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Program Requirements

The Writing and Literature program is a two-year, 60- to 62-credits course of study offered through the English department.

The program's coursework is divided into general and curriculum requirements. Students take 42 to 44 credits in liberal arts courses to fulfill the program's general requirements; in addition, students take 18 credits in writing, journalism, ethnic literature or women writers, and communications and theatre arts to fulfill the program's curriculum requirements.

Students who successfully complete the program earn an associate in arts (AA) degree and are prepared for a career or further education at a four-year college.

General Requirements

ENG 101
English Composition I
This is the first college level writing course. Readings are used to stimulate critical thinking and to provide students with models for effective writing. Students become acquainted with the process of writing, from pre-writing activities to producing a final, proofread draft. Grammar and syntax are discussed as needed. At the end of this course, students take a departmental essay examination that requires them to compose, draft, and edit a thesis-centered essay of at least 500 words. Prerequisite: Pass the CATR and CATW tests
ENG 201
Introduction to Literature
This is a course that builds upon skills introduced in English 101. In this course, literature is the field for the development of critical reading, critical thinking, independent research, and writing skills. Students are introduced to literary criticisms and acquire basic knowledge necessary for the analysis of texts (including literary terms and some literary theory); they gain proficiency in library and internet research; and they hone their skills as readers and writers. Assignments move from close readings of literary texts in a variety of genres to analyses that introduce literary terms and broader contexts, culminating in an independent, documented, thesis-driven research paper. By the conclusion of English 201, students will be prepared for the analytical and research-based writing required in upper-level courses across the curriculum; they will also be prepared for advanced courses in literature. Prerequisite: ENG 101
ENG 121
English Composition I and II, in Tandem
This course combines English 101 and 201 into a one-semester course. It is designed for students with a high level of reading and writing proficiency. Departmental permission is required. Prerequisite: Pass the CATW and CATR tests
HED 100
Health Education
This is an introductory survey course to health education. The course provides students with the knowledge, skills, and behavioral models to enhance their physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual health as well as facilitate their health decision-making ability. The primary areas of instruction include: health and wellness; stress; human sexuality; alcohol, tobacco and substance abuse; nutrition and weight management; and physical fitness. Students who have completed HED 110 - Comprehensive Health Education will not receive credit for this course.
MAT xxx
(Choose from MAT 100, 150, 200, 206 or 301)1
MAT 012 and MAT )51 or exemption from Elementary Algebra is a prerequisite for MAT 100 and MAT 150. Intermediate Algebra (MAT 056) is a prerequisite for MAT 200 and MAT 206.
SPE 100
Fundamentals of Speech2
The aim of this course is to develop effective skills in speech communication. The student examines how to generate topics and organized ideas, masters elements of audience psychology and practices techniques of speech presentation in a public forum. All elements of speech production and presentation are considered.

For students whose first language in not English, SPE 102 will also satisfy the requirement.
XXX xxx
Modern Foreign Language3
A two-semester sequence in the same language is required. For students who are native speakers of Chinese, French, Italian, or Spanish, testing and placement by the Modern Language Department is required.
XXX xxx
Music or Art4
Some Music courses are one credit. A total of two credits is required.
XXX xxx
Choose from AST 110, BIO 110, CHE 110, and PHY 110.
HIS 101
Western Civilization: From Ancient to Early Modern Times
This course analyzes the societies of Western civilization from their origin to early modern times. The major social, economic, political, religious and intellectual developments are examined and their impact on the development of modern Western civilization is traced.
HIS 102
Western Civilization: The Emergence of the Modern World
This course traces the growth of the modern Western world to the present. It surveys the political, economic and social foundations of contemporary civilization.
HIS 120
Early American History: Colonial Period to Civil War
In this course, the history of the United States from the Colonial period to the Civil War is studied and the major political, economic, and social problems of the new nation are analyzed.
HIS 125
Modern American History: Civil War to Present
This continued study of American history emphasizes the emergence of an industrial economy, an urban society, world responsibility and the expanded federal government.
SOC 100
Introduction to Sociology
This course analyzes the structure, processes and products associated with group living. Attention is focused on the concepts of social organization, culture, groups, stratification, major social institutions, and significant trends in group living.
POL 100
American Government
The history, development, and intellectual origin of American government are studied and analyzed. Special consideration is given to the structure and operation of the executive, legislative and judiciary branches, and the role of government and politics in a modern industrial society.
GEO 100
Introduction to Human Geography
This course introduces students to the key concepts and principles of human geography. The course is designed to show how world geographic conditions such as climate, landform, natural resources, soil, space and ecology have influenced human culture and civilization over time.
ECO 100
Introduction to Economics
The basic economic principles of production, consumption and price determination under the different market conditions are investigated in this course. The American economic system is described and analyzed and the impact of various institutions on the economy, banking system, organized labor, social security, and federal budget is examined.
PSY 100
General Psychology
The basic economic principles of production, consumption and price determination under the different market conditions are investigated in this course. The American economic system is described and analyzed and the impact of various institutions on the economy, banking system, organized labor, social security, and federal budget is examined.
PHI 100
The study of philosophy helps students develop analytic skills and gain an appreciation of the general philosophical problems with which human beings have grappled throughout Western civilization. Basic philosophic problems such as free will and determinism, the criteria which justify ethical evaluations, the philosophical considerations which are relevant to belief or disbelief in God, and knowledge and illusion are examined during this course.
ANT 100
Introduction to Anthropology
The evolution and behavior of human beings as cultural animals are the focus of this course. Students are introduced to the basic concepts and methods of the major divisions of anthropology: physical, social and cultural; archeology and linguistics. Emphasis is placed on preliterate societies to facilitate the study of the interrelation of various aspects of culture.
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General Electives
Total General Credits

