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The English Department has a variety of classes you can take online. We are in the process of populating the tabs on these pages.

Did you know you can earn an entire minor in English online? Check out the requirements here.

English 100-level courses offered online 


Literature

L105 Appreciation of Literature
L105 is designed to introduce students to the pleasures of reading by discussing a variety of stories, poems, and plays.

L115 Introduction to Literature
L115 is designed to help students develop skills in literary analysis and critical thinking through a study of the key genres of poetry, fiction, and drama.


Writing Program

W131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry
W131 teaches skills of critical reading, thinking, and writing to help students meaningfully engage artifacts, events, and issues in our world. It is required of almost every Indiana University and Purdue  University undergraduate student.


English 200-level courses offered online


Creative Writing

W206 Introduction to Creative Writing
W206 is designed to enhance your knowledge of the craft of imaginative writing by writing fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama. In addition to creating your own works, you will respond critically to your classmates' work and that of published authors.


Literature

L203 Introduction to Drama
Students study texts and performances of British and American plays from several time periods.

L204 Introduction to Fiction
Students study short stories and novels from a variety of historical periods and cultures. 

L207 Women and Literature
Students read literature by and about women with analytical focus on issues of gender, sexuality, race, and class.

L213 Literary Masterpieces I
Students in L213 study major western literary works from the ancient world to the Renaissance.  This course provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with great works that are foundational for modern Western culture.  

L214 Literary Masterpieces II
L214 covers major Western literary works from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.  Texts are selected from a variety of genres and nations, with an emphasis on works that have been particularly famous and influential. 

L220 Introduction to Shakespeare
Close reading of six to ten plays with attention to text and performance featuring selected comedies, tragedies, and histories. 


Film

C292 An Introduction to Film
Nature of film technique and film language; analysis of specific films; major historical, theoretical, and critical developments in film and film study from the beginnings of cinema to the present. This is a Core Curriculum course.


Writing and Literacy

W262 Style and Voice in Writing
This course pulls readers into a writer’s world, the "sound" of that writer’s voice "speaking" to readers. This course focuses on recognizing, developing, and sharpening your written voice.


Writing Program

W230 Writing for the Sciences
This course examines how writing in science and from a scientific viewpoint promotes confidence in students' knowledge and understanding of science itself. 

W231 Professional Writing Skills
Teaches professional writing competencies and research skills in a collaborative setting.

W270 Argumentative Writing
W270 emphasizes understanding and using arguments in academic, social, and professional contexts.

English 300-level courses offered online


Literature

L376 Young Adult Literature
Covers a range of genres including dystopia, science fiction, comedy and romance, and forms including short stories, novels, and graphic novels.

L390 Children’s Literature
An expansive survey of the forms and functions of children’s literature ranging from early readers and picture books to poetry, graphic novels, and chapter books.


Writing and Literacy

W315 Writing for Web
Writing for web introduces to writing and literacy in the digital age. It explores the types of writing made possible by technological advancements and the effects these advancements have on the literacy of readers of such texts. 

W318 Finding your E-voice
This course is designed to foster the understanding of and appreciation for the differences between academic and multimedia "voice." Through reading, exploration, discussions, activities and practice, students will begin the process of finding their "e-voice." 

W331 Business and Administrative Writing 
W331 teaches students the rhetorical principles and practices necessary for producing effective writing and collaborative projects in professional contexts. Students will learn to plan, produce, and mange short- and long-term writing projects, gaining experience with various writing technologies.

English 400-level courses offered online


Creative Writing

W403 Advanced Poetry Writing
In this class, students deepen their understanding of poetic line, rhythm, metaphor, and revision, while engagin in independent research and writing. They also work in conversation with three outstanding contemporary poets. 

W408 Creative Writing for Teachers
Creative Writing for Teachers offers a deeper understanding of the creative process, and helps students develop strategies for assigning, understanding, and critiquing creative work. The course provides instruction for developing a creative writing curriculum appropraite to particular classroom needs, which can be adapted easily for use at any grade level to fulfill state standards. 

English 500-level and beyond courses offered online


Creative Writing

W513 Writing Poetry
In this class, students deepen their understanding of poetic line, rhythm, metaphor, and revision, while engagin in independent research and writing. They also work in conversation with three outstanding contemporary poets. 

W508 Creative Writing for Teachers
Creative Writing for Teachers offers a deeper understanding of the creative process, and helps students develop strategies for assigning, understanding, and critiquing creative work. The course provides instruction for developing a creative writing curriculum appropraite to particular classroom needs, which can be adapted easily for use at any grade level to fulfill state standards.


Literature

L506 Introduction to Methods of Criticism and Research
This course offers an introduction to literary criticism and research for graduate students. Students will study a small number of literary works from a variety of critical perspectives and examine the assumptions that inform our own reading and evaluation of literature.

L503 Teaching Literature in College
Exposes students to a variety of pedagogical approaches to the study of literature and prepares them to teach courses at the high school or college levels.