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English

English courses at Inver Hills prepare you to think critically and write academically about a wide range of topics. Our courses not only fulfill five goals in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), but also help you develop the writing skills you need to succeed in your future collegiate and career endeavors.

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This certificate provides opportunities to learn and improve strategies and skills for effective workplace writing.


Certificate

Workplace Writing Certificate – 13 credits

Pending Minnesota State approval

This certificate provides opportunities to learn and improve strategies and skills for effective workplace writing.

Coursework   Program Planning Guide

Workplace Writing Certificate Curriculum

Course Number Title Credits
Required:
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4 cr
ENG 1118 Style and Correctness for Writers 3 cr
ENG 1130 Writing and Research for the Professions 3 cr
Choose one course from:
ENG 1116 Writing for the Web 3 cr
ENG 1145 Introduction to Technical Writing 3 cr
Total Credits: 13
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Course Descriptions

ENG 0096  Writing Fundamentals   3.0 cr

Examines methods for generating ideas and organizing a unified coherent paragraph. Includes a review of grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and general mechanics.

ENG 0099  Introduction to Academic Writing   3.0 cr

Prepares students for college-level academic writing through extensive practice with essay-length assignments. Students write informed, thesis-driven essays in response to academic texts and develop their understanding of grammatical rules. Intended for students whose college assessment results suggest that further development of writing skills would be beneficial. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG 0096 or READ 0090; or placement into ENG 0099 as recommended by Accuplacer assessments.

ENG 1108  Writing And Research Skills   4.0 cr

Emphasizes critical writing, reading, and thinking with attention to rhetorical elements such as argumentative structure, audience, and purpose. Students learn types of college writing and research techniques; report, synthesize, and draw conclusions from their readings; document the use of sources; and practice the writing process. Prerequisites: Recommended by Accuplacer assessment or Grade of C or higher in Read 93/94 and Eng 99.

ENG 1111  Research Writing in the Disciplines-WRIT   2.0 cr

Emphasizes textual analysis of primary and secondary sources with focus on writing in students' academic and/or professional disciplines. Prereq: Grade of C or higher in ENG 1108.

ENG 1114  The Research Paper - WRIT   3.0 cr

Emphasizes critical analysis of fiction or nonfiction texts, at least one book-length, resulting in a research paper that reflects analysis and synthesis of multiple sources. Prereq: Grade of C or higher in ENG 1108.

ENG 1116  Writing for the Web   3.0 cr

Focuses on the creation of writing in web-based contexts (such as wikis, blogs, multi-modal essays, and other emergent forms) composed with images, links, audio, and/or video; on analysis and application of the elements of attractive web page design; and on presentation of information in a concise and appealing style. Placement into ENG 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 1118  Style and Correctness for Writers   3.0 cr

Introduces students to the grammatical and stylistic strategies necessary to effectively edit and proofread professional documents. Students will practice revising at the structural and sentence levels. The course supports students preparing for a wide variety of professional settings, such as business, paralegal, computer science, engineering, nursing, and others. Placement by Accuplacer assessment into English 1108 or completion of ENG/EAP 0099 with a C or better.

ENG 1130  Writing and Research For the Professions   3.0 cr

Emphasizes critical audience analysis of professional texts across the disciplines, at least one book length, resulting in a professional research proposal, feasibility study, or report that reflects analysis and synthesis of multiple sources, persuasion, and students' mastery of professional and audience analysis, business writing, researching, and evaluative skills. Prerequisites: ENG 1108 or equivalent, with grade of C or better.

ENG 1140  Introduction to Literature   4.0 cr

Introduces students to the methods of examining and understanding poetry, drama, novels, short stories and creative nonfiction. Prereq: Placement into ENG 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 1145  Introduction to Technical Writing   3.0 cr

Introduces students to developing, writing, and presenting information in technical settings, including the use of graphics to enhance visual appearance and usability. Students will work on a variety of assignments, including writing and revising technical reports and articles, procedures, and mechanism descriptions. Students will explore options for using technology to convey information efficiently and appropriately. Emphasis is on audience analysis, effective design, and clear, concise, accurate expression. Placement by Accuplacer into ENG 1108 or completion of ENG/EAP 0099 with a C or better.

