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English

ENGL 0890 -- Preparing for College Writing,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
English 0890 is the beginning developmental writing course. Entry into the course is based on the student's score on the English Placement Test. Its purpose is to introduce all of the skills and habits necessary for success in English 0950 and, eventually, English 1121: College Writing and Critical Reading. Begins to prepare students for college writing. The course provides opportunities to develop confidence, competence, and fluency through practice in writing processes. It also introduces sentence and punctuation strategies, paragraph structure, and essay development.


ENGL 0950 -- Elements of College Writing,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: English 0890 with a grade of C or better or achievement of recommended score on English placement test

English 0950 is the intermediate developmental writing course. Entry into the course is based on completion of ENGL 0890 with a C or better or on the students' score on the English placement test. Its purpose is to continue to support all of the skills and habits necessary for success in English 1121: College Writing and Critical Reading. Offers students intensive work with writing, revising and editing essays. Attention will be given to rhetorical elements of purpose, audience, thesis, evidence, and tone. Students will read and analyze their own and other's writing.


ENGL 1102 -- College Vocabulary,   1 credit Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Teaches students to confidently employ commonly-used words with which the English-speaking world conducts its affairs. Expands the students' functional vocabulary range to meet college-level standards for effective reading comprehension and written composition. Course content is organized around various methods of learning vocabulary.


ENGL 1104 -- Technical Writing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 1 and 2)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: English 0950 with a grade of C or better or achievement of recommended score on English placement test

Provides instruction in the rhetorical principles and strategies of technical writing. The course will emphasize reports and manuals, which may include progress and process reports, feasibility studies, instructions, procedures, and/or mechanism descriptions.


ENGL 1121 -- College Writing and Critical Reading,   4 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal 1 and 2)

Prerequisites: ENGL 0950 or ELL 0850 with a grade of C or better or achievement of recommended score on the English placement test

Provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking. Course content includes the writing process, essential composition skills, and critical reasoning in various rhetorical situations. The course requires effectively reasoned and supported essays including an argumentative research paper.


ENGL 1189 -- Topics:,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
This course has been developed as a potential permanent course. The course must follow all the same policies and procedures related to curriculum outlined by the college. It does not duplicate existing course offerings. Refer to course notes for specific course description.


ENGL 2202 -- Introduction to the Study of Literature,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Students will study at least one example of each of the major forms/genres of literature: fiction, poetry, plays, and creative non-fiction. In addition to critical reading and discussion, the elements of literature, and analysis, interpretation, and evaluation, the course will introduce students to major approaches to literary criticism and to literature research resources. The course will also deal with the issues of diversity and may be organized around a particular topic.


ENGL 2203 -- The Novel,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Students will study a diverse selection of novels to gain an awareness of their scope and variety. Characters, setting, plot, theme, and other elements will be discussed in order to analyze, interpret, and evaluate their significance. The course will also deal with issues of diversity and may be organized around a particular topic.


ENGL 2204 -- Short Stories,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Students will read selected short stories to explore the scope and variety of this form of literature. Point of view, characterization, language, and other elements will be emphasized; students will analyze, interpret, and evaluate the stories. The course will also deal with issues of diversity and may be organized around a particular topic.


ENGL 2207 -- Drama,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Students will read a variety of plays to examine a form of literature that can be read or experienced in a theater. Character, dialogue, setting, theme, and other elements will be examined in order to analyze, interpret, and evaluate the dramas. Students may be asked to attend one or more live performances. The course may be organized around a particular topic or theme. Additional fees may apply for attending off-campus plays (fee varies by theater and performance).


ENGL 2208 -- Poetry,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Introduces students to poetry as a form of literature. Figurative language, imagery, allusion, musical devices, pattern, sound, and other poetic elements will be discussed in order to examine and more fully understand the content and meaning of a wide range of poetic expression. The course will also deal with issues of diversity and may be organized around a particular topic.


ENGL 2209 -- Children's Literature,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Introduces students to the range of literature for children, to critical and affective responses to it, and to criteria for selecting such literature. The course addresses interests of college students, educators, and parents.


ENGL 2210 -- Global Literature,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 8)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Introduces students to selected literature from nations around the world, outside of the United States and Britain. Focus will be on critical reading and discussion, the elements of literature, and analysis, interpretation, and evaluation. Students will gain understanding of literary forms such as the novel, drama, poetry, and essay in different cultural contexts. Topics for discussion may include the cross-cultural comparisons of forms, colonial and postcolonial experiences, and the effects of globalization. The course may have a theme.


ENGL 2215 -- Special Topics in Literature,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: ENGL 1121

This course will explore a specialized theme or field in literature, such as Minnesota Writers, Gothic Literature, Best Sellers, etc. The specific focus will be announced in the Class Schedule, and the course may be repeated under a different focus. Readings will include at least three of the five major genres of literature - novels, short stories, poems, plays, creative nonfiction - and emphasis will be on critical reading and discussion, the elements of literature, and analysis, interpretation, and evaluation.


