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Courses

English courses enable students to focus deeply on the diversity of stories people tell and to develop their own stories.

The Department of English offers over 200 courses each year about the stories people tell—past and present—with a focus on literature, language, rhetoric, film, media, and creative and analytical writing. Our courses for English majors contain 15-25 students, allowing for discussion-centered, hands-on experiences.

Course Catalogue

See the Undergraduate Catalog for a full list of our course offerings and Testudo for our current courses. Also see the Office of Extended Studies website for information about our summer and winter courses. Below are specialized descriptions for current and upcoming courses.

Major Requirements

If you are an English major,  consult our English Boilerplate to see which major requirements a given course meets.

If you are an English-Education major, consult our English-Education Boilerplate to see which major requirements a given course meets.

Fall 2020 Undergraduate Courses

Course Title Section Instructor
CMLT235 Black Diaspora Literature and Culture
0101 Nancy Vera
CMLT270 Global Literature and Social Change Multiple
Multiple
CMLT275
World Literature by Women
Multiple Multiple
CMLT277 Literatures of the Americas 0101 Nancy Vera
CMLT280 Film Art in a Global Society
Multiple Multiple
CMLT398L
Special Topics in Comparative Studies; Sexuality in the Cinema
0101 Eugene Robinson
CMLT398M    
Special Topics in Comparative Studies; Digital Publishing with Minimal Computing: Humanities at a Global Scale
0101 Raffaele Viglianti
CMLT679E Topics in Comparative Studies; Ruins: Literatures and Theories of Decay
0101 Kari Kraus
CMLT679T Topics in Comparative Studies; Seminar in Poetry Translation
0101 Michael Collier
ENGL101 Academic Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL120 Acting Human: Shakespeare and the Drama of Identity Multiple Gerard Passannante
ENGL130 Race and the Cultural Politics of Blood: A Historical Perspective
Multiple Kimberly Coles
ENGL140 American Fictions: U.S. Literature, History, Politics, and Constitutional Law
Multiple Benjamin Baker
ENGL143 Visualizing Knowledge: From Data to Images
Multiple
Oliver Gaycken
ENGL201 Inventing Western Literature: Ancient and Medieval Traditions
0101 Danielle Griffin
ENGL222 American Literature: 1865 to Present
0301 Kerishma Panigrahi
ENGL233    
Introduction to Asian American Literature
0101 Instructor: TBA
ENGL234 African-American Literature and Culture
0201 Elizabeth Catchmark
ENGL235 U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture
0101 Kristofer Jon Reed
ENGL243 What is Poetry?
0201 Hannah Beilenson
ENGL245 Film Form and Culture
Multiple
Multiple
ENGL250 Reading Women Writing
0101 Fatima Taha
ENGL255 Literature of Science and Technology
0101 Melanie Rio
ENGL256 Fantasy Literature
Multiple Konstantinos Pozoukidis
ENGL257
Children's Literature
0101 Valentina Rosales
ENGL262 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
0101 Matthew Suriano
ENGL265 LGBTQ+ Literatures and Media
Multiple Multiple
ENGL271 Writing Poems and Stories: An Introductory Workshop
Multiple Multiple
ENGL272 Writing Fiction: A Beginning Workshop
Multiple
Multiple
ENGL273 Writing Poetry: A Beginning Workshop Multiple Multiple
ENGL275 Scriptwriting for Theater, Film, and Television
Multiple Multiple
ENGL280 The English Language
0201
Linda Coleman
ENGL282 How Rhetoric Works: Persuasive Power and Strategies
0101 Roberto S. Leon

ENGL289C    
Introduction to Humanities, Health, and Medicine
0101 Marybeth Shea
ENGL290 Introduction to Digital Studies
0101 Andy Yeh
ENGL291 Writing, Revising, Persuading
0101 Joseph Good

ENGL293 Writing in the Wireless World
Multiple Miltiple
ENGL296 Reading and Writing Disability
0101 Konstantinos Pozoukidis
ENGL297 Introduction to Professional Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL301 This is English: Fields and Methods
Multiple Multiple
ENGL310 Medieval and Renaissance British Literature
0101 Thomas Moser
ENGL312 Romantic to Modern British Literature
0101 Brian Richardson
ENGL313 American Literature
0201 Robert Levine
ENGL317 African American Literature
0101 Julius Fleming, Jr.
ENGL329C Special Topics in Film Studies; Sexuality in the Cinema
0101 Eugene Robinson

ENGL329L Special Topics in Film Studies; The Disney Studio and the Animation Industry
0101 Paul Cote
ENGL329P Special Topics in Film Studies; Films of Martin Scorsese
0101 Marianne Conroy

