Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements. The following degrees have additional secondary admission criteria:

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 with a grade of C or higher. 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 Literature to 1600. (TCCN ENGL 2332) Survey of pre-1600 world literature, primarily in translation. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 2053. World Literature, 1600 to the Present. (TCCN ENGL 2333) Survey of post-1600 world literature, primarily in translation. 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, expository, and professional writing; research practices appropriate to the field with varied 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. An investigation into expository genres employed by a range of public and professional discourse communities, building on audience analysis to determine how those communities compose within genres to achieve their purposes. Prerequisites: Six hours of English. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 3253. Technical Writing. Theoretical and practical technical communication practices. Emphasis on writing, editing, analyzing, collaborating, designing, and presenting skills that transfer to the workplace. Prerequisite: Nine hours of English or permission of instructor. Will not substitute for a sophomore literature course. Three lecture 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. Strategies for individual and collaborative practice in selected workplace genres. 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 or permission of instructor. 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. Internship. Supervised practical experience in an agency or organization related to the intellectual and career interests of students interested in journalism, mass media, writing, editing, and other related professional fields. Minimum of 140 practicum hours on-site. May be recreated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of department. 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 1411) For students with no previous instruction in Spanish. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 1023. Elementary Spanish. (TCCN SPAN 1412) Continuation of SPAN 1013. Prerequisite: SPAN 1013. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 2033. Intermediate Spanish I. (TCCN SPAN 2311) Grammar, composition, oral-aural practice, and readings. Development of skills in interpersonal communication, presentational speaking and writing, interpretive listening, and interpretive writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 1023 or equivalent. Three lecture hours a week.

SPAN 2043. Intermediate Spanish II. (TCCN SPAN 2312) Continuation of SPAN 2033 with progressively more advanced work. Grammar, composition, oral-aural practice, and readings. Development of skills in interpersonal communication, presentational speaking and writing, interpretive listening, and interpretive writing. Prerequisite: SPAN 2033 or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 2913. Independent Study. Directed study of a specific topic in Spanish. May be repeated when the topic varies. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 3153. Spanish Grammar, Composition, and Literature I. The development of writing and reading skills and vocabulary in Spanish. Prerequisites: SPAN 1013 and SPAN 1023, 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 3173. Spanish for Professions. Instruction and practice in understanding and speaking Spanish encountered in various professions, business, community health, criminal justice, social work, sociology, OT, PT, oral healthcare workplace and mass communications. Prerequisites: SPAN 1043, SPAN 2043, or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 3203. Experiential Learning. Placement of students in off-campus professional settings/internships for development of professional-level Spanish communication skills relevant to their disciplines of study. 140-200 Practicum hours a week. Prerequisites: SPAN 1043, SPAN 2043, or permission of instructor.. Credit: Three hours.

SPAN 4203. Latin American Women Writers and Filmmakers. Critical analysis of film and literature by women in Latin America with a focus on the post-dictatorship period and the countries of Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. Advanced literary and filmic analysis as a means of building speaking, reading, critical thinking, and writing skills. Prerequisite: Completion of 36 undergraduate hours. 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.
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

BROWN, MATTHEW C., Associate Professor of English. B.A., University of Florida; B.S., University of Florida; M.A., University of Toronto; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.
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.
LACKEY, DUNDEE C., Associate Professor of English. B.F.A., Texas State University; M.A., Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi; Ph.D., Michigan State University.
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.
SCOTT, GRAHAM R., Associate Professor of English. B.A., California State University, San Bernardino; M.A., University of California, Riverside; Ph.D., University of California, Riverside.

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.
BENNER, WILLIAM, Assistant Professor of Spanish. B.S., College of Charleston; M.A., University of South Carolina; Ph.D., Tulane University.
BUSL, GRETCHEN L., Assistant Professor of English. B.A., Mount Holyoke College; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame.
McWAIN, KATHRYN, Assistant Professor of English. B.A., Drury College; M.A., University of Missouri: Kansas City; Ph.D., University of Nebraska: Lincoln.

Visiting Assistant Professor

LANIGAN, LIAM, Visiting Assistant Professor of English. B.A., Maynooth University ;M.A., Maynooth University ;Ph.D., University College Dubliin.

Lecturer

HOERMANN-ELLIOTT, JACQUELYN, Senior Lecturer of English. B.A., University of Missouri Kansas City; M.A., Iowa State University; Ph.D., Texas Christian University.

Visiting Lecturer

BARKER, JAMIE, Visiting Senior Lecturer of English. B.A., Otterbein College; M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania.