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Undergraduate Bulletin 2017-2018 PDF

Composition Courses

ENGL 021 - Composition Review

3 hours

Required of students whose SAT Critical Reading score is below 450 or whose ACT English score is below 17. 

This course prepares students to take Freshman Composition.  It focuses on writing fundamentals, such as the thesis, paragraph development, topic sentences, and transitions.  Students will improve their grammatical skills as well.  Substantial reading plays an important part of the course. Credit will not apply toward graduation. (Fall, Spring)

ENGL 121 - Freshman Composition

3 hours

Prerequisite: Minimum SAT Critical Reading score of 450, a minimum ACT English score of 17, a minimum grade of C– in ENGL 021, or successful completion of the ESL program with a score of 80 on the Michigan Test of Language Proficiency.

This course focuses on individual writing processes, the production of quality expository and argumentative prose for a variety of purposes and audiences, and the introduction of information literacy skills. The course also emphasizes the development and use of critical thinking and reading skills essential for writing college-level papers. (Fall, Spring)

ENGL 211 - Approaches to Literary Research and Criticism

3 hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 121, 220

The course introduces the concepts, applications, and research involved in literary criticism. The student will be introduced to literary genres and terms. Writing of literary criticism will be the main emphasis of the class, including the use of primary sources, the construction of an essay, and the correct documentation format as specified in the Modern Language Association Stylebook. English majors will begin the process of senior portfolio development.  (Spring)

ENGL 220 - Research Writing

3 hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 121 and sophomore status

This course focuses on elements of research and information literacy skills and writing using sources.  Structured for students from a variety of academic disciplines, the course emphasizes the rhetorical principles of audience, purpose,  genre, and practice with APA/MLA documentation. A major focus includes critically evaluating scholarly and popular resources, both hard copy and electronic. (Fall, Spring)

ENGL 333 - Narrative Writing

3 hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 220

The course focuses on the writing of narrative, examining traditional and non-traditional plots, character development, dialogue, setting, and other literary techniques.

ENGL 339 - Poetry Writing

3 hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 220

Students write poems and read the work of others, including fellow class members as well as established poets.  The class works within a supportive workshop framework.

ENGL 340 - Drama Writing

3 hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 220

This course focuses on writing for performance, which may include the creation of stage plays as well as screenplays.  Students will coordinate with COMM 337 Video Production II students in the development of scripts for production during the semester.  General concepts are included to provoke thought about writing on a much broader basis.  This includes discussions on dialogue, characterization, conflict, action, and setting, as well as the variations in writing for screen versus stage.  (Also taught as COMM 340.) (Spring, odd years)

ENGL 342 - Composition Theory and Practice

3 hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 121, 220

This course, open to all majors, emphasizes both the theoretical and practical aspects fundamental to successful writing and the teaching of writing. Students  examine major contemporary writing theorists and their research or contributions to the field of composition, analyze theory in relation to their own writing, define principles of effective writing and the teaching of writing, and apply these principles in a tutoring experience.  Thirty hours of mentored tutoring in The Write Spot serves as a lab experience for the course. (Fall)

 

ENGL 440 - Senior Project

3 hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 220

A student works closely with a professor to produce a major writing sample suitable for and prepared for publication.

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