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BENG087 Critical Reading Strategies I
(3 Credits)
This competency-based course is designed to increase comprehension and critical thinking using a wide range of texts and topics. Students will use computers to complete written assignments and practice reading skills. Students who do not receive a grade of B or better will be required to retake the course. (Does not satisfy graduation requirements)

BENG089 Introductory English I
(3 Credits)
A basic skills course designed to teach and to review the writing skills, grammar and mechanics necessary for college-level work. Emphasis will be placed on sentence structure and paragraph development. Introduction to essay development will be included. This course has a computer lab component which will integrate writing, editing and word processing. Students who do not receive a grade of B or better will be required to retake the course (Introductory English does not satisfy graduation requirements)

BENG120 College Composition
(3 Credits)
In this course students learn to write clearly and effectively for defined audiences through a variety of strategies. Emphasis is on the writing process through drafting, revising and editing. . Research and documentation strategies are emphasized. A four-credit option is available with the permission of the department. A student must obtain a grade of C- or better to complete the course. (Prerequisite: Placement or successful completion of competency assessment)

BENG211 Technical Writing
(3 Credits)
This course builds on the composition basics of BENG120, College Composition. It differs, however, in that technical writing produces documents you use in everyday life: practical, employment correspondence such as analytical reports, office memos, business letters, resumes, proposals, and grants. We will also focus on the techniques of technical communication pertaining to instructional brochures, manuals, oral presentations, business email etiquette, interviewing and visual design. We will learn critical and creative thinking, organization, collaboration, research methods, ethics, proofreading, editing, cultural considerations in writing and the power of persuasion. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG213 Survey of Women's Literature
(3 Credits)
Although with increasing education for women, published women's writings became more common in the 19th century, British and American literature remained largely male dominated for decades to come. This survey course of literature by and about women will attempt to deal with this discrepancy. Emphasis is on changing voices and concerns of women as related in their writing. Students read, write about, and discuss representative samples of writing in the major traditions of women's literature written in English. The course includes essay and journal writing, as well as a community-based research project. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG214 Children's Language and Literature
(3 Credits)
This course presents children's language and literature from a developmental perspective. Students examine various genres in order to choose appropriate literature for the developmental stages of children from birth through pre-adolescence. Students participate in a variety of language and literature activities, including research, critical observation, original projects, and story-hour presentations. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG215 Language and Logic
(3 Credits)
A study of the most basic forms of reasoning and their linguistic expressions. This course provides an introduction to the traditional theory of the syllogism, contemporary symbolic logic, the nature of scientific reasoning, and the relationship between logic and language. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG217 North Country Literature and the New England Tradition
3 Credits
Local literature is read in the context of the canon of New England literature. Students discuss, read, and write about the Yankee perspective as revealed in poetry, essays, stories, and novels by Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont writers. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG220 Writing the Short Story
(3 Credits)
Beginning with a series of individualized exercises and readings, the student will proceed to develop, draft and revise at least one good short story. The class is conducted as a writing workshop in which each student is expected to produce three to five pages of writing each week. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG223 Survey of American Literature
(3 Credits)
An overview of how America's best-known thinkers, authors and poets have reflected and influenced culture, this course takes an historical approach to studying literature from colonial to contemporary times. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG224 The American Short Story
(3 Credits)
Early modern and contemporary short stories are read closely and analyzed for theme, plot development, character study, and author's style, as well as for the literary and historical periods they represent. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG225 Oral Communication
(3 Credits)
A basic course in public speaking emphasizes the act of speaking and the modes of oral presentation. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG226 Critical Thinking Through Literature
3 Credits
Students examine commonly held myths and stereotypical beliefs of American culture and learn to analyze and evaluate content and style in literary works using multiple levels of thinking. In so doing, they aspire to refine, reshape, and expand their thinking and writing skills, and their personal perspectives. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG227 History of American Women, 1690-1900
(3 Credits)
In this course students will examine the roles women played in the history of America from the post-colonial period to the dawn of the modern era. Emphasis will be placed on women in New England, and particularly New Hampshire. We will employ both text and film. Each student will also be responsible for some outside reading and a short paper about an individual woman living during the time period under discussion. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG229 Media and Society
(3 Credits)
This course is designed as a general analysis of the media, what influences content, and how that content influences our decisions as a society. In turn we will examine what impact our role as consumers of information has on the media. This course will concentrate on news and information media outlets. However, our analysis will extend beyond the traditional media institutions to include a variety of information sources made possible by the Internet. This course will include an historical perspective as we look at how media outlets have changed and evolved from newspapers, to radio and television broadcasting, to the Internet. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG230 Creative Writing Workshop
(3 Credits)
Techniques, practice, and feedback help access creative writing skills and develop an understanding of different creative writing genres through weekly writing, revision, and a final portfolio. Students compose a short story, five pieces of poetry, and two dramatic scenes. Focus is on characterization, plot, imagery, and theme. (Prerequisite: ENG120 )

