Academics

English and Professional Writing Program


Course Descriptions


ENGL 093. Developmental English for Non-Native Speakers
3 hours
This writing course prepares the student for college-level English by teaching the composition of grammatically correct sentences, well-organized paragraphs and longer papers, while focusing on the syntactical, grammatical and mechanical issues (e.g., prepositions, verbal phrases) common for ESL students. At the end of the course, the instructor will recommend the student registers for ENGL 095, 096, or 103. Not applicable toward a degree.

ENGL 095. Fundamentals of English I

3 hours
English 095 is the first course in the remedial writing sequence. It introduces the reading, writing, and technical concepts needed to comprehend and summarize college-level texts. The course provides students with the fundamentals of English grammar necessary to create effective sentences and cogent paragraphs. Grammar and mechanics will be reinforced both by responding in writing to classic and contemporary essays and by working through targeted exercises in the college's educational software. Not applicable toward a degree.

ENGL 096. Fundamentals of English II
3 hours
English 096 is the second course in the remedial writing sequence. It further develops the reading, writing, and technical concepts and skills students need to comprehend and summarize college-level texts. The course resolves the sentence-level errors and weaknesses in paragraph unity, development, and coherence addressed in English 095. Student reading and writing skills are brought to adequate college-level to responding in writing to more complex and difficult classic and contemporary essays and by working through additional targeted exercises in the college's educational software. Not applicable toward a degree.

ENGL 103. English Composition
3 hours
In this course students learn the concepts and skills needed to write an effective, college-level expository essay. Through both traditional and workshop methods, students gain greater control over the writing process, essay organization, paragraph construction, and sentence grammar. The course introduces students to the active reading and summary writing skills needed in English 104. Before successfully completing the course, students must demonstrate basic competency in a portfolio of semester writing.

ENGL 104. Academic Reading and Writing
3 hours
This course teaches students the concepts and skills needed to read and write with sources. Students learn how to find, read, summarize, and respond to a variety of college level texts. It teaches students print and electronic search techniques, analytic and synthetic reading skills, and the conventions of academic argument, culminating in ten pages of source-based writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 103

ENGL 106H. Honors English Composition
3 hours
Course Description: An general education course in English composition, English 106 develops the reading and writing skills necessary for effective, college-level writing. The course teaches students to write a variety of types of essays on the literary, philosophical, aesthetic, and historical texts encountered in their linked foundational course in humanities. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the CCSJ Honors Learning Community.

ENGL 107H. Honors Academic Reading & Writing

3 hours
An accelerated general education course in academic reading and composition, English 107 extends the writing experience in English 106 to preparing a complete a research project of their own choosing based on their introduction to the humanities. Students will write a 15-page research project on a work of philosophy, literature, history, religion, or art encountered in their Humanities 112, exploring its relation to the biographical, cultural, or socio-political context in which it was produced. Prerequisites: ENGL 103 or ENGL 106H and acceptance into the CCSJ Honors Learning Community.

ENGL 111. The Literary Experience
3 hours
Using both Western literary classics and examples from comic books, pop music, and film, this course introduces students to the elements of fiction and poetry and to the interpretive skills necessary to deepen their experience of great literature. Students learn both the arc of Western literary history and minority challenges to that tradition and examine the role of stories and poems in a meaningful life. Prerequisite: ENGL 103

ENGL 112H. Honors Literary Experience
3 hours
This course introduces students to the elements of fiction and poetry through the close reading and analysis of classic texts in the Western literary canon. Students survey the arc of Western literary history, acquire the interpretive skills needed to understand literature, and use stories and poems to think more deeply about the human condition, to develop a satisfying sense of self, and to create a meaningful life. A seminar-style, discussion-oriented class, English 112H students are required to attend and write papers that grow out of the college's Honors Seminars and other literary events. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the CCSJ Honors Learning Community.

ENGL 235. Introduction to Creative Writing
3 hours
This process-based workshop introduces students to the fundamentals of good writing in a variety of genres, including non-fiction, fiction, poetry, and drama. Students explore the fundamentals of plotting, controlling point of view, creating characters, managing sound and voice, and developing a concrete, active literary style. The course emphasizes the connections between active reading, composing, and substantial, creative revision. Students will critically analyze (and respond to) professional and student writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 103

ENGL 240. Performance and Stagecraft
3 hours
Students participate in various elements (acting, production staff) of one or more theater productions at CCSJ. (May be taken up to six times for six credit hours. Cross-listed with MFA 249.

