Undergrad Catalog 2010

Advanced Placement and CLEP Credit Policy for First Year Writing Seminar

Students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Language and Composition exam or on the Literature and Composition exam receive credit for ENG 1010; to complete their General Education composition requirement these students must still complete ENG 3010. Students who have taken both AP English tests and scored at least 4 on both tests receive a credit for ENG 1010 for one test and 3 additional hours of general elective credit. No CLEP credit will be awarded for ENG 1010.

English Courses

Core Composition Courses (ENG)

ENG 1000. International English (3-6). All students for whom English is a second language must take this course in their first semester, unless they demonstrate proficiency on the Belmont University English Placement Test. Develops the academic skills, aural and written, necessary for performing in the American university and university system. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Any student missing five class meetings in English 1000 will be involuntarily dropped with a grade of “WF”. Appeal is to the Provost. Does not fulfill general education humanities requirement.

ENG 1010. First-Year Writing (3). A required first-year course in which students practice recognizing, evaluating, and constructing written arguments, in the process developing their reading and research skills. With ENG 3010, this course fulfills the general education writing requirement. Does not fulfill Core Humanities, English major, or English minor requirements.

ENG 1030. Composition Writing Laboratory (1). Uses literature, rhetorical essays, or content material from the student's major area as a basis for writing. Recommended for students who lack requisite English Composition skills or who wish additional composition practice. Does not fulfill general education humanities requirement.

ENG 1050. Understanding Literary Language (3). In this general education English course, students will focus on the craft of reading and understanding texts in a variety of genres such as poetry, fiction, drama, and the essay while developing the technical literary vocabulary required to write about them. Students will learn to perform close readings of texts and should thereby gain a heightened appreciation of connections, patterns and themes. Students will also be introduced to the study of grammar, syntax, and etymology. May not be substituted for ENG 1010 or ENG 3010.

ENG 3010. Third-Year Writing (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. An advanced writing course required of all Belmont students which builds on the skills students are asked to develop in ENG 1010 and their other General Education classes. In ENG 3010, students work to enhance their critical thinking, reading, writing, and research abilities as they complete a series of thematically linked assignments. With ENG 1010, this course fulfills the general education writing requirement. Does not fulfill Core Humanities, English major, or English minor requirements.

ENG Courses

ENG 1950-4950. Studies Abroad (3-18). Prerequisite: ENG 1010.Study through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), beginning through advanced level. Individual titles will be assigned to each course taken, indicating place of study and subject matter. Courses may count toward major, minor, core, and/or elective credit. Students must consult with the CCSA representative prior to enrollment to determine credit within the program of study.

ENG 1990-4990. Special Studies (1-3). Prerequisites: ENG 1100.ENG/ENW 1990 does not fulfill general education humanities requirement. (Note: Final sentence only applies to ENG/ENW 1990).

ENG 2030. The Writing Studio (1). (Pass/Fail). An elective course that offers intensive and individualized one-on-one writing instruction, including an emphasis on, and development of, critical reading abilities, diction, sentence and paragraph control, and writing processes. May be repeated for credit. Does not fulfill general education humanities requirement.

ENG 3000. Junior Seminar in English (0). (Pass/Fail). Prerequisite: ENG 1010 or 2000. This requirement for all English majors, though open to English minors as well, is designed to be taken late in the junior year or early in the senior year. Students prepare for their future, considering such issues as preparation for graduate school, teaching, and other professional tracks. Guest speakers and graduates of the program will help introduce students to a variety of career paths. Fall semester only.

ENG 4900. Seminar in English Studies (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010, ENG 2000. Required of all English majors in their senior year. Each offering of the course will focus on a specific literary problem; students will synthesize their experience as English majors by engaging the current critical conversation surrounding the chosen topic and by completing a researched project. Students will also complete their major portfolio as a requirement of this course. Does not fill core Humanities requirements.

Literary Studies Courses (ENL)

ENL 1990-4990. Special Studies (1-3). Prerequisites: ENG 1100.
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

ENL 2110, 2120. British Literature I, II (3, 3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. A survey of representative works through the 18th century in the first semester. The second semester studies the literature of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

ENL 2210, 2220. American Literature I, II (3, 3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. The first semester surveys representative works from the colonial period to the Civil War. The second semester includes readings from the Civil War to the present.

