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-223 Native American Literature

This course will examine narrative styles and themes in Native American literature, and focus on how such literature embodies traditional American Indian concepts of identity, time, space, spirit, history, and community. How Native American literature adapts oral literature and its traditions to the requirements of written literature is central to the course. The course also includes study of myths, pastiche, and humor as literary modes employed to challenge stereotypical depictions of "the Indian" in dominant Western culture. Authors include Linda Hogan, Louise Erdrich, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo, Sherman Alexie, James Welch, Paula Gunn Allen. Counts toward core requirment: Comparative Cultural, Civic Engagement, and/or Diverse Perspectives. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-227 World Literature

An introduction to literature drawn from Western and non-Western cultures, organized around a theme, a literary problem, or the examination of a political condition. Ordinarily, the reading lists will include several genres. Counts toward core requirement: Comparative Cultural, International Perspectives. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-229 Introduction to American Literature

An introduction to selected American authors and themes. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-232 Introduction to British Literature

An introduction to selected British writers and themes. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-255 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

ENGL-275 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ENGL-295 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ENGL-319 Vietnam War Era Literature, Theory, Film

An in-depth study of the U.S. war in Viet Nam and its repercussions as evidenced in the literature, film, historical commentaries, and theories of war still emerging in response to that war era. We will be examining the war from both the American and Vietnamese perspectives-its background, events, and aftermath. The weekly film showings and critiques will include both American and Vietnamese feature films and documentaries-dating from the early 1970s to the present. Also listed as PSJ 319. Prerequisites: one 200-level ENGW or ENGL course. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-323 Shakespeare

An analysis of Shakespeare's major plays with emphasis on both literary and theatrical qualities. Prerequisite: 2 credits of 200-level ENGL. Offered every year. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-340 Studies in Drama

The reading and analysis of chief European and American playwrights from the authors of the morality plays to the present, with some consideration of the dramaturgy involved in the production of plays. Prerequisite: 2 credits of 200-level ENGL. Offered every year. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-341 Studies in Poetry

An upper level introduction to reading poetry, with an emphasis on structure, traditional models, periods and interpretation. Prerequisite: 2 credits of 200-level ENGL. Offered every year. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-342 Studies in Fiction

A study of the development of the short story and novel, with an emphasis on exploring interpretive models. Prerequisite: 2 credits of 200-level ENGL. Offered every year. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-343 Studies in Criticism & Theory

A study and application of some of the critical and theoretical approaches used in the study of literature. Also listed as PHIL 343. Prerequisite: 2 credits of 200-level ENGL. Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-344 Studies in Creative Nonfiction

A study of the various modes of creative nonfiction in history (personal essays, journalism, travel and nature writing, memoirs, lyric, etc.) and the more recent controversy over the collision of factual stories employing literary techniques. Prerequisite: 2 credits of 200-level ENGL. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-355 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

ENGL-395 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent Study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ENGL-417 Beowulf to Swift

Advanced studies of Beowulf, Chaucer, Milton, Pope, Dryden and Swift. The content will vary depending on the professor's choice. Drama or poetry or lyric poetry may be the focus but the central authors will remain the same. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and 2 courses (minimum 2 credits each) from 200-level ENGL or above. Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-421 The Romantic Period

An advanced study of the poetry and poetics and prose of the Romantic Period of British Literature, with special emphasis on the affects on a variety of poets of the emerging Industrial Revolution, the French Revolution and its aftermath, and new paradigms of thought in the way people perceived nature and gender roles, among other topics. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and 2 courses (minimum 2 credits each) from 200-level ENGL or above. Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-422 The Victorian Period

An advanced study of several literary genres during the Victorian Period of British Literature (1837-1901), with special emphasis on the affects on authors of the triumph of the Industrial Revolution, the rise of Darwin's theories, the challenges to religious and social orthodoxies, and changes in aesthetics, among other topics. Authors to be studied could include such figures as Austen, Dickens, Eliot, Tennyson, the Rosettis, Arnold, Swinburne, Hopkins, Ruskin, Shaw, Gissing, the Brownings, Mill, and others. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and 2 courses (minimum 2 credits each) from 200-level ENGL or above. Offered alternate years. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-423 19th Century American Literature

Intensive study in the period including such writers as Irving, Poe, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, Whitman, Gilman, and the literature of slavery and abolition. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and 2 courses (minimum 2 credits each) from 200-level ENGL or above. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-425 Studies in 20th Century Literature

In-depth studies of the major movements in Twentieth Century Literature. Not a survey class, the content will vary. The focus may be on a particular genre. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and 2 courses (minimum 2 credits each) from 200-level ENGL or above. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-430 Major Writers

A detailed study of the works of selected writers; for example, Chaucer, Milton, Dickens, Blake, Yeats, Thoreau, Woolf. Also listed as GSS 430. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and 2 courses (minimum 2 credits each) from 200-level ENGL or above. May be repeated once for credit when content varies. Offered intermittently. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-431 Literature & Publishing: Special Topics

An in-depth study of a Major Writer with the background material of his or her experiences with publishing. Each section of the course will explore the works of an author within the historical, technological and economic context of his/her contemporary modes of publication. For example: Dickens' experience provides a particularly illustrative example of serialized publication practices and their influences on the style of 19th century fiction. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits) and 2 courses (minimum 2 credits each) from ENGL 200-level or above. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGL-455 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

ENGL-475 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ENGL-495 Senior Seminar: Literature

Students in this capstone experience for literature majors will discuss the state of literature, criticism, and writers in contemporary society, reflecting on the tradition of literature and literary study, and develop, present, and critique original critical work. Students will produce a 20-30 page thesis, with annotated bibliography, and present their work publicly. Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits) and declared Literature major. Offered every year. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

