North Central College - Naperville, IL

English Courses

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

ENG 090 Intensive English for English Language Learners (8.00)
Intensive instruction in American English with particular emphasis on increasing speaking fluency and improving listening comprehension. Basic reading strategies and writing skills are also introduced. Course includes additional conversation practice with peer tutors, as well as cross-cultural exploration in elective courses and weekly field trips. This course is offered during the College's Summer Language Institute, for a minimum or four weeks. The course does not count toward an English major or minor, nor does it count towards graduation.

ENG 101 English As a Second Language I (3.00)
Introduction to American academic English for non-native speakers with special attention to speaking and listening skills, American culture, vocabulary building, and idiom practice. Conversation partners assigned to each student.

ENG 103 English as a Second Lang II (3.00)
Advanced practice in writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills in American English for non-native speakers. Focus on essay writing, readings in American culture, vocabulary, and idiom practice.

ENG 105 English as a Second Lang III (1.00-3.00)
Advanced review and practice in writing skills for non-native speakers. Special attention to essentials of English grammar.

ENG 115 First-Year Writing (3.00)
The study and practice of writing: planning, drafting, and revising for particular aims. Students learn to summarize, interpret, analyze, and question selected readings, with an emphasis on rhetoric. Basic research is introduced, including use of the Internet, databases, and more conventional materials. Placement based on ACT English score and/or writing sample. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 115 and ENG 125. Core: Composition.

ENG 125 First-Year Seminar (3.00)
Gateway course for North Central College's integrative curriculum. Focuses on reading, writing, and critical thinking related to a specific area of inquiry. Team-taught by faculty from English and another department. Topics vary, but emphasis is on rhetoric and interdisciplinary perspectives. Meets the interdisciplinary requirement. May not receive credit for both ENG 115 and ENG 125. Admission based on ACT score. Core: Composition.

ENG 128 College Humor Magazine Practicum (0.00-1.50)
Practical experience on the staff of the College humor magazine, the Kindling. Students may register for 0.0 or 1.0 credit hour for graded work as writers or editors; photographers, artists, and designers may do so with consent of the instructor; registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may register for 1.5 credits with the consent of the instructor for 6 hours of work on the publication per week. Registration for credit requires consent of the instructor. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica. May register for 0.00, 1.00, or 1.50 hours.

ENG 130 College Literary Magazine Practicum (0.00-1.50)
Practical experience on the staff of the College literary magazine, the NC Review. Students may register for 0.0 or 1.0 credit hour for graded work as writers or editors; photographers, artists, and designers may do so with consent of the instructor; registration for credit requires four hours of work on the publication per week. Editors may also register for 1.5 credits with the consent of the instructor for 6 hours of work on the publication per week. Registration for credit requires consent of the instructor. Enrollment is encouraged but not required of staff members. A maximum of six credit hours may be earned in English department practica. May register for 0.00, 1.00, or 1.50 hours.

ENG 196 Reading Literature (3.00)
Introduces students to close reading of literature, including poetry, drama, fiction (short stories, novels, graphic novels, and film), and encourages the appreciation and analytical exploration of literary texts. The course provides the critical vocabulary and methods needed to read and respond to a wide array of literature available to the twenty-first century reader and demonstrates the openness and flexibility of literary genres. Core: Humanities.

ENG 203 English Literature to 1660 (3.00)
An introduction to medieval and early modern English texts, the Continental traditions that influenced them, and the socio-political and intellectual contexts that produced them.

ENG 205 Eighteenth Century Literature (3.00)
A study of American, English, and Anglo-Irish texts and the cultures that produced them in the long century, beginning in the Restoration era and ending with the emergence of Romanticism.

ENG 207 Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Literature (3.00)
An introduction to the literature of the United States and the American diaspora from the early national period to the Cold War era. Students examine fiction and nonfiction texts and their relationship to the dominant modes of American romance, realism, modernism, and postmodernism.

ENG 209 Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Literature (3.00)
A study of Victorian, Commonwealth, and Postcolonial literature in historical and cultural context, giving special attention to the emergence of the modern British identity and the idea of empire. Students examine intersections among British writers and their counterparts in such countries as Canada, Ireland, India, and South Africa.

