English Course Description

Lower-Division Course Descriptions

ENG 002 Composition (4) Provides practice and critique in a variety of forms and
modes of exposition including personal reflection, analysis, synthesis, and
evaluation. Requires six to eight formal papers, including a documented research
paper. (Does not apply to the English major or minor.)

ENG 006 Studies in Literature (4) An exploration of the ways of knowing provided
by narrative, poetry and drama. The course invites us to see how literature reveals
things we cannot know except by inference or by metaphor. Further, by
encouraging us to practice compassion by imagining the other, the course involves
us in ways of knowing that are inherently ethical. Content varies; faculty usually
include selections from historically underrepresented writers. Requires at least four
formal papers or the equivalent, involving a minimum of sixteen pages of analytic
writing.

ENG 007H First-Year Honors Seminar in Literature (4) Prerequisite: By invitation
only. A small group of honors students form a learning community around the
pleasures of attentive reading and rigorous discussion of literature from a variety of
cultural and historical contexts. Students also strengthen their skills as readers of
each others’ written work. To further foster that community, the seminar
incorporates activities outside of class, including attendance at live theater
performances.

ENG 014 Introduction to Creative Writing (4) Prerequisite: Completion of the firstyear
writing requirement. A guided workshop approach to writing in at least two
different literary genres (poetry, fiction, drama, or creative non-fiction).

ENG 044 Studies in World Literature (4) Topics in modern and contemporary
literature from around the world. Readings may include works by African, Asian,
Middle Eastern, Latin American, or Native American writers and range from
indigenous work to writing in colonial and post-colonial contexts, including both
literature in translation and Anglophone writers. May be repeated for credit as
topics vary.

ENG 045 Studies in Classic Literature (4) Topics in classic literature of the Western
World. Such topics as classical mythology, Dante, and the Bible as literature may
range from genre studies to courses on individual writers and may range in time
from the writers of classical antiquity to modern European authors. May be
repeated for credit as topics vary.

ENG 046 Survey of British Literature to 1800 (4) Historical overview of authors,
genres, and literary developments, as well as relevant cultural context, from the
medieval through the Renaissance, seventeenth-century, and eighteenth-century
eras.

ENG 047 Survey of British Literature 1800-Present (4) Historical overview of
authors, genres, and literary developments, as well as relevant cultural context, in
the Romantic, Victorian, Modern and Contemporary periods.

ENG 060 Writers in Conversation (4) Prerequisite: Completion of the first-year
writing requirement. This course emphasizes the dialogic nature of literature,
involving an intellectual and imaginative conversation between authors across
cultures or across times. Readings include works of two or more writers who
respond to each other, including at least one author from an underrepresented
tradition. Topics foreground an understanding of literary studies as rigorous,
inclusive, faithful, ethically minded and may include multicultural literature, global
literature, gender and literature, and film and literature, among others. Because this
course will introduce students to the skill set necessary for the study of English, it is
intended to be taken during the first semester of the English major or minor.

ENG 087 Introduction to Journalism (4) Prerequisite: Completion of the first-year
“Writing for the Liberal Arts” requirement. Extensive experience in news reporting
and feature writing. Consideration given to current professional and ethical issues
facing the press. Serves as writing elective.

ENG 090 Literary Analysis (4) Prerequisites: completion of the first-year writing
requirement. Intensive written practice in methods of analyzing and interpreting
works of drama, fiction, or poetry in genre-specific ways, as preparation for upperdivision
literature courses. Serves as writing elective.

Upper-Division Course Descriptions

ENG 101 Film Studies (4) Prerequisite: one literature course and completion of the
first-year “Writing for the Liberal Arts” requirement. Consideration of film as a
narrative and visual medium. Includes practice in analysis of plot structure, theme,
symbolism, and literary sources. Serves as writing elective.

ENG 104 Modern Grammar and Advanced Composition (4) Prerequisite:
completion of the first-year “Writing for the Liberal Arts” requirement. Strategies
and practice in writing non-fiction, expository prose. Special emphasis on revision
and style. Includes mini-lessons, peer editing, in-class writing, workshops, and oral
presentations. Serves as writing elective.

ENG 105 History and Structure of English (4) Prerequisite: ENG 046. History of
the language including modern developments in grammar and Anglophone dialects.

ENG 106 Language Acquisition (4) An examination of the basic structures of
English usage and the process of acquiring and developing a first and second
language. Course includes historical and current theories of language acquisition as
well as teaching methodologies. Serves as an upper-division elective.

ENG 111 Screenwriting I (4) Prerequisites: ENG 006, completion of the first-year
writing requirement. Introduction to theory and technique of dramatic writing for
film and TV. Offered in fall semesters. Serves as writing elective.

ENG 112 Screenwriting II (4) Prerequisite: ENG 111. Fundamentals of screenwriting
focusing on conflict and character, structure, scenes, dialogue, and dramatic action.
Alternates with ENG 113 in spring semesters. Serves as writing elective.

