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This course is equivalent to ENG 101, the first credit-bearing course in composition. ENG 100, created for underprepared students with marginal writing skills, offers an extra hour for necessary developmental writing instruction and individualized support toward the creation of college-level essays. Exactly as does ENG 101, the course prepares students to produce clear, well-developed, well organized, grammatically correct writing. The curriculum is designed to give students guided practice in pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing essays, with the addition of time for review and instruction in basic grammar, punctuation, sentence boundaries and structural and developmental issues related to basic composition. The course is also designed to develop skills that enable students to interpret and analyze published texts. In addition to readings assigned in class, students respond to texts they locate themselves through research and write at least one documented or research essay. Students who take ENG 100 do not take ENG 001 or ENG 101. Success in ENG 100 indicates movement to ENG 102, the next course in the composition sequence.
Prerequisites: Score on the Placement essay of 5.5 or placement by Department
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COURSE GOALS AND OUTCOMES:
Writing Literacy: to produce precise, clear, grammatically-correct, well-developed, and well-organized writing appropriate to academic, social, and occupational fields
Produce coherent texts within common college level forms
Revise and improve such texts
Critical Thinking: to develop critical thinking skills
Identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments as they occur in their own and others’ work
Develop well-reasoned arguments
Informational Literacy: to develop skills to locate, evaluate, and incorporate relevant source materials into the construction and expression of an informed point of view
Access and utilize basic computer and internet functions, demonstrating appropriate and effective utilization of programs and functions
Use basic research techniques, demonstrating appropriate, effective research skills
Locate, evaluate, organize, and synthesize information from a variety of sources, demonstrating the ability to implement an effective search strategy to obtain reliable information
Apply ethical and legal standards for use of source information, demonstrating the application of accepted ethical and legal restrictions on the use of published works
Cultural Literacy: to develop exposure to literary texts that reflect the diversity of the human experience in a variety of historical and cultural frameworks
Demonstrate understanding of the various influences that shape perspectives, values, and identities
Recognize the roles and responsibilities of citizens in a diverse world
OBJECTIVES: Students will
1. Respond orally and in writing to texts, primarily nonfiction.
2. Write as a way of exploring, developing, and confirming ideas in a process of communicating them
3. Compose essays that support and develop a point of view, using a variety of composing strategies.
4. Self-evaluate using a vocabulary specific to the discipline in order to discuss, revise, and edit one’s own writing and the writing of others.
5. Revise in order to substantially improve the focus, organization, and development of ideas.
6. Locate, evaluate, and cull information from archival and/or electronic sources.
7. Summarize, paraphrase, quote, and use MLA-style citations to document course reading and materials found through research in the construction and expression of a point of view.
8. Edit and proofread for usage and correctness of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
9. Produce approximately 4,000–6,000 words across a series of written assignments and essays subject to evaluation, at least one of which is an essay of 1,000–1,500 words.
After completing this course, students will be able to
1. Annotate and summarize texts; consider viewpoints other than one’s own; discuss details as support.
2. Use brainstorming techniques to create outlines/freewriting/mapping; write preliminary drafts; develop thesis statement awareness to include multiple perspective possibilities; create thesis statements.
3. Modify/narrow thesis in subsequent drafts; consider & try out additional methods of development; respond to varied prompts on a topic; discuss language choices in a piece of writing.
4. Refer to specific elements of a reading to support general observations during a class discussion; discuss plagiarism; annotate & summarize class reading and research; write documented essays; cite sources according to MLA guidelines; create a “Works Cited” list.
5. Respond to local & global revision prompts; cut extraneous material; add specificity to improve support; read & evaluate other students’ writing; discuss drafts with peers.
6. Read and evaluate one’s own writing; correct errors of usage, grammar, punctuation, spelling; clarify sentences through phrase and clause use; consult a dictionary, thesaurus, & writer’s handbook; revise drafts.
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(see also Additional Textbook Options, below)
The following texts will be available at the Nassau Community College bookstore; click here to purchase your course materials from the bookstore. Alternatively, these texts are available in several different editions; almost any edition that you find will be acceptable, so check school or public libraries and used bookstores. Prices listed at Amazon.com (below) do not include shipping, and are accurate as of posting date only; no guarantees of prices or availability are express or implied§.
Bates, Laura. Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard. Naperville, IL, 2013. ISBN 9781402273148. (Available used starting at $3.48 at Amazon.com***)
NCC College Bookstore (B&N) prices:
Print, new: $15.00
- Print, used: $11.25
- Print, new rental: $12.40
- Print, used rental: $3.00
Bullock, Richard. The Norton Field Guide to Writing, 4 ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2016. ISBN 9780393264357. (Available used starting at $23.38 at Amazon.com***)
NCC College Bookstore (B&N) prices:
Print, new: $59.55
- Print, used: $47.05
- eBook: $40.00
Note:Do not purchase The Norton Field Guide until class has met! The Norton Field Guide to Writing, 3 ed. is also acceptable, and much less expensive. (Available used, on Kindle, or for rent starting at $9.39 at Amazon.com***) and there are other options available!
