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Current Courses

Unless otherwise indicated in the course descriptions, all advanced English courses are open to all students who have completed their sophomore English requirements (ENGL 201 and ENGL 202/215/218/219), or who have the ap­proval of the department head.

For more information regarding meeting times, locations, credit hours and instructors please refer to the Registrar's page.

The courses in philosophy are included in the English curriculum under subject code PHIL. Fine Arts courses are also included in the English curriculum and are found under subject code FNAR.

Fall 2020 Course Offerings

FSEM 101 & FSWI 101 First-Year Academic Seminar

The Freshman Seminar is a six-credit unit composed of two three-credit classes taken concurrently—FSEM 101 and the thematically-linked writing intensive FSWI 101. Beginning in the fall of 2019, every first-year student will enroll in this six credit unit. The individual seminars, all of which focus on important questions or problems, introduce students to the demands of academic work. Student assignments in the seminars are tied to the six essential General Education outcomes (quantitative literacy, written communication, critical thinking, inquiry and analysis, intercultural knowledge, and ethical reasoning). Seminar students begin to do signature work, “synthesizing, analyzing, and applying cumulative knowledge and skills through problem- or inquiry-based assignments or projects.”

ENGL 102 Composition and Literature II

The development of the basic skills of writing, reading, and analysis through the study of literary types. ENGL 102: Writing essays on topics pertaining to selected readings in literature. Readings will include poetry and at least one of the other two major genres of imaginative literature (fiction and drama). Student must earn a “C” or higher in ENGL 101 before taking ENGL 102.

Foreign students whose English language facility is judged to be less than adequate will be enrolled in a special, two-semester version of ENGL 101. Satisfactory completion of this course is a prerequisite for ENGL 102.

ENGL 203 Masterpieces of British Literature

This course is a survey of English literature from the earliest times to the present. Students will read representative works by some of the Britain's bestknown writers, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Bronte, Yeats, and Eliot. 

ENGL 208 Humanities Special Topic: Writing for Social Media

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 101 & 102

Designed primarily to support the work of The Brigadier, this course will focus on using words and images to tell engaging stories – to include news, sports, interviews, and opinions – on social media platforms. 

ENGL 215 Masterpieces of American Literature

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 101 and ENGL 102

A survey of representative works of American literature from its beginning to the present, with some consideration of principal literary developments and historical issues. Authors may include Franklin, Emerson, Melville, Dickin­son, Twain, James, Hemingway, Faulkner, O’Neill, Frost, Stevens, Hurston, O’Connor, and Rich.

ENGL 222 Special Topic in Film Studies: Crime on Film

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 101 and ENGL 102

A study of a particular aspect or genre of film. 

This class will explore fundamental elements of film (including recent developments in television and online video) by examining a wide range of crime-related films and related materials from different eras and backgrounds. 

ENGL 339 African American Literature 1940-Present

Prerequisite: ENGL 203 and ENGL 215

A survey of African American poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction from 1940 to the present, with emphasis on significant literary developments such as the Protest Movement, the Black Arts Movement, Neorealism, and the New Black Aesthetic. Authors studied may include Wright, Ellison, Hansberry, Angelou, Walker, Wilson, Morrison, and Shange.

ENGL 375 Special Topic in Literature or Language

ST: Espionage in Lit & Film  

Prerequisite: ENGL 203 and ENGL 215  

“Espionage in Literature and Film” will study some of the most important and popular works of espionage fiction from the end of World War II to the present day. From James Bond to Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, and the “Red Sparrow” Dominika Ergorova, spies and secret agents have held the world’s imagination from the start of the Cold War to the world of today. Why has this genre of literature and film endured so long? What attraction does it have to modern audiences, and what is the future of espionage literature in an age of cyber-hacking, drones, and other electronic means of spying? Expect to read Ian Fleming’s James Bond adventure Moonraker, John Le Carré’s Cold War classic The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, and Frederick Forsyth’s recent novel of cyber-espionage The Fox. We will also see the films From Russia With Love and The Bourne Identity, along with clips from numerous other espionage movies and television shows.

ST: Tutorial in Literature  

Prerequisite: ENGL 203 and ENGL 215  

Literature Tutorial course for Distinguished Scholar Program.

ENGL 402  Seminar: Modern and Post-Modern   

A seminar on an individual author, topic, or problem, as suggested by members of the faculty or by groups of English majors and subject to the approval of the department head in consultation with the instructor. The principal requirement of the course will be a long research paper that will test the student’s ability effectively to research a topic and construct a complex argument based on that research. 

This course involves in-depth study culminating in a long paper on an apocalyptic or dystopian work of your choosing. 



ENGS 301 The Future Now: Reading Sci-Fi

Prerequisite: FSWI 101

English course for Technology and Innovation Strand on the impact of technology on our lives.

ENGS 302 Literature of War (Sections 01-03); The Literature of Medieval War (Section 04)

Prerequisite: FSWI 101

English course for Conflict Strand on the realities of peace and war.

ENGS 303 Strange Citizens

Prerequisite: FSWI 101

English course for Citizenship Strand on the competing pressures of rights and responsibilities.

