In our information-based society, reading comprehension and writing skills are essential.
The English Program offers a rich and varied education in these vital areas of literacy,
serving the individual student, the academic community and society at large.
The pre-freshman course (ENG 98) and the freshman English courses (ENG 110 and 111) provide students with a foundation in college writing and research through the study of nonfiction, fiction, drama, and poetry, while emphasizing the development of critical thinking skills. In order to further develop understanding of our cultural traditions and to stimulate students' imaginations, the department offers literature courses ranging from surveys of American, British, world and sacred literature, to introductory courses in Shakespeare, poetry, women's literature, contemporary fiction and drama. These sophomore literature courses provide enrichment to any student and fulfill the General Education requirements for students enrolled in degree and transfer programs.
Also available to students who have completed freshman composition are courses in creative writing, technical writing and, when possible, advanced composition, each emphasizing development of different writing skills.
The objective of the English Department is to provide each student with the opportunity to develop his or her own reading, writing, research and critical thinking abilities for successful transfer to universities and for functioning in society and the job market.
Course Topics Category Objectives Conventions in Writing: Grammar Learn about some of the important elements of English grammar, including independent and dependent clauses, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, punctuation usage, comma splices, parallelism, pronoun usage, subjects, verb tense, subject-verb agreement and dangling modifiers. Conventions in Writing: Usage Find out how to make your writing better by using good diction and developing your style, tone and point-of-view. Learn how to apply idioms, phrasal verbs, logical sentences and sentence clarity. Differentiate between the active and passive voice in writing. Essay Types Study the format and characteristics of different types of essays, such as personal essays, argumentative essays and persuasive essays. Addressing the Audience of an Essay Discover how to determine the best audience for an essay and respond to an essay prompt. Learn how to engage readers and appeal to an audience in an essay. Developing an Essay Identify the different parts of an essay. Learn how to brainstorm, write an outline, write a strong essay body, use transition sentences and structure an argument. How to Structure Essays Know how to write a thesis statement and topic sentence. Learn about essay organization, paragraph and sentence structure and argument formation. Revising an Essay Examine how to fix mistakes in writing, proofread essays, evaluate reasoning and peer review and edit other writers' essays. Using Source Materials Take a look at topics that will help you choose the right sources and use them correctly. Examine bibliographies, works cited pages, citations, reference materials, MLA format, APA citations and the Chicago citation style. Composition Best Practices: Theory and Application Study compositional theory, and learn how to avoid common writing pitfalls. Apply tips for writing strong introductions, thesis statements, sentences, paragraphs and conclusions.