ProfessorDr. Leeann Hunter
475 Avery Hall
(509) 335-2627
Office HoursMW 1:10-2:00, Avery 475
Class MeetingsMWF 12:10-1:00, CUE 409

Catalog Description

302 [W] [M] Introduction to English Studies 3 Course Prerequisite: ENGLISH 101 or 298. Interpretation of texts in several fields of English studies including rhetoric, literary study, creative writing and professional writing.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to English Studies that integrates interdisciplinary knowledge from literary studies, rhetoric and professional writing, creative writing, and teaching to prepare students for advancement in the English major, as well as critical literacy skills applicable to a variety of professional challenges of the 21st century. In this section of English Studies, we will focus on nineteenth-century literature and essays, paired with twentieth-century texts, as departing points for our exploration of English Studies.

In this course, students will read a variety of genres, including long-form novels, poetry, memoirs, critical essays, visual art, and nonfiction. Students will write in a variety genres, including literary analysis, research writing, creative writing, digital writing, professional writing, and multimodal content creation. And students will develop rhetorical awareness of how texts, words, and ideas have different meanings in different contexts (literary, historical, geographical, cultural, and modal).

Outcomes and Objectives

  • Think critically about complex texts.
  • Understand the importance of interpretation and participate actively in interpreting texts.
  • Recognize various interpretive strategies and understand that interpretive systems can conflict.
  • Read secondary, historical, and theoretical sources critically and use them effectively in interpretation.
  • Produce different types of written discourse, appropriate to a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • Understand the interrelationships between the various content areas of the English major at WSU.

Required Materials

  • Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations (1861), Broadview Press
  • Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (1865), Broadview Press, 2nd ed
  • Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market (1862), Dover Thrift Editions
  • English Studies, Bedford Select custom edition (available at the Bookie)

Additional Resources

Avery Microcomputer Lab (AML)

All English 302 students have access to the services and facilities of the Avery Microcomputer Lab (AML) (located in Avery 101, 103, & 105), including free academic printing.

The Undergraduate Writing Center

The Undergraduate Writing Center provides free, walk-in peer consultation services. Use of the face-to-face services of the Writing Center (CUE 303) is strongly encouraged.

Course Policies


This course is designed to be delivered face-to-face. While many of the instructional materials are available online and in print, the key learning methods and objectives are practiced through interactive lesson plans. Regular attendance is crucial for student success, roll will be taken daily, and on-time arrival is expected.

Your attendance grade will be determined by the number of unexcused absences you have accrued (grading scale: 0=100, 1=95, 2=85, 3=75, 4=65, 5=55, 6+=0). Three (3) unexcused tardies are equivalent to one (1) unexcused absence. Note that after six (6) unexcused absences, your chances for success in this course decline considerably. It is the student’s responsibility to have their attendance recorded if they arrive after roll has been taken.

You may receive a maximum of two (2) excused absences during the semester that may be used toward university-sponsored activities, professional opportunities, or illness. To receive an excused absence, you must submit a written email request at least one full day prior to the class meeting for scheduled events, and at least one hour prior to the class meeting for illness. Exceptions to these protocols may be made in special cases or emergencies.

In this course, as in any of your classes, if serious illness or emergencies prevent you from regularly attending your classes, you should contact the Dean of Students.

Make-Up Work

Work may be made up for approved absences on a case-by-case basis. Consultation with your professor must be made in person.

Project Submission Guidelines

Timely submission of all assignments is expected. Any work submitted after the deadline will receive a grade penalty of one-half letter grade. After 12 hours, the penalty will be one full letter grade. After 24 hours, the penalty will be two full letter grades. After 48 hours, the work will no longer be accepted, and you will receive a zero for the assignment.

You will submit most of your materials to Blackboard Learn or on your personal WordPress blog. You are responsible for keeping additional backups of all the work you submit for assessment. Specific submission instructions may vary; always consult the course schedule for details.


Important announcements, course information, and project directions will be delivered via the course website or by e-mail. You are responsible for checking your email on a twice-daily basis so that you stay up-to-date on all information relevant to this course. Follow up any important oral communication with your instructors by e-mail. All e-mail correspondence between instructor and student must be conducted in a professional manner.

Mobile Devices and Laptops
Use of mobile devices and laptops is not permitted during class time, unless otherwise announced. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. When use of mobile devices and laptops is permitted, all content displayed on the screens must be appropriate for the academic setting.

University Policies

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the cornerstone of the university. Any student who attempts to gain an unfair advantage over other students by cheating will fail the assignment and be reported to the Office of Student Conduct. Cheating is defined in the Standards for Student Conduct WAC 504-26-010 (3). Read more

WSU Safety Statement

Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Washington State University, and are the shared responsibility of the entire campus population.  WSU urges students to follow the “Alert, Assess, Act” protocol for all types of emergencies and the “Run, Hide, Fight” response for an active shooter incident. Remain ALERT (through direct observation or emergency notification), ASSESS your specific situation, and ACT in the most appropriate way to assure your own safety (and the safety of others if you are able).

Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information on this subject, campus safety, and related topics, please view the FBI’s Run, Hide, Fight video and visit the safety portal.

Reasonable Accommodation

Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please either visit or call the Access Center (Washington Building 217; 509-335-3417) to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center.

Discrimination and Harassment

Discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct (including stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual violence) is prohibited at WSU (See WSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct (Executive Policy 15) andWSU Standards of Conduct for Students).

If you feel you have experienced or have witnessed discriminatory conduct, you can contact the WSU Office for Equal Opportunity (OEO) and/or the WSU Title IX Coordinator at 509-335-8288 to discuss resources, including confidential resources, and reporting options. (Visit for more information).

Most WSU employees, including faculty, who have information regarding sexual harassment or sexual misconduct are required to report the information to OEO or a designated Title IX Coordinator or Liaison.  (Visit for more info).


I. Research Essay25%
II. Multimodal Posters 25%
III. Drafts and Proposals10%
IV. Response Papers20%
V. Engagement20%

WSU Grading Standards

A. Student work demonstrates consistently excellent scholastic performance; thorough comprehension; ability to correlate the material with other ideas, to communicate and to deal effectively with course concepts and new material; reliability in attendance and attention to assignments.

B. Student work demonstrates superior scholastic performance overall, reliability in attendance, and attention to assignments; may demonstrate excellence but be less consistent than the work of an A student.

C. Student work demonstrates satisfactory performance overall, as well as reliability in attendance, and attention to assignments.

D. Student work demonstrates minimal, barely passing performance overall; limited knowledge of subject matter.

F. Student work demonstrates unsatisfactory performance and comprehension or unfulfilled requirements. The grade is failing.

Assignment of Grades

All grades will be assigned according to the rubric included with each assignment.