Works representing the principal literary genres.
ENG 106 is an introduction to poetry, one of the major genres in literary studies. Through careful analysis of some of the most exciting poems by major writers and performers, students will be challenged to explain not only what a given poem might mean to its readers and listeners, but also how a poem communicates meaning differently than a work of fiction, drama, or some other mode of literary expression.
ENG 106 satisfies the university’s Core Education Arts and Letters area of inquiry, a lower-division course in the English minor, and a lower-division elective in the English major.
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.