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This is a draft edition of the 2014-15 Catalog; the final edition will be published in late summer 2014.

English

Chair

  • Jonathan Wilcox

Faculty

Professors

  • Florence Boos, Ethan Canin, Lan Samantha Chang, Barbara Eckstein, Mary Lou Emery, Ed Folsom, Patricia Foster, Claire Fox (English/Spanish and Portuguese), James Galvin, Loren Glass, Cheryl T. Herr, Kevin Kopelson, Brooks Landon, James Alan McPherson, Christopher Merrill (International Writing Program/English), Peter Nazareth, Judith Pascoe, Horace Porter (English/American Studies), Marilynne Robinson, Phillip Round, Claire Sponsler, Garrett Stewart, Bonnie Sunstein (Teaching and Learning/English), Jonathan Wilcox

Associate professors

  • Bluford Adams (English/American Studies), Linda Bolton, Lori Branch, Matthew Brown (English/Center for the Book), Corey Creekmur (English/Cinematic Arts), John D'Agata, Kathleen Diffley, Eric Gidal, Lena Hill (English/African American Studies), Michael Hill (English/African American Studies), Marie Kruger, Priya Kumar, Kathryn Lavezzo, Mark Levine, Jeff Porter, Laura Rigal (English/American Studies), Robyn Schiff, Thomas Simmons, Alvin Snider, Harilaos Stecopoulos, Miriam Thaggert (English/African American Studies), Doris S. Witt, David Wittenberg

Assistant professors

  • Jennifer Buckley (English/Rhetoric), Blaine Greteman, Naomi Greyser (Rhetoric/English), Adam Hooks, Stephen Voyce

Lecturers

  • Mary Ann Rasmussen (Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies/English), Anne Stapleton

Professors emeriti

  • Marvin Bell, Clark Blaise, David S. Chamberlain, Carol de Saint Victor, Stavros Deligiorgis, Hualing Nieh Engle, Miriam Gilbert, John E. Grant, David Hamilton, Robin Hemley, John F. Huntley, Robert E. Kelley, Carl H. Klaus, Rudolf E. Kuenzli, William Kupersmith, John Leggett, Richard Lloyd-Jones, Susan Lohafer, Adalaide Morris, William Murray, Alan F. Nagel, William J. Paff, John Raeburn, Oliver Steele, Gerald Stern

Associate professors emeriti

  • Paul Diehl, Robert F. Woerner, Fredrick Woodard

Assistant professor emeritus

  • John B. Harper
Undergraduate major: English (B.A.)
Undergraduate minor: English
Graduate degrees: M.A. in English; M.F.A.in English (creative writing, nonfiction writing); Ph.D. in English
Web site: http://english.uiowa.edu/

The Department of English offers courses in literature, cultural studies, language, and writing. In these courses, students read poetry, fiction, essays, criticism, and theory to acquire methods for understanding literature and culture. In addition to providing these essential elements of a liberal arts and sciences education, the department's courses can augment students' specialized interests in other fields.

Many undergraduate and graduate students enroll in the department's degree programs. Most Ph.D. students in English are preparing for careers as teachers and scholars, and many M.F.A. students in the creative writing program and the nonfiction writing program are preparing for lives as storytellers, essayists, and poets. The B.A. and M.A. programs provide valuable training for careers in a variety of fields. Students who have earned English degrees from The University of Iowa write for advertising firms, newspapers, the entertainment industry and book publishers; teach in primary and secondary schools; practice law and medicine; work in business, industry, and nonprofits; and participate in state and federal government. As far as possible, a student's course of study is arranged to meet his or her individual needs and objectives.

The Department of English participates in several of the University's interdisciplinary units: the Departments of American Studies, Cinematic Arts, and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies; the African American Studies Program; the American Indian and Native Studies Program; the Comparative Literature Program; and the Center for the Book.

WRITING PROGRAMS

For the past 75 years, The University of Iowa has been a national leader in all areas of creative writing. The University offers graduate degrees in creative writing, with specializations in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Undergraduate students majoring in English have the opportunity to enter the major's creative writing track, and all qualified undergraduates in other majors may enroll in creative writing courses offered by the Department of English.

Find creative writing courses (prefixes CW and CNW) under "Courses" toward the end of this Catalog section. See which ones are offered in certain semesters by searching for course subjects CW and CNW on the ISIS Courses page.

Undergraduate Programs of Study

  • Major in English (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Minor in English

The Department of English offers undergraduate courses in literature, film, digital media, critical theory, cultural studies, language, and writing. In these courses, students acquire methods for understanding the history and significance of texts in the cultures from which they emerge.

The department challenges students to strive for excellence as writers. It provides instruction in and opportunities for writing in all of its classes and offers students the option of building individual concentrations in creative or nonfiction writing. It also offers an honors program and a creative writing track, both of which have selective admission.

The Department of English is home to Alpha Tau Iota, the University of Iowa chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. Membership is by invitation to high achieving students.

Students who plan to teach English in secondary schools should consult with an advisor in the College of Education as early as possible; contact the Office of Education Services. The education endorsement requires that students choose particular courses in the English major in order to meet state requirements. See "B.A. with Teacher Licensure" below.

Students interested in an English major should consult the academic advisor in the English undergraduate advising office. Visit the Department of English web site to learn about the faculty, courses, and upcoming events.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in English requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 36 s.h. (12 courses) of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.

Students must earn at least 21 s.h. of credit for the major at The University of Iowa. Transfer students may count a maximum of 15 s.h. of approved transfer credit toward the major.

Students majoring in English should not use ENGL:1200 (08G:001) The Interpretation of Literature to fulfill the General Education Program's Interpretation of Literature requirement. They may substitute a course from the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts area of General Education, excluding these:

DANC:1010 (137:001) through DANC:2040 (137:024);
DANC:4880 (137:106) Dance Performance; and
MUS:1020 (025:059) Performance Instruction for Nonmajors.

The following courses do not count toward the English major:

ENGL:1410 (008:003) Sex and Popular Culture in the Postwar U.S.;
ENGL:1420 (008:006) Technologies and Literatures of the Future;
CNW:1620 (08N:020) Introduction to Creative Nonfiction;
CW:1800 (08C:001) Creative Writing Studio Workshop;
courses with the prefix ENNM; and
courses numbered ENGL:1200 (08G:001) through ENGL:1355 (08G:005).

Students may count up to 6 s.h. earned in courses with prefix CW toward the English major.

All English majors must complete ENGL:2010 (008:005) Foundation of the English Major: Histories, Literatures, Pleasures.

Other course work for the major is divided into six areas and three historical periods. Students must complete a total of eight area courses (see "Areas" below) and six historical period courses (see "Historical Periods" below). Most courses (except those in the creative writing and nonfiction writing list) satisfy both an area and a historical period requirement, so many students complete the historical period requirements as they complete the area requirements. This allows them to choose additional elective course work to complete the major.

Each course's area and period designations are included in its course description, which is provided in the comprehensive list of Department of English courses; see "Courses" at the end of this Catalog section. A course's area and/or period designation may vary by semester; consult ISIS for semester-specific course information. Additional information about courses is available on the Department of English web site and from the academic advisor.

The major in English requires the following course work.

INTRODUCTORY COURSE

All English majors must complete this course and are encouraged to enroll in it as soon as they declare the major.

ENGL:2010 (008:005) Foundation of the English Major: Histories, Literatures, Pleasures3 s.h.
AREAS

Students must complete at least one course (3 s.h.) from each of the following six areas. Each student also must choose one of the six areas as a concentration area and take an additional two courses in that area, for a total of three courses (9 s.h.) in one area, and eight area courses in all.

Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies
ENGL:2100 (008:033) Introduction to Criticism and Theory3 s.h.
ENGL:2105 (008:070) Disability in Literature and Cultural Theory3 s.h.
ENGL:2120 (008:030) Introduction to Cultural Studies3 s.h.
ENGL:2130 (008:034) Introduction to the Novel3 s.h.
ENGL:2140 (008:035) Introduction to Poetry3 s.h.
ENGL:2150 (008:036) Introduction to the Short Story3 s.h.
ENGL:2160 (008:037) Introduction to Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:2170 (008:038) Introduction to the Essay3 s.h.
ENGL:2191 (008:001) Modern Fiction3 s.h.
ENGL:2192 (008:002) Postmodern Fiction3 s.h.
ENGL:2193 (008:052) Literature, Culture, and Women3 s.h.
ENGL:2194 (008:053) Lyric Structures3 s.h.
ENGL:3100 (008:129) Topics in Criticism and Theory3 s.h.
ENGL:3102 (008:168) Topics in Poetry and Poetics3 s.h.
ENGL:3105 (008:136) Topics in Popular Culture3 s.h.
ENGL:3120 (008:188) Prose by Women Writers3 s.h.
ENGL:3130 (008:175) Topics in Film and Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3135 (008:172) Narrative and the Cinema3 s.h.
ENGL:3140 (008:130) Literature and the Book3 s.h.
ENGL:3142 (008:190) Topics in Book History3 s.h.
ENGL:3150 (008:176) Literature and Philosophic Thought3 s.h.
ENGL:3152 (008:179) Literature and Society3 s.h.
ENGL:3155 (008:177) Literature and Art3 s.h.
ENGL:3160 (008:170) Literary Genres and Modes3 s.h.
ENGL:3173 (008:174) Gender, Sexuality, and Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3175 (008:194) Introduction to Feminist Criticism3 s.h.
ENGL:3180 (008:173) Topics in Digital Media3 s.h.
ENGL:3181 (008:171) Digital Media and Poetics3 s.h.
ENGL:3182 (008:189) Digital Cultures and Literacies3 s.h.
ENGL:3186 (008:182) Science Fiction3 s.h.
ENGL:3190 (08P:182) Language and Learning2-3 s.h.
ENGL:3191 (08P:198) Reading and Teaching Adolescent Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:4150 (008:134) Introduction to Book Studies3 s.h.
ENGL:4172 (008:128) London Performance Study3 s.h.
ENGL:4195 (008:192) Interdisciplinary Studies3 s.h.
Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture
ENGL:2206 (008:008) Classical and Biblical Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2216 (008:060) Selected Works of the Middle Ages3 s.h.
ENGL:2236 (008:076) Selected Early Authors3 s.h.
ENGL:3216 (008:150) Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3226 (008:101) Literature and Culture of the Middle Ages3 s.h.
ENGL:3228 (008:111) Literature and Culture of the Restoration3 s.h.
ENGL:3236 (008:102) Literature and the Culture of the Renaissance3 s.h.
ENGL:3237 (008:100) Literature and Culture of Seventeenth-Century England3 s.h.
ENGL:3246 (008:122) 16th- and 17th-Century Poetry3 s.h.
ENGL:3256 (008:140) Elementary Old English3 s.h.
ENGL:3257 (008:141) Old English Beowulf3 s.h.
ENGL:3266 (008:142) Medieval Celtic Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3267 (008:143) Medieval Norse Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3276 (008:144) Medieval Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:3277 (008:145) English Renaissance Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:3286 (008:146) Chaucer3 s.h.
ENGL:3287 (008:147) Shakespeare3 s.h.
ENGL:3296 (008:148) Milton3 s.h.
Modern British Literature and Culture
ENGL:2309 (008:078) Selected British Authors Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2310 (008:079) Selected British Authors After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2329 (008:090) Topics in Modern British Literature Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2330 (008:091) Topics in Modern British Literature After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2338 (008:062) Eighteenth-Century British Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2348 (008:063) British Romanticism3 s.h.
ENGL:2359 (008:064) Victorian Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2360 (008:065) Twentieth-Century British Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2361 (008:066) Twenty-first-Century British Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2369 (008:085) Topics in British Culture and Identity3 s.h.
ENGL:3320 (008:178) Modern British Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:3329 (008:103) Literature and Culture of Eighteenth-Century Britain3 s.h.
ENGL:3338 (008:112) Literature and Culture of the Romantic Period3 s.h.
ENGL:3339 (008:104) Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century Britain3 s.h.
ENGL:3348 (008:107) Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century Scotland3 s.h.
ENGL:3350 (008:110) Literature and Culture of 20th- and 21st-Century Britain3 s.h.
ENGL:3355 (008:121) British Poetry3 s.h.
ENGL:3360 (008:158) British Fiction3 s.h.
American Literature and Culture
ENGL:2409 (008:087) Selected American Authors Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2410 (008:088) Selected American Authors After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2420 (008:056) American Literary Classics3 s.h.
ENGL:2425 (008:055) American Poetry3 s.h.
ENGL:2438 (008:057) American Novel Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2440 (008:058) American Novel After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2450 (008:059) American Short Story3 s.h.
ENGL:2460 (008:080) Black Literature and Politics: Controversies of National Allegiance3 s.h.
ENGL:2463 (008:083) Topics in African American Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2465 (008:069) Selected African American Authors3 s.h.
ENGL:2475 (008:086) Topics in Asian American Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3418 (008:108) Literature and Culture of America Before 18003 s.h.
ENGL:3419 (008:105) Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century America3 s.h.
ENGL:3420 (008:106) Literature and the Culture of Twentieth-Century America3 s.h.
ENGL:3429 (008:135) Topics in American Literature Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3430 (008:139) Topics in American Literature After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3431 (008:196) American Novel Since 19453 s.h.
ENGL:3439 (008:180) American Drama Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3440 (008:197) American Drama Since 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3441 (008:153) Native American Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3444 (008:115) Literatures of the American Peoples3 s.h.
ENGL:3450 (008:154) American Regional Literatures3 s.h.
ENGL:3455 (008:118) Jewish American Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3459 (008:116) African American Literature Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3460 (008:117) African American Literature After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3462 (008:186) African American Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:3465 (008:137) African American Autobiography3 s.h.
ENGL:3480 (008:123) American Literature and History3 s.h.
ENGL:3489 (008:184) Contemporary American Women Writers3 s.h.
ENGL:4410 (008:162) Midwest African American Literature and Culture3 s.h.
Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies
ENGL:2505 (008:031) Introduction to Postcolonial Studies3 s.h.
ENGL:2510 (008:075) Selected Transnational Authors3 s.h.
ENGL:2560 (008:084) Topics in Culture and Identity3 s.h.
ENGL:3510 (008:164) Topics in Transnational Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3515 (008:138) Topics in Postcolonial Studies3 s.h.
ENGL:3519 (008:167) Literature and Culture of Empire3 s.h.
ENGL:3520 (008:109) Literature and Culture of the 20th and 21st Century3 s.h.
ENGL:3525 (008:113) Literature and Culture of the Americas3 s.h.
ENGL:3530 (008:114) Caribbean Literature and Culture3 s.h.
ENGL:3532 (008:195) Modernist Women Writers3 s.h.
ENGL:3535 (008:133) Inter-American Studies3 s.h.
ENGL:3540 (008:132) Literature of the Indian Subcontinent3 s.h.
ENGL:3550 (008:119) African Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3555 (008:157) Topics in African Cinema3 s.h.
ENGL:3570 (008:161) Transnational and Postcolonial Writing by Women3 s.h.
ENGL:3580 (008:163) Identity and Social Issues3 s.h.
ENGL:3590 (008:165) People on the Move3 s.h.
ENGL:3595 (008:191) International Literature Today1, 3 s.h.
Nonfiction and Creative Writing
ENGL:3720 (8WS:120) Creative Writing Track Colloquium3 s.h.
ENGL:3721 (8WS:121) Writers' Seminar: Fiction2 s.h.
ENGL:3722 (8WS:122) Writers' Seminar: Poetry2 s.h.
ENGL:3723 (8WS:123) Writers' Seminar: Nonfiction2 s.h.
ENGL:3724 (8WS:124) Writers' Seminar: Literary Translation2 s.h.
ENGL:3725 (8WS:125) Writers' Seminar: Playwriting2 s.h.
ENGL:4720 (8WS:170) Creative Writing Track: Special Topics3 s.h.
CNW:2680 (08N:080) The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction3 s.h.
CNW:2690 (08N:090) The Art and Craft of Writing About Business3 s.h.
CNW:2700 (08N:081) The Art and Craft of Personal Writing3 s.h.
CNW:2710 (08N:082) The Art and Craft of Food Writing3 s.h.
CNW:2720 (08N:083) The Art and Craft of Writing About Culture3 s.h.
CNW:2730 (08N:084) The Art and Craft of Science Writing3 s.h.
CNW:2740 (08N:085) The Art and Craft of Writing about the Environment3 s.h.
CNW:2760 (08N:087) The Art and Craft of Writing for Social Change3 s.h.
CNW:2770 (08N:088) The Art and Craft of Writing for New Media3 s.h.
CNW:2780 (08N:089) The Art and Craft of Writing About Sports3 s.h.
CNW:2790 (08N:091) The Art and Craft of Humor Writing3 s.h.
CNW:2800 (08N:092) The Art and Craft of Writing Across Genres3 s.h.
CNW:2810 (08N:093) The Art and Craft of Writing with Emotion3 s.h.
CNW:2820 (08N:096) The Art and Craft of the Literary Essay3 s.h.
CNW:2830 (08N:095) The Art and Craft of Immersion Journalism3 s.h.
CNW:2900 (08N:099) The Essay Prize3 s.h.
CNW:3450 (08N:125) Freelance Reporting and Writing4 s.h.
CNW:3600 (08N:131) Issues in Creative Nonfiction3 s.h.
CNW:3630 (08N:120) Advanced Nonfiction Writing3 s.h.
CNW:3632 (08N:102) Prose Style3 s.h.
CNW:3633 (08N:104) Personal Writing3 s.h.
CNW:3640 (08N:113) Writing for Business and Industry3 s.h.
CNW:3644 (08N:192) Dublin Writing Workshop3 s.h.
CNW:3660 (08N:145) Multimedia Writing3 s.h.
CNW:3661 (08N:146) Film and Writing3 s.h.
CNW:3662 (08N:147) Graphic Writing3 s.h.
CNW:3663 (08N:148) Radio and Writing3 s.h.
CNW:3664 (08N:149) Writing About Science3 s.h.
CNW:4355 (08N:141) Approaches to Teaching Writing3 s.h.
CNW:4631 (08N:150) Undergraduate Essay Workshop3 s.h.
CNW:4642 (08N:133) Team Writing for Business3 s.h.
CNW:4690 (08N:199) Undergraduate Project in Nonfiction Writing1-2 s.h.
CW:2100 (08C:023) Creative Writing3 s.h.
CW:2870 (08C:097) Fiction Writing3 s.h.
CW:2875 (08C:098) Poetry Writing3 s.h.
CW:3001 (08C:101) Creative Writing for Business3 s.h.
CW:3107 (08C:107) Creative Writing for the Health Professions3 s.h.
CW:3210 (08C:110) Creative Writing and the Natural World3 s.h.
CW:3215 (08C:115) Creative Writing and Popular Culture3 s.h.
CW:3217 (08C:117) Writing and Reading Young Adult Fiction3 s.h.
CW:3218 (08C:108) Creative Writing for New Media3 s.h.
CW:3870 (08C:194) Advanced Fiction Writing3 s.h.
CW:3875 (08C:198) Advanced Poetry Writing3 s.h.
CW:4870 (08C:163) Undergraduate Writers' Workshop: Fictionarr.
CW:4875 (08C:166) Undergraduate Writers' Workshop: Poetryarr.
CW:4880 (08C:167) Undergraduate Writers' Seminar3 s.h.
CW:4894 (08C:195) Undergraduate Project in Creative Writingarr.
Area Determined by Course Content

The following course's area is designated either as literary theory and interdisciplinary studies or as modern British literature and culture, depending on course context, which varies by semester. Consult ISIS for the semester-specific area designation.

ENGL:3010 (008:126) Children's Literature3 s.h.
HISTORICAL PERIODS

Students must take at least two courses from each of the following three historical periods.

Early Literatures Through the 17th Century
ENGL:2206 (008:008) Classical and Biblical Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2216 (008:060) Selected Works of the Middle Ages3 s.h.
ENGL:2236 (008:076) Selected Early Authors3 s.h.
ENGL:3216 (008:150) Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3226 (008:101) Literature and Culture of the Middle Ages3 s.h.
ENGL:3228 (008:111) Literature and Culture of the Restoration3 s.h.
ENGL:3236 (008:102) Literature and the Culture of the Renaissance3 s.h.
ENGL:3237 (008:100) Literature and Culture of Seventeenth-Century England3 s.h.
ENGL:3246 (008:122) 16th- and 17th-Century Poetry3 s.h.
ENGL:3256 (008:140) Elementary Old English3 s.h.
ENGL:3257 (008:141) Old English Beowulf3 s.h.
ENGL:3266 (008:142) Medieval Celtic Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3267 (008:143) Medieval Norse Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3276 (008:144) Medieval Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:3277 (008:145) English Renaissance Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:3286 (008:146) Chaucer3 s.h.
ENGL:3287 (008:147) Shakespeare3 s.h.
ENGL:3296 (008:148) Milton3 s.h.
Literature of the 18th/19th Century
ENGL:2309 (008:078) Selected British Authors Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2329 (008:090) Topics in Modern British Literature Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2338 (008:062) Eighteenth-Century British Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2348 (008:063) British Romanticism3 s.h.
ENGL:2359 (008:064) Victorian Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2409 (008:087) Selected American Authors Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2438 (008:057) American Novel Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3329 (008:103) Literature and Culture of Eighteenth-Century Britain3 s.h.
ENGL:3338 (008:112) Literature and Culture of the Romantic Period3 s.h.
ENGL:3339 (008:104) Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century Britain3 s.h.
ENGL:3348 (008:107) Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century Scotland3 s.h.
ENGL:3418 (008:108) Literature and Culture of America Before 18003 s.h.
ENGL:3419 (008:105) Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century America3 s.h.
ENGL:3429 (008:135) Topics in American Literature Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3439 (008:180) American Drama Before 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3459 (008:116) African American Literature Before 19003 s.h.
Literature of the 20th/21st Century
ENGL:2100 (008:033) Introduction to Criticism and Theory3 s.h.
ENGL:2105 (008:070) Disability in Literature and Cultural Theory3 s.h.
ENGL:2120 (008:030) Introduction to Cultural Studies3 s.h.
ENGL:2150 (008:036) Introduction to the Short Story3 s.h.
ENGL:2160 (008:037) Introduction to Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:2170 (008:038) Introduction to the Essay3 s.h.
ENGL:2191 (008:001) Modern Fiction3 s.h.
ENGL:2192 (008:002) Postmodern Fiction3 s.h.
ENGL:2194 (008:053) Lyric Structures3 s.h.
ENGL:2310 (008:079) Selected British Authors After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2330 (008:091) Topics in Modern British Literature After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2360 (008:065) Twentieth-Century British Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2361 (008:066) Twenty-first-Century British Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2410 (008:088) Selected American Authors After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2440 (008:058) American Novel After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:2463 (008:083) Topics in African American Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2465 (008:069) Selected African American Authors3 s.h.
ENGL:2475 (008:086) Topics in Asian American Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:2505 (008:031) Introduction to Postcolonial Studies3 s.h.
ENGL:2510 (008:075) Selected Transnational Authors3 s.h.
ENGL:3100 (008:129) Topics in Criticism and Theory3 s.h.
ENGL:3105 (008:136) Topics in Popular Culture3 s.h.
ENGL:3130 (008:175) Topics in Film and Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3135 (008:172) Narrative and the Cinema3 s.h.
ENGL:3150 (008:176) Literature and Philosophic Thought3 s.h.
ENGL:3152 (008:179) Literature and Society3 s.h.
ENGL:3173 (008:174) Gender, Sexuality, and Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3175 (008:194) Introduction to Feminist Criticism3 s.h.
ENGL:3180 (008:173) Topics in Digital Media3 s.h.
ENGL:3181 (008:171) Digital Media and Poetics3 s.h.
ENGL:3182 (008:189) Digital Cultures and Literacies3 s.h.
ENGL:3186 (008:182) Science Fiction3 s.h.
ENGL:3350 (008:110) Literature and Culture of 20th- and 21st-Century Britain3 s.h.
ENGL:3420 (008:106) Literature and the Culture of Twentieth-Century America3 s.h.
ENGL:3430 (008:139) Topics in American Literature After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3431 (008:196) American Novel Since 19453 s.h.
ENGL:3440 (008:197) American Drama Since 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3441 (008:153) Native American Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3455 (008:118) Jewish American Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3460 (008:117) African American Literature After 19003 s.h.
ENGL:3465 (008:137) African American Autobiography3 s.h.
ENGL:3489 (008:184) Contemporary American Women Writers3 s.h.
ENGL:3510 (008:164) Topics in Transnational Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3515 (008:138) Topics in Postcolonial Studies3 s.h.
ENGL:3520 (008:109) Literature and Culture of the 20th and 21st Century3 s.h.
ENGL:3525 (008:113) Literature and Culture of the Americas3 s.h.
ENGL:3530 (008:114) Caribbean Literature and Culture3 s.h.
ENGL:3532 (008:195) Modernist Women Writers3 s.h.
ENGL:3535 (008:133) Inter-American Studies3 s.h.
ENGL:3540 (008:132) Literature of the Indian Subcontinent3 s.h.
ENGL:3550 (008:119) African Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3555 (008:157) Topics in African Cinema3 s.h.
ENGL:3570 (008:161) Transnational and Postcolonial Writing by Women3 s.h.
ENGL:3580 (008:163) Identity and Social Issues3 s.h.
ENGL:3590 (008:165) People on the Move3 s.h.
ENGL:3595 (008:191) International Literature Today1, 3 s.h.
ENGL:4172 (008:128) London Performance Study3 s.h.
ENGL:4195 (008:192) Interdisciplinary Studies3 s.h.
ENGL:4410 (008:162) Midwest African American Literature and Culture3 s.h.
Historical Period Determined by Course Content

