Houston Baptist University Catalog

English (ENGL) Course Descriptions

See Profesional Writing (WRIT) for writing courses.


ENGL 1303 Basic Grammar and Composition
A prerequisite course for enrollment in ENGL 1313 for students scoring below 18 on the English section of the ACT or below 480 on the SAT. Students with no available test scores will also be enrolled in ENGL 1303. ENGL 1303 is an introduction to the principles of composition accomplished through the study of grammar, standard English usage, and rhetorical techniques and strategies. This course emphasizes basic grammar and composition and focuses on sentence structure and on organizing and developing the short essay. Students must also register for one writing lab, ENGL 1003 which meets for two hours weekly. ENGL 1303 does not meet the Smith College requirements for either the BA or the BS degree but does carry elective credit.

ENGL 1320 Writing for Wisdom I
Prerequisite: SAT Essay Subscore 08 or SAT Writing 500 or ACT English 22 or ENGL 1303 with a minimum grade of C
This course teaches the fundamentals of college reading, thinking, and writing from a classical, Christian perspective. Writing for Wisdom grounds students in a deep understanding of and appreciation for proper standards of written English including mechanical skills and forms while using writing as a vehicle for intellectual, emotional, ethical, and spiritual wrestling. It moves past the kinds of fashionable current event topics normally assigned in freshmen Composition classes. Rather, students engage wider issues and questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose? How do I know I am of value? Finally, through a close study of a series of classical works from our Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian heritage, students will explore their status as citizens of a deliberative democracy and seek to define, and manifest in their lives, the nature of the Good, the True, and the Beautiful.

ENGL 1330 Writing for Wisdom II
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320
This course continues the study of composition and rhetoric introduced in English 1320: Writing for Wisdom I. Students will gain an understanding of why reading literatue is deeply important for Christians, learn the conventions of such literary genres as poems, stories, novels, and plays, study methods of literary analysis, interpret literature from a Biblical perspective through the exploration of Biblical archetypes, typology, language constructions, and metaphor in classic works of English literature, and learn to write well-constructed and well-written arguments about literature and life in standard English including the use of research in MLA format and the writing of a fully developed research paper.

ENGL 2302 CHRI INTELLECTUAL TRAD II
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Humanities.

ENGL 2310 Walking to Piraeus: Conversations with Great Minds of the Ancient World
Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the Classical Age. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world. (Also offered as HNRS 2310.)

ENGL 2315 Great Works of Literature I
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, 1330
A reading course in the literary heritage of western civilization. This course includes readings from the Greeks, the Romans, and the Middle Ages.

ENGL 2320 Faith, Reason and Romance: The Struggle for the Medieval Mind
Prerequisite: Admission to Honors College
This course will explore the human intellectual tradition during the Medieval period. Students will examine themes that underscore human experience during a particular historical period from various academic perspectives. The themes may be chosen from leadership, war, race, ethics, globalization and community. Students will gain a critical understanding of the literary, philosophical, historical, and socio-cultural traditions that shape our world.(Also offered as HNRS 2320.)

ENGL 2325, Great Works of Literature II
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, 1330
A reading course in the literary heritage of western civilization. This course includes readings from the 18th century to the present.

ENGL 2353 Continental Literature
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313,1323, or their equivalents.
This course acquaints students with the significant literature written in continental Europe. All material read is in English translation. No works written in the Americas or in England are included.

ENGL 2363 Masterworks: Poetry
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
This course shows students how to read poetry and allows them to increase their abilities to read, understand and enjoy many types of poetry from many periods.

ENGL 2364 Masterworks: Fiction
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
This course acquaints students with significant masterpieces of short fiction from all over the world, although the majority selected stem from the Western tradition. Students become active and responsive readers and develop insights into the imaginative and intellectual dimensions of shorter fiction.

ENGL 2365 Masterworks: Drama
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
This course acquaints students with some of the most popular plays, ranging over the entire spectrum of Western literary history. Students learn to identify the aims and techniques of the theater and develop an appreciation of those qualities that produce vital and exiting stage productions.

ENGL 2367 Masterworks: English Literature
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
This course acquaints students with selected major works of English literature from various periods.

ENGL 2368 Masterworks: American Literature
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
This course acquaints students with selected major works of American literature.

ENGL 3313 English Literature I
Prerequisites: ENGL 1313 and 1323.
A survey of the historical development of English literature from its beginning through the eighteenth century: historical background and major authors of each period. The course will provide requisite information for advanced study in major periods of English literature. For English majors or by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 3321 Special Topics
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
Topics are determined by faculty and interested students with the approval of the Department Chair. Ethnic literature, science fiction, and Christ archetypes in literature are examples of possible areas of interest.

