Degrees and Certificates


ENGL101N: College Composition

In this course, students learn to write clearly and effectively for defined audiences through a variety of strategies. Emphasis is on the writing process from pre-writing through drafting, revising and editing. Students gain confidence through learning the basic principles of effective expository and persuasive composition and the application of these principles in writing essays and documented research papers. Students become aware of the variety of strategies, behaviors, habits and attitudes and choose those that help them improve. Students will also read and examine a wide variety of writers and writing styles. This class is a core requirement for all degree programs at NCC. Students who do not satisfactorily place into ENGL101N with the required Accuplacer or SAT scores will be required to enroll in the corresponding Co-Requisite Workshop.

ENGL102N: College Composition II: Writing About Literature

Building upon skills learned in College Composition (ENGL101N), this writing and literacy course further explores the dimensions of writing based on selected readings that explore relevant themes and issues in today's world. Emphasis is placed on expository and persuasive writing within a research context.

ENGL103N: Professional Writing & Presentations

The course is designed to prepare the student to practice effective communications in business and industry. The course emphasizes formatting, design, style, and organization. Students receive practice and advice in written communications such as letters, emails, proposals, and reports, and in public speaking such as oral presentations, group conferences, and interviewing, according to professional standards. Visual presentation software such as PowerPoint will also be used. For students taking the online version of ENGL103N, you must have a webcam and microphone or phone camera with internet connection for the required oral presentation portion of the course.

ENGL105N: Introduction to Literature

This course studies societal issues and events in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, which are portrayed through a selection of modern literature. Works vary accordingly at the discretion of the instructor and may include fiction and nonfiction pieces. Through essays and class discussion, students will analyze multiple types of literature, such as short stories, poetry, plays, and novels.

ENGL109N: Public Speaking

Public Speaking is designed to prepare students to assume active participation in those phases of industrial and social life requiring effective oral communication. Through practical exercises, students will learn the skills associated with professional speaking. Emphasis will be placed on planning and organization, as well as the importance of the audience. Since writing is often the basis for many public speaking activities, some written assignments are also required. In addition, students will use visual software, such as PowerPoint, in some presentations. Students taking an online version of ENGL109N must have a webcam and microphone or phone camera with internet connection for the required presentations in this course (Formerly Oral Communication).

ENGL110N: Honors Expository Writing

This course is intended for the student who has already demonstrated a high degree of proficiency in the use of language and who is motivated to pursue an advanced level of writing. Each student will be encouraged to develop his or her own distinctive voice and style, to make sharp and effective word choices, to become his or her own best critic, and to ultimately experience the satisfaction that comes from producing relevant, effective, and polished pieces of writing. The course will be organized around a specific socio-cultural issue or theme and will incorporate readings about that theme from a variety of disciplines. The objective of the course is to enhance the depth and quality of students'written expression through sustained engagement in the semester theme. The student will practice writing about that theme for various purposes and audiences with systematic feedback from peers and the instructor. The course employs a workshop approach that incorporates critical reading, discussion, and a series of intense writing activities including analysis of rhetorical strategies used by other writers, and reading and responding to the work of others. Working in small groups, students will develop original ideas about the semester theme through active discussion and critique.

ENGL122N: Technical Writing

This course gives students a foundation for communicating effectively in the context of industry and the professional world. Applying principles used in business and industry, students will analyze technical documents and write a variety of technical assignments including instructions, feasibility reports, and proposals.

ENGL206N: Writing Short Stories

This course puts emphasis on discussion of student short stories by peers. It depends on growth through exposure to other types of writing as well as through in-depth discussion of the strengths, weaknesses and potential of each piece.

ENGL215N: Literature by American Women

Using novels and the short story fiction genre, students will learn about the evolution of American female writers from the 19th through the 21 st centuries by studying their literature and examining it against the backdrop of the historical periods in which they wrote. Students may explore such themes as women and marriage, women and madness, women and sexuality/ gender/race/ethnicity, motherhood, women and body, women and aging, women and work, or other themes pertinent to the female experience. Students will enrich their understanding of literature and the roles and experiences of women in shaping such literature. The course will explore the works of American female writers such as Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman Maya Angelou, Sandra Cisneros, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Bishop, Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather, Sylvia Plath, Alice Walker, Ann Patchett, and/or others at the professor's discretion each semester. This is a reading and writing intensive course as it examines women's roles from multiple perspectives.

ENGL231N: British Literature 1800 to Present

This course will survey selections of various genres and forms of British literature from 1800 to the present. Each of the readings will be examined within the context of the character and history of British literature. Works of major British writers such as William Blake, William Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens,T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, George Orwell, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett and others may be selected for study.

ENGL235N: Poetry Workshop

Building on writing principles and critiquing abilities learned in College Composition, students will begin to investigate the differences between prose and poetry. Through exercises and revision, and especially by reading and discussing some contemporary poems, students will learn to recognize and employ some of the basic tools of free verse. Working together on their own and one another's poems with the emphasis on sharing work and offering constructive criticism, students will learn what does, and what does not, work in their own poems.

ENGL241N: American Literature Civil War to Present

This course samples American literature from the late nineteenth century to contemporary time. Each of the readings will be examined within the context of the character and history of United States literature. Students will analyze the evolution of literature as a contributing factor to the development of a nation. Works of major American writers such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Sarah Orne Jewett, MarkTwain, Edith Wharton, Robert Frost, Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Allen Ginsburg, Sylvia Plath, Amy Tan, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and others may be selected for study.

ENGL250N: Honors Advanced Creative Writing

This course is designed to provide students who are serious about their writing an opportunity to focus on a particular genre (fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction) beyond what is covered in ENGL206N or ENGL235N. Students come to this course with a firm grasp of all the elements of writing fiction, poetry, and/or non-fiction. Using a workshop format, the course also provides the student with an opportunity to compile a portfolio of significantly revised completed works. In addition to extensive reading within the chosen genre, workshops require participation in class discussions, student presentations and analyses of other students' work.

ENGL255N: Honors Humor in Literature & Other Media

Students will examine and enjoy a variety of forms of humor and comedy from early Greece to Elizabethan England to present day England and America while developing and strengthening their writing skills in critical analysis and evaluation. The readings and visual presentations will cover a broad spectrum of humor,including romantic comedy, comedy of manners, absurdist comedy, situation comedy, wit, satire, parody, irony, stereotyping, and farce. Through discussions and writing, students will examine the various techniques through which humor criticizes human nature, analyzes society, and expresses differing political and world views. Students will learn to write effective literary analyses and evaluative reviews. The authors and performers of humor and comedy under study may include Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Moliere, Wilde, Twain, Will Rogers, Winston Churchill, Thurber, Flannery O'Connor, Neil Simon, Edward Albee, Dick Gregory, Jon Stewart, and Tina Fey.

ENGL285N: Topics in English Studies Seminar

This course provides students with an opportunity to learn about an area not covered by existing courses in the English curriculum and in particular prepares students for an advanced study of English at the bachelor degree level. The course is a program requirement English students in order to earn an Associate in Arts Degree in English. As a summative assessment, students will apply knowledge and skills learned through previous coursework by producing a project that integrates writing through strategies of research, interpretation, and/or audio-visual skills. Students select a topic of interest through the guidance of their instructor; topics include literature, professional or creative writing, or English education.