College of Humanities and Social Sciences

English (ENG)

ENG 100   Introduction to College Writing4 credits

This course is designed for students who need writing instruction and practice before enrolling in ENG 120 College Writing. Focusing on correct and clear sentence construction, organized and developed paragraphs, and significant grammar problems, ENG 100 mixes short writing assignments, class discussion, and individual conferences. Students may be required to take ENG 100 based on their English ACT or their verbal SAT scores. Students who wish to review writing basics may elect, at any point in their college careers, to enroll in ENG 100.

ENG 112   Fundamentals of Writing, ESOL4 credits

This course, an English for Speakers of Other Languages course, is designed for students whose writing indicates a need to study writing mechanics, grammar and other sentence-level or paragraph-level aspects of writing. This may be an elective but it is required for students whose high school grades, test scores and/or writing sample indicate a need for such study.

ENG 120   College Writing4 credits

The content of a writing course is writing. For students to become proficient writers in all disciplines, they need to learn how to read and analyze a variety of texts and then practice reading and analyzing texts from various disciplines. Through research and writing, students learn what others are saying and how to integrate those ideas into their own writing. Constant practice will guide students into developing their own voice and style. They will make conscious choices related to audience and academic conventions.

ENG 155   Introduction to Literature4 credits

Introduction to Literature seeks to excite students about literature; to feed students passion about literature; and to enhance their pleasure from literature. Through a variety of texts, students will encounter other members of the human community and, while in their company, learn about themselves. The course will introduce basic literary terminology.

ENG 220   Applied Grammar2 credits

To communicate clearly, students must correctly apply the rules that govern the English language. Through reading, discussion, and constant practice, students in this course will examine and use these rules to further develop their writing skills.

ENG 221   Journalism4 credits

This course is an introduction to periodical journalism. It focuses on the contemporary practices, issues, and ethics of the profession. Students will practice extensive in-the field reporting and journalistic writing. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ENG 120)

ENG 222   Journalism Practicum1 credit

Journalism II provides an opportunity for "hands-on" experience in all aspects of producing a newspaper: writing, editing, layout, photography, business management, etc. This course is strongly suggested for those who wish to contribute to The Sword (the Concordia student newspaper) on a regular basis. It is required for the Editor-in-Chief, Technical Editor(s), and Page Editors. Beginning writers and photographers are encouraged to sign up. This workshop style class meets one hour a week, usually in the evenings.

ENG 227   Column Writing2 credits

This course will introduce students to the role of columns as vehicles that affect both public opinion and the identities of periodicals. Study of a range of contemporary artifacts will provide a basis for understanding the balance of opinion and reporting in column writing. Students will both analyze and write columns.

ENG 228   Review Writing2 credits

This course will introduce students to the various roles of the review in our culture. Study of contemporary artifacts will provide a basis for understanding the balance of presentation, critique, and edification in reviewing. Students will both analyze and write reviews.

ENG 317   Topics in Literature and History4 credits

This interdisciplinary course, team-taught by faculty from both English and History/Political Science, will explore a theme from a selected area of the world (such as the Middle East or Latin America) through literature, history, and politics. Students will read important works of literature on the selected topic and will examine the context of the literature by investigating the history and politics surrounding that literature. Prerequisites: ENG 120, ENG 155

ENG 320   Writing in the Workplace2 credits

Students in this course will examine the conventions of writing in the workplace. The particular topics of the course will vary depending on the semester. Some of the topics covered might include grant writing, copyrighting, writing for the web, public relations writing, or technical writing. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in ENG 120)

ENG 324   Teaching Writing 1:12 credits

Often, the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else. Students in this course will do just that: improve their own writing, editing, and tutoring skills while helping others express their ideas in writing, develop their own writing voice, and edit their own work. Students will apply what they learn from readings, discussions, and writing assignments by tutoring in the Writing Center each week. (Prerequisite: ENG 120)

ENG 325   Creative Writing4 credits

This course will examine the basic elements of short fiction and poetry and will require students to experiment with both genres. The class is run as a workshop: the main focus will be on the discussion of each other's work. It is also, to a certain extent, a literature course, since what one reads strongly influences what one writes. Assigned readings are intended to give students a fuller understanding of technique as well as a range of artistic possibilities. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG 120 and ENG 155)

ENG 326   Topics in Writing2 credits

This course, the topic of which may vary from year to year, is designed to provide intermediate writers with the opportunity to experiment with different styles and genres.

ENG 330   Young Adult Literature2 credits

By introducing the student to a wide variety of both traditional and recent literature for young adults, this course helps the student become aware of quality adolescent literature. It includes instruction in oral interpretation of the literature, methods of presenting it in the classroom and planning individualized reading programs for young people of high school age. (Prerequisites: ENG 120, ENG 155)

ENG 338   History and Principles of the English Language2 credits

This course provides an introduction to the linguistic study of the English language, focusing in particular on English phonology, morphology and syntax. Also covered in the course will be the development of the English language over time and the relationship between language and society, including literature, dialects and registers of various English speakers and writers.