ENGL 3323 English Literature II
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
A survey of the historical development of English literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: historical background and major authors of each period. The course will provide requisite information for advanced study in major periods of English literature. For English majors or by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 3331 American Literature I
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
This course examines the beginnings of America¿s literary self-definition in the Colonial Period and covers the rise of American Romanticism and its culmination in writers such as Emerson, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, and Dickinson. For English majors or by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 3332 American Literature II
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
This course examines American literary trends after the Civil War, including Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism. Writers under consideration include Twain, S. Crane, Frost, Stevens, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner. For English majors or by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 3334 Literature and Culture of the Southwest
Prerequisites: 1320 and 1330.
The course addresses the way the American West has shaped American culture and popular culture. It examines the Frontier Myth, Manifest Destiny, Regeneration through Violence, America¿s cowboy archetype, the ¿savage¿ archetype, and the American dream. Students read literature written by authors from a variety of cultures, including Anglo, Mexican-American, and Native American. Students view television shows and films to examine how popular culture has created and enforced stereotypes. The course is designed for non-majors seeking upper level elective credit or to fulfill Smith College requirements.

ENGL 3342, Women¿s Literature
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
This course will acquaint students with literature by and about women from the medieval period to the present. Through a study of various literary genres, students will learn that the issues that concern women transcend time, place, race, religion, and ethnicity. This course is designed for non-English majors seeking upper level elective credit or to fulfill Smith College requirements and for persons seeking certification in Language Arts Grades 6-8 and Grades 8-12.

ENGL 3346 Austen and the Brontes
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
This course covers selected novels of Jane Austen and Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte, influential 19th century writers who wrote of affairs of the heart with insight and passion. Students will study the authors¿ social and intellectual milieu and discuss their works and compare them to some of the film adaptations of these popular works.

ENGL 3363 Film Studies
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330 or their equivalents.
An introduction to the art of film. Students are provided with a methodology and a vocabulary for understanding film and are encouraged to consider how different directors guide and shape our perceptions of reality, how different genres generate their own unique vision of the world and of humanity, how the multi-media aspects of film affect us as viewers, how film provides us with a record of cultural values and cultural change, and how screen writers, actors, directors, and cinematographers translate literary genres into visual terms. This course may not be used as a Humanities selection in the Smith College requirements. It may be used for elective credit.

ENGL 3370 Hispanic Literature
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
The study of major periods and masterworks of Hispanic literature, read and discussed in English. Introduces literary/cultural figures of medieval and early modern Spain (El Cid, Don Quixote, Don Juan); and includes major 20th-century writers, as well as literary movements that were propagated from Latin America to the rest of the literary world (e.g., magical realism). This course may not be used to fulfill requirements for the Spanish major. (Offered also as SPAN 3370.)

ENGL 3371, Chronicles of Narnia
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330
Students complete a close reading of the seven novels that make up the Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. Students assess how and to what extent the Chronicles successfully foster spiritual maturity, strength of character, and moral virtue. Special focus will be placed on the Christian allegories that underlie each of the novels.

ENGL 3372 Multicultural Literature
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
Students study ethnic literatures, including works by authors from the following cultural voices: North American Indian, African American, Mexican American, Asian American, and Americans of Middle Eastern descent.

ENGL 3373 Shakespeare
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330.
A study of selected tragedies, history plays, and comedies, with emphasis on the major tragedies. Some consideration will be given to the cultural and philosophical characteristics of the Elizabethan Age as they are reflected in the drama of Shakespeare. For English majors or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 3377, Lord of the Rings
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320, 1330
Students complete readings from Beowulf and selected Arthurian romances and a close reading of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The course also includes an overview of The Silmarillion and a discussion of how Tolkien was influenced by Norse mythology, Beowulf, Arthurian Romances, his Catholic faith, and his friendship with C. S. Lewis.

ENGL 3378, The Legacy of Greece
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320, 1330
This course takes students on an exciting journey through the great literary works of Ancient Greece: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey; Aeschylus' Oresteia (Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides), Sophocles' Oedipus, Antigone, Women of Trachis, and Philoctetes; Euripides' Medea, Hippolytus and Bacchae. The course examines the nature of the epic and tragic hero and those universal questions we all must answer for ourselves: Who am I?, What is my purpose?, How do I know I am of value? The course will also offer an overview of ancient Greek history and consider Greece's legacy for Western civilization.

ENGL 3379, The Legacy of Rome
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320, 1330
This course takes students on an exciting journey through the great literary works of Ancient Rome and Medieval Italy: Virgil's Aeneid; Ovid's Metamorphoses, Dante's Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso. The course examines the nature of the classical and medieval epic heho and those universal questions we all must answer for ourselves: Who am I?, What is my purpose?, How do I know I am of value? The course will also offer an overview of ancient Roman history, consider Rome's legacy for Western civilization, and discuss how Dante, while imitating pagan writers, was able to fashion a Christian epic..

ENGL 3381 SPECIAL TOPICS
For course description and prerequisite(s) for this course, please contact the Dean of the School of Humanities.

ENGL 3384 Religion in American Literature and Film
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320 and 1330
Students read novels, including Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood, Davis Grubb's Night of the Hunter (screenplay by James Agee), Sinclair Lewis's Elmer Gantry, and Marilyn Robinson's Gilead. Students also view films based on these and other novels that portray religion in 20th century American society, and learn to analyze both genres for plot, characterization, metaphors, themes and other literary elements.