The historical period of each of the following courses is designated as 18th/19th-century literature or 20th/21st-century literature, depending on course content, which varies by semester. Consult ISIS for semester-specific period designations.

ENGL:2130 (008:034) Introduction to the Novel3 s.h.
ENGL:2140 (008:035) Introduction to Poetry3 s.h.
ENGL:2193 (008:052) Literature, Culture, and Women3 s.h.
ENGL:2369 (008:085) Topics in British Culture and Identity3 s.h.
ENGL:2420 (008:056) American Literary Classics3 s.h.
ENGL:2425 (008:055) American Poetry3 s.h.
ENGL:2450 (008:059) American Short Story3 s.h.
ENGL:2460 (008:080) Black Literature and Politics: Controversies of National Allegiance3 s.h.
ENGL:2560 (008:084) Topics in Culture and Identity3 s.h.
ENGL:3010 (008:126) Children's Literature3 s.h.
ENGL:3102 (008:168) Topics in Poetry and Poetics3 s.h.
ENGL:3120 (008:188) Prose by Women Writers3 s.h.
ENGL:3155 (008:177) Literature and Art3 s.h.
ENGL:3160 (008:170) Literary Genres and Modes3 s.h.
ENGL:3320 (008:178) Modern British Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:3355 (008:121) British Poetry3 s.h.
ENGL:3360 (008:158) British Fiction3 s.h.
ENGL:3444 (008:115) Literatures of the American Peoples3 s.h.
ENGL:3450 (008:154) American Regional Literatures3 s.h.
ENGL:3462 (008:186) African American Drama3 s.h.
ENGL:3480 (008:123) American Literature and History3 s.h.
ENGL:3519 (008:167) Literature and Culture of Empire3 s.h.

The historical period of each of the following courses is designated as early literatures through the 17th century, or 18th/19th-century literature, or 20th/21st-century literature, depending on course content, which varies by semester. Consult ISIS for semester-specific period designations.

ENGL:3140 (008:130) Literature and the Book3 s.h.
ENGL:3142 (008:190) Topics in Book History3 s.h.
ENGL:4000 (008:098) English Honors Seminar3 s.h.
ENGL:4150 (008:134) Introduction to Book Studies3 s.h.

Creative Writing Track

Students majoring in English may be eligible to enter the creative writing track. The track maintains the English major's emphasis on training artful and intelligent readers while providing a focus on creativity and excellence in writing.

ADMISSION TO THE TRACK

Admission to the creative writing track is selective; students must apply and be admitted. Students who apply must have junior or senior standing (at least 60 s.h. earned) at the beginning of the semester in which they intend to start the track; a g.p.a. of at least 3.33 in English (based on all English courses taken, including creative writing courses); at least 9 s.h. earned in University of Iowa English literature courses, excluding those with prefixes CNW and CW; and two completed prerequisites for admission to the track (see list below).

For more information and online application forms, visit the creative writing track web page.

PREREQUISITES FOR ADMISSION TO THE TRACK

Applicants must have completed two prerequisites for admission to the creative writing track (6 s.h.), chosen from the following list of introductory writing courses.

CNW:2680 (08N:080) The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction3 s.h.
CNW:2690 (08N:090) The Art and Craft of Writing About Business3 s.h.
CNW:2700 (08N:081) The Art and Craft of Personal Writing3 s.h.
CNW:2710 (08N:082) The Art and Craft of Food Writing3 s.h.
CNW:2720 (08N:083) The Art and Craft of Writing About Culture3 s.h.
CNW:2730 (08N:084) The Art and Craft of Science Writing3 s.h.
CNW:2740 (08N:085) The Art and Craft of Writing about the Environment3 s.h.
CNW:2760 (08N:087) The Art and Craft of Writing for Social Change3 s.h.
CNW:2770 (08N:088) The Art and Craft of Writing for New Media3 s.h.
CNW:2780 (08N:089) The Art and Craft of Writing About Sports3 s.h.
CNW:2790 (08N:091) The Art and Craft of Humor Writing3 s.h.
CNW:2800 (08N:092) The Art and Craft of Writing Across Genres3 s.h.
CNW:2810 (08N:093) The Art and Craft of Writing with Emotion3 s.h.
CNW:2820 (08N:096) The Art and Craft of the Literary Essay3 s.h.
CNW:2830 (08N:095) The Art and Craft of Immersion Journalism3 s.h.
CNW:2900 (08N:099) The Essay Prize3 s.h.
CW:2100 (08C:023) Creative Writing3 s.h.
CW:2870 (08C:097) Fiction Writing3 s.h.
CW:2875 (08C:098) Poetry Writing3 s.h.
THTR:2301 (049:062) Playwriting I3 s.h.
THTR:3301 (049:155) Playwriting II3 s.h.
CREATIVE WRITING TRACK REQUIREMENTS

The creative writing track requires 13 s.h. of credit. Students earn 4 s.h. in genre-based writing seminars, 3 s.h. in a special topics course, and 6 s.h. in approved upper-level creative writing courses.

The creative writing track requires the following course work.

Genre-based writing seminars—two of these (4 s.h.):

ENGL:3721 (8WS:121) Writers' Seminar: Fiction2 s.h.
ENGL:3722 (8WS:122) Writers' Seminar: Poetry2 s.h.
ENGL:3723 (8WS:123) Writers' Seminar: Nonfiction2 s.h.
ENGL:3724 (8WS:124) Writers' Seminar: Literary Translation2 s.h.
ENGL:3725 (8WS:125) Writers' Seminar: Playwriting2 s.h.

Special topics course (3 s.h.):

ENGL:4720 (8WS:170) Creative Writing Track: Special Topics3 s.h.

Upper-level creative writing—two of these (6 s.h.):

ENGL:4020 (008:120) Honors Thesis Workshop3 s.h.
ENGL:4720 (8WS:170) Creative Writing Track: Special Topics3 s.h.
CW:4870 (08C:163) Undergraduate Writers' Workshop: Fiction3 s.h.
CW:4875 (08C:166) Undergraduate Writers' Workshop: Poetry3 s.h.
CNW:3630 (08N:120) Advanced Nonfiction Writing3 s.h.
CNW:3632 (08N:102) Prose Style3 s.h.
CNW:3633 (08N:104) Personal Writing3 s.h.
CNW:3660 (08N:145) Multimedia Writing3 s.h.
CNW:3663 (08N:148) Radio and Writing3 s.h.
CNW:3664 (08N:149) Writing About Science3 s.h.
CNW:4631 (08N:150) Undergraduate Essay Workshop3 s.h.
THTR:3300 (049:165) Advanced Playwriting3 s.h.
THTR:3310 (049:169) Undergraduate Playwriting Workshop1-3 s.h.

In order to take ENGL:4020 (008:120) Honors Thesis Workshop (an honors thesis in creative writing), students must be in the creative writing track and must be members of the English Honors Program. They must fulfill all requirements for registration in the course; see "Honors in the Major" below.

B.A. with Teacher Licensure

English majors interested in earning licensure to teach in elementary and/or secondary schools must complete the College of Education's Teacher Education Program (TEP) in addition to the requirements for the major and all requirements for graduation. The TEP requires several College of Education courses and student teaching. Contact the College of Education's Office of Education Services for details.

Students must satisfy all degree requirements and complete Teacher Education Program licensure before degree conferral.

Students interested in earning elementary school licensure should contact the Office of Education Services for information about requirements.

The following courses are required for students earning secondary school licensure.

ENGLISH COURSES

Students complete these courses as part of the English major.

ENGL:3190 (08P:182)/EDTL:3382 (07S:182) Language and Learning (area: literary theory and interdisciplinary studies)2-3 s.h.
ENGL:3191 (08P:198)/EDTL:3393 (07S:193) Reading and Teaching Adolescent Literature (area: literary theory and interdisciplinary studies)3 s.h.
CNW:4355 (08N:141)/EDTL:4355 (07S:155) Approaches to Teaching Writing (area: nonfiction and creative writing)3 s.h.
A Shakespeare course
Three American literature courses
A British literature course
One nonfiction or creative writing course in addition to CNW:4355 (08N:141)
EDUCATION COURSES

These College of Education courses are required for teacher education.

EDTL:3002 (07E:102) Technology in the Classroom2 s.h.
EDTL:3090 (07S:190) Orientation to Secondary Education1 s.h.
EDTL:4087 (07S:187) Seminar: Curriculum and Student Teaching1-3 s.h.
EDTL:4091 (07S:191) Observation and Laboratory Practice in the Secondary School (student teaching)6 s.h.
EDTL:4092 (07S:192) Observation and Laboratory Practice in the Secondary School (student teaching)6 s.h.
EDTL:4314 (07S:114) Introduction and Practicum: Secondary English3 s.h.
EDTL:4315 (07S:115) Methods: Secondary English3 s.h.
EDTL:4394 (07S:194) Methods: Secondary Reading2-3 s.h.
EDTL:4900 (07U:100) Foundations of Special Education3 s.h.
EPLS:3000 (07B:103) Foundations of Education3 s.h.
EPLS:4180 (07B:180) Human Relations for the Classroom Teacher3 s.h.
PSQF:1075 (07P:075) Educational Psychology and Measurement3 s.h.
One college-level mathematics or statistics course
ADMISSION

Applicants to the Teacher Education Program in English must complete a minimum of 30 s.h., including ENGL:2010 (008:005) Foundation of the English Major: Histories, Literatures, Pleasures and an additional 12 s.h. in English courses, before they are admitted to the program. The following courses do not count toward the additional 12 s.h.: 

ENGL:1200 (08G:001) through ENGL:1355 (08G:005);
ENGL:3190 (08P:182) Language and Learning;
ENGL:3191 (08P:198) Reading and Teaching Adolescent Literature; and
CNW:4355 (08N:141) Approaches to Teaching Writing.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is selective; contact the College of Education's Office of Education Services for information.

