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ENG 090 College Writing Strategies – 4 credits

Develops the writing strategies, critical thinking skills, research methods, and confidence required in English Composition I and other college-level courses. This course covers word processing and methods of using print texts, electronic texts and databases, as well as techniques for evaluating those resources. This course does not satisfy the English composition requirements of the College and does not fulfill associate degree credit requirements. “C-” is the lowest passing grade in this course.

(Offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer)Prereq: None

ENG 094 College Reading Strategies – 4 credits

Develops reading study skills for comprehension, vocabulary building, and critical reading and thinking. Students learn techniques for effectively and efficiently obtaining information from reading materials, especially textbooks. The course covers word processing and methods for conducting research using print texts, electronic texts and databases, as well as techniques for evaluating those resources. This course does not satisfy the English composition requirements of the College and does not fulfill associate degree credit requirements; “C-” is the lowest passing grade in this course. NOTE: Students may receive credit for COL 090 or ENG 094, but not for both.

(Offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer)Prereq: None

ENG 101 English Composition I: Expository Writing – 3 credits

Focuses on the writing of essays. This course offers students the opportunity to understand writing as a process and to develop clear, effective presentation of ideas. The student develops an awareness of the relationship between writer and reader. The course includes word processing methods and research and documentation using print and electronic texts. NOTE: Students may receive credit for only ENG 101 or ENG 103 or ENG 105.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores

ENG 103 English Composition I: Purposes and Technique of Prose – 3 credits

Emphasizes expository writing for students who feel confident of their skills in analysis and organization. The student develops an understanding of voice in writing. The course includes word processing methods and research and documentation using print and electronic texts. NOTE: Students may receive credit for only ENG 101 or ENG 103 or ENG 105.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores

ENG 105 English Composition I: The Impact of Language – 3 credits

Develops a personal writing style to express the results of critical and analytic thinking. This course is designed for the student who enjoys reading and writing and includes assignments from essays, novels, poetry, and other materials which serve as models and sources for written exercises. The student explores the history of the English language. The topics for discussion and writing include the languages of race, gender, advertising, and politics. The course includes word processing methods and research and documentation using print and electronic texts. NOTE: Students may receive credit for only ENG 101 or ENG 103 or ENG 105.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 090 and ENG 094 (COL 090), or satisfactory placement test scores

ENG 112 English Composition II: Exploring Literature – 3 credits

Examination and analysis of the three major literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, and drama. Writing assignments emphasize the formal, thoughtful, “critical” paper, but do not preclude more personal and creative responses. Students develop analytical standards for both reading and writing about literature. The course includes selections from a wide variety of authors. NOTE: Students may receive credit for only ENG 112 or ENG 114 or ENG 116.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 101, 103, or 105

ENG 114 English Composition II: Literature and Creative Writing – 3 credits

Examination of the creative modes of writing: short fiction, poetry, drama, and song. The writing assignments include creative experiments and literary analysis. The student develops skills in the production as well as understanding of literary art. NOTE: Students may receive credit for only ENG 112 or ENG 114 or ENG 116.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 101, 103, or 105

ENG 116 English Composition II: Analysis of Literature and Film – 3 credits

Study of film, fiction, poetry, and drama from Western and non-Western cultures. Coursework involves analysis of other electronic media which may include television, radio, and computer-mediated text. Students produce written work stressing critical evaluation and participate in classroom analysis of printed and electronic text. NOTE: Students may receive credit for only ENG 112 or ENG 114 or ENG 116.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 101, 103, or 105

ENG 195 Introduction to Literary Journal Publishing – 3 credits

Guides students through the process of producing a literary journal. Students solicit, evaluate and edit submissions for publication in GCC’s literary journal. This course includes promotion and production and prepares students to enter the wider literary market. Students may repeat this course for up to 6 credits.

(Offered: Every Fall, Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 101, 103 or 105 and permission of the instructor.

ENG 201 Western Literature I – 3 credits

Reading and critical analysis of selected literary masterpieces from early Greek through the Elizabethan era.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 202 Western Literature II – 3 credits

Reading and critical analysis of selected literary masterpieces from the Elizabethan era to the present.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 203 American Literature I – 3 credits

Critical study of significant achievements in American literature from the Puritan period through the period of the Reconstruction. Emphasis on the growth of an American literature, its modes and purposes.

(Offered: Every Other Fall)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 204 American Literature II – 3 credits

Critical study of significant achievements in American literature from the late 19th century to the present. Emphasis on literary modes and thought as they reflect the modern society.

(Offered: Every Other Spring)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 205 British Literature I – 3 credits

Readings in English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the late 17th century. Major emphasis on Chaucer and Shakespeare.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 206 British Literature II – 3 credits

Readings in English literature from the late 17th century to the present.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, ENG 114 or ENG 116

ENG 207 Creative Writing and Literature: Themes and Methods – 3 credits

Focuses on broad themes in creative writing and explores analytical as well as creative methods for responding to literature. Students explore a variety of creative genres, including drama, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, from many cultures and times. The course culminates in the production of original creative works.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116.

