Calumet College of St. Joseph

English, Writing, and Professional Communications

Course Descriptions


EWPC 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 EWPC 095, 096, or 103.
Not applicable toward a degree.


EWPC 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.


EWPC 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 by 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.


EWPC 100. Fundamentals of English III
3 hours

This is a remedial course in English Composition for students who have taken and failed to successfully complete the portfolio assessment. Students will receive one-on-one assistance to help meet the portfolio requirements, learning to correct common grammatical and usage errors, solve common problems in sentence composition, organize paragraphs, construct essays, and shape their writing according to audience and purpose. To pass English 100 and move on to English 104, students must pass the college writing portfolio exam.
Prerequisite: Only students who have taken EWPC 103 and submitted a failing portfolio are eligible for this course.


EWPC 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. Before successfully completing the course, students must demonstrate basic competency in a portfolio of semester writing.


EWPC 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: EWPC 103


EWPC 106.  Honors 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. Before successfully completing the course, students must demonstrate basic competency in a portfolio of semester writing.


EWPC 107.  Honors 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: EWPC 106 or EWPC 103 AND admission into the St. Gaspar's Honors Learning Community.


EWPC 111.  The Literary Experience
3 hours

Using classic and contemporary short stories and poems, 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 study both Western literary classics and minority challenges to that tradition, examining the role of stories and poems in a meaningful life. Prerequisite: EWPC 103


EWPC 112.  Honors Literary Experience
3 hours

Using classic and contemporary short stories and poems, 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 study both Western literary classics and minority challenges to that tradition, examining the role of stories and poems in a meaningful life. Prerequisite: EWPC 103 AND admission into the St. Gaspar's Honors Learning Community.


EWPC 115.  Introduction to Mass Communications
3 hours

This course gives students an increased understanding of the roles media play in the ongoing development of culture and society and a broad foundation in the issues, impact, and behind-the-scenes processes of communication media, such as books, magazines, newspapers, radio, television, film, public relations, advertising and the Internet.


EWPC 150.  Public Speaking
3 hours

This course helps develop the students' ability to speak confidently and effectively in a variety of public speaking situations. Students will prepare and present several different types of speeches. Particular attention is paid to balancing adequate content with effective delivery. Students will also learn and employ elements of classical rhetoric. Before successfully completing the course, students must demonstrate basic competency in a portfolio of semester speeches.


EWPC 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: EWPC 103


EWPC 240.  Performance and Stagecraft
3 hours

Students participate in various elements (acting, production staff) of one or more theater productions at CCSJ. This course may be taken twice for up to six credit hours. 
Cross-listed with ARTS 240.


EWPC 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: EWPC 103


EWPC 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.


EWPC 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.


EWPC 273.  American Cinema
3 hours

This course presents an overview of the history of American film and selected genres. Students study classical Hollywood style, the star system, film techniques and language, the structure of the film industry, and social commentary. Students view films in connection with each unit of the Study Guide and experience a live play for media comparison.
Cross-listed with ARTS 373.


EWPC 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.


EWPC 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: EWPC 103, 104 and 250


EWPC 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: EWPC 103


EWPC 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.


EWPC 325.  The Literary Essay
3 hours

This is a course in advanced 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.
Prerequisites: EWPC 320


EWPC 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: EWPC 103 and 104


EWPC 355.  Multimedia Computer Graphics
3 hours

Students explore computer-aided design media and various applications. Working with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, students learn the fundamentals of multimedia development and presentation and complete a series of projects.
Cross-listed with ARTS 355


EWPC 370.  Video Production I
3 hours

Students study the history of video as an art form and as a tool for effective communication. Students also gain experience in all practical aspects of studio/video pre-production, production, and post-production.
Cross-listed with ARTS 370


EWPC 372.  Audio Production
3 hours

Students will learn the fundamentals of audio production and put these skills to use by creating original audio content to be streamed online. They will learn basic audio terminology, the history of audio production, and the technical skills needed to create and post online audio content. Students will apply their knowledge of critical listening, acoustic principles, and microphone usage and placement to record and edit multi-track audio.


EWPC 405.  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


EWPC 410. Editing
3 hours

This course introduces students to the principles and practical applications of copy marking, 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 on publications at CCSJ, including brochures, Web-based texts, and the student literary magazine, Against the Grain. Prerequisite: EWPC 325


EWPC 420.  Ethics and Law in Print and Broadcast Media
3 hours

This course examines the study and research of legal and ethical problems involved in print, broadcast, and Web media, including libel, privacy, court systems and cases, copyright laws, obscenity and pornography, freedom of press, and FCC regulations. In addition, students will analyze contemporary media ethics and principles.
Prerequisite: EWPC 103 and104


EWPC 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. 
This class may be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.
Prerequisite: EWPC 235


EWPC 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: EWPC 250 and 255


EWPC 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: EWPC 250 and 255


EWPC 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: EWPC 250 and 255


EWPC 470.  Applied Journalism
3 hours

This experiential learning course puts into practice the journalism skills learned in Reporting and Writing for the Media. Students will serve on the staff of The Shavings student newspaper and be intimately involved in its production and publication.  This class may be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.
Prerequisites: EWPC 316


EWPC 471.  Applied Media
3 hours

This experiential learning course puts into practice all of the professional writing and digital video/audio skills needed to do public-ready, Web-based journalism. Using multiple media platforms (text, audio, and visual), students will craft professional and compelling news and feature stories to share with a variety of internal and external audiences—students, alumni, prospective students, benefactors, and the local community. Students will assemble a portfolio of representative work that can be presented to prospective employers. This class may be repeated for up to 6 hours of credit.
Prerequisites: EWPC 370 and EWPC 372


EWPC 495.  Internship in English
1-3 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 and a full-time faculty member in English must coordinate the internship.
The course may be repeated for up to 6 hours.
Prerequisites: Senior status needed before application can be made.


EWPC 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, The Fantasy Novel, Grant Writing, Greek and Roman Classics, Contemporary Multicultural Literature, Digital Marketing and Publishing, and more.
Topics courses (but not specific topics) may be repeated for a total of 9 hours.


EWPC 499.  Senior Seminar in English
3 hours

In the Senior Seminar in English students prepare a large writing project designed in cooperation with his or her advisor, perform the variety of tasks necessary to enter the job market: doing industry research and job searches, writing resumes and cover-letters, and preparing writing portfolios. Students must pass the English Program Senior Survival Week, the final assessment of all English majors. Senior standing is required.


 

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Contact Information

Program Director: Christopher Buczinsky
Room: 177
Telephone: (219) 473-4250
FAX: (219) 473-4259
E-mail: cbuczinsky@ccsj.edu



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