Minor Licensure in English

Students who seek licensure for secondary teaching in fields other than English may seek minor licensure in English. First-year courses in rhetoric, speech, or writing do not count toward this requirement.

The English minor licensure program includes the following course work.

ENGL:3190 (08P:182)/EDTL:3382 (07S:182) Language and Learning2-3 s.h.
ENGL:3191 (08P:198)/EDTL:3393 (07S:193) Reading and Teaching Adolescent Literature3 s.h.
CNW:4355 (08N:141)/EDTL:4355 (07S:155) Approaches to Teaching Writing3 s.h.
EDTL:4315 (07S:115) Methods: Secondary English3 s.h.
EDTL:4394 (07S:194) Methods: Secondary Reading2-3 s.h.
An American literature course
A British literature course
A course in creative or nonfiction writing
An additional English course

While this program meets minimum requirements for licensure, the department recommends that students who want to teach English have considerably more training in the field.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete by certain semesters in order to stay on the University's Four-Year Graduation Plan.

Before the fifth semester begins: at least two courses in the major

Before the seventh semester begins: at least four more courses (total of six) in the major and at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree

Before the eighth semester begins: at least two more courses (total of eight) in the major

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining course work in the major, all remaining General Education courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

Honors in the Major

Students majoring in English have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major and to enhance their course of study through honors seminars and thesis writing. All students interested in taking honors course work are encouraged to join the English Honors Program as soon as they qualify. Students may join online; visit English Honors Program.

Students who wish to graduate with honors in the English major must take two honors seminars, complete a two-semester thesis project, and maintain a University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and a g.p.a. of at least 3.50 in English.

Each year the department offers four honors seminars covering a wide range of subject areas and historical periods. Honors seminars are limited to 18 students, carry 3 s.h. of credit, and meet three hours each week. These courses require substantial reading and research and culminate in a 15-20 page essay. Students register for ENGL:4000 (008:098) English Honors Seminar.

To register for a seminar, students are encouraged to have a University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and must have completed three English courses (not including introductory courses in nonfiction or creative writing) with a g.p.a. of at least 3.33 in English. The department also recommends that students complete ENGL:2010 (008:005) Foundation of the English Major: Histories, Literatures, Pleasures before taking an honors seminar.

The two-semester thesis project requires ENGL:4020 (008:120) Honors Thesis Workshop (fall) and ENGL:4040 (008:198) Undergraduate Honors Project (independent study), for a total of 6 s.h. To enroll in ENGL:4020 (008:120), students must have completed one honors seminar with a grade of A-minus or higher and must have a University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and a g.p.a. of at least 3.50 in English.

The English Honors Program has established careful guidelines for each of the six types of honors theses accepted by the department: literary and cultural studies, nonfiction writing, electronic writing and multimedia production, English education, creative writing, and the interdisciplinary thesis for double honors, which allows a student to earn honors in two majors with one longer project. Information on thesis guidelines is available on the English Honors Program web site.

In addition to honors in their majors, undergraduate students have a variety of opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program; visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.

Minor

The minor in English requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in English courses, including 12 s.h. in courses taken at The University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Students may count a maximum of 3 s.h. of approved transfer credit toward the minor. Before taking courses for the minor, students must complete the General Education Program requirement ENGL:1200 (08G:001) The Interpretation of Literature.

The minor must include at least 6 s.h. in literature courses numbered ENGL:2100 (008:033) through ENGL:4810 (08P:190); the remaining 9 s.h. may be selected from additional courses in literature and from most courses in writing (prefixes CNW and CW), with a maximum of 6 s.h. earned in courses with the prefix CW. The following courses do not count toward the minor:

ENGL:1410 (008:003) Sex and Popular Culture in the Postwar U.S.;
ENGL:1420 (008:006) Technologies and Literatures of the Future;
CNW:1620 (08N:020) Introduction to Creative Nonfiction;
CW:1800 (08C:001) Creative Writing Studio Workshop;
courses with the prefix ENNM; and
courses numbered ENGL:1200 (08G:001) through ENGL:1355 (08G:005).

Students may declare the English minor on ISIS. In order for the minor to be recorded, students must indicate completion of the minor on their Application for Degree.

Students who would like help declaring the minor or in planning how to meet its requirements may stop by the Department of English advising office or schedule an appointment with an advisor by contacting the undergraduate English secretary.

Graduate Programs of Study

  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Fine Arts in English (creative writing or nonfiction writing)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in English

The Master of Arts program in English introduces students to the professional study of literature; the Doctor of Philosophy program prepares them to serve as faculty members at colleges and universities.

The Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing features advanced courses in writing fiction and poetry. Students in creative writing study at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, renowned as a pioneer in teaching writers since its founding in 1936. The Master of Fine Arts program in nonfiction writing is one of the few programs in the nation that offer a full range of graduate courses in literary nonfiction.

The M.A. is appropriate for students who would like graduate training in English and who may have an undergraduate major in a different field or who may intend to earn a Ph.D. at another institution. Students interested in careers in any area of book studies (professional writing, editing, web design, or publishing) may wish to earn the M.A. as a terminal degree, as may teachers seeking to enhance their credentials or students pursuing intellectual growth unrelated to a specific career.

M.A. and Ph.D. students in English mix freely in graduate courses, share the same access to faculty, and meet the same standards of quality in their work.

EXAM FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

The department administers the English component of the exam for the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in coordination with the College of Education. M.A.T. students should contact the Department of Teaching and Learning for information.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts program in English requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit. The program's focus is literary studies. The required 30 s.h. includes 24 s.h. earned in residence at The University of Iowa with a g.p.a. of at least 3.25. Students who wish to transfer to Iowa's Ph.D. program must complete two semesters or 15 s.h. of course work in literature (whichever they complete first) before applying for admission to the doctoral program.

COURSE WORK

Each student must take the following five courses numbered 5000 or above. Applicable transfer courses must be approved by the director of graduate study in English.

One course in criticism and theory numbered 5000 or above
Four courses numbered 5000 or above, chosen from the following five eras of British or American literature and culture: pre-1500; 1500-1660; 1660-1800; 1800-1900; 20th and 21st centuries

Elective courses constitute half of the total credit for the degree and may be chosen from graduate courses both in and outside the English department. Students may wish to explore opportunities for interdisciplinary study, language study, experience in theory and practice of writing, or specialization in a field of literary scholarship.

Department of English graduate courses are repeatable with the written approval of the department's director of graduate studies.

Completion of the M.A. requires either a thesis or a portfolio. Students submit a written description of their choice to the director of the program before the semester in which they plan to graduate.

M.A. THESIS

Students who choose to write an M.A. thesis must submit a brief prospectus approved by a thesis director before they register for thesis credit and at least one semester before they submit the thesis. The thesis committee consists of the thesis director, the director of the M.A. program, and one other faculty member. The thesis is evaluated by the committee as either satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

A copy of the thesis must be presented to the Graduate College for approval. For detailed information about Graduate College deadlines and policies, see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College.

PORTFOLIO

Near the end of their course work, students who do not choose the thesis option must submit a portfolio of work to the M.A. examination committee, which consists of the director of the M.A. program and two other English faculty members. All three read the full portfolio. To pass, the candidate must win a majority vote of the committee members.

Students take the first step toward preparing to submit a portfolio by meeting with the director of the M.A. program to discuss the portfolio, early during the semester in which they plan to graduate. After fulfilling all distribution and eligibility requirements and clearing all incomplete grades, students present the director with a draft of the portfolio’s introductory statement. Students planning to graduate at the end of fall semester should present the statement by the first week of October; those who plan to graduate at the end of spring semester should present the statement by the first week of March. Once the director approves the statement, the student must submit three copies of the full portfolio; the submission deadline is November 1 for students planning to graduate at the end of fall semester and April 1 for those who will graduate at the end of spring semester.

The work in the portfolio should demonstrate the student’s knowledge of literature as a broad historical and theoretical inquiry. Students submit approximately 50 pages (12,500 words) of their best work, along with a self-reflective introductory statement of five to seven pages. The body of the portfolio should contain papers originally produced for classes, revised for a broader audience unfamiliar with the original classes. The introduction should detail the student’s trajectory in the program and the literary-critical or methodological skills he or she has gained. It also should explain the contents of the portfolio; contextualize each paper; and give a brief overview of the writing. Students are expected to describe the research methods used in assembling their portfolios and the critical practices that ground their work.

Master of Fine Arts: Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing requires a minimum of 48 s.h. of graduate credit. The degree is offered through the Creative Writing Program (Iowa Writers' Workshop), a two-year residency program that culminates in a creative thesis, such as a novel, a collection of stories, or a book of poetry.

Throughout the program, workshop students craft their manuscripts and engage in an exchange of ideas about writing and reading with each other and with the renowned teacher-authors who make up the workshop's faculty.

Admission to the program is competitive.

For details about the M.F.A. in creative writing and about the Iowa Writers' Workshop, see Creative Writing (Iowa Writers' Workshop) in the Catalog.

Master of Fine Arts: Nonfiction Writing

The Master of Fine Arts program in nonfiction writing requires 48 s.h. of graduate credit. It is designed for accomplished students and writers of literary nonfiction; most complete it in three years. The program culminates in a thesis of at least 75 pages.

M.F.A. students must complete 32 s.h. in residence at The University of Iowa, in courses specified by the program. They may choose electives widely, from courses offered by the English department and by all other University of Iowa departments.

Department of English graduate courses are repeatable with the written approval of the department's director of graduate studies.

In addition to completing course work, students are required to enroll for at least 2 s.h. and no more than 8 s.h. of thesis credit. The thesis may be a single extended piece of nonfiction, a collection of shorter nonfiction pieces, or a collection of essays. Whatever the project, the thesis is expected to be of publishable quality.

For more information, consult the director of the Nonfiction Writing Program.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy program in English requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is designed as preparation for the teaching, publishing, and administrative service required of college and university faculty members. Concentrations are offered in areas such as literary history and critical theory, as well as interdisciplinary areas such as cultural studies and transnational studies.

Of the minimum 72 s.h. required for the degree, at least 30 s.h. must be earned in residence at The University of Iowa with a g.p.a. of at least 3.50.

Students must gain formal admission to Ph.D. candidacy by a vote of the Graduate Steering Committee, usually during the third semester of doctoral study.

Students complete course work in literature and culture of any four of these historical periods, as expressed in texts of the English-speaking and -writing world (usually but not always British or American): pre-1500; 1500-1660; 1660-1800; 1800-1900; 20th and 21st centuries. They also complete three seminars in the University of Iowa Department of English.

Students also must fulfill the program's language requirement, usually by completing an advanced undergraduate course numbered 3000 or above in a language other than English.

The comprehensive examination consists of the following: a portfolio of five scholarly questions based on a period of literary history (usually British or American); a review essay and annotated bibliography in a special area of interest; two course syllabi; an article to be submitted for publication; and an introduction to the portfolio that synthesizes its parts in preparation for a two-hour oral exam.

A dissertation is required. Students present their prospectus formally to a faculty committee and must undergo a final exam defending the dissertation.

All doctoral candidates are required to gain some teaching experience, preferably in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Rhetoric and in General Education Program literature courses.

For application forms and a complete description of the Ph.D. program, contact the department's graduate program academic coordinator.

Admission

Applications for admission must be postmarked by the following deadlines.

M.A. and Ph.D.: postmark by January 3
M.F.A. (creative writing): postmark by January 3
M.F.A. (nonfiction writing): postmark by December 15

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College or the Graduate College section of the Catalog.

Financial Support

Graduate scholarships, fellowships, and teaching and research assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. The department strives to provide five years of support for students who enter with an M.A. and six years of support for students who enter with a B.A. Students must be in good standing, which requires a University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.50 and full-time enrollment.