Norton Online Handbook (free online handbook)
A good college-level (paperback) dictionary (Available used starting at $0.01 at Amazon.com***).
Additional required readings will also be assigned and will made available as photocopies or as links.
A thumb drive or other portable storage device.
Pens (blue or black ink only) and a notebook and/or supply of 8½ x 11" ruled paper, not spiral bound. Paper torn out of spiral-bound notebooks is not acceptable and will be returned unread and ungraded.
Recommended additional texts:**
Bloom, Harold. How to Read and Why. New York: Scribner, 2000. (Available starting at $1.00 at Amazon.com)***
Bryce, Robert. Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence". [New York?]: PublicAffairs, 2009. (Available starting at $00.01 at Amazon.com)†
Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. New York: Random House, 2012, 2013. ( Available stating at $3.88 at Amazon.com)
Casagrande, June. Grammar Snobs Are Great Big Meanies: A Guide to Language for Fun and Spite. New York: Penguin, 2006. (Available starting at $3.94 at Amazon.com)
---. Mortal Syntax: 101 Language Choices That Will Get You Clobbered by the Grammar Snobs—Even If You’re Right. New York: Penguin, 2008 (Available used starting at $6.61 at Amazon.com).
Cathcart, Thomas and Daniel Klein. “Logic.” Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar...: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes. New York: Abrams Image, 2006. 27-49. (Available used starting at $6.73 at Amazon.com)
---. Aristotle and an Aardvark Go to Washington: Understanding Political Doublespeak through Through Philosophy and Jokes. New York: Abrams Image, 2007. 27-49 (Available used starting at $10.85 at Amazon.com).
Coontz, Stephanie. Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage. New York: Penguin, 2005. (Available used starting at $2.98 at Amazon.com).
Crystal, David. Words, Words, Words. New York: Oxford U P, 2006 (Available used starting at $9.28 at Amazon.com).
Garvey, Mark. Stylized: A Slightly Obsessive History of Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style.New York: Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2009. (Available starting at $14.48 at Amazon.com).†
Guzman, Andrew. Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change. New York: Oxford UP, 2013 (Available starting at $20.15 at Amazon.com).
Klein, Naomi. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2014. (Available starting at $10.50 at Amazon.com).
Kozol, Jonathan. Letters to a Young Teacher. New York: Crown, 2007 (Available starting at $12.15 at Amazon.com).
---. The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America. New York: Crown, 2005 (Available starting at $10.17 at Amazon.com).
Lamotte, Anne. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. New York: Anchor, 1995. (Available starting at $3.09 at Amazon.com)
Lederer, Richard. Anguished English: An Anthology of Accidental Assaults Upon Our Language. Charleston, SC: Wyrick & Company, 1987 (Available used starting at $0.01 at Amazon.com).
---. More Anguished English: An Expose of Embarrassing Excruciating, and Egregious Errors in English. New York: Dell, 1994 (Available used starting at $0.01 at Amazon.com).
Levitin, Daniel J. A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age. New York: Dutton/Penguin, 2016. ( Available new starting at $9.53 at Amazon - cheaper than used!)***
Miller, Frank, et al. Batman vs. Superman: The Greatest Battles. Burbank, CA: DC Comics, 2015. (Available used starting at $3.99 at Amazon.com)
Morrison, Grant. Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human. New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2011. (Available used starting at $2.15 at Amazon.com).
Postman, Neil. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. New York: Penguin, 1985, 2005. (Available used starting at $6.74 at Amazon.com).
Shamalyan, M. Knight. I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Movie Maker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Education Gap. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013. (Available used starting at $0.01 at Amazon.com).
Truss, Lynne. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. New York: Gotham Books, 2004 (Available used starting at $2.70 at Amazon.com).
*Note: Many of the essays to be read and discussed are available online; these are indicated on the schedule (below) as hyperlinks. However, students are still strongly cautioned that they will need to purchase the textbook, both for important information and instructions on the various rhetorical modes and also for several essays not available online.
** Recommended additional texts are not required purchases, and have not been ordered for the course; however, they provide—depending on the course— alternative readings, historical and cultural backgrounds, criticism, personal literary responses, or entertaining (irreverent, possibly sacrilegious) revisions. Students who find themselves becoming deeply interested in one or more of the required readings may find these interesting and/or useful. When indicated with a dagger (†), texts are only provisionally recommended, as I have not read these works yet, although they have received excellent reviews or recommendations.
*** Prices listed at Amazon.com do not include shipping, and are accurate as of original posting date only; no guarantees of prices or availability are express or implied§.
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*On cell phone use in class, see Andrew Lepp, Jacob E. Barkley, and Aryn C. Karpinski.“The Relationship between Cell Phone Use and Academic Performance in a Sample of U.S. College Students.” SAGE Open 19 Feb. 2015.
