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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.

Spring 2021 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. 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 209 Introduction to Film

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
An introduction to the aesthetics and techniques of cinematic art.

 
ENGL 212 The Bible as Literature

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


ENGL 215 Masterpieces of American Literature

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 304 Shakespeare II

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
This course will present students with different but representative selections from the comedies, histories, and tragedies.

Spring 2021 Theme: Horror Shakespeare on Stage and Film – open to all who dare to read, perform, and watch some of the most ghoulish stories (discuss plays and film, practice acting and speech, create sets and scenes, refine your writing).


ENGL 332 Twentieth Century British Fiction

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
A course in the reading and critical analysis of selected British novels by writers like Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, Forster, Woolf, and Waugh.


ENGL 373 Advanced Special Topics in Film Studies

ST: Film Comedy  
Prerequisite: FSWI 101 
An in-depth analysis of a special topic or genre of film. Films and issues studied may include major works of American Cinema and world cinema, newer critically-acclaimed films, the history of film, the social significance of film, and/or contemporary issues, all as related to the specified topic or genre.

 

 

ENGS 301 
The Literature of Social Design: Utopias, Dystopias, & Beyond

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
English course for Technology and Innovation Strand on the impact of technology on our lives.


ENGS 302 
Literature of War: Cannon to RPG (Sections 01 & 02, HONORS) 
Reading the American West (Sections 03 & 04)
Guts & Glory: The Legacy of Ancient Greek Conflict (Section 05)

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
English course for Conflict Strand on the realities of peace and war.


ENGS 303 
The Deviant Citizen: Transgression & Authority in Brave New World

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
English course for Citizenship Strand on the competing pressures of rights and responsibilities.


ENGS 304 
The Wellness Revolution in Victoria’s Empire

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
English course for Wellness Strand on the way to live a good life, one that is sound in mind and body.


ENGS 305 
Capitalism, Socialism, & Sustainability

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
English course for Sustainability Strand on the necessity of living in harmony with Nature.

 

 

 COMM 205 Informative Speaking 

Prerequisite: FSWI 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, Required of sophomores 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, Required of sophomores 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 413 Advanced Composition

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
The study and practice of advanced writing techniques, including use of computer technology for web publishing.

 
COMM 499 Internship

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
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 Topics in Fine Arts

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 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 309 Photoshop

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


FNAR 350 Advanced Special Topics in Fine Arts

2D Animation, Photoshop: Illustration, Makerspace Media, 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 202 Reasoning and Critical Thinking (Logic)

A study of the principles and methods that distinguish valid from invalid arguments. After a brief examination of what an argument is, the concepts of validity and invalidity are introduced, and a systematic study of the principles governing the application of these concepts to arguments is undertaken. An extensive treatment of traditional Aristotelian logic (the syllogism, rules of validity, immediate inference, etc.) is supplemented by an introduction to principles of modern symbolic logic.

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