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ENGL 3171. Digital Rhetoric and Web Site Design (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. This is a course in digital rhetoric, XHTML, and CSS for undergraduate students with an interest in careers that demand a foundation and working knowledge of Web design. Students will use contemporary concepts of digital rhetoric from the course text and W3C.org, among other resources, to analyze and design personal and professional Web sites. In turn, students will use Dreamweaver to edit XHTML and CSS code to implement their designs into usable, accessible, and rhetorically engaging Web projects. Throughout the course students will recurrently examine the tension among an author's purpose, audience expectations, and the constraints of text and technology.

ENGL 3172. Writing, Communities, and New Media (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with "C" or better. With this course, students who are on track to become professional writers will explore the world of online communities, since they are very likely to be writing in and for these groups of people. Students will gain understanding of why and how online communities form, how those groups function and change over time and by purpose, how those groups function in a distance-learning classroom setting, and what online communities mean to/for intellectual property and collaboration. Whether students teach or "deal" online, they will learn better and more progressive ways to interact with diverse online communities.

ENGL 3176. Print Design (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. This course is dedicated to the study of print design within the publishing industry. After addressing relevant subjects in electronic discourse and publishing, students will analyze the various methods of print design. The course will devote extensive attention to the principles and theories of design, followed by the process and practice of creating and publishing various types of technical documents. The course will devote extensive attention to collaborative writing in a networked classroom and will prepare students with electronic skills critical for careers in publishing, professional writing, and academic research.

ENGL 4000. Baccalaureate Survey (0-0-0) Satisfactory grade in this course indicates completion of the baccalaureate examination for the BA degree in English Language and Literature. Survey can be taken more than once. (S/U grading.)

ENGL 4698. Internship (0-0-{2-9}) Prerequisites: Senior standing in English, and consent of department chair, and ENGL 5000. Directed experience in the field with an approved agency or company. (S/U grading.) (Course fee required.)

ENGL 5000. Professional Writing Portfolio (0-0-0) Prerequisites: Students must have completed all Professional Writing courses or be in their final semester. At the completion of the Professional Writing curriculum but before taking the internship, students must submit a portfolio of their work to the appropriate faculty member in the Professional Writing track. The portfolio will be a collection of writing assignments from all Professional Writing courses. The student and the faculty member will review the portfolio together. (S/U grading.)

ENGL 5155. Theories of Rhetoric (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 2157. Using the principles and techniques of classical and contemporary rhetoricians, students will learn to understand discourse. Analysis will focus on texts from various historical periods and from a spectrum of contexts, including business, literary, and political.

ENGL 5159. Advanced Creative Nonfiction Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 3107, Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Writing. A literary nonfiction workshop focusing on the production and in-class critique of students' creative work and including advanced study of memoir, literary journalism, personal essay, and individual writers. The course involves some written analysis of the work of published poets and, especially, of fellow students' nonfiction prose. Students' creative work will build the required portfolio. For majors in the Creative Writing Track intending to submit a creative nonfiction manuscript for the senior thesis, the portfolio will constitute the beginning of that project. 5159G students will build a professional portfolio.

ENGL 5167. English Grammar (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. A study of the major ways of analyzing English grammar and a detailed study of the structure of sounds, words, and sentences.

ENGL 5195. Techinical and Scientific Writing (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 with a grade of "C" or better. A course for students to learn how to use technical data in the writing of reports and other documents. Students will study the principles of rhetoric applied to writing situations in which factual informataion must be reported clearly, concisely, and objectively to audiences of either specialists or non-specialists.