Department of English, Communication & Foreign Language
The goal of the faculty in the areas of English and Foreign Language is to enable students to develop written communication and critical thinking skills that enhance their success in college and in their careers. Through literature courses, the instructors introduce the diversity of existing worldviews, the continuity of the human experience, and an appreciation for the historical, cultural, and spiritual values present in a study of literature.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in English may include tracks in professional writing or literature, and the Interdisciplinary Studies and Humanities majors also feature concentrations in literature, literature and writing, and professional writing. Students may also combine the study of English with teacher certification. Students may choose to certify to teach English at the secondary level. English courses are also an important component of the Language Arts major, which (with teacher certification) allows graduates to teach at the elementary level. An English minor may also be paired with most majors. Foreign language coursework fulfills a General Education requirement in all the Bachelor of Arts programs at Rochester College and serves as a valuable complement to other programs.
Many employers value an English degree as a solid foundation for the world of work. The English major develops communication and critical thinking skills and provides a better understanding of human nature and universal issues and truths. Careers available to graduates with a degree in English writing include education, journalism, technical writing, business, law, library science, and government service.
In today’s world, foreign language qualifications can be a valuable asset. Organizations engaged in global business seek multilingual graduates to fill positions in business, banking, and finance. Also, multilingual communicators may find jobs as translators or teachers.
The Shield media includes a four-color magazine printed four times a year, www.rcshield.com and podcasts.
Ex Libris is a student writers’ group, gathering every other Thursday (5:30 p.m. in the CHILL) for the sole purpose of providing a forum for student work. In the spirit of safety and support, students share and explore their creative and nonfiction writing projects with the expectation that the group serves as a responsive audience, offering observations, reactions and encouragement characteristic of a writers’ community. Students can participate in Ex Libris either for academic credit or as an extra-curricular activity.
Blackberry Winter is a collection of selected written and artistic works by RC students, faculty, staff, and administration. The collection is edited by members of Ex Libris under the oversight of a faculty adviser and is published in the spring semester.
COM 1013 Communication Basics
Theory and practice in a variety of communication contexts, including verbal, nonverbal, perception, and listening. Includes practice in organizing and delivering speeches.
COM 2223 Public Speaking
Public speaking theory and practice. Students prepare and deliver several types of speeches. PR: C- or better in COM 1013.
COM 3013 Communication Theory
Survey of communication theories and models upon which communication studies are built. PR: C- or better in COM 1013 and ENG 1123.
COM3513 Small Group Communication
Theories and techniques for small groups in various settings. PR: C- or better in COM 1013.
COM 3523 Interpersonal Communication
Elements of communication between two or more persons in family, social, work, church, and computer- mediated settings. PR: C- or better in COM 1013.
COM 3533 Intercultural Communication
Major theories and concepts involved in intercultural communication. Emphasis on increasing awareness of and sensitivity to persons of other cultures and/or co-cultures and improving personal effectiveness in intercultural communication. PR: C- or better in COM 1013.
COM 4613 Special Topics In Communication
Various Communication topics chosen by students or instructor.
COM 4813 Senior Project In Communication
Preparation of a major paper in an area of the student’s interest. PR: Senior status and PI.
ENG 1003 Basic Writing
Practice in the basics of writing: parts of speech, grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Focuses on the writing process and paragraph development. Required of students with an ACT English score of 15 or below. Does not count toward graduation.
ENG 1013 Fundamentals Of Composition
Reviews mechanics and introduces students to the writing process and various forms of essay writing. Required of all students with an ACT English score of 16 or 17. (An ACT English score of 15 or below requires that the student first take ENG 1003). PR: ACT English score of 16 or 17 or a grade of C or better in ENG 1003. Does not count toward graduation.
ENG 1113 College Composition A
Writing and revising expository papers, an annotated bibliography, and researched paper(s). Students read and analyze selected essays and articles. PR: English ACT 18+; or grade of C or better in ENG 1013.
