English Courses at Ashford University

An exploration of English goes beyond the written word. These courses, many of which comprise Ashford University’s Bachelor of Arts in English program, will enhance your historical perspective and get your creative juices flowing. Classes include an exploration of 19th century literature, English composition, the evolution of language, and literary theory.


English Class Descriptions and Credit Information

ENG 121 English Composition I

3 Credits

This course is designed to enable students to develop competence in analyzing, organizing, and developing ideas; to locate and use library resources for supporting ideas; and to adapt one’s writing to various audiences. Instruction and practice in writing and critical reading is a focus in this course.

ENG 122 English Composition II

3 Credits

This course provides instruction and practice in writing effective expository and persuasive essays. The techniques for doing research and writing research papers are explored. Attention is given to the development of library research skills. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG 121 or equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better. Prerequisite: Successful completion of ENG 121 or equivalent with a grade of “C-” or better.

ENG 125 Introduction to Literature

3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the basic elements of fiction, poetry, and drama. Emphasis is on reading literature to perceive the techniques used in each genre, to understand the basic theoretical approaches to literature, to acquire the vocabulary associated with literary criticism, and to analyze and evaluate literature.

ENG 201 American Literature to 1865

3 Credits

This course will examine American literature from early colonization through 1865, including texts from the colonial, revolutionary, and antebellum periods. The focus will be upon literary analysis and literary movements contextualized by American history and culture.

ENG 202 American Literature After 1865

3 Credits

This course will examine American literature focusing on a selection of works published between 1865 and the present. We will explore the impact of social and cultural transformations on our national literature working through literary movements and paying close attention to the development of ideas about gender, race, region and nation as expressed in fiction, poetry, and drama.

ENG 225 Introduction to Film

3 Credits

This course is designed to help students understand and appreciate movies and film more completely. The course examines the ways in which movies and films are shot, tell stories, develop characters, and depict physical reality. Classes consist of critique and analysis of movies and films.

ENG 303 Survey of Shakespeare

3 Credits

An in-depth study of eight of Shakespeare’s greatest works including significant films of productions. Prerequisites: ENG 122 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. Prerequisites: ENG 122 and junior standing or permission of the instructor.

ENG 315 Business & Professional Writing

3 Credits

Instruction in the planning, organization, construction, style, and tone of several forms of business and professional correspondence: letters, interoffice communication, resumes, and formal reports. A review of grammar, punctuation, and usage is incorporated into the course. Prerequisites: ENG 122 and junior standing or permission of the instructor.

ENG 317 International Voices

3 Credits

An introduction to recent international writing in its cultural context. Students read fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interview, and are introduced to music, art, film, and cuisine of cultures beyond U.S. borders. Prerequisites: Fulfillment of English Proficiency requirement.

ENG 318 Creative Writing

3 Credits

This course provides writing experiences in fiction, nonfiction and poetry for students who have a strong interest in creative expression and have some experience in writing in one of these genres. Various aspects of the imaginative process are explored with separate application made to the genres of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students write in each genre, participate in workshops with instructors, join with instructors and writing practitioners in critiquing colleagues’ work, and make presentations of their own work.

ENG 321 Introductory Linguistics

3 Credits

This course provides students with an introduction to the principles and methods of linguistic theory. Basic concepts included are phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The developmental stages of language acquisition and the variations of dialect and style observed in spoken and written English are also examined. Students practice applying linguistic theory to explain language-related phenomena encountered in everyday life.

ENG 325 Intermediate Composition

3 Credits

Intermediate Composition is designed for students who have some experience with college-level writing but want to develop their ability to write. The goal of this course is to help students learn techniques for writing effective narrative, reflective, analytical, and research essays. These techniques include the effective use of specific details to engage and persuade readers, methods of organization that enable readers to follow a line of thinking, and strategies for editing sentences for clarity and conciseness. Prerequisites: ENG 121 and ENG 122 or equivalents.

ENG 328 Scientific & Technical Writing

3 Credits

Students will develop the skills necessary for writing about scientific, environmental, medical, and technological topics. Emphasis is placed on making complex and technical information understandable to a variety of audiences. Prerequisites: ENG 122 and fulfillment of the General Education Science requirement. Prerequisites: ENG 122 and fulfillment of the General Education Science requirement.

ENG 345 British Literature I

3 Credits

This course examines writing by representative British authors in various genres from the Anglo-Saxon period through the mid-eighteenth century.

ENG 346 British Literature II

3 Credits

This course provides a survey of writing by representative British authors in various genres from the Romantic Period to the present.

ENG 438 Literary Theory

3 Credits

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and tools to develop an understanding of the nature of literature, what functions it has, and what the relation of the text is to the author, the reader, language, society, and history.

ENG 497 English Capstone

3 Credits

Students will demonstrate mastery of the concepts and methodology in the major by producing a final project that includes extensive research into the selected topic. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course. Prerequisite: Successful completion of the General Education Capstone course.