Department of English at Illinois State University

English Department Courses by Area

The English Department at Illinois State University practices an English Studies model of scholarship and research that explores the interactions between and among Literary and Cultural Studies, Rhetoric & Composition, Linguistics, Technical and Professional Writing, Creative Writing, and Publishing Studies. We offer a broad array of courses in all of these disciplines, emphasizing a spirit of cross-disciplinary inquiry and learning.

General Education Courses

  • ENG 101: Composition as Critical Inquiry
  • ENG 101.10: Composition as Critical Inquiry
  • ENG 110: English Literature and Its Contexts
  • ENG 124: Film Style and Literature
  • ENG 125: Literary Narrative
  • ENG 128: Gender in the Humanities
  • ENG 131: American Culture: Traditions and Texts
  • ENG 143: Unity and Diversity in Language
  • ENG 145: Writing in the Academic Disciplines
  • ENG 145.12: Composition for Presidential Scholars
  • ENG 145.13: Writing for Business and Government
  • ENG 150: World Literature to 14th Century
  • ENG 229: Introduction to Literary Genres *
  • ENG 206: Cultural Expressions in Social Context: Women of Asia, Latin America and Africa
  • ENG 250: Literature of the Bible I
  • ENG 251: Literature of the Bible II
  • ENG 261: Women’s Literature in A Global Context

Core Courses: Undergraduate

  • ENG 100: Introduction to English Studies
  • ENG 102: Introduction to English Studies Proseminar
  • ENG 283: Rhetorical Theory and Applications
  • ENG 284: Poetry
  • ENG 285: Drama
  • ENG 286: Prose
  • ENG 300: Senior Seminar

Core Courses: Graduate

  • ENG 401: Introduction to Graduate Study
  • ENG 402: Teaching Composition
  • ENG 510: Seminar in English Studies Pedagogy
  • ENG 540: Seminar in Linguistics and Language Study
  • ENG 560: Seminar in Literature and Culture
  • ENG 590: Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition Studies

American Literary and Cultural Studies

  • ENG 130: Survey of American Literature
  • ENG 165: Introduction to African-American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 231: American Literature: 1607-1830
  • ENG 232: American Literature: 1830-1870
  • ENG 233: American Literature: 1870-1920
  • ENG 234: American Literature: 1920-1945
  • ENG 236: American Literature, 1945-Present
  • ENG 265: Foundations of African-American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 266: Native American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 267: Foundations of U.S. Latino/A Literatures & Cultures
  • ENG 332: Selected Figures in American Literature
  • ENG 336: The American Novel
  • ENG 365: Movements and Periods in African-American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 431: Studies in American Literature 1500-1830
  • ENG 432: Studies in American Literature 1830-1870
  • ENG 433: Studies in American Literature 1870-1920
  • ENG 434: Studies in Contemporary American Literature
  • ENG 465: Studies in African-American Literature and Culture
  • ENG 466: Native American Discourses, Literatures, and Rhetorics
  • ENG 487: Studies in the American Novel

Children’s Literature

  • ENG 170: Foundations in Literature for Children
  • ENG 271: Literature for Young Children
  • ENG 272: Literature for Middle Grades
  • ENG 370: Studies in the History of Literature for Young People
  • ENG 372: Studies in Contemporary Literature for Young People
  • ENG 373: Poetry for Children
  • ENG 374: Storytelling
  • ENG 375: Young Adult Literature
  • ENG 470: Studies in Children’s Literature
  • ENG 471: Critical Theories in Children’s Literature

Creative Writing

  • ENG 227: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 247.01: Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 247.02: Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction
  • ENG 247.03: Intermediate Creative Writing: Nonfiction
  • ENG 347.01: Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENG 347.02: Advanced Creative Writing: Prose
  • ENG 347.03: Advanced Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
  • ENG 348: Playwriting
  • ENG 357: Theories of Creating Writing Genesis
  • ENG 367: Creative Writing Pedagogy
  • ENG 447.01: Creative Writing Seminar: Poetry
  • ENG 447.02: Creative Writing Seminar: Prose

English Literary and Cultural Studies

  • ENG 110: English Literature and Its Contexts
  • ENG 213: Medieval Studies
  • ENG 214: Early Modern Studies
  • ENG 216: Studies in Eighteenth Century English Literature
  • ENG 217: Studies in Romanticism
  • ENG 218: Studies in the Victorian Period
  • ENG 219: Studies in Contemporary English Literature
  • ENG 222: Studies in Shakespeare
  • ENG 311: Introduction to Old English Language and Literature
  • ENG 320: Chaucer
  • ENG 324: Milton
  • ENG 327: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama
  • ENG 329: Selected Figures in English Literature
  • ENG 378: Shakespeare on Stage
  • ENG 386: The Eighteenth-Century English Novel
  • ENG 387: The Nineteenth-Century English Novel
  • ENG 388: The Twentieth-Century English Novel
  • ENG 413: Medieval Literatures and Cultures
  • ENG 414: Studies in Sixteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENG 415: Studies in Seventeenth-Century British Literature
  • ENG 416: Studies in Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENG 417: Studies in Romantic British Literature
  • ENG 418: Studies in Victorian British Literature
  • ENG 419: Studies in Contemporary British Literature
  • ENG 422: Studies in Shakespeare
  • ENG 486: Studies in the English Novel