Curriculum Requirements


Choose two from the following:
ENG 335
This course will introduce the student to autobiography in the context of literary debate: why do we read autobiography? How do we classify autobiography, as non-fiction or fiction? Works by both men and women of many cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds will be included. Students will examine the various styles, elements, as well as the recurring themes in autobiography, while working on their own "reflection of the self. Pre-Requisite: ENG101 and ENG201 or ENG121
ENG 315
The objective of ENG 315? Playwriting is to sharpen students' creative writing skills and to teach them the elements of playwriting and character development. Through the reading of one-act plays and practice writing exercises each week, students will learn the craft of playwriting. They will write scenes and create their own one act plays.
Pre-Requisite: ENG101 and ENG201 or ENG121
ENG 314
Advanced Composition
This course teaches the writing of formal and informal essays, articles, and reviews in a personal voice. Through the reading of modern and contemporary essayists students learn to identify the unique qualities of writers in order to develop an individual style applicable to the various disciplines of public and personal writing.
ENG 311
Creative Writing Workshop
The objective of this course is to sharpen students' creative writing skills in the genres of the short story, poetry and drama, depending on students' interests and ability. Pre-Requisite: ENG121 or ENG201
ENG 304
Journalism: Feature Writing
This course provides further opportunities for students to explore journalism. Students conduct interviews, cover stories around the city and write journalistic articles. Opportunities are provided for specialized coverage in areas such as politics, consumerism, science, education, finance, the arts, social change and family life. Topics include layout, headline composition and basics of journalism law.
ENG 303
Journalism: News Writing
This course covers the basic principles and practices of news reporting and writing. Students are taught to write single-incident news stories, conduct balanced interviews and edit their own copy, employing standard copy editing symbols and format. Emphasis is also given to the theoretical side of journalism with an overview of its history, present legal controls, ethical issues and rapidly expanding technology.
Pre-Requisite: ENG201 or ENG121