ENG 1123 College Composition B
Writing critical essays and researched papers. Examines various forms of literature. PR: C or better in ENG 1113 or ACT English score of 25+.
ENG 2113 Aspects of the English Language History and Development of the English Language.
Political and cultural influences on the language and an analysis of the relation between theoretical and practical approaches to English study. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 2413 World Literature Survey
A comparative study of literature from a variety of world cultures. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 3213 British Writers To 1800
An analytical study of British writers and literary movements from medieval times to 1800. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 3223 British Writer, 1800 To Present
An analytical study of British writers and literary movements from 1800 to the present. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 3313 American Writers To 1865
An analytical study of American writers and literary movements from the colonial era to the Civil War. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 3323 American Writers, 1865 To Present
An analytical study of American writers and literary movements from the Civil War to the present.
PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 3513 Critical Writing And Literary Analysis
Advanced writing course on types of writing used to analyze literature. Analytical application of major literary criticism philosophies. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 3521 Creative Writing (Ex Libris)
Creative writing theory and practice in conjunction with activities of Ex Libris, the student literary journal. The course may be repeated up to a maximum of 6 credit hours for Creative Writing. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 3523 Creative Writing
Creative writing theory and practice in a seminar setting; composition of fiction, poetry, and/or drama. Includes sources of creative writing, characteristics of major genres, and process of revision and editing. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 3613 Introduction To Linguistics
Basic concepts and methodology of the science of language: descriptive and historical aspects, phonemic, morphemic, and syntactical features. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 4203 Shakespeare
A critical and performance-based study of selected Shakespearean histories, comedies, and tragedies, synthesizing their historical, linguistic, theatrical, and cultural contexts. PR: ENG 1123. Course fee.
ENG 4413 Diversity In American Literature
African, Asian, Arab, Hispanic, and Native American voices in contemporary American literature. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 4523 Advanced Composition
Advanced writing and reading of non-fiction with extensive revision and editing. PR:
ENG 4533 Senior Writing Project
Required Capstone course for English majors. Preparation and presentation of a major paper in an area of interest, assessment of personal learning and educational offerings, and preparation of a professional portfolio. PR: ENG 1123 and 3513.
ENG 4593 Special Topics In English
Various topics in English; offered at the discretion of instructor. PR: ENG 1123 and PI.
ENG 4723 Studies In Genre: Fiction
Literary and formal analysis of selected classic short stories and novels. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 4733 Studies In Genre: Poetry
Literary and formal analysis of medieval to contemporary poetry. PR: ENG 1123.
ENG 4743 Studies In Genre: Drama
Survey of ancient to contemporary drama with a focus on literary and formal analysis. PR: ENG 1123.
FLM 2013 Film Appreciation
An introduction to the art of film. Includes such topics as film making, early history of the industry, genres, and theories. Students view and analyze a number of films in order to better understand the influence of film on individuals and society.
FLM 2423 Film History
History of the film industry with special attention to influences of the industry and the industry’s influence on history.
GER 1214 Elementary German I
Basic vocabulary, grammar, and practice in understanding, speaking, writing, and reading German.
GER 1224 Elementary German II
Vocabulary building and complex grammatical construction. Stresses the spoken language and German culture. PR: GER 1214 or three semesters of high school German.
SPA 1214 Elementary Spanish I
Basic vocabulary, grammar, and practice in understanding, speaking, writing, and reading Spanish.
SPA 1224 Elementary Spanish II
Vocabulary building and complex grammatical construction. Stresses spoken language and Spanish culture. PR: SPA 1214 or three semesters of high school Spanish.
SPA 2214 Intermediate Spanish I
Grammar review and continued emphasis on oral and written communication. Also, literary and cultural readings. PR: SPA 1224 or two years of high school Spanish.
SPA 2224 Intermediate Spanish II
A continuation of SPA 2214. PR: SPA 2214.