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Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Communication

COMM 110. Public Speaking. Study and practice of how to speak effectively, and with ease and confidence in a variety of public situations. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better. (NMCCN COMM 1113) (Area I). (3)

 

COMM 370. Interpersonal Communication. Study of interpersonal communication including nonverbal behavior, content, and relational aspects of messages, relationship development, self-disclosure, and conflict management. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN COMM 1213). (3)

 

COMM 400. Cross-Cultural Communication. Study of communication between people of differing cultural and sub-cultural backgrounds including the influence of culture on verbal and nonverbal behavior, world views, values, mores, tolerance, prejudices and stereotypes. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

Developmental Writing

DVSR 101. Developmental Reading I. Improve vocabulary and reading comprehension through sentence and paragraph analysis of literature in preparation for DVSR 102. Latin and Greek roots, topic sentences, and supporting details are also covered. (3)

 

DVSR 102. Developmental Reading II. Analysis of literature essays in order to improve comprehension, vocabulary, and critical thinking in preparation for ENGL 101. (3)

 

DVSW 101. Developmental Writing I. Basic writing concepts for students going on to DVSW 102; with literature as models, emphasizes basic grammar, sentence construction, topic sentences, and the organization of the paragraph. (3)

 

DVSW 102. Developmental Writing II. Basic writing concepts for students planning to enroll in English 101; with literature as models, emphasizes basic organization, topic sentences, paragraph construction, and the development of a thesis. (3)

 

NOTE: Developmental Studies courses do not meet General Education requirements or count towards degree completion in any way. Students who place into a developmental course must complete it with a C or better before moving to the next course and before enrolling in General Education courses in those areas.

 

English Language and Composition

 

ENGL 101. Composition and Rhetoric I. Extensive practice in the skills involved in clear and effective writing. Placement according to ACT score, COMPASS, or successful completion of DVSW 102 (Developmental Writing II) and placement according to COMPASS reading score or successful completion of DVSR 102 (Developmental Reading II). All students will take a final exam, which will be scored by English faculty. Failure of the exam will lower the course grade one grade. (NMCCN ENGL 1113)(Area I). (3)

 

ENGL 102. Composition and Rhetoric II. Continuation of English 101; deals with longer papers and research; may include a brief introduction to literature. All students will take a final exam, which will be scored by English faculty. Failure of the exam will lower the course grade one grade. Prerequisite: ENGL 101 with a grade of C or better. (NMCCN ENGL 1123)(Area I). (3)

 

ENGL 200. Poetry. Intensive study of American and British poetry and poetics designed to acquaint students with the essential components of poetic composition and to develop the analytical and interpretive skills necessary for the fullest appreciation of poetry. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN 2313)(Area V). (3)

 

ENGL 201. Introduction to Literature. Introduction to the basic concepts and vocabulary of literary analysis for consideration of poetry, fiction, and drama; emphasizes the writing of effective critical essays. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN ENGL 2213)(Area V). (3)

 

ENGL 205. Latino Literature of the United States. Survey of the literature of United States citizens of Hispanic descent, with particular focus on the Mexican  American, Cuban American and Puerto Rican. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN ENGL 2723)(Area V). (3)

 

ENGL 225. The Short Story. Detailed study of short stories. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN ENGL 2343)(Area V). (3)

 

ENGL 240. Native American Literature. Exploration and analysis of selected texts by Native American writers incorporating fundamentals of history, art, and music with a focus on cultures of indigenous peoples of North America. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN ENGL 2733)(Area V). (3)

 

ENGL 265. World Literature. Exploration of literatures outside the American and British traditions with focuses on diversity, multicultural approaches, and critical thinking, encouraging comparisons and connections within the framework of the global perspective. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN ENGL 2612)(Area V). (3)

 

ENGL 293. English Literature I. Survey of English literature from its beginnings through the eighteenth century. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102.(NMCCN ENGL 2413)(Area V). (3)

 

ENGL 294. English Literature II. Survey of English literature from the beginning of the Romantic period to the present. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN ENGL 2423)(Area V). (3)

 

ENGL 296. American Literature I. Survey of major American writers before the Civil War. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN ENGL 2513)(Area V). (3) ENGL 297. American Literature II. Survey of major American writers since the Civil War. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN ENGL 2523)(Area V). (3)

 

ENGL 300. Heroic Myth and Legend. Study of the nature and function of myth and its expression through the literature, legend, and folklore of particular cultural traditions. Examines the heroic code, legendary heroes and heroines, gods and goddesses, and mythic archetypes. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 304. History of the English Language. The structural essentials of the English language, with attention given to the historical development from Old English to Modern English, and to grammar, vocabulary, and style. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 305. Drama as Literature. Detailed study of plays from the eighteenth century to the present. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 316. Traditional Grammar and Usage. Intensive grammar study designed primarily for the English major or minor; required for students seeking New Mexico teacher licensure in English. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: ENGL 102 and Junior or Senior standing. (3)

