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Undergraduate Courses

The aims of the English courses are to help the student learn to write with a high level of accuracy, effectiveness, and fluency; to give emphasis to research techniques, particularly for prospective graduate students in English; and to help the student to develop the ability to read critically and appreciatively the best of English, American, and continental literature.

The aims of the foreign language courses are to develop foreign language skills, which enable the student to engage in oral and written communication with other peoples of the world and provide an auxiliary skill in professions; to develop in students a linguistic sense sufficient for students to be able to compare a native tongue with other languages; to give the student through readings in foreign language a background of culture of the nations using this language; to enable the student to read scientific, literary, and other texts in a foreign language.

Requirements

English Major and English Major with Teacher Licensure: The English major must fulfill the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree requirements, including 42 hours in English. In addition to ENG 101-102, 211-212, the major includes the following requirements: (1) two courses from ENG 300, 306, 308, 320, 403, 409, and 415; (2) ENG 303, 304, 480, 0r 481; (3) ENG 304 or 481; (4) one course from ENG 325, 407, 424, 465, or 485; (5) ENG 411; (6) one course from ENG 472 and 475; (7) one course from ENG 330, 404, 406, and 434; (8) one course from 440, 450, and 460; and (9) ENG 498.

The English major not seeking teacher licensure must have a minor area of study comprising 18-21 hours selected in consultation with one’s advisor.

The English major desiring teacher licensure must (1) complete all professional requirements mandated by the State of Mississippi certification standards, (2) complete a minor in education, and (3) be advised by the department of language and literature and by the department of education.

English Minor: Twenty-one semester hours in English, including ENG 101-102, 211-212, and nine hours of upper-level English courses.

Spanish Minor: Twenty-one semester hours, including SPA 201-202 or their equivalents and at least nine hours of upper-level Spanish courses. Only six hours from SPA 101, SPA 102, and SPA 106 can count toward a Spanish minor.

Core Curriculum Requirements (English)

Core Curriculum: General requirements for all degrees are met by taking ENG 101, 102,  and at least three hours (some degrees may require six hours) of a sophomore literature course with an ENG prefix. First-trimester freshmen and first-trimester transfer students must take English composition sequentially.

Students who take a junior-level English course (300 level) must have completed nine hours in English prior to taking a junior-level English course; likewise, students who take a senior-level English course (400 level) must have completed twelve hours in English prior to taking a senior-level English course.

Course Descriptions for English (ENG)

100. Skills in English: (3 hours) A course in basic English grammar, mechanics and usage, including practice in essay writing. Placement determined by results of English diagnostic examination. May not be substituted for English 101 or 102 nor used for core curriculum requirements. Grade: Pass/Fail. 

101. Composition: (3 hours) A study of rhetorical principles and practices. Assigned reading and essays are required. 

101.8. Composition Honors: (3 hours) Critical readings of nonfiction texts with attention to rhetorical conventions aids students in development of written texts for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students apply appropriate conventions in composing personal, analytical, and persuasive texts. Students who enroll in this class must either be participants in the honors program or have the approval of the instructor. 

102. Research and Composition: (3 hours) A course combining research techniques with intensive practice in composition skills. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 101.8.

102.8 Research and Composition Honors: (3 hours) Students apply appropriate strategies in conducting and reporting research, developing logical arguments, and analyzing a variety of literary genres. Students who enroll in this class must either be participants in the honors program or have the approval of the instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 101.8.

211. World Literature I: (3 hours) A survey of the major works of literature beginning with the Greek classics and ending with the late Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 101.8 and ENG 102 or 102.8. 

211.8. World Literature I Honors: (3 hours) A survey of the major works of literature beginning with Ancient World and ending with the Renaissance. Students who enroll in this class must either be participants in the honors programs or have the approval of the instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 101.8 and ENG 102 or 102.8. 

212. World Literature II: (3 hours) A survey of major works of literature beginning with the Age of Enlightenment and ending with the Modern Age. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 101.8 and ENG 102 or 102.8.

300. Creative Writing: (3 hours) A study of artistic techniques in selected masterpieces of short fiction, drama, poetry and essay. Students submit original works following the review of each literary genre. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212.

303. American Literature I: (3 hours) A study of literature from the Colonial, Early National, and Romantic periods. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

304. American Literature II: (3 hours) A study of literature from the Realist through the Post-Modernist periods. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

306. Expository Writing: (3 hours) Rhetorical principles and practice in writing prose such as description, literary analysis, familiar essay, narration, etc.  Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212.

308.  Traditional Grammar (3 hours) A study of traditional grammar with attention to the changing nature of language and usage.  Recommended for students in elementary and secondary education and those desiring a review of traditional grammar.  Prerequisite:  ENG 211 or 212.

320.  Analysis of Literature (3 hours) An introduction to literary criticism and theory, literary history, and research skills in the major.  Recommended for students majoring in English.  Prerequisite:  ENG 211 or 212
 
325 African American Literature: (3 hours) A study of three centuries of representative writings by African Americans, from narratives on the Middle Passage to polemics on contemporary issues. Participants will engage in close readings and rhetorical analyses of various genres from the 1700s to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

330. Mythology: (3 hours) A survey of myth, saga, folklore from ancient times to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

403. Linguistics and Advance Grammar: (3 hours)  A study of historical, geographical, and structural linguistics, and a study of grammar, emphasizing analysis of syntax, and incorporating insights from structural, transformational, and other modern schools. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

404. Survey of Drama: (3 hours) Critical and historical study of major plays from the classical Greek period through the 18th century. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

406. The Pre-Renaissance Age: (3 hours) The literature of the Middle Ages through the early English lyricists. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

407.  Psychology and Literature:  (3 hours) Study of selected literary texts in relation to the issues and problems in psychology, including the use of psychology in literary theory.  Prerequisite Eng 211 or 212. 