ENG 365   British Literature I: Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration, Enlightenment4 credits

The beginning course in the survey of British literature covers the Anglo-Saxon period through the middle of the eighteenth century. Selected readings lead to discussions about the growth of nationalism and its reflection in literary pride and canon formation. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG 120 and ENG 155)

ENG 366   British Literature II: Romantics, Victorians, Moderns, Post-Moderns4 credits

The survey of British literature continues with selected writings from the Romantic period through to the present day. Readings cover the rise of the novel, the fight for women's rights and the decline of colonialism. (Prerequisites: ENG 120, ENG 155)

ENG 369   Shakespeare4 credits

This course offers a study of Shakespeare's work and its relationship to Elizabethan concepts of poetry and rhetoric as well as to gender and imperialism and government. It explores the rich terrain of Shakespeare imaginative world. (Prerequisites: ENG 120, ENG 155)

ENG 375   World Literature I: Western Classical Literature4 credits

This course examines major authors in the Western literary tradition from the ancient Greeks and Romans through the Middle Ages. Authors include Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Virgil and Dante. This course may offer additional material from other early cultures. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG 120 and ENG 155)

ENG 376   World Literature II: Geographic or Thematic4 credits

Using examples of literature in translation from Asia, South America, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe, the course will explore themes common around the world in forms distinctive to diverse cultures. (Prerequisites: ENG 120, ENG 155)

ENG 385   American Literature I: Beginnings to 18604 credits

Students examine selected works of early American writers with emphasis on Puritanism, literary nationalism, and the period known as the American Renaissance. Along with examining the literature for aesthetic technique, students discuss significant themes and the literary canon as it relates to minority and women writers. (Prerequisites: ENG 120, ENG 155)

ENG 386   American Literature II: 1860-Present4 credits

Students explore the emergence of local color, realism and naturalism and the fragmentation of modern and post-modern literature between the Civil War and the present. Women and minority writers are important foci. (Prerequisites: ENG 120, ENG 155)

ENG 420   Persuasive Writing on Contemporary Issues4 credits

Students in this course analyze essays by established writers of expository prose, read articles in current magazines and journals and meet with local writers invited into the classroom. Students also write their own creative non-fiction and keep journals. Both in workshops and in individual conferences, the course asks students to consider their own writing as a process that requires their attention to revising and editing. (Prerequisites: ENG 120, ENG 155)

ENG 425   Creative Writing II4 credits

This is an advanced course that requires students to probe more deeply into the elements of short fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. In addition to producing original creative work, students will read a variety of literary texts and selected works on the craft of creative writing. This class will be run as a workshop. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG 120, ENG 155 and ENG 325)

ENG 440   Literary Theory4 credits

In this course students become familiar with various critical theories about literature including structuralism, deconstruction, cultural criticism (especially as related to third world literature), feminist theory and psychoanalytical theory. It prepares them to read critically and helps them to develop their own critical stances. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG 120 and ENG 155, and an upper level English course)

ENG 487   Topics in Literature2,4 credits

Topics in Literature offers students an opportunity to study in-depth a literary genre, theme, or movement. Topics will vary from offering to offering. (Prerequisite: ENG 155 or permission of the instructor)

ENG 488   Independent Study1-4 credits

Independent study offers the opportunity to pursue advanced study in language, literature, or communication. Independent study is open only to students with substantial preparatory course work in the discipline involved.

ENG 490   Seminar in Literature4 credits

Seminars in literature cover varying topics in greater depth than is possible in a survey class. Recent seminar topics include Virginia Woolf: Her Art and Her Influence; Emily Dickinson: Her Circle and Her Influence; Seminar in the African-American Literary Tradition; and Victorian Secrets. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ENG 120 and ENG 155)

ENG 498   Internship1-12 credits

Students participate in a variety of internship programs in editing, publishing, broadcasting, television and public information under the supervision of the faculty and the director of internships for the company or organization granting the internship. (Prerequisites: ENG 120, ENG 155)

ENG 499   Framing the Literary Tradition1 credit

This course, taught by all full-time English faculty, for English majors and teacher candidates in language arts, is designed to help the major see patterns in course work. Through review, reading and discussion students will re-examine and synthesize texts and ideas. The English Capstone exam is both written and oral. (Prerequisite: senior year status)

ENG 500   Advanced Workshop I3 credits

Students will write original creative pieces in their chosen genre and have their work critiqued by their peers and instructor in a workshop setting.

ENG 505   Studies in the Craft of Creative Writing3 credits

Students will learn to approach writing as a craft, studying the elements of creative writing, such as point of view, character, setting, tone, imagery, etc.

ENG 510   Advanced Workshop 23 credits

Students will write original creative pieces in their chosen genre and have their work critiqued by their peers and instructor in a workshop setting.

ENG 515   Studies in the Contemporary Novel3 credits

In this course students will investigate some of the themes, forms and techniques of contemporary published novelists with the goal of identifying trends in the genre. Specific authors and sub-topics may vary from semester to semester.

ENG 520   Advanced Workshop 33 credits

Students will write original creative pieces in their chosen genre and have their work critiqued by their peers and instructor in a workshop setting.

ENG 525   Studies in Contemporary Creative Nonfiction3 credits

This course will investigate various examples of published creative nonfiction, such as the memoir, travel writing, personal essays and narrative journalism. Specific authors and genres may vary from semester to semester.

ENG 530   Advanced Workshop 43 credits

Students will write original creative pieces in their chosen genre and have their work critiqued by their peers and instructor in a workshop setting.

ENG 535   Studies in Contemporary Poetry3 credits

This course examines the landscape of contemporary poetry, with a focus on the variety of themes, techniques and generic conventions explored by poets writing in English. The specific writers studied may vary from semester to semester.

ENG 540   Advanced Workshop 53 credits

Students will write original creative pieces in their chosen genre and have their work critiqued by their peers and instructor in a workshop setting.

ENG 545   The Culture and Ethics of Writing, Editing, and Publishing3 credits

Students will explore the culture and ethics of writing, editing and publishing.

ENG 550   Researching and Writing about Literature3 credits

Students will research and write a 25 page extended critical essay on a literary topic approved by their instructor.

ENG 555   Thesis3 credits

Students will write a book-length manuscript in their chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry).