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ENG 1042  Introduction to College English  (3)                                           fall/spring
Students develop reading and analytical skills by reading samples of student and professional writing. They develop their writing skills by preparing at least four essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies and completing additional grammar and composition exercises. Drafting and editing are emphasized in the weekly labs. This course is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Placement level 1

ENG 1060  Freshman Composition  (3)                                                         fall/spring
This course teaches the same writing concepts as ENG 1042. Successful completion of this course prepares students for ENG 2080. All students are introduced to composing on the word processor and the use of rhetorical strategies. They complete a variety of writing exercises, essays, a research paper, and an optional oral presentation. The Writing Graduation Standard is assessed in this course. This course is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of laboratory per week. Prerequisite: Placement level 2 or higher 

ENG 1061  English Composition  (3)                                                                         fall
Students are expected to read and think critically, to write effectively, and to understand the fundamentals of literary analysis and written composition. Classroom discussion of assigned readings and the construction of related essays are stressed. A required research paper demonstrates the studentís use of resources in locating, organizing, and presenting materials in an accepted format. The Writing Graduation Standard is assessed in this course. This course is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: Placement level 3 or higher 

ENG 1070  Effective Speaking  (3)                                                                 fall/spring
Students study various theories of effective oral communication with the focus on public speaking. Students develop their abilities to listen, analyze audiences, and use visual aids. For some majors, the Oral Communication Graduation Standard is assessed in this course; consult with your advisor about your major; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: None

ENG 2080  Technical Communication  (3)                                    fall/spring/summer
This course is a comprehensive study of the principles, methods, and forms needed to produce clear and effective technical reports, proposals, instructions, graphic aids, and correspondence. Students are prepared for employment interviews through their study of principles of oral communication and their writing of job application letters and resumes. A major technical report written on a topic in the studentís area of interest is required.  The Writing Graduation Standard is assessed in this course. This course is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

ENG 2101  Introduction to Creative Writing  (3)                                        as required
This course encourages students to explore themselves and the world around them with a writerís eye. Along with writing their own stories, students will read stories and essays by other writers and will workshop each otherís stories. This course is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

ENG 2105  Creative Nonfiction  (3)                                                             as required
The course is an introduction to fundamental techniques of writing creative nonfiction, including examining point of view and use of time, place, details, and language. Students refine their writing skills through attention to the craft of writing, revision, and the reading of models. This course is writing-intensive. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent 

ENG 2130  Writing Poetry  (3)                                                                      as required
This course explores the art and the craft of writing poetry and offers an opportunity to practice concepts learned in class in a variety of written exercises. While the instruction encourages students to study published poetry, the emphasis will be on writing poetry for an audience of poetry readers. The course will also cover the rudiments of narrative structure. No previous writing experience is required(General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

ENG 2320  Themes in American Literature  (3)                                         as required
Students read and discuss selected works of recent and earlier American literature focusing on themes such as growing up American, the immigrant experience, country life vs. city life, alienation, the pioneer experience, the impact of the western hero, and work ethic. Understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness and continuity of these themes and of the methods used by fiction writers will enhance the studentsí reading experience; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite:  ENG 1061 or equivalent

ENG 2485  Literature of Peace and Pacifism  (3)                                      as required
This course introduces students to the themes of peace, pacifism, and nonviolence in literature from the United States and around the world. Students will read and discuss classic and contemporary novels, short stories, poems, and films that respond critically to war and suggest peaceful alternatives; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

ENG 2590  Stephen King In Literature & Film  (3)                                as required
This course is designed to offer a critical inquiry into the films, novels, life and works of the bestselling and most popular author of our time Stephen King. Through the critical analysis of such films as Carrie, Stand by Me, Misery, The Shining, and Storm of the Century among others, students will explore their personal relationship to horror fiction, while entertaining a central, pivotal question: What does horror manifestation in popular culture reveal about the American psyche? This course seeks to unravel our cultural fascination with themes of horror fiction, while exploring Kingís works as both a continuation of the literary Gothic canon, and a driving force in the cinematic tradition of American Horror films; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent

ENG 3125  Science Fiction Literature  (3)                                                  as required
3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

ENG 3126  Science Fiction Lit: Utopias, Dystopias, & Ecotopias  (3)       as required
This course introduces students to utopian, dystopian, and ecotopian visions in science fiction literature. We will read and discuss novels, short stories, and films, addressing the theme of sustainable futures or apocalypse; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

ENG 3485  The Tradition of Anti-War Literature  (3)                                  as required
This course studies, in depth, the tradition of anti-war literature from the United States and around the world. We will read and discuss classic and contemporary novels, short stories, poems, and films which address themes of peace, pacifism, and nonviolence, responding critically to war and suggesting peaceful alternatives. 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

ENG 3490  Memoir: Telling Your Life Story (3)                                          as required
The purpose of this course is to teach students to discover the natural form and content of their life stories from a writerís perspective. First, students will practice the four steps of the writerís craft: observation, expression, reflection, and wordsmithing. Second, they will read memoir excerpts from classical and contemporary writers, studying different styles and forms of storytelling. Third, students will workshop each othersí stories, practicing the necessary art of revision, which is the most essential and often the most difficult part of creative writing. Lastly, students will have the opportunity to perform their stories in a public reading; publishing in print and electronic media will also be covered. This class is writing-intensive; 3 hours of lecture per week. Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

ENG 3590  The Films and Novels of Stephen King (3)                             as required
This advanced writing course is designed to offer a critical inquiry into the films, novels, life and works of one of the bestselling and most popular authors of our time: Stephen King. Through the critical analysis of such films as Carrie, Stand By Me, Misery, The Shining, and Storm of the Century (among others), students will explore their personal relationship to horror fiction while entertaining a central, pivotal question: What does horrorís manifestation in popular culture reveal about the American psyche? This course seeks to unravel our cultural fascination with themes of horror fiction, while exploring Kingís works as both a continuation of the literary Gothic canon and a driving force in the cinematic tradition of American horror films; 3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing or instructor permission

ENG 3710  Special Topics (3)               as required
3 hours of lecture per week. (General Education: AH) Prerequisite: ENG 1061 or equivalent, junior standing