Vampires. Zombies. Werewolves. Serial Killers. Ghouls. Film and literature are filled with examples of strange creatures and entities that infiltrate every culture and society to both frighten and attract. This class will read and watch a selection of horror literature and film to answer the following questions: Where do these monsters come from? How do different cultures and time periods define monsters? How do humans and monsters interact? What happens when these monsters inhabit the fringes of society or walk among humans? What makes some monsters frightening, and what makes others attractive? What happens when monsters move from page to screen? And finally, how do monsters help us define what it means to be human?

ENGS 304 Writing About Identity in Young Adult Literature

Prerequisite: FSWI 101

English course for Wellness Strand on the way to live a good life, one that is sound in mind and body.

To “live a good life, one that is sound in mind and body,” we need to come to grips with who we are. Questions such as “Who am I?” and “What is my role in society?” frequently arise during adolescence and young adulthood; not surprisingly, they are frequently explored in young adult novels. Using these novels as our main texts, and using writing as our main medium for thinking, we will consider these questions as we explore the issue of “identity” as presented in young adult literature.

ENGS 305 Capitalism, Socialism, & Sustainability

Prerequisite: FSWI 101

English course for Sustainability Strand on the necessity of living in harmony with Nature

While corporate capitalism is central to contemporary American culture, this course will examine how distinctly American conceptions of socialism challenge, inform, and alter our dominant socioeconomic paradigm. We will explore the portrayal of socialism in American speculative literature, including Edward Bellamy’s phenomenally popular Looking Backward (1888), Jack London’s quasi-Marxian The Iron Heel (1907), and B.F. Skinner’s Walden Two (1948), which delves into the controversial relationship between collectivism and behavioral engineering. We will consider Ayn Rand’s critique of socialism and endorsement of the free market in her dystopian novella Anthem (1938). We will also analyze criticisms of socialism from the left, such as Cedric J. Robinson’s Black Marxism (1983), which questions the European philosophical influence on contemporary leftwing thought. Through a series of activities and assignments, students will connect the concepts and concerns raised in this literature to contemporary questions of sociopolitical, economic, and environmental sustainability.



COMM 205 Informative Speaking 

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 101

The general principles of speech composition and speech presentation; prac­tice in expository speaking. Includes the use of computer technology to create effective visual aids.

COMM 216 Communications in Business

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 102

Required of sophmores seeking a degree in the School of Business. 

A study of written and oral communication in organizations.  Emphasis is given to communication theory including communication flows and barriers, as well as the psychology of communicating good, neutral, negative, and persuasive messages.  The course also covers career planning, delivering professional presentations, electronic communications, and writing formal reports. 

COMM 260 Technical Writing & Communication

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 102

Required of sophmores seeking a degree in the School of Engineering. 

This course develops students' abilities to research, evaluate, and produce formal, documented projects that demonstrate awareness and mastery of technical and professional writing conventions. 

COMM 499 Internship

Prerequisite: Completion of either ENGL 411 or 413 with a grade of C or better; for students not majoring in English, permission of the department head.

A practicum to apply previously acquired skills to professional experience. Students work with a department faculty member and under the supervision of professionals in business, communications, law, religion, health, or other field. Student interns must provide their own transportation and must adhere to all college policies regarding internships.



FNAR 205 Music Appreciation

A non-technical course to enhance the student’s understanding and enjoyment of music by a twofold approach: first, to gain fundamental knowledge of style, con­tent, and form of the most outstanding works of the great composers; and second, to study the evolution of musical art up to the present time; particular emphasis is placed upon the latter.

FNAR 206 Art Appreciation

An introduction to the fundamental elements of art with the intent to gain an understanding of the relevance and influence of visual art in culture.  Course includes a wide range of art-making experiences and field trips to local art institutions. 

FNAR 250 Special Topic: Theater Appreciation

Introductory study of a special topic.

FNAR 304 Drawing

An introduction to the traditional principles and techniques of drawing through exploration of line, shape, perspective, proportion, volume, and composition. 

FNAR 305 Painting

An introduction to the painting process through the fundamentals of color, value, shape, contrast, blending, and glazing using acrylic paint and a variety of brushes and surfaces.

FNAR 306 Photography

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

An exploration of the fundamental techniques of digital photography through critical examination of historical examples and hands-on experience in a variety of photographic genres.

FNAR 308 Graphic Design

An exploration of commercial design principles and visual communication skills through interactive projects that communicate a brand message and visual identity using design software.

FNAR 309 Photoshop

An introduction to the application of Adobe Photoshop, the industry standard for creating and editing visual content through interactive projects.

FNAR 350 Special Topics in Fine Arts

Wildlife Drawing, Photojournalism, and Acting

Advanced study of special topics in Fine Arts. 



 PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy

An inquiry into the nature of philosophic thinking, especially with regard to the problem of knowledge and the nature of reality. Study of the classical origins of Western philosophy, as well as more recent developments.

PHIL 290 Ethics

A study of the nature of morality and moral reasoning through critical analyses of the writings of classical and contemporary thinkers on this subject. Problems regarding the role of reason in human conduct will be examined in detail, with emphasis upon the nature of the good life, happiness, moral obligation and duty, right and wrong, and the nature of moral language.

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