Core Courses in English and Literature


Purposive Communication is a three-unit course that develops students’ communicative and rhetorical competence through multimodal tasks suited to a multilingual and multicultural audience in a local or global context. It equips students with tools for critical evaluation of a variety of texts and focuses on the power of language and the impact of images to emphasize the importance of conveying messages responsibly.  Following a process-oriented approach to teaching communication, it offers extensive language use and practice and promotes opportunities for problem sensing and problem solving. Students are provided different venues to apply knowledge of rhetoric in creating communication materials that address real-world issues.


A prolific body of literature exists depicting the drama of global encounters where different cultures and perspectives play out the dynamics of conflict and search for human understanding.

This course surveys representative texts in poetry, fiction, and drama, revealing important facets of global society through cultural diversity, conflict resolution, and dialogical interaction. With close attention to genre conventions and various literary modes, students survey a range of global cultural traditions and ideas in view of honoring cultural diversity, expanding personal horizons, and fostering global citizenship.


This is an interdisciplinary course that develops the students' awareness and understanding of the many forms, contexts, perspectives and rhetorical power of narrative. Through the critical reading of particular texts that address or cut across the interests of several disciplines, students will be able to integrate and synthesize different perspectives in the accomplishment of critical and interactive projects which are based on real-world issues and geared towards rhetorical competence and service for others.

ENGL 11 and ENLIT 12 are prerequisites to this course. A student may choose from any of the electives below, including from their own school:

ENE 13.03i Story and Narrative in the Humanities
ENE 13.04i Story and Narrative in Management
ENE 13.05i Story and Narrative in Science and Engineering
ENE 13.06i Story and Narrative in the Social Sciences