ENG 1180  Introduction to World Literature   4.0 cr

Introduces students to selected works from Western and non-Western literary traditions (including Africa, Asia, and Latin America) with a focus on their cultural/historical contexts. Includes both contemporary and ancient texts (one book-length) with a particular interest in stressing those themes that exemplify the ideals and concerns of our shared human condition and the spread of ideas beyond national boundaries. Prereq: Placement into ENG 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 1601  Introduction to Creative Writing   3.0 cr

Provides guided practice in various types of creative writing with the emphasis on skills common to creative expression. Assists students in discovering and developing their own best medium for expression, whether fiction, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction (Emphasis may vary with instructor.) Students will identify select portions of writing for small and/or large group presentation.

ENG 1605  Fiction Writing   3.0 cr

Engages students in the craft and techniques of writing fiction. Provides exposure to models, discussion, and guided practice in various types of fiction writing. Students will participate in large or small group workshops to develop critique and feedback skills.

ENG 2214  American Literature: Colonial Era to the Civil War   4.0 cr

Surveys American literature from the Colonial period to the Civil War. Typical authors include Bradstreet, Franklin, Emerson, Thoreau, and Melville. Prereq: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 2215  American Literature: The Civil War to the Present   4.0 cr

Surveys American literature from 1860 to the present. Typical authors include Whitman, Chopin, Twain, Hemingway, and Cather. Poets include Frost, Stevens, and Rich. Fiction writers include O'Connor, Capote, Oates, Faulkner, Salinger, and Barth. Prereq: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 2222  British Literature: The Middle Ages to the Age of Reason   4.0 cr

Surveys British Literature from the Middle Ages through the Eighteenth Century. Authors include Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Swift, and Pope. Prereq: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 2223  British Literature: Romanticism to the Present   4.0 cr

Surveys British literature from the Romantic period to the present. Authors include Blake, Wordsworth, Browning, Conrad, Yeats, and Woolf. Prereq: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 2235  Mythic Stories: Cultural and Personal   3.0 cr

Surveys significant mythic stories from around the world, such as Africa, Egypt, the Far East, Great Britain, Greece, Mesopotamia, North and South America, and Scandinavia. Universal themes and the nature of the mythic hero are considered as well as the role and value of myth to our lives. Works considered may include essays, short stories, films, plays, poems, and novels. Prereq: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 2237  The Short Story   3.0 cr

Examines the history and diversity of the short story form. Prerequisites: Placement into ENG 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 2238  Contemporary Fiction   3.0 cr

Explores recently published short stories and novels which represent diverse cultural and artistic expressions. Emphasis will be on North American writers, but works by writers from other countries will be included. Prereq: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 2239  Women in Literature   3.0 cr

Provides an introduction to the methods of examining and understanding poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction by and/or about women. Prereq: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 2240  Representations of the Body in Literature and Culture   3.0 cr

Takes the human body as its central theme and explores that theme through literature, history, and film. Specific topics will include the aesthetics of beauty, diverse identities (e.g. racial, ethnic, and sexual), bodily transformations, and disability. Possible authors are Freud, John Colapinto, Margaret Edson, Nella Larsen, and Nancy Mairs among others. Prereq: Placement into ENG 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 2250  Special Topics in Literature   3.0 cr

Examines a prominent theme, figure, period, or genre in literature. Topics will be determined in advance by the instructor and published in the class schedule. Prereq: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher. This course may be repeated under different topics.

ENG 2251  Special Topics in Writing   3.0 cr

Provides guided practice in developing and revising writing of a specific genre (e.g. poetry, memoir, play, screenplay, literary journalism, short fiction, creative nonfiction). Assists writers in developing their own approaches to a single genre in addition to learning about the stages of development applied to a particular piece. Prerequisites: ENG 1108 or ENG 1112 or permission of instructor. This course may be repeated under different topics.

ENG 2252  The Novel   3.0 cr

Explores selected works of the 19th through 21st centuries, including the origins, conventions, and transformations of the novel form. Students will also study the novel as a creative product of its historical and cultural era. Selected authors may include Austen, Dickens, Vonnegut, and Erdrich. Prerequisites: Placement into English 1108 or completion of both ENG 99/EAP 99 and READ 93/94 with a grade of C or higher.

ENG 2253  Shakespeare   3.0 cr

Explores a selection of works by William Shakespeare, including a careful reading and interpretation of representative tragedies, comedies, and histories. Examines formal as well as thematic elements of the selected works as well as historical influences. Prerequisites: Placement into Eng 1108 or completion of both ENG 0099 and READ 0093/0094 with a grade of C or higher.

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Majoring in English allows you to explore the vast canon of American, British and world literature while sharpening your own writing, research and critical-thinking skills. English courses at Inver Hills give you a deeper awareness of the wisdom, humor, conviction, love and courage that have shaped the history of humankind. English builds the foundation for many career paths in fields such as business, education, journalism, marketing, publishing, teaching and more.

English major knowledge set

  • Critical thinking: ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate concepts in literature of all kinds
  • Comprehension: ability to interpret the role of literature in cultures of all kinds
  • Recognition: ability to relate to different belief systems, values and conflicts in literary works
  • Expression: ability to bring your ideas and perceptions into play through meticulous study and inquiry

Career paths

Skills garnered from majoring in English open doors to countless career choices. The power to communicate clearly and concisely while delivering new insights is hugely valuable in the workplace. Employers will seek out people who are competent, thoughtful and decisive communicators. As an English major, you will be exactly that. The list below offers a preview of potential job titles for English grads:

  • Account executive
  • Archivist
  • Attorney
  • Author
  • Bank officer
  • Bookstore manager
  • Broadcaster
  • Business operations planner
  • Buyer
  • Columnist
  • Commodities trader
  • Communication director
  • Community affairs specialist
  • Consultant
  • Copywriter
  • Correspondent
  • Creative director
  • Critic
  • Dramatist
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Electronic publishing specialist
  • Filmmaker
  • Foreign service officer
  • Historian
  • Information Officer
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Lobbyist
  • Market research analyst
  • Marketing director
  • Office manager
  • Politician
  • Press secretary
  • Professor
  • Proofreader
  • Public relations specialist
  • Reporter
  • Research Analyst
  • Staff Writer
  • Special events coordinator
  • Stockbroker
  • Television producer
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Why Inver Hills?

Completing your A.A. with Emphasis in English: Literary Studies degree obligations at Inver Hills is smart on several key levels:

  1. You will receive an excellent education with one-on-one interactions with English faculty
  2. You will get expert advice on enhancing your writing and research skills from instructors with professional and academic writing experience
  3. You will save money and continue your academic and professional careers with less student debt *

* On a national scale, student loan debt has mushroomed to $1.2 trillion, which is greater than credit card debt and auto loan debt combined. In Minnesota, the average debt for four-year grads tops $30,000; 70 percent carry a student debt load.

Tuition and fees for one year at Inver Hills costs a little less than $5,300. Compare that to $15,000 to $20,000 at a for-profit college, or $40,000 to $50,000 at a private college or university. You can complete your first two years at Inver getting a topflight education firsthand from Ph.D. instructors and then transfer to a four-year as a junior all while saving thousands of dollars. It's a no-brainer.

Additional resources

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Resources

Grammar and citation

Online Grammar Handbook (University of Minnesota)
Directory of online materials on writing, grammar, argument, literature, reading and thinking, and many other writing-related subjects.

The Elements of Style
A classic style handbook by William Strunk Jr.

Purdue OWL: Online Writing Lab: Research and Citation Resources
Useful site for MLA and APA citation information along with other writing and research resources.

Son of Citation Machine
Website that will help generate MLA, APA, Turabian and Chicago-style citations if you have the ISBN or basic information for your source.

NoodleTools

Web tool for making MLA, APA, or other types of bibliographies. A free subscription is available to all Inver Hills students, staff and faculty.

Once you have signed up individually, all you have to do is enter the parts of a bibliography entry, i.e., the author's name, the title, the publisher, etc. Then NoodleTools will properly order and punctuate the result for you, creating a bibliography entry you can copy and paste into your research paper.

Note: You may use this tool only if you are a current or former Inver Hills student, or an Inver Hills employee. If you are, you can sign up initially on an Inver Hills computer.

However, if you are on a non-college computer, you will need to get the initial password from an instructor, another student or by e-mail from Richard Jewell, English department faculty. Once you have signed up for NoodleTools, you will have your own personal account that you can access from any computer, anytime.

Instructions for NoodleTools new users

Print these instructions or create a second browser window.

  1. Go to Inver Hills NoodleTools login.
  2. If needed, click on New User Registration in the left vertical menu. If you are on a college computer, you will be accepted immediately. If you are on a non-college computer, you may need a password, which you can get from your instructor, another student, by e-mail from Richard Jewell, English department faculty, or by word of mouth.
  3. Click "I am a student" and add your expected year of graduation. Then create a personal ID. This can be anything that you will remember (of course, you should write this down somewhere). Fill in "Initials" and "Phone" fields as well. You’re in!

Instructions for NoodleTools returning users

Simply go to NoodleTools and log in as a current user using your username and password. (If you have your own computer, you may want to bookmark this site.)

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