LIT 205 — Studies in Literature. 3 hours.
An introduction to literature, including the imaginative genres of poetry, fiction, and drama. Selections include works from around the world, including those from non-western and third-world cultures, writers of both genders, and writers of various philosophical stances. Focuses on the interplay of individual talent, artistic tradition, and historical context. Prerequisite: "C-" or above in ENGL 108/109.
LIT 220 — Survey of British Literature. 3 hours.
LIT 230 — Literature of the Western World. 3 hours.
A comparative and historical survey of representative writers of Western Civilization. Attention is given to the emergence and development of major themes and literary forms. Prerequisite: "C-" or above in ENGL 108/109.
LIT 255 — Survey of American Literature. 3 hours.
A survey of American literature from the colonial times to the present. Attention given to various genres, including works by female authors and authors of color. Prerequisite: "C-" or above in ENGL 108/109.
LIT 308 — Literature of Non-Western and Third World Cultures. 3 hours.
A survey through literature of social, religious, political, and cultural development in non-Western and third-world nations such as literature from Africa, India, Central America, and South America. Prerequisite: LIT 205, 220, or 255.
LIT 315 — Multiethnic Literature. 3 hours.
A study of the works of minority American writers with attention to cultural, historical, social, and political contexts. Works by African-, Hispanic-, Asian-, and Native-American writers will be read. Prerequisite: LIT 205, 220, or 255.
LIT 318 — Shakespeare. 3 hours.
A study of the drama and theatre of England's greatest dramatist in historical, cultural, and critical contexts. Works from all periods and all the dramatic genres are studied. Prerequisite: LIT 205, 220, 230, 255, 308, or 315.
LIT 325 — Philosophical Foundations and Literary Theory. 3 hours.
A study of the major works, movements, and practitioners of literary criticism, from Plato to Post-Structuralism. Attention is given not only to the fundamental philosophies informing criticism, but also to the practical application of critical methods. Prerequisite: LIT 205, 220, 230, 255, 308, or 315.
LIT 364 — Dramatic Literature/History. 3 hours.
Same as COMM 364.
LIT 400 — The Novel. 3 hours.
Readings primarily in the British and American novel, tracing its development from the 18th century through the 20th century. Contemporary, continental, and non-Western novels may also be represented. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: LIT 325 or consent of instructor.
LIT 414 — Special Topics in Literature. 3 hours.
A study of a selected genre or literary topic not ordinarily covered in other courses. Content will vary from semester to semester, and may include such topics as women writers, the Bible as literature, and Gothic literature. May be repeated for credit. Topic must be different. Offered in alternate fall semesters. Prerequisite: LIT 325 or consent of instructor.
LIT 450 — Seminar in World, British, and American Literatures. 2 hours.
An in-depth study of literary periods, major authors, and major works in preparation for graduate school and nationally standardized tests such as the GRE Special Area Test in Literature and the ETS Major Field Test in Literature. Offered in alternate spring semesters. Prerequisite: LIT 325 or consent of instructor.