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2022 Spring Semester

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

Composition courses that offer many sections (ENGL 101, 201, 277 and 379) are not listed on this schedule unless they are tailored to specific thematic content or particularly appropriate for specific programs and majors.

  • 100-200 level

ENGL 201.ST4 Composition II: Sports Writing 

Amber Jensen

S02 MWF 9-9:50 a.m.

S18 MWF 10-10:50 a.m.

S20 MWF 11-11:50 a.m.  

This course will focus on the study of and practice in writing persuasive prose, with the aim to improve writing skills in all disciplines. Students will read selections from The Best American Sports Writing as examples of research-driven, persuasive prose and will analyze the rhetorical choices the author of each text makes and how those choices enhance argument and purpose. This reading and analysis will inform students' own rhetorical choices as they write their own research-driven, persuasive essays. Throughout the writing process, students will also create an annotated bibliography and write two reflective narratives that encourage reflection on their learning and writing so that students leave the course with a deepened understanding of the process of research and writing and the rhetorical choices they will make as writers in their future personal and professional writing. 

ENGL 201.05 Do Stories Make Us Human?

Dr. Katherine Malone

MWF 10-10:50 a.m.

In this course, you will hone your critical thinking, writing and research skills as we explore the role of storytelling in everyday life. How do we use narrative to understand the world around us? How do stories shape our view of self and others? What effect does reading have on an individual’s body, mind or morals? Are we moving toward a post-literate society in which images and memes supplant the written word, or does reading occupy an essential role in what we call the human experience? We will approach these questions through a range of disciplines, including literary criticism, cultural studies, philosophy, history, sociology and neuroscience. Through our course reading, you will strengthen your skills in analyzing, evaluating and synthesizing complex arguments. And through our discussions, research and writing assignments, you will become adept at constructing and supporting persuasive arguments of your own.

English 201.ST5: Composition II: The Mind/Body Connection

Dr. Sharon Smith

Online

In this section of English 201, students will use research and writing to learn more about problems that are important to them and articulate ways to address those problems. The course will focus specifically on issues related to the mind, the body and the relationship between them. The topics we will discuss during the course will include the correlation between social media and body image; the effects of sports-related concussions; the efficacy of sex education programs; the degree to which beliefs about race and gender influence school dress codes and the unique mental and physical challenges faced by college students today. In this course, you will be learning about different approaches to argumentation, analyzing the arguments of others and constructing your own arguments. At the same time, you will be honing your skills as a researcher and developing your abilities as a persuasive and effective writer.

ENGL 201.S21 Composition II: NRM (Natural Resource Management majors only) 

April Myrick

TU/TH 9:30-10:45 a.m. 

This course builds upon the reading and writing competencies you acquired in English 101 by furthering your ability to conduct research, structure an argument, employ the major elements of writing and make rhetorical choices for a variety of writing scenarios. Through reading selections, class discussion, research and reflection, you will learn to pose and investigate a problem, support your ideas with textual evidence, use story craft and voice to promote a perspective or value and identify and explain your own ethics in relation to the land, its people and its natural resources. Topics for reading selections and essays include sustainability (with the 3 pillars of social, environmental and economic), climate change, science literacy and the public, people and land, land ethic and others. Essay types include argumentation, narrative and exposition. You will leave the course with a deepened understanding of critical thinking, information literacy and the rhetorical choices you will make as a writer in your future academic, personal and professional writing. 

ENGL 210.ST1 Introduction to Literature

Lynn Hublou

Online

Readings in fiction, drama and poetry to acquaint students with literature and aesthetic form. Prerequisites: ENGL 101. Notes: Course meets SGR #4 or IGR #3.

ENGL 222.S01 British Literature II

Dr. Katherine Malone

MWF 8-8:50 a.m.

This survey of British literature will introduce you to key authors, texts, genres and debates from the late eighteenth century to the present. We’ll discuss literary works in the context of cultural forces, including war, industrialization, empire, democracy, individualism and changing attitudes about race, class and gender. As we make our way through the Romantic, Victorian, modern and postmodern eras, we will read writers’ manifestos and literary criticism to consider how the role of the artist and the purpose of art have been defined over two tumultuous centuries. Our class meetings will consist of lecture, discussion and student presentations. Our assignments—exams, essays and a final creative project—will help you develop critical reading and writing skills and enhance your appreciation of the history and functions of literature.

