Course Descriptions

  • COURSE DESCRIPTIONS IN ENGLISH AND MODERN LANGUAGES


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    ARABIC

    ARAB 101 Fundamentals of Arabic I
    This course provides for the acquisition of basic skills in the language through drills in pronunciation, grammar, and translation. Laboratory work is required.

    ARAB 102 Fundamentals of Arabic II
    Fundamentals of Arabic II is a continuation of ARAB 101. This course provides for the acquisition of basic skills in the language through drills in pronunciation, grammar, and translation. Laboratory work is required. Prerequisite: ARAB 101.

    CHINESE

    CHIN 101 Beginning Chinese
    An introduction to speaking, reading and writing Mandarin Chinese, this course emphasizes the mastery of pronunciation and basic characters. This course also uses discussions and authentic materials to develop the student's understanding of Chinese culture.

    ENGLISH

    ENGL 001 English Proficiency Exam (EPE) 
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    ENGL 100 First Year Experience Credit 1
    This course is to provide an opportunity for students to make a seamless transition from high school to college. Essential skills for transition will be explored and discussed. This course will assist students in developing cognitive skills and will assist them in adjusting personally and socially to the college environment. This course will enable first-year students to develop creative and critical thinking skills, and information literacy skills needed to facilitate a successful transition from high school to university. Additionally, this course shall facilitate self-awareness and interpersonal communication skills. In addition to providing information needed for student success at the University, this course serves as a conduit for students entering the field of English and Telecommunications. Students will be provided with the prerequisites needed to make a successful transition into the English Non-Teaching Major. The course will develop interpersonal and conflict resolution skills providing academic, personal, social, and emotional adjustments.

    ENGL 101 Basic Composition I Credit 3
    This course is designed to review the fundamentals of grammar, punctuation, and conventional usage, and to provide skills of organization and development in writing. Adequate opportunity for written analysis and oral discussion of selected examples of prose and creative writing are provided to encourage an interest in literature and the development of a critical attitude toward literature in general. A research paper will be required.

    ENGL 101 Honors English Composition I Honors Credit 3
    The major goal of this course is to develop proficiency in expository writing, particularly the communication of ideas in clear, precise language that demonstrates advanced knowledge of organization, grammar, and usage. This course satisfies the "Statement of Expectations" for freshman writing.

    ENGL 102 Basic Composition II Credit 3
    his course continues the study of basic elements of written composition, especially organization and development. Central to the course is the examination of selections from prose, poetry and drama. Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

    ENGL 102 Honors English Composition II Honors Credit 3
    This course is a continuation of ENGL 101H. The course will review modes of expository writing with emphasis on the research paper. The major goal is to develop proficiency in critical writing.

    ENGL 203 Fundamentals of Contemporary Speech Credit 3
    This course requires the preparation and delivery of short original speeches, outside readings and reports. It is recommended that this course be taken during the sophomore year. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 204 Introduction to Fiction Credit 3
    This course is an introduction to the development of fiction with concentration on several major fiction writers. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 205 Introduction to Drama Credit 3
    This course is an introduction to drama around the world through reading, analyzing, viewing, and performance. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 206 Introduction to Poetry Credit 3
    This course is an introduction to the development of poetry with concentration on several major poets. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 207 Introduction to Creative Writing Credit 3
    This course provides an introduction to various techniques used by successful writers of all genres with the object of assisting students in developing and improving their technique. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 215 Introduction to Film Credit 3
    This course involves a study of the motion picture as an art form and as an influence on society. Basic concepts of organization, structure, and techniques of editing are examined through the reading of selected material and the viewing of a number of short films and excerpts from feature films. The course moves from the basic psychology of visual perception through the history, theory, and critical standards of film. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102

    ENGL 218 Approaches to Grammar Credit 3
    This course provides a comprehensive review of traditional English grammar and is designed particularly for prospective teachers and writers. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 301 American Literature I Credit 3
    This course is a survey of the major American authors and their works from the beginning of American civilization to Walt Whitman. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 302 American Literature II Credit 3
    This course is a survey of the major American authors and their works from Walt Whitman to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 305 Technical Writing/Honors/Online Credit 3
    This web-based course concentrates on the techniques of expository writing in the preparation of technical material. Among the areas of concentration are writing to support graphic illustrations, writing to clarify statistical information, and writing to explain process. Students are introduced to the selective use of the library and basic research facilities, particularly the use of periodical indexes and selective bibliographies. The course is open to all degree-seeking and special students who have successfully completed the freshman and sophomore years and who have satisfactorily completed ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 203.