Plagiarism and Cheating:
All writing assignments must be received by the instructor on or before the due date, by the beginning of the class period, as indicated on the schedule, below. Students may also be required to submit an electronic copy of their work via TurnItIn.com; details to be announced. Essays submitted by email will not be accepted, and late work if accepted will be penalized 10% for each day it is late; see below. All at-home work must be typed (in 12-point Times New Roman), double-spaced, with one-inch margins, and stapled when submitted. In-class work must be neatly printed in blue or black ink on loose-leaf composition paper or in bluebooks provided by the instructor and double-spaced§. All essays must also include a proper heading (see Purdue Online Writing Lab’s Formatting and Style Guide), including Word Count; have an appropriate, original title; contain a clear, explicit, assertive, objectively worded thesis statement (thesis statements must be underlined); and (unless otherwise indicated) avoid use of I or you throughout. Finally, all work should be grammatically correct, free of errors in mechanics, grammar, usage, spelling, and documentation, and will be evaluated according to the Model for Evaluation of Student Writing. Please refer to the Paragraph Outline or Essay Outline and Revising and Editing Checklist for additional assistance.
§ On format, handwriting, and neatness, see Chase, Clinton I. “Essay Test Scoring: Interaction of Relevant Variables.” Journal of Educational Measurement 23.1 (1986): 33-41; and Marshall, Jon C. and Jerry M. Powers. “Writing Neatness, Composition Errors, and Essay Grades.” Journal of Educational Measurement 6.2 (1988): 306-324.
All failing essays may be revised and resubmitted by the due dates announced when the graded essays are returned. Essays receiving a passing grade may also be revised and resubmitted, but only after the student has met with the instructor during office hours (by appointment only) to discuss revisions. Revisions must be substantially revised, not merely “corrected” versions of the original essay (revisions should be based upon the Revising and Editing Checklist and relevant information from class and the textbooks), and must be submitted with the original graded essay and/or draft(s) attached as well as one full typed page detailing the changes made, in the following pattern:
Paragraph 1: Changes in content. What was added, deleted, or modified.
Paragraph 2: Changes in organization. What sentences, ideas, or paragraphs were moved, how things were rearranged, and why.
- Paragraph 3: Cosmetic level changes. What specific editing for grammar was performed, or what corrections made in punctuation, mechanics, and diction.
Evidence of substantial revision may result in a better grade for the assignment.
Make-up Exams/Late Work:
All assignment deadlines and scheduled exam dates are provided at the beginning of the semester; therefore, no make-up opportunities will be offered or late work accepted, except under extraordinary circumstances with appropriate documentation, and late work will be penalized 10% foreach day or portion thereof it is submitted after the due date.Note: As all work is due at the beginning of the class period, this includes work submitted after class has begun on the due date.
Excuses such as “crashed computers,” “lost flash drives,” or “empty printer ink cartridges” will not be accepted. All essays or work should be saved both on your computer’s hard drive and again on removable storage device as well as uploaded to cloud storage. (OneDrive, et cetera) Students should also keep backup copies of all work submitted.
*See also, Mike Adams, “The Dead Grandmother/Exam Syndrome.”
Disabilities and Accommodations:
If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact on your ability to carry out the assigned coursework, I urge you to contact the staff at the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD), Building U (516 572-7241), TTY (516) 572-7617. The counselors at CSD will review your concerns and determine to what reasonable accommodations you are entitled as covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All information and documentation pertaining to personal disabilities will be kept confidential.
Students should avail themselves of the Writing Center and Help Centers available in the English and Reading/BEP departments, located at Bradley and North Halls and the Library, as part of this course. These services can be considered an integral part of the course work and will help the student to master the necessary knowledge and skills for Enhanced Composition I.
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Attendance and Participation (5%):
lass—joining in discussions and raising questions. Discussion is one of the best ways to clarify your understandings and to test your conclusions. Open discussion always involves personal exposure, and thus the taking of risks: your ideas may not be the same as your fellow students’ or even the instructor’s. Yet as long as your points are honest and supportable, they will be respected. Questions, discussion, disagreement, and laughter are all encouraged. Taking an active part also means being prepared: students should bring pens, a notebook and/or loose-leaf paper, and the textbook to every class. In addition, all reading or writing assignments must be completed in advance, according to the schedule (below).
Diagnostic Essay (ungraded):
Quizzes and Online Exercises (10% total):
With the exception of the first week, class may begin with a short (five-minute) quiz on the readings for the day, at the instructor’s discretion. Quizzes cannot be made up; if you miss a quiz due to absence or lateness, that grade will be regarded as a zero. At the end of the semester, the lowest quiz grade will be dropped. Exercises reviewing essential grammar and/or writing skills will also be assigned, to be completed in class, or to be done online as homework and submitted electronically. Total number of quizzes and exercises during the semester will determine the point value of each; that is, if 11 assignments are assigned (lowest quiz grade will be dropped), each is worth up to one-half point.
In-Class Writing (10% total):
Students will also complete various shorter in-class writing assignments during the semester, including short summaries, mini-essays, and response papers. Total number of assignments during the semester will determine the point value of each; that is, if 10 assignments are required, each is worth up to one full point.