ENGL 2220 -- British Literature to 1800,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Introduces major British authors from the early 8th century through the 18th century. Readings and discussions will focus on the cultural and historical significance of the literature. Students will analyze, interpret, and evaluate the literary works.


ENGL 2225 -- British Literature Since 1800,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Introduces major British authors from the 19th century to today. Readings and discussions will focus on the cultural and historical significance of the literature. Students will analyze, interpret, and evaluate the literary works.


ENGL 2230 -- American Literature to 1865,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Focus on American literature from its beginnings (c.a. 1600) to approximately 1865. Readings may include autobiographies, journals, sermons, and essays, as well as poetry and fiction. Students will gain a sense of the historical and cultural significance of the literature and will analyze, interpret, and evaluate the literary works.


ENGL 2235 -- American Literature Since 1865,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 6 and 7)

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: Successful completion of ENGL 1121

Focus on American literature from approximately 1865 to the present. Readings will include short fiction and poetry, but may also include novels, plays, essays, and other creative non-fiction. Students will gain a sense of the historical and cultural significance of the literature and will analyze, interpret, and evaluate the literary works.


ENGL 2241 -- Introduction to Creative Writing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 1 & 6)

Prerequisite: ENGL 1121 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: A student who has not met the necessary prerequisites for the course, but strongly possesses the abilities necessary to complete the course successfully, should contact the instructor directly.

Creative writing is a unique combination of creativity and discipline. This course provides students an opportunity to exercise the imagination through writing fiction and poetry. Guided by instruction in contemporary aesthetics and in-class exercises, students will develop their own writing and revising practices. Students will also engage in the creative and analytical process of reading as writers, responding to both published and student texts in writing and in class discussion.


ENGL 2251 -- Introduction to Creative Writing for Stage and Screen,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 1 and 6)

Prerequisites: ENGL 1121 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: A student who has not met the necessary prerequisites for the course, but strongly possesses the abilities necessary to complete the course successfully, should contact the instructor directly.

Creative writing is a unique combination of creativity and discipline. This course provides students an opportunity to exercise the imagination through writing scripts for the stage and screen. Guided by instruction in contemporary aesthetics and in-class exercises, students will develop their own writing and revising practices. Students will also engage in the creative and analytical process of reading as writers, responding to both published and student texts in writing and in class discussion.


ENGL 2261 -- Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction Writing,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(Meets MnTC Goal 1 and 6)

Prerequisite: ENGL 1121 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: A student who has not met the necessary prerequisites for the course, but strongly possesses the abilities necessary to complete the course successfully, should contact the instructor directly.

In this course, students will study the art of creative nonfiction writing, focusing on various subgenres, such as literary memoir, personal essay, lyric essay, literary reportage, nonfiction short, and blended forms. Students will engage in the creative and analytical process of reading as writers, responding to both student and published texts in writing and in class discussion. Guided by instruction in contemporary aesthetics, students will develop their own writing and revising practices.


ENGL 2271 -- Introduction to Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
(MnTC Goal Areas 1 and 6)

Prerequisite: Engl 1121 with a grade of C or better

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: A student who has not met the necessary prerequisites for the course, but strongly possesses the abilities necessary to complete the course successfully, should contact the instructor directly.

Writing for children has never been better--in terms of the quality of literature and the dynamic market. In this course, students will write imaginatively in all three of the sub-genres: young adult, middle grade, and picture books (text only). Students will focus on learning contemporary aesthetics, reading like writers, and improving writing through exercises, drafting, and revision.


ENGL 2281 -- A Writer's Life: Publishing, Proposals, and Grants,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: ENGL 1121 with a grade of C or better

This course provides an opportunity for student writers to learn about the practices of book and magazine publication and promotion from working writers and publishers. Writing assignments may include résumés, book reviews, author interviews, writer profiles, artist statements, websites, book proposals, and grant applications.


ENGL 2291 -- Manuscript Development,   3 credits Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor

Recommended Skills, Abilities, or Coursework: English 2241, 2251, 2261, and 2271 with a grade of C or better. The ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

This course offers students the opportunity to create a polished literary manuscript in poetry, fiction, play/screenwriting, or creative nonfiction ready for publication or a professional or academic portfolio.


ENGL 2299 -- Independent Study,   Search Current Course Schedule
Common Course Outline
Independent Study allows a student to earn credit while participating in a supervised learning experience in a community-based or work setting. Students must have successfully completed two courses in the discipline in which they want to undertake independent study. Forms are available in the Educational Services Office. All arrangements must be made prior to registration for the semester in which the project is scheduled and must be approved by the appropriate Dean of Educational Services. In addition, a project outline must be approved by the instructor who will supervise the student's work.


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