ENG 113 Screenwriting III (4) Prerequisite: ENG 111. Examination of methods of
adapting fiction and non-fiction material to film and TV. Serves as writing elective.

ENG 117 Shakespeare (4) Prerequisite: one literature course or consent of instructor.
Representative comedies, histories, and tragedies.

ENG 121 Romantic Literature 1798-1832 (4) Prerequisite: one literature course or
consent of instructor. Poetry, prose, and drama by major and other authors of the
Romantic period from Blake to Keats.

ENG 122 Victorian Literature 1832-1900 (4) Prerequisite: one literature course or
consent of instructor. Readings from novelists including the Brontës, Dickens,
Eliot, and Hardy; and poets such as Arnold, the Brownings, and Tennyson, along
with less-remembered literary figures. Course includes cultural context from
nineteenth-century conversations of faith and secularism, gender ideology,
industrialization, political reform, and Empire.

ENG 130 American Writers to 1865 (4) Writers from the American Puritans to
Frederick Douglass. Achievements of the American Renaissance by Hawthorne and
Melville in fiction, Emerson and Thoreau in prose non-fiction, and Whitman in
poetry.

ENG 131 American Writers 1865-1914 (4) Writers of American realism–Mark Twain,
Henry James, William Dean Howells; Rebecca Harding Davis, Charlotte Perkins
Gilman, Stephen Crane, and Charles Waddell Chesnutt; Emily Dickinson, Paul
Laurence Dunbar and other forerunners of modern poetry; and such early 20th
century authors as Edith Wharton.

ENG 132 American Writers 1914-1945 (4) Works of 20th century novelists as
Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Nella Larsen and Zora Neale Hurston; poetry of
Frost and Eliot; plays of O’Neill and Williams.

ENG 133 American Writers: Special Topics (4) Prerequisite: two literature courses
or consent of instructor. Intensive study of one topic in American letters such as
Southern writers, the expatriate writers, Jewish-American writers, contemporary
novelists, or a single author.

ENG 134 Ethnicity and Race in American Literature (4) Prerequisite: one literature
course or consent of instructor. Explorations of traditions in America’s diverse
cultural literatures, and literary representations of relations between and within
different ethnic and racial groups. Texts and emphases vary.

ENG 135 Faulkner (4) Prerequisite: two literature courses or consent of instructor. A
study of the writer who attracts more critical attention than any writer in English
except Shakespeare and Chaucer. The seminar explores the way Faulkner creates a
literary world on his postage-stamp of Yoknapatawpha soil in such works as
Absalom, Absalom! As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury, and Go Down, Moses.

ENG 136 Jewish-American Literature (4) An exploration of selected literature
related to the history, traditions, and life of Jewish people in twentieth-century
America. Emphases include assimilation, the Holocaust, and the changing voice in
Jewish-American literature after World War II. Writers studied include Singer,
West, Roth, Wallant, Salinger, Bellow, Malamud, Ozick, and Potok.

ENG 141 Creative Writing (4) Prerequisite: two literature courses. Theory and
practice of writing poetry, fiction, and drama. Serves as writing elective.

ENG 142 Workshop in Creative Writing (4) Prerequisite: two literature courses.
Workshop in creative writing in a single genre, such as poetry, prose fiction, drama,
or creative nonfiction. May be repeated for credit as genres vary. Serves as writing
elective.

ENG 151 Milton and the Early 17th Century (4) Prerequisite: one literature course.
Poetry, prose, and drama from Jonson to Milton.

ENG 152 Chaucer and Medieval Literature (4) Prerequisite: one literature course.
Old English texts in translation; Chaucer and other Middle English authors in the
original.

ENG 158 Literature of the English Renaissance 1485-1600 (4) Prerequisite: one
literature course. Poetry, prose, and drama from Malory to Spenser, excluding
Shakespeare.

ENG 160 Women Writers (4) Writing by women in a variety of genres, arranged
chronologically, geographically or thematically to focus on questions related to
gender, class, race, and spirituality. With instructor’s permission, may be repeated
for credit as topics vary.

ENG 163 Authors in Context (4) Prerequisite: one literature course. Authors in this
course will vary across literary period and genre, as well as across national
traditions. As topics vary, the course will bring two authors (e. g. Toni Morrison
and Virginia Woolf; William Wordsworth and Jane Austen) into conversation.
Discussion and written assignments will tend to details of each writer’s cultural
contexts, as well as to persistent stylistic, formal and thematic choices, while also
practicing an awareness of how the tensions and commonalities between two
writers leads to a richer experience of both. This course requires a research paper.

ENG 164 Topics in Classic Literature (4) Advanced study of topics ranging from
the writers of classical antiquity to modern European authors. May be repeated for
credit as topics vary.

ENG 165 Topics in World Literature (4) May focus on key figures or on a special
topic in world literature in translation (such as visionary literature), or on an
emerging field such as Anglophone poetry or post-colonial fiction. May be repeated
for credit as topics vary.