Global Literary and Cultural Studies

  • ENG 150: World Literature to 14th Century
  • ENG 206: Cultural Expressions in Social Context: Women of Asia, Latin America and Africa
  • ENG 250: Literature of the Bible I
  • ENG 251: Literature of the Bible II
  • ENG 252: Global Literature to 1800
  • ENG 255: Modern Global Literature: 1800-Present
  • ENG 261: Women’s Literature in a Global Context
  • ENG 267: Foundations of U.S. Latino/a Literatures & Cultures
  • ENG 352: Selected Figures in Global Literature
  • ENG 450: Studies in Ancient Literature
  • ENG 456: Studies in Modern World Literature

Independent Study / Research / Thesis / Dissertation

  • ENG 400: Independent Study
  • ENG 499: Master’s Thesis
  • ENG 500: Independent Study
  • 599: Research and Dissertation

Internships / Practicums

  • ENG 394: TESOL Practicum
  • ENG 398: Professional Practice: Internship in English
  • ENG 491: Internship in College Teaching of English
  • ENG 498: Professional Practice: Internship in English
  • ENG 591: Practicum (Internship) in College Teaching of English

Linguistics

  • ENG 241: Growth and Structure of the English Language
  • ENG 243: The Grammatical Structure of English
  • ENG 245: Semantics
  • ENG 310: History and Development of the English Language
  • ENG 341: Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics
  • ENG 342: Sociolinguistics
  • ENG 440: Studies in English Linguistics
  • ENG 441: The Linguistic Structure of English for TESOL Professionals

 

Pedagogy

  • ENG 290: Language Arts
  • ENG 295: Teaching Literature and Writing in the Middle School
  • ENG 296: The Teaching of Literature
  • ENG 297: The Teaching of Writing
  • ENG 395: Problems in the Teaching of English
  • Eng 409.01: Major Figures in Teaching Writing in High School/Middle School
  • Eng 409.02: Issues of Grammar in Teaching Writing in High School/Middle School
  • Eng 409.03: Writing Assessment In High School/Middle School
  • Eng 409.04: Using Technology To Teach Writing In High School/Middle School
  • Eng 409.05: Applying Rhetoric To Teaching Writing High School/Middle School
  • Eng 409.06: The Writing Project
  • ENG 492: Recent Research in the English Language Arts

Rhetoric and Composition

  • ENG 246: Advanced Composition
  • ENG 385: Life Writing/Narrative in Theory and Practice
  • ENG 391: Survey of Classical Rhetoric
  • ENG 392: Modern Theories of Rhetoric
  • ENG 396: The Writing Seminar
  • ENG 445: Teaching of Composition in the Community College
  • ENG 483: Studies in Rhetoric and Style
  • ENG 494: Writing Assessment in Colleges and Universities
  • ENG 496: Theory and Research in Rhetoric and Composition Studies
  • ENG 497: Research Methods in Composition Studies

 

Technical Writing / Publishing

  • ENG 239: Multimodal Composition
  • ENG 244: Applied Grammar and Usage for Writers
  • ENG 248: Legal Writing
  • ENG 249: Technical and Professional Writing I
  • ENG 254: Introduction to Professional Publishing
  • ENG 349: Technical and Professional Writing II
  • ENG 350: Visible Rhetoric
  • ENG 351: Hypertext
  • ENG 353: Technical Editing
  • ENG 354: Literary Publishing in Theory and Practice
  • ENG 355: Forensic Bibliography and Archival Editing
  • ENG 356: Proposal Writing in the Arts and Humanities
  • ENG 451: Topics in Technical Writing
  • ENG 452: The Teaching of Technical Writing
  • ENG 467: Technology and English Studies

TESOL

  • ENG 343: Cross-Cultural Issues in TESOL
  • ENG 344: TESOL: Theoretical Foundations
  • ENG 345: TESOL: Methods and Materials
  • ENG 346: Assessment and Testing in ESL
  • ENG 394 TESOL Practicum
  • ENG 441: The Linguistic Structure of English for TESOL Professionals

 

Theory / Topics

  • ENG 201: Specialized Knowledge and Integrative Contexts in English Studies
  • ENG 308: Literature and the Related Arts
  • ENG 328: Modern Drama
  • ENG 381: Studies in Literary Genres
  • ENG 382: Literary Criticism
  • ENG 384: Introduction to Cultural Theory
  • ENG 403: Poetics
  • ENG 404: Narrativity and Theory
  • ENG 428: Studies in Drama
  • ENG 482: Studies in Literary Criticism
  • ENG 495: Topics in English

Women’s Literature

  • ENG 160: Introduction to Studies in Women`s Writing
  • ENG 206: Cultural Expressions in Social Context: Women of Asia, Latin America and Africa
  • ENG 260: History of Literature by Women
  • ENG 261: Women’s Literature in a Global Context
  • ENG 360: Studies in Women’s Writing
  • ENG 460: Feminist Literary Theories

 

* Not for major credit