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Spring 2021 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.

See our boilerplate for English majors declared before 2018.

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Courses: CMLT Comparative Literature

Title Section Instructor
CMLT235 Black Diaspora Literature and Culture
0101 TBA
CMLT242 Introduction to Jewish Literature
0101 Adi Mahalel
CMLT270 Global Literature and Social Change Multiple TBA
CMLT275 World Literature by Women
Multiple TBA
CMLT280 Film Art in a Global Society Multiple Luka Arsenjuk
CMLT398C Special Topics in Comparative Studies; Cinema of Liberation
0201  Eugene Robinson
CMLT398D Special Topics in Comparative Studies; The Jazz Paradigm 0201  Eugene Robinson

Spring 2021 Undergraduate Courses: English

Course Title Section Instructor

Academic Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL101H Academic Writing Multiple Multiple
ENGL101S Academic Writing Multiple Multiple
ENGL101X Academic Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL121 The Power of Song: Renaissance Lyric and Its Afterlives
Multiple Scott Trudell
ENGL125 Why Poetry Matters
Multiple Joshua Weiner
Literary Maryland
Multiple Randy Ontiveros
ENGL146 Seeing the Present: Graphic Storytelling in the Age of Social Media
Multiple Lee Konstantinou
ENGL202 Inventing Western Literature: Renaissance to Modern
0101 TBA
ENGL211 English Literature: Beginnings to 1800
0101 TBA
ENGL212 English Literature: 1800 to the Present
0101 TBA
ENGL222 American Literature: 1865 to Present
0101 TBA
ENGL233 Introduction to Asian American Literature
0101 TBA
ENGL234 African-American Literature and Culture
0101 TBA
ENGL235 U.S. Latinx Literature and Culture
0101 TBA
ENGL241 What the Novel Does 0101 TBA
ENGL243 What is Poetry?
0401 TBA
ENGL245 Film Form and Culture
Multiple TBA
ENGL246 Introduction to the Short Story
0101 TBA
ENGL250 Reading Women Writing
0201 TBA
ENGL255 Literature of Science and Technology
0201 TBA
ENGL256 Fantasy Literature
0101 TBA
ENGL262 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
0101 Maxine Grossman

LGBTQ+ Literatures and Media
0201 TBA
ENGL271 Writing Poems and Stories: An Introductory Workshop
Multiple TBA
ENGL272 Writing Fiction: A Beginning Workshop
Multiple TBA
ENGL273 Writing Poetry: A Beginning Workshop
Multiple TBA
ENGL275 Scriptwriting for Theater, Film, and Television
ENGL280 The English Language
0101 Michael Israel
ENGL290 Introduction to Digital Studies
0101 TBA
ENGL292 Writing for Change
0101 Justin Lohr

Writing in the Wireless World
0101 TBA
ENGL294 Persuasion and Cleverness in Social Media
0101 TBA
ENGL297 Introduction to Professional Writing
Multiple Multiple
ENGL301 This is English: Fields and Methods
Multiple Multiple
ENGL302 Medieval Literature in Translation
0101 Thomas Moser
ENGL308B Special Topics in Shakespeare; Shakespeare and Black America
0101 Kim Coles
ENGL310 Medieval and Renaissance British Literature
0101 Thomas Moser
ENGL311 British Literature from 1600 to 1800

African American Literature
0101 Julius Fleming
ENGL329A Special Topics in Film Studies; Cinema of Liberation 0201 Eugene Robinson
ENGL329B Special Topics in Film Studies; Cartoons on the Page and on the Screen
0101 Paul Cote
ENGL329Y Special Topics in Film Studies; A Cinema of Migration as Message
0201 Eugene Robinson
ENGL349J Asian American Literatures; New World Arrivals: Literature of Asian American Migration and Diaspora
0101 Edlie Wong
ENGL352 Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Multiple TBA
ENGL353 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
0101 Dennis Winston
ENGL354 Intermediate Scriptwriting for Theater, Film, and Television
0101 Michael Olmert
ENGL360 African, Indian and Caribbean Writers 0101 Sangeeta Ray
ENGL361 Recovering Oral Histories 0201 Sharada Balachandran Orihuela
ENGL368K Special Topics in African American, African, and African Diaspora Literatures; The Art of Black Social Movements:Marcus Garvey to Black Lives Matter 0101 Julius Fleming
ENGL370 Junior Honors Conference 0101 Jason Rudy
ENGL378P Special Topics in English; Videogames and the Boundaries of Narrative 0101 Marisa Parham
ENGL378Q Special Topics in English; Social Innovation, Change, and Justice: Do Good Now 0101 Justin Lohr
ENGL379R Special Topics in Literature; The Jazz Paradigm 0201 Eugene Robinson
ENGL383 Language in Its Social Contexts 0101 Linda Coleman
ENGL384 Concepts of Grammar 0101 Michael Israel
ENGL387 Visual Rhetoric 0101 Vessela Valiavitcharska
ENGL388C Writing for Change 0101 Justin Lohr
ENGL388D Writing, Research, and Media Internships; Dickinson Electronic Archives 0101 Martha Nell Smith
ENGL388M Maryland General Assembly Writing Internship 0101
Thomas Lowderbaugh
ENGL388P English Careers Internship
0101 Karen Lewis
ENGL388T Writing, Research, and Media Internships; Digital Humanities Research Assistantship 0101 Purdom Lindblad
ENGL388V Undergraduate Teaching Assistants in English Multiple Multiple
ENGL388W Writing Center Internship
Multiple Thomas Earles
ENGL390 Science Writing Multiple Multiple
ENGL390H Science Writing Multiple Marybeth Shea
ENGL391 Advanced Composition Multiple Multiple

Advanced Composition 0201 Mark Forrester
ENGL392 Legal Writing Multiple Multiple
ENGL393 Technical Writing Multiple Multiple
ENGL393H Technical Writing 6101 Christopher Crane
ENGL393Q Technical Writing 3001 TBA
ENGL393X Technical Writing 1401 TBA
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 TBA
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
ENGL403 Shakespeare: The Early Works 0101 David Simon
ENGL425 Modern British Literature 0101 Brian Richardson
ENGL428A Seminar in Language and Literature; Afro-Latinx Literature 0101 Sharada Balachandran Orihuela
ENGL428B Seminar in Language and Literature; Autobiographics, or Writing Off the Self 0101 Martha Nell Smith
ENGL439C Spotlight on Major Writers; Hemingway and his Competitors 0101 David Wyatt
ENGL439J Spotlight on Major Writers; Race, Early Childhood TV, and the Legacies of Jim Henson 0101 Chad Infante
ENGL448C Literature by Women of Color; Literature, Visual Culture and Art by Women of Color 0101 Sangeeta Ray
ENGL454 Modern Drama
0101 Michael Olmert
ENGL455 The Eighteenth-Century English Novel 0101 Laura Rosenthal
ENGL460 Archival Research Methods in English Studies 0101
Karen Nelson
ENGL462 Folksong and Ballad 0101  Barry Pearson
ENGL469G Short Prose Forms
0101 Sabrina Islam
ENGL478K Selected Topics in Literature before 1800; Early Modern to Post-Modern Poetry
0101 David Wyatt
ENGL479E Selected Topics in Literature after 1800; Imagining "The Americas"
0101 John Drabinski
ENGL479M Selected Topics in Literature after 1800; Roots, Music and Film
0101 Barry Pearson
ENGL487 Principles and Practices of Rhetoric 0101 Cecilia Shelton
ENGL489P Special Topics in Language and Rhetoric; The Language of Political Persuasion
0101 Linda Coleman
ENGL491 Digital Rhetoric 0101 Melanie Kill
ENGL497 English at Work
0101  Scott Wible
ENGL498 Advanced Fiction Workshop
Multiple Multiple
ENGL499 Advanced Poetry Workshop
0101 TBA
ENGL312 Romantic to Modern British Literature
0101  Brian Richardson
ENGL321 Comics and the Graphic Novel 0101  Lee Konstantinou
ENGL478G Science and Fiction: From Milton to the Moon Landing 0101  David Simon

Spring 2021 Graduate Courses

Course Title Section Instructor
ENGL602 Critical Theory & Literary Criticism
0101 Oliver Gaycken
ENGL611 Approaches to College Composition 0101 Sara Wilder
ENGL628E Readings in African American Literature; Exploring Imagined Black Worlds 0101 Rion Scott
ENGL630 Readings in 20th Century English Literature
0101 Brian Richardson
ENGL688 Poetry Workshop 0101 TBA
ENGL689 Fiction Workshop 0101 Emily Mitchell
ENGL708B Seminar in Rhetoric: Argumentation 0101 Vessela Valiavitcharska
ENGL708D Seminar in Rhetoric: Rhetorics of Disability and Universal Design
0101 Melanie Kill
ENGL719B Seminar in Renaissance Literature; Sex Education: Women, Sex,and Gender in the Early Modern Period
0101 Kim Coles
ENGL738A 0101
Edlie Wong
ENGL759C Seminar in Literature and the Other Arts: Book Lab: How To Do Things With Books
0101 Matthew Kirschenbaum
ENGL788 Studies in Poetic Form 0101 Joshua Weiner
ENGL789 Form and Theory in Fiction
0101 Gabrielle Fuentes
ENGL798B Critical Theory Colloquium
0101  Orrin Wang
ENGL798D Critical Theory Colloquium; Digital Studies 0101 Matthew Kirschenbaum