    ENGL 310 Advanced Composition/Honors/Online Credit 3
    This course involves a study of prose techniques such as definition, classification, analysis, and process analysis. It includes the reading of model documents (essays, news stories, etc.) and a substantial amount of practice of expository writing. The course is open to all students who have successfully completed ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 311 Argumentation and Persuasion Credit 3
    This course is designed to reflect and refine current theory and practice in argumentation and debate. Students develop conceptual apparatus to apply general principles as required by circumstances. The course blends theoretical explanation and practical advice. Students must master the basic terms and theories common to all argumentation which are necessary as a prelude to the more specific study in academic debate. Subsequently, the ultimate purpose of the course is to help students learn to become effective advocates. Prerequisite: ENGL 203

    ENGL 312 Group Discussion Credit 3
    Group discussion provides students with the knowledge and practical experience necessary to enable them to work with discussion groups as active and productive participants. The students will be knowledgeable of the theoretical grounding and participate in a variety of roles as a discussion-group participant. Because the course is designed with student-oriented activities as an integral part of the structure, active class participation is mandatory. Prerequisite: ENGL 203

    ENGL 317 Shakespeare Credit 3
    This course examines characteristics and qualities of selected works of Shakespeare. Emphasis is generally placed on the more significant tragedies, comedies and histories within the context of the Elizabethan world view. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 319 Theater Practicum Credit 1
    This course is an opportunity for acting and technical experience through Participation Theater performed in front of a live audience. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor.

    ENGL 321 English Literature I Credit 3
    This course involves a survey of selected authors and works in English Literature from the beginning through the 18th Century. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 322 English Literature II Credit 3
    This course is a continuation of ENGL 321 dealing with English Literature since the Restoration. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 324 Literature and Film Credit 3
    This course examines the relationship between literature and film, with particular emphasis on the problems and procedures inherent in the transition of novels and short narratives into screenplays. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 325 Literary Criticism Credit 3
    This course entails the study of various critical approaches to literature, such as textual, archetypal, psychological, and sociological. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 327 African American Literature Credit 3
    This course provides a survey of Black American Literature encompassing both oral tradition and written literature. Attention is given to the genres of poetry, drama, slave narrative, novel, and essay. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 328 World Literature I Credit 3
    This course is an introductory study of major movements and genres in Eastern, Western, and African Literatures from ancient times through the Western Renaissance, with the objective of helping students to gain knowledge of the culture of people other than American. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 329 World Literature II Credit 3
    This course is a continuation of English 328. It deals with World Literature since the Western Renaissance. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 330 Advanced Public Speaking Credit 3
    This course involves a study of rhetorical principles and models of speech composition in conjunction with the preparation and presentation of specific forms of public address. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 203.

    ENGL 332 The African Writer Credit 3
    This course focuses on contemporary African Literature, with special emphasis on the role of the writer. The course includes many of the major African literary works (fiction, poetry, and drama) of the last sixty years. The course also focuses on the African writer's unique role as creator of functional art. Prerequisite: ENGL 327H.

    ENGL 345 Special Topics in Literature Credit 3
    Structured around rotating topics, this course involves an intensive study of the literary works of various authors. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, ENGL 102 and permission of the instructor.

