Course Descriptions

English Course Descriptions

English courses numbered 210 or higher qualify as Humanities or Liberal Arts electives.


College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.


College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


Literature and Composition - 3 Credits

Students develop skills in understanding and appreciating genres such as poetry, fiction and drama.  Additionally, students apply critical methodologies and investigate relationships between literature and society, thus confirming their analysis and writing skills. 

Prerequisite: ENG110


Children's Literature and Language Arts - 3 Credits

This course is designed to acquaint students with an integrated approach to children’s literature.  Folk and multicultural literature and contemporary issues in children’s literature will be examined.   Explores the use of technology in educational settings and plans for literature based units.

Prerequisite:  ECE/CHS111


Speech Communications - 3 Credits

This course examines fundamental principles of oral communication with emphasis on the logical development, documentation, and delivery of the basic types of speeches. Students will construct audience analyses and participate in the evaluative process of speeches.

Prerequisite: ENG110.


Poetry - 3 Credits

This course examines poetry as a literary genre and offers the opportunity to understand it from historical and aesthetic viewpoints.

Prerequisite: ENG120.


Short Fiction - 3 Credits

This course examines the short story as a literary genre and offers the opportunity to understand it from historical and aesthetic viewpoints. Particular emphasis is given to American and contemporary authors such as Hawthorne, Joyce, Steinbeck, Welty, Hemingway, and others who have made noteworthy contributions to the genre.

Prerequisite: ENG120.


African-American Literature - 3 Credits

This course introduces students to African-American writers. Essays, poetry, drama, and fiction from representative African-American writers are read and discussed.

Prerequisite: ENG120.


Mythology in Literature - 3 Credits

This course examines ancient legends from classical mythology and other sources from the genetic, generic, psychological, socio-religious, and imaginative points of view. Selected readings illustrate the impact of mythology on literature and the other fine arts.

Prerequisite: ENG120.


Basics of Journalism - 3 Credits

This course surveys print and broadcast media for the purpose of developing writing skills relevant to news stories, features, editorials, interviews, and surveys.

Cross listed with COM298. Prerequisite: ENG120.


Women in Literature - 3 Credits

This course offers students the opportunity to read and analyze fiction and non-fiction from the feminist perspective. The works are examined in order to evaluate the role of women in literature as authors, as characters, and as critics.

Prerequisite: ENG120.


Film: The Reel Experience - 3 Credits

This course deals with the elements of film including the script, filming techniques, direction, acting, editing, art and set design, costume and makeup, and historical development. Examples from various genres are viewed for analysis.

Cross listed with COM304. Prerequisite: ENG207


Bible as Literature - 3 Credits

This course undertakes a close reading of representative selections from the Bible and applies the methods of literary study to the Biblical text. The course seeks to demonstrate that the Bible is not only a collection of literary masterpieces but is in its entirety a work with a coherent literary structure. It is also a principal source of Western literary themes, forms, archetypes, and imagery.

Prerequisite: ENG120, above-average achievement in ENG110 and ENG120, and permission of the instructor


Advanced Composition - 3 Credits

This writing course stresses the mastery of more complex forms of expository and argumentative writing. Emphasis is placed on the composing process, vividness of expression, writing for a particular audience, and refining the writer's style.

Prerequisites: ENG120 and permission of the instructor.


Creative Writing - 3 Credits

This course provides extensive imaginative writing of description, dialogue, poetry, and narrative. The course is designed for students who write readily but need direction and consultation.


Novel - 3 Credits

This course examines the novel as a literary genre and offers the opportunity to understand it from historical and aesthetic viewpoints.

Prerequisites: ENG214, ENG270.


Modern Drama - 3 Credits

This course provides a comparative study of the major dramatists of the twentieth century. Particular emphasis is placed on analysis of landmark plays which demonstrate the rise of social consciousness in this genre.

Prerequisite: ENG120.


Shakespeare - 3 Credits

This course introduces students to Shakespeare's language, themes, and dramatic art. Representative history plays, comedies, tragedies, and poetry are studied.

Prerequisite: ENG270.


Special Problems in English - 3 credits

This course, suggested particularly for English majors, offers a venue for further studies in the triumvirate: writing, literature, and critical theory, or a combination thereof.