ENGL 3385, The Writings of C.S. LewisPrerequisite(s): None
C.S. Lewis, the greatest Christian apologist of the 20th century, has challenged three generations of readers to think logically and imaginatively about their faith, their moral behavior, and their view of man, God, and the universe. This class will study closely Lewis’ seven major apologetical works (Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, Miracles, Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Abolition of Man, and A Grief Observed) and seek to determine why these works have had such a phenomenal and growing impact both on Christians of all denominations and on those of other (or no) religious backgrounds.

ENGL 3386, The InklingsPrerequisite(s): None
Although the late 19th century was a golden age for children’s literature, after WWI a more cynical, “realistic” Europe relegated fairy tales to the nursery. A group known as the Inklings—which centered on C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams—played a major role in revising the reputation of fantastical literature. This class will study Lewis’s Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength) and Till We Have Faces, Tolkien’s shorter fairy tales and essay “On Fairy Stories”, and one of the spiritual warfare novels of Charles Williams (Descent into Hell). The class will also consider how the Inklings were influenced by the faerie stories of George MacDonald (Phantastes, Lillith), and the imaginative apologetics of G.K. Chesterton (Orthodoxy, The Everlasting Man).

ENGL 4304, Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language
Prerequisites: EDUC 4301 and 4312 or permission of the instructor.
Theories, pedagogical considerations and current methodoogy in the teaching of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills for second languages and target cultures. Emphasis on developing interpersonal communication skills of beginning and intermediate ESL students. (Offered as EDBI 4304, FREN 4304, and SPAN 4304.)

ENGL 4311 Literary Criticism
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320, 1330 or HNRS 2310, 2340
A survey of literary theory from Plato to Postmodernism. The course provides an understanding of the different theoretical structures, schools, and methodologies that have influenced our understanding and appreciation of literature. It explores the presuppositions upon which each theoretical system is founded and the special terminology associated with each system. Students planning to pursue a graduate degree are strongly encouraged to take this course.

ENGL 4313 Periods of English Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, ENGL 1330
Intensive study of the major works of one of the following periods: (a) The Middle Ages, (b) The Renaissance, (c) The Seventeenth Century, (d) The Eighteenth Century, (e) The Romantic Age, (f) The Victorian Age, or (g) The Twentieth Century.

ENGL 4314 Periods of English Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, 1330
Intensive study of the major works of one of the following periods: (a) The Middle Ages, (b) The Renaissance, (c) The Seventeenth Century, (d) The Eighteenth Century, (e) The Romantic Age, (f) The Victorian Age, or (g) The Twentieth Century.

ENGL 4315 Periods of English Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, 1330.
Intensive study of the major works of one of the following periods: (a) The Middle Ages, (b) The Renaissance, (c) The Seventeenth Century, (d) The Eighteenth Century, (e) The Romantic Age, (f) The Victorian Age, or (g) The Twentieth Century.

ENGL 4316 Periods of English Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, 1330
Intensive study of the major works of one of the following periods: (a) The Middle Ages, (b) The Renaissance, (c) The Seventeenth Century, (d) The Eighteenth Century, (e) The Romantic Age, (f) The Victorian Age, or (g) The Twentieth Century.

ENGL 4317 Periods of English Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL1320, 1330
Intensive study of the major works of one of the following periods: (a) The Middle Ages, (b) The Renaissance, (c) The Seventeenth Century, (d) The Eighteenth Century, (e) The Romantic Age, (f) The Victorian Age, or (g) The Twentieth Century.

ENGL 4318 Periods of English Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, 1330
Intensive study of the major works of one of the following periods: (a) The Middle Ages, (b) The Renaissance, (c) The Seventeenth Century, (d) The Eighteenth Century, (e) The Romantic Age, (f) The Victorian Age, or (g) The Twentieth Century.

ENGL 4319 Periods of English Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, 1330
Intensive study of the major works of one of the following periods: (a) The Middle Ages, (b) The Renaissance, (c) The Seventeenth Century, (d) The Eighteenth Century, (e) The Romantic Age, (f) The Victorian Age, or (g) The Twentieth Century.

ENGL 4323 Periods of American Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, 1330
Intensive study of the major works of one of the following periods: (a) Age of Romanticism, (b) Age of Realism and Naturalism, or (c) The Twentieth Century.

ENGL 4324 Periods of American Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, 1330
Intensive study of the major works of one of the following periods: (a) Age of Romanticism, (b) Age of Realism and Naturalism, or (c) The Twentieth Century.

ENGL 4325 Periods of American Literature
Prerequisite: ENGL 1320, 1330
Intensive study of the major works of one of the following periods: (a) Age of Romanticism, (b) Age of Realism and Naturalism, or (c) The Twentieth Century.

ENGL 4381, Special Topics/Independent Study
Prerequisites: ENGL 1320, 1330