Financial aid applications are considered only from students who have applied or been admitted to a degree program in the Graduate College. Applications and all necessary supporting material must be submitted by the end of January for the following academic year. Forms are available from the Department of English and the University's Office of Admissions.

Facilities and Resources

The University of Iowa Libraries collection is strong in all areas of English and American literature. Partly because of the influence of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, University Libraries has particular strengths in 20th-century fiction and poetry, including manuscript collections of 20th-century authors.

Several periodicals are published under the department's aegis. The Iowa Review, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and Philological Quarterly offer opportunities for especially qualified graduate students to work as research assistants or editorial associates. The Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, edited by English department graduate students, features creative and scholarly work by students in English and related areas.

The Department of English and the Iowa Writers' Workshop sponsor a rich and extensive series of readings and lectures by poets, fiction writers, and scholars, all open to students in the department.

The Association of Graduate Students in English sponsors social and intellectual events during the year and provides a forum for student opinion. All graduate students in the department are members.

Courses

Individual descriptions for most English courses are not included because content and emphasis may vary considerably from one semester to the next. For detailed descriptions of each semester's courses, visit the University's ISIS web site.

Courses for Non-English Majors

Lower-Level Undergraduate
 

ENNM:2100 (08A:080) Nonfiction Writing for Non-English Majors3 s.h.
 
ENNM:2455 (08A:059) American Short Story for Non-English Majors3 s.h.
 

Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate
 

ENNM:3105 (08A:142) Popular Literature for Non-English Majors3 s.h.
 
ENNM:3120 (08A:188) Prose by Women Writers for Non-English Majors3 s.h.
 
ENNM:3170 (08A:135) Forms of the Essay for Non-English Majors3 s.h.
 
ENNM:3320 (08A:133) British Novel: Scott to Conrad for Non-English Majors3 s.h.
 
ENNM:3420 (08A:106) Literature and Culture of 20th-Century America for Non-English Majors3 s.h.
 
ENNM:3633 (08A:104) Personal Writing for Non-English Majors3 s.h.
 
ENNM:3640 (08A:113) Writing for Business and Industry for Non-English Majors3 s.h.
 

General Education, Lower-Level Undergraduate

Note: CW:1800 (08C:001) Creative Writing Studio Workshop and CNW:1620 (08N:020) Introduction to Creative Nonfiction do not count toward the English major or minor.

CNW:1620 (08N:020) Introduction to Creative Nonfiction3 s.h.
Exploration of creative nonfiction genres through readings, discussion, and writing exercises; introduction to workshop environment. Requirements: English nonmajor. GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
 
CW:1800 (08C:001) Creative Writing Studio Workshop3 s.h.
Experience reading and writing fiction, poetry, and personal narrative in a workshop setting; study of published work and critical discussion from a writer's standpoint; critique of class members' work. GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
 

Literature, General Education

All students earning a degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, except English majors, must take ENGL:1200 (08G:001) The Interpretation of Literature as part of the General Education Program. English majors should substitute a course from the Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts area of General Education, excluding MUS:1020 (025:059) Performance Instruction for Nonmajors, DANC:1010 (137:001) Beginning Tap through DANC:2040 (137:024) Intermediate Modern, and DANC:4880 (137:106) Dance Performance.

Course ENGL:1200 (08G:001) The Interpretation of Literature (or its equivalent by examination or transfer) is a prerequisite for courses ENGL:1320 (08G:004) Heroes and Villains through ENGL:1355 (08G:005) Literatures of Native American Peoples. The pass/nonpass option is available only for students in the Colleges of Nursing and Engineering with consent of the student's advisor and the instructor.

Lower-Level Undergraduate
 

ENGL:1200 (08G:001) The Interpretation of Literature3 s.h.
Ways of reading; focus on reader, text, contexts; poetry, short fiction, drama, novels. Prerequisites: RHET:1030 (010:003). Requirements: successful completion of the rhetoric requirement. GE: Interpretation of Literature.
 
ENGL:1320 (08G:004) Heroes and Villains3 s.h.
Heroes, heroines, and villains as products of the imagination; literary representations of heroes, heroines, and villains in varied social and historical situations; how their representation shapes our understanding of heroism and of villainy. Prerequisites: ENGL:1200 (08G:001) and RHET:1030 (010:003). Requirements: successful completion of the rhetoric requirement and then ENGL:1200 (08G:001). Recommendations: closed to students who have taken ENGL:1325 (08G:012). GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
 
ENGL:1325 (08G:012) Comic and Tragic Literature3 s.h.
Interrelations of comic and tragic literature, including film and other popular media, and their connection with human experience; comic and tragic forms and their uses in different social and historical situations. Prerequisites: ENGL:1200 (08G:001) and RHET:1030 (010:003). Requirements: successful completion of the rhetoric requirement and then ENGL:1200 (08G:001). Recommendations: closed to students who have taken ENGL:1320 (08G:004). GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
 
ENGL:1330 (08G:006) The Art of Storytelling3 s.h.
Selected masterpieces and recent developments in the art of storytelling in poetry and prose. Prerequisites: ENGL:1200 (08G:001) and RHET:1030 (010:003). Requirements: successful completion of the rhetoric requirement and then ENGL:1200 (08G:001). GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
 
ENGL:1345 (08G:009) American Lives3 s.h.
Major works of American literature. Prerequisites: ENGL:1200 (08G:001) and RHET:1030 (010:003). Requirements: successful completion of the rhetoric requirement and then ENGL:1200 (08G:001). GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
 
ENGL:1350 (08G:011) Literature and Sexualities3 s.h.
Works from various genres, time periods, cultures that reflect and construct a wide range of sexual identities. Prerequisites: ENGL:1200 (08G:001) and RHET:1030 (010:003). Requirements: successful completion of the rhetoric requirement and then ENGL:1200 (08G:001). GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts.
 
ENGL:1355 (08G:005) Literatures of Native American Peoples3 s.h.
Genres of Native American literature, including oral literature; focus on written literature (fiction, essays, poetry, drama). Prerequisites: ENGL:1200 (08G:001) and RHET:1030 (010:003). Requirements: successful completion of the rhetoric requirement and then ENGL:1200 (08G:001). GE: Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts; Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as AINS:1355 (149:005).
 

Literature

English department courses are open to all undergraduates who have satisfied the rhetoric requirement. Undergraduates are encouraged to complete the required course ENGL:2010 (008:005) Foundation of the English Major: Histories, Literatures, Pleasures as soon as they declare the English major. Students also are encouraged to take one or more introductory departmental courses, ENGL:2120 (008:030) Introduction to Cultural Studies through ENGL:2170 (008:038) Introduction to the Essay, before attempting courses numbered 3000 or above.

Courses ENGL:4000 (008:098) English Honors Seminar, ENGL:4040 (008:198) Undergraduate Honors Project, and ENGL:4010 (008:199) Special Project for Undergraduates may be repeated. Most courses with the prefix ENGL may not be repeated. Occasionally, with written consent from the department's Undergraduate Advising Office, a student may repeat a course if the course's subject matter is different from that of a course the student already has taken.

Lower-Level Undergraduate
 

ENGL:1410 (008:003) Sex and Popular Culture in the Postwar U.S.3 s.h.
Critical and historical introduction to representation of human sexuality in American popular culture from World War II to the present. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity. Same as AMST:1060 (045:060), GWSS:1060 (131:061).
 
ENGL:1420 (008:006) Technologies and Literatures of the Future3 s.h.
Introduction to discourses of futurology; dramatic advances in machine intelligence, promise of nanotechnology, and future of biological research that have blurred long‑held distinctions between science and science fiction; issues and controversies prominent in this futurological discourse. GE: Values, Society, and Diversity.
 
ENGL:2010 (008:005) Foundation of the English Major: Histories, Literatures, Pleasures3 s.h.
History and practice of English as a discipline; four central aspects of literary study.
 
ENGL:2030 (008:004) Literary Readings Attendance1 s.h.
Attendance at diverse literary readings and scholarly presentations on The University of Iowa campus and in Iowa City, featuring visiting, local, and University of Iowa writers and scholars.
 
ENGL:2040 (008:007) English at Work1 s.h.
What can be done with an English degree; knowledge and skills gained as an English major that are in high demand among a wide variety of employers; important steps taken as a student that translate unique career dreams into reality; work with Pomerantz Career Center staff.
 
ENGL:2080 (008:054) English Winter Practicum2 s.h.
 
ENGL:2100 (008:033) Introduction to Criticism and Theory3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2105 (008:070) Disability in Literature and Cultural Theory3 s.h.
Introduction to disability studies; examination of disability in cultural and literary contexts; core course for the Certificate in Disability Studies. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2120 (008:030) Introduction to Cultural Studies3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2130 (008:034) Introduction to the Novel3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2140 (008:035) Introduction to Poetry3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2150 (008:036) Introduction to the Short Story3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2160 (008:037) Introduction to Drama3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2170 (008:038) Introduction to the Essay3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2191 (008:001) Modern Fiction3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2192 (008:002) Postmodern Fiction3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2193 (008:052) Literature, Culture, and Women3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as GWSS:2193 (131:052).
 
ENGL:2194 (008:053) Lyric Structures3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2206 (008:008) Classical and Biblical Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:2216 (008:060) Selected Works of the Middle Ages3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:2236 (008:076) Selected Early Authors3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:2309 (008:078) Selected British Authors Before 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2310 (008:079) Selected British Authors After 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply the following course to the area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2329 (008:090) Topics in Modern British Literature Before 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2330 (008:091) Topics in Modern British Literature After 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2338 (008:062) Eighteenth-Century British Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2348 (008:063) British Romanticism3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2359 (008:064) Victorian Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2360 (008:065) Twentieth-Century British Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2361 (008:066) Twenty-first-Century British Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2369 (008:085) Topics in British Culture and Identity3 s.h.
How culture and identity of British society are created and reflected through literature and other discursive systems; focus on a specific topic and area. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2409 (008:087) Selected American Authors Before 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2410 (008:088) Selected American Authors After 19002-3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2420 (008:056) American Literary Classics3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2425 (008:055) American Poetry3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2438 (008:057) American Novel Before 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2440 (008:058) American Novel After 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2450 (008:059) American Short Story3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2460 (008:080) Black Literature and Politics: Controversies of National Allegiance3 s.h.
Black literature born amid political controversy, from slave narratives to award‑winning texts of late 20th century; evolving politics of African American writers; changing political landscape of this expansive period and representative literature; how African American writers shape U.S. political debate; surprising politics of many canonical African American writers. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as AFAM:2781 (129:081), POLI:2107 (030:099).
 
ENGL:2463 (008:083) Topics in African American Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2465 (008:069) Selected African American Authors3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as AFAM:2465 (129:069).
 
ENGL:2475 (008:086) Topics in Asian American Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2505 (008:031) Introduction to Postcolonial Studies3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2510 (008:075) Selected Transnational Authors3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:2560 (008:084) Topics in Culture and Identity3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 

Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate
 

ENGL:3100 (008:129) Topics in Criticism and Theory3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3102 (008:168) Topics in Poetry and Poetics3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3105 (008:136) Topics in Popular Culture3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3107 (008:151) Literature and Anthropology3 s.h.
Topics vary. Same as ANTH:3107 (113:109), CL:3107 (218:151).
 
ENGL:3010 (008:126) Children's Literature3 s.h.
Classic children's literature and contemporary critical approaches to the genre. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies, or  Modern British Literature.  PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3120 (008:188) Prose by Women Writers3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as GWSS:3120 (131:188).
 
ENGL:3130 (008:175) Topics in Film and Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3135 (008:172) Narrative and the Cinema3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as CINE:3135 (048:172).
 
ENGL:3140 (008:130) Literature and the Book3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement.  AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies.  PERIOD: Early Literatures through 17th‑Century, 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as UICB:3140 (108:181).
 
ENGL:3142 (008:190) Topics in Book History3 s.h.
Authorship, publishing, and so forth within specific historical and cultural contexts. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century, 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as UICB:3142 (108:186).
 