ENG 166 Neoclassic Literature 1660-1798 (4) Prerequisite: one literature course or
consent of instructor. English literature from the Augustan Age and the 18th
century, including Restoration drama, satire, heroic verse, periodical essays, and the
rise of the novel, by writers such as Bunyan, Dryden, Behn, Pope, Swift, Johnson,
Burney, and Fielding.

ENG 167 Writers’ Corner (2) Prerequisite: by invitation. A course in composition
theory and pedagogy that establishes a community of scholar-practitioners among
students who work at Writers’ Corner and equips them with the training needed to
serve as effective writing tutors. Serves as writing elective.

ENG 168 Student Publications: Horizon (1-4) Prerequisite: ENG 087. Semesterlong
course of experiential learning in news writing, and perhaps in editing, page
layout or photography, and production of a student newspaper. The editor-in-chief
may receive 4 units per semester, section editors may receive 2 units per semester,
and other staff may receive one unit per semester. (A maximum of 4 units of
publication credit may apply toward the English major.) P/NC grading only, unless
letter grading is approved by instructor.

ENG 169 Student Publications: Phoenix (1-2) Supervised experience in editing the
student literary magazine, the Phoenix, published in April of each year. The editor or
co-editors may receive 2 units per semester and assistant editors may receive 1 unit
per semester. Offered spring semester only. (A maximum of 4 units of publication
credit may apply toward the English major.)

ENG 170 British Novel 1700-Present (4) Prerequisites: two literature courses or
consent of instructor. A study of the British novel from its origins to the present.
While closely tending to the works of novelists such as Behn, Defoe, Burney,
Fielding, Austen, Scott, Brontë, Eliot, Dickens, Hardy, Joyce, Forster and Woolf,
the course will also consider questions about the novel as a genre, about the novel’s
place in British culture, and about shifting understandings of the term “British” in
relation to the novel.

ENG 181 Modern and Contemporary Poetry (4) Prerequisite: two literature courses
or consent of instructor. British and American poetry by poets such as Hopkins,
Hardy, Yeats, Eliot, Frost, Bishop and Williams with some works from more recent
poets.

ENG 182 Modern and Contemporary Fiction (4) Prerequisite: two literature courses
or consent of instructor. American, British, and Anglophone novelists and short
story writers of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as fiction in translation.

ENG 183 Modern and Contemporary Drama (4) Prerequisite: one literature course
or consent of instructor. British, American and European works by playwrights
such as Ibsen, Chekhov, O’Neill, Beckett, Miller, Stoppard, Lorraine Hansberry,
August Wilson, Brian Friel, and Caryl Churchill. Field trips to performances of both
new and established plays.

ENG 185 Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature (4) Prerequisite: two
literature courses or consent of instructor. An examination of modern and
contemporary Irish literature of the 20th century. The post-colonial crafting of a
national identity by writers from Yeats, Joyce, and Synge to Heaney and Friel—and
the reexamination of that identity by more recent women writers from Eavan
Boland to Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Christina Reid and Marina
Carr.

ENG 186 British and Irish Theatre I (4) Study of plays available in live production in
London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Dublin ranging from Shakespeare to modern
classics to world premieres. Offered on England Semester in even-numbered years
and on London Theatre Mayterm in odd-numbered years.

ENG 187 British and Irish Theatre II (4) Study of plays available in live production
in London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Dublin ranging from Shakespeare to modern
classics to world premieres. Offered on London Theatre Mayterm in oddnumbered
years.

ENG 190 Internship (1-4) Internships related to English at a variety of employers in
Santa Barbara or San Francisco. Such experiential learning is set in context through
reflection, both in writing and in discussion, on the significance of the experience.
The Westmont in San Francisco Internship Program offers opportunities to select
internship experiences in journalism and writing, editorial work with publishing
houses, or in teaching English as a second language. Internships in journalism,
writing, or editing have a prerequisite of ENG 087 for students to receive English
credit. A maximum of 4 units of internship credit may apply toward the English
major.

ENG 191SS Reading in the Community (0) (Co-requisite: enrollment in an upperdivision
literature course) Students receive help and training in the art of oral
interpretation and read selections of the literature they are studying to an elderly or
otherwise underserved person or audience for an hour a week. Fulfills the General
Education expectation of Serving Society. (P/NC grading only)

ENG 192 Capstone Seminar (2 or 4) Requirement for completion of the English
major, to be taken in the final semester of the student’s major course of study on
campus. A synthesis of the student’s previous course work involving a substantial
original project under faculty supervision. Topics vary by course and by individual.
Projects require collaboration among students, mature critical reflection in writing,
oral presentation, and completion of a portfolio of original critical and/or creative
work.

ENG 195 Seminar (4) Prerequisite: two literature courses or consent of instructor.
Advanced study on a single author or topic such as literary theory, satire, or
literature of place. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit.

ENG 197 Comprehensive Examination (2) Weekly seminar in English and
American literary history and theory in preparation for a written essay exam.