crossing boundaries

Crossing Boundaries

The Crossing Boundaries component includes four categories of courses (Faith Traditions, Practical Ethical Action, Inquiry and Integrative courses) that challenge students and faculty to link aspects of their own lives, majors, and careers to a broader world within and outside academia. At this moment, the English Department only offers Cross Boundaries Inquiry and Cross Boundaries Integrative. A few Faith Traditions and Practical Ethical Action courses are under review by the university CAP committee. 



By taking a course outside one’s major, students learn different philosophies and approaches that translate to new ways of problem solving.


The Inquiry component of CAP requires that students select a course outside their own division to better understand the ways of knowing found in other academic disciplines. The Inquiry course will serve as an introduction to key methods of investigation, interpretation, exploration, and ways of knowing. This course will also include a reflective and comparative component in which a student examines methods in his or her major field with those in the field of the Inquiry course.

  • ENG 318: Detective Fiction. Introduction to detective fiction, focusing on its developments, conventions, subgenres and themes including crime and concepts of justice while developing student’s critical reading and writing skills.
  • ENG 336: Gender and Fiction. The study of the relationship between gender and fiction.
  • ENG 359: Discourse Analysis. Study of methods for critical analysis of discourse in contemporary social contexts. Emphasis on techniques for analyzing language as social practice.
  • ENG 372: Business and Professional Writing. Analysis and practice in effective workplace communication. Emphasis on rhetorical elements to produce documents for both business and professional situations.
  • ENG 373: Writing in the Health Professions. Intensive practice in reading and writing for the healthcare professions. Critical reading, analysis, and reflection on issues, trends, and texts in healthcare.
  • ENG 375: Writing for the Web. Study of the theory and practice of writing rhetorically effective website content and producing websites. Focuses on writing and editing effective web content that engages users.



The unification of subjects and classes plays an important role in understanding contemporary social issues and problems.


The Integrative course in the CAP requires students select a course that transcends disciplinary boundaries and explicitly examines significant social issues or problems in a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary framework. Collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts by faculty are encouraged but not required for this course.

  • ENG 321: Reading Popular Music. A focus on popular music texts through scholarly approaches. The course will emphasize critical reading and writing skills while being applied to the popular music through secondary sources.
  • ENG 340: US Prison Literature and Culture. Introduction to some of the major voices that have emerged from the prison system from the rise of the modern prison in the late eighteenth century to the contemporary period. There will be an emphasis on multiple literary texts and films through critical engagement.
  • ENG 349: Children’s Literature and Culture. Interdisciplinary study of children’s literature and culture as diverse, historical, social and artistic expressions.
  • ENG 366: Health Literacy and Social Justice. The study of health literacy from a public health and social justice perspective, examining the impact of limited health literacy on people’s access to and understanding of written health care information.
  • EDT 466: TESOL Methods for Teaching English Language Learners. Introduction to key concepts in Teaching English to speakers of other languages. Students will investigate approaches to teaching the four skills of English (reading, writing, listening and speaking) across varying contexts and proficiency levels.

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