Essays (2 @ 10 %, 2 @ 15%):
Research Essay (25%):
Extra Credit (possibly various opportunities, at 1–2 points each):
Note: As a general rule, extra credit only helps if you have already completed all of the assigned work, and will not make up for missing an essay (or two, or three). Extra credit opportunities will be announced in class, and they will also be posted here as well as on the class Announcements page, so do not ask at the end of the semester for “extra credit” to bring your average up.
Extra credit opportunities to date:
Blackboard Training for Students (1 point)
The Office of Distance Education will be offering on-campus demonstrations for students during the first two weeks of classes this fall, and we are asking you to encourage students to attend so that they can familiarize themselves with Blackboard in order to make their transition to college more manageable.
All sessions take place in G building, Room 149.
No advance registration needed; first come, first served basis.
|Tuesday, September 5||11:30 am–12:45 pm|
|Wednesday, September 6||3:30 pm–4:45 pm|
|Thursday, September 7||11:30 am–12:45 pm|
|Friday, September 8||9:30 am–10:45 am|
|Monday, September 11||2:00 pm–3:15 pm|
|Tuesday, September 12||5:30 pm–6:50 pm|
|Wednesday, September 13||2:00 pm–3:15 pm|
|Thursday, September 14||11:30 am–12:45 pm|
|Friday, September 15||11:00 am–12:15 pm|
Writing Center Grammar Review Workshops (1 point each)
Sentence Building and Avoiding Run-ons, Comma Splices, and Fragments
Using Correct Punctuation: Commas, Semicolons, and Colons
Subject-Verb Agreement, Verb Formation, Tense Usage
Tuesday/Thursday Club Hour Series: 11:30 am to 12:45 pm
Tuesday, October 3
Bradley Hall Ballroom
Thursday, October 5
Library L 233-A
Tuesday, October 10
Library L 233-A
Building Complex Sentences
Tuesday, October 17
Bradley Hall Ballroom
Building Complex Sentences
Thursday, October 19
Library L 233-A
Tuesday, October 24
Bradley Hall Ballroom
Tuesday, October 31
Bradley Hall Ballroom
The Verb Phrase
Tuesday, November 7
Library L 233-A
Adjectives and Adjective Clauses
Wednesday Afternoon Series:
Link to Department Personnel
Link to Profiles of Full-time Faculty
Professors: Rachel Carnell, Jennifer M. Jeffers, Ted Lardner; Associate Professors: Nuala Archer, Gary R. Dyer, Michael Geither, Adrienne Gosselin, F. Jeffrey Karem, David Larson (Chairperson); Assistant Professors: Michael Dumanis, James Marino, Imad Rahman, Stella Singer, Adam Sonstegard; Term Instructors: John Brentar, Rajeswari Mohan, Barbara Walker; Director: William Breeze (First Year Writing Program); Director: Mary Murray McDonald (Writing Center); Professors Emeriti/Emeritae: Earl R. Anderson, Cynthia Edelberg, David Evett, John C. Gerlach, John A.C. Greppin, Daniel C. Melnick, Glending Olson, David Richardson, Leonard M. Trawick; Associate Professors Emeriti: Louis R. Barbato, James A. Barthelmess, Harold E. Dailey, P. Jeffrey Ford, Phillips Salman, Arnold G. Tew.
The First-Year Writing Program
College Writing I and II (ENG 101 and 102) (or an approved equivalent writing course) are university-degree requirements, designed to concentrate on composition skills that are essential for success in many college courses and most professions. These courses lay the foundation for the university's Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) course requirements. Students should, therefore, enroll in ENG 101 as soon as possible in their college careers. Students taking First-Year Writing courses at Cleveland State must earn a C or better in both ENG 101 and 102 (or its equivalent) in order to graduate.
Placement Testing: Before enrolling in ENG 101, all students, including transfer students who have not taken Freshman English, must complete the placement process. Placement is done through ACT/SAT scores. Students who are not ready for ENG 101 may be placed in ENG 099 or 100.
Placement for international students or students without ACT/SAT scores: International students should take the English Placement Exam. If they do not place into ENG 101, they should register for ESL 096, which will prepare them for the First-Year Writing series.
ENG 101-102 as Matriculation Requirements: All students, in order to graduate from Cleveland State University, must complete the First-Year Writing requirement within the first 30 hours of academic work at the university by passing ENG 101 and ENG 102 (or equivalent course) with grades of C or better. Students who have not completed ENG 102 (or equivalent course) within their first 30 hours may not register for any further courses without registering for the appropriate writing course.
Contact information :
For First-Year Writing: Jane Dugan, 216-687-2532 or William Breeze, 216-523-7145.
