English Course Descriptions

ENG 103 Writing for Effective Communication

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Analysis and application of the principles of effective writing. Skill development in the performance of various writing tasks. Research techniques also implemented. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

ENG 105 Creative Writing

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Introduction to creative writing: various exercises in prose fiction, non- fiction, poetry and playwriting; opportunity to develop skill in gothic style, fantasy and humor. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or written permission of the chair. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 107 Fiction Writing

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A course in advanced writing designed to give students an opportunity to develop skill in the writing of the short story. Students will also be expected to read work in progress and criticize each other’s writing in class. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 108 Journalism

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Designed to introduce students to the principles of journalistic writing, the basic elements and issues of news stories and the expository and investigative techniques essential for successful communication in the mode. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 109 Analytical Writing

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Emphasis on increasing student skill in the use of logical progression, clarity, analysis and illustration in writing. Attention to grammar, sentence and paragraph structures, punctuation and usage as backdrop to effective exposition, argumentation and editing of written material. Prerequisite: ENG 103 or equivalent. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring and fall.

ENG 110 Communication for Professionals

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is designed to provide students with communication theories and proficiencies needed in professional organizations. Students will study the structural principles of this type of communication and its specialized writing techniques and formats, strengthen critical and editing skills, polish grammar and vocabulary, examine verbal and non-verbal communication modes, develop expertise in speaking and listening effectively. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring and fall.

ENG 111 The Language of Film

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of what is probably the most current and most popular form of communication. Film lectures will center on the history and development of film as an art form; class sessions will also include the viewing of selected short and feature films as well as discussion and written evaluation. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG/CLA 112 Classical Literature

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the human experience as reflected in the classic texts of East and West. Contributors to this study and to the foundations of culture are the authors of the Bhagavid Gita, Gilgamesh and other eastern luminaries as well as Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Virgil. This course may be credited to classics or English. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 113 Introduction to Drama

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Reading and discussion of plays representative of the richness in varying cultures and periods of world drama designed to ask and answer the question: What is the underlying, basic notion of the dramatic form? 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

ENG 114 Introduction to Poetry

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of selected poems that embodies the varieties of cultural experience. Poetic techniques will be examined in the work of diverse voices such as Rios, Lord, Giovanni, Angelou and Brooks. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

ENG 115 The Short Story

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Definition, characteristics, developmental history and stylistic trends of the short story as a literary form in different cultural traditions. Reading and interpretation of representative modern short stories both in English and in translation. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

ENG 119 A Rainbow of Voices

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course explores the ethnic richness that characterizes American literary history. Emphasis is placed on African-American, Native-American and Asian-American literature, as well as on the Chicano and Puerto-Rican contributions to this complex and yet closely woven tapestry. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 125 An Introduction to Magazine Writing

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Students will follow a format similar to that of ENG 108 (Journalism) and must be familiar with the rules of journalism. This course, however, will focus on analyzing, writing and rewriting longer-length, non-fiction articles; it is not a course in creative writing. As such, it will give students interested in pursuing careers as writers another outlet to test and improve their skills. They will read and analyze articles that appear in mainstream consumer and trade publications, receiving feedback from professional freelance writers for newspapers and magazines. Included are tips for breaking into the field of freelance writing as well as the different types of rights pertinent to authors and publishers. Students will also learn to write query letters formally proposing article ideas (with focus) and source lists and they will conduct interviews. Course may not be used for the core curriculum. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

ENG 199 Supervised Internship

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Designed to give professional experience in a business organization whose activities require the communication and research skills developed by English majors. The student is expected to work 100 hours with or without remuneration during the internship, keep a log and submit a paper applying the skills developed in various English courses to the internship assignment. A member of the English faculty will supervise the internship and will receive and consider the evaluations made by a representative of the business in assessing student performance. 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 211 Studies in Film

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course is a more advanced and focused study of the narrative, dramatic and poetic practices of cinema, within one of four revolving subject/topic areas: film genre; film authorship; film and society and film form. Precise issues and methods vary, ranging from general and specific considerations of how a given subject area involves film theory, criticism and history to the subject area’s use in diverse analyses of selected national cinemas, periods, movements and filmmakers. Prerequisite: ENG 111. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 214   Film/Media Form:  Television Analysis

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus
If “video killed the radio star,” has cyberspace killed the television star? This course introduces students to critical approaches to the study of the dominant medium of the late twentieth century.  We’ll examine what makes television different from its “parents,” radio and film – and hopefully discover how the medium has changed in the age of YouTube and podcasting.  Our focus will be on how to critically analyze television narratives – whether they are fiction or nonfiction – to better understand how the medium communicates its complicated and contradictory messages.  The ads say, “buy the beer” and “buy the car,” but they also say, “don’t drink and drive”; only in the “flow” of American television can such messages roll together without much thought.  Our mission (“should we decide to accept it”) is to slow down the flow and see what’s behind the image. 