ENGL346 Twentieth Century Fiction
0101 Brian Richardson
ENGL352 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Multiple Multiple
ENGL353 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
0101 Lindsay Bernal
ENGL360 African, Indian and Caribbean Writers
0201 Sangeeta Ray
ENGL368B Special Topics in African American, African, and African Diaspora Literatures; Blues and African American Folksong
0201 Barry Pearson
ENGL368D Special Topics in African American, African, and African Diaspora Literatures; African American Folklore and Literature
0201 Barry Pearson
ENGL368J    
Special Topics in African American, African, and African Diaspora Literatures; Contemporary Black Literature
0201 Sangeeta Ray
ENGL371 Senior Honors Project 0101 Jason Rudy
ENGL376 The Speculative Imagination: Science Fiction on Page and Screen
0101 Lee Konstantinou
ENGL378L    
Special Topics in English; Narrating the City
0101 Emily Mitchell
ENGL378M    
Special Topics in English; Digital Publishing with Minimal Computing: Humanities at a Global Scale
0101 Raffaele Viglianti
ENGL378Z Special Topics in English; Women and Memory in Material and Digital Worlds
0101 Jessica Enoch
ENGL379V /
CMLT398N  
Special Topics in Literature: Gypsy Culture
0101 Eugene Robinson
ENGL381 MGA Legislative Seminar
0101 Thomas Lowderbaugh
ENGL385 English Semantics
0201 Michael Israel
ENGL388D Writing, Research, and Media Internship: Dickinson Electronic Archives
0101 Martha Nell Smith
ENGL388P    
English Careers Internship
0101 Karen Lewis
ENGL388T Writing, Research, and Media Internships; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Internships
0101
Purdom Lindblad
ENGL388V    
Undergraduate Teaching Assistants in English
Multiple
Multiple
ENGL388W    
Writing Center Internship
Multiple
Multiple
ENGL390 Science Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL390H    
Science Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL391 Advanced Composition
Multiple Multiple
ENGL391H    
Advanced Composition
0201 Mark Forrester
ENGL392 Legal Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL393 Technical Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL393H    
Technical Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL393Q    
Technical Writing
3001 Alexandra Calloway
ENGL393X    
Technical Writing
1501 Laura WIlliams
ENGL394 Business Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL395    
Writing for Health Professions
Multiple Multiple
ENGL398A    
Writing for the Arts
Multiple Multiple
ENGL398B    
Writing for Social Entrepreneurship
Multiple Multiple
ENGL398C    
Writing Case Studies and Investigative Reports
Multiple Multiple
ENGL398E Writing About Economics
0801 Michael Winett
ENGL398L Scholarly Writing in the Humanities
0301 Mark Forrester
ENGL398N    
Writing for Non-Profit Organizations
Multiple Multiple
ENGL398R    
Writing Non-Fictional Narratives
Multiple Multiple
ENGL398V    
Writing About the Environment Multiple Multiple
ENGL410    
Edmund Spenser
0101
Kimberly Coles
ENGL428M Seminar in Language and Literature; BookLab: How to do things with Books
0101 Matthew Kirschenbaum
ENGL437 Contemporary American Literature
0101 Lee Konstantinou
ENGL439A    
Spotlight on Major Writers; Toni Morrison: Race, Gender, & American Culture
0101 GerShun Avilez
ENGL439D Spotlight on Major Writers; Dickinson, Erotics, Poetics, Biopics: Some (Queer) Ways We Read Poetry
 0101
Martha Nell Smith
ENGL439K Spotlight on Major Writers; Two Madmen: William Cowper (d.1800) & John Ruskin (d. 1900)
0101 Michael Olmert
ENGL454 Modern Drama
0101 Michael Olmert
ENGL460 Archival Research Methods in English Studies
0101 Karen Nelson
ENGL466 Arthurian Legend
0101 Thomas Moser
ENGL469E The Craft of Literature: Creative Form and Theory; Prose Poem
0101 Joshua Weiner
ENGL470 African-American Literature: From Slavery to Freedom
0101 Chad Infante
ENGL478A    
Selected Topics in English and American Literature before 1800; Comedy and Cruelty
0101 David Carroll Simon
ENGL479B Selected Topics in English and American Literature after 1800; Black Performance: From Slavery to Hip Hop
0101 Julius Fleming, Jr.
ENGL479J Selected Topics in English and American Literature after 1800; Flash Fictions
0101 Rion Scott
ENGL479Y    
Selected Topics in English and American Literature after 1800; Seminar in Poetry Translation
0101 Michael Collier
ENGL487 Principles and Practices of Rhetoric
0101 Sara Wilder
ENGL489N Special Topics in Language and Rhetoric; Invention of "Proper English": from the English Enlightenment to the American Experience
0201 Michael Israel
ENGL492 Graphic Design and Rhetoric
0101 Melanie Kill
ENGL493 Writing Genres as Social Action
0201 Melanie Kill
ENGL494 Editing and Document Design
0201 Cecilia Shelton
ENGL497 English at Work
0101 Blake Wilder
ENGL498 Advanced Fiction Workshop
Multiple Multiple
ENGL499 Advanced Poetry Workshop
0101 Elizabeth Arnold
ENGL429
Independent Study

Fall 2020 Graduate Courses

Course
Title
Section Instructor
CMLT679E Topics in Comparative Studies; Ruins: Literatures and Theories of Decay 0101 Kari Kraus
CMLT679T Topics in Comparative Studies; Seminar in Poetry Translation 0101 Michael Collier
ENGL601 Literary Research and Critical Contexts 0101 Tita Chico
ENGL611 Approaches to College Composition 0101 Scott Wible
ENGL619A     Readings in Linguistics; Discourse Analysis 0101 Linda Coleman
ENGL628G Readings in African American Literature; Comparative Black and Native American Literature
0101
Chad Infante
ENGL688  Poetry Workshop
0201 Elizabeth Arnold
ENGL689 Fiction Workshop 0101 Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes
ENGL702  Cultures of Theory
0101 Kari Kraus
ENGL719J Seminar in Renaissance Literature; The Experimental Self
0101 Gerard Passannante
ENGL729C Seminar in Eighteenth-Century Literature; Empire and Emotion in the Long Eighteenth Century 0101 Laura J. Rosenthal
ENGL738B Seminar in Nineteenth-Century Literature; Gothic Spaces: Gender, History, and Romanticism
0101 Orrin Wang
ENGL748A Seminar in American Literature; The African American Novel in the Nineteenth Century
0201 Robert Levine
ENGL798B Critical Theory Colloquium
0101 Orrin Wang
ENGL798D Critical Theory Colloquium; Digital Studies
0101 Matthew Kirschenbaum