English Focus Courses

After completing your core courses, you will select one of our nine focus areas to continue your studies. Each focus area consists of a selection of courses designed to work together to build a focused set of skills or knowledge you can apply to your career or life goals. You will choose four courses from this selection to complete your focus.

Fall 2024 Focus Courses

For a complete list of all courses for each focus, see the Focus Your Studies section.

Archives, Power, & Making the Present

  • LIT 335 (Shakespeare I)          
  • LIT 339 (18th Century British Novel)

Creativity, Aesthetics, & Design

  • CRW 201 (Introduction to Creative Writing)  
  • CRW 202 (Creative Writing I)
  • CRW 301 (Poetry Workshop I)
  • CRW 302 (Poetry Workshop II)
  • CRW 304 (Short Story Workshop II)
  • LIN 333 (Conversation Analysis)

Identity & Representation

  • CLS 365 (African American Film)
  • ENG 340 (Sociolinguistic Aspects of English)
  • LIT 202 (African American Literature I)
  • LIT 220 (Children's Literature)
  • LIT 303 (Intro to Multi-Ethnic American Literature)
  • LIT 398 (Young Adult Literature)   
  • WRH 210 (Multicultural Writing)

National & Transnational Cultures

  • CLS 260 (World Literature I)
  • ENG 340 (Sociolinguistic Aspects of English)
  • WRH 210 (Multicultural Writing)

Popular Culture & Cultural Studies

  • DHM 210 (Introduction to Gaming)
  • JRN 305 (Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking)
  • LIN 300 (Language and the Internet)
  • LIT 398 (Young Adult Literature)
  • WRH 210 (Multicultural Writing)

Public & Professional Writing

  • ENG 305 (Environmental/Experiential Writing: Taking Action)
  • ENG 320 (Usability & User Experience)
  • ENG 368 (Business and Organizational Writing)
  • ENG 371 (Technical Writing)
  • JRN 335 (Ethical Issues in News Media)
  • WRH 210 (Multicultural Writing)
  • WRH 315 (Propaganda, Power, and Politics)

Social Justice and Activism

  • DHM 210 (Introduction to Gaming)
  • ENG 305 (Environmental/Experiential Writing: Taking Action)
  • ENG 375 (Strategies for Writing in the Workplace)    
  • JRN 200 (Introduction to Journalism)
  • LIT 202 (African American Literature I)
  • LIT 303 (Intro to Multi-Ethnic American Literature)
  • LIT 360 (Special Topics Children's/Young Adult Literature 
  • WRH 210 (Multicultural Writing)
  • WRH 315 (Propaganda, Power, and Politics)

Sustainability & Environmental Humanities

  • ENG 305 (Environmental/Experiential Writing: Taking Action)

Visual and Digital Rhetoric

  • DHM 210 (Introduction to Gaming)
  • DHM 260 (Digital Storytelling)
  • DHM 280 (Introduction to Digital Humanities) 
  • ENG 320 (Usability & User Experience)
  • JRN 212 (Digital Journalism)
  • LIT 219 (Literature for Young Children)