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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Undergraduate Courses

Page address: http://english.mnsu.edu/lit/degreerequirements.html

From adolescent literature to the world novel, you’ll find a wide range of topics and perspectives to explore in our courses. Semesters of study will provide you with insights and skills that last a lifetime.

Courses are listed sequentially by number:

  • 100- and 200-level courses are introductory-level courses
  • 300- and 400-level courses are upper-division, undergraduate courses
  • 500-level courses are graduate courses (may have 400-level students in the course) (see Graduate Courses)
  • 600-level courses are graduate courses (graduate students only) (see Graduate Courses)

 

Undergraduate (100- and 200-level)

110: Introduction to Literature

Study and analysis of elements of prose, poetry and drama in English from earlier periods through contemporary. Emphasizes critical reading of literature. May include such genres as short story, novel, memoir, nonfiction, biography, autobiography, poem, play, screenplay.
GE-6

112W: Introduction to Poetry and Drama
Study and analysis of elements of poetic and dramatic literature in English, including translations, from earlier periods through contemporary. Emphasizes critical reading of and writing about literature.
Pre: ENG 101
GE-1C, GE-6

113W: Introduction to Prose Literature
Study and analysis of prose literature in English from earlier periods through contemporary. Works will be chosen from the following forms: short stories, essays, novellas, novels, memoirs, autobiographies, and other long forms. Emphasizes critical reading of and writing about literature.
Pre: ENG 101
GE-1C, GE-6

118: Diverse Cultures in Literature and Film
Students in this course learn about diverse peoples and societies by reading and writing about novels, non-fiction, poetry, and/or films.
GE-7
Diverse Cultures - Purple

125: International Children's Literature
The course purpose is to increase students' knowledge of international children's literature that is written in English or translated into English. Students will be introduced to individual books, authors, and methods of responding to literature. This course studies children's literature set in countries such as Afghanistan, WWII Germany, and the Dominican Republic.
Diverse Cultures - Purple
GE-6, GE-8

146: Introduction to Shakespeare
This course will introduce students to Shakespeare's plays (histories, tragedies, and comedies) and sonnets. Students will read, analyze, and develop interpretations of these works, learning about Shakespeare's language, historical situations, and world views.
GE-6, GE-8

211W: Perspectives in Literature and Human Diversity
Courses will explore various specialized topics in literature to increase understanding of literary contributions made by under-represented peoples, to develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, and to increase appreciation of the diversity of human experience. Typical courses include: Multicultural Literature, Women’s Literature. May be repeated as topics change.
Pre: ENG 101
Diverse Cultures - Purple
GE-1C, GE-6, GE-7

212W: Perspectives in World Literature
Courses will introduce students to works of literature from a variety of world cultures. Designed to increase knowledge of world cultures and appreciation and understanding of cultural differences in representation, and in seeing, believing, and being. Emphasizes critical thinking, reading, and writing.
Pre: ENG 101
GE-1C, GE-6, GE-8

213W: Perspectives: Ethics and Civic Responsibility in Literature
Courses will focus on some characteristic ways in which literature addresses and explores the ethical dimensions of citizenship and the relationships between works and their cultural contexts. Emphasizes critical thinking, reading and writing. Typical courses include: War and Peace; Utopias and Dystopias. May be repeated as topics change.
Pre: ENG 101
GE-1C, GE-6, GE-9

215: Topics in Literature 
Courses will explore specialized topics in literature. May be repeated as topics change.
Pre: ENG 101
GE-6

275: Introduction To Literary Studies 
An introduction to literary genre and to the techniques of writing about literature.

Undergraduate (300- and 400-level)

316: Topics in Literature

Topic-oriented course in literature. May be repeated with change of topic.
Pre or Coreq: ENG 275

318: Multicultural Literature 
Specific topics in multicultural literature with detailed study of a particular period, region, or group in the United States and their contributions to a diverse literature. Topics include African American Literature, American Indian Literature, Southern Writers of Color, and others. May be repeated as topics change.
Diverse Cultures - Purple

320: British Literature to 1785
Representative works from British literature encompassing Beowulf through the Eighteenth Century.
Pre or Coreq: ENG 275

321: British Literature 1785-Present 
Representative works from British Literature, the Romantic Period to the present.
Pre or Coreq: ENG 275

325: Children’s Literature
Introduction to authors, genres, illustrations, and works of literature published for elementary age children. Current and classic works.

327: American Literature to 1865
A survey of American Literature from its beginnings to the end of the Civil War.
Pre or Coreq: ENG 275

328: American Literature: 1865 to the Present
A survey of American Literature from the end of the Civil War to the present.
Pre or Coreq: ENG 275

402: Gender in Literature
Selected topics course on literature by and about women.
Diverse Cultures - Purple

403: Selected Authors 
Content changes. May be repeated.

405: Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories
A study of Shakespeare’s comedies and histories. This course will run for a half-semester.

406: Shakespeare: Tragedies
A study of Shakespeare’s tragedies. This course will run for a half-semester.

410: 21st Century Literature
Study of literature from the 21st century, with an emphasis on how these works represent contemporary concerns.
Pre: ENG 275

425: Topics in Children’s Literature
Topics have included genres such as fantasy or historical fiction and thematic topics such as survival or journeys.

426: Selected Periods
Selected periods of literary study.

432: Selected Studies in the Novel
Content changes. May be repeated.

433: Selected Studies in World Literature 
Topics on themes, issues, and developments in genres of the literatures of the world. 
Pre or Coreq: ENG 275
Diverse Cultures - Purple

435: The World Novel 
A study of selected novels from a variety of time periods and cultures, including Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

436: Native American Literature
This course surveys the earliest Native American literary works, from oral tradition and songs to contemporary works and authors, with a particular emphasis on tribal and cultural contexts that identify these works as Native American.
Diverse Cultures - Purple

438: African American Literature
This course surveys the earliest African American literary works, including slave narratives, poetry, folklore, and oration, through 20th century movements such as the Jazz-Age, Harlem Renaissance, and Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, to contemporary works and authors.
Diverse Cultures - Purple

441: Literary Theory and Criticism
Theories of literature and its production and use. 
Pre: 6 semester credits in literature

463: Adolescent Literature
Motivation and interests of and materials for adolescent readers. This course will run a half-semester.

465: World Literature for Children and Young Adults 
Selected works of literature for students in grades 5-12 from a variety of countries and cultures.

492: Selected Topics 
Various topic-oriented courses in literature.

495: Special Studies
Specialized, in-depth study of topics such as Holocaust literature, environmental literature, or regional literature.

498: Internship
On-site field experience, the nature of which is determined by the specific needs of the student’s program option.

499: Individual Study
Extensive reading and writing in an area for which the student has had basic preparation.