English Courses


ENG 014 Study Skills

A course designed to help students make the most of the college experience by introducing them to some of the ideas and skills that have been proved to work for successful students. Content can be adjusted to meet the needs of any group but covers such topics as time management, note taking, reading, test taking, memorizing, critical thinking, health, finances, and college resources available. Not intended for transfer or degree credit.

ENG 020 Reading Bridge

This is a weeklong course intended for students who place into ENG 080. The Reading Bridge is designed to assist in improving placement scores by focusing on test taking skills and targeted remediation in reading comprehension and vocabulary improvement. At the end of the bridge, students will retake the reading portion of the placement exam.

ENG 030 Writing Bridge

Accuplacer score of 239 and below in Reading. At this time, you can enroll in English 080, a reading course that is designed to prepare you for reading at the college level. Alternatively, you may wish to enroll in Reading Bridge I, a free, self-paced course that is offered in online, in-person, and hybrid formats. Reading Bridge I has been specially designed to help you improve your reading ability and prepare for the next step in your educational pathway. When you have completed Reading Bridge I, which includes Accuplacer practice questions, you will be able to retake the Accuplacer free of charge.

ENG 040 Reading & Writing Bridge

Accuplacer 240-244 in Reading. You are very close to demonstrating reading proficiency, which is a prerequisite for most college level classes. At this time, you may enroll in English 080, a reading course that is designed to prepare you for reading at the college level. Alternatively, you may wish to enroll in Reading Bridge II, a free, self-paced course that is offered in online, in-person, and hybrid formats. Reading Bridge II has been specially designed to help you improve your reading ability and prepare for the next step in your educational pathway. When you have completed Reading Bridge II, which includes Accuplacer practice questions, you will be able to retake the Accuplacer free of charge.

ENG 080 Reading Comprehension
Prerequisite: Appropriate reading placement score.

A course in reading comprehension, including such skills as recalling specific facts, making an inference, drawing a conclusion, isolating details, finding the main idea, making a judgment, understanding literary terms, and recognizing tone. The course also stresses vocabulary improvement and flexible reading rates. Not intended for transfer or degree credit.

ENG 085 Connecting Reading and Writing
Prerequisite: Appropriate reading and writing placement score.

A course is designed to integrate critical reading and writing skills to prepare students for success in Composition I. The focus of the course will be applying critical reading skills to organizing, analyzing, and retaining material and developing written work appropriate to the audience, purpose, situation, and length of the assignment. This class is reserved for students who have been placed into Reading Comprehension and Intro to Writing. This course is not intended for transfer or degree credit.

ENG 090 Introduction to Writing
Prerequisite: Appropriate English placement score

Introduction to Writing is a developmental writing course for students who need to improve their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills before attempting college composition. Students will practice applying standard edited English (basic grammar, usage, and punctuation), developing ideas, and refining paragraph structure, culminating in the production of multi-paragraph essays. Not intended for transfer or degree credit.

ENG 095 Composition Expansion
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score, plus no reading requirement.

Composition Expansion is a developmental writing course for students who are co-enrolled in English Composition I(ENG 101)and need to improve their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis is on supporting and extending the writing process for English Composition I writing, developing and refining paragraph structure, pushing toward deeper engagement with ideas, and providing support for non-cognitive concerns that may be impacting students' performance in English Composition I.

ENG 101 English Comp I
Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C or better in ENG 085 higher or appropriate placement scores into ENG 101, plus no reading requirement. 

English Composition I is designed to improve students critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Emphasis is on the writing process and practice of textual analysis to produce academic essays. Comp I also addresses the fundamentals of argument, research and documentation.

ENG 102 English Comp II
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114; minimum grade C

English Composition II is a second course in composition focused on in-depth critical thinking, reading, and writing. Students will write analytically, utilizing argumentation and research skills, while examining a wide range of literature.

ENG 104 Technical Writing
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114; minimum grade C

An introduction to the practical aspects of preparing various correspondences and technical reports. The emphasis is on clear, direct communication; the techniques of collecting, storing, and sorting business and scientific data; and presenting this information in formal and informal reports. The course also addresses communicating with prospective employers and preparing application letters and resumes. Other elements of communication used in business, science, and industry, including oral presentations, documents, illustrations, and electronic transmittal of documents are covered.

