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ENGL 0003 Basic Writing I
This course is for students who need to review basic grammar rules and mechanics. Included within this course is intensive instruction in grammar, mechanics, and paragraph structure. The course also provides instruction in essay writing, editing, and proofreading. This course does not apply toward total credit hours for graduation.
ENGL 1001 Essay Writing
This course is designed to enhance/improve students' writing abilities leading to a successful college experience. Essay Writing will include development of the structure of an essay and presentation of material in an academic format.
ENGL 1113 Composition I
Required of all students. This course prepares students for college-level writing. Essay organization, development, and style, as well as critical thinking skills will be emphasized. Note: Placement standards may require students to take one or more preparatory courses before being admitted to ENGL 1113.
ENGL 1213 Composition II
Basic requirement for graduation. A continuation of the writing experiences begun in Composition I. Writing experiences are concurrent with thematic material, including imaginative literature and writing across the curriculum. Incorporation of research techniques leading to production of research papers. Prerequisite: ENGL 1113.
ENGL 2023 Creative Writing
This course will focus on writing poetry and fiction. Students will be encouraged to discuss their writing in this workshop. Prerequisite: ENGL 1113 or instructor’s permission.
ENGL 2313 World Literature to 1600
A survey of significant world literature from the beginning of the written word to 1600, as evidenced in fiction, drama, essays, and poetry. Includes a study of various literary genres and conventions, research techniques, critical writing exercises, and discussion.
ENGL 2333 Technical Writing
Introduction to technical writing, focusing on forms of applied writing in each student’s area of specialization. Prerequisite: ENGL 1113.
ENGL 2543 British Literature to 1700
A survey of British Literature from the origins of language to 1700.
ENGL 2613 Introduction to Literature
Introduction of various genres of prose (fiction, drama /film) and poetry. Includes literary terms, verse, image, and language of poetry. Also includes research techniques, critical writing exercises, and discussion. Humanities elective.
ENGL 2653 British Literature from 1700
A survey of British literature from 1700 to the present.
ENGL 2773 American Literature to 1865
A survey of American literature from its colonial beginning to approximately 1865.
ENGL 2883 American Literature from 1865
A survey of American literature from approximately 1865 to the present.
ENGL 2933 World Literature from 1600
A survey of world literature from 1600 to present, as evidenced in fiction, drama, essays, and poetry. Includes a study of various literary genres and conventions; research techniques; critical writing exercises, and discussion.
ENGL 3033 Creative Writing for Game Design
This course will examine the intrinsic creative elements of game design and provide students with the crucial skills required for designing their own original games for the retail market. Prerequisite: ENGL 1213. Highly recommended: ENGL 2023.
ENGL 3113 Advanced Technical Writing
In-depth study of technical writing required in business and science careers and in graduate schools. Focuses on forms of applied writing with required research in each student’s area of specialization. Prerequisite: ENGL 1213.
ENGL 3123 Topics in Advanced Composition
Practice in writing with emphasis on style and strategies of composition. Focus varies: practice in various literary genres; study of rhetoric, practice in various modes; argumentative writing; advanced expository writing. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 and ENGL 1213 or instructor’s permission.
ENGL 3143 Creative Non-Fiction
This course will focus on the "fourth genre" of writing: creative non- fiction. Students will read a variety of essays by published non-fiction writers, discuss and write about the varieties of rhetorical modes used in creative nonfiction, and compose a selection of essays through workshopping and revision. Prerequisite: ENGL 1213.
ENGL 3423 The Novel
Consideration of the work of major novelists. Course will be comparative and based on concepts to include theme and artistic expression.
ENGL 3443 Studies in Poetry
This course analyzes the elements, forms, and history of poetry written in and/or translated into English. The course will be comparative and historical, tracing developments in poetry from its beginnings to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 and ENGL 1213.
ENGL 3513 Literature for Children and Young Adults
Traditional and innovative literature for children, adolescents, and young adults in various genres. Prerequisites: ENGL 1213 and ENGL 2613.
ENGL 3950 Special Topics in English
Current topic in approved area of English study. Content will be determined by the instructor. Repeatable up to 6 hours. (1-6 credit hours.)
ENGL 4133 Fiction Writing
Intensive writing of short stories, with class attention to writing process, style, technique, revision, and contemporary developments in the genre. Prerequisite: ENGL 2023 or instructor’s permission.
ENGL 4143 Poetry Writing
Intensive writing of poetry, with class attention to writing process, style, technique, revision, and contemporary developments in the genre. Prerequisite: ENGL 2023 or instructor’s permission.
ENGL 4223 Shakespeare
Analysis of a selection of Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, histories, sonnets, and other lyric poetry. Selected criticism, 1600 to the present. Historical background and Shakespeare’s theater.
ENGL 4343 Regional Literature
This course will focus on regional writers of fiction and/or nonfiction and may be repeated with a change of subject matter; maximum credit six hours. Initial focus on well known writers of the region as an introduction, then a broadened focus to include extensive study within a specific category, historical period, works by a single author or several authors within a genre, or special topics of regional interest.
ENGL 4453 Literary Traditions
Literature studies include, but are not limited to, world, British, and American literature approached thematically, regionally, historically, and generically.
ENGL 4513 English Grammar and Usage
Study of English grammar and usage and application to speaking and writing.
ENGL 4533 English Linguistics
A linguistic approach to the phonology, morphology, and syntax of the English language, with attention to semantics and the origin and development of the language.
ENGL 4710 Directed Studies
Intensive independent reading and research on a selected topic, writer, or movement in literature, criticism, research, or rhetoric. 1-3 credit hours. Open to students in a graduating semester.