Courses

NOTE:
The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course. An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.

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(3.0)
LIT 101
Introduction to Literature [Lecture]

This course acquaints students with major literary genres such as fiction, drama, and poetry. LIT 101 does not count toward the English or Adolescence English major and should not be taken by students in those programs. (Counts toward General Education LIT requirement)

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(3.0)
LIT 201
Survey of English Literature I [Lecture]

The first of a two-part sequence, this course provides a chronological overview of English literature from its beginnings to the Restoration of 1660. A goal of both LIT 201 and 202 is to familiarize students with the historical development of the ideas, styles, genres, and cultures embodied in English literature. (Counts toward General Education LIT requirement)

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(3.0)
LIT 202
Survey of English Literature II [Lecture]

The second of a two-part survey, this course explores English literature through three consecutive periods: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century, Romantic, and Victorian. A goal of both LIT 201 and 202 is to familiarize students with the historical development of the ideas, styles, genres, and cultures embodied in English literature. (Counts toward General Education LIT requirement)

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(3.0)
LIT 204
American Literature I [Lecture]

The first of a two-part survey, this course explores American literature from its beginnings to the mid-nineteenth century, introducing students to representative authors and key texts and helping them to build historical and cultural contexts for these authors and texts. (Counts toward General Education LIT requirement)

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(3.0)
LIT 205
American Literature II [Lecture]

The second of a two-part survey, this course explores American literature from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, introducing students to representative authors and key texts and helping them to build historical and cultural contexts for these authors and texts. (Counts toward General Education LIT requirement)

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(3.0)
LIT 207
World Literature I [Lecture]

This is a course of selected readings in the literature of the world from antiquity to the seventeenth century. Though emphasis is placed on works in the Western tradition (excluding English and American texts), the course also includes a broad selection of texts from non-Western cultures, such as those of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. (Offered alternate years; counts toward General Education LIT requirement)

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(3.0)
LIT 208
World Literature II [Lecture]

This is a course of selected readings in the literature of the world from the seventeenth century to the present. Though emphasis is placed on works of Western tradition (excluding English and American texts), the course also includes a broad selection of texts from non-Western cultures, such as those of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. (Offered alternate years; counts toward General Education LIT requirement)

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(3.0)
LIT 302
Chaucer & His Contemporaries [Lecture]

The course provides a study of medieval English literature from Anglo-Saxon times through 1500, with special emphasis on Chaucer. Aims include perception of the historical reference of the early writers; a knowledge of medieval life, ideas, manners, and customs; and a finer appreciation of the English language. (Offered on demand)

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(3.0)
LIT 303
Shakespeare [Lecture]

This course traces the growth and development of the achievement of the most significant writer in the English language. In addition to reading and studying a broad selection of plays and sonnets, students will learn about the life of Shakespeare and critical response to his work. The class may have the opportunity to travel as a group to a local theater to view a Shakespearean play. (Offered alternate years)

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(3.0)
LIT 304
Short Story [Lecture]

This course offers an in-depth examination of an important literary genre. The course traces the growth and development of the short story form and examines its major elements. (Offered on demand)

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(3.0)
LIT 305
Major Author: Milton [Lecture]

This course traces the growth and development of one of the finest Christian poets in English. In addition to reading minor poems such as "Lycidas" and "Comus," students will read and discuss all the major poems, including "Paradise Lost," "Paradise Regained," and "Samson Agonistes." (Offered on demand)

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(3.0)
LIT 306
Eighteenth Century Literature [Lecture]

This course is a study of literature of the Augustan age with emphasis on Dryden, Pope, Swift, Addison, Steele, and Johnson. (Offered on demand)

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(3.0)
LIT 307
Literary Theory and Criticism [Lecture]

This course introduces students to literary theory, both by surveying major statements about poetry such as those by Plato and Aristotle and by focusing on sample critical schools such as those of psychoanalysis and feminism. (Offered alternate years)

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(3.0)
LIT 308
Nineteenth Century Literature [Lecture]

This course is a survey of selected major English writers of the Romantic and Victorian periods. Among those included are Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Arnold, and Browning. Emphasis is placed on major themes in nineteenth century literature and life. (Offered on demand)

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(3.0)
LIT 309
Novel [Lecture]

This course explores an important literary genre-the novel. Included are representative English authors of the nineteenth century, such as Austen, Bronte, Dickens, and Eliot. The course considers not only the development of their classic works, but also the historical background of the genre and period. Relevant critical material is also studied. (Offered alternate years)

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(3.0)
LIT 310
German Literature in Translation [Lecture]

The course introduces prose and poetry of selected German writers in English translation. Special attention is given to two historical figures of Western civilization (Luther and Goethe) and several modern literary figures (Brecht, Kafka, Mann, and Rilke). (Offered alternate years)

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(3.0)
LIT 312
Major Author: Rotation [Lecture]

This course explores in depth the work of a major writer in English. Featured authors are rotated and are chosen by the instructors. Examples include Jane Austen and Henry David Thoreau.

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(3.0)
LIT 314
Children's Literature [Lecture]

This course explores a variety of books written for children. The principal goals of the course are to deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of well-written children’s books and to help students recognize the value of such works as literature. (Not open to first-year students)

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(3.0)
LIT 315
Adolescent Literature [Lecture]

This course examines fiction written for and about youth (readers between the age of 12 and 18). Books that represent a variety of genres within this field are studied. Relevant critical material is also examined.

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(3.0)
LIT 361
Literature for Adolescence Teachers [Lecture]

To ensure each student seeking certification in Students with Disabilities 7-12 has 6 hours of English Language Arts content and linked pedagogical skills, this course will introduce students to the various kinds of writings that adolescents read on their own and in the classroom. It includes instructional strategies for teaching to the goals and content of the New York State learning standards for English Language arts, including preparation and use of materials used to teach adolescents to read and listen to oral, written and electronic texts, how to relate these texts to their own lives and to develop an understanding of the social, historical and cultural dimensions the texts represent.

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(3.0)
LIT 361PT
Literature for Adolescence Teachers [Lecture]

To ensure each student seeking certification in Students with Disabilities 7-12 has 6 hours of English Language Arts content and linked pedagogical skills, this course will introduce students to the various kinds of writings that adolescents read on their own and in the classroom. It includes instructional strategies for teaching to the goals and content of the New York State learning standards for English Language arts, including preparation and use of materials used to teach adolescents to read and listen to oral, written and electronic texts, how to relate these texts to their own lives and to develop an understanding of the social, historical and cultural dimensions the texts represent.

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(3.0)
LIT 402
Early Twentieth Century Literature [Lecture]

This course focuses on major writers from the turn of the century to the middle of the century. Key writers often include Woolf, Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Joyce, and Camus. (Offered alternate years)

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(3.0)
LIT 403
Contemporary Literature [Lecture]

This course examines literature of the past few decades and seeks to develop Christian perspectives on contemporary literature and culture. (Offered alternate years)

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(3.0)
LIT 405
Special Topics in Literature [Lecture]

Special Topics is an upper-level seminar designed for English majors and students from other disciplines interested in the serious pursuit of specified authors and topics. Such a course will enable students to explore literary concerns that are not a part of the department's regular offerings. Examples include African American Literature from Frederick Douglass to Zora Neale Hurston and The Films of Alfred Hitchcock. (May be repeated if topic differs.)

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(1.0-3.0)
LIT 495
Independent Study in Literature [Independent Study]

Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the School Dean, and the Registrar.

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