Course Topics

ENG 185 Grammar Cops and Criminals
Are you a "grammar criminal"? Do you sometimes use "improper" English because you grew up with a different way of writing or speaking? Or do you sometimes violate grammar, style, or speaking rules on purpose because you prefer the effect of a different choice? If so, you might find yourself busted by a "grammar cop" (or "language cop" or "style cop"). Sometimes, these protectors of the English language get angry when new words are added to the dictionary, or they consider a person unintelligent for speaking with an accent. Sometimes they use language to include, exclude, rank and sort others into groups. Why is this? Why do some people find it important to protect standard English, and why do others choose to rebel against it? In this course, we'll examine these questions while experimenting with standard and non-standard types of written and spoken English. In discussions, presentations, and writings, students will consider the advantages and disadvantages of choosing a "life of crime" when using the English language.

English 210 Effective Writing
A writing course for students in all disciplines. The course includes practice and instruction in writing for a variety of audiences, emphasizing revising and responding to others' writing. Students discuss well-crafted prose essays that include effective argument and clear language and organization.

English 211 Writing for Media
A comprehensive course in news writing, reporting, and writing for media. Focus on the issues and skills central to journalism and professional writing for various media. Readings and examples from newspapers, on-line and print magazines, and electronic journalism.

English 239 Teaching Writing: Theory and Practice
This course introduces students to the composition theory that underpins effective writing instruction. Its objective is to help students understand how theories of composition, rhetoric and pedagogy inform contemporary practices in writing instruction on such topics as argument, structure, style, and grammar. The course also examines ways to work with writers who differ in ability, maturity, preparation, and language acquisition. In addition to reading composition theory and pedagogy, students will write a reflective journal.

English 314 Rhetoric: History, Theory, and Practice
A study of the origin and development of rhetoric. Readings in rhetorical theory and case studies of oral and written rhetorical discourse with an emphasis on written composition. Extensive analytical and persuasive writing.