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English/Literature Transfer Degree Program

Literature/English Text ArtThe writing and literature courses of the English/ Literature major will transfer to a bachelor's degree program.  Students in the English/Literature program should also take a variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences.  A student's class choices should be planned with the requirements of the transfer institution in mind.  See your advisor for enrollment information and transfer institution requirements.

Most students who decide to major in English/Literature at a four-year institution will plan a course of study that will lead to an Associate in Arts Degree.

Recommended Courses

    Credit Hrs.
ENGL-101 English Composition I 3
ENGL-102 English Composition II 3
ENGL-190 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL-202 Creative Writing 3
ENGL-207 Children's Literature 3


For this major the Communications Division recommends 10 hours of a foreign language (all same language). 

To complete an associate degree the program emphasis credit hours and the general education credit hours, which must be taken from the list approved by the General Education Committee, must total at least 64 credit hours.

Description of Courses

ENGL-101. English Composition I. 3 Hours. This course provides review of language mechanics through writing assignments with emphasis on expository and argumentative forms. Prerequisite: A minimum score of 55 on the Writing section of the COMPASS, or fully complete Written Communications with a grade of C or above.

ENGL-102. English Composition II. 3 Hours. This course provides practice in needed mechanics and expository writing with emphasis on literary analysis and the research paper. Prerequisite: English Composition I with grade of C or above.

ENGL-105. English Improvement for Foreign Students. 3 Hours. This course is designed to meet the needs of students who come from countries with a native language other than English. The course content includes grammar, structure, usage, vocabulary development, listening comprehension, dictation and reading comprehension. The student is also given the opportunity to improve in conversational English by
practice in oral drills, dialogues and group conversation.

ENGL-190. Introduction to Literature. 3 Hours. This course is a study of short fiction and poetry with a thematic emphasis. The course covers various themes universal to all cultures. The selections used are multi-cultural and expand on issues present in society. Such themes are parent/child relationships, innocence/ experience, search for power, search for the American dream, failures and successes, violence,
security, isolation, fantasy vs. reality, love, and men and women conflicts. Through the broad scope of selections, students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for literature. Prerequisite: English
Composition I.

ENGL-200. Native American Literature. 3 Hours. Students in this course will explore the literary traditions of American Indians by studying stories, songs, orations, poems, plays and films that reflect the lived experiences of indigenous cultures. To emphasize the role of experience, students will have an opportunity to hear guest speakers - storytellers and singers, writers and poets, actors and playwrights - comment upon
their art. Students will also engage in a variety of classroom activities (often supplemented by various audio/visual resources and multimedia technologies) designed to cultivate an intimacy with the themes of
Native American literature. Moreover, each student will record his or her experience with the course  materials in a creative journal, a project that will be limited only by the imaginative faculties of the individual student. While the creative journal will be the primary means of evaluating student understanding, a number of topical exams also will be administered. Prerequisite: English Composition I or permission of instructor.

ENGL-202. Creative Writing. 3 Hours. This course is designed to facilitate the student's creative faculties and abilities. The course will serve as an introduction to the writing of original poetry, short fiction and drama. Instruction in literary techniques will direct the student's writing. In addition to working within literary
conventions to produce manuscripts, students will be exposed to exemplary texts by selected authors.  Students will learn to critique their own work and the work of others by participating in writing workshops. Students will be introduced to markets for creative writing and will be encouraged to submit some work for publication. Prerequisite: English Composition II or permission of instructor.

ENGL-203. Major English Writers. 3 Hours. This course will trace the development of style from its Old
English origin to the twentieth century. Through class discussion, journal writing, oral presentations, papers
and tests, students will examine literary periods and individual pieces of literature. The course is designed
to provide an overview of English literature and promote an understanding of literature of the past and its connection with the society of today. Prerequisite: English Composition I.

ENGL-204. American Literature. 3 Hours. This is a course of critical reading and evaluation of selected major American writings from the 17th century to present. Examples of the major genres will be studied, including oral literatures, poetry, drama, the essay, the short story and the novel. The course emphasis is
upon central figures and representative selections from major works in selected literary traditions.  Prerequisite: English Composition I.

ENGL-205. Old Testament Literature. 3 Hours. Students will be guided in a study of the Old Testament from a literary viewpoint. Students will learn a set of principles for interpreting the Old Testament as a piece of literature, and they will analyze specific passages, using these literary principles. The students will become familiar with the eight literary genres in the Old Testament, and they will analyze each. Students will also examine the literary unity of the Old Testament. This course is not a study of religious doctrine or theology. Prerequisite: English Composition I.

ENGL-206. New Testament Literature. 3 Hours. This course includes an evaluative study of the books of the New Testament in the light of their literary and cultural contributions. Prerequisite: English Composition I.

ENGL-207. Children's Literature. 3 Hours. This is a how-to course to teach a child to want to read. The course is an introduction to books that are a joy to read, that have been written especially for children and that meet high literary and artistic standards. The focus is to teach elementary education majors how to teach their future students to want to read. Prerequisite: English Composition I.

ENGL-209. Poetry and Drama. 3 Hours. This course is an introduction to various types of poetry and drama
of literature, early as well as contemporary. A basic approach how to analyze poetry and drama and  express appreciation and interpretations of the broad scope of the literary are both past and present. Prerequisite: English Composition I.

ENGL-210. Fiction and Prose. 3 Hours. This course is a literature course designed to stimulate an
understanding of the short story and the novel by means of critical and introspective reading. The student's
reading will be enriched by class discussions, lectures, oral reports, an understanding of fictional elements and an overview of consummate writers who have mastered their craft. Prerequisite: English Composition I.

ENGL-220. African American Literature. 3 Hours. This course will explore the distinct literary traditions of African Americans, kept alive beyond slavery through song, sermon, and other spoken and written forms. Through an aesthetic approach the student will experience the centuries long emergence of the traditions in poetry, fiction, drama, essays, speeches, letters, autobiographies, sermons, criticism, journals, and folk literature from secular songs to rap. Students will engage in a variety of classroom activities (often supplemented by various audio/visual resources and multi-media technologies) designed to cultivate an
intimacy with the themes of African American literature. Moreover, each student will record his or her  experience with the course materials in a creative journal, a project that will be limited only by the  imaginative faculties of the individual student. While the creative journal will be the primary means of evaluating student understanding, a number of topical exams will also be administered. Prerequisite: English Composition I or permission of instructor.

ENGL-290. Technical Writing. 3 Hours. This course offers practice in writing short reports, formal reports  and basic business correspondence with emphasis on purpose, audience analysis, organization, style and
format. Prerequisite: English Composition II.

ENGL-291. Technical Writing for Business and Industry. 3 Hours. This course offers practice in writing short reports, formal reports and basic business correspondence with emphasis on purpose, audience analysis, organization, style and format. Prerequisite: English Composition II or permission of instructor.

ENGL-297. Contemporary American Film. 3 Hours. This course analyzes modern American films with
particular attention to storytelling techniques, cinematic rendering and thematic meaning. Films will be examined against the backdrop of their specific historical-socio-political context. Prerequisite: English
Composition I with a grade of C or above.