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Archived English (ENGL) Course Descriptions

ENGL 090 Fundamentals of Composition and Grammar. (3)

Provides students with an opportunity to acquire skills necessary for successful performance in English 101. Grade of C or better required to pass. (F, S) (Non-graduation credit)

ENGL 099 Fundamentals of Reading. (3)

Techniques of word attack, vocabulary building, sentence and paragraph analysis. Grade of C or better required to pass. (Non-graduation credit)

ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric I. (3) Prerequisite: ENGL 90 or equivalent proficiency.

Exploration of the writing process, with emphasis on development of expository writing skills. Grade of C or better required to pass. (F, S)

ENGL 102 Composition and Rhetoric II. (3) Prerequisite: A grade of C or higher in ENGL 101 or equivalent proficiency.

Further exploration of the writing process and refinement of skills developed in English 101. Emphasis on the more specialized forms of writing, including argumentative and research-based writing and writing about literature. Grade of C or better required to pass. (F, S)

ENGL 203 World Literature I. (3) Prerequisite: C or higher in ENGL 102 or equivalent proficiency.

Literary masterpieces of western and non-western civilizations up to approximately1650 (through European Renaissance), with emphasis on critical analysis, discussion, and writing about various genres, including drama, poetry, and narrative. Selective use of non-print media complements primary

focus on close reading of printed texts. (F, S)

ENGL 204 World Literature II. (3) Prerequisite: C or higher in ENGL 102 or equivalent proficiency.

A sampling of works representing western and non-western civilizations from approximately 1650 (European Neoclassical period) to the present, with emphasis on critical analysis, discussion, and writing about various genres, including drama, poetry, and narrative. Selected authors include women writers and writers representing historically marginalized ethnic groups including authors of color. Selective use of non-print media complements primary focus on close reading of printed texts. (F, S)

ENGL 205 Writing About Literature. (3) Prerequisite: C or higher in ENGL 102 or demonstration of equivalent proficiency.

A writing course for English majors that incorporates modern literature of various genres. Grade of C or better required for English program admission. ENGL 205 or demonstrated equivalent proficiency is the prerequisite for all courses for the English major, minor, or teaching content specialization(except for ENGL 250, 329A, 330; and journalism courses). (F, S)

Note: An asterisk (*) following a course title listed below indicates that ENGL 205 or instructor consent is the prerequisite for that course. Obtaining consent to enroll in any course prior to completion of ENGL 205 does not mean that the ENGL 205 requirement has been waived for students pursuing a major, minor, or teaching content specialization in English.

ENGL 250 Technical Writing. (3) Prerequisites: ENGL 102; and junior or senior status or consent of instructor.

The study and application of the special techniques involved in the composition of professional letters, proposals, and reports. Course includes word processing. (F)

ENGL 260 Creative Writing.*(3)

An introduction to writing poetry, drama, and fiction.

ENGL 300 English Grammars.* (3) Prerequisite: ENGL 302 or consent of instructor.

Introduction to structural, transformational, and traditional grammars of English. (S)

ENGL 302 Study of the English Language.* (3)

Introduction to the study of phonology, morphology, and syntax of English and the forces, past and present, affecting the language. Promotes awareness of historical and cultural roots of various language patterns. (F)

ENGL 308 Advanced Composition.* (3) This course should be taken prior to the senior year. Advanced study and practice of the techniques of expository, argumentative, descriptive, and narrative writing. (S)

ENGL 310 The Teaching of Reading.* (3)

Study of the techniques of beginning and developmental reading in grades 5-Adult. Emphasis on adopting a teacher/researcher model of teaching; on developing instructional strategies to enhance reading comprehension by integrating reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills; and on learning effective ways to communicate respect for learners from all backgrounds and at all developmental levels. (S)

ENGL 324-325-326-327, 328* (See titles below)

These five survey courses are the literary core for students taking a major, minor (except Writing-Journalism Emphasis), or a 5-Adult teaching field in English.