ENG 208 Creative Writing and Literature: Studies in Genre – 3 credits

Explores creative writing through analysis of the writer’s craft. Students focus on one or more creative genres such as drama, poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Students engage with literary texts that present diverse worldviews. Students also conduct research and apply critical reading and writing strategies to their own analytical as well as creative work. The course culminates in the production of original creative works.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 210 Creative Nonfiction – 3 credits

Explores creative nonfiction essays and essay writing through extensive reading, individualized research, and writing workshops. Students develop familiarity with the variety and history of creative nonfiction. Students use multiple research methods, drafting approaches, and writing styles to explore topics of their choice. Students combine academic and creative writing strategies in new ways to explore and analyze their experiences and the world around them.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 212 Graphic Novel – 3 credits

Explores the history and development of the graphic novel, a hybrid genre that combines visual and written textual elements. Students read, discuss, and write about graphic novels exploring issues of power, sexuality, race, gender, class, and identity.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 219 Ethnic Literature – 3 credits

A study of American literature through writers representative of various ethnic groups in the United States.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 221 Shakespeare – 3 credits

A critical study of a selected group of plays by Shakespeare, approached by theme. The course will also give some attention to contemporary presentations or adaptations.

(Offered: Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 228 Queer Literature – 3 credits

A study of various genres and periods of literary texts by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender writers. The course includes lectures and classroom discussions on the texts and their cultural and historical contexts. Students discuss how the texts relate to expressions of, and arguments about, being queer in a predominantly heterosexual world. Readings also address more general issues of marginalization, such as those involving gender, race, class, and age. The course is appropriate for any student interested in the way literature expresses human difference.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 229 Gothic Literature – 3 credits

A critical and analytical study of the gothic tradition in both classic and modern supernatural literature, with some attention to film. Students examine the significance of the supernatural horror tale in its larger literary, social, and cultural context.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116.

ENG 235 Survey of Latin American Literature – 3 credits

A study of Latin American writings from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Emphasis on the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped the voices of contemporary Latin American literature. Authors include Bartolome de las Casas, Andres Bello, Ruben Darlo, Clorinda Matto de Turner, Jorge Borges, Isabel Allende, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 241 Survey of Children’s Literature – 3 credits

Wide reading of classic and current children’s literature, including the history and development of the genre. This course examines criteria for judging children’s books and reviews classroom techniques in early childhood education.

(Offered: Every Spring)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 243 Modern Poetry – 3 credits

An examination of modern poetry with an emphasis on interpretation and analysis of voice, language, sound, and form. This course provides an in-depth study of some major innovators as well as a study of other contemporary poets.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 244 Science Fiction: Themes and Contexts – 3 credits

Examines science fiction from diverse cultural perspectives. Students explore critical and social contexts that inform science fiction, gain an understanding of its history and development as a genre, and analyze its contributions to contemporary culture as well as its place within the arts. The course focuses on literature, although students may also study science fiction in multiple media such as film, television, and the visual arts. Students write critical essays and have the opportunity to produce creative works of their own.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116; Recomm: A college-level science or philosophy course.

ENG 247 Women in Literature I – 3 credits

A study of works by women writers through the 19th century. Students discuss literature in various genres within the historical and social context of the times, in relation to early literary movements and from the perspective of a unique female literary tradition.

(Offered: Every Other Summer)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 248 Women in Literature II – 3 credits

A study of poetry, short fiction, novels, and drama that presents the richness of diversity in the work of women writers from the 20th century to the present. Students focus on the voice of the writer and her use of literary technique as she explores important themes in women’s lives.

(Offered: Every Other Spring)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 253 Valley/American Literature – 3 credits

A critical study of American literature from the Puritan period to the present with focus on the significant achievements of Valley writers. This course explores the impact of the geographical, social, and cultural environment of the Pioneer Valley on their works. Students study Jonathan Edwards, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Robert Frost, Archibald MacLeish, and other writers.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 261 The Short Story – 3 credits

A survey of the short story as a literary genre from its beginnings in the early 19th century to the present time with emphasis on interpretation and analysis, characters in conflict, point of view, and symbolism.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116

ENG 270 Literature and the Environment – 3 credits

Examines the relationship between literature and the environment. Students read works of literature drawn from multiple genres, times and cultures and analyze how they depict or frame questions about the relationship between humans and the natural world as well as the built environment. Students also learn about and apply critical approaches from ecocriticism, urban and regional studies, and ecofeminism while writing analytical essays on specific texts and producing creative works.

(Offered: Periodically)Prereq: ENG 112, 114, or 116; Recomm: Any EVS or BIO course