English 120 introduces students to a level of interpretative sophistication and techniques of analysis essential not just in literary study but in all courses that demand advanced engagement with language. In active discussions, sections perform detailed readings of poetry drawn from a range of historical periods, with the aim of developing an understanding of the richness and complexity of poetic language and of connections between form and content, text and cultural and historical context. The reading varies from section to section, but all sections involve learning to read closely and to write persuasively and elegantly. Required of English majors and minors.
Max Enrollment: 15
Prerequisites: None. Primarily designed for, and required of, English majors. Ordinarily taken in first or sophomore year.
Instructor: Chiasson, Noggle, Whitaker
Distribution Requirements: LL - Language and Literature
Typical Periods Offered: Spring
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring
Notes: ENG 120 is also taught as part of the First-Year Writing program as WRIT 120. WRIT 120 satisfies both the First-Year Writing requirement and the Critical Interpretation requirement of the English major.