ENGL 324 Survey of British Literature I.* (3)

The Anglo-Saxon Period to Restoration. (F)

ENGL 325 Survey of British Literature II.* (3)

From Restoration Through Romantic.(F)

ENGL 326 Survey of British Literature III.* (3)

From Victorian to Present. (S)

ENGL 327 Survey of American Literature I.* (3)

From Beginning to Civil War. (F)

ENGL 328 Survey of American Literature II.* (3)

From Civil War to Present. (S)

ENGL 329 Children’s Literature. (3) Prerequisite: ENGL 203 or consent of instructor.

A survey of both traditional and modern juvenile literature. Satisfies requirement for the K-6 certification. Selected authors include women writers and writers representing historically underrepresented ethnic groups including authors of color. Selective use of non-print media complements primary focus on printed texts, illustrations, and elements of book design. (F, S)

ENGL 329A Children’s Literature. (1) Prerequisite: ENGL 203 or consent of instructor.

A study of folktales and myths especially appropriate for grades 5-Adult. Selections represent a variety of western and non-western cultural traditions, including those of historically marginalized ethnic groups including authors of color. Selective use of non-print media complements primary focus on printed texts, illustrations, and elements of book design. Satisfies requirement for the 5-Adult certification or for the 5-9 certification with a secondary field. (F, S)

ENGL 330 Young Adult Literature. (3) Prerequisite: ENGL 203 or 204, or consent of instructor.

A survey of literature that appeals to adolescents with emphasis on effective teaching applications. Selected authors include women writers and writers representing historically marginalized ethnic traditions, including authors of color. Selective use of non-print media complements primary focus on printed texts, illustrations, and elements of book design. (F)

ENGL 413A English Language Arts Professional Seminar. (1) Prerequisites: Admission to Professional Education program; admission to B.S. English Language Arts program; EDUC 306; SPED 309, 310; ENGL 203, 204, 205 (with a grade of C or better), 300, 302, 310, 330. Or instructor consent. Highly recommended: ENGL 329A; Advanced Mini-Courses (ENGL 431A-440A) representing the following categories: female authors, authors of historically marginalized ethnic groups, such as authors of color.

Advanced educational research course for B.S. Education English Language Arts 5-9 and 5-Adult degree candidates. Teaching applications include multicultural approaches and mediaenriched, technology-supported ELA instruction and assessment that incorporates differentiation and adaptation strategies to meet a wide variety of learner needs. Self-critique of media site presentations focuses on modeling effective communication skills. Teacher candidates explore avenues for ongoing professional growth as teacher-researchers, including active membership in ELA professional organizations and subscribing to academic journals. A prerequisite for ENGL 414/415. (S)

ENGL 414 Special Methods in the Teaching of English Language Arts. (3) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Study of methods and materials for teaching English language arts in grades 5-Adult. Emphasis on adopting a teacher/researcher model of teaching, on developing instructional strategies for facilitating integration of the language arts, and on learning effective ways to communicate respect for learners from all backgrounds and at all developmental levels. Students who anticipate student teaching in the Fall should take 414 the preceding Fall. Grade of C or better required to pass. (F)

ENGL 415 Practicum in the Teaching of English Language Arts. (1) Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Supervised experience teaching fundamentals of reading, composition, and effective language usage. Emphasis on implementing a teacher/researcher model of teaching, on facilitating integration of the language arts, and on effectively communicating respect for learners from all backgrounds and at all developmental levels. (F)

ENGL 470 Independent Study. (1, 2, 3) Prerequisites: A 2.5 average; ENGL 203, 204, or 205; consent of the instructor.

Typically, the course will be an indepth study of a subject (mutually agreed upon by the student and the instructor) not normally treated in other courses. Applications may be picked up from the Division Chairperson. (F, S)

ENGL 480-481 Honors Courses. (3, 3)

Juniors and seniors who qualify for Honors Courses are offered the opportunity to study with individual members of Faculty. This is specialized study apart from conventional class-room work. Interested students should contact the Division Chairperson for further information. (F, S)

Mini-Courses

ENGL 203A; 204A; 207A Special Topics. (1, 1, 1)

Prerequisite: C or higher in ENGL 102 or equivalent proficiency. Individual one-hour courses open to both English majors and non-majors. In some cases, these courses may be used toward fulfillment of General Studies requirements (see page 61).

ENGL 260A: Creative Writing: Poetry. (1)

ENGL 260B: Creative Writing: Drama. (1)

ENGL 260C: Creative Writing: Fiction. (1) Prerequisite: ENGL 260 or consent of instructor

Intermediate-level, genre-specific creative writing courses offered as needed to accommodate students who have demonstrated strong creative writing skills in ENGL 260 or through submission of a promising creative-writing portfolio.

ENGL 431A — 440A Advanced Mini-Courses. Prerequisites for ENGL 431A through ENGL 439A: ENGL 205 with a grade of C or better; and one of the following: ENGL 324, 325, 326, 327, or 328; or consent of the instructor. Prerequisites for ENGL 440A: ENGL 205 with a grade of C or better (or demonstration of comparable writing skills); and one of the following: ENGL 324, 325, 326, 327, or 328 (or demonstration of comparable reading skills); and  junior or senior status; and consent of the instructor

Individual one-hour courses designed primarily for students pursuing a major, minor, or teaching content specialization in English, but may be appropriate for upper-level students in other disciplines as well. These mini-courses typically focus on major authors, genres, themes, or literary movements, or other selected aspects of the following categories:

ENGL 431A British Literature prior to the Restoration. (1)

ENGL 432A British Literature from the Restoration through the Romantics. (1)

ENGL 433A British Literature from Victorian to the Present. (1)

ENGL 434A American Literature from the Beginnings to the Civil War. (1)

ENGL 435A American Literature from the Civil War to the Present. (1)

ENGL 436A Anglophone Literature. (1)

ENGL 437A Literature in English Translation. (1)

ENGL 438A Advanced Special Topics. (1)

ENGL 439A Linguistics; Literary Theory and Criticism; Research Methods. (1)

ENGL 440A Advanced Individual Research Project. (1)

Journalism (JOUR) Course Descriptions

JOUR 210 High School Publications. (3) Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

Instruction in all phases of the management and production of high school publications. (F)

JOUR 220 News Reporting I. (3) Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

An introductory survey of journalism with application in a classroom laboratory of the techniques of news gathering, news writing and editing, and the ethics and responsibilities of a reporter. (F)

JOUR 221 News Reporting II. (3) Prerequisite: ENGL 102, JOUR 220.

A continuation of news writing with an emphasis on advanced stories. (S)

JOUR 330 Copy Editing and Design. (3) Prerequisites: ENGL 102, JOUR 220-221 or consent of instructor.

The principles and techniques of editing and improving copy, writing headlines, and producing attractive page makeup and display of copy. (F)

JOUR 332 Graphics and Visual Communication. (3) Prerequisite: ENGL 102, JOUR 330 or consent of instructor.

The preparation of copy and illustrations for mass reproduction with special attention to typography, layout, design, and desktop publishing. Specific techniques of copy preparation for brochures, newsletters, and other means of printed communication. (S)

JOUR 334 Feature Writing. (3) Prerequisites: ENGL 102, JOUR 220-221 or consent of instructor.

Principles and techniques of feature writing with extensive study in interpretive reporting, critical analysis. (S)

JOUR 340 Public Relations. (3) Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and CART 101.

An introductory survey of the principles and techniques of communication between an organization and its internal and external publics.

JOUR 350A-D Journalism Practicum. (1-4) Prerequisites: ENGL 102, JOUR 220- 221, and consent of instructor.

May be repeated for a maximum of four hours. Provides on-campus and/or off-campus experience in handling communication assignments. Supervised by a journalism instructor. Portfolio requirement. Contracts to be drawn up at outset of course. Credit will be on a pass/fail basis. (F, S)

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