Course Descriptions


ENG 095
English Review
0 credits

This course will provide a review of reading and writing for students who need to strengthen their backgrounds in English before taking university level courses requiring university level reading and writing. It establishes a foundation for success in subsequent university level courses. Students begin with close reading exercises that are followed by writing paragraph-length essays. Students’ literacy levels will increase; students will also learn to use strategies in the writing process as well as other strategies for self-regulation. Grammar instruction will be both contextual and localized: students will be complete a writing diagnostic and explicit grammar instruction will be in response to the errors of the class’s diagnostic essays. Grammar will be assessed from student writing.

ENG 110
English Essentials
3 credits

This course will emphasize the fundamentals of correct writing. Students will receive instruction and practice in grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics. They will learn the process of writing, including generating ideas; drafting; revising; editing, and proofreading. This course will be taught in a competency/mastery format. Students will be required to master specific English competencies to pass the course. Those who experience difficulties in mastering these competencies will be required to receive assistance from the Tutoring Center. Credit from this course applies as an elective credit towards graduation. (Please note: minimum passing grade needed is a “C”)

Prerequisite(s): Placement after taking the English Skills Assessment or successful completion of ENG 095.

ENG 121
English Composition I
3 credits

PRIOR TO FALL 2013, THIS COURSE WAS OFFERED AS ENG 101. This course is designed to help students become more proficient and effective writers. Students will study the principles and skills involved in effective writing and reading and will be required to apply these skills to selected writing assignments throughout the course. They will also study elements that constitute various rhetorical patterns of writing and develop skills in writing essays in these patterns. The rhetorical patterns studied in this course are description, narration, compare/contrast, definition, and classification/division. Students will also be introduced to the elements of APA formatting. This course will emphasize the use of correct grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics. Students will be required to apply these skills to all writing assignments. Successful completion of an independent library orientation project is also a requirement of this class.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 110 or successful completion of the English placement test. Please note the minimum passing grade of ENG 121 is a "C-".

ENG 122
English Composition II
3 credits

PRIOR TO FALL 2013, THIS COURSE WAS OFFERED AS ENG 102. This course is designed to improve writing effectiveness. Students will be required to expand their reading and writing skills learned in English 101 and apply these skills to selected writing assignments. They will continue to study various rhetorical patterns and use their writing skills to develop essays in these patterns. The rhetorical patterns studied in this course are process analysis, cause and effect, and argument/persuasion. Students will also learn the process and skills needed to write a clear, precise, and accurate term paper. Detailed instruction in the use of APA documentation will be provided and required in the research paper. This course will help students learn how to think more clearly, organize thoughts in logical sequence, and improve writing skills through prewriting, writing, and rewriting processes. Grammar, usage, spelling, punctuation, and mechanics instruction will be important elements in this course

Prerequisite(s): ENG 121

ENG 131
Public Speaking
3 credits

PRIOR TO FALL 2013, THIS COURSE WAS OFFERED AS ENG 111. This course is designed to help students develop and improve effective oral communicative skills. Students will learn the basic skills and principles necessary to prepare written presentations and to orally deliver these presentations with confidence. They will receive practical assistance in the areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critiquing.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 122

ENG 200
English Grammar
3 credits

This course will survey the structure of contemporary English grammar. It will also explore the usage problems associated with contemporary grammar in both speech and writing. Topics will include: the structure of English (words, phrases, clauses, and sentences), sentence structure problems, agreement errors, commonly confused and misused words, and spelling.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102

ENG 205
History of the English Language
3 credits

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the development of the English language. They will recognize changes in language as the product of political, social, religious, technological, and economic factors. This course will focus on the study of the origins, changes, and reasons for changes in the grammar, sounds, and vocabulary of English from its beginnings to modern time.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 200

ENG 320
Advanced Composition
3 credits

This course is intended to prepare classroom teachers to communicate well to a variety of audiences in a variety of modes. This class is also intended to prepare teachers for professional development beyond the classroom. For use in the classroom, teachers will be prepared to communicate with students, parents, other teachers, administrators, and the community as a whole. Teachers will be comfortable using varying levels of formality, but always employing standard English. Teachers will also be prepared to perform independent action research in order to continue their own professional development

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102

ENG 360
Creative Writing
3 credits

This course allows students to express their creative abilities through the writing of stories, plays, poems, and essays. Critical appraisals of students’ work by members of the class are an important element in this course.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102

ENG 365
Academic Writing
3 credits

This course seeks to develop skills in advanced composition, critical reading, and research: evaluation of sources and incorporating others’ research into student writing. It is designed to improve students’ abilities to create a persuasive argument, and to use outside sources through quoting, paraphrase, summary, and synthesis. Students will use the outside sources to reinforce their own persuasive arguments correctly and effectively. Students will also concentrate on APA style and how it can be used to ensure correct use of sources and academic integrity

Prerequisite(s): ENG 102