BENG233 Environmental Literature
(3 Credits)
This course is intended to introduce students to some of the classic works of American nature writing.  The course will involve extensive reading and writing.  Students will gather weekly to discuss the assigned readings.  Discussion topics will include how literature influences public opinion and awareness, how the American view of human nature has changed over time and various writing methods. We will also work towards developing our own skills in observation, reflection and writing about nature. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG234 Exploring Culture through Literature
(3 Credits)
Literature creates imagined worlds where the meaning of human experience is explored in a way that leads us to reflect on our lives and the nature of humanity. Exploring the literature of cultures other than our own creates an opportunity to appreciate alternate views of the world and humanity both intellectually and emotionally while identifying universal human experiences. Students will read contemporary literary compositions from a variety of cultures including our own. We will analyze the literary structure and techniques employed by the writers, and explore the unique cultural identities and dilemmas they portray in their work. Throughout the course we will be comparing and contrasting the revelations of our reading to further our appreciation of how the human experience differs and how it is the same across cultures. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG238 The Literature of Hunting and Fishing
(3 Credits)
TV, video games, and computerized social networking take much of our time these days from reading and the outdoors. There is an honored culture of hunting and fishing in New England, and this course will (re) introduce students to the pleasures of reading great writers on hunting and fishing, both fiction and non-fiction. Short stories will be read closely and analyzed for plot development, characterization, setting, point of view, dialogue, theme, and style. Non-fiction will be read to compare the genre with fiction, as well as to hear how hunters and fishermen who write, and writers who hunt and fish, reflect on their sports. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG239 New Journalism of the 1960s
(3 Credits)
The New Journalism that developed during the 1960s is a genre that combines the elements of traditional journalism with the narrative structure of fiction. It does not follow a prescribed form. The individual writer develops a style and approach out of his or her own sensibility and experience of the event being covered. This course will explore a wide range of journalism texts and analyze the writers and their approaches to their work. We'll consider these works from several angles: their narrative structure, narrative voice, reporting methods, literary and cultural milieu, reader's assumptions, and the writer's lives. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG243 The Graphic Novel
(3 Credits)
Graphic novels, also known as comic books or sequential art, have come a long way since the first issue of Superman. This relatively new form of literature has exploded in popularity and increases daily in its variety and substance. This course will explore several different kinds of graphic novels -- memoir, fantasy, social critiques, adaptations, etc. -- in an effort to understand how writers and illustrators weave words and images together to create meaning in unique ways that transcend traditional genres and harness new modes of expression. The students will thus broaden their knowledge and appreciation of graphic novels as we apply critical concepts to their study. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

BENG245 Survey of British Literature I: AD 700 - AD 1700
(3 Credits)
This course will introduce students to the first ten centuries of literature in English (Old, Middle, and Early Modern English). Study will focus on the major authors and issues of English. Students will analyze the range of social and cultural perspectives represented in the periods of English literature. (Prerequisite: ENG120)

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