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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 2019 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 fi rst-year student will enroll in this sixcredit 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 101 & 102 Composition and Literature I & II

The development of the basic skills of writing, reading, and analysis through the study of literary types. ENGL 101: Reading and evaluating essays; writing paragraphs and essays, including a research paper. 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). ENGL 101 is graded on a scale of A, B, C, U. A 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 201 Major British Writers I 

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 101 and ENGL 102

Study in depth of major writers in British literature from the medieval period to the present. ENGL 201: Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope, and Swift.

ENGL 212 The Bible as Literature

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 102

A study of selected portions of the Old and New Testaments as literar masterpieces and cultural monuments, with some attention to the major systems of interpretation.

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 War on Film

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 102

A survey of war-related film and video from a variety of periods, genres, and contexts, including consideration of the ways techniques of filmmaking such as mise en scene, montage, camera movement, and lighting communicate meaning. The class will examine classic war films and newer works of film and video, including feature films, documentaries, and online videos related to 21st-century warfare (such as drone videos and terrorist propaganda videos).  

ENGL 303 Shakespeare I

Prerequisite: ENGL 203 and ENGL 215

Students will be presented with different but representative selections from the comedies, histories, and tragedies.

ENGL 375 Literature of Medieval Warfare

Prerequisite: ENGL 203 and ENGL 215


ENGL 402 Senior Seminar I

Open to senior English majors.

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 studen'ts ability effectively to research a topic and construct a complex argument based on that research.


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 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 307 Digital Forensic Photography

The study and application of photographic methods to record material evidence of a crime/accident scene during investigative actions for the purpose of evidence in court in both military and civilian settings. Includes instruction in digital camera operation, crime-scene sketching, photographic record keeping, and legal testimonial preparation.

FNAR 350 Special Topics in Fine Arts - Photoshop, Graphic Design, Wildlife Drawing, and Makerspace Media 

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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