    ENGL 346 History of the English Language Credit 3
    This course covers major developments in the history of English to the modern period with consideration of important changes and principles of development in phonology, syntax, and semantics. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 347 Adolescent and Adult Literature Credit 3
    An eclectic survey of fiction and other forms of literature written primarily for adolescents (ages 10 through 14) and young adults (ages 15-18), the course explores and examines themes and ideas in literature relevant to the period prior to adulthood, utilizing the principles of contemporary literary criticism. The course is intended for English Education majors but is open to all students who meet the prerequisites. Prerequisites: successful completion of ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 351 Communications Design Survey Credit 3
    This course is an introduction to the study of visual communications. It involves conceptualization, graphic imagery, aesthetics, and symbolism for the communication of information through graphic design, with specific emphasis on the relationship of graphic design to advertising. Problem-solving projects related to the design profession are required. Prerequisites: TELC 336 and TELC 337.

    ENGL 380 Introduction to Language Science Credit 3
    This course provides an introductory survey of contemporary linguistics with special focus on present-day American English. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 401 Modern Drama Credit 3
    This course is designed to give an overview and understanding of Modern Drama from Ibsen to the present. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 AND ENGL 102.

    ENGL 404 Studies in Drama Credit 3
    This course allows opportunities for a variety of topics pertinent to drama. An analysis of drama from around the world through reading, viewing, performance, and various forms of artistic expression will be explored. The course also concentrates on specific social and political events that foster the various types of drama produced during a particular period. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, ENGL 102 and ENGL 205.

    ENGL 405 Studies in Film Credit 3
    This course provides an in-depth examination of some particular aspect of film. In any given semester the course may concentrate on, but by no means be limited to, such diverse topics as American film genre, the work of a particular film director, or literature-to-film transition. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, ENGL 102 and ENGL 215.

    ENGL 408 Studies in Poetry Credit 3
    This course traces the development of poetry with concentration on several major poets. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 206.

    ENGL 412 Commonwealth Literature Credit 3
    This course involves intensive study of the works of writers from Commonwealth countries. Attention is paid to the evolution of the author's canon, the effects on the literary context, the relationship between the literary works and the historical and cultural context of the writer. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 413 The Novel - East and West/Online Credit 3
    This is a multicultural course that examines novels as a global form that speaks for the aspirations of the modern middle class individual and criticizes social abuses. Comparison of novels from America, Africa, Europe, and Asia are made. Prerequisites: ENGL 101 and ENGL 102.

    ENGL 472 Internship Credits 3-12

    This course is an internship in various study areas arranged by and with permission of the instructor. Students wishing to travel abroad may petition for Foreign Language credit under this course. Contact the Department Chair for details. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, ENGL 102 & permission of the instructor.

    ENGL 490 Senior Capstone in English and Modern Languages Credit 3
    The Senior Capstone Course in English and Modern Languages is designed for seniors who will demonstrate their competence as English majors by preparing and presenting a portfolio of their best works, suitable for assessment by a three-panel faculty jury. The portfolio should include a cover letter, résumé, personal statement, a foreign language writing sample, in addition to four significantly revised and polished essays from four different English courses across the student’s collegiate career. Students are also required to give a brief oral presentation in a foreign language and a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation of the final portfolio at the conclusion of the course. Prerequisite: Senior English majors only.

    ENGL 499 Independent Research in English Credit 1-3
    This course provides a vehicle to enable the student to range academically as far as interests and preparation carry him on a topic agreed upon by the instructor and student in the area of English and Modern Languages. The student is required to meet and confer with the instructor on specified conference dates. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

    FRENCH

    FREN 101 Fundamentals of French I Credit 3
    This course provides for the acquisition of basic skills in the language through drills in pronunciation, grammar, and translation. Laboratory work is required. It is recommended that students who have two or more years of high school French take an examination for credit.

    FREN 102 Fundamentals in French II Credit 3
    This course is a continuation of French 101. This course provides for the acquisition of basic skills in the language through drills in pronunciation, grammar and translation. Laboratory work is required. It is recommended that students who have two or more years of high school French take an examination for credit. Prerequisite: C or better in FREN101

    FREN 201 Intermediate French I Credit 3
    This course involves a review of grammar and pronunciation and involves graded readings of modern prose. Prerequisite: C or better in FREN 101and FREN 102 or the equivalent.

    FREN 202 Intermediate French II Credit 3
    This course provides a review of idiomatic expressions, applications of language skills to reading, composition, and class discussion. Prerequisite: C or better in FREN 201 or equivalent.

