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MCC English Discipline

English Course Descriptions

MCC Campus(es) and Contacts:
MCC-Blue River: Rich Higgason 816.604.6530
MCC-Longview: Anne Dvorak 816.604.2529
MCC-Maple Woods: Michelle Potts 816.604.3335
MCC-Penn Valley: Ashley Meyer 816.604.4220

ENGL 80 - Foundations of College Writing I - 4.00 credits

Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score. Students will practice writing clear paragraph and multi-paragraph documents that utilize the conventions of written standard English and develop critical thinking skills by writing about reading. The course culminates in a required satisfactory-unsatisfactory exit portfolio.

ENGL 90 - Foundations of College Writing II - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 80 with a grade of S or appropriate placement test score. Students will practice writing thesis-support multi-paragraph documents that utilize the conventions of written standard English and develop critical thinking skills by writing about reading. The course culminates in a required satisfactory-unsatisfactory exit portfolio.

ENGL 101 - Composition & Reading I - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 90 with a grade of S, High School GPA of 2.5 or higher, or appropriate placement test score. Focus on instruction in the composing process that includes exploration of ideas through reading, methods of writing development, and use of writing conventions. Instruction takes students from reflective expression to critical analysis through writing. (MOTR ENGL 100)

ENGL 102 - Composition & Reading II - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 101. Students are asked to analyze and evaluate persuasive essays for the writer's use of logical thinking. Students will develop research skills for the purpose of creating documented essays that reflect critical thinking and logical argument. (MOTR ENGL 200)

ENGL 104 - News Writing and Reporting I - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 101. This course offers instruction and practice in writing and editing copy for college news publications. Students will contribute work for publication. The course also includes analysis and discussion of professional and college newspapers.

ENGL 105 - News Writing and Reporting II - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 104. Continued instruction and practice in writing and editing copy for college news publications. Students will contribute work for publication. Introduction to production skills.

ENGL 201 - Creative Writing I - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 101. Various types of imaginative writing such as fiction, poetry, play and/or scripts, creative non-fiction. (MOTR PERF 106)

ENGL 202 - Creative Writing II - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 201. Continuation and advanced study of the primary themes found in Creative Writing I, including various types of imaginative writing such as fiction, poetry, play and/or scripts, creative non-fiction. More in-depth analysis of the processes of manuscript preparation and submission.

ENGL 203 - Creative Writing III - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 202. Continuation and advanced study of the primary themes found in Creative Writing II, including various types of imaginative writing such as fiction, poetry, play and/or scripts, creative non-fiction. More in-depth analysis of the processes of manuscript preparation and submission, including the preparation of longer fiction, collections of poetry and specialized scripts.

ENGL 204 - Creative Writing IV - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 203. Continuation and advanced study of the primary themes found in Creative Writing III, including various types of imaginative writing such as fiction, poetry, play and/or scripts, and creative non-fiction. Practice in submitting works for publication, including fiction/longer fiction, poems and/or collections of poetry and specialized scripts.

ENGL 206 - News Writing and Reporting III - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 105. Instruction in advanced news writing and reporting; introduction to news editing. The focus of the course is on editing skills and newsroom leadership.

ENGL 207 - News Writing and Reporting IV - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 206. Instruction in advanced news writing and reporting; introduction to news editing. The focus of the course is on editing skills and newsroom leadership.

ENGL 214 - Introduction to Fiction - 3.00 credits

Reading, discussion, and analysis of short stories and novels. Interpretation, evaluation, and enjoyment of works within the two literary forms. (MOTR LITR 100F)

ENGL 215 - Technical Writing - 3.00 credits

Prerequisite: ENGL 101. Prepares students to compose written products appropriate to contexts requiring technical communication and documentation.

ENGL 218 - Introduction to Literature - 3.00 credits

Reading, discussion, and analysis of short stories, plays, and poems. Interpretation, evaluation, and enjoyment of these forms. (MOTR LITR 100)

ENGL 220 - British Literature to 1750 - 3.00 credits

Survey of British literature from the early Middle Ages to the middle of the 18th century. (MOTR LITR 102A)

ENGL 222 - American Literature to 1860 - 3.00 credits

Survey of American literary works to the Civil War. (MOTR LITR 101A)

ENGL 223 - American Literature 1860-Present - 3.00 credits

Survey of American literary works from the Civil War to the present. (MOTR LITR 101B)

ENGL 234 - Film as Literature - 3.00 credits

Viewing, discussion, and analysis of films. Interpretation, evaluation, and enjoyment of works within this literary form.

ENGL 240 - Mythology - 3.00 credits

The origins, purposes, and meanings of myth in past and present human experiences as seen through mythological stories and characters. (MOTR LITR 201).

ENGL 255 - World Literature II - 3.00 credits

May be taken without ENGL 254. Representative works of the later Renaissance, the Neoclassical period, the Romantic period, Realism, Naturalism, and the contemporary period and their significance to the 21st century reader. (MOTR LITR 200M)

ENGL 260 - African-American Literature - 3.00 credits

Survey of African-American literature from various genres and historical periods. Students will examine the artistic responses of male and female writers to the social, political, and cultural forces that help shape the African-American experience. (MOTR LITR 105AA)

ENGL 268 - Women's Literature - 3.00 credits

Women's Literature focuses on the ideas, experiences, and imagination of women through discussion and analysis of various literary genres written by women. The course will explore the historical, political, and social contexts in which women live and write. (MOTR LITR 106)

ENGL 270A - Special Topics - 1.00 credits

Selected topics of current interest. Available to individual students or to small groups through arrangement with an instructor.

ENGL 270C - Special Topics - 3.00 credits

Selected topics of current interest. Through arrangement with an instructor, students or small groups of students can develop and conduct an independent research study of a special topic.