Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages

http://www.twu.edu/english-speech-foreign-languages

Chair: M. Genevieve West, Professor
Location: CFO 906
Phone: 940-898-2324
Fax: 940-898-2297
E-mail:
gwest@twu.edu

Undergraduate Degrees Offered


The English, Speech, and Foreign Languages Department offers a B.A. in English and minors in English and Spanish in addition to providing language, literature, and composition courses in the core curriculum. The English major has three tracks: Literature, Rhetoric and Writing, and 7-12 Teacher Certification. All three tracks in the Bachelor of Arts in English provide students with a strong foundation in language skills, critical thinking, and appreciation of literature.  Students are encouraged to gain professional experience in the workplace through internships in the Write Site, The Lasso, or in other venues. Information on internships is available through the TWU Pioneer Center.

With a B.A. in English, students can prepare for careers in writing and editing, for teaching, and for a variety of careers which value communication and critical thinking skills. In addition, this degree provides an excellent foundation for graduate and professional programs. The department also offers graduate studies leading to the M.A. in English and the Ph.D. in Rhetoric.

An undergraduate student majoring in English or another field who expects to pursue graduate study in English is encouraged to confer with her advisor during the junior and senior years in order to coordinate undergraduate and graduate programs.

For information concerning the Master of Arts degree in English and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Rhetoric, see the Graduate Catalog.

Graduate Courses

Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for information regarding graduate courses.

Spanish Undergraduate Courses

Spanish may be selected as a minor field of study for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree. At least 18 semester credit hours of Spanish are required for a minor in Spanish. Six semester credit hours must be at the advanced level.  Three of those advanced hours must be taken at TWU.

Please see Admission section of this catalog. The same standards for admission to the University apply to the Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages.

English or Spanish Minor

  • English
  • Spanish

No grade lower than C will count toward an English minor or Spanish minor.

For a minor in English, the requirement is 12 semester credit hours in the department beyond first-year composition for a total of 18 credit hours.  At least 6 semester credit hours must be advanced and must include one 3000-level writing course. At least 3 semester credit hours of the 6 advanced semester credit hours must be completed at TWU.

The Spanish minor requires these courses:  SPAN 1013, SPAN 1023, SPAN 1033, SPAN 1043, SPAN 3153, and SPAN 3163.  Students may not take more than one Spanish class at a time.  At least one of the advanced courses must be taken at TWU.

English Courses

ENG 1003. Introduction to Writing. Required of all freshmen who do not meet entrance requirements for ENG 1013. Includes intensive instruction and exercise in syntax, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary development. English 1003 does not satisfy any English core requirement, and hours earned will not count toward graduation requirements. Three lecture hours a week.