    FREN 301 Conversation and Composition Credit 3
    This course focuses on the development of conversational proficiency in French, development of writing skills through written reports on current events and focuses on literary topics. Prerequisites: C or better in FREN 101, 102, 201 and 202, or permission of the instructor.

    FREN 302 Translation Credit 3
    This course is designed to develop advanced skills through training in translation and interpretation. Students translate French texts from different fields with emphasis on grammar and literary quality. They also practice translation from English into French. Prerequisites: C or better FREN 101, 102, 201 and 202, or permission of instructor.

    FREN 401 French for the Business World Credit 3
    This course is an introduction to the study of terminology used in business, and styles used in commercial, private and official formats for correspondence and various common business documents. Prerequisites: C or better in FREN 302 or permission of the Instructor

    FREN 402 Writers of French-Speaking Africa and the Caribbean Credit 3
    This course involves the study of selected novels expressing the culture and the aspirations of the French speaking people of Africa and the Caribbean. Prerequisites: C or better in FREN 301 and FREN 302 or permission of the Instructor.

    SPANISH

    SPAN 101 Fundamentals of Spanish I Credit 3
    This course provides for the acquisition of basic skills in the language through drills in pronunciation, grammar, and translation of elementary prose. Laboratory work is required. To receive credit for this course, the student must also complete SPAN 102. It is recommended that students who have two or more years of high school Spanish take an examination for credit.

    SPAN 102 Fundamentals of Spanish II Credit 3
    This course provides for the acquisition of basic skills in the language through drills in pronunciation, grammar and translation. Lab work is required. To receive credit for this course, the student must also complete SPAN 101. It is recommended that students who have two or more years of high school Spanish take an examination for credit. Prerequisite: C or better in SPAN101.

    SPAN 201 Intermediate Spanish I Credit 3
    This course provides a review of grammar and pronunciation. The course involves graded readings of modern prose. Prerequisites: C or better in SPAN 101 and SPAN 102 or equivalent.

    SPAN 202 Intermediate Spanish II Credit 3
    This course is a review of idiomatic expressions, and applications of language skills to reading, composition, and class discussion. Prerequisites: C or better in SPAN 101, SPAN 102 and SPAN 201.

    SPAN 301 Spanish Conversation and Composition Credit 3
    This course is designed for the development of conversational proficiency in Spanish. It further focuses on the development of writing skills through reports on current events and on literary topics. Prerequisites: C or better in SPAN 101, 102, 201 and 202, or permission of the Instructor.

    SPAN 302 Translation/Online Credit 3
    This course is designed to develop advanced skills through training in translation and interpretation. Students translate Spanish texts from different fields with emphasis on grammar and literary quality. They also practice translation from English into Spanish. Prerequisites: C or better in SPAN 101, 102, 201 and 202, or permission of the Instructor.

    SPAN 401 Spanish for the Business World Credit 3
    This course is an introduction to the study of terminology used in business, and styles used in commercial, private and official formats for correspondence and various common business documents. Prerequisites: C or better in SPAN 302 or permission of the Instructor.

    SPAN 402 Writers of Spanish Expression-Spain/Latin America Credit 3
    This course is a study of selected novels expressing the culture and aspirations of the Spanish-speaking people of Spain and Latin America. Prerequisites: C or better in SPAN 302 or permission of the Instructor.

    TELECOMMUNICATIONS

    TELC 214 Introduction to Telecommunications Credit 3
    This course concentrates on the history of telecommunications, regulation, and current policies and procedures. It is a prerequisite for most telecommunications courses.

    TELC 237 Radio Production and Programming Credit 3
    This course involves recording and control of sound in studios and on location, including introduction to radio production equipment and creative mixing and editing of multiple sound tracks. This course examines station organization, staff job descriptions, and responsibilities, along with station operation techniques. Prerequisite: TELC 214

    TELC 238 TV Production and Programming Credit 3
    This is a laboratory course designed to expose the student to each production position in a TV studio, including director, camera operator, audio operator, and video editor. Prerequisite: TELC 214

    TELC 239 Introduction to Broadcast Performance Credit 3
    This course is a study of communications theory and its application to the preparation, presentation, and criticism of radio and television performance. The course includes basic formats of broadcasting news, interviews, music, commercials, public affairs, and entertainment features. Prerequisites: TELC 214.

