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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 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 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 Britain's best-known writers, including Chaucer, Shakepseare, Milton, Wordsworth, Bronte, Yeats, and Eliot.


ENGL 222  Special Topics in Film Studies: War on Film

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
A study of a particular aspect or genre of film.

 
ENGL 310 Literature of Medieval England

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
A Study of the most important lierature composed during the Old English and Middle English periods, exclusive of Chaucer. Some works will be read in the original languages, some in translation.


ENGL 375 Special Topic in Literature or Language

ENGL 375-01 Crime in Literature & Film
ENGL 375-02 Tutorial in Literature (Distinguished Scholars Program)

Prerequisite: FSWI 101
A Study of an individual author, topic, or problem in literature or language.


ENGL 402 Senior Seminar

Fall 2021 Topic: American Apocalypses

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 student’s ability effectively to research a topic and construct a complex argument based on that research.

 

 

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

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.


ENGS 304 
Improvise, Adapt, & Overcome (Sections 01 & 02)
Writing about Identity in YA Literature (Section 03)

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 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 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 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 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 308 Graphic Design

The 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 Advanced Special Topics in Fine Arts

Wildlife Drawing, Photojournalism, 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 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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