Survey, Period, Genre, or Major Author Choose two from the following:
ENG 322
Fiction into Film
In this course film adaptations of 19th and 20th #century fiction are compared to their original versions to determine differences and similarities between literary and cinematic technique. Films based on novels include such award-winning movies as One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Clockwork Orange, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Also included are film adaptations of stories by writers such as Richard Wright, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ambrose Bierce and Ernest Gaines. Students will learn terms to describe cinematic effects and techniques. Pre-Requisite: ENG101 and ENG201 or ENG121
ENG 333
The Short Story
This course acquaints students with the wide range and varied forms of the short story as it developed in America, Europe, and other continents. Readings will include works by male and female authors of different periods and nationalities, and some attention may be paid to the historical development of the short story as a genre, as well as the cultural contexts in which the assigned stories were written.
Pre-Requisite: ENG101 and ENG201 or ENG121
ENG 334
Children's Literature
This course studies and analyzes outstanding classical, contemporary and multicultural literature for children and adolescents, arranged by genre. Students are given an overview of the evolution of the literature from its cultural roots in myth and legend to its present role as a reflector of modern society.
Pre-Requisite: ENG 101 and ENG201 or ENG121
ENG 337
Science Fiction
This course examines how science fiction literature envisions the impact of machine technology on the individual and society. The human/machine interaction will be traced from early myths to contemporary science fiction, including works by Asimov, Clarke, Delaney, Gibson, Lem, Orwell, Vonnegut and Zelazny.
ENG 358
Contemporary Urban Writers
This course focuses on the literature of urban America since 1950 and in particular on how contemporary writers use the images and themes of the city.
ENG 371
English Literature I
This course surveys works of English literature from its origins in pre-Norman England to the eighteenth century. The objectives are three-fold: (1) to develop the student's appreciation for literature and an acquaintance with literary masterpieces written in English during the years of this survey; (2) to introduce the student to the major political and cultural events and ideals that shaped England during these years; (3) to illustrate how cultural and political ideals shape men's thinking and have their reflections in and are reflected by literature. Selections may include Beowulf, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare's plays and Swift's writings.
ENG 372
English Literature II
This survey course is independent of English 371, which is not a prerequisite. It covers the principal figures, styles, themes and philosophies represented during three literary periods: the Romantic Era, the Victorian Age and the Twentieth Century. It exposes students to major works of literature including poetry, plays, short stories, novels and essays. It enables students to appreciate the thoughts and contributions of outstanding writers such as Keats, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Browning, Yeats and Eliot, as well as Dickens, Joyce and Lawrence.
ENG 373
Introduction to Shakespeare
This course provides careful, in-depth readings from Shakespeare's tragedies, histories and comedies. The course examines some of the main characteristics of his work, including his major themes, the development of character and plot, and the special worlds that he creates through his poetic language.
ENG 381
American Literature I
This course surveys American literature from its colonial beginnings to the American Renaissance of the nineteenth century-from Ann Bradstreet and Cotton Mather to Walt Whitman and Herman Melville. Students learn about the cultural milieu that influenced writers, read major and representative works and sharpen their critical abilities.
ENG 382
American Literature II
Though English 381 is not a prerequisite, this course begins where 381 leaves off and covers select fiction and poetry from the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century to the present. Students study major writers and literary movements; and an effort is made to place literature in its cultural context. Works by such writers as Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, T.S. Eliot, Richard Wright, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Toni Morrison may be included.
ENG 383
The American Novel
This course focuses on the gradual emergence of the American novel both as a literary form and as a reflection and reinforcement of patterns in the fabric of American life. Representative authors may include Hawthorne, Melville and Stowe from the 19th century; Lewis, Cather, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway and Steinbeck from the 1920's to the 1950's; and Wright and Mailer of the 1960's and 1970's.
ENG 391
World Literature I: From Homer to Dante
This course offers readings in great books from ancient times to the 15th century. It includes selections from The Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer, the Greek tragedies, the Bhagavad Gita, Plato, Virgil, the Bible, St. Augustine and Dante.
ENG 392
World Literature II: From the Renaissance to Contemporary Times
This course includes masterpieces of literature from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Readings will include works of such writers as Shakespeare, Rabelais, Cervantes, Moliere, Voltaire, Goethe, Dostoevsky, Kafka, and Pinter. ENG 391 is not a prerequisite for this course.
ENG 332
The Art of the Detective Story
In this course film adaptations of 19th and 20th century fiction are compared to their original versions to determine differences and similarities between literary and cinematic technique. Films based on novels include such award-winning movies as "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," "Clockwork Orange," and "To Kill A Mockingbird". Also included are film adaptations of stories by writers such as Richard Wright, William Faulkner, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ambrose Bierce, and Ernest Gaines. Students will learn terms to describe cinematic effects and techniques.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 and 201, or ENG 121
ENG 384
Modern American Theatre
The development of the American theatre since the rise of realism is traced through 1920's dramas by O'Neill, Howard, and Rice; comedies of manners by Barry and Behrman; socially conscious plays of the 1930's by Odets, Sherwood, and Hellman; and post-war dramas by Williams and Miller.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 and 201, or ENG 121
ENG 394
Modern European Novel
European social and political ideas as they are reflected in the works of such novelists as Gide, Silone, Koestler, Camus, Sartre, Mann, and Kafka are examined and analyzed. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and 201, or ENG 121


Ethnic Literature or Women Writers
Choose one of the following:
ENG 336
Postcolonial Literature
This course will study and analyze selected novels, short stories, poems and plays of postcolonial writers from Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia, the English speaking Caribbean, New Zealand, Canada and Australia. The course will examine the ways in which postcolonial writers transcend a British imperial legacy of colonialism to redefine their own distinctive social and cultural worlds. Note: This course is crosslisted as: AFL 336.
ENG 338
Latino/a Literature in the U.S.
In this course, works reflecting the experiences of U.S. Latino/a writers in English are analyzed. Students will read, discuss, and write about fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama by writers such as Julia Alvarez, Rudolfo Anaya, Gloria Anzaldua, Roberto Fernandez, Tato Laviera, Achy Obejas, Abraham Rodriguez Jr., and Piri Thomas. Note: Crosslisted with LAT 338
ENG 339
Asian American Literature
Representative works reflective of the collective experiences of Asian American writers are analyzed. American writers are analyzed. Fiction, poetry, drama and non-fiction written from Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, Japanese, Korean and South-East Asian cultural perspectives are discussed
ENG 353
Women in Literature
This course focuses on the contributions of women literary artists from a variety of cultures and ethnic groups. It examines how some writers have both reflected the prevailing female stereotypes of their age and background, and also imagined the "New Woman." Enrollment is open to both women and men.