ENGL 240.ST1: Juvenile Literature (Young Adult)

Jenny Kluck

Online

This course will focus on children’s literature from birth through 5th grade. In addition to studying the history of children’s literature, students will learn about and read various genres of children’s literature, such as picture books, fairy tales, historical fiction and realistic fiction. We will spend most of our class time discussing the assigned literature and corresponding textbook chapters.  

ENGL 240.ST2 Juvenile Literature (Elementary-5th Grade)

April Myrick

Online

A survey of the history of literature written for children and adolescents, and a consideration of the various types of juvenile literature. Notes: Course meets SGR #4.

ENGL 242.S01 American Literature II

Dr. Paul Baggett

TU/TH 2-3:15 p.m. 

This course surveys a range of U.S. literatures from about 1865 to the present, writings that treat the end of slavery and the development of a segregated America, increasingly urbanized and industrialized U.S. landscapes, waves of immigration and the fulfilled promise of “America” as imperial nation. The class will explore the diversity of identities represented during that time and the problems/potentials writers imagined in response to the century’s changes—especially literature’s critical power in a time of nation-building. Required texts for the course are The Norton Anthology of American Literature: 1865 to the Present, Shorter Ninth Edition and Jesmyn Ward’s, Sing Unburied Sing: A Novel.

ENGL 250.S01: Science Fiction

Professor Steven Wingate

MWF 2-2:50 p.m.

In the 20th century, science fiction emerged from a fringe genre that wasn’t taken seriously—and in fact often lumped with comic books—to one that has produced some of our most ambitious fiction and film. This course will examine the genre’s history and present day both in print and on screen, examining such authors as Isaac Asimov and Phillip K. Dick, along with films derived from their work. This course fulfills SGR #4 and an elective in the Film Studies minor. Suitable for non-majors who want an introduction on how to read, understand and enjoy literature or majors interested in the topic. This is not an exclusively writing-intensive course; your work will include reading quizzes, exams and some informal or in-class writing an addition to an optional critical paper.

English 283.S01: Introduction to Creative Writing

Amber Jensen

MWF 1-1:50 p.m.

This course explores creative writing as a way of encountering the world, research as a component of the creative writing process, elements of craft and their rhetorical effect, and drafting, workshop and revision as integral parts of writing polished literary creative work. Student writers will engage in the research practices that inform the writing of literature and in the composing strategies and writing process writers use to create literary texts. Through their reading and writing of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, students will learn about craft elements, find examples of those craft elements in published works and apply these elements in their own creative work, developed through weekly writing activities, small group and large group workshop and conferences with the instructor. Work will be submitted, along with a learning reflection and revision plan in each genre and will then be revised and submitted as a final portfolio at the end of the semester to demonstrate continued growth in the creation of polished literary writing. 

ENGL 284.01: Introduction to Criticism

Dr. Sharon Smith

MWF 9:00 - 9:50am 

This course will introduce you to the theoretical and critical approaches that have shaped English studies and, in doing so, will familiarize you with the history of the discipline and the ways it has changed and developed over time. The course will not only help you hone your interpretive and analytical skills—in other words, make you better readers—but will also get you thinking about how we read, why we read in the ways that we do, and how the ways in which we read are shaped by our beliefs about what matters most in the world. In the class, we will discuss approaches to literary studies that defined the Classical period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the nineteenth-century, and we will discuss in depth the theoretical approaches that have proved significant in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including formalism, structuralism, deconstruction, Marxism, historicism, psychoanalysis, feminism, gender studies, queer theory, race theory and postcolonial theory. In addition to reading about these theoretical approaches, students will study a selection of primary texts by key theorists and read examples of literary criticism in which literary scholars use theory to analyze literature. Students will apply the ideas and concepts they learn during class discussions and in writing assignments, which will include short response papers and two formal papers, one of them a research paper. Students will also take short reading quizzes, a midterm exam, and a final exam. Our key literary texts this semester will be Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and Toni Morrison's Beloved. Our theory textbook will be Anne Steven's Literary Theory, 2nd. ed (Broadview, 2021).

  • 300-level

ENGL 330.S01: Shakespeare

Dr. M. Nagy

TU/TH 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Representative comedies, tragedies and histories of Shakespeare.

ENGL 379.S06 (for Dept. of Biology and Microbiology Majors only) 

Lisa Madsen 

TU/TH 8-9:15 a.m. 

This section of English 379 is the second of a sequence (following BIOL490) for Biology and Microbiology majors. In this course, you will:   

  1. Learn and apply the discourse conventions for scientific communication: how to make the right rhetorical choices—from individual words and visual information to structure, format, audience, and medium requirements for the entire communication product.
  2. Improve your information and career literacy via discipline-based scholarly and professional consortia research. 
  3. Disseminate your capstone project by presenting your capstone communication product(s) to a university audience. 

The course structure features two units: First, you will create job- or program-seeking documents featuring the resume. Then, you will follow a multi-step process of researching, analyzing and communicating your capstone project (BIOL490 original research project or pandemic-related alternative project) to various audiences and via a number of genres, mediums and platforms such as the scholarly journal article, traditional presentation, informative poster and multimedia. Scholarly journal article types include the original research article, the original survey and the literature review. 

ENGL 379.ST6 Technical Communication: Biology and Microbiology Majors 

April Myrick

Online

This section of English 379 is the second of a sequence for Biology and Microbiology students. In this course, students will draft and polish job- or program-seeking documents including a resume. Students will improve their information literacy via discipline-based research. Students will also devote a significant portion of the semester to analyzing and organizing their BIOL490 research for writing and presentation via a number of platforms and mediums (such as scholarly journal article, traditional presentation, informative poster and multimedia) and for both technical and lay audiences. 

English 383.01: Creative Writing I

Amber Jensen

MWF 2-2:50 p.m.

Creative Writing I focuses on strengthening poetry, creative nonfiction and/or fiction writing skills by developing longer/more complex projects. The class allows students to explore each genre through the processes of writing and revising creative texts, with an emphasis on applying craft concepts across genres and throughout the writing process. Students will engage in large-group writing workshops but will also develop their work through their own revision and reflection, presented in a creative writing portfolio. Students will also choose one genre of emphasis, which they will explore through self-select texts, which they will analyze and use to deepen their understanding of the genre and to contextualize their own creative work. (Note: ENGL 383 is an elective and does not fulfill an IGR or SGR credit.)

  • 400-level

ENGL 491.S01: Undergraduate Peer Tutoring

Dr. Nathan Serfling

Independent Study

Since their beginnings in the 1920s and 30s, writing centers have come to serve a number of functions: as hubs for writing across the curriculum initiatives, sites to develop and deliver workshops and resource centers for faculty as well as students, among other functions. But the primary function of writing centers has necessarily and rightfully remained the tutoring of student writers. This course will immerse you in that function in two parts. During the first four weeks, you will explore writing center praxis - that is, the dialogic interplay of theory and practice related to writing center work. This part of the course will orient you to writing center history, key theoretical tenets and practical aspects of writing center tutoring. Once we have developed and practiced this foundation, you will begin work in the writing center as tutors, responsible for assisting a wide variety of student clients with numerous writing tasks. Through this work, you will learn to actively engage with student clients in the revision of a text, respond to different student needs and abilities, work with a variety of writing tasks and rhetorical situations and develop a richer sense of writing as a complex and negotiated social process. Prerequisites: Students wishing to enroll in this course must be of junior or senior standing and needs to provide the name of an English and Interdisciplinary Studies department faculty member who will serve as a reference for them.

ENGL 491.01: Literary Publishing Practicum

Professor Steven Wingate  

Independent Study

A hands-on, semester long introduction to literary publishing centered on, but not limited to, the production of SDSU's literary journal Oakwood, founded in 1976. Our work will involve soliciting, editing, producing and promoting the magazine, as well as an overview of the publishing industry and an opportunity to craft a publishing resume.  This class will give you demonstrable experience with workplace practices applicable in fields from editing to corporate communications. It will be conducted as an independent study course, though we will arrange for common meeting times both online and in person based on the schedules of those involved.

English 492: Writing Poetry

Professor Steven Wingate

Wednesdays 6-8:50 p.m.

The worldwide history and practice of poetry is steeped in sound, and it can connect us to deep modes of expression that predate written language. This course focuses on understanding and experimenting with the sound patterns that build poems, particularly the musicality of the poetic line and the structure provided by various received forms. Though we will not by any means be restricted to writing in form, we will approach form as the historical baseline of poetry from which contemporary verse springs. By paying close attention to sound and structure, poets develop their ears and learn to discover ever-greater interconnectedness in their own work—and in that of others.

Throughout the semester, large-group response workshops will give students experience sharpening their peer feedback skills. Students will also deepen their skills by revising their poems, culminating in the design and execution of a chapbook. Prerequisites: English 283 and English 383 preferred (or consent of instructor). 

Texts:

  • A Little History of Poetry by John Carey.
  • Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters by Annie Finch.
  • The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics by Lewis Turco.
  • The Best American Poetry 2021 edited by Tracy K Smith.
  • Student work

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GRADUATE COURSES

English 592: Writing Poetry

Professor Steven Wingate

Wednesdays 6-8:50 p.m.

