The English department offers a variety of courses for the students of Spring Hill College.  100 and 200-level courses contribute to the college Core curriculum and help students in all majors strengthen their reading, writing, and analysis skills.  Upper-division courses provide advanced studies in literature, creative writing, and professional writing.  

For a full listing of all English and Writing courses, visit the Spring Hill College Bulletin.


Our composition courses support the general education core and the writing across the curriculum program, focusing on process-based writing that offers students opportunities for revision and editing.  The required composition sequence is ENG 121 and ENG 123.  These courses progress from a focus on the fundamentals of argument and the rhetorical situation to the complexities of integrating quality research into an argument. 

ENG 105: College Composition

ENG 121: Composition I

ENG 123: Composition II (Writing with Research)

ENG 190: Honors Composition and Literature

200-Level Core Classes

Our classes at the 200 level fulfill core requirements and invite students to analyze a wide range of literature.  Students have a number of different classes to choose from, including classes that focus on a literary genre (poetry, fiction, drama, or non-fiction), classes that focus on diverse literature (African American, World, Native American, Hispanic American), classes that focus on a special topic or theme (such as Southern Literature or Literature and the Environment), and Introduction to Creative Writing.  All the courses at this level continue to develop skills in critical reading and writing, with emphasis on literary analysis.

ENG 240: Introduction to Poetry

ENG 241: Introduction to Fiction

ENG 242: Introduction to Drama and Theatre

ENG 243: Introduction to Non-Fiction Prose

ENG 245: Introduction to African American Literature

ENG 246: Introduction to Hispanic American Literature

ENG 248: Introduction to Native American Literature

ENG 285: Special Topics

ENG 287: Special Topics in World Literature

WRI 276: Introduction to Creative Writing

Selected Upper-Division English Classes

ENG 308. British Literature to 1798 (3) (W) The period of British literature from Beowulf to Gulliver’s Travels is astonishingly vast. This course gives students both a survey of the broadest movements of this period (Medieval Chivalry, Reformation Theology, and the rise of print journalism) and opportunities for deeper explorations of forms (the love sonnet and the beginnings of the novel). Key authors covered include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton.

ENG 309. British Literature from 1798 to Present (3) (W) A survey of British literature from the Romantic period to the present. Readings range across the genres of poetry, fiction, non-fiction prose, and drama and may include such
authors as Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Tom Stoppard.

ENG 318. American Literature to 1865 (3) (W) This course covers the beginnings of what we call American literature from the time of first contact by Europeans through 1865 in order to understand the evolution of American literature
and culture. Possible authors include Puritans such as Bradford, Bradstreet, and Rowlandson; colonial writers such as Franklin, Jefferson, and Paine; romantic non-fiction writers such as Thoreau and Emerson; and creative writers such as Melville, Hawthorne, Dickinson, and Whitman.

ENG 319. American Literature from 1865 to the Present (3) (W) A multi-genre survey of American literature from the end of the Civil War until the present, including representative works of Realism, Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance,
Postmodernism, and Contemporary literature. Authors may include Twain, Kate Chopin, Hemingway, Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Robert Frost, Tennessee Williams, Kurt Vonnegut, Sandra Cisneros, and Ursula LeGuin.

ENG 445. American Drama (3) (W) A study of the development of American drama from its beginnings to the present. Dramatists might include Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Arthur Miller, and
Wendy Wasserstein.

ENG 460. Irish Literature (3) (W) A broad survey of the poetry, fiction, and drama of modern Ireland with attention to major writers such as W. B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, Sean O’Casey, James Joyce, Patrick Kavanaugh, and Seamus Heaney.

ENG 485. Shakespeare (3) (W) A detailed study of the best-known works of Shakespeare—histories, comedies, and tragedies. (Same course as THR 485. This course can fulfill the major requirement for depth, ENG 321).

ENG 491. The English Language (3) (W) An introduction to the study of language (linguistics) and to the history and development of The English Language. The course also surveys current language controversies such as sexism, religious language, politics and advertising, free speech, bilingual education, and approaches to the teaching of English in schools. Of special interest to both English and Education majors. Same course as WRI 491.

ENG 496. Special Studies in Diversity (1-3) (D, W) An exploration of diverse or non-dominant literary and cultural traditions. Course may focus on multi-ethnic American literatures or literatures from around the world, exploring critical models (e.g. identity theory, postcolonialism, globalization, transnationalism) and cultural backgrounds to help students understand the literary texts. Authors may include Salman Rushdie, Chinua Achebe, Jamaica Kincaid, Americo Paredes, Louise Erdrich, and Maxine Hong Kingston.

Recent special topics courses in English include:

Christian Literature

E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf

Gothic Literature

Hemingway and Fitzgerald

Postcolonial Literature


Southern Literature

Selected Upper-Division Creative Writing Courses

WRI 331. Scriptwriting for Film and TV (3) (W) A course that covers both dramatic/comedic fictional formats and informational/documentary/persuasive formats.  A creative screen-writing course for short (under one half-hour) productions for web and TV distribution.  

WRI 451. Creative Writing: Fiction (3) (W) A study of the craft of fiction writing, emphasizing the short story and the various literary techniques it encompasses.

WRI 452. Creative Writing: Poetry (3) (W) A study of the craft of poetry writing, emphasizing the forms and techniques of the genre.

WRI 475. Writing for Publication (3) (W) A course in the writing of articles or creative work for placement in different publications; in the practice of different forms and techniques; in the process of researching, revising, and marketing one's work.

Recent special topics courses in Creative Writing include:

Poetry and Nature

Flash Fiction Workshop

Young Adult Fiction Workshop

Selected Upper-Division Professional Writing Courses

WRI 310. Introduction to Professional and Technical Writing (3) (W) This course will introduce students to the conventions of professional and technical documents. Emphasis will be placed on audience awareness, persuasiveness, and planning, drafting, and revising common forms of workplace writing, such as correspondence, proposals, and technical reports. Prerequisite: Any 200-level English course or permission.

WRI 320. Grammar and Style for Professionals (3) (W) This course will encourage students to command their writing more purposefully by helping them to isolate, identify, and enhance desirable qualities in the prose they produce. Through this course, students will develop a deeper understanding of grammar and syntax and learn a specialized vocabulary for talking about their writing. Prerequisite: Any 200-level English class or permission.  

WRI 350. Writing with Research and Data (3) (W) A course in types of professional writing that integrate research, with emphasis on electronic sources.  Skills covered include finding and evaluating sources, incorporating graphs, tables and data effectively, and explaining complex information clearly for business and public audiences.  Prerequisite: Any 200-level English class or permission.  

WRI 355. Writing with Visual and Digital Formats (3) (W) This course emphasizes the writing skills necessary to produce high quality content across different visual and digital platforms, including PowerPoint, infographics, and social media sites.  Focus is on application of these skills in a professional setting.  Project-based assignments allow students to practice integrating the unique conventions of these writing formats with basic design principles.  Prerequisite: Any 200-level English course or permission. 

WRI 395. Special Topics in Professional Writing (3) (W) An in-depth study of a specialized topic in professional writing.  Possible topics include grantwriting, editing, or writing in the community.  May be repeated for credit as topics vary.  Prerequisite: Any 200-level English course or permission.

WRI 497. Writing Internship (3) (W) A supervised, professional work experience.  Prerequisites: Any 200-level English course and permission of the program director.