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All courses offered by the English Department include composition. In courses providing a fourth conf/rec hour, the teacher will use the fourth hour for instructional purposes. The CUNY ASSESSMENT TEST IN WRITING and CUNY ASSESSMENT TEST IN READING are required before registering for an English course. A student may not register for ENG 111 unless he or she has passed both the CUNY Writing and the CUNY Reading Assessment Tests. A student who has completed the semester’s work but has failed the same noncredit course (e.g., ENG 1 or 2) twice, may choose not to take the same course a third time. The student may choose to report to the Department of English Office so that he or she may be placed in a rigorous tutorial program.

ENG 1 Developmental Writing I
4 rec 0 cr

Extensive writing practice in response to readings. Review and practice of basic principles of grammar and usage, with emphasis on sentence structure and various mechanical aspects of writing. Focus on writing problems such as sentence fragments, sentence misconstruction, lack of subject verb agreement, faulty use of pronouns, misspellings and inaccuracy in punctuation. Helps students write effective paragraphs and essays.

For students with a combined score of 47 or lower on CUNY Assessment test in Writing.

ENG 2 Developmental Writing II
4 rec 0 cr

Extensive writing practice in response to readings, with emphasis on paragraph development and unity. Students learn to develop paragraphs through styles such as narration, illustration, comparison-contrast, process, cause and effect and argumentation. Helps the student to write effective paragraphs/ essays in preparation for ENG 111. Includes review of grammar and usage.

Prerequisite: ENG 1, if required and for students with a combined score of 48-55 on the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing

ENG 9 Writers’ Workshop for ESL Students
4 rec 0 cr

Intensive review and practice of English. Development of increased proficiency in academic writing; paragraph and essay structure and grammar. In-depth reading program to enhance vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Prerequisite: ESL 3, or placement on the ENG 9 level. Successful completion of this course is equivalent to successful completion of ENG 1.

ENG 110 Fundamentals of Composition and Rhetoric
5 rec 1 conf/rec 3 cr

Fundamental principles of expository organization and grammar that emphasize essay development, unity and clarity, utilizing various rhetorical styles; selected readings. Approximately nine compositions required, including practice CATW and one research paper with MLA documentation using library resources. Students must pass the CATW and complete the ENG 111 final exam. Students who pass ENG 110 are permitted to enroll in ENG 112 or above. Students who do not pass the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing cannot pass the course.

Prerequisites: Passing score on CUNY Assessment Test in Reading AND combined score of 48-55 on CUNY Assessment Test in Writing, or with Chairperson’s permission.

Required Core - English Composition

Please Note: As of the end of spring semester, 2017, the CATW is no longer a part of ENG 110; students are no longer required to pass or even take the CATW exam in this class. The catalog description you see above is under revision to reflect this change in the course; please be aware that ENG 110 retains the same course hours and credits as before, and it continues to meet the same learning outcomes as ENG 111 and continues to be equivalent in course credits and core applicability to ENG 111.

ENG 111 Composition and Rhetoric I
3 rec 1 conf/rec 3 cr

Fundamental principles of organization and rhetoric; practice in expository writing; selected readings, mainly non-fiction; approximately eight papers required, including one research paper with MLA documentation using library resources.

Prerequisites: Passing scores on both the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing and the CUNY Assessment Test in Reading

Required Core - English Composition

ENG 112 Composition and Rhetoric II
3 rec 1 conf/rec 3 cr

Study and application of the principles of organization, rhetoric and literary analysis; expository writing and research based on thematically linked readings; development of critical thinking. Research paper with MLA documentation required.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Required Core - English Composition

ENG 113 Writing About Literature 3 rec 1 conf/rec 3 cr

General introduction to prose fiction, poetry and drama as well as the application of principles of organization, rhetoric, and literary analysis; expository writing and research based on literary texts; development of critical thinking. Research paper with MLA documentation is required. Recommended for all English majors.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or 111

Required Core – English Composition

ENG 114 Written Composition and Prose Fiction
3 rec 1 conf/rec 3 cr

Continued emphasis on the writing of clear, effective expository prose based on readings in short stories and novels. Research paper required.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Required Core - English Composition

ENG 115 Written Composition and Drama
3 rec 1 conf/rec 3 cr

Continued emphasis on the writing of clear, effective expository prose based on readings in world drama. Research paper required.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Required Core - English Composition

ENG 116 Written Composition and Poetry
3 rec 1 conf/rec 3 cr

Continued emphasis on the writing of clear, effective expository prose based on readings in poetry. Research paper required.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Required Core - English Composition

ENG 121 Introduction to Creative Writing
3 rec 3 cr

Introduction to the forms, techniques and approaches to writing in the creative genres, including fiction, poetry, drama and creative nonfiction. Readings, daily writing assignments and revision of written work are required. Students will produce a portfolio containing a series of creative writings in various genres, as well as one piece of critical writing with research.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Flexible Core - Creative Expression

ENG 122 Creative Nonfiction
3 rec 3 cr

Introduction to the art of creative nonfiction. Students will produce a portfolio of essays of various genres, including memoir, autobiography, narrative journalism, commentary, and interviews. Readings, regular writing assignments, and revision of written work are required.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