ENGL-496 Senior Seminar: Literature

Students in this capstone experience for literature majors will discuss the state of literature, criticism, and writers in contemporary society, reflecting on the tradition of literature and literary study, and develop, present, and critique original critical work. Students will produce a 20-30 page thesis, with annotated bibliography, and present their work publicly. Prerequisite: ENGL 495. Offered every year. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

ENGW-201 Expository Writing

An expository writing course in which various topics and genres are used to help students develop and evidence critical thinking skills, understand rhetorical methods, and shape effective prose styles. Students will be writing expository essays and a research paper. Some sections focus on a particular theme. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above (30 or more completed credits). Counts toward core requirement: Writing. Students may take ENGW 201 or ENGW 202 or ENGW 203 to satisfy the core, but may only earn credit for one of these courses. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGW-202 Writing About Disability

This is both a writing intensive course and an introduction to Disability Studies. Disability Studies understands disability as referring not only to a biological or medical condition, but also to a community of people (the largest minority in the U.S.); to a civil rights movement; to a complex set of social and ethical issues; to a universal human experience; and to the ways cultures respond to particular bodies, minds, and behaviors. The class, taught with the assistance of two faculty from Pacific's School of Physical Therapy, will help students understand disability in its social, cultural, and ethical dimensions. It will also help students develop critical thinking skills, understand rhetorical methods, and shape effective prose styles through writing expository essays and a research paper. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above (30 or more completed credits). Counts toward core requirement: Writing and Civic Engagement. Students may take ENGW 201 or ENGW 202 or ENGW 203 to satisfy the core but may only earn credit for one of these courses. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGW-203 Professional Writing & Editing

This class is both a writing intensive class in which students will write short and longer persuasive expository essays with the goal of developing a portfolio of professional writing, including a research paper. The class will also include practical training in editing techniques, including developmental editing, copyediting and proofreading. Students will develop critical thinking skills, distinguish between academic/scientific and professional writing styles, and understand the role editing plays in developing concise, effective prose. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above (30 or more completed credits). Counts toward core requirement: Writing. Students may take ENGW 201 or ENGW 202 or ENGW 203 to satisfy the core but may only earn credit for one of these courses. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGW-206 Writing Poetry

An introduction to writing poetry. Prerequisite: ENGW 201 or ENGW 202 with minimum grade C-. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGW-207 Mixed Genres

An introduction to writing in two or more of the following genres: short fiction, drama, poetry, and the personal essay. Prerequisite: ENGW 201 or ENGW 202 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGW-208 Writing Fiction

An introduction to writing fiction. Prerequisite: ENGW-201 or ENGW-202 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGW-209 Creative Nonfiction

An introduction to creative nonfiction. Prerequisite: ENGW-201 or ENGW-202 with a minimum grade of C-. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGW-255 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

ENGW-275 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ENGW-295 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ENGW-300 Book Editing, Design & Publishing

This course covers practical techniques for taking a book through the editorial process. The primary focus will be on book design and production in a print environment. It will also incorporate some study of digital book formats and development. Prerequisite: ENGW 201, ENGW 202, or ENGW 203 with minimum grade C. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

ENGW-303 Tutoring in Writing Skills

Tutoring in Writing Skills prepares students working in the Writing Resource Center to consult with peers on their writing. Through reflection, discussion, and practice with their own writing and tutoring processes, students will gain a deeper understanding not only of themselves as writers but also as mentors to others in their writing. 1 credit.
Credits: 1.00

ENGW-305 Research Methods in the Humanities

This required class for English Literature Majors will concentrate not only on the up-to-date methods of research used for writing in the Humanities, but also the traditional methods of pursuing a topic, note-taking, assimilation of materials and the presentation, written and oral, of completed research. The class is also open to non-English majors in the Humanities. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above (60 or more completed credits). 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

ENGW-306 Advanced Poetry Writing

A workshop for writing and discussing poetry. Prerequisite: ENGW 201 or ENGW 202 with a minimum grade of C- and ENGW 206 with a minimum grade of B. May be repeated for credit. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGW-308 Advanced Fiction Writing

A workshop for writing and discussing fiction. Prerequisite: ENGW 201 or ENGW 202 with a minimum grade of C- and ENGW 208 with a minimum grade of B. May be repeated for credit. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGW-309 Advanced Creative Nonfiction

A workshop for writing and discussing creative nonfiction. Prerequisite: ENGW 201 or ENGW 202 with a minimum grade of C- and ENGW 209 with a minimum grade of B. May be repeated for credit. 4 credits.
Credits: 4.00

ENGW-355 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

ENGW-395 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ENGW-455 Special Topics

See department for course description.
Credits: 1.00

ENGW-466 Literary Magazine Production

A course in literary magazine production. Students work with graduate students in Pacific's MFA in Writing program to produce a nationally distributed literary review. May be repeated for credit. Pass/No Pass. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

ENGW-475 Internship

See department for details. Internship contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ENGW-495 Independent Study

See department for details. Independent Study contract required.
Credits: 1.00

ENGW-497 Senior Seminar: Creative Writing

Creative Writing majors will study and write about the work of a writer or writers, addressing craft or technique, including influences upon that writer and the work(s). Prerequisite: Senior standing (90 or more completed credits); and ENGW 306, ENGW 308, ENGW 309, or ENGW 310. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00

ENGW-498 Senior Seminar: Creative Writing

Creative Writing majors will study and write about the work of a writer or writers, addressing craft or technique, including influences upon that writer and the work(s). Prerequisite: ENGW 497. 2 credits.
Credits: 2.00