Course Descriptions - Writing and English

Required Supportive Core Courses

GEN2400 Social Inquiry
4 semester hours
Students will examine human behavior to gain an understanding of factors that affect and influence individual, group, and community thoughts and actions. Students will develop an awareness of the effects of psychological, social, cultural and spiritual variables in both the national and international society and in student development and life.
No prerequisites.

SUS2400 Literature and the Environment
3 semester hours
This course examines the relationship between literature and the environment by addressing both stylistic and cultural concerns. In doing so, the course will examine the conventions of three major genres: poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Throughout the course, students will gain experience writing both about and in each of these literary genres in order to gain greater understanding of the relationship between literature and the environment.
No prerequisites.

SUS4100 Grant Writing and Fundraising
3 semester hours
This course prepares students for writing grants and participating in fundraising activities. The course will utilize experiential methods and real world examples in teaching the skills necessary to maximize successful outcomes in the grant writing process. Additionally, the course will teach fundamental components of the fundraising process through a combination of experiential learning and research instruction, as students participate in activities such as: designing newsletters or organizing and presenting in public forums.
Prerequisite: Majors only.

Core Courses

COM3140 Journalism: News Reporting and Writing
3 semester hours
This course introduces the foundations of journalism and covers the craft’s two main components: reporting and writing the news. Students will learn interviewing and news-gathering techniques and practice writing news, features and opinion for print, broadcast, and online media. How journalism functions in a democratic society as well as ethical and legal issues in journalism also will be covered. Student writing will be critiqued by professional journalists.
Prerequisite: COM1500, COM1800 or GEN1500.

COM3250 Digital Design for Print and Web
3 semester hours
An introduction to the practice and principles of graphic design for print and electronic media. This lab-based course covers the basics of typography and layout, as well as the technologies and techniques of interactive media production. Students will use modern digital imaging and publication software to create effective informational and promotional materials.
Prerequisite: COM1500, COM1800 or GEN1500.

COM3520 Global Communication
3 semester hours
The course examines the major issues in global communication through the analyses of international news and information flows, media imports/exports, privatization, and globalization within communications industries, and the various models of global communication systems. Students will evaluate the social and economic impacts of information and communication technologies, the shifting relationships between developed and developing countries, and the socio-economic trends associated with globalization of communication industries, and explore concepts such as nationalism, regionalism, globalization and cultural identity.
Prerequisite: COM1500, COM1800 or GEN1500.

ENG2260 Critical Approaches to Literature
4 semester hours
This course provides preparation in the methods and materials of literary study. While the course devotes some attention to introducing or reviewing basic analytic vocabulary, it emphasizes the application of different critical and theoretical approaches to the interpretation of primary literary texts. Along with the selected literary works, assigned readings will include a variety of scholarly secondary texts.
Prerequisite: GEN1500.

ENG3350 American Literature: 1865-1945
4 semester hours
This course examines the development of American literature from the end of the Civil War through the end of World War II. The course will pay particular attention to understanding literature within historical, social, political and psychological contexts. Fiction and poetry will be the central elements of the course, though drama, essays and memoir may be included. Students will also interact with literary criticism related to the primary texts studied. The significant literary movements, or modes, of realism, naturalism, and modernism will provide a framework for the course
Prerequisite: GEN1500.
Meets General Education "Arts, Literature, and Inquiry" requirement.

ENG3420 British Literature: Renaissance to the Romantics
4 semester hours
The course continues the survey of British literature through the study of poetry, drama, and some of the nonfictional prose written in England between the height of the Renaissance through the 17th and 18th centuries to arrive at the beginnings of the Romantic period. Authors studied may include Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton, the Metaphysical poets, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, and Blake. The course will also explore critical approaches to literature, particularly those that emphasize the reacting of literary texts within historical and cultural contexts.
Prerequisite: GEN1500.
Meets General Education "Arts, Literature, and Inquiry" requirement.

ENG3500 Contemporary World Literature
4 semester hours
Studies literature since WWII, with special emphasis on the postcolonial and postmodern strands in the imaginative writing of the last half-century. The course will also explore a range of critical approaches to this work and to its relationship with the various contexts that shape the way we read it.
Prerequisite: GEN1500.

WAE2100 Introduction to Writing and English
4 semester hours
This course will assist students in better understanding literature from multiple genres, producing creative writing, producing business writing, and developing digital rhetoric. Students will create a portfolio of original creative, professional and scholarly work to reflect their knowledge over the semester.
Prerequisite: GEN1500.

WAE3100 Poetry Workshop
4 semester hours
In this workshop focused on the writing of poetry in various forms, students will study multiple pieces of canonical poetry in conjunction with small press and contemporary poetry. The intent of this course is to expose students to multiple poetic forms and to develop student writers who can create poetry that articulately advocates their ideas.
Prerequisite: WAE2100 or concurrent enrollment.

WAE3200 Digital Rhetoric and Society
4 semester hours
This course explores rhetorical, socio-cultural, political and ethical questions in writing for digital mediums. Students will seek models to understand digital spaces as deeply rhetorical spaces, and produce working examples of digital rhetoric.
Prerequisite: WAE2100 or concurrent enrollment.

WAE3300 Prose Workshop
4 semester hours
This course is a workshop focused on the writing of short prose using modern and contemporary short stories and pieces of creative non-fiction as models and inspiration. The intent of this course is to expose students to writing in a wide range of prose forms through which they might act creatively as articulate advocates.
Prerequisite: WAE2100.

WAE4100 Drama Literature and Production
4 semester hours
This course explores the art of dramatic writing and examines representative world theatre texts, along with their cultural and historic contexts. Organized around genre forms, students analyze the form and its context, do playwriting exercises in the form, study the masters of the form, and produce one performance for the GWC community.
Prerequisites: ENG2260, WAE2100.

WAE4200 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
4 semester hours
This course is devoted to the production of creative writing based on a process of revision, the processes of seeking publication, and the presentation of public art through readings. This course will assist students in selecting creative pieces for publications or portfolios. This course will be taught in conjunction with the Magazine Production course.
Prerequisites: WAE2100, WAE3100, WAE3300, ENG2260.

WAE4300 Magazine Production
4 semester hours
This course will consist of hands-on experience in literary magazine production. Students will learn strategies for screening and selecting creative prose, poems and reviews. Additionally students will be granted an understanding of the role of the small press in national literary culture. The culmination of the course will be a student produced creative arts journal.
Prerequisites: COM3250, COM3700, WAE4200.

WAE4400 Professional Writing for the Articulate Advocate
4 semester hours
This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop professional writing skills in order that they might apply those skills in multiple venues. Students will practice the art of articulate advocacy in multiple professional modes, including public relations, business writing, research and media.
Prerequisites: WAE2100, WAE4200.

WAE4790 Internship
4 semester hours
Writing and English majors may find internships in advertising, public relations, public service, journalism and arts institutions, as well as governmental agencies. As interns, students will hone their skills, establish contacts outside the college, and gather valuable career experience and information. The student will produce a final paper reflecting on the coursework and its specific applicability within the internship.
Prerequisites: Majors only. Consent of program chair; WAE2100, ENG2260, WAE4200.

WAE4990 Directed Thesis
4 semester hours
The directed thesis option will help prepare students for graduate work in many fields. With the assistance of an advisor, students selecting this option will engage in an extended study that will result in the production of a seminar paper. This seminar paper should reflect upon this single subject while simultaneously demonstrating a cumulative knowledge in creative writing, literary analysis, and/or pedagogical approaches in the English field.
Prerequisites: WAE2100, ENG2260, WAE4200.

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