ENG 214 Children's Literature (2.00)
An examination of children's genres from picture books to junior-high fantasy and fiction. Emphasis on criteria for evaluation and ways to interact with children to promote love of reading.

ENG 216 Adolescent Literature (2.00)
A study of literature written for and read by students in grades 6-12, placing the works in their social and historical contexts.

ENG 245 Literature, Science, and Culture (3.00)
A study of the wide variety of interactions between what some have called the two cultures - science and literature. Students analyze science texts (both fiction and essays) along with literature and film that imagines, critiques, and evaluates science and its endeavors. Writers have used scientific ideas to explore ethics, morality, politics, religion, economics, and so on, even as science draws on literary strategies such as metaphor, culture, and language for its insights. Topics considered may include literature representing the medical, biological, or physical sciences; environmental/green literature; literature examining the emergence of industrial and information technologies; feminist science studies; apocalypse literature; or science, post-human, and/or cyborg fiction. Core: Humanities.

ENG 260 Integrating Word and Image (3.00)
Offers beginning instruction in visual literacy and design skills in theory and practice. Useful for prospective teachers, writers, editors, and arts entrepreneurs, the course engages students in the invention, production, revision, and analysis of purposeful fusions of word and image. Particular attention is paid to rules of legibility, readability, and visual and textual style. Course projects consider text and image in a variety of for-print products, bringing content, audience, and author together in compelling ways.

ENG 265 Style (3.00)
An examination of the linguistic structure and rhetorical effects of sentences, paragraphs, and essays in the works of selected writers. Students review English syntax in order to expand their understanding of how stylistic choices affect the creation of meaning.

ENG 270 Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture (3.00)
An introduction to historical and contemporary theories of rhetoric and their application to writing. Students construct and critique written arguments, examining ways culture may be shaped by persuasive discourse. The class offers practice in analyzing a range of texts, identifying their historical or cultural contexts. By way of interpretive reading and critique, students consider central questions in the humanities and liberal arts more generally. Core: Humanities.

ENG 275 Creative Writing (3.00)
An introduction to writing poetry and fiction, to some of the conventions writers use in the two genres, and to the workshop-style writing classroom.

ENG 280 Women and Literature (3.00)
An examination of the broad spectrum of women's writing-across time, cultures and genres-studying the literary and political significance of the female voice in creative and critical texts. Through an exploration of texts which may include the poems of Sappho, the speeches of Queen Elizabeth I, the plays of Lillian Hellman, the novels of Toni Morrison, the films of Kathryn Bigelow, the theoretical writings of Luce Irigaray, students will also delve into the ways that literature provides a space to interrogate the intersections between gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability/disability and class. Same as: GWS 280. Core: Humanities.

ENG 285 Writing Theories and Practices (3.00)
An exploration of how writing is taught, both historically and by way of current theories and pedagogies, along with an examination of contemporary arguments about literacy instruction. Students practice methods of working one-on-one with writers.

ENG 297 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENG 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENG 301 Studies in American Literature (3.00)
Specialized topics in American literatures. Content defined by the individual instructor. This course may be repeated once with different content.

ENG 303 Studies in British Literature (3.00)
Specialized topics in British literatures. Content defined by the individual instructor. This course may be repeated once with different content.

ENG 305 Studies in Contemporary Literature (3.00)
Specialized topics in contemporary literature. Content defined by individual instructors. This course may be repeated once with different content.

ENG 307 Studies in Literature of Cultural Identity (3.00)
Specialized topics in a literature of cultural identity originating within a particular racial, ethnic, economic, or sexual community. This course may be repeated once with different content.

ENG 315 Advanced Writing (3.00)
Extends skills introduced in ENG 115, IDS 125, and the General Education experience. Drawing on interdisciplinary readings and practicing cross-disciplinary writing and revision, students examine both their specific area of study and the larger academic and non-academic communities around them. Using inquiry and dialogue, students focus on the value of writing with others from a variety of fields to address complex problems in the public sphere. Core: Composition.

ENG 330 Multicultural Literature of North America (3.00)
An exploration of one or more North American ethnic culture's practices and values through the lens of literature. Students examine oral, musical, religious, philosophical, and historical conditions or traditions that have influenced the formation of ethnic literatures and American culture as a whole. ACR: Intercultural.

ENG 350 In Theory (3.00)
Explores theories that have shaped critical debates in the field of literary analysis and criticism. Students examine different methods of literary, rhetorical, and cultural analysis; the contexts in which they emerged and the practices of reading and writing associated with them. Students learn to recognize the historical contexts and political stakes associated with different modes of scholarship and practice applying related reading strategies to a variety of texts. This course is a prerequisite for 400-level courses in English studies.

ENG 365 Writing Creative Nonfiction (3.00)
Workshop in creative nonfiction writing that emphasizes invention, research, drafting, and revision. Additionally, students examine published models for critique and appreciation of craft. Topic and approach may vary. This course may be repeated once with different content and permission of the instructor.

ENG 370 Language and Linguistics (3.00)
An investigation of the essentials of human language: what it includes (sounds, words, sentence patterns, and meanings), how it works, how it varies in social settings, and how it changes across time.

ENG 375 Writing Fiction (3.00)
An advanced workshop in fiction writing that emphasizes invention, research, drafting, and revision. Additionally, students examine published models for critique and appreciation of craft. Topic and approach may vary. This course may be repeated once with different content and permission of the instructor.

ENG 377 Writing Poetry (3.00)
An advanced workshop in poetry writing that emphasizes invention, research, drafting, and revision. Additionally, students examine published models for critique and appreciation of craft. Topic and approach may vary. This course may be repeated once with different content and permission of the instructor.

ENG 380 Global Literature (3.00)
An interdisciplinary study of world literatures, focusing on selected topics and regions, usually connected to the College's annual international focus. Texts are examined in the context of the history and culture of their regions. This course may be repeated once with different content. ACR: Intercultural.

ENG 390 Sacred Texts As Literature (3.00)
A literary study of sacred texts from around the world, including portions of the Bible, Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads, Koran, Tao Te Ching, Dhammapada, and the Analects. Students compare literary structures, strategies, and themes, while considering the cross-cultural influences such texts have had on world literature and art. Repeatable once with different content. ACR: Intercultural.

ENG 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENG 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENG 401 Seminar in Drama (3.00)
An intensive study of some aspect of drama or of a particular dramatist. May be repeated once with different content.

ENG 403 Seminar in Fiction (3.00)
An intensive study of some aspect of fiction in the context of history and critical theory. May be repeated once with different content.

ENG 405 Seminar in Poetry (3.00)
An intensive study of some aspect of poetry, including individual poets, movements, historical periods, or approaches to the genre. May be repeated once with different content.

ENG 407 Seminar in Selected Authors (3.00)
An intensive study of works by a single author or authors sharing a particular connection. May be repeated once with different content.

ENG 409 Seminar in Theory (3.00)
A study of major theorists or theoretical movements that have shaped the selection of texts and how they are read within cultures. May be repeated once with a different content.

ENG 455 Professional and Grant Writing (3.00)
An advanced study and practice of professional writing for various audiences, addressing style, structure, and ethical considerations pertaining to a variety of document forms and publishing platforms. Special attention is given to writing effective grant applications. Same as: ENG/MLS 555.

ENG 460 Seminar in Special Topics (3.00)
An intensive study of a selected topic in literature, language, writing, literary criticism, or theory with special attention to issues related to leadership, ethics, and values. ACR: Leadership, Ethics, & Values.

ENG 462 Writing for Social Change (3.00)
An exploration of writing that engages in civic life and contributes to meaningful public debates. Students engage in research designed to expand their expertise as cultural critics.

ENG 465 Advanced Creative Nonfiction-Multimedia (3.00)
An advanced writing seminar wherein student writers transform creative nonfictions into a variety of multimedia forms which may include the following visual and/or audio products: documentary, oral history, monologue, commentary, storyboard, slideshow, spoken word poetry, or theatrical sketch. Students learn to enlarge the contemporary practice of written nonfiction through projects and prompts that encourage creative, hands-on exploration as well as workshop-based analytical and critical skills.

ENG 475 Advanced Workshop in Creative Writing (3.00)
An intensive, advanced study of one particular aspect of or issue in fiction writing or poetry writing. Topic and approach may vary. This course may be repeated once with different content and permission of the instructor.

ENG 480 Senior Portfolio (1.00)
Compilation of revised writing required of all majors. English majors must register for and complete this credit before graduation.

ENG 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

ENG 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.