ENG 218 Medieval Literature

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An introduction to the literary heritage of the Western Middle Ages with special emphasis on the Spanish, French, Italian and Latin backgrounds of Middle English. Rescued from obscurity are such important texts as the "Owl and the Nightingale," the "Apocalypse of Golias" and the "Testament of Cresseid," while the student is also invited to browse in the gardens of medieval romance, epic and lyric. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

ENG 219 Literature of the English Renaissance

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Non-dramatic literature of the English Renaissance as exhibited in the more important works in verse and prose of such representative writers as More, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe and Shakespeare. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

ENG 221 17th Century Literature

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The prose and poetry of the 17th century with religious, political and social backgrounds: the Puritan, the Cavalier and the Metaphysical writers of the century, the Restoration and its literature. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 222 The Age of Johnson

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The prose and poetry of the 18th century with political and social backgrounds from the time of Pope through the days of Dr. Johnson; discussion of the beginnings of romanticism. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 233 Prose and Poetry of the English Romantic Movement

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the works, including poetry and prose of the six major Romantic poets: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley and Keats. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 234 Victorian Prose and Poetry

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of representative Victorian poets and prose writers, such as Tennyson, Browning, Mill, Arnold, Newman and Hopkins; current social and intellectual movements with relation to the literature of the period. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 241 The Rise and Development of the Novel

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

The novel: its roots and development from Greek literature to the 19th century. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 243 19th Century British Novel

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the major 19th century novelists from Jane Austen to George Eliot. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 245 Modern British Novel

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Beginning with Thomas Hardy, this course will explore the many and developing facets of the modern British novel. The novelists’ interest in experimental techniques of continental fiction will also be addressed. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 253 Modern Poetry

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Detailed analysis of Eliot, Frost, Yeats and Stevens with emphasis (shifting) on such poets as: Berryman, Brooks, Hughes, Larkin, Heaney, Moore, Sexton, Williams and others. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 256 The Bible as Literature

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the historical development of the Bible; literary analysis of selections from the Old Testament with emphasis on poetic and narrative elements. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 258 American Renaissance

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will include a study of the major fiction, non-fiction and poetry of American writers from 1820–1890, the period of romanticism, transcendentalism, nationalism, abolitionism and realism. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

ENG 259 Modern American Novel

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of the new fictional techniques and thematic concerns of the American novel beginning with Henry James and including such writers as Wharton, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dreiser, Lewis, Ellison, Wright, Momaday and Morrison. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 261 African-American Literature

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A study of the contributions of the African-American community to the literature of the United States. The course will include folktales, the lyrics of spirituals, gospel and jazz compositions, slave narratives, works from the Harlem Renaissance and works of major writers such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and Alice Walker. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

ENG 262 Resonant Voices

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will introduce students to a range of writers representing the more contemporaneous international literary scene. It is intended to expand and deepen their knowledge of figures and genres outside the traditional canons of American and British literature. Longer and more sophisticated works of such diverse authors as the following will be studied: Chinua Achebe, Jorge Luis Borges, Nadine Gordimer, Tato Laviera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, V.S. Naipaul, Wole Soyinka, Derec Walcott, Naguib Mahfouz (and others). Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 263 American Literature, 1890–1945

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will include a study of the major fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama of American writers from the period of realism, naturalism, industrialism, immigration, World War I, modernism, the jazz age, the Depression and World War II. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 264 American Literature Since 1945

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course will include a study of the major fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama of American writers from World War II to the contemporary era. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits.

ENG 303 Continental Masterworks

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

An examination of acclaimed masterpieces (in translation) from Western literary traditions other than the English. Selected from the following: Song of Roland, Dante’s Comedy and other works, Boccaccio’s Decameron, Erasmus’ Praise of Folly, Cervantes’ Don Quixote and Voltaire’s Candide. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 305 Chaucer

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

To know “the first of the greats” in himself, in his position as a love poet, in his relation to the social, cultural and religious milieu of the 14th century. Approaches to this vary but the emphasis is on the Chaucerian literary canon. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 320 Milton

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Reading and interpretation of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, together with Milton’s minor poems and selections from his prose. Class discussions and reports suggested by the study. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

ENG 332 Shakespeare

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Reading and interpretation of some of Shakespeare’s best-loved and most widely known works; study of the types of Shakespeare’s plays, structure and character development and major themes. Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

ENG 370 Selected Themes or Topics of Literary Interest

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

This course deals with literary issues, developments or problems not covered in depth in the regular course offerings. It enables students to take advantage of faculty expertise in diverse and mutually interesting areas. Recent offerings have showcased (or will highlight) such topics as "African-American Women Writers," "Out of Africa and India: Modern English Literature," "The Immigrant Voice in America," "The African-American Literary Consciousness," and “Thomas Malory and the Emergence of King Arthur in Medieval Literary Types.” Prerequisite: a 100-level literature course. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

ENG 400 Scholarly Writing About Literature

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

Introduction to the techniques of written textual analysis, including the role of literary theory in the production of scholarly writing. Required of English majors and concentrates by the end of their junior year. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Spring.

ENG 402-403 Advanced Survey of English Literature and Literary Criticism

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A capstone consideration of the literature of England from earliest Anglo-Saxon writing through the 20th century. Historical, philosophic and social backgrounds are factored in and theories of literary criticism are discussed where applicable. Required of English majors by the end of their senior year. 3 hours a week, 2 semesters, 6 credits. Fall and spring.

ENG 404 Advanced Survey of American Literature to 1865

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A detailed consideration of the diverse components of American literature, from its beginnings to the Civil War. Required of English majors and concentrates by the end of their junior year. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

ENG 405 Advanced Survey of American Literature Since 1865

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A detailed consideration of the diverse components of American literature, from the Civil War to the present. Required of English majors and concentrates by the end of their junior year. 3 hours a week, 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall and spring.

ENG 487 The Senior Thesis

Campus: St. Joseph's College,Brooklyn Campus St. Joseph's College, Long Island Campus

A focused, research-oriented project. Its product is the senior thesis. Required of English majors in their senior year. Mentored, independent study. 1 semester, 3 credits. Fall.

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