Course Offerings

EN 101 - English Composition I

EN 101 emphasizes critical writing, thinking, and research skills and processes designed to acquaint students with writing across contexts. In order to understand the ways audience and purpose shape their texts, students practice writing for various rhetorical situations. Coursework includes a combination of academic essays and alternative texts intended to give students practice developing their identities as writers, conducting research, and thinking about writing. The course ties together reading, writing, idea development, and critical thinking, equipping students to navigate the complex web of voices competing for attention in the twenty-first century. Students must earn a C or higher in this course before enrolling in EN 102.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 102 - English Composition II

English 102 emphasizes critical reading and analysis to hone the writing and thinking skills begun in English 101. Students engage with the ideas of others, using research as a process of discovery to deepen and refine their own thinking. Producing a variety of texts, students learn to communicate with precise and intentional language. Coursework includes writing-based projects that incorporate rhetorical analyses, information literacy, ambitious research, and metacognition. The course empowers students to enter existing conversations in ways that are meaningful, ethical, and informed.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 120 - Improving Editing and Proofreading Improving Editing and Proofreading

This course is designed to help students improve their grammar, mechanics, word usage, and basic sentence skills through critical reflection of their own writing. Course activities include participation in lecture, editing practice, and sentence analysis. Significant time is spent on skill building exercises primarily in a workshop setting. A grade of C- or higher is necessary to receive credit.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 233 - Poetry

This course is an introductory genre study of poetry. The material is addressed through the function and purpose of poetic elements such as voice, diction, imagery, figures of speech, sound, rhythm, form, and so forth. The course will show how poetry functions in historical, political and social contexts. The course will also increase students\' ability to understand and appreciate poetry as a form involving craft as well as creativity. The coursework involves listening, speaking, reading, writing and discussing. Recommended: EN 101 and EN 102, or equivalents, as well as 12th grade reading/writing level.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 235 - Drama

This course is an introduction to drama as an important art form and as a literary text, using masterpieces by ancient through contemporary playwrights. Plays are selected for their artistic merit and for their place in the historical development of drama; the class covers a variety of genres and introduces students to scholarly criticism, as well as motifs typical of dramatic texts.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 237 - Fiction: Shorter and Longer Forms

This course is an introduction to fiction in shorter forms such as the short story and the novelette as well as the longer form, the novel. Works studied are representative of many cultures, countries, and ethnic groups. It is recommended that students take EN 101 and 102, or the equivalent, prior to enrolling in this course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 240 - Consulting with Writers

This course is designed for students who would like to develop their writing skills while contributing to a collaborative learning environment. As Writing Fellows consulting in the Language Arts Lab, students improve their writing skills while working with people of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, learning styles, and writing styles. The class is taught by two professors in three settings: classroom, online, and writing lab. Students work one-on-one with professors, professional tutors, and classmates. This course is recommended for Honors students and is available to any student in the Honors program or with English instructor approval.
Course Fee: $5 (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 241 - Writing in Digital Spaces

EN 241 seeks to address two main questions. The first is philosophical: What does it mean to write in today\'s world? To explore this question, we analyze the spaces created by technology and how these spaces change what we write, where we write, how we write, and to whom. The second element of EN 241 is practical and seeks to address this question: What do we need to know in order to write in todays digital spaces? We endeavor to build skills that allow us to communicate successfully in a contemporary, digitized world.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 242 - Popular Literature

The purpose of EN 242 is for students to think critically about what makes literature popular and what that popularity says about our culture. Readings may include science fiction, mystery, suspense, detective, horror, romance, fantasy, post-apocalyptic, magazines, comics, graphic novels, web sites, blogs, or the literature of advertising. Critical thinking skills are used to help determine differences between popular fiction and literary fiction as well as differences between adult and Young Adult literature.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 246 - Writing for Publication

An introduction to researching, writing, and publishing nonfiction magazine articles for a variety of print and online publishing markets. Successful completion of EN 101 and EN 102 is recommended for optimal success.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 247 - Creative Writing I

EN 247 is a course in writing original fiction and poetry. Students study the elements of each genre and practice the basic tools of contemporary creative expression. The course examines the role of the writer in expressing cultural, historical, and social values, promoting awareness and empathy in readers.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 248 - Creative Writing II

EN 248 is a course in writing original fiction, poetry, and the one-act play. Students study elements and forms specific to each genre, developing an understanding of the relationship of form to content and how writers make choices to enhance and support creative intent. The course examines the role of the writer in expressing cultural, historical, and social values, promoting awareness and empathy in readers.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 249 - Technical Writing

EN 249 is intended for students who need to improve their professional writing abilities in the workplace. The course stresses writing clarity, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in the most common written forms of professional communications, including email, memos, letters, resumes, as well as team-produced assignments such as case studies and reports.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 250 - Children\'s Literature