 

ENGL 320. Creative Writing. Practice in original composition for students who have shown creative ability; requires a strong background in mechanics of English composition. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 325. American Life and Thought. A search for keys to understanding the American character and the uniqueness of the American experience as reflected by dramatists, novelists, poets, essayists, and short-story writers through readings in primary literary sources and secondary social, intellectual, and political commentaries. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 353. The Novel. Readings in a broad range of novels from the eighteenth century to the present. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (NMCCN ENGL 2323). (3)

 

ENGL 410. Advanced Creative Writing. Advanced practice in original composition with a focus on research and publication within a chosen genre; demands a sophisticated understanding of the English language, an application of critical thought, and a commitment to creativity. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 320. (3)

 

ENGL 415. Life and Literature of New Mexico. Study of the fiction, travel, memoirs, and folklore of New Mexico with an emphasis on those writings which reflect the cultural heritage and literary accomplishments of the area. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 418. Studies in English Literature. Advanced study in a particular period, author, theme, or genre in English literature; serves as an in-depth follow-up to the most recently offered English literature survey course. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 419. Advanced Composition. Intensive work in expository writing. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 420. Studies in American Literature. Advanced study in a particular period, author, theme, or genre in American literature; serves as an in-depth follow-up to the most recently offered American literature survey course. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 438. Women as Writers. Examination of selected writings by English and American women from the sixteenth to twentieth centuries, with special consideration given to the ways in which women portray women’s experience, image, self-concept, and role in society. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 440. Shakespeare. Study of the major plays, including representative tragedies, comedies, and histories, with emphasis on character, language and theme.

Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL/HIST 447. The Enlightenment. Acquaints the student with the significant changes in ideas and values which swept Europe and the Americas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 450. Secondary English Methods. Techniques and texts appropriate to the high school classroom. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. Offered every third semester. (3)

 

ENGL 451. Literature of the American West. Survey of the literature of the West, with emphasis upon historical narratives, folk literature, nature writing, and fiction. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 455. Psychological Perspectives on Literature. Will investigate the many ways in which psychological experience becomes the thematic material of literature. Even though the specialized discipline of psychology did not emerge until the later nineteenth century, literacy artists have explored human mental experience for many centuries and continue to do so today. This course uses literary texts (drama, personal memoir, fiction, poetry) to study the literacy representation of primary mental disorders such as paranoia, delusional psychosis, schizophrenia and suicidal depression. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 465. Critical Approaches to Literature. Intensive study of literatures through the application of various insights and knowledge from other fields that can reveal more about the literatures as well as more about the students exploring the literature. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 201. (3)

 

ENGL 469. Writing for Professionals. Advanced practice in the kind of writing required in professional employment, including but not limited to the fields of education, medicine, law enforcement, social sciences, and business. Students choose writing activities related to their chosen profession, articulate criteria for these assignments, share their writing assignments, and review each other's work. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

ENGL 470. Feminist Theories of Literature. Highlights women’s issues and women’s literature, and investigates theoretical approaches to all literature, building on students’ understanding of the literary canon, women’s social and historical issues, and literary theory, with emphasis on extensive research and writing. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 201. (3)

 

Philosophy

 

PHIL 100. Introduction to Philosophy. Acquaints the student with philosophical problems and methods through systematic discussion of selected questions concerning the nature and grounds of knowledge, morality, and religion. Writing Intensive. (3)

 

PHIL 101. Thinking and Problem Solving. Development of such problem-solving techniques as common sense, verification of facts, validity of logic, existentialist analysis, and computer modeling; explores the humanistic value of thinking in itself as distinguished from problem-solving. Writing Intensive. (NMCCN PHIL 1113)(Area V). (3)

 

PHIL 200. Contemporary Philosophy and Religious Thought. Analysis of perennial problems of religion and solutions of them by recent thinkers: religion and science, revelation and reason, grounds for belief in God, and relation of God to the world. Writing Intensive. (3)

 

PHIL 201. Logical Methods. Will aid the student in critical thinking; analysis of ethical, emotional, logical appeals, and fallacies in argument. Writing Intensive. (NMCCN PHIL 1213). (3)

 

PHIL 211. Survey of the New Testament. Introduction to literary content of New Testament writings; examination of the historical, religious, cultural and political contexts of New Testament writings and their authors; special attention given to apocalyptic and apocryphal themes. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

PHIL 300. Recent Philosophy. Critical examination of important trends in American and European philosophy of the recent past, particularly various schools of linguistic analysis, phenomenology, logical positivism, and existentialism. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

PHIL 400-404. Problems of Philosophy. Critical examination of philosophical problems and issues, including selected problems of language, theory of knowledge, ethics, and science. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

 

PHIL 407. Environmental Ethics. Explores a wide range of environmental issues through the application of ethical theory to present and past cases. Writing Intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. (3)

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