ENG 428/528 is a course in learning to read and understand Old English, the earliest written form of the English language, and one of the languages spoken in England between the 5th and 11th centuries. We will concentrate on language basics, creating a firm foundation for reading Old English literature in later courses, and enabling you to communicate simple ideas in Old English (“Ic eom freond! No ic ne eom viking!”). The focus of this term will therefore be grammar and vocabulary, and we will read short, simple texts. This course will also increase your understanding of grammatical concepts helpful for any language, enrich your historical understanding of modern English, and introduce you to the history and culture of Early Medieval England. OEI can be taken alone to fulfill the pre-1500 requirement. One year of Old English (428-429-430) fulfills the undergraduate language requirement.
Literature, Pre-1500 courses focus on writings produced from the Anglo-Saxon to late medieval periods to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history. Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them. The study of early periods in particular sensitizes readers to historical transformations of the language itself.
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.