ENL 2310, 2320. Continental Literature I, II (3, 3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. In the first semester, a study of masterworks of the ancient world, the medieval world, and the Renaissance. In the second semester, a study of masterworks of neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, and the twentieth century, excluding Anglo-American literature.
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

ENL 2330, 2340. World Literature I, II (3, 3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010.In the first semester, this course presents important works of literature of the world from their earliest beginnings to 1650. Content may vary, but these courses establish a historical perspective while seeking to encourage both comparative perspective and common ground among works from European tradition and several non-Western cultures. Each semester may be taken independently of the other.
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

ENL 2400. Literature Survey Special Topics (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. This writing-intensive survey course involves literature from periods and/or countries of origin which extend beyond the delineations of our traditional survey courses, combining the study of literature in a historical/cultural context with a focused refinement of writing skills developed in Freshman Composition. Students may repeat this course, under different topics, once, for a total of six (6) hours credit.

ENL 3300. Classical Mythology (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010.(See CLA 3300 for course description.)

ENL 3310. Special Topics in Classical Literature (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010.(See CLA 3310 for course description.)

ENL 3440. Teaching English as a Foreign Language (1-3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010; and permission of instructor.This course will examine the various strategies in the teaching of EFL as well as review English syntax and pronunciation. Does not count for English or language majors or minors, or fulfill general education humanities requirement.

ENL 3500. History of the Language and Linguistics (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Traces the development of English from Anglo-Saxon to modern English in the context of history, linguistic theory, and the Indo-European family of languages.

ENL 3520. Special Topics in Medieval Literature (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. An in-depth study of subjects relative to medieval literature, British and Continental. Possible topics include allegory, Arthurian romance, Old English poetry, religious drama. One topic will be chosen for focus each time the course is offered.

ENL 3540. Chaucer (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. A survey of Chaucer's major works and selected shorter poems in the philosophical and historical setting of the Middle Ages.

ENL 3600. Special Topics in Early Modern British Literature (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. An in-depth study of sixteenth and seventeenth century writers. Each offering of the course will focus on a specific topic; topics may include for example, a genre, a limited historical period, an interdisciplinary topic, a single writer such as Spenser or Milton.

ENL 3620. Shakespeare: Representative Plays (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Traces the development of Shakespeare's career through the study of representative tragedies, histories, comedies, and romances.
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

ENL 3660. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. A study of poetry, drama, and non-fictional prose of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century England, with emphasis on Dryden, Pope, Swift, and Johnson, and with attention to concurrent trends in music, art, philosophy, and social history.

ENL 3720. Romanticism in England (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010.Covers the transition from neo-classicism to Romanticism, with emphasis on Burns, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats.

ENL 3740. Victorian Literature (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Traces major developments of the Victorian Age as background for the study of writers from Carlyle to Yeats, with special emphasis on Tennyson, Arnold and Browning.
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

ENL 3760. The Novel (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Each offering of this course will focus on a specific topic related to the development of the novel.

ENL 3800. Special Topics in World Literature (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Required of all English majors. Intensive study of non-western literature through exploration of a theme, genre, and/or culture.
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

ENL 3810. Folklore Studies (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. This course examines folklore methodologies and genres. Seminar topics may include ethnographic research (fieldwork) and the study of folk groups; folk narratives (fairy tales, legends, etc.); folk ballads and poetry; customs and rituals; folklore and literature.

ENL 3840. Twentieth Century Poetry (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Significant trends in twentieth century poetry will be explored through the study of primarily British and/or American poets.

ENL 3850. The Short Story (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. This course considers the modern short story and short narrative fiction from Poe to the present, including numerous texts and authors from non-Anglo-American literatures and cultures.
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

ENL 3860. Modern Fiction (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. A study of major works in fiction, mostly in British and American literature of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

ENL 3870. Ethnicity and Literature (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. This course will probe the impact of ethnic difference on literature by studying representative texts from a variety of ethnic groups.

ENL 3880. Gender Studies. (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. An introduction to the ways in which femininity and/or masculinity have been represented in literature and constructed in culture. Individual offerings of this course may focus on specific eras and nationalities and/or on particular issues in the study of gender and sexuality.

