Thiel College

Course Offerings


ENG 111: Oral and Written Expression I
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

This course trains students in clear, effective oral communication and expository writing. It focuses on the planning, preparing, practicing and presenting of thesis-based speeches and on the planning, drafting, writing and revising of thesis-based essays. Speech and essay assignments progress from a focus on personal experience to informative, evaluative and argumentative ones. The course emphasizes and integrates the fundamental components of the processes of oral and written expression by focusing on similarities and differences between the two forms. Students must earn a grade of C minus or higher in order to satisfactorily complete this course and to fulfill the competency core requirement. (Not to be taken simultaneously with ESL courses.)

ENG 112: Oral and Written Expression II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester

This course is a continuation of Oral and Written Expression I (ENG 111) and builds upon and enhances skills acquired in the previous course. The focus is on presenting orally and in writing from critical sources, a more comprehensive study of and practice of argumentation and persuasion as a primary mode of expression, and on extending research skills. These skills will serve as the basis for analysis and discussion, as well as for a series of argumentative speeches and essays. The course strengthens students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills and helps them to refine their previously acquired oral and written communication abilities. It is designed to meet the demands of oral and written expression in academic, professional and social settings. Students must earn a grade of C minus or higher in order to satisfactorily complete this course and to fulfill the competency core requirement. (P: a grade of C minus or higher in ENG 111. Not to be taken simultaneously with ESL courses.)

ENG 120: Introduction to Literature
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

An introduction to fiction, poetry and drama, to techniques of literary interpretation and analysis, and to literary criticism and research. Recommended for Group IV of the Integrative Requirement.

ENG 190: Anti-Utopian Science Fiction
3 CH   /  WIC

Anti-Utopian Science Fiction (3 CH) After examining Thomas More and others to establish an understanding of Utopia, the course focuses on 20th-century dystopias such as 1984, Brave New World and The Handmaid's Tale. (P: ENG 111) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 210: British Literature to Romanticism
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

A survey of the development of British literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the end of the Age of Reason. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 220: British Literature from 1798 to the Present
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  WIC

A continuation of ENG 210, focusing on the development of British literature from Romanticism to the present. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 230: American Literature to 1865
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

A survey of the development of American literature from the colonial period to Whitman with a concentration on the American Renaissance. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 240: American Literature 1865 to the Present
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  WIC

A continuation of ENG 230, focusing on the development of American literature from Realism to the present. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 245: Masterpieces of Western Literature I
3 CH   /  WIC

An introduction to the masterpieces of Western (Continental European) literature in translation, from classical antiquity to the 16th century. (P: ENG 111) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 255: Masterpieces of Western Literature II
3 CH   /  WIC

A continuation of ENG 245, focusing on Western literary masterpieces in translation, from the 16th century to the present. (P: ENG 111) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 260: Business and Technical Writing
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

A basic course in writing for business and technical fields including writing letters, abstracts and reports of several types. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 262: Advanced Technical Writing
3 CH

A technical course treating the theoretical and practical aspects of producing a variety of professional documents. (P: ENG 260) Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

ENG 265: World Literature I
3 CH   /  WIC

An introduction to masterpieces of Western (Continental European) and Eastern (Near Eastern, Indian, Chinese, Japanese) literature in translation, from Classical Antiquity to the 16th century. (P: ENG 111 and 112) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 270: Advanced Composition and Research
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

A course designed to help students mature as writers and teach them advanced library research. It will prepare students for the kind of writing and research expected in upper-level English courses. English majors must take this course before the end of their sophomore year. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 275: World Literature II
3 CH   /  WIC

A continuation of World Literature I, focusing on Western and Eastern literary masterpieces, in translation, from the 16th century to the present. (P: ENG 111 and 112) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 282: Creative Writing: Poetry
3 CH

A technical course treating the theoretical and practical aspects of writing poetry. (P: ENG 111 and 112 or permission of the instructor) Offered fall of even-numbered years.

ENG 284: Creative Writing: Fiction
3 CH

A technical course treating the theoretical and practical aspects of writing fiction. (P: ENG 111 and 112 or permission of the instructor) Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

ENG 286: Creative Writing: Drama
3 CH

A technical course treating the theoretical and practical aspects of writing drama. (P: ENG 111 and 112 or permission of the instructor) Offered spring of even-numbered years.

ENG 290: Introduction to Mythology
3 CH   /  WIC

An introduction to the major myths of classical antiquity and a survey of the theories of myth interpretation, with special reference to the importance of myth in modern literature. (P: ENG 111) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 305: Children's Literature
3 CH   /  WIC

A survey of children's literature: poetry, nonfiction, biography, the genres of fiction including fantasy, folk literature, realism and literature about ethnic and minority groups. (P: ENG 111) Offered on an irregular basis.

ENG 315: Adolescent and Young Adult Literature
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring   /  WIC

A survey of literature available for teenage readers. Students will examine literature for adolescents and young adults, read a representative sample of that literature and investigate the issues such as censorship and the influence of the media pertinent to this area of study. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 320: Contemporary Fiction of Africa, Asia and Latin America
3 CH   /  WIC

A survey of short stories and novels written in the last fifty years by major figures such as Chinua Achebe, Yukio Mishima and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Read in translation. (P: ENG 111) Offered fall of even-numbered years.