ENGL:3150 (008:176) Literature and Philosophic Thought3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3152 (008:179) Literature and Society3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as CL:3379 (218:179).
 
ENGL:3155 (008:177) Literature and Art3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as CL:3277 (218:177).
 
ENGL:3160 (008:170) Literary Genres and Modes3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3173 (008:174) Gender, Sexuality, and Literature3 s.h.
Representations of gender, class, and sexuality in British, American, or postcolonial literature. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as GWSS:3173 (131:156).
 
ENGL:3175 (008:194) Introduction to Feminist Criticism3 s.h.
Introduction to feminist interpretation of literature, feminist literature, feminist theories, and uses of literature in forming feminist politics. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as GWSS:3175 (131:194).
 
ENGL:3180 (008:173) Topics in Digital Media3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as THTR:3180 (049:174).
 
ENGL:3181 (008:171) Digital Media and Poetics3 s.h.
Theory and practice of one or more varieties of digital composition; digital art analyzed and created in specific forms—radio drama, interactive fiction, procedural and constructivist poetics. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3182 (008:189) Digital Cultures and Literacies3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3186 (008:182) Science Fiction3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3216 (008:150) Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3226 (008:101) Literature and Culture of the Middle Ages3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century. Same as MDVL:3226 (162:101).
 
ENGL:3228 (008:111) Literature and Culture of the Restoration3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3236 (008:102) Literature and the Culture of the Renaissance3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3237 (008:100) Literature and Culture of Seventeenth-Century England3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3246 (008:122) 16th- and 17th-Century Poetry3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3256 (008:140) Elementary Old English3 s.h.
Reading knowledge of Old English; introduction to Anglo‑Saxon literature and culture. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3257 (008:141) Old English Beowulf3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3266 (008:142) Medieval Celtic Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3267 (008:143) Medieval Norse Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3276 (008:144) Medieval Drama3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century. Same as THTR:3276 (049:181).
 
ENGL:3277 (008:145) English Renaissance Drama3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century. Same as THTR:3277 (049:184).
 
ENGL:3286 (008:146) Chaucer3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3287 (008:147) Shakespeare3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century. Same as THTR:3287 (049:072).
 
ENGL:3296 (008:148) Milton3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century.
 
ENGL:3320 (008:178) Modern British Drama3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3329 (008:103) Literature and Culture of Eighteenth-Century Britain3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3338 (008:112) Literature and Culture of the Romantic Period3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3339 (008:104) Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century Britain3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3348 (008:107) Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century Scotland3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3350 (008:110) Literature and Culture of 20th- and 21st-Century Britain3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3355 (008:121) British Poetry3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3360 (008:158) British Fiction3 s.h.
British fiction written since 1700. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Modern British Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3418 (008:108) Literature and Culture of America Before 18003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3419 (008:105) Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century America3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3420 (008:106) Literature and the Culture of Twentieth-Century America3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3429 (008:135) Topics in American Literature Before 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3430 (008:139) Topics in American Literature After 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3431 (008:196) American Novel Since 19453 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3439 (008:180) American Drama Before 19003 s.h.
American playwrights and plays before 1900. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3440 (008:197) American Drama Since 19003 s.h.
American playwrights and plays after 1900. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as THTR:3440 (049:117).
 
ENGL:3441 (008:153) Native American Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as AINS:3441 (149:113).
 
ENGL:3444 (008:115) Literatures of the American Peoples3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3450 (008:154) American Regional Literatures3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3455 (008:118) Jewish American Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3459 (008:116) African American Literature Before 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature. Same as AFAM:3459 (129:116).
 
ENGL:3460 (008:117) African American Literature After 19003 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as AFAM:3460 (129:117).
 
ENGL:3462 (008:186) African American Drama3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as THTR:3462 (049:186), AFAM:3462 (129:186).
 
ENGL:3465 (008:137) African American Autobiography3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as AFAM:3465 (129:181).
 
ENGL:3480 (008:123) American Literature and History3 s.h.
Examination of fictional histories (novels about history), their relationship to historical interpretation. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as AMST:3480 (045:123).
 
ENGL:3489 (008:184) Contemporary American Women Writers3 s.h.
Interdisciplinary study of contemporary American women writers whose works depict the shaping force of race, class, gender, and sexuality on individuals, families, and communities.
 
ENGL:3510 (008:164) Topics in Transnational Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3515 (008:138) Topics in Postcolonial Studies3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3519 (008:167) Literature and Culture of Empire3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature or 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3520 (008:109) Literature and Culture of the 20th and 21st Century3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3525 (008:113) Literature and Culture of the Americas3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3530 (008:114) Caribbean Literature and Culture3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3532 (008:195) Modernist Women Writers3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3535 (008:133) Inter-American Studies3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3540 (008:132) Literature of the Indian Subcontinent3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3550 (008:119) African Literature3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as AFAM:3550 (129:119).
 
ENGL:3555 (008:157) Topics in African Cinema3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as AFAM:3555 (129:158).
 
ENGL:3570 (008:161) Transnational and Postcolonial Writing by Women3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as CL:3570 (218:161).
 
ENGL:3580 (008:163) Identity and Social Issues3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3590 (008:165) People on the Move3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:3595 (008:191) International Literature Today1,3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Transnational Literature and Postcolonial Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as IWP:3191 (181:191), WLLC:3191 (218:191).
 
ENGL:4150 (008:134) Introduction to Book Studies3 s.h.
Theory and practice of book studies; meanings of word and image in the book format; comparative study of other media, applied study of the codex as physical artifact. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: Early Literatures Through 17th Century, or 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as UICB:4150 (108:185), SLIS:4150 (021:185).
 
ENGL:4172 (008:128) London Performance Study3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as THTR:4630 (049:177).
 
ENGL:4195 (008:192) Interdisciplinary Studies3 s.h.
Exploration of how readings of theory can be evaluated through discussions and readings in literature. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature.
 
ENGL:4410 (008:162) Midwest African American Literature and Culture3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as AFAM:4710 (129:162).
 

Nonfiction and Creative Writing

Many courses may be repeated.

Other courses listed below may be repeated with consent of the instructor.

Courses CW:1800 (08C:001) Creative Writing Studio Workshop and CNW:1620 (08N:020) Introduction to Creative Nonfiction do not count toward the English major or minor.

Course CNW:3630 (08N:120) Advanced Nonfiction Writing has a prerequisite.

Course CNW:4631 (08N:150) Undergraduate Essay Workshop requires consent of instructor (see course description on ISIS).

Creative Nonfiction Writing, Lower-Level Undergraduate
 

CNW:2680 (08N:080) The Art and Craft of Creative Nonfiction3 s.h.
How we tell stories—every time people talk about themselves, someone they know, places visited or events experienced; creation of a story with intention to entertain and inform a particular audience; how to create compelling, thought‑provoking, and resonant texts from raw material of daily life; exploration of three fundamentals of great storytelling—taking emotional and intellectual risks, being imaginatively rigorous, and revising, revising, revising. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2690 (08N:090) The Art and Craft of Writing About Business3 s.h.
Preparation for real world writing situations; techniques for revision; creation of texts that are clear, persuasive, and coherent; practice techniques by revising many kinds of transactional documents, from letters and memos to procedures and reports; examples from actual business transactions; enhancement of writing, editing, job search, and managerial skills. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2700 (08N:081) The Art and Craft of Personal Writing3 s.h.
Moments of wonder, confusion, and blips in memory that can reveal deep and complicated truths in life; different kinds of personal writing with focus on strategies that writers employ to create rich and compelling stories; character, scene, voice, point of view, suspense, and timing. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2710 (08N:082) The Art and Craft of Food Writing3 s.h.
Vivid prose that evokes memories, moods, places, and events; creating a visceral bond with readers as powerful as in any other art form; basics of food writing; how to heighten awareness of physical world through exercises that focus on sensory details. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2720 (08N:083) The Art and Craft of Writing About Culture3 s.h.
Writing about the culture surrounding us—literature, songs, movies, magazines, television, food, concerts, theater, commercials, billboards, comic books, the Internet, museums, sports, architecture; readings, field trips, and multiple approaches to writing. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2730 (08N:084) The Art and Craft of Science Writing3 s.h.
Introduction to science writing; development of a clear and engaging prose style through readings and workshops. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2740 (08N:085) The Art and Craft of Writing about the Environment3 s.h.
Tradition of nature writing and how it has inspired writers, artists, and activists to find more complicated and daring interpretations of what constitutes an environment; reading and writing that challenges assumptions and pushes boundaries of environmental writing and nonfiction. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2760 (08N:087) The Art and Craft of Writing for Social Change3 s.h.
How nonfiction writers have responded to tumultuous social, political, and cultural topics of their day through reading and writing. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2770 (08N:088) The Art and Craft of Writing for New Media3 s.h.
Fundamental elements of new media; readings that celebrate and challenge today's newest experiments in podcasts, video games, the Internet, Twitter feeds, and Tumblr narratives; crafting and critiquing texts in these media. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2780 (08N:089) The Art and Craft of Writing About Sports3 s.h.
Introduction to sports writing through reading and writing. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2790 (08N:091) The Art and Craft of Humor Writing3 s.h.
How comedy functions as one of many tools a writer has at his or her disposal through reading and writing. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2800 (08N:092) The Art and Craft of Writing Across Genres3 s.h.
Hybrid texts that defy classification—graphic books, stand‑up comedy, lists, letters, poems, freestyle rap—engaged through reading and writing. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2810 (08N:093) The Art and Craft of Writing with Emotion3 s.h.
Role of emotion in creative writing through readings and writing. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2820 (08N:096) The Art and Craft of the Literary Essay3 s.h.
Different forms of the essay—reviews, memoirs, profiles, travelogues, journalism, cultural criticism—through readings and writing. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2830 (08N:095) The Art and Craft of Immersion Journalism3 s.h.
Immersion in field work, leading to nonfiction writing; writer‑in‑residence for a particular place, institution, or organization; observation and exploration of everything that happens within those boundaries. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:2900 (08N:099) The Essay Prize3 s.h.
Discussion and evaluation of a variety of essays nominated by an independent committee of writers, editors, filmmakers, sound designers, performance artists, and readers for the Essay Prize; selection of winner. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing. Prerequisites: RHET:1030 (010:003).
 

Creative Writing, Lower-Level Undergraduate
 

CW:2100 (08C:023) Creative Writing3 s.h.
Guidance in the process of writing fiction and poetry; writing as exploration; development of students' critical skills as readers; application of new knowledge and skills to students' own writing. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CW:2870 (08C:097) Fiction Writing3 s.h.
Analysis of works of accomplished fiction writers; critique of class members' short stories, in writing and in class; discussion of how class members use language, characterization, point of view, other elements of fiction in their work. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CW:2875 (08C:098) Poetry Writing3 s.h.
Careful writing of poems, reading of poetry by class members as well as established poets; supportive workshop context. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 

Creative Nonfiction Writing, Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate
 

CNW:3450 (08N:125) Freelance Reporting and Writing4 s.h.
Approaches to writing and marketing articles to magazines, newspapers, other publications; developing ideas, researching periodical markets, writing queries, writing and rewriting articles for publication. Prerequisites: JMC:2010 (019:098) and JMC:2020 (019:088). Requirements: journalism major. Same as JMC:3450 (019:125).
 
CNW:3600 (08N:131) Issues in Creative Nonfiction3 s.h.
Exploration and discussion of a single topic in creative nonfiction through a variety of reading assignments and creative writing exercises. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing. Prerequisites: RHET:1030 (010:003).
 
CNW:3630 (08N:120) Advanced Nonfiction Writing3 s.h.
Essay writing; focus on workshop environment. Prerequisites: CNW:2680 (08N:080). Requirements: undergraduate standing.
 
CNW:3632 (08N:102) Prose Style3 s.h.
Sentences: how they work, what they do; how sentences can help writing, expand understanding of prose style, stretch options.
 
