English Courses

English (ENG)

101 Reading Comprehension for 2nd Language Learners I (3 hours)                                   
Course is designed for intermediate level students who have demonstrated control
of basic English grammatical structures.  The course’s aim is to develop students’ reading skills and vocabulary in English and, simultaneously, to improve their written and oral expression.
Prerequisite: Placement by ESL Program Director
 
102 Reading Comprehension for 2nd Language Learners II  (3 hours)           
Course is designed for advanced level students who have demonstrated control of basic reading comprehension in English.  Through the study of a variety of academic textual material, the students will practice the skills necessary for academic success, including reading for critical and analytical study, note taking in an academic course setting, and academic research methodologies.
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or placement by ESL Program Director
 
103 Conversational English I (3 hours)                                    
Course is designed for intermediate level students who have demonstrated control of basic English grammatical structures and who need practice in oral expression of idea and thought.  The course aims to increase fluency in spoken English and to expand vocabulary.
Prerequisite: Placement by ESL Program Director
 
104 Conversational English II  (3 hours)                                    
Course is designed for advanced students who have general fluency in spoken English.  The course aims to develop oral expression as well as to expand vocabulary necessary for academic study in American higher education programs.
Prerequisite:  ENG 103 or placement by ESL Program Director
 
105 Grammar & Writing in English (3 hours)                                    
Course is designed to further develop ESL students understanding of English grammar as a tool in writing effective essays, summaries, and letters.  The course seeks to develop writing abilities at all levels of the writing process, including generating ideas, planning and organizing content, drafting, proofreading, and revising.
Prerequisite: Placement by ESL Program Director
 
106 Academic Writing  (3 hours)                                    
This is a course in written communication in an academic environment.  Emphasis is placed on development, structure, and writing of abstracts, summaries, and critiques.  The elements of academic research and writing emphasized.
Prerequisite: ENG 105 or placement by ESL Program Director
 
107 American Culture I  (3 hours)                                    
A two-semester course designed to cultivate insight into American Culture through a variety of classroom and field related activities.  Exposes students to American manners, traditions, mores, etc., and prepares the students to use English appropriately in a range of situations and contexts for a variety of purposes.
Prerequisite: Admittance to the English as a Second Language program
 
108 American Culture II (3 hours)                                    
Continuation course designed to cultivate insight into American Culture through a variety of classroom and field related activities.  Exposes students to American manners, traditions, mores, etc., and prepares the students to use English appropriately in a range of situations and contexts for a variety of purposes.
Prerequisite: ENG107
 
140 Introduction to Writing  (3 hours)
See Freshman Studies Program for course description.
 
141 Expository and Research Writing  (3 hours)
This is a course in written communication. Emphasis is placed on development, structure, and writing of abstracts, summaries, and critiques. Literary devices such as pro/con, cause/effect, comparison/contrast, persuasion/argumentation essays and research/synthesis skills are used through a research paper. Must receive a grade of “C” or better to enroll in ENG142. Prerequisite: ENG140 (“C” or better) or Placement
Offered Fall, Spring
 
142 Introduction to Literature and Criticism  (3 hours)
This course presents literature—drama, short stories, novel, poetry and critical essays – from literary critical perspectives. Through reading, discussion, and critical writing, students become familiar with representative genres in literature as well as authentic criti­cal approaches. Prerequisite: ENG141 (“C” or better)   Offered Fall, Spring
 
190, 390 Special Topics  (3 hours)
Topics will vary.  Prerequisite: None, unless listed in the schedule of courses.
  
221 History of the English Language  (3 hours)
This course studies language and writing with a special emphasis on the history and evolution of English from its origins through Old English, Middle English, and Modern English. It may look at British/American English variances as well as how words are coined and adapted. Students will study the English language as an ever-growing, ever-changing phenomenon.  Offered Spring  odd numbered years.
 
223 Advanced Grammar  (3 hours)
This course is an in-depth study of both descriptive and prescriptive grammar. It concentrates strongly on understanding and using prescriptive grammar, especially as it pertains to writing.  Prerequisite: ENG141  Offered Spring even numbered years
 
241 Creative Writing  (3 hours)
An advanced writing course that encourages and develops freelance ability in the communicative arts. Students will write and criticize their own material in light of modern critical thought and development.
Prerequisite: ENG142  Offered Fall odd numbered years
 
242 Short Story Interpretation (w)  (3 hours)
Examines the short story with a view to helping students understand, enjoy, critique and appreciate more fully any story that they may read.  This is a writing intensive course.
Prerequisite: ENG142  Offered Fall even numbered years

262 Editing  (3 hours)
An advanced course in evaluating a written text for quality, value, tone, and voice for a variety of audiences. Attention will be given to proofreading, grammar, premise, logic, content, and holistic value of the finished piece.   Offered Fall odd numbered years
 
290 Period Literature (w)  (3 hours)
This course is a survey of one of the following literary periods in English or American Literature: Literature to 1700; Literature from 1700 to 1800; Literature from 1800 to 1900 Literature from 1900 to W.W. II; Literature from Post-W.W. II to Present. May be taken more than once as long as different literary periods are studied each time. This is a writing intensive course.  Prerequisite: ENG142   Offered Spring
 
320 Autobiography  (3 hours)
No Longer Offered
A comparative survey of autobiography which examines the historical and structural components of this literary genre through readings such as St. Augustine’s Confessions, La Vita Nuova, Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Emphasis is given to distinctive function of the autobiography as an instrument both of individual and of social construction.   Prerequisite: ENG142   Offered Fall odd numbered years
 
346 The Novel (w)  (3 hours)
A study of major trends, themes, and developments in the novel as a literary genre. Major authors from America, South America, Britain, France, Russia, Spain, and/or the Orient are examined from the point of view of their unique contribution to the novel as
art and commentary. This is a writing intensive course.
Prerequisite: ENG142  Offered Fall
 
347 American Novel (w)  (3 hours)
A study of major trends, themes, and developments in the novel as an American literary genre. Major authors will be examined from the point of view of their unique contribution to the novel as art and commentary. This is a writing intensive course. Prerequisite: ENG142   Offered Spring
 
360 American Poetry (w)  (3 hours)
A survey of American poetry from the age of Whitman to the present, showing the effects of the Romantic Revolution on an American Puritan tradition, and the making of a national vernacular for poetry. This is a writing intensive course.
Prerequisite: ENG142   Offered Spring odd numbered years
 
361 English Poetry (w)  (3 hours)
A survey of English poetry from the Elizabethans through the Victorians. The course examines leading figures from the Elizabethans, the Seventeenth Century, the Eighteenth Century, the Romantics, and the Victorians. Trends and influences of each respective age are discussed in the progressive development of poetry in England.  This is a writing intensive course.   Prerequisite: ENG142  Offered Spring even numbered years
 
380 Shakespeare (w) (3 hours)
A study of Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetic canon in the context of English Renaissance. Close reading and critical examination of representative works, including comedies, tragedies, history plays, and sonnets.  This is a writing intensive course.
Prerequisite: ENG142 and ENG221 for majors  Offered Fall even numbered years
 
460 Modern Poetics  (3 hours)
A study of the work of particular English-language poets in the modern and contemporary periods. Techniques of approaching poetry will be studied with example and theory. Prerequisite: ENG360 or ENG361  Offered Fall even numbered years
  
499 Senior Seminar  (3 hours)
The capstone course for English majors which includes guided research, synthesis of reading and writing, and in-depth literary analysis. Prerequisite: Senior Status  Offered Spring Semester