ENGL 250. Introduction to Literary Studies
3 hours
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of literary study. Students examine the process of interpreting literature and learn to write about stories, plays, and poems with insight and grace. They learn to see literary works through a variety of theoretical lenses, and they explore the variety of career opportunities open to English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 103

ENGL 255. Foundations of Western Literature
3 hours
This course introduces students to key narratives in the Western literary tradition, providing them with the background knowledge needed to understand and appreciate American, English, and European literature. Students read a selection of Greek and Roman epic and myth, Biblical and religious stories central to the Judeo-Christian tradition, medieval romance and satire, Shakespearean drama, and modern myths from Faust to Frankenstein. Prerequisite: ENGL 103

ENGL 265. British Literature
3 hours
This course traces the development of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the twentieth century. It explores the major writers, works and literary movements in fiction and poetry, providing students with an appreciation of Great Britain's rich literary heritage. Prerequisites: ENGL 103

ENGL 275. American Literature

3 hours
This course surveys American literature from the colonial era through the twentieth century It explores the major literary movements, writers, and works in fiction and poetry and provides students with an appreciation for America's rich literary heritage. Prerequisites: ENGL 103

ENGL 280-282. Diversity in Literature
3 hours
This sequence of courses examines minority and non-western literature through a variety of classes, including Native American Studies, African-American Literature, and Contemporary Latin American Authors. English Education students must take at least one of these courses as their upper-level, 3-credit English electives: English 280: African American Literature; English 281: Contemporary Latin American Authors; or English 282: Native American Studies. Prerequisites: ENGL 103

ENGL 310. Shakespeare
3 hours
This course examines the principal plays of Shakespeare. It engages students in his timeless characters, his riveting plots, and his universal human themes. It introduces students to his principal dramatic genres (history, comedy, tragedy, and romance) and his extraordinary dramatic poetry and sonnets, and it investigates the historical and social contexts in which he wrote, placing emphasis on his innovations and influence in the realms of language, literature, and theater. Prerequisites: ENGL 250

ENGL 316. Reporting and Writing for the Media
3 hours
This course teaches students the fundamentals of news reporting and writing for the various media. It concentrates on traditional computer-assisted research skills and the news and feature writing skills important across media platforms, stressing objective communication style. It also introduces students to the legal and ethical issues central to working in the media industry. Prerequisites: ENGL 103; Cross-listed with IMC 316

ENGL 320. The History and Study of the English Language
3 hours
This course traces the evolution and development of the English Language from its Indo-European roots to today's regional and cultural vernaculars. It includes a close study of English etymology, of the interactions between language and technology (the invention of paper, the printing press, mass-market publishing, and the internet), the evolution of our grammar and punctuation, and the controversies over the structural canons of the English language. Prerequisites: ENGL 250

ENGL 325. The Literary Essay
3 hours
This is a course in advanced English non-fiction composition beginning with a close reading of great English literary prose stylists. The course is built on a five-part foundation of grammar, rhetoric, style, structure, and meaningful beauty. It uses classic readings as prompts and models on which students produce short pieces of technically correct and sophisticated writing. The course involves intensive reading and writing and extensive feedback using a workshop model. Students develop a portfolio of revised and polished work and pass a sequence of grammar and sentence construction tests.

ENGL 335. Grant Writing
3 hours
This course introduces students to the grant writing process, including establishing organizational needs, identifying appropriate funders, developing a competitive grant narrative, building a budget for the proposed program, drawing upon the skills and expertise of others to complete the proposal, and managing the submission process. The course emphasizes writing creative stories that effectively position an organization for successful grant submissions. Prerequisite: ENGL 104

ENGL 340. Technical Writing
3 hours
This course introduces students to the written and oral communication of technical information, and to the rhetorical analysis of sources and audiences that makes such communication possible. Assignments include writing and presenting proposals, technical guides, reports, and support documentation. Emphasis is on the use of rhetorical analysis, collaborative writing, and applied research to clearly communicate technical information in a variety of disciplines. Prerequisite: ENGL 104

ENGL 341. Publication Design and Layout
3 hours
In this course, students learn the fundamentals of designing and laying out a variety of modern print publications, including newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. Students examine relevant general principles of graphic design and the design elements specific to producing modern print publications while learning the operation of industry- standard, desktop publishing software. Prerequisite: ENGL 103