ENG 099: Introduction to College Writing (1-1-2).Prerequisite: Placement by ACT/SAT scores or English Placement Exam. This course is a workshop course designed to provide individualized instruction for students working below the English 100 level by helping them become more confident and skillful college writers. Students who complete ENG 099 with a grade of “C” or better are eligible to enroll in ENG 100. Credits earned in ENG 099 do not count toward graduation. Return to top
ENG 100: Intensive College Writing I (4-1-3). Prerequisite: Placement by ACT/SAT scores or English Placement Exam, or completion of ENG 099. This course provides students with intensive writing instruction in the basic skills of expository and argumentative writing. Supplemental instruction is provided in the form of a tutorial component. Each Fall and Spring semester, a special section of ENG 100 is offered for students whose native language is not English. ENG 100 and ENG 101 cannot both be counted toward fulfillment of the first-year writing requirement. Note: students who earn an A in ENG 100 or ENG 101 may take ENG 240 or ENG 241 in lieu of ENG 102. Students who exercise this option may count the credits earned in the alternative course toward fulfillment of the First-Year Writing requirement and the Writing Across the Curriculum requirement. Three credits earned in ENG 100 count toward graduation. Return to top
ENG 101: College Writing I (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Placement by ACT/SAT scores or English Placement Exam. This course instructs students in the basic skills of expository and argumentative writing. Each Fall and Spring semester, a special section of ENG 101 is offered for students whose native language is not English. ENG 101 and ENG 100 cannot both be counted toward fulfillment of the first-year writing requirement. Supplemental instruction is available for this course by taking ENG 105. Note: students who earn an A in ENG 100 or ENG 101 may take ENG 240 or ENG 241 in lieu of ENG 102 . Students who exercise this option may count the credits earned in the alternative course toward fulfillment of the First-Year Writing requirement and the Writing Across the Curriculum requirement. . Return to top
ENG 102: College Writing II (3-0-3).Prerequisite: Placement by ACT/SAT scores or English Placement Exam, or completion of ENG 100 or ENG 101. ENG 102 continues to cultivate and hone the skills acquired in ENG 100 or ENG 101, but also incorporates research and information literacy skills. Each Fall and Spring semester, a special section of ENG 102 is offered for students whose native language is not English. Supplemental instruction is available for this course by taking ENG 106. Note: students who earn an A in ENG 100 or ENG 101 may take ENG 240 or ENG 241 in lieu of ENG 102. Students who exercise this option may count the credits earned in the alternative course toward fulfillment of the First-Year Writing requirement and the Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.Return to top
ENG 102H Honors College Writing II (3-0-3). Prerequisite: Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program. An advanced introduction to academic research and writing through intensive investigation of an issue or topic specified by the instructor. Students will be required to develop and organize a substantial research project related to the topic of the course and to demonstrate the information literacy skills required to find, evaluate and make appropriate use of primary and secondary materials relevant to their project. Return to top
ENG 105 Writing Center I (2 credits). Workshops and tutorials to assist students taking ENG 101 or 102; also available to students for help with writing assignments in other courses. Pass/fail grading system. Return to top
ENG 106 Writing Center II (2 credits). Prerequisite: ENG 105. Workshops and tutorials on writing, with topics based on the particular writing problems experienced by students. Pass/fail grading system. Return to top
Note: Students may earn no more than 4 credit hours for Writing Center courses.
English as a Second Language Courses
(See ESL Courses page and contact the Division of Continuing Education for further information at 216-687-4850.)
Completion of ENG 101 and 102 is a prerequisite for all courses numbered ENG 201 and above.
ENG 201 Intermediate Expository Writing (4-0-4). Practice in reading and writing non-fiction essays, with attention to audience, purpose, voice, tone, style, development, organization, and research. Students who need extra help with writing may be required to take ENG 106 Writing Center concurrently with ENG 201. Return to top
ENG 203 Creative Writing: Forms and Techniques (4-0-4). This course is a reading and “workshop” introduction to the fundamental working modes (poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction) of creative writing, based in a broad survey of literary approaches and viewed from the standpoint of the writer.Return to top
ENG 204 Nonwestern Literature (4-0-4). Significant literary works representing cultures of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Includes such authors as Basho, Mo Yan, Mishima, Yosano, Ruben Dario, Borges, Garcia Marquez, Vargas Illosa, the griot Kouyate, Maran, Achebe, and Soyinka. Cross-listed with MLA 204. Return to top
ENG 206 Literature and American Culture (4-0-4). Selected works of American literature illustrating American myths central to our culture's self-conception. Includes such writers as Franklin, Thoreau, Twain, Hemingway, Ellison, and Arthur Miller. Return to top
ENG 207 African American Literature (4-0-4). Introduction to the tradition of African-American literature and its underlying historical experiences, cultural values, and modes of literary expression. Return to top
ENG 207H African American Literature: The City (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program. This course will examine the Black urban experience in texts by African American authors writing over the course of the 20th Century. Our scope of consideration will include migration to northern cities at the end of the Civil War, the Black Migration during the First World War and patterns of racial development, as well as racial discrimination in the Black urban community. Literary interpretation will focus on ways in which the Black community reacted to and circumvented racist legislation in urban planning and landscape. Students will learn to consider the literature within a socio-historical context. Our approach to examining literature will be interdisciplinary and literary texts will be presented in chronological order, with attention to identifying and analyzing connections between historic and contemporary issues facing urban environments. Return to top
