Works representing the principal literary genres.
ENG 105 is an introduction to drama—literature written for performance or with the conventions of performance in mind. In this course you will read, discuss, and analyze a diverse selection of influential plays by English and American writers, in addition to works in translation. The texts we study together will range from classical Greek tragedies to comedies of manners, one-act plays, and contemporary musicals. You will learn to recognize the basic formal elements of drama as well as its relationship to historical, social, and political contexts. In this class we will emphasize the interpretation of dramatic works as written on the page; at the same time, we will discuss them as acting texts that have enjoyed long lives on stage and screen, considering dimensions of performance, theatricality, and spectacle that are central to dramatic literature. Students in this class should be prepared to read aloud frequently and to hone their critical reading and analytical writing skills.
Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience. Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.