ENG 1013. Composition I. (TCCN ENGL 1301) Theory and practice of written and oral exposition and research in traditional and electronic environments; rhetorical principles and organization in practice. Prerequisites: ENG 1003 or a passing score on, or exemption from, placement exam. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 1023. Composition II. (TCCN ENGL 1302) Theory and practice of critical exposition and rhetorical analysis in traditional and electronic environments; composing persuasive and investigative texts based on research. Prerequisite: ENG 1013 or its equivalent. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 2013. English Literary Masterpieces. (TCCN ENGL 2322) Major prose and poetry studied in chronological sequence. Emphasis on the artistry and the relation of technique to content of the works studied. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 2033. American Literary Masterpieces. (TCCN ENGL 2326) Major works of American literature studied in chronological sequence. Attention to both poetry and prose. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 2043. World Literary Masterpieces I. (TCCN ENGL 2332) Survey of the masterworks of world literature, beginning with the earliest Greek works. Emphasis on the acquisition of an overview of world literature as well as knowledge about the genres, literary epochs, and literary history which has informed British and American literature. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 2053. World Literary Masterpieces, 1600 to Present. (TCCN ENGL 2333) Survey of the masterworks of world literature, beginning with the seventeenth century and reaching to recent times. Emphasis on the acquisition of an overview of world literature as well as knowledge about the genres, literary epochs, and literary history which has informed British and American literature. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 2073. Mythology. A survey of world mythologies and their global influences on the fine arts and literature. Three lecture hours. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 2153. Introduction to Literature. (TCCN ENGL 2341) Introduction to the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama with an emphasis on critical reading. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 2393. Introduction to Literature by Women. Introduction to important works of literature by women. Organized by theme, topic, genre, ethnic group, or nationality. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3013. Representative Works of British Literature to 1760. Examines significant works in depth with study of authors and genres in relation to the aesthetic, historical, and cultural contexts. Requires research with primary and secondary sources. Prerequisite: ENG 1023. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3023. Representative Works of British Literature from 1760 to Present. Examines significant works in depth with study of authors and genres in relation to the aesthetic, historical, and cultural contexts. Requires research with primary and secondary sources. Prerequisite: ENG 1023. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3033. Introduction to the Study of World Literature. Study of ancient, classical, medieval, and modern literature, with a stress on the intercultural relationships reflected through the translation and transmission of texts. Prerequisite: 9 hours of English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3043. Drama. Intensive study of the genre of drama. Prerequisite: 9 hours of English. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3053. Fiction. Intensive study of fiction. Prerequisite: 9 hours of English. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3063. Poetry. Writing intensive study of the genre of poetry. Prerequisite: 9 hours of English. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3073. Literature by Women. Advanced examination of literature by women. Organized by theme, topic, or genre. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequiste: 9 hours of English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3113. Introduction to English Studies. An introduction to English studies , with attention to literary study as well as writing and research practices appropriate to the field with varied literary texts. Prerequisite: ENG 1023 with a grade of C or higher. Co-requisite: Must be taken before or concurrently with first 3000 level literature course. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3123. Creative Writing. Fundamentals and techniques of creative writing, exploring genres such as fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction. Intensive practice in reading and writing in the genre(s) selected by the instructor. May be repeated for for up to nine hours credit when the topic varies. Prerequisites: Twelve hours of English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3153. Multicultural Literature. Study of literature which reflects the experience of various cultural groups. Focus on particular themes, genres, historical periods, or cultural groups. Prerequisite: Nine hours of English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3203. Advanced Grammar and Composition. Concentration on the basic terminology and procedures of English grammar, rhetoric, and composition, with intensive practice. Prerequisites: ENG 1023 and three additional hours of English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3233. Advanced Expository Writing. Writing of exposition for both specialized and general audiences, with attention to genre, expository strategy, invention, and convention. Prerequisites: ENG 3203 and six additional hours of English. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3273. Film and Literature. Writing intensive study of film and its relation to literature. Prerequisites: Nine hours of English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3283. Survey of American Literature: Colonial through Romantic. Major prose and poetry written in the United States during the Colonial Period through the Romantic Period studied chronologically. Artistry and technique of the works studied along with attention to the periods in which the works were written and read. Prerequisites: ENG 1023 and three additional hours of English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3293. Survey of American Literature: Realism to the Present. Major prose and poetry written in the United States during the Realistic Period up to and including the present studied chronologically. Artistry and technique of the works studied along with some attention to the periods in which the works were written and read. Prerequisites: ENG 1023 and three additional hours of English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3363. Introduction to Linguistics. A survey of the techniques and practice of recent linguistic theory, including the structural and transformational concepts of English syntax and semantics. Prerequisite: ENG 1023. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3433. Professional Writing. (TCCN ENGL 2314) Strategies and practice in selected rhetorical forms; reading and rhetorical analysis of selected works. Prerequisites: Nine hours of English or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4353. Topics in American Literature. Intensive investigation of a topic related to genre, style, period, or theme of American Literature. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: 12 hours of English or permission of instructor. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4363. Digital Rhetoric. Analysis, theory, production, and pedagogy of digitally-mediated texts. Prerequisites: Twelve hours of English or permission of instructor. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4423. Topics in British Literature. Directed investigation of a topic related to genre, style, period, or theme in British Literature. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: 12 hours of English or permission of instructor. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4433. Topics in World Literature. Directed investigation of a topic related to genre, style, period, or theme in world/global literature. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: 12 hours of English. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4443. Major Authors. Intensive study of the work(s) of major literary figures. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: 12 hours in English or permission of instructor. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4453. Genre Studies. Intensive investigation of a genre or sub-genre of literature. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: 12 hours of English or permission of instructor. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4463. Literary Theory and Criticism. Survey of theory and practice of literary criticism. Prerequisite: 12 hours of English or permission of instructor. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4473. Topics in Writing and Rhetoric. Directed investigation of advanced rhetorical and composition practices within a selected field or mode. May be repeated when topic varies. Prerequisite: 12 hours of English or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4483. Methods of Teaching English. Effective methods of teaching English, including structuring small-group and whole-class activities and discussions, teaching composition, encouraging students' close reading of texts through rhetorical analysis and literary criticism, and producing technologically-enhanced classroom presentations. Prerequisites: Nine hours of English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4903. Special Topics. Varied topics of literature: a period, specific authors, specific themes. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Prerequisites: Nine hours of English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4911. Independent Study. Detailed study of a specialized topic in English. May be repeated for credit when the topic of investigation varies. Prerequisites: Nine hours of English or permission of instructor. Credit: One hour.

