English Course Descriptions

You may be placed in one of the following University Core requirement English courses first semester.   

English 101 Writing: 

Together with "Reasoning," this course helps students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis and writing.  Students will learn a variety of approaches to writing, sharpen critical reading and information literacy skills, and produce formal and informal texts that ethically and persuasively appeal to a range of audiences for distinct purposes.  One central expectation shared with "Reasoning" is that students will produce an extended argumentative essay, and they may be asked to explore other assignments and topics common to both courses.

English 102 Intro to Literature:

Studies the major genres of literature (poetry, fiction and drama) and entails practice in effective critical writing based on close analysis of literary texts. This course serves as part of the University core curriculum and can be taken instead of English 105 or 106.

English 105 Themes in Literature: 

Introduces students to literary study through the exploration of a particular theme. This course examines the major genres of literature (poetry, fiction and drama), and entails practice in effective critical discussion and writing based on close analysis of literary texts. This course serves as part of the University core curriculum and can be taken instead of English 102 or 106.

English 106 Special Topics in Multicultural and World Literature:

This course introduces students to literature through works produced by different minority groups in America and/or by cultures throughout the world. This course examines the major genres of literature (poetry, fiction and drama), and entails practice in effective critical writing based on close analysis of literary texts. This course serves as part of the University core curriculum and can be taken instead of English 102 or 105.