Course Descriptions

EN0111 Fundamentals of Writing
Students in this course will learn to generate writing on a variety of topics as they are introduced to the concept of writing as a multi-stage process incorporating the use of assistive technology. They will practice writing process strategies for generating and organizing using Kurzweil, Dragon, and Inspiration. They will learn and apply knowledge of sentence and paragraph structure and the basic rhetorical patterns of narration, description, and illustration. They will read a selection of short fiction and nonfiction, use reading logs to develop their active reading skills, and write short responses based on these readings. Vocabulary development will also be practiced and reinforced in this course.

EN0121 From Paragraph to Essay
In this course, students will continue to practice and develop the writing skills introduced in EN0111. They will review paragraph structures and begin to write short essays of five or more paragraphs. They will be introduced to more complex sentence structures and rhetorical patterns. They will continue to practice their active reading and response writing as they work with longer and more varied reading selections. They will continue to individualize their writing process incorporating the use of assistive technology.

EN0911 Developmental Writing
Intended to prepare students for credit-level composition work, this course focuses on independent mastery of writing process strategies and on practicing and integrating patterns of organization in personal and expository essays. Emphasis is also given to sentence expansion and variation and to elements of style. 

EN0941 Approaches to Essay Writing
This course provides continued practice with the skills necessary to construct multi-paragraph expository essays. In addition to studying sentence, paragraph, and essay structures, students are expected to experiment with a wide variety of writing process strategies and to develop integrated and metacognitive approaches to complex writing tasks. Students also study essays as models for their writing and as a focus for developing critical thinking skills.

EN0951 Short Stories
In this course, students read and discuss a variety of short stories as examples of form and style in the genre. Using both classic and contemporary selections, students are introduced to literary elements, reading strategies for fiction, and response writing as methods for instruction and assessment.

EN0961  Introduction to Creative Writing
Designed to inspire and instruct, this workshop course introduces students to the strategic elements of writing poems and short stories. Workshop methods will include creative warm-ups, small group exercises, peer review, and mixed media exercises to help students produce writing in the genres of poetry and fiction. Students will also read poems and short stories as models.

EN1001 Introduction to Literature
Offering a taste of the varieties of literary experience, this course is designed for the student who desires to explore literature at the college level. Students read a broad range of texts, including poems, plays, and short stories, and synthesize their responses into analysis, interpretation and discussion. This course offers a good foundation for students to build on in the 2000 level.

EN1010 Coherence, Clarity and Style
This one credit course is designed to strengthen students’ abilities to craft and edit sentences accurately and to understand how the sentence contributes to an author’s writing style. The focus will be on developing an understanding of sentence patterns and developing skill and flexibility in crafting grammatically correct and effective sentences for a variety of rhetorical purposes. It will include a review of punctuation, use of sentence-combining exercises, some essential vocabulary for talking about sentence parts and syntax, and strategies for proofreading/editing. Assignments will be a blend of practice exercises and work with writing assigned in students’ other courses.

EN1011 Composition and Rhetoric
This composition course emphasizes the practice and methodology of writing in conjunction with the development of active and critical reading skills necessary for comprehending college-level reading. Students will be introduced to a process-based approach to writing that seeks to enhance writing production and to allow for individualized approaches. Readings for the course will be used as a basis for writing assignments and a thorough understanding of the content will be necessary to meet the writing demands of the course which include summary and analysis skill development.

EN1021 Research and Analysis
Information literacy skills will drive the scope and sequence of this second semester course, which builds on the critical reading, writing and thinking skills introduced in EN1011 and FY1011. Through a variety of active learning techniques, instructional library sessions, class discussion and research writing projects, students will learn the skills and strategies required for the volume reading, critical analysis, synthesis, and academic writing demands of the college curriculum.

EN1061 Creative Writing
Students in this course begin to develop their skills in generating creative writing. Emphasis in the class is placed on genre experimentation, generating strategies, revision strategies, and readings in all genres which could include fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and children's literature. Emphasis on the elements of fiction and poetry prepares students for more advanced creative writing classes.

EN2031 Advanced Composition
Based on an analytical approach to themes in contemporary American society, this course focuses on helping students to develop advanced composition skills in the areas of organization, process strategies and analytical writing. The course is highly individualized: students are expected to develop an effective personal approach to composing based on their own learning styles, and they are required on a regular basis to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses as writers. Themes for this course have included popular and political culture and new media.

EN2051 Literature in Film
Literature in Film explores the ways that two distinct media play with the same ideas. In this course, we'll discuss the foundations of the two media, their similarities, differences and shortcomings, in order to understand and appreciate the choices each artist made for the medium. We will work within the disciplines of literature and filmmaking, in order to develop our expertise in the fields of film and literary criticism. Class work will include extensive reading and film viewing, discussion and analytic writing assignments.

EN2053 Staying Alive: Harrowing Narratives
This course explores the sub-genre of the adventure narrative with specific emphasis upon classic and contemporary tales of human daring, comradeship, loss and triumph. We will read about the skills and psychological attitudes which enable an individual or a group to survive against almost insurmountable odds, write critically about the choices humans make under severe conditions, critically examine the motivating forces which set us off on adventures in the first place, and have an outdoor adventure or two of our own.

EN2054 American Drama
In this course, we will read, discuss, and analyze the plays that have contributed to the canon of American drama, focusing specifically on the 20th century. Students will be asked to interpret scenes, deliver lines, and bring life to the pages written by some of our country’s most significant storytellers.

