Fall 2018 Course Descriptions for
English

ENG 140 Composition: Writing About Selected Topics
Develops students' ability to write college-level essays by practicing strategies of argumentation and by refining skills of invention, revision, and critical thinking. Leads to writing essays characterized by unity, order, coherence, completeness, clarity, and mechanical correctness. In order to satisfy the College's general education requirement for writing (W), students must receive a grade of C or better in the course. Section topics are designated by individual instructors. This course (or an equivalent) must be taken during the first semester at Rollins. Formerly ENG 101. Does not count as elective credit in the English Major or Minor or the Writing Minor.

ENG 167 Introduction to Creative Writing
Requires writing in a variety of genres including fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Emphasizes peer evaluation, thus requiring that students learn to evaluate the writing of others, as well as their own writing. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 190 Texts and Contexts
This is a theme-based course introducing students to the practice of literary analysis and writing. Focusing on skills in close reading using literary and critical terminology on multiple genres. Suitable for non-majors and potential English majors.

ENG 206 Grammar Bootcamp
Covers basic English grammar as well as more advanced grammar to prepare students for advanced writing courses. Topics include parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, diction, and cohesion. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 209 Introduction to Professional Writing
Offers a foundation in professional writing theory and practice. Using a rhetorical approach, analyzes situations, texts, and audiences to understand and produce effective documents. Appropriate for non-majors. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 225 Practices of Effective Writing
Helps students refine writing skills by developing sound rhetorical practices and editing strategies.  In order to earn credit for this course, students must receive a grade of “C” or higher. Note: A mandatory pre-course assessment will be required. The results of this assessment may exempt some students from the need to complete the course.  Students who do not take the assessment will be required to complete the course. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 229 Selected Studies in American Literature
Studies forms, traditions, themes, and genres, varying from year to year.

ENG 234 Selected Studies in Literary Themes
Focuses on drama, poetry, fiction, and prose. Suitable for nonmajors. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 245 Selected Studies in Popular Culture
Topics vary. May focus on theories, historical periods, themes, and/or genres that reflect and are representative of popular culture. Suitable for nonmajors. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 267 Topics/Techniques in Writing
The topics version of this course offers an introduction to a very specific genre of writing (fiction, autobiography, humor writing, etc.), giving close attention to the defining characteristics of the genre and offering a sequence of short reading and writing assignments designed to develop facility in producing the genre. The techniques version of this course offers a close study of a specific literary technique (point of view, character/dialogue, narrative design, voice), and requires practicing the technique in short, focused writing assignments with emphasis on both literary and technical excellence. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or consent.

ENG 277 Studies: Professional Writing
How do we give voice to private and public concerns in shaping the places we live? How do we become active members influencing decisions in our various communities (political, environmental, religious, social, or intellectual)? This course in the genre of civic writing lets students develop selected forms (letters to the editor, fact-finding summaries, field studies, proposals, documentaries, and other persuasive public project pieces that organizations use to develop cases and gain support), write for a not-for-profit organization, and practice service learning. Formerly ENG 295. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 300B Expository Writing: Informal Essay
This course offers students writing practice in the informal essay, a form of writing characterized by self-reflection, individual tastes and experiences, open form, and conversational manner. Early practitioners include E.B. White, Joan Didion, and John McPhee. Students will study the primary qualities demonstrated by these and other masters of the informal essay:narrative techniques, flexible structure and design, unity and order, rhetorical intent, and tone. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 300H Expository Writing: Persuasive Writing
This is a course in writing formal and informal arguments. In addition to reading, analyzing, and writing various types of arguments, students discuss theories of argumentation and argumentative strategies, study logical structure and effective use of evidence in arguments; consider the role of audience and rhetorical appeals to persuade an audience. Essay assignments ask students to practice using definition, casual, resemblance, proposal, and evaluation arguments. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 310 Globetrotters
Studies literature in historical context of Anglo-Saxon and Middle English periods, from 600 to 1500, in England. Emphasis on the history of the language, the cultural diversity, and the oral-formulaic nature of the poetry. Primary focus: Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 321 Selected Studies in World Literature
Explores representative works of literatures other than British and American. Specific writers, works, and/or genres vary. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 328 Contemporary American Literature
Focuses on American literature in the last half of the twentieth century, from the end of World War II and the emergence of the Beats, through the tumultuous '60s and '70s, and into the fin de siecle. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 344 Literature and Cultural Studies
Specific topics vary. Possibilities include The Postmodern; Visual Culture; Media Mixtures; Interactive Literary Venues; or some combination thereof. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 367 Creative Writing Workshop
Alternates focus among various writing genres including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, children's literature. Requires strong, established creative writing skills and experience in writing workshops. Refer to the online Schedule of Courses for topics currently being offered. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 367D Creative Writing Workshop: Screenwriting
Through the reading of screenplays, watching of films, and multiple workshops, students write a full-length screenplay. Prerequisite: ENG 167.

ENG 374 Editing Essentials
A close study of syntax, i.e., how the various components of a sentence combine to create meaning and effect. Focuses on editing for correctness (grammar, usage, punctuation, mechanics) and on editing for precision (unity, order, coherence, emphasis, diction). Prerequisite: English Majors/Minors and Writing Minors. ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 380 Language Studies
Investigates the dynamics of language from historical, sociological, and rhetorical perspectives. Students will learn the best tools for understanding language and for editing their own work and that of others. Prerequisite: ENG Major/Minor or Writing Minor. ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 390 Major Author(s)
Focuses on the works of a single author (excluding Shakespeare) OR a group of closely connected authors. Assigned texts may include secondary sources as well as primary works. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.

ENG 455 Understanding Jane Austen
How did film and television become the way most of the world tells its stories, frames its narratives? Much of the answer stems from the origins of the English novel, when this new, brash upstart literary form began displacing older ways of telling stories in plays and poetry. This class will examine not only how the novel emerged from Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders and Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones to Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, but why it became such a powerful medium to carry our stories and how it prepared the way for our visual, digital universe.

ENG 459 The Writer's Portfolio
Examines issues for students serious about keeping writing in their lives. Assists students in defining themselves as writers, framing their work for the public, and balancing the desire for voice with the need for professionalism. May also introduce an editing process for correctness (grammar, punctuation), precision (unity, coherence, emphasis), and style (syntax, voice, tone). Required for the minor in writing. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or equivalent.  JR Status.