    TELC 241 Basic News Writing and Reporting Credit 3
    This course is an introduction to the structure and organization in writing news for on-air presentation. The course includes news gathering techniques and ethical issues. Prerequisites: TELC 214

    TELC 303 Broadcasting Management Credit 3
    This course explores theories of management. It involves study and analysis of special problems and situations confronting the manager of a broadcast or cable facility in the administration of personnel in various station departments. Prerequisite: TELC 214

    TELC 333 Principles of Photojournalism Credit 3
    In this course students gain an understanding as well as a working vocabulary of the historic, formal, and psychological aspects of photojournalism using still photography, video and film. Basic concepts of organization, framing, techniques of editing, etc. are examined through the reading and viewing of selected materials (photo stills, film & video), as well as the practical experience of supervised projects. Prerequisites: TELC 214.

    TELC 336 Computer Graphics I Credit 3
    This is an introductory level course in computer-generated graphic design and desktop publication. Through a “hands-on” approach, the student develops a basic knowledge of the various application programs of desktop publication and illustration using Macintosh computers. The student also develops the ability to create computer generated original art and learn the manipulation of scanned images, original digital camera images, basic design principles, and techniques such as layout, typography and graphic production used in various commercial arts fields.

    TELC 337 Computer Graphics II Credit 3
    Computer Graphics II is a continuation of Computer Graphics I (English 336) and the course work builds on the skills learned in ENGL 336. Further skills are gained and then applied to applications such as: PageMaker & Quark Express (used for layout design); Photoshop and Illustrator (illustration applications); After Effects & Gif Builder (introduction to video and multimedia & computer animation); and BB Edit (web page design). The course also builds on the student’s knowledge of basic design principles and techniques in design and graphic production generally started during the first semester. Prerequisite: TELC 336

    TELC 472 Internship Credit 3-12
    This course is an internship in various study areas arranged by and with permission of the instructor. Students wishing to travel abroad may petition for Foreign Language credit under this course. Contact the Department Chair for details. Prerequisites: TELC 214, ENGL 203 & permission of the instructor.

    TELC 481 Dramatic Writing for Film and TV Credit 3
    This course is designed for students who want to learn to take ideas and develop them into treatments, screen-plays, and other verbal and visual forms. The class is conducted as a workshop; students' work is discussed in an informal atmosphere, and selected films are screened. Through the workshop format, students are encouraged to find their creative direction. Prerequisite: Successful Completion of ENGL 101 & ENGL 102 and consent of the Instructor. Enrollment is limited to seventeen students.

    THEATER ARTS

     

    THAR 101 Intro To Theater Credits 3
    The course presents a survey of theater through the exploration of the components of a production, acting, set, costumes, lighting, sound, script, and the audience. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 

    THAR 102 Stagecraft Credit 3
    This course involves an investigation and application of the visual effects of stage scenery in dramatic productions with exercises in set designing. Practical experiences within current productions are offered. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    THAR 201 History of Theater and Drama Credit 3
    This course provides a study of the cultural forms of theater from the Greek period to the end of the Renaissance, with analysis of selected plays. Selected plays from all major periods are read and critically analyzed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    THAR 202 History of Theater and Drama II Credit 3
    The course offers a study of the cultural forms of theater from the end of Renaissance to the present, with analysis of selected plays. Selected plays from all major periods are read and critically analyzed. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    THAR 203 Acting I Credit 3
    This course provides a survey of acting practices along with basic training in the elements of acting, with preliminary studies in movement, pantomime, interpretation, and the use of the voice. Students participate in scenes or plays. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

    THAR 204 Acting II Credit 3
    This course is a continuation of Acting I with more advanced instruction in movement, interpretation, and voice usage. Acting technique is stressed. Students participate in selected plays. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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