ENG 201 : Shakespeare: Early Works

Explores the development of Shakespeare's art and contribution to literature, culture, and the English language, with a focus on the earlier histories, tragedies, comedies, and non-dramatic poetry. Introduces the study of Shakespeare's dramatic techniques, character development, historical and cultural setting, and language.


Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.

Recommended Prerequisites:

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

  • Identify and discuss qualities of Shakespeare’s earlier texts and the issues of interpretation and language confronted by readers, actors, and
  • viewers when approaching his writing.
  • Discuss the development of Shakespeare’s art and contribution to literature and culture.
  • Read analytically to determine Shakespeare’s purpose, historical and cultural perspective, and use of rhetorical and dramatic strategies in creating
  • a play/poem.
  • Discuss how the philosophical and intellectual viewpoints of the English Renaissance shaped Shakespeare’s writing, and their application today.
  • Engage in thoughtful discussion and self-reflection regarding the social and ethical questions the plays and poems raise regarding human experience.
  • Write coherent and compelling essays that begin to explore the complex questions Shakespeare raises.

Additional Information

This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/ASOT-B, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAOT.

Course Adoption Date

Course Revision Date





Grading Options

Letter Grades


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