ENL 3890. African-American Literature (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Reviews the contribution made by African-American authors, canvassing the traditions from slave narratives to contemporary works.

ENL 3900. Introduction to Literary Criticism (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Explores various critical approaches to literature, past and present.

ENL 3910. Early American Literature (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Studies of authors and/or major literary and cultural trends from the first explorations of America through the revolution and early national period.

ENL 3920. American Renaissance (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. A study of the major American writers of the mid-nineteenth century, including Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, and Whitman.

ENL 3930. American Realism (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. This course examines the development of Realism (and Naturalism) in American fiction, focusing on major writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

ENL 3940. American Southern Literature (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010.Deals with fiction, and perhaps some poetry of the modern South. Authors may include Faulkner, Porter, O'Connor, Welty, Percy, Price, Tyler, Taylor, and Mason, among others.

ENL 3960. Religion and Literature (3). This course will examine the relationship of religion to literature in a variety of historical and cultural settings by studying representative texts of a particular author, time period, theme, or genre.

Advanced Studies in Literature (3-9). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Studies of authors and works or major trends, genres, and patterns not covered in regular course listings.

ENL 4350. British
Gen. Ed. Designation: GS (G – Global Studies).

ENL 4360. American

ENL 4370. World

ENL 4380. Genre

ENL 4620. Special Studies in Shakespeare (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. This advanced Shakespeare course offers a more specific topic in Shakespeare, such as Shakespeare and Film, Shakespeare Historical Plays and Their Sources, Shakespeare's Problem Plays. A research paper is required. 

Writing Courses (ENW)
(Beginning in summer 2004 the ENGW prefix will be ENW)

ENW 1950-4950. Studies Abroad (3-12). Prerequisite: ENG 1010.Study through the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA), beginning through advanced level. Individual titles will be assigned to each course taken, indicating place of study and subject matter. Courses may count toward major, minor, core, and/or elective credit. Students must consult with the CCSA representative prior to enrollment to determine credit within the program of study.

ENW 1990-4990. Special Studies (1-3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010; ENG/ENW 1990 does not fulfill general education humanities requirement. (Note: Final sentence only applies to ENG/ENW 1990).

ENW 2000. Theories of Writing (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010.   Designed as an introduction to the study of writing, this course invites students to examine in depth and from a wide variety of perspectives how, when, where, and why people read and write. The course also seeks to develop students' reading and writing habits and skills. Required of all students following the "Writing Emphasis" in the English major; to be taken the sophomore year, before enrolling in 3000-level ENW courses. Does not fulfill general education Humanities requirement.  May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 2410. Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Introduces students to the theory and practice of fiction writing. Students may read exemplary fiction in the course; they will craft their own works of fiction, taking their stories through multiple drafts. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 2420. Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Introduces students to the theory and practice of poetry writing. Students may read exemplary poetry in the course; they will craft their own poetry, taking their poems through multiple drafts. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 2510. The Art of the Essay (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010.This course engages students in the deceptively simple question, "What is an essay?" Finding the answer requires a semester long survey to see how writers both past and present have handled this varied and flexible art form. This is a reading-and-writing-intensive course designed to prepare students for future academic work and for an intellectually engaged life beyond college. Required of all students following the "writing Emphasis" in the English major.

ENW 3050. Writing and Learning: The Peer Tutor Seminar (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. This course focuses on theories and practices involved in the writing and editing process, including invention, writing strategies, issues of editing and grammar, and revision, and the student's own composing process. Each person enrolled in this course will be required to tutor ten hours for the semester and observe other writing classes and tutorials.Does not fulfill general education humanities requirement. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 3410. Creative Writing: Fiction (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010 and three hours of literature beyond English 1020 or permission of instructor. Devoted to studying the theory and practice of fiction and to writing and revising several drafts of stories, one of which is to be submitted for publication. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 3420. Creative Writing: Poetry (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010 and three hours of literature beyond English 1020 or permission of instructor. Devoted to the theory and practice of poetry and to writing and revising several drafts of poems. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 3500. History of the Language and Linguistics (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Traces the development of English from Anglo-Saxon to modern English in the context of history, linguistic theory, and the Indo-European family of languages. Cross listed as ENL 3500. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 3510. Creative Nonfiction (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. As readers and writers, students will be introduced to the still-evolving genre of creative nonfiction, including such subgenres as the memoir, literary journalism, and cultural critique, among others. This course aims to be both theoretical and practical in that students will alternate between learning about the genre, reading in the genre, and writing extensively in the genre.