EN2055 African American Literature
This course traces the history of African American literature from the late 18th century to the 21st century, highlighting a range of genres, including slave narratives, lyrical poetry, short fiction and the novel.  The focus will include African American identity and the intersection between culture and literary tradition.  Emphasis will also be placed on understanding narrative structure, oral traditions, and literary influences. Students will have the opportunity to design a final project that demonstrates the learning objectives of the course.

EN2057 The Graphic Novel
Students will learn to recognize and describe graphic novels in terms of their literary features, including plot, characterization, setting, point of view, flashback, hyperbole, and dramatic irony. Additionally, students will learn to recognize and describe basic graphic design concepts such as balloons, boxes, panels, gutter, splash page, speed lines, silhouette, color, and symbols. Students will examine particular graphic novels through the unique political, social, and cultural lenses of their authors. The course will also provide an opportunity for students to explore cultural symbols and/or icons, as represented in those novels.

EN2601 Irish Literature
In this Study Abroad course, students will read and analyze poetry, fiction, and plays produced by Irish authors and examine the historical, cultural, and political contexts in which these works were created. The role of literature as an expression of Ireland’s evolving national identity in the 19th – 21st century will be explored. Students will attend a live theatrical performance, view films, and travel to various sites of literary and historical importance in Ireland. They will be encouraged to make connections between the historical and cultural knowledge they obtain through their travel experiences and the literature they are reading.

EN2052 Beat Literature
The course will investigate the literary and cultural significance of the Beat Generation—and the nature of bohemianism.  Students will explore the role of the Beats in spearheading consciousness expansion, ecological awareness, freedom from censorship, celebration of the idiosyncratic individual against the Silent Generation and the military-industrial complex.  The course will also focus on the Beats as a bridge between the counterculture and earlier bohemian movements.  Reading and writing assignments will also examine the influence of jazz and/or action painting on Beat writers.

student and teacherEN2101 Science Fiction
This course, through a survey of twentieth-century science fiction literature and film, seeks to foster a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the genre. Using analysis of science fiction literature and an examination of social and historical contexts, students will develop critical and creative responses to such themes as artificial life, science and politics, utopias and dystopias, the flexibility of time and encounters with other worlds.

EN2102 Modern Drama
This course focuses on major themes from modern drama including works by Ibsen, Chekhov and Strindberg. Emphasis is on both literary and theatrical interpretation of these plays. Students read, act, and watch film and live performances. Assignments include readings, journals, short papers, quizzes, group activities and a final project proposing a production design for one of the plays covered in class.

EN2103 Short Fiction
In this reading and writing course, students read, discuss and write about selected short stories. Assigned readings, class discussions and writing assignments help to develop students' skills in close reading, critical thinking and literary analysis.

EN2104 Playing with Shakespeare
The focus of this course will be exploring a selection of Shakespeare's plays in literary, theatrical and cultural contexts. Students will read, view film adaptations and act out scenes, all for the purpose of better understanding these classic works. Several papers will also be required. 

EN2108 Contemporary American Poetry
This course focuses on the reading and analysis of poetry that has been written in the last twenty years, and what is being written today. Much attention is given to developing reading and writing processes that honor the complexity and ambiguity of the texts being studied.

EN2132 Environmental Literature
Reading and writing about our relationship with the natural world are at the core of this hands-on course. Students engage in close observation of natural communities, and use these experiences as a source for creative non-fiction and journal-based writing. Much of the contemporary environmental literature analyzed and discussed in this course focuses on how human ecology is intertwined with other natural systems, what wild places mean to us, how we can rebuild sustainable lifestyles and communities, and why our biophilic ties are critical to our wellbeing.

EN2211 Short Fiction Workshop
This course focuses on the craft of writing short stories. Within a workshop setting, students use the formal and technical aspects of the genre as a basis for improving their own work. Students read extensively in contemporary fiction, both as models and as a focus for developing the critical skills required to respond to the work of their peers, and to revise their own work effectively. By the end of the semester, students will have completed and revised a portfolio of short fiction.

EN2222 Poetry Workshop
This course focuses on writing and analyzing poetry. Students read broadly in the genre and respond to readings in discussion and writing assignments. They participate in an in-class poetry workshop where they read and discuss each other's poems. Experimentations in form is encouraged and expected. The class takes advantage of local poetry readings and students are encouraged to participate in Landmark's reading series. Each student will have produced a small collection of poems by the semester's end.

EN2233 Creative Nonfiction
This course introduces students to the elements and practice of creative nonfiction through a guided series of readings, writing exercises, and an independent project. Creative nonfiction is an umbrella term that covers a number of specific sub-genres, including memoir or personal essay, literary journalism, nature writing, travel writing, food writing, and so on. As with other forms of creative writing, this course will provide students with a creative outlet while also helping them to continue to develop reading, writing, analytical, and self-management skills.

EN2684 Travel Writing: A Journey Thru Britain
This Study Abroad course introduces students to the genre of travel writing as they travel through Britain and experience British culture and traditions.  Students examine a variety of memoirs, journals, and narratives of adventure and escape associated with the locales that they visit.  They learn about travel-writing techniques, and they apply many of these techniques as they compile their own written accounts of their travels. In their writing, students are encouraged to draw on the geographical, psychological and cultural maps that shape the travel writer's work and study of his/her subjects. In particular, students are encouraged to examine and reflect upon the cultural factors that shape the individual's observations and experience.


John Kipp
Chair, English Department