Course Descriptions

Note: Students must complete the Sacred Heart University English Placement Proficiency Exam before they are allowed to register for English courses. Placement is based on a combination of high school GPAs, decile, rank, SAT and AP scores as well as on the three-part English Placement Proficiency Exam. The University's objective is to place every student in the appropriate English proficiency level in order to maximize student achievement and success.

Once placement has been determined, the student is obliged to accept his or her placement and course sequence. The University deems this policy crucial in meeting the needs of the student and his or her success in college.

Additional testing is required for students identified for English as a Second Language (ESL) placement.


ENG 111 Effective Speaking                3 CR
Explores and analyzes the speaking process through instruction and practice in individual and group presentations and oral interpretation of literature. Laptop required. Does not count toward satisfying English minor. Students must pass this course with a grade of C or better.

ENG/CM 211 News Writing and Reporting I            3 CR
An introduction to basic news writing and journalistic reporting principles. Concepts of journalism provide a format for analysis of the news media and responsibilities of a journalist in today's society. Workshop sessions attempt to utilize the concepts in practical work. Prerequisites: ENG 110, CM 101.

ENG 221 The British Tradition I          3 CR
From Beowulf to the Augustans, from Anglo-Saxon runes to Restoration comedy, this course features writings by Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton. Sophomore level, for English majors. Does not satisfy Humanities requirement in the core.

ENG 222 The British Tradition II      3 CR
From the Age of Reason to the Age of Anxiety. Course highlights romantic writers like Wordsworth and Keats, Victorians like Dickens and Arnold, modernists like Joyce and Woolf. Sophomore level, for English majors. Does not satisfy Humanities requirement in the core. Prerequisite: ENG 221.

ENG/CM 226 Magazine Production I     3 CR
Overview of the entire process of magazine publication. Topics include history, theory and status of contemporary publication, concept research and development of new magazines, writing and editing of articles, desktop publishing layout and design, marketing and advertising campaigns, new technologies and the future. Students conceive and produce individual magazines. Prerequisite: CM 101

ENG 231 American Voices I      3 CR
From Plymouth Rock to Gettysburg, puritanism, federalism and American Romanticism are examined. Bradford, Edwards, Franklin, Poe, Emerson, Hawthorne and Whitman. Sophomore level, for English majors. Does not satisfy Area B 1 literature requirement.

ENG 232 American Voices II     3 CR
Success and failure, triumph and tragedy. From the Gilded Age to the America of giant corporations and global supremacy. Writings of Twain, Dickinson, James, Hemingway, Morrison, Frost and Eliot are examined. Sophomore level, for English majors. Does not satisfy Area B 1 literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENG 231

ENG 250 Journal Writing      3 CR
A series of in-class private writing exercises aimed at self-discovery and tapping resources of creative energy. Class trips serve as the basis for descriptive journal writing exercises that stress description, narration, exposition and the editing process. Prerequisite: ENG 110.

ENG/CM 251 Studies in Self-Help Books     3 CR
In this course, students will analyze a self-help book of their choice through journal writing exercises outlined in their chosen text. Drawing on research in the field, students will evaluate the effectiveness of their chosen text.

ENG 252 Developing a Writing Voice     3 CR
From the colloquial to the informal to the formal, this course examines the development of writing voice and explores the stylistic and rhetorical choices writers make to communicate meaning and knowledge. Prerequisite: ENG 110.

ENG 253 Introduction to Creative Writing      3 CR
Introduction to writing in three major forms of fiction: poetry, the short story and drama. Includes daily writing assignments with attention to the creative preferences of the individual student. Workshop atmosphere allows peer interaction and frequent student/instructor consultation. Prerequisite: ENG 110. 

ENG/CM 311 News Writing and Reporting II     3 CR
This advanced workshop simulates a newspaper magazine publishing atmosphere. Students are assigned roles as writers or editors for individual sections to create a student news magazine as part of the newspaper staff. Prerequisite: ENG/CM 211.

ENG/CM 312 Freelance Writing: Writing for Magazines     3 CR
This course requires students to write, revise, and submit feature and news articles for publication. Designed to provide basic audience and journalistic theory, this course allows students to research magazine focus and audience as well as submit articles to professional magazines. Prerequisite: ENG 110, CM 211.

ENG/CM 313 News Editing     3 CR
In this class students will learn professional newspaper and magazine editing techniques using the Associated Press Stylebook. Working as a team, students will serve as editors for various campus publications.

ENG 320 Studies in British Literature to 1603     3 CR
Major works of British poetry and prose, beginning with Old English and Beowulf and expanding through the literature of the Middle Ages with special emphasis on Chaucer and Elizabethan poets. Some drama, exclusive of Shakespeare, is included. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors.  

ENG 321 Shakespeare    3 CR
Explores a wide variety of plays from a literary as well as a theatrical perspective, with emphasis on Shakespeare's development as a dramatist and the relationship of his plays to their historical and cultural context. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors  

ENG 322 Studies in Seventeenth- Century British Literature     3 CR
Examines the works of Jonson, Donne, Herbert, Marvell, some of the lesser-known Metaphysical and Cavalier poets and Milton. Prose writings of Browne, Burton and Bunyan are also studied. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 323 Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature     3 CR
Dryden, Pope, Swift and Johnson are read, as well as Restoration dramatists (Congreve, Etherege, Wycherely) and early novelists (Defoe, Richardson, Fielding). Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 324 Studies in the Romantic Period in British Literature     3 CR
Emphasis on the literature written during and immediately after the French Revolution and England’s ensuing war with France. The relationship between the individual and political, social and intellectual environments is studied. Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats are read. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 325 Studies in the Victorian Period in British Literature    3 CR
Explores the literature of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Dickens, Eliot, Newman, Ruskin, Pater, Swinburne and others. Focuses on major writers of the period (1830–1901) beginning with the poetry and concluding with studies in the Victorian novel. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 322 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG/CM 326 Magazine Production II     3 CR
See ENG/CM 226 for course description. Prerequisite: ENG/CM 226

ENG 327 Studies in Twentieth- Century British Literature    3 CR
Addresses modernism as it is shaped and constructed in the classic texts of Conrad, Woolf, Yeats, Joyce, Lawrence and others. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 328--329: Studies in British Literature: Special Topics 3
Course description varies each time the course is offered. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors  

ENG 330 Colonial and Federal American Literature     3 CR
Focuses on Colonial American Writing: 1620–1800. Bradford, Edwards, Taylor, and Franklin are studied. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 331 Literature of the American Renaissance      3 CR
A study of transcendentalists, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 332 Studies in Dickinson to Eliot     3 CR
Reveals much about America’s “Gilded Age” and America’s emergence into the modern world with its writers of the wasteland, the “lost generation.” Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 334 Studies in Faulkner to the Present     3 CR
Modern American literature in content and technique reflects 20th-century preoccupation with loss of faith, the rise of individual consciousness and the dilemma of radical alienation in an increasingly fragmented society. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 338-339: Studies in American Literature: Special Topics
Course description varies each time the course is offered. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 340 Studies in Early American Black Literature     3 CR
African-American literature from 1790 to 1900, including the slave narratives, the mockingbird school and folk poetry. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

EN341 Studies in Black Writers in America     3 CR
A consideration of Black writers from Dunbar and Chesnutt to the present. Study of Harlem Renaissance writers, including Wright, Ellison, Hayden, Brooks, Tolson, Baldwin, Baraka and the Black arts movement. Emphasis on the relation of the works to traditional images of Blacks in America and to themes found in American literature as a whole. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 344 Studies in World Literature     3 CR
Explores works both inside and outside the Western canon. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 350 Advanced Composition     3 CR
Explores writing strategies beyond the introductory level. Stresses refining style, finding a voice, determining an audience and discovering the rhetorical strategies appropriate for particular genres.

ENG/CM 351 Screenwriting     3 CR
An introduction to writing for fiction and nonfiction film and television. Topics include basic dramatic theory, narrative structure, characterization, dialogue, adaptation and the unique demands of the audio/visual media, as well as pragmatic matters of format and the marketplace. Prerequisite: ENG 110 and CM 101

ENG 354 Studies in Writing: Nature Writing     3 CR
This course explores the connections between our natural environment and the diverse ways we communicate our ideas, perceptions and feelings about that environment. Writers work to discover a rhetorical stance and voice that effectively evokes the natural world in prose. Prerequisite: ENG 110  

ENG 358-359 Studies In Writing: Special Topics
Course description varies each time the course is offered. Prerequisites: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 360 History and Structure of the English Language      3 CR
A survey of the major changes in structure, vocabulary and uses of the language from the earliest times to the present. Explores important findings of modern linguistic scholarship. Required for secondary education. Prerequisite: ENG 110

ENG 361 Literary Theory    3 CR
An overview of the history and major concepts of critical theory from Plato through Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, Lacan, Barthes, Foucault, Kristeva, Cixous, Derrida, Gates, and others. Important schools of thought include the New Criticism, Semiotics, Phenomenology, Structuralism, Neo-Marxism, Deconstruction, Gender Studies, African-American Criticism, and Post-Colonialism. Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair for non-majors.

ENG 362 Rhetoric and Composition Pedagogy     3 CR
This course is designed for students who will be teaching writing in a secondary educational environment. The course demonstrates how research, scholarship, and theory can inform the teaching of writing. Prerequisite: ENG 110

ENG 363-69 Studies in Criticism or Theory: Special Topics     3 CR
Course description changes each time course is offered. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair for non-majors.

ENG 380 Independent Study    1-3 CR
Work on a special topic to be arranged with an instructor who will direct this work. Permission of the department chairperson is granted to qualified English majors on the basis of a written prospectus. By special arrangement.

ENG 382-385 Seminars on Single Authors     3 CR
Studies the works and criticism of a single author. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair.

ENG/ED 387 Children’s Literature     3 CR
A survey of children's literature, including an introduction to the mythology and folklore of the world. Attention given to techniques of motivating children to enjoy stories. Required for all elementary education students and for English majors concentrating in elementary education. Will not satisfy area B-1 Literature requirement. Prerequisite: ENCC 102, or ENG 222 and ENG 232 for English majors

ENG 390-398 Capstone      3 CR
English majors only (see advisor)