Course Descriptions - English

ENGL 105 COLLEGE WRITING

This introductory writing course is designed to build writing skills and to increase students’ enjoyment of writing through extensive practice. The course focuses on teaching students to discover and develop ideas they wish to communicate, and then on the numerous technical skills necessary to make communication effective and engaging. Students will develop their voices, their styles, and their mechanics through multiple writing projects and through a focus on revision. Readings will illustrate the styles and organizational patterns of effective student and professional writers. Students who take this course cannot also take ENGL 212 – Analytical Writing. Formerly ENGL 105 - Expository Writing.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 212 ANALYTICIAL WRITING

In this writing course, students will study and practice critical writing. As students read, write, and discuss such important cultural issues as technological developments, media’s impact on society, identity formation, and environmental concerns, they will develop their own perspectives. Students will learn the purposes, strategies, and conventions of academic writing, particularly analysis and argumentation, through critical reading, drafting, and collaboration. Students who take this course cannot also take ENGL 105 – College Writing.

3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 213 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE:
MORE WAYS THAN ONE

An introduction to the study of literature, the course will look at fiction, poetry and drama in a seminar format. In a discussion-intensive, reading-intensive course, students will look at a variety of books, built around a theme or a way of thinking about ­literature.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 214 CULTURE AND IDENTITY IN LITERATURE

This course focuses on study of literature through examination of the work of people bound together by their ethnicity, culture, or identity. It will look at a single subject from year to year. Among the possible subjects are: Women’s Literature, African-American Literature, Hispanic Literature, Asian, African or Latin-American Literature. Students may take and receive credit for this course additional times when different subjects are offered.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 235 THE CLASSICS: WORLD LITERATURE I

We begin our reading of ancient literature by learning the way people lived 2000 years before Christ and discovering that little has changed since then. Time-tested works like the epics of Homer and the Greek plays reinforce the fact that we can learn from these ancient texts to live our own lives more wisely. The advent of Christianity changed the way the West looked at life; but medieval literature, while serious in its mission to teach Christian views, is filled with fun and fantasy. (We will read selected works from ancient times to the medieval ages.)

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 236 SHAKESPEARE AND HIS WORLD:
WORLD LITERATURE II

Not much is known about Gentle Will Shakespeare’s life, which is ironic in the sense that he defined, in many ways, what it means to be a human being. This class will take a peek into how the period of time known as The Renaissance created our ideas about human life today. We will focus on the dramas of Shakespeare, plays that shape what it means to be human, plays that continue to pose questions to us: Is feeling more important than thinking? What happens to a person who attains great power? Does knowledge keep us from doing? Should we be loyal at all costs? We will look at a few of the great movies that have been made from these plays. We will read selected works from The Renaissance and the 17th century.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 237 THE 18th AND 19th CENTURIES:
WORLD LITERATURE III

This course is an introduction to a period that produced many of the enduring classics of literature. It focuses on work from Europe, with some Asian and Middle Eastern material rounding it out. We will read Rationalists, Romantics, and Victorians and we will explore their stories and their ideas and how those fit or contrast with ours today.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 238 THE MODERN WORLD THROUGH LITERATURE: WORLD LITERATURE IV

Across the continents, themes like love, becoming an adult, and death are universal. Other topics are unique to just some countries and cultures. As globalization makes today’s world smaller and smaller, this course will look at contemporary world literature to explore the ideas that join us and those that still drive us apart. (We will read selected works from the 20th and 21st centuries.)

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 310 THEMES IN LITERATURE

This course looks at literature gathered by theme. Each semester will be different. It will select from subjects like: the Literature of Business and Work, The Search for Identity, Good and Evil in Literature, the Literature of Love and Sex, Sport and Literature, Crime and Literature.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 314 THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: AMERICAN LITERATURE I

Starting before the United States existed; this course looks at the written and oral literature that defined America, from the time only Native Americans lived here through the middle of the Nineteenth Century. We will read the stories of slaves and settlers, Native Americans and newcomers, revolutionaries and artists. Included will be such authors as Edgar Allan Poe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 315 CREATING THE MODERN AMERICAN:
AMERICAN LITERATURE II

For a century and a half, American writers have been trying to understand and express what it means to live in the modern world. From Mark Twain to Ernest Hemingway to Toni Morrison, these authors examine love, sex, war, race, gender, conflict, and community in a country where life always seems racing to be faster, bigger, stronger and more complex.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 319 SWIMMING INWARD, FLOWING OUTWARD: INTRODUCTION TO POETRY

