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ENGL 300. Introduction to English Studies

Credits: 3
Department: English
Description: English as a field of study with emphasis on literary and rhetorical analysis. Strategies by which we interpret and create texts, including poetry, fiction, drama, and essay. This course is a prerequisite for all 400-level courses.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Use the form of analysis called close reading, based on recognizing nuances in vocabulary and language, tone, and imagery.
2. Differentiate among points of view, perspectives, speakers in the text, and readers, whether the self or secondary critics. In literary texts, also differentiate between author and narrator.
3. Invent questions both for class discussion and for writing, especially by situating texts in a range of contexts--theoretical, literary, rhetorical, social-historical, and applying the terms and concepts appropriate for those contexts.
4. Interpret texts flexibly, understanding how multiple meanings are possible and, conversely, how individual interpretations sometimes can be wrong.
5. Create academic essays and written exercises that practice interpretive process, use logic and evidence to support interpretations, and show rhetorical awareness of writing for a particular purpose, audience, and situation.
6. Demonstrate knowledge of the differences among genres of texts by analyzing how their structural differences create differences in cultural expression.
7. Develop a working knowledge of the language of poetry and the literary analysis of poetry by applying appropriate terminology and concepts in reading a wide survey of poems; grasp and interpret metaphor.
8. Analyze symbolic artifacts, including texts, rhetorically for their purpose, effects, claims, appeals, warrants, evidence, and rebuttals.
9. Analyze symbolic artifacts, including texts, by contextualizing them appropriately as they arise from and represent oral, written, print, and digital culture.

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