OEII reviews and builds on the grammatical foundations learned in OEI and adds to students’ knowledge of early English literature and culture through reading a varied selection of shorter poems and prose in Old English and performing a reenactment of the Battle of Maldon. In addition, OEII continues to strengthen students’ knowledge of the grammatical properties of language while training them to organize complex information in effective ways. Because Old English is a dead language, the course will also familiarize students with some of the basic language tools for studying and reconstructing Old English. The final goal of this course is to prepare students to translate Beowulf in the Spring term in ENG 430/530.
Upper-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.
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.