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English Department

Courses Offered

(note: not all electives are offered every semester)


ENG 109 Grammar for College Writing

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 101

3 semester hours

This ten-week course offers intensive instruction in English grammar as it applies to written discourse. In a workshop setting, students learn to identify parts of speech, sentence structure, and common grammatical errors. Emphasis is placed on building knowledge and skills in the context of actual writing tasks. Graded on a pass/fail basis, the course may be taken alone or in conjunction with other college writing-based courses.



ENG 084 Basic Composition

Prerequisite: Placement determined by college entrance examination or by referral from ENG 066 with a grade of C- or better or by ESL faculty referral

4 semester hours

This course introduces students to the types of academic writing required in college courses. Appropriate reading selections and/or whole books are used for their content and as effective models. Emphasis is given to developing opinion/ support essays using the writing-as-process philosophy. Word processing is used for revision, and computer classroom time is scheduled. Students are introduced to library resources and taught how to incorporate citations into their papers. Credit is applicable in selected career and certificate programs only. A portfolio of course work is required.



ENG 101 Composition

Prerequisite: Placement determined by college entrance exam, completion of ENG 084 with a grade of C or better, or by recommendation of ESL faculty

3 semester hours

This course develops students abilities to write effective essays and to reason critically. A review of grammar and syntax, as needed, is included. The goals of unity, coherence and logical development are pursued through analysis of professional and student essays and through practice of prewriting, writing and revision techniques. Students learn various organizational patterns. Students will write and revise several essays.



ENG 102 Literature and Composition

Prerequisite: ENG 101

3 semester hours

This composition course is a continuation of work on skills begun in ENG 101. Students receive further instruction in composition and write frequently in and out of class. The analytical and critical essays they produce focus on fiction, drama, and poetry. To prepare for these writing tasks, students learn how to read and appreciate various literary genres, how to interpret literature, and how to explain and support their ideas in writing.



ENG 114 Childrens Literature

Prerequisite: ENG 101

3 semester hours

This course presents an overview of childrens literature, focusing on picture books, traditional literature and contemporary childrens novels and non-fiction. Topics include the relationship of illustration and text and oral interpretation of childrens literature. Students read many picture books and several childrens novels and apply analytical techniques to write both formal and informal papers. They also keep a journal. Interactive computer participation is required for this course.



ENG 150 Introduction to African-American Literature

Prerequisite: ENG 101

3 semester hours

The rich contribution of African-American writers to the American literary tradition is the subject of this course. Students read the works of Jupiter Hamman, the slave narratives of the nineteenth century, writers from the Harlem Renaissance and postwar authors such as Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison and Alice Walker. This literature is studied in the context of American cultural history.



ENG 160 Introduction to Literature by Women

Prerequisite: ENG 101

3 semester hours

This course will focus on the works of female writers. Its purpose is to allow students to develop a sense of the range, variety, and quality of the writing of those women whose voices are not always included in literary canons. Authors are considered from both historical and feminist perspectives.



ENG 180 Introduction to Creative Writing

Prerequisite: ENG 101

3 semester hours

This is a first course in the creative expression of ideas, principally in fiction and poetry, although other forms of writing are considered. The class typically includes writing, reading and discussion of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.



ENG 200 Advanced Composition

Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102

3 semester hours

This course emphasizes writing that explains, informs, analyzes and persuades. Students write extensively, both in and out of class, and build upon the skills mastered in ENG 101 and ENG 102 . Students also engage in rhetorical, stylistic and thematic analyses of their own writing and the writing of others and further develop revision strategies.



ENG 211 The Short Story

Prerequisites: ENG 102

3 semester hours

This course focuses on the development of the short story, primarily from the 19th century to the present. It includes an investigation into the roots of the short story (narrative poems, fables, tales, parables), and close reading of classic short stories by acknowledged masters of the form, complemented by a wide-ranging examination of contemporary short stories that emphasizes the rich diversity of experiences, voices, and forms available to us through this literary genre.



ENG 221 American Literature I

Prerequisite: ENG 102

3 semester hours

EN 205 offers a study of the main currents of American literary thought against the background of historical and social developments from the Puritan period to the Civil War. The course focuses on the works of such writers as Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Whitman, and Dickinson.



ENG 222 American Literature II

Prerequisite: ENG 102

3 semester hours

This course offers a study of American literature covering the period from the Civil War to the present. The course focuses on the works of major writers such as  James, Twain, Hemingway, Eliot, Fitzgerald, ONeill, Faulkner, Cather, and Ellison.