CNW:3633 (08N:104) Personal Writing3 s.h.
 
CNW:3640 (08N:113) Writing for Business and Industry3 s.h.
 
CNW:3644 (08N:192) Dublin Writing Workshop3 s.h.
Intensive writing workshops for aspiring creative writers; study abroad in Dublin, Ireland.  English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CNW:3660 (08N:145) Multimedia Writing3 s.h.
Multidisciplinary sessions mixing media production, creative nonfiction, and literary theory; topics ranging from hypertext authoring and electronic magazine publishing to sound art and digital video; principles and practices of writing for alternative media, theoretical understanding of how various media frame the situation; radio essay, video essay, interactive animation, web authoring, electronic magazine publishing.
 
CNW:3661 (08N:146) Film and Writing3 s.h.
Writers' introduction to digital video; compelling forms of nonfiction filmmaking from the film essay to the environmental documentary; how to convert texts into film, conduct interviews, and shoot and edit digital video; emphasis on careful analysis and making of whitely films.
 
CNW:3662 (08N:147) Graphic Writing3 s.h.
The photo essay and the graphic memoir, two modes of nonfiction that have steadily increased in prominence and popularity; key texts in both genres (i.e., Dorothea Lange's American Exodus, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, or Art Spiegelman's Maus); writing and producing photo essays and short graphic memoirs.
 
CNW:3663 (08N:148) Radio and Writing3 s.h.
Writing with sound; introduction to radio essays and documentaries with focus on digital audio; analyze key radio works and essayists; produce voiceovers, record interviews, mix music, edit sound and spoken texts in making radio art.
 
CNW:3664 (08N:149) Writing About Science3 s.h.
Writing about science and technology from neurobiology to astrophysics; exploration of classic literary nonfiction on the sciences; focus on various stylistic practices for making complex topics compelling for a general audience and developing a clear and readable prose style.
 
CNW:4355 (08N:141) Approaches to Teaching Writing3 s.h.
Theories, practices, strategies, and history of writing and teaching writing. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing. Same as EDTL:4355 (07S:155).
 
CNW:4631 (08N:150) Undergraduate Essay Workshop3 s.h.
Experience working on new nonfiction projects, drafting and preparing one piece throughout a semester; individualized work to promote understanding of and creation in genres of nonfiction writing. Requirements: undergraduate standing, successful completion of two CNW (08N) courses, and submission of manuscript.
 
CNW:4642 (08N:133) Team Writing for Business3 s.h.
 
CNW:4690 (08N:199) Undergraduate Project in Nonfiction Writingarr.
 

Creative Writing, Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate
 

CW:3001 (08C:101) Creative Writing for Business3 s.h.
Opportunity to broaden understanding of literature, improve writing, and enhance ability to approach business problems in a creative and inspired manner; close reading and creative writing exercises used to develop appreciation of the written word, improve ability to express thoughts and ideas, and become more conscious of the quality of students' own written work. Requirements: rhetoric. Same as INTD:3001 (145:101).
 
CW:3003 (08C:103) Writing and Reading Science Fiction3 s.h.
Science fiction literature as an ongoing conversation about the possible; exploration of world boundaries we have by imagining worlds that we don't (yet); alien encounters that consider ways we react to beings we see as unlike ourselves; alternate histories to illuminate what might have been; transhumanist fiction to explore what we may become; issues of composition and craft that underlie all effective fiction; students write and revise works of science fiction and engage in constructive discussion of each other's work.
 
CW:3005 (08C:105) Professional and Creative Business Communication3 s.h.
Solid foundation for creative and professional communication in today's modern work world; exploration of techniques, strategies, and craft of writing résumés, letters of interest, email and its related etiquette, and organization of ideas into presentable form; semester‑long creative project that builds a bridge between office and the world using modern technology and social media; readings and discussions of literature to better understand issues of ethics, leadership, conflict, moral judgment, decision making, and human nature; how to navigate and succeed in business or any professional field. Same as INTD:3005 (145:105).
 
CW:3107 (08C:107) Creative Writing for the Health Professions3 s.h.
Same as INTD:3107 (145:107).
 
CW:3210 (08C:110) Creative Writing and the Natural World3 s.h.
How humans tether to their environment through stories; students write stories and through writing explore if there is a new tie to sustainable history. Same as INTD:3210 (145:110).
 
CW:3215 (08C:115) Creative Writing and Popular Culture3 s.h.
Creative writing through the lens of popular culture; topics include television, film writing, adaptations, commercials, advertising, magazines, newspapers, comic books, song lyrics, billboards, and backs of cereal boxes. Same as INTD:3300 (145:115).
 
CW:3217 (08C:117) Writing and Reading Young Adult Fiction3 s.h.
Early to contemporary young adult fiction; how the genre addresses issues that are relevant to young people through its wide‑ranging subject matter; issues facing the genre, including the debate over what constitutes it; readings and experience writing young adult fiction.
 
CW:3218 (08C:108) Creative Writing for New Media3 s.h.
Prepares creative writers for evolving marketplace of electronic text, media; experience writing in varied media such as the Internet, e‑books, video games, mobile devices, emergent social narratives. Same as INTD:3200 (145:108).
 
CW:3870 (08C:194) Advanced Fiction Writing3 s.h.
Analysis of accomplished fiction writers' work; critique of class members' short stories, in writing and in class; discussion of how class members use language, characterization, point of view, other elements of fiction in their work. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing. Prerequisites: CW:2870 (08C:097)
 
CW:3875 (08C:198) Advanced Poetry Writing3 s.h.
Writing poems, reading poetry by class members and established poets; workshop context. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing. Prerequisites: CW:2875 (08C:098).
 
CW:4745 (08C:145) The Sentence: Strategies for Writing3 s.h.
Writing dynamic, cogent, and grammatically correct sentences; effectively communicating ideas; writing with clarity and confidence; review of grammar and various types of sentences; building complexity by adding adverbial, subordinate, and connective clauses to simple sentences; how rhythm, syntax, and word order expand the meaning of a sentence; application and appreciation.
 
CW:4747 (08C:147) Creative Writing for the Socially Aware3 s.h.
Reading short stories, essays, poems, and plays to examine seven subject areas (education; gender and sex roles; relationship and family dynamics; criminal behavior; race, ethnicity, and identity; terrorism and war; death and dying); varied writing assignments, including message boards posts, reading responses, critiques, arguments, research papers, creative writing, and public relations material; analyzing the effectiveness of an argument; supporting claims made in persuasive writing.
 
CW:4750 (08C:150) Writing and Activism3 s.h.
Exploration of writing as a political act; examination of texts that focus on activism (e.g., environment, social inequality, racism, war); best practices for literary advocacy and social/political persuasion/instruction; improving dexterity with written persuasion; argumentation, and personal statements; application of study of writing to broader world.
 
CW:4751 (08C:151) Creative Writing for the Musician3 s.h.
Better writing by focused appreciation of classical and popular music; musical forms and storytelling; music as a source of inspiration, performance of free‑form writing exercises set to different soundtracks; what music can teach about language; scansion; methods for applying musical techniques in word form; how punctuation and grammar create rhythm; tone and diction used to create and modify dynamics of prose; multimedia project incorporating written, visual, and audio storytelling techniques.
 
CW:4760 (08C:160) The Art of Revision: Rewriting Prose for Clarity and Impact3 s.h.
Writing and rewriting of short stories and essays; specific choices to help writing reach its full potential; examination of first drafts and making strategic or radical decisions on what needs to happen in subsequent drafts in order for writing to better match original intentions; students gain insight from peers on where first drafts are succeeding or falling short, and write second and third drafts of short stories and personal narratives; structural and aesthetic choices.
 
CW:4870 (08C:163) Undergraduate Writers' Workshop: Fictionarr.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CW:4875 (08C:166) Undergraduate Writers' Workshop: Poetryarr.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement.  AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CW:4880 (08C:167) Undergraduate Writers' Seminar3 s.h.
Exploration of literature to develop substance and craft; class sessions designed around topic chosen by instructor; modeled after Writers' Workshop graduate reading seminars. English majors may apply this course (except for EX sections) to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing. Requirements: completion of rhetoric requirement.
 
CW:4894 (08C:195) Undergraduate Project in Creative Writingarr.
English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Nonfiction and Creative Writing.
 
CW:4897 (08C:197) Novel Writing3 s.h.
Introduction to the process of writing a novel through focused lessons on character, perspective, plot, scene, and dialogue; organizing a longer work; creating notes and sections of a novel with progression towards completing a draft. Requirements: creative writing or fiction writing course.
 

Writers' Seminars, Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate
 

ENGL:3720 (8WS:120) Creative Writing Track Colloquium3 s.h.
In‑depth focus on works by and about visiting writers and literature that contextualizes their work; multiple genres; seminar. Requirements: English major and admission to Undergraduate Creative Writing track.
 
ENGL:3721 (8WS:121) Writers' Seminar: Fiction2 s.h.
In‑depth exploration and analysis of creative works in fiction. Requirements: English major and admission to Undergraduate Creative Writing track.
 
ENGL:3722 (8WS:122) Writers' Seminar: Poetry2 s.h.
In‑depth exploration and analysis of creative works in poetry. Requirements: English major and admission to Undergraduate Creative Writing track.
 
ENGL:3723 (8WS:123) Writers' Seminar: Nonfiction2 s.h.
Rigorous exploration and analysis of a range of nonfiction creative works. Requirements: English major and admission to Undergraduate Creative Writing track.
 
ENGL:3724 (8WS:124) Writers' Seminar: Literary Translation2 s.h.
Rigorous exploration and analysis of a range of creative works in literary translation. Requirements: English major and admission to Undergraduate Creative Writing track.
 
ENGL:3725 (8WS:125) Writers' Seminar: Playwriting2 s.h.
Rigorous exploration and analysis of a range of creative works in drama. Corequisites: ENGL:3720 (8WS:120). Requirements: admission to Undergraduate Creative Writing track.
 
ENGL:4720 (8WS:170) Creative Writing Track: Special Topics3 s.h.
Advanced writing and reading for undergraduate creative writing track; topics vary. Requirements: admission to Undergraduate Creative Writing track.
 

Special Topics, Lower-Level Undergraduate

This course does not fulfill area or period requirements for the English major. It may be used to earn elective credit in the major.

ENGL:1000 (008:029) First-Year Seminar1 s.h.
Small discussion class taught by a faculty member; topics chosen by instructor; may include outside activities (e.g., films, lectures, performances, readings, visits to research facilities). Requirements: first‑ or second‑semester standing.
 

Special Topics, Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate

This course does not fulfill area or period requirements for the English major. It may be used to earn elective credit in the major.

ENGL:4010 (008:199) Special Project for Undergraduatesarr.
 

Honors, Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate
 

ENGL:4000 (008:098) English Honors Seminar3 s.h.
English majors may apply this course to varied area and/or period requirements. Requirements: undergraduate standing and English major g.p.a. of 3.33.
 
ENGL:4020 (008:120) Honors Thesis Workshop3 s.h.
Prerequisites: ENGL:4000 (008:098). Requirements: English major g.p.a. of 3.33.
 
ENGL:4040 (008:198) Undergraduate Honors Project1-3 s.h.
Requirements: admission to English honors program.
 

Literature, Graduate

Department of English graduate courses are repeatable with the written approval of the department's director of graduate studies.

Introductory Courses
 

ENGL:5000 (008:201) Introduction to Graduate Study1 s.h.
 
ENGL:5050 (008:202) Placement Practicum1 s.h.
Navigation of academic job market and exploration of career opportunities; writing cover letters, curriculum vitaes, dissertation abstracts, and teaching statements; application strategies for various jobs in research, liberal arts, community colleges, and outside academia; opportunity to practice interviews and other hands‑on coaching; for advanced English department Ph.D., M.A., and M.F.A. students.
 