ENG 124 Great Writers of English Literature I
3 rec 3 cr

Surveys major authors’ works from the Middle Ages through the Restoration and the Eighteenth Century in England. The course will cover Chaucer, Shakespeare,
Milton, Swift, Pope and Behn among others. This survey course seeks to give the student a working understanding of the major authors of each period, of various genres of literature and of the important relationship between literature and history. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

ENG 125 Great Writers of English Literature II
3 rec 3 cr

Surveys the works of major English and Anglophone authors from the Romantic era to the present day. The course will include writers such as Blake, Wordsworth, the Brownings, Hopkins, Yeats, Joyce and Achebe among others. This course introduces students to the major authors and genres of each period and examines them in their historical/cultural context. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.
Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

ENG 133 Modern American Short Story
3 rec 3 cr

Traces the origin and development of the American short story, with special emphasis on current trends. The student will be expected to develop critical skill in reading and evaluating the short story. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

ENG 140 Folklore
3 rec 3 cr

Study of American folk literature including an examination of oral traditions such as folk speech, proverbs, folktales, folk songs and ballads. Elements of folk superstitions, dreams, games and folk life.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

ENG 141 History of the English Language
3 rec 3 cr

Focus is on description and history of the English language from Old English to World Englishes as evidenced in literary texts; language elements, writing systems, language families, grammars, dictionaries and geographical and social dialects.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

ENG 147 Latino Literature
3 rec 3 cr

Introduction to prominent writers from a range of Latino literary traditions. Representative literary works from Mexican-American, Dominican-American, Cuban-American, Puerto Rican and other Latino writers are read and analyzed. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Flexible Core - U.S. Experience in its Diversity

ENG 148 Afro-Caribbean Literature
3 rec 3 cr

Introduction to prominent writers from Africa and the Caribbean. Representative literary works are read and analyzed. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Flexible Core - World Cultures and Global Issues

ENG 149 Transnational Literature
3 rec 3 cr

Study of transnational/postcolonial literatures exploring themes of forced and/or voluntary migration, exile, and nation-building. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

ENG 150 U.S. Literature and Thought I
3 rec 3 cr

Major themes in U.S. literature, thought and history from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War. Selected authors may include Paine, Cooper, Irving, Poe, Thoreau, Emerson and Whitman. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Flexible Core - U.S. Experience in its Diversity

ENG 151 U.S. Literature and Thought II
3 rec 3 cr

Major themes in U.S. literature and thought from the end of the Civil War to the present. Selected authors may include Melville, James, Twain, Eliot, Hughes, Hemingway and Ellison. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Flexible Core - U.S. Experience in its Diversity

ENG 153 The Black Writer in American Literature
3 rec 3 cr

Literature by Black American authors; consideration of the nature of this literature–its characteristic forms, imagery, archetypes and styles. Readings include works of Dunbar, Hughes, Cullen, DuBois, Wright, Ellison, Jones and Baldwin, with emphasis on prose. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Flexible Core - U.S. Experience in its Diversity

ENG 154 Black Poetry
3 rec 3 cr

Poetry of all modes by Black American poets. Consideration of social environments producing this literature; study of techniques and subjects of various Black poets. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Flexible Core - U.S. Experience in its Diversity

ENG 155 Introduction to Literary Studies
3 rec 3 cr

Examination of modern critical approaches to literature, including close reading and critical analysis of selected prose fiction, drama and poetry. Texts are examined through a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives that represent modern critical inquiry into literature. This course includes continued training and practice in clear and effective critical writing and a research paper. Designed for all English majors and interested students.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

ENG 156 Children’s Literature
3 rec 3 cr

Discussions and lectures on history, development and critical evaluation of children’s literature (including works from other cultures in translation). Children’s literature will be considered through multiple critical approaches, including gender, cultural and psychological criticism. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Flexible Core - Individual and Society

ENG 157 Introduction to Women’s Literature
3 rec 3 cr

Introduction to prominent women writers from various backgrounds, genres and periods. Both primary literary works by women and theory about women’s literature are read and analyzed. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Flexible Core - Individual and Society

ENG 161 Shakespeare
3 rec 3 cr

Introduction to plays and poetry of Shakespeare. Representative tragedies, comedies, histories and poems are read and analyzed. Poetic and dramatic techniques and the Elizabethan theatre are studied. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisites: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Flexible Core - Creative Expression

ENG 165 Honors Elective: Independent Research
3 cr

To involve the intellectually aware, creative student in the in-depth analysis of some phase of English through independent research. Each student will work closely with the instructor, receiving guidance in research techniques, organizing bibliography in the specific area and preparing drafts of the honors paper.

Prerequisite: B or higher average in several previous English courses taken at BCC and the written approval of a full-time instructor in the English Department and the chairperson

ENG 172 The Bible as Literature
3 rec 3 cr

Study of the prime Biblical narratives as well as chief poetic and wisdom sections of both Old and New Testaments, including the Apocrypha. Biblical texts to be read in English. Students write short themes on both texts and their scholarly critiques on these texts.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

ENG 181 Asian American Literature
3 rec 3 cr

Study of Asian American literatures in their cultural, political, and historical contexts. The course will require critical essays, including a researched paper.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

ENG 223 Technical Writing
3 rec 3 cr

Study and practice of various types of writing in technical disciplines, including progress reports, technical proposals and documents such as memoranda and letters.

Prerequisite: ENG 110 or ENG 111

Note: ENG 223 does not count as an English Elective.

Other advanced courses will be added to this list as needed.
 

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