ENG 231 British Literature I

Prerequisite: ENG 102

3 semester hours

This course surveys British literature from its Old English and Middle English origins to its flowering in the Renaissance and through the Age of Enlightenment. Among the works and authors studied are Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the English Bible, Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Marvell, Milton, Dryden, Swift, Pope and Samuel Johnson.



ENG 232 British Literature II

Prerequisite: ENG 102

3 semester hours

This survey of British literature enters into the spirit of the age of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries with the great Romantics from Blake to Keats; progresses to the concerns about God and society of such eminent Victorians as Tennyson and Arnold; and concludes by probing the complexities of the modern era through such key figures as Woolf and Eliot.



ENG 233 Shakespeare

Prerequisite: ENG 102

3 semester hours

This course will examine selected themes and issues in Shakespeare's major plays from a number of critical perspectives. Topics for each semester might focus on a single aspect of the playwrights work such as Shakespeare's tragic perspective from an examination of his Tragedies and Histories; the playwrights comic universe from a study of Shakespeare's Comedies; the playwright as poet, a study of his sonnets; or an examination of several themes such as love, and evaluate that theme as it suggests itself throughout Shakespeare's canon. The class might also focus on Shakespeare in performance or Shakespeare on film. This course may be taken only once for credit.



ENG 241 World Literature I

Prerequisite: ENG 102

3 semester hours

This course offers a critical survey of the masterpieces of world literature through the eighteenth century. Among the authors studied are Homer, Aeschylus, Virgil, Dante, Cervantes and Voltaire. Selections from non-Western classics such as the Bhagavad Gita, Gilgamesh and Dream of the Red Chamber will supplement the surveys coverage.



ENG 242 World Literature II

Prerequisite: ENG 102

3 semester hours

Providing a critical survey of nineteenth and twentieth century masterpieces of world literature, this course includes a study of fiction, poetry and drama by such representative writers as Goethe, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Ibsen, Kafka, Brecht, Camus, Garcia Marquez and Mishima.



ENG 250 Studies in Ethnic Literature

Prerequisite: ENG 120

3 semester hours

This course will introduce students to contemporary literature by minority writers. Through critical engagement with a broad representation of multicultural texts, we will broaden our understanding of how American identity is shaped by globalization.



ENG 271 Film and Literature

Prerequisite: ENG 102

3 semester hours

This interdisciplinary course explores what happens when works of literature, such as novels and plays, are adapted for the screen. In analyzing specific literature-to-film adaptation, class discussions focus upon elements common to both art forms (e.g., plot, character, point of view, symbolism and irony) as well as elements exclusive to each (e.g., visual images and music in film). Such discussions are intended to lead students to a deeper understanding of each art form and the interrelationships between them.



ENG 282 Creative Poetry Writing

Prerequisite: ENG 180 or permission of the instructor

3 semester hours

This course is a continuation of work on creative writing skills begun in ENG 180 Introduction to Creative Writing. The focus, however, is exclusively on the techniques of writing poetry. Students will work on their own poems while studying acknowledged masters of the form and discussing such elements of craft as imagery, tone, meter, rhyme, etc.



ENG 283 Creative Fiction Writing

Prerequisite: ENG 180 or permission of the instructor

3 semester hours

This course is a continuation of work on creative writing skills begun in ENG 180 Introduction to Creative Writing. The focus, however, is exclusively on the techniques of writing fiction. Students will work on their own stories while studying acknowledged masters of the form and discussing such elements of craft as character and conflict, dialogue, point of view, etc.



ENG 285 Memoir Writing

Prerequisite: ENG 180 or permission of the instructor

3 semester hours

This course is a continuation of work on creative writing skills begun in EN 180. The focus, however, is exclusively on the techniques of writing the memoir. Students will work on their own memory pieces while studying acknowledged masters of the form and discussing such narrative elements as character and conflict, setting, dialogue, voice, and point of view.



ENG 291 Mythology

Prerequisite: ENG 102

3 semester hours

Myth means a story and this course will chart how mythic stories have been told through ancient sources: epics, drama, short prose, and recorded oral tradition. Moreover, modern manifestations of myth and mythic symbols in film, literature, and popular culture will be connected to the ancient texts to demonstrate the commonality and diversity found across cultures and time. Discussion of myth as theology, cosmology, and psychological/social phenomena will augment the treatment of myth as provocative and substantial literature.



ENG 295 Seminar in English

Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102

3 semester hours

The English seminar offers an in-depth examination of specialized subjects in English. A particular theme, genre, time period , literary movement or individual writer is selected as the focus of the course. Seminar discussions and student reports are directed at analytical evaluation of the course topic.