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English Course Descriptions

 

LENG0900 Foundations of Writing * (3 Credits)

Strategies for strengthening and developing writing skills, sentences structure, paragraph organization and essay development, as well as spelling, punctuation and grammar usage are emphasized. Critical thinking and library research skills are also included. *Credits do not apply to degree requirements.

LENG0951 Reading/Basic Skills * (1 Credit)

Students work on improving reading skills, emphasizing word attack skills and vocabulary development. *Credits do not apply to degree requirements.

LENG0952 Reading/Comprehension * (1 Credit)

Students work on improving reading skills, identifying main idea and supporting details, and inferential comprehension. *Credits do not apply to degree requirements.

LENG0953 Reading/Organization * (1 Credit)

Students work on patterns of organization, apply critical and analytical thinking skills, and improve study skills. *Credits do not apply to degree requirements.

ENG1200 College Composition (3 Credits)

In this course students learn to write clearly and effectively for defined audiences through a variety of strategies. Emphasis is on the writing process from prewriting through drafting, revising and editing. Formal essays and a research paper are required. (Prerequisite: Placement or successful completion of competency assessment)

LENG1204 College Composition/Portfolio (1 Credit)

Students write additional essays to add to their portfolio. The writing process is emphasized. (Prerequisite: LENG1200, may be taken concurrently)

LENG1220 Technical Communications (3 Credits)

The focus in this course is on the principles of, and practice in, clear and accurate presentation of information as directed to specific audiences, including planning, composing and editing resumes, reports, descriptions of mechanisms, instructions and critiques, incorporation of graphics. Oral component includes interview strategies, informal and formal presentations. (Prerequisite: LENG1200 or POI)

LENG1230 Business Communications (3 Credits)

Efficient techniques of written and oral communication emphasizing both process and product in the modern business environment are examined. Students gain an understanding of the theory of the communication process and then prepare reports in direct, indirect and persuasive order. (Prerequisite: LENG1200 or POI)

LENG2230 Survey of American Literature (3 Credits)

An overview of how America’s best-known thinkers, authors and poets have reflected and influenced culture, this course takes an historical approach to studying literature from colonial to contemporary times. (Prerequisite: LENG1200 or POI)

LENG2240 The American Short Story (3 Credits)

Early, modern and contemporary short stories are read closely and analyzed for theme, plot development, character study and author’s style. (Prerequisite: LENG1200 or POI)

LENG2300 Creative Writing Workshop (3 Credits)

Techniques, practice and feedback help access creative writing skills and develop an understanding of different creative writing genres through weekly writing, revision and a final portfolio. Students compose a short story, five pieces of poetry and two dramatic scenes. Focus is on characterization, plot, imagery and theme. (Prerequisite: LENG1200 or POI)

LENG2310 Fiction Workshop (3 Credits)

Students involve themselves in the process of imaginative writing. Instruction is guided by the student’s individual interests, strengths and needs. Principal, traditional forms of fictional narrative writing are explored, including the short story, novella and novel. Students are encouraged to discover and reflect their own voice in the form most suitable. Attention is focused on character, plot and thematic development. Students submit a portfolio for publication. (Prerequisite: LENG2300 or POI)

LENG2320 Poetry Workshop (3 Credits)

Students involve themselves in the process of imaginative writing. Instruction is guided by the student’s individual interests, strengths and needs. The course emphasizes the analysis and writing of poetry. Students study the idea of creativity and the poetic use of language, and are encouraged to discover and reflect their own voice. Attention is focused on tone, style, voice and thematic development. Students submit a portfolio for publication. (Prerequisite: LENG2300 or POI)

LENG2330 Playwriting Workshop (3 Credits)

Students involve themselves in the process of imaginative writing. Instruction is guided by the student’s individual interests, strengths and needs. The course includes the analysis and writing of dramatic scripts designed for the theater. Students study and write one- and multiple-act plays and are encouraged to discover and reflect their own voice in the form most suitable. Attention is focused on conflict, character and thematic development. Emphasis is placed on effective dialogue. Students submit a portfolio for publication. (Prerequisite: LENG2300 or POI)

LENG2340 Scriptwriting for Film and Television (3 Credits)

Students involve themselves in the process of imaginative writing. Instruction is guided by the student’s individual interests, strengths and needs. The course includes the analysis and writing of dramatic scripts designed for television and/or large screen production. Students are encouraged to discover and reflect their own voice in the form most suitable. Attention is focused on conflict, character and thematic development, as well as logistics. Students submit a portfolio for publication. (Prerequisite: LENG2300 or POI)

LENG2460 Tolkien and The Ring of Power (3 Credits)

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien are studied and analyzed. Tolkien’s biography, his writing life, the origins of the stories, and their publication history, as well as his construction of a mythological world and its peoples and languages, his characters and their development, and his thematic concerns are researched. Finally, Tolkien’s influence on 20th century fantasy literature is considered. (Prerequisite: LENG1200)

LENG2500 Introduction to Literature (3 Credits)

Various literary types are defined and compared. Representative examples of short stories, plays, poems and novels are read and critically analyzed. (Prerequisite: LENG1200 or POI)

LENG2540 The Nature Writers (3 Credits)

The course introduces students to the prose and poetry of British and American nature writers. It also helps them understand the historical, social and intellectual background of various literary periods. (Prerequisite: LENG1200 or POI)

LENG2550 Popular Fiction (3 Credits)

Elements of horror fiction and popular fiction are studied and researched. Representative samples are read and analyzed for techniques and themes. Writers include Poe, Hawthorne, Faulkner, Oates and Conrad. The evolution of imaginative literature from the gothic through contemporary horror, science fiction and fantasy is studied using various critical approaches. (Prerequisite: LENG1200 or POI)

LENG2560 Introduction to Drama (3 Credits)

The basis of this course is the reading and discussion of significant plays in Western literature, from the Greeks to the present with related writing assignments. The plays are viewed within their historical and social contexts, with an emphasis on the relationship between their literary and theatrical forms. (Prerequisite: LENG1200 or POI)

LENG2570 The Myth of the Hero (3 Credits)

The character of the hero, as he or she appears in the myths of different societies, is studied and analyzed. Students explore the meanings of mythological figures, motifs, and references from a variety of perspectives. Creation and fertility myths of the world, as they impact understanding the role of the hero, are considered as well. (Prerequisite: LENG1200)

LENG2600 Public Speaking ( 3 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of public speaking and offers students the opportunity to practice these skills through a variety of in-class speeches. Students research, develop, prepare and deliver oral presentations. In addition, class members serve as an audience and provide feedback to their fellow classmates. (Prerequisite: LENG1200 or permission of instructor)

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