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Language and Literature

Course Descriptions

* Meets Humanities requirement for Career & Technical Education Programs
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LAL 022: Fundamentals of Writing 3-0-3
Fundamentals of Writing is designed as a preparation for Composition I, the collegelevel English course. It will serve as a review of the basic skills in composition, usage, spelling, and writing mechanics necessary for entry into Composition I.

LAL 031: Fundamentals of Critical Reading 3-0-3
Fundamentals of Critical Reading is designed to provide students with basic reading and study skills necessary for critical reading and comprehension.

LAL 053 Academic Literacy 3-0-3
Academic Literacy is an intensive reading and writing skills course whose purpose is to use the connection of reading with writing and writing with reading to prepare students for collegelevel work in both content areas. The course will teach students the strategies and methods of successful readers, strategies that throughout the course will be applied to a significant number of college-textbook readings. Critical thinking discussions regarding the readings will prepare students for writing. The class will focus on the writing process steps, including the concepts of prewriting, organization, unity, development, introductions, conclusions, and revision. There will be emphasis on clarity and coherence, which includes review of grammar, usage, sentence structure, word choice, and punctuation. It is also the purpose of all developmental classes to help each student become successful through the development of a variety of college study skills. Please note that because Integrated Reading and Writing focuses on the foundations of writing academically and preparing students to enter the Composition sequence, it does not include research in any of its writing assignments. Prerequisite: Eligible placement score.

LAL 090: Composition I Corequisite 3-0-3
This course is designed for highlevel developmental English students needing only supplemental instruction in conjunction with the college-level Composition I coursework. Composition I Lab is a corequisite course with Composition I, and successful completion of both courses will satisfy any and all developmental writing and reading requirements as well as Composition I. Composition I Lab coursework will complement and enhance students’ comprehension of the Composition I curriculum by focusing on building necessary foundational skills through tailored and individualized instruction. Prerequisite: Eligible placement score. Corequisite: LAL101.

LAL 101: CORE 42 Logo Color sm  Composition I 3-0-3 (MOTR ENGL100)
This course teaches the process of writing, from prewriting to revision. Focus is on reading and critical thinking, essay writing, and literary analysis. Course provides practice in computer-assisted writing and oral communication. Prerequisite: Eligible placement score or C or higher in appropriate developmental course or concurrent enrollment in LAL090.

LAL 102: CORE 42 Logo Color sm  Composition II 3-0-3 (MOTR ENGL200)
Students are introduced to research writing through originality, organization, and persuasion. Focus is on critical thinking when conducting research, considering sources, and synthesizing information. Prerequisites: LAL101 or instructor approval.

LAL 102H: Composition II Honors 3-0-3 (MOTR ENGL200)
Students are introduced to research writing through originality, organization, and persuasion. Focus is on critical thinking when conducting research, considering sources, and synthesizing information. Honors sections of Composition II will require students to think in more depth about topics, research with a greater emphasis on scholarly sources, and write with more specificity about the course topics. Prerequisites: LAL101 or instructor approval and students must meet the criteria for admission into the Honors Program. (IN)

LAL 115: Introduction to Fiction Writing 3-0-3
LAL115 is a study of techniques of fiction writing through historical and contemporary short story writing in order to develop publishable student work. Focus is on invention, execution, and revision of stories through a variety of examples and assignments.

LAL 116: Introduction to Poetry Writing 3-0-3
LAL116 is an introduction to techniques of poetry writing through historical and contemporary poems in order to develop publishable student work. Focus is on invention, execution, and revision of poems through a variety of examples and assignments.

LAL 117: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction 3-0-3
This course is a study of techniques of creative nonfiction writing. Students examine historical and contemporary essay writing in order to develop publishable work. Focus is on invention, execution, and revision of essays through a variety of examples and assignments.

LAL 117H: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Honors 3-0-3
This course is a study of techniques of creative nonfiction writing. Students examine historical and contemporary essay writing in order to develop publishable work. Focus is on invention, execution, and revision of essays through a variety of examples and assignments. Emphasis will also be placed on opportunities to critically examine issues and controversies in creative nonfiction. Prerequisite: Student must meet criteria for admission to Honors Program. (IN)

LAL120 CORE 42 Logo *American Literature Survey to 1870 3-0-3 (MOTR MOTR LITR101A)
This course is a study of American literature from the colonial period to the late 19th century, emphasizing reading, interpretation, and criticism of works by major authors.

LAL121: CORE 42 Logo *American Literature Survey from 1870 to Present 3-0-3 (MOTR MOTR LITR101B)
This course is a study of American literature from the late 19th century to the present, emphasizing reading, interpretation, and criticism of works by major authors.

LAL125: CORE 42 Logo *African-American Literature 3-0-3 (MOTR LITR105AA)
This course is a study of African-American literature through the examination of historical implications and genre contributions of major African-American writers. Course emphasizes the reading, interpretation, and criticism of major works.