ENG 208 Womanism/Feminism (4-0-4). Literature reflecting the women's movement in America. Initial focus examines 19th-century bi-racial origins and ideologies to establish definitions of womanism as distinct from feminism and to frame readings of women's movements across ethnic and cultural communities in America over the 20th century. Return to top
ENG 210 Native American Literature (4-0-4). Introduction to literature by Native Americans, with emphasis on their cultural diversity and their struggle for national survival and identity. Return to top
ENG 240 Introduction to Poetry (4-0-4). The study of poetry written in English, with emphasis on its forms and distinctive characteristics. Students will develop their ability to analyze literary texts and to write persuasive essays about them. Particular attention will be paid to understanding some principal genres of poetry. The course will include poets, both women and men, from several different historical periods in which English verse has been composed, and poets from the diverse national/ethnic groups who have written in English. To place English poetry in the context of world literature, some poems composed in other languages will be read in translation. This course introduces English majors to research and critical techniques needed for the baccalaureate study of literature. Alternate for ENG 102 with approval. Return to top
ENG 240H Introduction to Poetry - Honors (4-0-4). Prerequisites: Honors standing or permission of University Honors Program. Successful completion of ENG 101 and ENG 102 or ENG102H is required for eligibility. ENG 240H is an Honors version of the standard ENG 240 (Introduction to Poetry). It aims to equip students with the critical vocabularies and techniques necessary to effectively analyze, discuss, and write about poetry. ENG 240H students gain new insights into the ways in which poems function by attending to the formal elements of poetry and discovering how poetic form relates to meaning. The class considers a variety of poetic traditions and explores how particular genres or forms have been reinvented within and across various literary cultures. Return to top
ENG 241 Introduction to Fiction and Drama (4-0-4). An introduction to analyzing and writing about literature, focusing on the genres of fiction and drama. Students will learn techniques for reading analytically and critically and for writing critical/research papers on fiction and drama. The course will examine the generic characteristics of a variety of types of fiction and drama, including works written in English by men and women from diverse ethnic/cultural groups and some translated works illustrating various national traditions. Alternate for ENG 102 with approval. Return to top
ENG 241H Writing about Literature: Fiction and Drama - Honors (4-0-4). Prerequisites: Honors standing or permission of university Honors Program. Successful completion of ENG 101 and ENG 102 or ENG 102H is required for eligibility. This course teaches students how to analyze, discuss and write critically about fiction and drama at a level appropriate for honors level English majors. While all sections of ENG 241 teach students the skills of critical thinking and writing about literature, this honors course will also help students understand the histories and ideologies behind the types of analyses they are learning to perform on literature. Students will engage with critical sources at a sophisticated level, in preparation for their senior honors project. Return to top
ENG 248 Multicultural Literatures of the United States(4-0-4).An introduction to the literatures (in English or in translation) of one or more minority groups, defined by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and/or physical condition; such as Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian-Americans, women, persons who are LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning), and/or persons with disabilities. Topics, texts, and approaches will vary. Return to top
ENG 271 Shakespeare and Film (4-0-4). Essential plays of Shakespeare studied and viewed in performance on videotape. Return to top
ENG 280 Classical Literature in Translation (4-0-4). Readings from the literature of classical Greece and Roam, with emphasis on critical analysis and writing about texts in the context of ancient and modern debates about their meaning. Readings include at least one of the three major epics: the Iliad, the Odyssey, or Virgil's Aeneid. Return to top
English majors are advised to take ENG 240 and 241 before taking courses numbered ENG 330 and above. Equivalency rule for transfer students: one 200-level literature course, or permission of the instructor, is prerequisite for literature courses numbered ENG 300 and above. This prerequisite does not apply to linguistics courses (ENG 310-318).
Courses on Writing and Composition Theory
ENG 301 Advanced Expository Writing (4-0-4). Discussion and practice of writing in nonfiction genres such as the essay, technical writing, and journalism. Return to top
ENG 302 Rhetoric of the Law (4-0-4). Analysis of strategies used in a variety of legal contexts such as closing arguments in criminal trials or arguments before the Supreme Court. Return to top
ENG 303 Creative Writing (4-0-4). Techniques of nonexpository writing, applicable to poetry, fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction. Non-majors are advised to take the course on a pass/fail basis. Return to top
ENG 305 Creative Writing Workshop (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ENG 303 or ENG 304 or permission of instructor. Craft course in poetry, fiction, playwriting, or a specialized creative writing topic. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 307 Style (4-0-4). Experiments with the effects of diction, syntax, punctuation, and other linguistic tools in the creation of meaning, using the student's own writing. Return to top
ENG 308 Composition Theory for Teachers (4-0-4). To prepare teachers to effectively integrate writing instruction in the secondary language arts curriculum, this course provides information about current beliefs and best practices that characterize what top teachers do. Return to top
ENG 309 Writing Center Practicum (1-4-2). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor based on evaluation of a writing sample. Composition and tutoring theory integrated with practical experience in the teaching of writing. May be repeated for up to 4 credits. Counts toward the secondary English certification requirement in advanced composition. Return to top
