Course Topics

ENG 314 Rhetoric
A study of the origin and development of rhetoric. Readings in rhetorical theory and case studies of oral and written rhetorical discourse with an emphasis on written composition. Extensive analytical and persuasive writing.

ENG 366 The Victorians
The Victorians experienced cataclysmic changes in science, economics and industry, national identity, gender roles, and faith. Novelists wrestled with these changes, chronicling the broad social world and the schisms that divided it. Poets of the period registered extremes of doubt, or returned to an idealized past, or looked forward to developments like the liberation of women. Representative authors may include the Brontës, Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy, Tennyson, and Barrett Browning.

ENG 211 Writing for Media
A comprehensive course in news writing, reporting, and writing for media. Focus on the issues and skills central to journalism and professional writing for various media. Readings and examples from newspapers, online and print magazines, and electronic journalism.

English 239 Tolkien and Lewis in Context
J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were both orphaned as children, saw their childhood village swallowed by a city, studied language and literature at Oxford, engaged in combat in France, taught and lived in Oxford, collaborated in writing, discussed faith, and created their own mythologies of places where the sacred is threatened by the spread of evil. Our travels will follow the lives of these two writers from childhoods in Northern Ireland and Birmingham, to England's national center of London, to the battlefields of France, and back to the city they most loved (Oxford) to see how and why modernization, mechanized war, disenchantment, and ideas of heroism figure in their work.