LAL125H: CORE 42 Logobook African-American Literature Honors 3-0-3 (MOTR LITR105)
This course is a study of African-American literature through the examination of historical implications and genre contributions of major African-American writers. Course emphasizes the reading, interpretation, and criticism of major works. This course uses minimal instructor lecture and emphasizes student participation and discussion. Prerequisite: Student must meet the criteria for admission into the Honors Program. (IN)

LAL130 *Literature of the American South 3-0-3
This course will examine the literary expression and cultural identity of the American South. Students will consider how Southern writers approach the topics of race, gender, class, and religion. Also, students will consider the South as both a part of America and a fiercely independent region. The course will trace these issues from the Old South of the 19th century, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Southern Renaissance, to the Modern South of the mid 20th century. (IN)

LAL130H *Literature of the American South Honors 3-0-3
This course will examine the literary expression and cultural identity of the American South. Students will consider how Southern writers approach the topics of race, gender, class, and religion. Also, students will consider the South as both a part of America and a fiercely independent region. The course will trace these issues from the Old South of the 19th century, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Southern Renaissance, to the Modern South of the mid 20th century. This course will emphasize critical thinking and analysis. Special emphasis will be given to student led discussions and presentations as well as opportunities for students to further explore and examine issues in Southern American Literature. Prerequisites: Student must meet criteria for admission into the Honors Program. (IN)

LAL150: CORE 42 Logo *English Literature Survey to 1750 3-0-3 (MOTR LITR102A)
This course surveys English literature from the Anglo-Saxon to the Neoclassical period, emphasizing reading, interpretation, and criticism of works by major authors. (FA)

LAL151: CORE 42 Logo *English Literature Survey from 1750 to Present 3-0-3 (MOTR LITR102B)
This course surveys English literature from the Romantic, Victorian, Modernist, and Postmodern periods.

LAL151H: CORE 42 Logo *English Literature Survey from 1750 to Present Honors 3-0-3 (MOTR LITR102)
This course surveys English literature from the Romantic, Victorian, Modernist, and Postmodern periods. Honors sections of English Literature Survey from 1750 require extensive reading, the writing of literary analyses, and class presentations beyond nonhonors sections of the course. Prerequisite: Student must meet criteria for admission to Honors Program. (IN)

LAL153: CORE 42 Logo *Introduction to Contemporary Literature 3-0-3 (MOTR LITR100)
This course focuses on the appreciation of Contemporary literature with particular emphasis on surveying a diverse scope of genres [short stories, poetry, drama]. It focuses on terminology, techniques, and critical interpretation of literature written in the last 30 years.

LAL 210: *A Survey of World Literature I 3-0-3
This course is a survey of world literature from the earliest texts to the 18th century. (IN)

LAL 211: *A Survey of World Literature II 3-0-3
This course is a survey of world literature from the 18th century to the present.

LAL216: * Intermediate Poetry Writing 3-0-3
LAL216 offers an in-depth guide to the practice of poetry writing. Through workshop, lecture, and discussion, students will focus on the sustained production of publishable work. Prerequisite: LAL116 or instructor approval. (IN)

LAL222: *Masterpieces 3-0-3
This course is a study of recognized masterpieces from world literature. (IN)

LAL 250: CORE 42 Logo *History and Development of the Short Story 3-0-3 (MOTR LITR100F)
This course introduces the general reader with the literary genre of short stories, tracing the history and development of the short story.

LAL 251: *Science Fiction 3-0-3
Students explore science fiction and fantasy through study of short stories, novels, and films.

LAL252: *Children's Literature for the Elementary Teacher
LAL252 is an introduction to children’s literature, including materials and pedagogical methods for children’s literature. Focus is on a brief historical survey, theories of child development, principal literary genres, evaluation of literature, and educational methodology. Course may be taken for preprofessional education credit.

LAL 255 CORE 42 Logo *Women’s Literature 3-0-3 (MOTR LITR106)
This course looks closely at literature written by women between the Anglo- Saxon period and the twenty-first century. The course introduces students to various genres of literature written by women of various socio-economic and philosophical groundings. Discussion of readings, films, and other media trace the development of women’s writings and increases students’ appreciation and awareness of the excellence in women’s writing.

LAL 265: *Shakespeare 3-0-3
This course provides an introductory study to Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, and histories, and a careful study of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Shakespeare’s importance as a dramatist and the enduring nature of his ideas and vision are stressed. The course studies the cultural contexts in which Shakespeare lived and worked. The class may view films and live performances.

LAL 275: CORE 42 Logo  *Classical Mythology 3-0-3  (MOTR LITR201)
The student is introduced to the subject of classical mythology with emphasis placed on its relevance to interpretation of both literature and art.

LAL299 Special Studies in English (1-6)-0-(1-6)
This course will consist of specialized study in areas of the department, which are not covered in-depth in courses already offered. Students may take no more than three Special Studies courses in any one discipline. (IN)