Communications and Theatre Arts
Course in Computer Keyboarding, the Internet, Film, Speech, Business Communications, or Mass Media. Choose one of the following:
BUS 150
Business Communication
This course is designed to present principles common to all communicating situations but which apply predominately to business. The applicability and construction of letters, memos, reports, telephone messages, and E-mails are considered. Relationships of creative, logical, and critical thinking of the problem solving nature of business communication are explored. The course is directed to helping students develop their ability to think, to express themselves in business situations and to use the most effective methods in the most effective way. Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 201, SPE 100
CIS 100
Introduction to Computer Applications
This course develops an understanding of computer technology through the exploration of software packages on personal computers. The applications include word processing, spreadsheet, and database management. Students will also learn computer terms and concepts as well as the historical, social and economic implications of computer technology for our society.
CIS 180
Introduction to the Internet
This course introduces basic concepts of the Internet and Internetworking. The subjects covered include basic networking concepts of transmission, topology and switching; highlights of TCPIP protocol; hardware and software needed, and Internet applications of sending and receiving e-mail, navigating through gopher holes, accessing newsgroups, and accessing other computers through telnet and World Wide Web. Prerequisites: CIS 100 or MMP 100 or CSC 110
ENG 321
This is a film history and appreciation course, with special emphasis on style, techniques, genres and themes. During one double period in which a full-length film is shown, students are encouraged to take notes. In the next class the film is discussed and analyzed. Students will read about the development of the cinema and write essays about well-known films. Pre-Requisite: ENG101 and ENG201 or ENG121
OFF 111
Computer Keyboarding
This course is designed to teach beginning students the fundamentals of operating a computer keyboard using the touch approach. Proper techniques for learning the alphabetic, numeric, and symbol key locations will be taught. Emphasis will be given to one of the primary purposes of leaning to keyboard which is to input quickly and accurately personal business letters, reports, and tables in proper format. Speed requirements will be 20 to 30 words per minute for five minutes. At registration, students will be assigned a one-hour per week lab space in order to facilitate the completion of homework assignments.
SPE 103
Voice and Diction
This course is designed for those students who wish to improve their speech communication in the business and professional environment. Study of voice and articulation, development of auditory discrimination, utilization of individual and group exercises, and application of speech in group discussions and interviews are covered. This class is particularly recommended for those whose native language is not English as well as those desiring additional improvement in speech and language.
Prerequisite: SPE 100 or SPE 102
SPE 220
Public Speaking
The aim of the course is to provide the student with advanced experiences in the preparation and analysis of oral presentations for professional, nonprofessional, and academic situations. A detailed study of the principles and theories of public speaking is made. The course includes the presentation of student speeches. Prerequisite: SPE 100 or permission of department
SPE 240
Interpersonal Communication
The course introduces the basic concepts and theories of interpersonal communication in personal, educational and business settings. This includes a study of self as communicator, the effect of language on others, verbal and nonverbal expression of thoughts and feelings, and factors which contribute to effective communication.
Prerequisite: SPE 100 or permission of department
SPE 245
The Mass Media
The focus of this course is to provide an understanding of the influence and impact on our lives and society by the mass media. The course examines the history, law, technology, economics and politics of the mass media through independent study, field trips, etc. Students are encouraged to be aware of techniques of influence used by the mass media to influence and determine social and political values. In addition, students learn to develop tools for critical analysis of and standards for discriminating consumption of the mass media.
Prerequisite: SPE 100 or permission of department
VAT 150
Introduction to Corporate Media Applications
This course introduces students to the many industrial applications of the state-of-the-art media. New technologies and current industrial communication problems are covered. Students study the history of modern communications and each student is given a glossary of technical terms. The course covers corporate needs for artists, designers, photographers, camera operators, video-technicians, multi-image programmers, lighting technicians, and film and video editors.
Total Curriculum Credits
Total Program Credits

The program is designed for students who wish to major in English at four-year colleges and are considering professiona such as secondary or college teaching, print or electronic journalism, advertising, public relations, publishing, or other careers including law or business.

For more information about any of these classes or for Writing and Literature Program advisement, please contact us.

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