409.  Pedagogical Grammar: (3 hours) A thorough review of descriptive grammar and prescriptive grammar with an emphasis on how this knowledge can be used in teaching writing, in academic and personal writing, and in editing manuscripts. Satisfies writing intensive course requirement. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212.  

411. The Age of Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama: (3 hours) A survey of representative plays. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212.

415.  History of the English Language: (3 hours) A study of the history and development of the English language from its Indo-European ancestry to the twentieth century. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

417. Methods of Teaching English: (3 hours) Studies in the theories, strategies, and materials of teaching English on the junior and senior high school levels. Satisfies writing intensive course requirement. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

424. The Novel: (3 hours) A study of representative European and / or American novels selected from literary, historic, or thematic types with an emphasis on various critical approaches. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

434. The Renaissance Age: (3 hours) A critical study of nonepic and nondramatic works of Milton and other 17th century writers. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

440. The Age of Enlightenment: (3 hours) A study of British prose and poetry of the early 18th century. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

450. The Romantic Age: (3 hours) A study in the British prose and poetry of the early 19th century. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

460. The Victorian Age: (3 hours) A study in the British prose and poetry of the middle and late 19th century. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

465. Development of the Short Story: (3 hours)  A study of selected short fiction as representative of the development of the genre. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

472. Contemporary Literature: (3 hours) Poetry, fiction, and selected drama of the Western world from the late 19th century to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

475. Modern and Contemporary Drama: (3 hours) A study of Western dramatic literature from Ibsen to contemporary dramatists. Perquisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212. 

480. Studies in American Literature I: (3 hours) Readings in American literature from
its beginnings to 1865. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or ENG 212.

481. Studies in American Literature II: (3 hours) Readings in American literature from
1865–present. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or ENG 212.

485. Southern Literature: (3 hours) Study of selected works in relation to Southern literary history and Southern culture. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or ENG 212.

498. Senior Seminar: (3 hours) A capstone course required for the English major. A synthesis of selected American, English, and world literature that involves both study and practice of criticism, analysis, and research. Satisfies writing intensive course requirement. Prerequisites: ENG 211 and ENG 212.

Course Descriptions for Spanish (SPA)

101-102. Elementary Spanish I-II: (3 hours each) A course of study designed for students who have no or very limited prior knowledge of Spanish. Students who have had at least one year of high school Spanish should consider taking SPA 106. Students who have had at least two years of high school Spanish should consider taking SPA 201.

106. High Beginner Spanish: (3 hours) An intensive review course designed for students who have had at least one year of high-school Spanish. Students completing this class would go into Intermediate Spanish. This class is designed to replace, not to be taken in addition to SPA 101 and 102.

201-202. Intermediate Spanish I-II: (3 hours each) A course of study which examines the Spanish language and culture, with a particular emphasis on communicative skills. Prerequisite: SPA 102 or the equivalent. Students who have had at least two years of high school Spanish should consider taking SPA 201. 

303. Reading Spanish Literature: (3 hours) A survey of Spanish literature with emphasis on reading comprehension. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or the equivalent. 

305. Advanced Grammar and Composition: (3 hours) An intensive review of grammar and composition. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or the equivalent.

307. Conversational Spanish: (3 hours) Extensive practice in oral Spanish including drill in vocabulary, idiom, and basic linguistic structure. Prerequisite: SPA 201 and permission of the instructor.

309. Occupational Spanish: (3 hours) A course for students who desire to research, learn, and practice specialized vocabularies needed to communicate in Spanish in the work place. No prerequisites required. 

311-312. Survey of Spanish Literature I-II: (3 hours each) Representative masterpieces. Prerequisite: SPA 202.

313. Spanish and Latin American Cinema: (3 hours) A course where students view and analyze the best in Spanish and Latin American films. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or the equivalent. 

350. Life and Culture of Latin America: (3 hours) A study of all aspects of Latin American life. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or the equivalent.

360. Life and Culture in Spain: (3 hours) A study of all aspects of life in Spain. Prerequisite: 202 or the equivalent.

417. Methods of Teaching Spanish: (3 hours) A course in which students explore studies in the theories, techniques, and materials of teaching Spanish. Prerequisite: SPA 201 or the equivalent. 

480. Spanish Practicum in the United States: (3 hours) A supervised learning experience in working with Spanish-speaking individuals or groups in a church and / or school setting. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or the equivalent. Special permission from the instructor is required to register. 

482. Spanish Practicum Abroad: (3 hours) A supervised learning experience in working with Spanish-speaking individuals or groups in mission work within a Spanish-speaking country. Prerequisite: SPA 202 or the equivalent. Special permission from the instructor is required to register.

Course Descriptions for French (FRE)

101. Elementary French I: (3 hours) An introduction to the vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure of the French language. The course emphasizes both verbal and written communication.

102. Elementary French II: (3 hours) A continuation of Elementary French I. Prerequisite: FRE 101.

201. Intermediate French I: (3 hours) A course of study which examines French
language and culture with a particular emphasis on communicative skills.  Prerequisite: FRE 102 or the equivalent. Students who have had at least two years of high school French should consider taking FRE 201.

202. Intermediate French II: (3 hours) A continuation of FRE 201. Prerequisite: FRE 201 or equivalent.

Course Descriptions for German (GMN)

101. Elementary German I : (3 hours) An introduction to the vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure of the German language. The course emphasizes both verbal and written communication. 

102. Elementary German II: (3 hours) A continuation of Elementary German I.  Prerequisite: GMN 101 or equivalent.