Poetry can be simple, maddening, inspired and inspiring, thunderous and soft, melancholy and raucous, intricate and still – in short, everything that we are. It is epic as Homer, seductive as a love sonnet; its forms are as various as human experience, its voice as personal as your own. Poetry is, at one and the same time, a mirror and a window, revealing to us our deepest selves and providing a way to see beyond ourselves. Introduction to Poetry offers an opportunity to explore words, life, and the relationships they can build.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 320 FICTION WRITING

Muriel Rukeyser once wrote, “The universe is made of stories, not atoms.” Fiction Writing centers on making our own universes through the creation of story and on the discovery of the universe within each of us, the stories of which we are made. Through discussion and revision of their own work as well as the reading of published pieces, class members find their own voices, hone their skills, and release the energy of their own creative ­expression.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 321 PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Intensive practice in a variety of approaches to professional writing tasks: memoranda, correspondence, proposals, and both brief and longer reports.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 323 WRITING ACADEMICALLY

This course is useful for all students wishing to improve and perfect their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Students will analyze passages to help them read more efficiently. They will learn the rules of grammar and punctuation in a meaningful way to allow them to write both correctly and effectively. This course will satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 327 PLAYS AND PLAYWRIGHTS: INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA

From Greece in 300BC to Broadway today, playwrights have taken on the daunting task of creating a slice of human drama that can be performed in (usually) three hours or less. We will read and watch a variety of plays to see how writers have created characters, wars, heavens, hells, pasts, and futures – and brought them to life on a tiny stage in front of a live audience. From classic to cutting edge, the themes of heroism, pride, sex, love, war, and the range of human experience are brought to life in every scene.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 342 Sports writing

Using the sports programs at Nichols as well as issues and events in the larger sports world, students will develop the writing skills of bona fide sports writers. The course will involve reporting on actual sports events, writing feature stories about athletes and their sports, and composing columns that combine good research with thoughtful opinion. Along the way, students will learn planning and interviewing skills and reinforce the foundations taught in their first-year writing courses.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 345 non-fiction writing

This is a writing workshop course in which students will explore their own experiences and ideas while learning how to effectively share those ideas with readers. The course will focus on writing experiences including autobiography, profiles of others, creative literary non-fiction, and pieces that relate to world events and the society and culture around us. In addition to extensive writing, students will read model essays.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 346 JOURNALISM

Designed for students interested in journalism and those who want to improve their written communication skills. Intensive hands-on work in various aspects of news writing combined with analysis of the influence of media’s role in the world.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 411 MAJOR AUTHORS IN LITERATURE

This course will be the focused study of a single author or pair of authors. Each semester will have its own focus. The course will ask students to take an in-depth look at an author’s work, their world, their biography, and the critical reception of their work.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 470 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH

This course is offered on an occasional basis and addresses topics and themes of special interest not covered in the standard course offerings in English.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 412 READING ACQUISITION IN CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE

This course will study theories and reading acquisition, along with strategies to develop effective pedagogy in middle and high school reading classes. It will be based on a survey of current research. It will focus on how to determine appropriate reading levels for disparate students and how to develop life-long readers.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

ENGL 481 SENIOR THESIS

Students complete this course in conjunction with any literature professor. The course will be run similar to an independent study, in that students work one-on-one with a professor of their choice. By exploring an area of interest, researching their topic of literature, and reading multiple texts, students compose a paper of significant length to cap off their English major experience. Senior Standing only.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     1 Hour, 1 Semester

ENGL 490 INTERNSHIP IN ENGLISH

Students will complete an internship in order to explore opportunities in publishing, journalism, marketing, communications, education, and a variety of other fields which welcome English majors’ skills.

Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ENGL 212     3 Hours, 1 Semester

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The policies and procedures contained in the 2017-2018 Nichols College Catalog will remain in effect until June 30, 2018. Nichols College reserves the right to change at any time the rules governing admission, tuition, fees, courses, the granting of degrees, or any other regulations affecting the campus community. Such changes are to take effect whenever College officials deem necessary and will be communicated via written notice whenever possible or other means as appropriate.

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Catalog of Nichols College
July 2016
Volume XLVIII