ENG 114 Honors English Comp I
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement scores into ENG*114

This course is an intensified composition course open only to students who exhibit a high degree of proficiency in English. Honors Comp I emphasizes academic literacy skills: critical reading, textual analysis, expository and analytical writing, research, selection and incorporation of textual support, accurate documentation, organizational techniques, and incisive classroom discussion. Conferences are provided for individualized instruction. Placement is initially based upon Accuplacer score of 110 and above and accompanied by a first day, in-class writing sample administered and assessed by Honors Comp faculty. At the faculty's discretion, a student who doesn't perform satisfactorily on the in-class writing may be recommended to withdraw from Honors English Composition I and be placed into English Comp I.

ENG 115 Honors English Comp II
Prerequisite: ENG 114, minimum grade B or ENG 101, minimum grade A and written recommendation from Comp I instructor

This course builds upon the emphasis in Honors Comp I on academic literacy with a more concentrated focus on research and inquiry, analytic and argumentative writing, evaluation and synthesis of sources, and creation of formally documented research essays. Conferences for individualized instruction are provided.

ENG 124 World Literature I

A survey of landmarks of world literature from the ancient world to the seventeenth century, emphasizing literature not from British or American authors. 

ENG 125 World Literature II

A survey of landmarks of world literature from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first century, emphasizing literature not from British or American authors. 

ENG 144 Fiction

This course will examine the short story as a literary form, concentrating on primarily American and British authors. An emphasis is placed on analysis and interpretation, as well as learning the social/political/historical contexts for individual stories.  

ENG 145 World Fiction

This course will examine the history and development of the short story as a literary form outside of the British and American literary tradition, as well as the social/political/historical contexts for individual stories. Research of the cultures from which the various stories originate will add a global awareness to the objectives of the study of literature.

ENG 146 Literature of Science Fiction
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114, minimum grade C

A study of the development of science fiction, especially in the 20th century, as a mature literary form. Students will read a broad cross-section of literature from the genre, and analyze the politcal, social, and historical significance of the works as well as the impact on science, media, and culture.

ENG 149 Classical Mythology

A study of the mythology of the Greeks and Romans primarily from a literary perspective, with an emphasis on reading the primary texts of Homer, Euripides, and others. 

ENG 210 Survey British Literature: Beginning-1784
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114, minimum grade C

A survey of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Age of Reason.

ENG 211 Survey British Literature: Romantic-Present
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114, minimum grade C

A survey of English literature from the romantic period to the present.

ENG 214 Women's Literature
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114, minimum grade C

This course will concentrate on the diverse tradition of writing by women over the centuries. Students will read women's literature in the conventional genres of fiction and nonfiction--stories, poems, novels, essays--as well as less conventional forms such as memoirs, letters, and journals. Readings will highlight the unique historical development, content, and style of women's literary heritage.

ENG 215 African American Literature
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114, minimum grade C

African American Literature is an introductory course designed to study literary writings produced by African Americans from the 1700s to the present. The course will follow a historical approach, surveying major works of literature produced by African Americans throughout the nation's history, often involving periods and movements most significant to African American history.

ENG 216 Latino/Latina Literature
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114,minimum grade C

This course is a survey of U.S. Latino and Latina literature from various genres and historical periods. Students will read and discuss essays, drama, novels, poetry, short stories and ideological discourse while also exploring historical motivators of the literature that have made cultural impacts on the Latina and Latino communities and American mainstream.

ENG 217 Introduction to Shakespeare
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114, minimum grade C

Introduction to Shakespeare will provide students with a survey of Shakespearian texts-dramas, histories, comedies, and romances. Cultural and historical contexts of the works will be considered and students will view and analyze adaptations of Shakespearian plays (on film or on state).

ENG 221 Survey American Literature: Beginnings -1865
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114, minimum grade C

A survey of American literature from its native roots to the Civil War.

ENG 222 Survey American Literature: 1865-Present
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114, minimum grade C

A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present.

ENG 241 Creative Writing
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114, minimum grade C

A course in imaginative writing involving student production of poems, stories, and plays.

ENG 242 Creative Writing: Literary Nonfiction
Prerequisite: ENG 101 or ENG 114; minimum grade C

This course will concentrate on students' reading of professional literary nonfiction and their own writing of literary nonfiction essays. 

ENG 270 I.S.-English
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

A specialized program of study directly related to the department's area of expertise. The course is arranged between a faculty member and student and takes into consideration the needs, interests and background of the student.

ENG 280 Special Topics-English
Prerequisite: None

Courses are offered to accommodate special interests of students and/or faculty. Typically, the course will cover new material not currently contained in the curriculum at ECC.