ENW 3520. Writing and the Creative Process (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Each offering of this course will focus on the creative process as it has been addressed by well-known authors an/or their biographers. Seminar topics may include, for example, Writers on Writing, in which students will read both literary works and reflections on writing by the same group of authors, or Writers on Film, in which students will analyze depictions of authors in the movies. Courses may be repeated given a different topic. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 3530. Writing About Place (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Each offering of this course will concern writing that is centered on particular locations. Students will both read and write about appropriate places of interest to them. Seminar topics may include, for example, Writing (About) Nashville, Writers in the Community, and Travel Writing. Course may be repeated given a different topic. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 3550. Exploratory Writing (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. This course introduces the art of writing and rewriting exploratory prose. Possible topics include Nature Writing; Writing and Spirituality; Journal Writing. Courses may be repeated given a different course topic. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 3560. Reading and Writing in the Genres (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Each offering of this course will focus on the writing of literature in a specific genre. Students will both read and write in the genre under consideration. Seminar topics may include, for example, Reading and Writing Memoir, Reading and Writing Ethnography, Reading and Writing Children's Literature, Reading and Writing Biography, Reading and Writing 'Zines, or Reading and Writing for the World Wide Web. Course may be repeated given a different topic. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 3570. Professional Writing (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. An introduction to the art of writing in business and technology. Course topics include Technology and Writing, and Technical and Professional Writing. Course may be repeated, given a different course topic. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 3580. Writing in the Community (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. An upper-level service-learning course. Students in this class will write for (and with) local organizations in ways that serve both the needs of the organization and the students. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which context and audience shape writing and the writing process. The particular nature of the writing projects will depend on what the students and the organizations determine to be essential goals. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.
Gen. Ed. Designation: EL (S – Service Learning).

ENW 3590. Writing and Spirituality (3). Foundational course for those interested in writing about issues of faith. It provides an opportunity to explore the basic aspects of spirituality and their relationship to one's growth as a writer. The course includes an awareness of several traditions and belief systems, focusing upon personal disciplines (e.g. spiritual reading, journal keeping, and the role of silence) as a means of being attentive to God. Students will also read a variety of texts related to spirituality and writing. May not be used in substitution for ENG 3010 Third Year Writing.

ENW 3660. History of Rhetoric (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Students in this course will seek to develop an awareness of how and why public discourse and rhetorics have changed over time and influenced a wide variety of social movements. This class will survey classical to contemporary rhetorics in the effort to engage with central, timeless questions about ways in which language intersects with power and culture.

ENW 3670. Perspectives of Literacy (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Over time, literacy has been seen from a variety of perspectives: as salvation, as obligation, and - as a civil right. This course will consider individual acts of reading and writing and the connections of those acts to larger social, historical, political, economic, and material systems.

ENW 3680. Book Editing in Context (3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Students in this course will examine the cultural history of book editing and will consider a range of editing techniques, including developmental editing, content editing, and copy editing. Assignments will demonstrate how these techniques are used in contexts from commercial to scholarly publishing.

ENW 3960. Internship (1-3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010 and junior standing. A formal intern education assignment with a publisher or other organization involved with the production of writing. Students who work on the staff of the Belmont Literacy Journal or another Belmont publication are eligible to register to count their service as an ENW 3960 internship. The internship can be undertaken only with the prior approval of a faculty member in English and supervisor of the sponsoring publication/ organization, who will also oversee the production of a written reflective component assessing the value of the experiential learning experience. Does not fulfill general education humanities requirement.

ENW 3970. Journal Workshop (1-3). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. Students who work on the staff of the Belmont Literary Journal may receive 1 to 3 hours per semester. The criteria for credit is established by the adviser. No student may earn more than 6 hours credit. Does not count for core literature credit. Does not fulfill general education humanities requirement.

ENW 4010. Writing Seminar: The Portfolio (1). Prerequisite: ENG 1010. This course serves as the capstone for students completing the Writing Minor. Students will compile a professional portfolio of their best writing for public exhibition.