The worldwide history and practice of poetry is steeped in sound, and it can connect us to deep modes of expression that predate written language. This course focuses on understanding and experimenting with the sound patterns that build poems, particularly the musicality of the poetic line and the structure provided by various received forms. Though we will not by any means be restricted to writing in form, we will approach form as the historical baseline of poetry from which contemporary verse springs. By paying close attention to sound and structure, poets develop their ears and learn to discover ever-greater interconnectedness in their own work—and in that of others.

Throughout the semester, large-group response workshops will give students experience sharpening their peer feedback skills. Students will also deepen their skills by revising their poems, culminating in the design and execution of a chapbook. This course serves both undergraduate and graduate students, with additional responsibilities at the graduate level.

Texts:

  • A Little History of Poetry by John Carey.
  • Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters by Annie Finch.
  • The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics by Lewis Turco.
  • The Best American Poetry 2021 edited by Tracy K Smith.
  • Student work

ENGL 704.01: Introduction to Graduate Studies

Dr. Paul Baggett

Wednesdays 3-5:50 p.m.

Introduction to Graduate Studies is required of all first-year graduate students. The primary purpose of this course is to introduce students to modern and contemporary literary theory and its applications. Students will write short response papers and will engage at least one theoretical approach in their own fifteen- to twenty-page scholarly research project. In addition, this course will further introduce students to the M.A. program in English at South Dakota State University and provide insight into issues related to the profession of English studies.

ENGL 729: Seminar in American Literature Since 1900: The Vietnam War in Literature and Film

Dr. Jason McEntee

Tuesdays 3-5:50 p.m.

In this course, we will consider how literature and film attempt to chronicle the Vietnam War. We will draw from Dispatches, A Rumor of War, The Things They Carried, A Piece of My Heart and Bloods as well as selections from The Vietnam Reader. There will be brief assigned readings for consideration in the context of the movies—selections from the Iliad and William James's "The Moral Equivalent of War," for example. Some of the movies that we will study include Apocalypse Now (the original version), Full Metal Jacket, Platoon, Coming Home, Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Presidents and Hearts and Minds. Because we must do so, we will also look at some of the more fascinatingly outrageous yet culturally significant fantasies about the war, such as The Green Berets and Rambo: First Blood, Part II. This course will not encourage militaristic, pro-war sentiment or, conversely, pacifistic, anti-war sentiment: We will at all times study these narratives as literary critics.

ENGL 791.01: Literary Publishing Practicum

Professor Steven Wingate  

Independent Study

A hands-on, semester long introduction to literary publishing centered on, but not limited to, the production of SDSU's literary journal Oakwood, founded in 1976. Our work will involve soliciting, editing, producing and promoting the magazine, as well as an overview of the publishing industry and an opportunity to craft a publishing resume.  This class will give you demonstrable experience with workplace practices applicable in fields from editing to corporate communications. It will be conducted as an independent study course, though we will arrange for common meeting times both in person and online based on the schedules of those involved. Please note that both in-person and online M.A. students can enroll in this course.

Graduate courses will work side-by-side with undergraduates enrolled in ENGL 491 but with a different grading rubric and set of responsibilities, including an oral presentation and a written research report on a publishing topic developed by the student

ENGL 792.01: Arthurian Legend: Then and Now

Dr. M. Nagy

Online

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the main outlines of the Arthurian legend, to trace its development and to explore how it has retained its ability to hold the interest of creative artists despite immense changes in language, culture and artistic medium. Some of the themes that we will discuss throughout the semester will include myth, politics, the origins of war, science and magic, the idealization of women, artistic adaptation and reception and the quest for the Holy Grail (and any others that occur to us along the way).

Likely texts for the course are as follows:

  • Arthurian Romances of Chrétien de Troyes. Trans. D. D. R. Owen. London: Everyman, 1993.
  • King Arthur and his Knights: Selected Tales by Sir Thomas Malory. Ed. Eugene Vinaver. London: Oxford UP, 1975.
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • The Mabinogion. Trans. Gwyn and Thomas Jones, rev. ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993.
  • Tennyson, Alfred. Idylls of the King. London: Penguin, 1996.
  • White, T. H. The Once and Future King. New York: Ace Books, 1987.
  • Zimmer-Bradley, Marion. The Mists of Avalon. Ballantine Reader's Circle, 1987. 

Films:

  • The Fisher King
  • Excalibur
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • The Green Knight