ENG 4913. Independent Study. Directed study of a specific focus in literature. Readings, conferences, special projects. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies. Prerequisites: Nine hours of English or permission of instructor. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4953. Cooperative Education. (TCCN ENGL 2389) Credit: Three hours.

ENG 4983. Senior Capstone in English. Application and enrichment of skills and knowledge in preparation for entering the workforce or post-baccalaureate programs. Prerequisite: 18 hours upper-division English. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

Spanish Courses

SPAN 1013. Elementary Spanish. (TCCN SPAN 1311) For students with no previous instruction in Spanish. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 1023. Elementary Spanish. (TCCN SPAN 1312) Continuation of SPAN 1013. Prerequisite: SPAN 1013. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 1033. Review of Grammar, Conversation, and Reading. (TCCN SPAN 2311) Prerequisite: SPAN 1023. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 1043. Review of Grammar, Conversation, and Reading. (TCCN SPAN 2312) Continuation of SPAN 1033. Prerequisite: SPAN 1023. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 3153. Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Literature I. The development of writing and reading skills and vocabulary in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPAN 1033 and SPAN 1043, or permission of the instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 3163. Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Literature II. Continuation of SPAN 3153. Prerequisites: SPAN 1033 and SPAN 1043, or permission of the instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 4903. Special Topics. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 4911. Independent Study. Credit: One hours.

SPAN 4913. Independent Study. Credit: Three hours.

Speech Courses

SPCH 1013. Oral Communication. (TCCN SPCH 1311) Elements and processes of interpersonal communication in all modes. Small group activities, oral interpretation of literature, and extemporaneous speaking. Evaluative listening and speaking experience. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPCH 4913. Independent Study. Detailed study of specialized topics in speech. Prerequisite: Junior standing. May be repeated for credit when the topic of investigation varies. Credit: Three hours.

Professors

BRIDGES, PHYLLIS J., Cornaro Professor of English. B.A., West Texas A&M University; M.A., West Texas A&M University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University.
SOURIS, STEPHEN W., Professor of English. B.A., Harvard University; M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison.
THOMPSON, LOU A., Professor of English. B.A., University of North Texas; M.A., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., Texas Christian University.
WEST, M. GENEVIEVE, Professor of English; Chair of the Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages. B.A., Mississippi State University; M.A., Mississippi State University; Ph.D., Florida State University.

Associate Professors

CASPER, VIVIAN C., Associate Professor of English. B.A., Washburn University; M.A., Rice University; Ph.D., Rice University.
FEHLER, BRIAN, Associate Professor of English. B.A., Texas Wesleyan University; M.A., Texas Christian University; Ph.D., Texas Christian University.
GREER, RUSSELL, Associate Professor of English. A.B.J., University of Georgia; A.L.M., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of Georgia.
LITTON, ALFRED GUY, Associate Professor of English; Executive Director of Honors Programs. B.A., University of Arkansas; M.A., University of Central Arkansas; Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Assistant Professors

BENDER, ASHLEY B., Assistant Professor of English. B.A., University of North Texas; M.A., University of North Texas; Ph.D., University of North Texas.
BROWN, MATTHEW C., Assistant Professor of English. B.A., University of Florida; B.S., University of Florida; M.A., University of Toronto; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.
BUSL, GRETCHEN L., Assistant Professor of English. B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.
LACKEY, DUNDEE C., Assistant Professor of English. B.F.A., Texas State University; M.A., Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi; Ph.D., Michigan State University.
SCOTT, GRAHAM R., Assistant Professor of English. B.A., California State University, San Bernardino; M.A., University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., University of California, Riverside.