These courses, numbered 105-160, introduce students to English, American, and World literature in translation. Two half-semester courses, English 105 and 106, introduce students to the ways of reading poetry and short stories. English 107 and 108 emphasize history as a subject matter in literature. English 109 and 160, as well as English 107 and 108, focus on world and multicultural literature.
English 215-220, offered yearly, are designated “Core” courses because they are central to our conception of an English major. They introduce the student to basic literary and cultural history, to significant writers, works, and themes, and to useful critical modes. Students will be expected to participate in classroom discussion and write several short papers. These courses also serve as the foundation for more advanced literary study.ENG 105 Introduction to Poetry
This course introduces students to the study of poetry. The approach will be mainly formalist—close readings of a wide range of poetry, from the 16th century through the contemporary. Students will study essential aspects of the poem—image, symbol, diction, syntax, meter, rhythm, and form. Writing assignments for the course will focus on the explication of particular poems.