ENG 310 Traditional Grammar (4-0-4). Survey of traditional grammar, its history and present use in the schools. Cross-listed with LIN 310. Return to top
ENG 311 Elements of Linguistics (4-0-4). Survey of phonology, morphology, syntax, historical linguistics, semantics, pragmatics, and psycholinguistics with reference to modern English. Cross-listed with LIN 311. Return to top
ENG 313 Studies in Linguistics (4-0-4). Core course in a mainstream linguistic topic, such as American English dialects, historical linguistics, morphology, history of the English language, modern English grammar, semantics, or sociolinguistics. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 314 Applied Linguistics (4-0-4). Course in the professional application of linguistics, such as Language Diversity and Teaching English, Lexicography, or English as a Second Language. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Cross-listed with LIN 314. Return to top
ENG 315 Introduction to the English Language (4-0-4). An overview of the main components of a linguistic description of English and of the history of the language with an introduction to some relevant areas of applied linguistics: language acquisition; regional and social dialects; socio-linguistics; and pragmatics. Cross-listed with LIN 315. Return to top
ENG 318 Language Analysis (2 or 4 credits). Prerequisite: ENG/LIN/MLA/ANT 260 or ENG 311 or a strong background in a foreign language. Topics may include Sanskrit, Hittite, Classical Armenian, Old English, Old Norse, or Gothic, studied with an emphasis on grammar and linguistic issues. May be repeated as the continuing study of one language, or with a change of topic. A two-semester sequence of one language (such as Sanskrit I and II), or a semester of Old English followed by a semester of Old Norse or Gothic, may satisfy the foreign language requirement. Students who take Sanskrit I and II (4 credits each) may take second year Sanskrit III and IV (2 credits each). Cross-listed with LIN 318. Return to top
ENG 320 Classical Literature in Translation (4-0-4). Survey of major literature of ancient Greece and Rome, including the Iliad, the Odyssey, Vergil's Aeneid, and other significant works by classical authors. Return to top
ENG 321 British Literature I (4-0-4). Survey of British literature from its Anglo-Saxon beginnings to 1789. Return to top
ENG 322 British Literature II (4-0-4). Survey of British literature from 1789 to the present. Return to top
ENG 330 Studies in Ancient Literature (4-0-4). Study of a single aspect of ancient Greek, Roman, or other classical literature, such as Greek tragedy, feminist approaches to the classics, oral poetics, a writer, genre, theme or period. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 331 Studies in Medieval Literature (4-0-4). Topics include Arthurian tradition, Dante, Malory, women and writing, and other medieval themes and genres. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 332 Studies in Renaissance Literature (4-0-4). 16th- and 17th-century authors, genres, themes, or movements, including humanism, the Reformation, metaphysical and cavalier poetry, and scientific empiricism. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 333 Studies in Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature (4-0-4). Authors, genres, themes, or movements in 18th-century poetry, fiction, and drama. Possible topics include the Enlightenment, satire, the rise of the novel, and neoclassical and pre-Romantic poetry. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 334 Studies in 19th-Century British Literature (4-0-4). Authors, genres, themes, or movements in 19th-century poetry, fiction, and drama. Possible topics include Romantic-era women writers, the literature of British imperialism, and the fiction of Jane Austen. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 335 Studies in 20th-Century British and Anglophone Literature (4-0-4). Modern and contemporary British and Anglophone authors, genres, themes or movements. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 336 Studies in Non-Western Literature (4-0-4). Reading and analysis of literary texts from non-Western cultures. Possible topics include: Non-Western Epic; Native American Literature; Contemporary Non-Western Fiction. English majors enrolled in the Multicultural/Multiethnic concentration may take the course up to three times with change of topic as multicultural electives. Return to top
ENG 342 Survey of American Literature (4-0-4). American literature from the 17th century to modern times, intended to provide a sense of historical movements -- colonialism, federalism, romanticism, realism, modernism. Return to top
ENG 345 Studies in American Literature (4-0-4). Authors, genres, themes, or movements of significance in American literature. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 346 Studies in American Fiction (4-0-4). Studies in the American short story and/or novel focusing on a specific author, theme, movement, period, or subgenre. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 347 Studies in African-American Literature (4-0-4). Authors, themes, or movements of significance in African-American literature. Topics include slave narratives, Harlem Renaissance, literature of the 1950s, African-American women authors. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 348 Studies in Multicultural Literature (4-0-4). Authors, genres, themes, or movements representing the ethnic diversity of modern American or world literature. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 350 Studies in Fiction (4-0-4). Authors, themes, or movements significant in British, American, European, or world fiction. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 351 Studies in Drama (4-0-4). Authors, themes, or movements significant in British, American, European, or world drama. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 352 Studies in Poetry (4-0-4). Authors, themes, or movements significant in British, American, European, or world poetry. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 355 Major Themes or Genres (4-0-4). Themes or genres significant in British, American, European, or world literature. Topics in the past have included European Romanticism, and multicultural literature and pedagogy. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 360 Studies in Literary Criticism (4-0-4). Study of milestones in criticism by Aristotle, Sidney, Johnson, Wordsworth, and Arnold, and/or of modern and contemporary critical movements such as new criticism, structuralism, deconstruction, feminist criticism, and post-structuralism. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 361 Classical Rhetoric (4-0-4). Tradition of rhetoric established in ancient Greece and Rome and its continuing influence on literature and composition. Return to top