ENG 325: Exploring Literary New England
3 CH

A travel class in which students will investigate literary homes, museums and related sites in the northeastern United States. Sites such as Walden Pond near Concord, Mass.; the Mark Twain home in Hartford, Conn.; and the Robert Frost homestead in Derry, N.H. will be included. Offered May 2016 and 2019. (P: ENG 230 and 240 and permission of the instructor)

ENG 330: Dramatic Literature
3 CH   /  WIC

A chronological survey of dramatic literature from the fifth century B.C.E. to the present, emphasizing major figures and developments. The course includes an introduction to the drama of several cultures with an emphasis on the Western tradition. (P: ENG 111) Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

ENG 335: Persuasive Writing
3 CH   /  WIC

A course that introduces students to the skills necessary for constructing, supporting, defending and refuting persuasive writing. The course includes study and practice in techniques of reasoning, utilization of evidence, and employment of persuasive appeals in a variety of types of writing ranging from newspaper editorials to scholarly research. Offered spring of odd-numbered years.

ENG 340: Shakespeare
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

A study of Shakespeare's life and works that emphasizes his development as a poet and dramatist. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 345: The Development of the Novel
3 CH   /  WIC

A survey of the novel from its beginnings to 1832. (P: ENG 111) Offered spring 2015, 2018 and 2021.

ENG 355: The 19th-Century Novel
3 CH   /  WIC

A survey of the 19th-century novel in America, England and Europe including such major writers as Melville, Dickens and Flaubert. (P: ENG 111) Offered spring 2016 and 2019.

ENG 365: The 20th-Century Novel
3 CH   /  WIC

A survey of the modern novel, focusing on the reading and analysis of works by some of the most significant novelists of our times. (P: ENG 111) Offered spring 2014, 2017 and 2020.

ENG 385: Women in Literature
3 CH   /  WIC

A literature course examining works by and about women written throughout history, with an emphasis on the last 200 years. Offered every other academic year.

ENG 390: Modern Poetry
3 CH   /  WIC

A survey of modern British and American poetry from Yeats to the present through in-depth treatment of major figures. (P: ENG 111) Offered fall of odd-numbered years.

ENG 415: Special Project
Credit Hours Vary   /  Offered Every Fall

A course involving individualized study in an area other than the department's regular course offerings. (P: Junior standing and permission of the instructor, department chair and student's academic adviser)

ENG 425: Independent Study
Credit Hours Vary   /  Offered Every Semester

A project, thesis or reading program carried out under the supervision of a faculty member in the English Department. For English majors and well-qualified non-majors. (P: Junior standing, 3.25 cumulative GPA, permission of the instructor, department chair and student's academic adviser)

ENG 430: Cooperative Education
Credit Hours Vary   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

ENG 440: Literary Criticism
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

A historical survey of theories of literary criticism from Plato through the 20th century, with special emphasis on post-structuralist theories. The course includes practice in applying theories to the analysis, interpretation and evaluation of poetry, drama and fiction. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 455: The English Language
4 CH   /  Offered Every Fall   /  WIC

An introduction to historical and descriptive linguistics, with emphasis on the origins and development of the English language and on current English usage. (P: ENG 111)

ENG 495: Special Topics Seminar
3 CH   /  Offered Every Semester   /  WIC

A special topics course with seminar meetings for discussion and presentation of research. Topics will be announced at least one year in advance. (P: junior standing and completion of ENG 210, 220, 230, 240 and 270)

ESOL 100: ESOL Reading I
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course will assist English language learners in developing their English reading and vocabulary-building skills so they have a solid foundation for both general and college-level academic reading. Students will read from a variety of sources and will practice reading strategies such as skimming and using context clues. Students who earn below a grade of C minus must retake the course, but may enroll in ESOL 101 before doing so.

ESOL 101: ESOL Reading II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

This companion course to ESOL 100 provides a second semester for English language learners to improve their reading abilities. Through vocabulary building, reading from a variety of sources and learning reading strategies designed to make them more efficient readers, students will build a foundation for both general and academic reading. Students must earn a minimum grade of C minus to successfully complete the course. Students who enter Thiel in the spring may be required to take ESOL 100 as well.

ESOL 103: ESOL Speaking and Listening I
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

This course will provide English language learners with instruction, guidance and practice in listening to and speaking English so that students can be better prepared for academic life: in lectures, in discussions and in conversations. Students will build meaningful vocabulary, listen to and take notes on mock lectures, discuss lecture material, read aloud, speak in a variety of circumstances and practice pronunciation. Students who earn below a grade of C minus must retake the course but may enroll in ESOL 104 before doing so.

ESOL 104: ESOL Speaking and Listening II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

Speaking and Listening II provides international students with an additional semester to practice and strengthen English speaking and listening skills at a college level. Learning vocabulary, practicing conversations, listening to lectures, taking notes, discussing course material, reading aloud, making oral presentations and working individually with the instructor are essential elements to the course. Students must earn a minimum grade of C minus to successfully complete the course. Students who enter Thiel in the spring may be required to take ESOL 103 as well.

ESOL 106: ESOL Writing I
3 CH   /  Offered Every Fall

Writing I is designed to assist English language learners with important aspects of writing in English: developing vocabulary, selecting proper word forms and English expressions, and refining sentence structure. Further, students will gain experience with the stages of the writing process-inventing, drafting and revising and focus on producing clear, coherent, well-developed paragraphs and short essays. Students who earn below a grade of C minus must retake the course but may enroll in ESOL 107 before doing so.

ESOL 107: Writing II
3 CH   /  Offered Every Spring

As the companion course to ESOL 106, this course also assists English language learners with English composition. Students will learn about and practice all stages of the writing process, as well as focus on points of grammar that are typically difficult for English language learners. Throughout the semester, students will focus on producing clear, coherent, well-developed paragraphs and short essays. Students must earn a minimum grade of C minus to successfully complete the course. Students who enter Thiel in the spring may be required to also take ESOL 106.