ENGL:6950 (008:205) Colloquium: Teaching Foundations of the English Major1 s.h.
 
ENGL:6960 (008:206) Colloquium: Teaching Literature2 s.h.
Professional development program for new ENGL:1200 (08G:001) teachers, including three‑day pre‑semester workshop.
 

Reading Courses
 

ENGL:6000 (008:229) Introduction to Contemporary Theory3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6015 (008:243) Feminist Cultural Studies3 s.h.
Same as RHET:6015 (010:243), COMM:6215 (036:222), GWSS:6015 (131:243).
 
ENGL:6020 (008:275) Literature as Letters3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6060 (008:260) Modes of Critical Analysis3 s.h.
Critical practice applicable to English language and literature.
 
ENGL:6075 (008:271) Studies in Sentimentalism3 s.h.
Readings in sentimentalism as literary genre, rhetorical practice, cultural mode, and psycho‑social phenomenon; focus on attendant theories of affect; integration of literature and culture with work on the politics of affect in postcolonial and transnational studies, critical race and ethnic studies, American studies, and gender and sexuality studies. Same as RHET:6071 (010:271).
 
ENGL:6080 (008:283) New Media Poetics3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6090 (008:272) Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies3 s.h.
Interdisciplinary approaches to literature and culture.
 
ENGL:6100 (008:218) Readings in Medieval Literature and Culture3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6110 (008:216) Medieval Authors3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6200 (008:219) Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Authors3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6210 (008:220) Readings in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Genres3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6220 (008:253) Shakespeare3 s.h.
Same as THTR:6403 (049:213).
 
ENGL:6300 (008:222) Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6400 (008:223) Romantic Literature3 s.h.
Same as CL:6323 (218:223).
 
ENGL:6500 (008:224) Victorian Literature3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6510 (008:225) Late Victorian and Edwardian Literature3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6601 (008:250) Readings in American Literature3 s.h.
American literature of the 18th century.
 
ENGL:6602 (008:254) Readings in American Literature II3 s.h.
Nineteenth‑century American literature.
 
ENGL:6603 (008:258) Readings in American Literature III3 s.h.
Twentieth‑ and twenty‑first‑century American literature.
 
ENGL:6610 (008:228) Studies in African American Literature3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6620 (008:238) Readings in Native American Literatures3 s.h.
Same as AINS:6620 (149:238).
 
ENGL:6630 (008:252) Readings in Latina/o Literary and Cultural Studies3 s.h.
Survey of Latina/o literature and criticism to prepare for comprehensive exam; organized by thematic units that stress canonical and emerging research areas in Latina/o literary and cultural studies.
 
ENGL:6640 (008:240) Readings in American Literary Genres3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6635 (008:231) Crossing Borders Seminar2-3 s.h.
Same as HIST:6635 (016:247), POLI:6635 (030:242), GEOG:6635 (044:286), ANTH:6635 (113:247), AFAM:6635 (129:231), GRMN:6635 (013:262), SPAN:6904 (035:273), PORO:6635 (160:247), IWP:6635 (181:247), FREN:6142 (009:262), CINE:6635 (048:247), COMM:6635 (036:247).
 
ENGL:6670 (008:246) American Literary Magazines3 s.h.
Aspects of American literary magazines, from city journals to monthly periodicals, historical moment to marketplace demand.
 
ENGL:6720 (008:285) Twentieth-Century Literatures3 s.h.
Literatures of 20th century; varied topics (e.g., transnational approach, focus on particular theme, genre, or critical perspective).
 
ENGL:6730 (008:249) Modernist Studies3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6750 (008:261) Studies in Postmodernism3 s.h.
Aspects of postmodernism as aesthetic practice and critical theory in literary and cultural studies.
 
ENGL:6760 (008:241) Topics in Contemporary Literature3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6770 (008:276) Writing and Revolution3 s.h.
 
ENGL:6800 (008:273) Readings in Postcolonial Literature and Theory3 s.h.
Introduction to central concerns and questions of postcolonial theory; impact of imperial ideologies on formation of racial and ethnic identities; nationalist and pan‑nationalist challenges to colonialism; postcolonial revisions of Western history; representations of gender and sexuality; diasporic and transnational cultural production; alternative versions of modernity; relationship between past and contemporary forms of globalization.
 
ENGL:6900 (008:210) Doctoral Workshop in English2 s.h.
 

Seminars

Advanced work in literary history, criticism, and theory; concentration varies by semester.

ENGL:7000 (008:462) Seminar: Cultural Studiesarr.
 
ENGL:7010 (008:461) Seminar: Literary Criticism and Theory3 s.h.
Analysis of issues in current literary criticism and theory and of texts from related fields, such as aesthetics, cultural studies, political science, psychology, and philosophy.
 
ENGL:7050 (008:467) Seminar: Performance Theory and Practice3 s.h.
Foundational and recent work in interdisciplinary field of performance studies; focus on intersections of performance theory and theater and drama studies; production and reception of visual and participatory art, dance, music, and various forms of embodied activity.
 
ENGL:7100 (008:402) Seminar: Medieval Literature and Culturearr.
Same as CL:7302 (218:402).
 
ENGL:7200 (008:407) Seminar: Early Modern Literature and Culturearr.
Same as CL:7307 (218:407).
 
ENGL:7300 (008:421) Seminar: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literaturearr.
 
ENGL:7400 (008:431) Seminar: Romantic Literaturesarr.
 
ENGL:7500 (008:432) Seminar: Victorian Literaturearr.
 
ENGL:7560 (008:452) Seminar: Walt Whitman3 s.h.
Walt Whitman's writings and career.
 
ENGL:7600 (008:458) Seminar: American Literature and Culturearr.
 
ENGL:7700 (008:440) Seminar: Studies in the Twentieth Centuryarr.
 
ENGL:7800 (008:450) Seminar: Postcolonial Studies3 s.h.
Same as CL:7054 (218:454).
 

Independent Study
 

ENGL:5999 (008:585) M.A. Thesis in Literary Studiesarr.
 
ENGL:7900 (008:500) Advanced Studies in an Authorarr.
 
ENGL:7910 (008:505) Advanced Studies in a Literary Periodarr.
 
ENGL:7920 (008:510) Advanced Studies in a Literary Formarr.
 
ENGL:7930 (008:515) Advanced Studies in a Literary Genrearr.
 
ENGL:7940 (008:520) Advanced Studies in a Literary Modearr.
 
ENGL:7950 (008:525) Advanced Studies in a Literary Movementarr.
 
ENGL:7960 (008:530) Advanced Studies in a Literary Themearr.
 
ENGL:7970 (008:535) Advanced Studies in Literary Criticismarr.
 
ENGL:7980 (008:550) Advanced Studies in an Interdisciplinary Subjectarr.
 
ENGL:7990 (008:590) Special Project for Graduate Studentsarr.
 
ENGL:7999 (008:595) Ph.D. Thesisarr.
 

Professional Training

The following courses offer theoretical and practical training for those who plan to teach.

Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate
 

ENGL:3190 (08P:182) Language and Learning2-3 s.h.
How language reflects and constructs learners' identities and cultures; readings related to oral and written language, native and second language development, linguistic diversity; discussion of the relationship of language theory to schools of language instruction. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. Same as EDTL:3382 (07S:182).
 
ENGL:3191 (08P:198) Reading and Teaching Adolescent Literature3 s.h.
Reading and evaluation of literature suitable for junior and senior high school students. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: Literary Theory and Interdisciplinary Studies. Same as EDTL:3393 (07S:193).
 
ENGL:4810 (08P:190) Methods: Secondary English3 s.h.
Organizational techniques, methods, materials for teaching high school English; experience in simulated teaching situations during laboratory sessions, integrated with lectures and discussions. Prerequisites: EDTL:4314 (07S:114). Same as EDTL:4315 (07S:115).
 

Graduate
 

ENGL:6104 (08P:204) Literature for Children II3 s.h.
Current theory, research, and practice in reading and responding to children's literature; genre and topic vary. Same as EDTL:6104 (07E:204).
 
ENGL:6315 (08P:405) M.A. Seminar: English Educationarr.
Significant developments in English education; primary and collateral readings. Same as EDTL:6315 (07S:315).
 

Nonfiction Writing

Courses CNW:6654 (08N:255) Forms of the Essay, CNW:6650 (08N:262) Readings in Nonfiction, CNW:6610 (08N:350) Essay Writing Workshop, and CNW:6620 (08N:355) Nonfiction Writing Workshop may be repeated. Others may be repeated with consent of the instructor and the director of graduate studies.

Practice in Writing, Graduate

These courses give intensive attention to composition and exposition and to formal and thematic problems, both in the meditative essay and in extended works of nonfiction.

CNW:6610 (08N:350) Essay Writing Workshop4 s.h.
 
CNW:6620 (08N:355) Nonfiction Writing Workshoparr.
 
CNW:6630 (08N:360) Graduate Thesis Workshop4 s.h.
Thesis work in supportive workshop environment. Prerequisites: CNW:6610 (08N:350) and CNW:6620 (08N:355).
 
CNW:6654 (08N:255) Forms of the Essayarr.
 

Theory and Practice of Writing, Graduate

These courses combine theory and analysis of nonfiction writing with practical experimentation in writing. They are intended for people who want to practice, criticize, and/or teach nonfiction writing.

CNW:5375 (08N:375) Teaching in a Writing Center3 s.h.
Seminar/practicum to prepare graduate students to teach in the University of Iowa Writing Center or similar settings; seminar component on writing and reading processes, tutoring strategies, English‑as‑a‑second‑language issues; practicum experience tutoring in the Writing Center. Same as RHET:5375 (010:375).
 
CNW:6600 (08N:202) Teaching Nonfiction3 s.h.
Theories and practices of teaching nonfiction writing; writing workshop approaches, strategies to encourage response and revision, connections between reading and writing, diversity of form, language, and assessment.
 
CNW:6650 (08N:262) Readings in Nonfiction3 s.h.
 
CNW:6656 (08N:257) Approaches to Nonfiction3 s.h.
Investigation into forms of nonfiction writing.
 
CNW:6660 (08N:270) Twenty-first-Century Nonfictionarr.
 
CNW:6670 (08N:365) Overseas Writing Workshoparr.
 

Independent Study, Graduate
 

CNW:7900 (08N:550) Special Project in Nonfiction Writingarr.
 
CNW:7950 (08N:580) Thesis in Nonfiction Writingarr.
 

Creative Writing

All may be repeated.

Workshops and Seminars, Graduate

Open only to Iowa Writers' Workshop students or to others with consent of instructor.

CW:5870 (08C:297) Graduate Fiction Writing3 s.h.
Reading and discussion of published stories and those written by class members, with the aim of improving writing through careful reading and reflection, spirited discussion, and written comments.
 
CW:5875 (08C:298) Graduate Poetry Writing3 s.h.
Careful writing and reading of poems by students as well as by established poets; thorough discussion in a supportive context.
 
CW:7810 (08C:270) Form of Fiction3 s.h.
 
CW:7820 (08C:275) Form of Poetry3 s.h.
 
CW:7830 (08C:490) Seminar: Problems in Modern Fictionarr.
 
CW:7840 (08C:495) Seminar: Problems in Modern Poetryarr.
 
CW:7870 (08C:251) Fiction Workshoparr.
 
CW:7875 (08C:252) Poetry Workshoparr.
 

Independent Study, Graduate
 

CW:7890 (08C:555) Graduate Project in Creative Writingarr.
 
CW:7895 (08C:590) M.F.A. Thesisarr.
 

Translation Studies, Lower-Level Undergraduate

This course does not fulfill area or period requirements for the English major but may be used to earn elective credit for the major.

ENGL:2810 (08W:079) Undergraduate Translation Workshop3 s.h.
Translation exercises, discussion of translation works in progress; alternative strategies for translation projects. Requirements: working knowledge of a language other than English. Same as TRNS:2179 (218:079).