In this course, students evaluate a variety of children\'s books for use across the curriculum, investigate children\'s book choices, become familiar with a wide variety of multicultural literature from the 14th century to the present, write critical analyses on a variety of topics, make oral presentations to the class, and complete other projects as assigned. Students may also participate in field trips and listen to presentations from field specialists.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 251 - Multicultural American Literature for Children

Students study children\'s literature of African American, Native American, Latino, Asian, Jewish, and Middle Eastern cultures. Genres include traditional literature, poetry, historical fiction, nonfiction, and contemporary literature. Through their studies, students develop a heightened awareness of the needs of people living in a multicultural society. Students also learn how to recognize stereotypes found in multicultural literature and learn how to select authentic, worthwhile multicultural literature for children.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 252 - Shakespeare

This course is an introduction to the study of the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare. The course explores the variety of dramatic modes in which Shakespeare worked, emphasizing both textual study and performance; some attention is also given to the Elizabethan and Jacobean context in which the author worked, and to his enduring influence on literature.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 261 - Great American Writers I

This course examines writings by Native Americans (1500 s-1800 s), colonial settlers (1600 s-1700 s), revolutionary founders (1700 s), African Americans (1700 s-1800 s), and early American writers of fiction and poetry. These writings are examined in both literary and historical contexts. Recommended: Successful completion of EN 101/102 sequence prior to enrolling in this course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 262 - Great American Writers II

This course is a survey of American Literature from post Civil War to the present, with emphasis on American writers of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 270 - Multicultural Literature

An introduction to literature by African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, Appalachian Americans and/or literature by African, Asian, latin American and Middle Eastern writers; focusing also on feminist, lesbian/gay, and differently abled writers. Each semester specific cultures will be covered. Course will also focus on cultural and critical issues raised by these works.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 271 - African-American Literature

This course is a study of African-American literature from colonial America through the 20th century. Students review the historical backdrop against which the literary landscape was created and read a variety of genres (slave narratives, fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction). In order for students to understand the multiple influences on and within African-American literary expression of colonial American to the 1940s (20th century), works are analyzed within the context of the political, economic, and social perspectives of the United States.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 272 - African American Literature II

This course is a study of African-American literature from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Students will review the historical backdrop against which the literary landscape was created and read a variety of genres (fiction, poetry, drama). In order for students to understand the multiple influences on and within African-American literary expression of the 20th century, works will be read and analyzed within the context of the political, economic, and social perspectives of the United States. Recommended: EN 101 and EN 102 (or equivalent) prior to enrolling in this course.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 275 - Theatre Workshop (Stratford/Shakespeare)

Students will study and discuss the literary aspects and theatrical complexity of several Shakespeare and other classic plays (generally, two Shakespeare plays and one other Stratford offering), which they will view at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. Course content depends on the current Stratford selection.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 278 - Introduction to Women\'s Literature

EN 278 is an introduction to literature by women writers in which students may study various genres, historical time periods, classes, races, and nationalities. The course explores the variety of writing styles women have used to think about issues such as the search for identity, power, societal roles, relationships and conflict, marriage, sexuality, treatment as the other, responses to patriarchy, achievement, and daily life. The instructor helps students think about the impact of gender on literature, expression, and experience.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 279 - Research Writing

This course asks students to connect their current areas of study with research methods and writing for multiple purposes and audiences. Students will use readings, writings, and civic activities to develop a "toolbox" of research methods and composition strategies (rhetorical theory) in order to create effective written communication. They will learn how to combine research methods and composition strategies to compose research-based documents for specific and interdisciplinary purposes.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 281 - Survey of British Literature I

This course surveys the major works of British literature from Anglo-Saxon times through the 18th century. These writings are examined in literary and historical contexts, with discussions centering around issues of language, the church, and socio-political changes in the developing nation.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 282 - Survey of British Literature II

This course surveys the works of major English Romantic poets, Victorian poets and prose writers, and represents modern trends and writers in British literature. These writings will be examined in literary and historical contexts, with discussions around issues of language, the church, and socio-political changes in Great Britain.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)

 

EN 284 - LGBTQ Literature

EN 284 is an introduction to literature by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified (LGBTQ) authors, and authors who present LGBTQ characters and themes in their work. The course explores the varieties of writing expression LGBTQ people have employed to think about issues including the search for identity, power and societal roles, the exploration of relationships and conflict, family and marriage, sexuality, marginalization and treatment as other, responses to homophobia in its variety of oppressive manifestations. Students read and discuss texts to consider the impact of sexuality and gender on literature and experience.
Course Fee: None (Tuition Rates & Fees)