ENGL100 The Processes & Principles of Composition (3 semester hours)

This course provides instruction and practice in the fundamentals of English grammar and usage in addition to the processes of writing: invention strategies, drafting, critical reading, researching, collaborating, sharing, revising, editing, and copy editing. In particular, this course provides extensive practice in narrative, descriptive, and expository writing, using supplementary readings as models of form and to generate subject matter for composition. This course does not fulfill the English General Education Requirements, but it can be used as elective credit.

ENGL101 Proficiency in Writing (3 semester hours)

This course provides instruction in the writing process with a focus on self-expressive and expository essays, and will include practice in the conventions of standard written English, responding to readings, and incorporating sources into essays with appropriate documentation.

ENGL102 Effectiveness in Writing (3 semester hours)

This course provides instruction in the writing process with a focus on persuasive and argumentative essays, and will include practice in developing a distinctive style, the methods of effective reasoning, library and on-line research. A formal research project is required. (Prerequisite: ENGL101 or ENGL110).

ENGL110 Making Writing Relevant (3 semester hours)

Making Writing Relevant is an interdisciplinary course that reinforces the logical process of writing and communicating in a variety of environments and across fields of study. Through investigative research, students will explore matters of historical and contemporary importance within a discipline in order to describe, examine, compare, and persuade audiences.

ENGL120 Creative Writing (3 semester hours)

This course will give students the opportunity to study the elements of fictional writing. Students will experiment with a variety of forms, including poetry, fiction, and drama. (Prerequisite: ENGL101 or ENGL110).

ENGL200 Composition and Literature (3 semester hours)

This course is designed to focus on critical reading and writing skills. It emphasizes reading and writing by enabling students to experience literature as one of many forms of language and offers effective ways of highlighting reading strategies in a number of different contexts. (Prerequisite: ENGL101 or ENGL110).

ENGL220 Technical Writing (3 semester hours)

This course will focus on the kinds of communication typically found in the workplace, and will include the major concepts of technical writing: audience analysis, ethics, collaboration, graphics and design, concepts common to all types of technical communication. In this course, the student will prepare letters, memos, instructions, proposals, and written and oral reports. Because the Internet has become an important tool in the workplace, it will also cover the basics of using the Internet as a research tool. (Prerequisite: ENGL101 or ENGL110).

ENGL221 Scientific Writing (3 semester hours)

Students will explore the unique structure, style, process, and documentation found in scientific writing. Through the use of a variety of scientific literary examples, students will apply the research and writing process most effective for objective scientific writing. In addition to interacting on a weekly basis, students will work collaboratively to complete a multi-faceted project. (Prerequisite: ENGL101 or ENGL110)

ENGL225 Business Writing (3 semester hours)

This course teaches students how to communicate professionally in the business community. It emphasizes business language and style. Included in the course are exercises that instruct students how to write clear, well-structured, effective letters, bulletins, e-mails, instructions, memos, manuals, reports, and other business writing. (Prerequisite: ENGL101 or ENGL110).

ENGL230 Introduction to Linguistics (3 semester hours)

This course presents modern linguistic theories and their application to literature and teaching of English. Included will be an examination of how various grammatical models represent the complexities of sound, sequence, and structure of language. Also included will be the topics of word meaning, language variation, language and context, oral and written discourse, writing systems, literature analysis, grammar, and language planning in teaching English. (Prerequisite: ENGL101 or ENGL110)

ENGL320 Freelance Writing (3 semester hours)

This course is designed to help students become knowledgeable and productive freelance writers. It will help them prepare written articles for publication in magazines and newspapers. Writing assignments will parallel the study of a current text and will result in submissions designed for publication and sale. (Prerequisite: ENGL101 or ENGL110).

ENGL322 The Personal Essay (3 semester hours)

This course will focus on the expression of personal experiences. Students will read personal essays and study the various forms. They will also learn how to be a compelling first-person narrator and use voice, setting, structure, theme, and style to craft their own personal essays. Prerequisite: ENGL120.

ENGL401 History of the English Language (3 semester hours)

This course will provide students with a foundation in the history and linguistics of the English language. The course will emphasize social, political, and other external historical events influencing language change, as well as the internal history of the language. Attention will be given to the various language systems (personal identity, phonetics, phonology, morphology, graphics, syntax, lexicon, language variation, historical linguistics, language and the brain, and semantics), as well as to the literature from the different historical periods. (Prerequisite: ENGL101 or ENGL110).

ENGL420 Advanced Creative Writing (3 semester hours)

This course extends the writing approaches and practices encountered in ENGL120. Students will continue to explore ways to generate ideas for stories, but a more central focus will be on deepening existing writings and finding new challenges in familiar material. Students will also explore additional types of storytelling, such as prose poetry, flash fiction, screenwriting, and visual poetry. Students will explore their own “voice” and develop a writing process unique to themselves. (Prerequisite: ENGL120).

ENGL498 Senior Seminar in English (3 semester hours)

The culminating point of an undergraduate’s career, this senior course offers students the rhetorical knowledge and research practices needed to write and to research successfully in any discourse community within which they might find themselves—as students, professionals, and citizens. While university students are projected to make several career changes within their working lifetimes, these transitions and the challenges of their complex personal and public lives will require critical thinking skills and informed flexibility. This course is designed to polish students’ writing, analytical, and English skills so that they may confidently confront the challenges and demands of specialized research and written communication. According to their affinity, seniors are invited to pursue literary interests in the compositions of this course, and conduct research in other academic or professional areas. This course will provide students with the opportunity to complete an approved academic research exercise that demonstrates knowledge of a selected field of study. Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 106 hours towards your program.