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About the CCPS Associate of Science in English and Writing

The Department of English has the following Learning Objectives.

Students should be able to:

  1. Challenge ideas critically and creatively;
  2. Appreciate the changing canons of American, British and world literature and question the authority of classic texts;
  3. Deploy a vocabulary for analyzing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama and other cultural artifacts in terms of form and content;
  4. Respond specifically and meaningfully to their own writing and to that of their peers;
  5. Write with clarity, insight, purpose and power for a variety of audiences and occasions;
  6. Analyze language in its historical, cultural, literary and linguistic contexts;
  7. Utilize helpful primary and secondary sources so that they can become independent researchers and writers;
  8. Demonstrate the link between their study of literature and writing and their lives beyond college, including social issues and vocations.

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Associate of Science in English and Writing

The Associate of Science in English and Writing requires a minimum of 24 credit hours.

Foundations: 18 hrs.

ENGL 200: Literature Matters
3 credit hours

One of three foundational courses for majors and potential majors in English, Literature Matters introduces students to a central set of problems in contemporary literary studies (for example, Identity and Empire, Shakespeare to Ondaatje). The course includes important canonical works as well as neglected or emerging writers. There is a focus on how to read and understand literature; how reading and writing literature influence identity, meaning, and value; and how to develop strategies for reading, discussing, and writing about literary works. Attention is also given to narrative structure. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course in the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year. Offered spring semester.

ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 150
Expository Writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another’s writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice, and audience.

ENGL 253: Grammar and Style
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 150
Students intensively investigate modern English grammar and usage. The course acquaints students with models of understanding and teaching grammar and with opportunities for experimenting with a variety of styles.

ENGL 266: Creative Writing I - Fiction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 150
Students learn techniques for and practice in writing fiction. The course focuses on student workshops.

ENGL 267: Creative Writing I - Poetry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 150
Students learn techniques for and practice in writing poetry.

ENGL 268: Creative Writing I - Nonfiction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 150. 
Students learn techniques for and practice writing nonfiction.

British Literature: 3 hrs.

ENGL 202: British Literature II: Nineteenth Century through the Present
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to major writings from the past 200 years of British writing, with particular attention to close-reading and appreciation. The course often pursues a single theme, genre or motif through the readings.

American Literature: 3 hrs.

ENGL 204: American Literature II: 1865-1980
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to major texts of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with particular attention to modernist and postmodernist writing.