English Department: General Education Courses

The Department of English and Applied Linguistics offers these General Education courses: 

CRitical Thinking and Expression

ENG 2100 Ways of Reading: Literature, Film, Culture

Global CrossRoads and Diversity

AL 2000 Introduction to Linguistics

Traditions & Movements that Shaped the World

AL 1100   Language, Power and Identity

ENG 2500 World Literature

Hawai'i and the Pacific

ENG 1101 Representations of Pacific Life

AL 1050 Languages in the Pacific

Creative Arts

ENG 2000 The Art of Literature

WRI 2601 Intro to Creative Writing

The American Experience

AMST 2000 Topics in American Studies

Written Communication & Information Literacy I & II

WRI 1100 Writing and Analyzing Arguments (I)

WRI 1150 Literature and Argument (I)

WRI 1200 Research, Argument, and Writing (II)

WRI 1250 Research, Argument, and Literature (II)

Some WRI 1100 sections are intended for ESL students.  These are designated as Sections SLA, SLB, and so forth.

The English department offers online versions of WRI 1100 and WRI 1200, but the online format can be challenging for some students.  Please review this information before registering for an online writing course.  These courses are identified by an O in the section designator.

Some WRI 1200 sections in the spring are designed especially for Nursing students.   These sections are offered on the Hawaii Loa Campus and are identified by NS in the section designator.


Department of English and Applied Linguistics Gen Ed Course Descriptions

AL 1050 Languages in the Pacific

Language plays an important role in all matters of human life. In AL 1050, students examine historical and contemporary language use throughout the Pacific Basin, as well as in Hawai`i. Through exploring topics such as, but not limited to, the effects of language contact, characteristics of pidgins and creoles, and stories of language loss and preservation, students develop a better understanding of, and appreciation for, cultural, political, and social issues in the world where they will live, work, and study.

AL 1100 Language, Power, and Identity

AL 1100 develops an awareness of language as an important component of culture and communication. Students investigate the relationship between language, power, and identity by (1) examining how political, historical, and social factors that have shaped or challenged language conventions and standards, (2) analyzing how language choices can express unspoken viewpoints and ideologies and influence thought, and (3) studying how language is used to construct identities such as gender, ethnicity, Deaf, and national identity in domestic and global contexts. Through readings, multimedia, field observations, discussions, and writing, students relate these topics to their own language use.

AL 2000  INtroduction to Linguistics 

AMST  2000 Topics in American Studies

Students explore American culture and values through analyzing primary texts while focusing on a specific theme, topic, historical period, or the experiences of a particular group. The particular emphasis is reflected in the course title, and the course may be repeated for credit if the topic changes.

The following topics have been developed so far:

  • Becoming Americans  (Spring)
  • American  Folk Ballads  (Summer)
  • American Oratory  (Fall)

ENG 1101 Representations of Pacific Life

This course introduces students to the history, values and cultures of Hawai'i and the various Pacific Island nations, as they are represented through the genres of poetry, prose fiction, non-fiction essays, plays, films (feature and documentary), journalism and media. Specific attention will be paid to the ways in which Pacific Island cultures have been affected by Western contact and colonization, the development of postcolonial perspectives in Pacific Islanders telling their own stories, and the challenges of sustaining indigenous cultural identities in the 21st century.

ENG 2000 The Art of Literature

This course will introduce students to multiple ways of interpreting literature, selected from a variety of literary genres such as poetry, drama, fiction and creative nonfiction. Texts to be explored will be drawn from multiple cultures and time periods. In addition to studying and applying interpretative strategies, students will have opportunities to apply literary techniques by writing a creative piece in at least one the genres studied.

ENG 2100 WAYS of Reading: Literature, Film, Culture


ENG 2500 World Literature

This course will introduce students to influential literary texts from different cultures and historical periods. Texts studied will include works originally written in English and works translated into English from both Western and non-Western traditions. Students will study a variety of literary forms (poetry, plays, novels, etc.) and genres (monster stories, utopias, murder mysteries, etc.) and explore how these different literary productions influence our understanding of the world and our place in it.

WRI 1100 Writing and Analyzing Arguments

WRI 1100 provides instruction and practice in college-level writing tasks, emphasizing the writing of arguments and the awareness that argument is the cornerstone of academic writing.  Students will develop critical thinking skills and academic writing skills by reading, analyzing and understanding complex texts from different cultures and communities.  In order to learn how to write college level arguments, students will refine their writing process, develop an awareness of their audience and rhetorical context, learn to use source material effectively and properly, and expand their repertoires of rhetorical strategies and organizational techniques.  Individual sections may have a specific theme or focus and some may be taught as global-learning first year seminars.

WRI 1150 Literature and Argument

This course combines instruction in college level writing and argumentation with an introduction to the study of literature.  As we read poems, stories, and plays by writers from diverse cultural backgrounds, we will discuss how readers respond to gaps in the text, bringing their own interests and experiences to bear on the text, and how authors use figurative language and the conventions of genre and narrative to structure texts, both literary and rhetorical, that guide us toward certain readings.  We will also discuss the differences between civic, academic and imaginative writing and read texts from a variety of disciplines.  We will examine arguments, analyze their components, and construct arguments in response to the texts we read.  Finally, students will use academic arguments from other disciplines to interpret and respond to literature.  As we construct readings of texts and share them with others through writing, the course will also emphasize the writing process.

Prospective English majors are encouraged to take WRI 1150.

WRI 1200 Research, Argument, and Writing

This course continues WRI 1100’s focus on argument as the cornerstone of academic writing, emphasizing organization, logical reasoning, and critical thinking. Students prepare a major argumentative research paper by locating and evaluating sources; summarizing, synthesizing, and incorporating them; and attributing ideas to their sources. The student will learn how to research, organize, draft, and revise both short and long research papers in MLA or APA format. The major focus of the course is a substantial (approximately 3000 word) paper in which the student draws upon a variety of authoritative sources to present an original argument.