ENG 363 Gender Issues in Literature (4-0-4). Studies in gender theory and gender issues in literature. Topics may include contemporary feminist themes, writings of women of a particular ethnicity such as Asian-American or Latina; the intersection of gender, race, and class; the relationship of gender to voice, technique and genre; archetypes and how questions of language are linked to these issues. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 364 Popular Culture (4-0-4). Critical methodology and study of genres in such areas as science fiction, the western, gothic romance, comparative studies in literature and film, or mass media aesthetics. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 370 Chaucer (4-0-4). Study of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and other works. Return to top
ENG 371 Shakespeare I (4-0-4). Study of Shakespeare's comedies and romances. Return to top
ENG 372 Shakespeare II (4-0-4). Study of Shakespeare's tragedies and history plays. Return to top
ENG 374 Milton (4-0-4). Study of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes and other works of Milton. Return to top
ENG 375 Major Author (4-0-4). Intensive study of a major author writing in English. May be taken up to three times with change of topic. Return to top
ENG 380 Imagination Conference (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, based upon manuscript submission. Intensive five-day summer workshop with visiting writers (fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction); "craft" analyses of creative writing. Students complete a manuscript at the beginning of summer semester and present the manuscript in revised form at the end of the summer semester. In addition to tuition, students will be charged a Workshop and Materials Fee. Contact Imagination Conference web site http://www.csuohio.edu/class/imagination/. Return to top
ENG 382 Canonicity (4-0-4). The word “canon” refers to an authoritative and universally recognized body of texts. This course is devoted to examining the history, concept and legitimacy of the canon in English literature. Return to top
ENG 390 Literary Magazine (1 or 2 credits). Prerequisite: Approval of faculty adviser to the literary magazine. Practicum in professional editing, writing and administration of a literary magazine. Graded S/U only; does not count toward the major. Current options are editorial work on the Whiskey Island magazine, or work in the preparation of reviews of poetry books for the Burning Press. May be repeated for up to four credits. Return to top
ENG 391 Fiction Workshop (4-0-4).Prerequisite: ENG 203 or 303 or permission of instructor.Craft course in the writing of fiction.May be taken up to three times. May count toward the English major or creative writing concentration only twice.Return to top
ENG 392 Creative Non-Fiction Workshop (4-0-4).Prerequisite: ENG 203 or 303 or permission of instructor. Craft course in the writing of creative non-fiction.May be taken up to three times. May count toward the English major or creative writing concentration only twice.Return to top
ENG 393 Playwriting Workshop (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ENG 203 or 303 or permission of instructor.Craft course in the writing of playscripts. May be taken up to three times. May count toward the English major or creative writing concentration only twice.Return to top
ENG 394 Poetry Workshop (4-0-4). Prerequisite: ENG 203 or 303 or permission of instructor.Craft course in the writing of poetry. May be taken up to three times. May count toward the English major or creative writing concentration only twice.Return to top
ENG 396 Independent Study (1 to 4 credits). Prerequisites: Written permission of the instructor and prior approval by the Committee on Instruction in the English Department at least two weeks prior to the term in which the independent study would begin. Intensive study of a specialized topic growing out of 300-level English course work. Students may count up to four independent study credits toward the major. A student must be in good academic standing to qualify for an independent study. Independent studies cannot be given as substitutes for courses that normally are offered in the curriculum. Contact the English Department for further information. Return to topReturn to top
ENG 397 Portfolio Preparation (1 credit). Prerequisites: The student must be enrolled in the Writing Certificate Program and must have earned at least 12 credits toward the Writing Certificate, or, alternatively, must obtain permission from the instructor. Individual or group instruction in the preparation of a professional writing portfolio. Emphasis is on revision of writing projects, and preparation and presentation of texts. Graded S/U only; does not count toward the English major or minor. Offered each semester in the Writing Center. Return to top
ENG 490 Professional Internship (1 or 2 credits). Prerequisites: Permission of the faculty anchor and field supervisor. Internships are available through Career Services. Professional writing interns must have completed all university writing requirements. Return to top
ENG 495 Senior Seminar (4-0-4). Prerequisite: English major with senior standing or permission of instructor. Literature studied in the context of significant theoretical questions: an author, genre, or theme considered from a variety of critical perspectives. The seminar may be repeated with change of topic.Return to top
ENG 496H Honors Research Project. 4 credits. Prerequisites: Student must be an honors student (or, with special permission from the English department, a scholars student) and must obtain written permission of the instructor and written prior approval of the project by the Committee on Instruction in the English Department at least two weeks prior to the term in which the research project would begin. Intensive independent research project on a specialized topic growing out of a 300-level English course work. The student and professor must meet for the equivalent of at least one hour per week, and the student must produce a significant final written product: in literary analysis, a research paper of 20 to 25 pages; in creative writing, a minimum of 20 pages of poetry, a complete play, or 30 pages of fiction or creative non-fiction. This course is required of all honors English majors. This project cannot be given as a substitute for courses that normally are offered in the curriculum.
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