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ENG 080: Reading Essentials (4 credits)

This course provides the most fundamental support for students who need to develop college-level reading skills. Students must show an ability to read some pre-college writing independently. They are provided with a sequentially structured approach to comprehending college-level writing. Student writing is a significant component.

Foundation Studies

ENG 085: College Reading (4 credits)

This course is intended for students who have developed their reading skills nearly to the college level. Further skill and knowledge development focuses on the common patterns of text found in both narrative and expository writing, on strategies for self-monitoring and memory enhancement, and on the development of vocabulary typically found in college level textbooks. Student writing is a significant component.

Prerequisite: ENG 080

Foundation Studies

ENG 090: Introduction to Writing (4 credits)

This is an intensive course in composition for students who need supplementary help in writing. A personal approach helps students enhance their writing abilities, resolve writing problems and explore writing strategies. An end-of-semester portfolio is required.

Prerequisite: ENG 080

Foundation Studies

ENG 091:  (3 credits) (to be taken concurrently with ENG 131)

This is an intensive course to give students a strong foundation for the work of English 131. Students explore genes in order to meet the expectations of audiences for a variety of purposes. A personal approach helps students enhance their writing abilities, resolve writing problems, and explore writing strategies. An end-of-semester portfolio is required.

Prerequisite: ENG 080

Co-requisite: ENG 131A

Foundation Studies

ENG 131: Writing Experience I (3 credits)

This is an intensive writing course.  Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed.  Basic research strategies are introduced.  An end of the semester portfolio is required.

Prerequisite: ENG 085 and ENG 090

ENG 132: Writing Experience II (3 credits)

This is an intensive writing course. Analytical and persuasive modes are stressed.  Advanced research writing strategies are used. Database and primary research methods are emphasized. An end of the semester portfolio is required.

Prerequisite: ENG 131

ENG 201: Advanced Composition (3 credits)

An advanced course offering. Selected students practice peer tutoring and research writing. Emphasis is placed on student writing conferences, process writing, and standard research methods. End of the semester portfolio of research papers and 16 hours of writing activities and workshops are required. Additionally, all students enrolled in this course work as tutors in the Writing Center.

Prerequisite: Instructor Permission Required

ENG 210: Introduction to Film (3 credits)

Students are introduced to film as a visual art and to basic film terms and techniques, such as composition, movement, editing and sound. Readings in film history, genre, theory and criticism. Includes JCC Winter Film Series.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 232: Technical & Business Writing (3 credits)

A course designed to provide practice in a variety of written and oral communications to meet the requirements of the workplace. Projects may include descriptions, instructions, resumes, proposals, reports or online documents. It involves frequent writing, both in and out of class, as well as oral presentations, collaborative activities and individual conferences.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 236: Women In a Changing Society (3 credits)

Inquiry into historical and changing roles of women, looking at causes of these changes and their effects on women and society through literature, sociology, biology and history.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 246: Short Story & Novel (3 credits)

Students are introduced to traditional and contemporary fictional genres. This course emphasizes understanding, appreciation and the critical analysis of narrative art. Selections for study are chosen from English and American literature as well as world literature in translation.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 247: Poetry & Drama (3 credits)

Students are introduced to lyric and dramatic genres. This course emphasizes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of poetry and theatre as language performances and literary forms. Selections for study are chosen from English and American literature as well as world literature in translation.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 249: African-American Literature (3 credits)

Survey of the literature of African-American writers. Emphasis is on the major writers in narrative, poetry, fiction, essay and drama.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 252: Shakespeare (3 credits)

Students read representative plays and are introduced to the Elizabethan world. Course emphasizes developing understanding, appreciation and critical analysis skills.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 254: Children’s Literature (3 credits)

Students survey the various genres of children’s literature from a critical point of view. Course emphasizes developing student competency in oral reading and presentation of children’s literature.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 255: American Literature-19th Century (3 credits)

Students examine the development of a distinctive American literature and culture during the 19th century. Students read selections from many writers, with emphasis on major figures such as Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Emerson, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Douglass and Jacobs.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 256: American Literature-20th Century (3 credits)

Students examine the literature and culture of America from 1890 to the present, with emphasis on the development of organic and post-modern writing in narrative, poetic and critical modes.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 257: World Literature I (3 credits)

Students compare major themes and writers from Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 261: Creative Writing I (3 credits)

Students experiment with writing poetry, fiction, drama and creative nonfiction for discussion and criticism. Students invent, collaborate and revise before submitting a portfolio of their work. Contemporary readings and visiting authors/videos enhance the class, but primary attention is given to students’ creative writing process.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 and ENG 131

ENG 262: Creative Writing II (3 credits)

Students in this workshop write fiction, poetry and other forms, and present writing for criticism and discussion. Contemporary readings emphasize participation of writers in a living act. Students write and workshop fiction, poetry and other genres. Contemporary readings emphasize writing invention and writing communities.

Prerequisites: ENG 085 261

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