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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 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 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 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 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 209 Introduction to Film

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 102

An introduction to the aesthetics and techniques of cinematice art.

ENGL 211 Mythology

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 102

A study of mythology including Greco-Roman, Northern European, Native American and Eastern myths. A discussion of the leading theories concerning the origins, development, and significance of myths together with the allusive and allegorical use of myth in later literature and art.

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 218 Masterpieces of World Literature I

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 102

Study of works of world literature to 1650, both western and non-western, from major cultural centers such as ancient Greece, Rome, and India; Medieval Europe; Tang China; and Heian Japan. Readings will include epics, plays, and lyric poems.

ENGL 346 Twentieth Century American Fiction

Prerequisite: ENGL 203 and ENGL 215

A study of major American fiction since 1900. Authors studied may include Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Stein, Mailer, Styron, Pynchon, and Morrison.

ENGL 372 Film Studies

Prerequisite: ENGL 203 and ENGL 215

 An in-depth analysis of cinematic art, emphasizing feature films. Films and issues studied will include major works of American cinema and world cinema, newwer critically-acclaimed films, the history of film, the social significance of film, and contemoporary issues related to film.

ENGL 411 Legal Writing

Prerequisite: FSWI 101 or ENGL 102

Study and practice of effective writing techniques and terminology pertinent to the legal profession.



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 Theater Appreciation

Introductory study in 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 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 - 2D Animation, Sculpture, Makerspace Media, Video Production, Acting, and Visual Perception 

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 tradition 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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