The Foundations of the English Major is a three-course series (ENG 303, ENG 304, ENG 305) that introduces students to the discipline of English as it is practiced at the University of Oregon. The sequence provides English majors with a common intellectual experience and a foundation for future coursework in literary, media, and cultural studies and folklore.
ENG 303 is the first part of the year-long Foundations of the English Major series. ENG 303 focuses on the close reading of particular texts. We will study literary and visual texts with a focus on the following questions: how do the verbal, formal, and aesthetic elements of texts generate their meanings? How do readers draw on those components to understand and argue for interpretations of these texts? How do our conceptions of form change over time and across media? The course will pursue these questions and their answers by reading closely a few texts chosen from the early modern and modernist periods and alternative comics.
Pre- or Co-requisite: ENG 205
Foundations of the English Major courses are for students beginning the major and for those seriously considering it, the ENG 301-2-3 sequence provides a common intellectual experience for majors and a foundation for future studies in English, American, and Anglophone literatures, media, and folklore. A full year of study in the Foundations sequence is intended to give English majors a solid background in the theory, key debates, and critical reading practices of the discipline as well as a sense of the history of the different kinds of texts we study, from the Medieval period to the present.