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The most commonly offered English courses are listed here.  For a complete list of English Courses, see the Mineral Area College 2012-2014 Catalog.

ENG133 (English Composition I):  This class is designed to help the student write clearly and effectively.  Emphasis is placed on mastery of writing skills necessary to the student's education and career. Subject matter includes library study, grammar, punctuation, usage, sentence structure, and various patterns of organizing and developing paragraphs and essays.

ENG134 (English Composition II: Prerequisite:  ENG133 with a grade of "C" or better.):  A continuation of ENG133, with emphasis on longer papers and different types of writing, including argument and persuasion.  Study is devoted to documentation and preparation of the research paper as well as an introduction to critical writing.

ENG136 (Creative Writing:  Prerequisite:  ENG133 with a grade of "C" or better):  A course in which the student will practice the rudiments of creative writing.  Units studied will focus on writing original poetry, prose, and drama.

ENG144 (Public Speaking): A course that emphasizes effective communication in public situations throughout he design and delivery of informal speeches, open forum discussions, and practice in impormptu and extemporaneous speaking.

ENG157 (Introduction to Literature: Prose, Poetry, and Drama):  An introductory survey of the prose forms of literature, primarily short story, novel, and drama, as well as the basic methods of poetry. Special attention is given to literary forms and terminology.  Emphasis is also placed on developing skills in critical reading and the attitude needed for appreciating serious literature. This is a reading intensive course.

ENG256A (Creative Nonfiction:  Prerequisite:  ENG133 with a grade of "C" or better.):  A study of classic and contemporary creative nonfiction through close reading and examination of personal essays, memoirs, and literary journalism. Authors examined will include Michel Montaigne, Joan Didion, Truman Capote, E.B. White, Jonathan Franzen, and Buzz Bissinger. In addition to discussion of course materials and concepts, students will also create their own works of creative nonfiction. This is a reading-intensive course.

ENG233 (English Literature I:  Prerequisite: ENG133 with a grade of "C" or better):

A survey study of major authors and their works from the early Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. Major figures studied include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and Pope.  Requirements include three or four examinations over the major time periods and one critical paper. This is a reading intensive course.

ENG234 (English Literature II:   A survey study of major authors from the nineteenth century Romantic writers through the twentieth century.  Authors studied include Austen, Wordsworth, Byron, Tennyson, Browning, Yeats, Conrad, Joyce, and Orwell. Requirements include tests on each period and one literary analysis. This is a reading intensive course.

ENG243 (American Literature I: Prerequisite: ENG133 with a grade of "C" or better) The primary purpose of this course is to help students understand and appreciate early American literature. Covering the Puritan Period, Revolutionary Period, and Romantic Period, nonfiction essays, journals, short stories, and poetry will be studied. Classes are discussion oriented, with lectures provided to introduce historical information, facts about the authors, and terminology peculiar to particular periods and genres. This is a reading intensive course.

ENG244 (American Literature II: Prerequisite: ENG133 with a grade of "C" or better):  The primary purpose of this course is to help students understand and appreciate American literature from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth. Specific periods covered are the Realistic/Naturalist Period, Modernist Period, and Post-Modernist Period.  Classes are discussion oriented, with lectures provided to introduce historical information, facts about the authors, and terminology peculiar to particular periods and genres.  This is a reading intensive course.

ENG250 (Multicultural Literature): A course designed to give students an introduction to and appreciation of cultures different from their own through an exploration of literature.  The course consists mainly of the discussion of short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and film that are representative of various worldwide and domestic cultures.  This is a reading intensive course that meets the cultural diversity requirement.

ENG253: (Young Adult Literature):  A course engineered for secondary education majors with course content focusing on poetry, prose, and novels for young adults. Special attention is given to literary forms and terminology. Emphasis is also placed on developing skills in critical reading and the attitude needed for understanding and appreciating literature. This course satisfies one of the college's cultural diversity requirements (Cultural Diversity Course).