ENGL 350. Business Communications
3 hours
This course introduces students to the rhetorical principles and professional practices of business and professional communication, both written and verbal. It stresses the importance of clear and genre appropriate writing and speaking, audience awareness, primary research skills, and professional document and presentation design. Students will write in a variety of workplace genres and explore emerging issues that impact the professional writer in the 21st century global marketplace. Prerequisite: ENGL 104

ENGL 370. Literary Theory and Criticism
3 hours
This is a course of study in reading and writing about poetry and stories. It is both a practical, skills-oriented course in the art of writing about literature and a theoretical, content-oriented course in the history of literary criticism and theory. Students read, analyze, and interpret literature while being introduced to the classic statements of literary criticism and theory from the Greeks to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 104; ENGL 250

ENGL 400. Children's Literature
3 hours
This is a survey of traditional and contemporary literature for children from kindergarten through junior high school. Students explore the history of children's literature, the basic types of children's literature, the major authors and illustrators in the history of children's literature, and various methods for their classroom use. Field experiences are required. Cross-listed: EDU 400

ENGL 410. Editing
3 hours
This course introduces students to the principles and practical applications of copymarking, copyediting, and comprehensive editing. Students will work with professional writing from several fields: technology, business, and science, as well as literary texts and texts intended for academic publication. The course is focused on practical, skill-building exercises and assignments in editing. Students gain hands-on experience working to publications at CCSJ, including brochures, web-based texts, and the student literary magazine, Against the Grain. Prerequisite: ENGL 325, 335, or 340.

ENGL 425. Greek and Roman Classics

3 hours
This course is an in-depth study of the three great epics of classical antiquity: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil's Aeneid. Through individual reading projects and presentations, students will also become acquainted with such famed ancient authors as Herodotus, Thucydides, Livy, Horace, and Marcus Aurelius. The course enriches students' knowledge and appreciation of classical literature and its legacy to the modern world. Prerequisite: ENGL 103 and 104; ENGL 250.

ENGL 435. Advanced Creative Writing
3 hours
This course builds on skills from the introductory Creative Writing course and prepares students for work as advanced critical readers and published writers. The course requires students to master fundamental literary moves in multiple genres and allows students to investigate areas of interest in Creative Writing, including writing for the Internet, writing for children, genre writing, playwriting, television, and script writing. Students may take this course two (2) times. Prerequisite: ENGL 235

ENGL 440. 20th Century Poetry
3 hours
This course introduces students to poetry from the dawn of Modernism to the present. The course surveys the important writers, works, and movements in British, American, and global Anglo poetry. It explores the tensions between fixed and organic forms, the nature of modernist and post-modernist poetry, and the way in which poetics guides and influences poetry writing. Prerequisites: ENGL 250, 255

ENGL 450. The Novel
3 hours
This course introduces students to the novel, the premier literary genre of the industrial and modern world. It traces the development of the novel from its origins in 18th century England, through the rise of realism in the 19th century, and into the various experiments with the novel form in 20th century modernism and post-modernism. Prerequisites: ENGL 250, 255

ENGL 460. The Drama
3 hours
This course surveys the development of the theater arts during the major periods of the theater, from Ancient Greece to modern times. It explores the genre both as form of writing and as a performance, surveys the masterpieces of world drama, the world's great dramatists, and the most important dramatic movements in world drama. Prerequisites: ENGL 250, 255

ENGL 495. Internship in English
3 hours
The internship in English enables students to acquire practical experience in a variety of professional writing settings that draw on the skills and knowledge obtained in their course of study. Work settings include publishers, small presses, public relations firms, ad agencies, magazines, newspapers, etc. The program director must approve the internship, and a full-time faculty member in English will coordinate the internship. The course may be repeated for up to 6 hours. Prerequisites: Senior status needed before application can be made.

ENGL 496. Topics in English
3 hours
This course will examine topics of special interest in the field of English studies. The course allows students and professors to explore such wide-ranging topics as The Graphic Novel, Horror Stories, Contemporary Multicultural Literature, Autobiography and Memoir, The Harlequin Romance, Detective Fiction, The Western, and more. Topics courses (but not specific topics) may be repeated for a total of 9 hours.

ENGL 499. Senior Seminar in English

3 hours
This capstone course is designed to assist students in the integration and critical examination of the concepts, theories and methods of inquiry presented in both general education and the major. Students will choose to either complete an in-depth research thesis or a practicum, either of which would reflect the abilities the students have developed in general education and their major. Senior standing is required.

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Room: 519
Telephone: (219) 473-4250
FAX: (219) 473-4259
E-mail: cbuczinsky@ccsj.edu