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Language and Literature

Course Descriptions

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LAL 020: Transition to Composition I 4-0-2
Transition to Composition I is a condensed and streamlined version of the Fundamentals of Writing course for student who just need a skill "brush up" in preparation for Composition I. The course will prepare students for the expectations and rigor of Composition U curriculum during intensive and interactive classes. Degree - and certificate - seeking students required to complete developmental coursework must enroll in the required developmental course(s) prior to or immediately following their first six credit hours of enrollment at MACC. Prerequisite: Eligible placement score.

LAL 022: Fundamentals of Writing 3-0-3
Fundamentals of Writing is designed as a preparation for LAL 101, the college-level English course. It will serve as a review of the basic skills in composition, usage, spelling, and writing mechanics necessary for entry into Composition I. Degree - and certificate -seeking students required to complete developmental coursework must enroll in the required developmental course(s) prior to or immediately following their first six credit hour of enrollment at MACC.

LAL 023: Technology Enhanced Fundamentals of Writing I 3-0-3
Technology Enhanced Fundamentals of Writing I is designed as a preparation for LAL 101, the College-level English course. It will serve as a review of the basic skills necessary in composition, usage, spelling and writing mechanics necessary for entry into LAL 101. This course emphasizes individualized instruction and mastery-based learning in a computer lab setting. Concepts are divided into modules which students must master to progress in the course. Students who master module 12 have met the prerequisite for LAL 101. Successful mastery of module 8 meets the prerequisite for LAL024. Degree - and certificate - seeking students required to complete developmental coursework must enroll in the required developmental course(s) prior to or immediately following their first six credit hours of enrollment at MACC.

LAL 024: Technology Enhanced Fundamentals of Writing II 3-0-3
The course is a continuation of LAL 023. Students who complete module 12 have met the prerequisite for LAL 101. Prerequisite: A grade of "C" or higher in LAL 023. Degree - and certificate - seeking students required to complete developmental coursework must enroll in required developmental course(s) prior to or immediately following their first six credit hours of enrollment at MACC.

LAL 031: Fundamentals of Critical Reading 3-0-3
Fundamentals of Critical Reading is designed to provide students with basic reading and study skills necessary for the critical reading and comprehension skills needed for entry into Degree - and certificate - seeking students required to complete developmental coursework must enroll in the required developmental course(s) prior to or immediately following their first six credit hours of enrollment at MACC.

LAL 032: Reading in the Content Area 3-0-3
This reading course is paired with an entry-level content course and provides assistance in reading and comprehending material. The content area class acts as the impetus for discussion and a device for practicing study skills. Students who enroll in this course must concurrently enroll in the content course. The course prepares students with the needed skills for entry into LAL 101. Degree - and certificate - seeking students required to complete developmental coursework must enroll in the required developmental course(s) prior to immediately following their first six credit hours of enrollment at MACC. (IN)

LAL 090: Composition I Lab 3-0-3
This course is designed for highlevel developmental English students needing only supplemental instruction in conjunction with the college-level Composition I coursework. Composition I Lab is a corequisitie course with Composition I, and successful completion of both courses will satisfy any and all developmental writing and reading requirements as well as Composition I. Composition I Lab coursework will complement and enhance students’ comprehension of the Composition I curriculum by focusing on building necessary foundational skills through tailored and individualized instruction. Degree- and certificate-seeking students required to complete developmental coursework must enroll in the required developmental course(s) prior to or immediately following their first six credit hours of enrollment at MACC. Prerequisite: Eligible placement score. Corequisite: LAL101.

LAL 101: Composition I 3-0-3
This course teaches the process of writing, from prewriting to revision. Focus is on reading and critical thinking, essay writing, and literary analysis. Course provides practice in computer-assisted writing and oral communication. Prerequisite: Eligible placement score or satisfactory completion of developmental sequence.

LAL 102: Composition II 3-0-3
Students are introduced to research writing through originality, organization, and persuasion. Focus is on critical thinking when conducting research, considering sources, and synthesizing information. Prerequisites: LAL 101 or instructor approval.

LAL 102H: Composition II Honors 3-0-3
Students are introduced to research writing through originality, organization, and persuasion. Focus is on critical thinking when conducting research, considering sources, and synthesizing information. Honors sections of Composition II will require students to think in more depth about topics, research with a greater emphasis on scholarly sources, and write with more specificity about the course topics. Prerequisites: LAL 101 or instructor approval and students must meet the criteria for admission into the Honors Program. (IN)

LAL 115: Introduction to Fiction Writing 3-0-3
A study of techniques of fiction writing through historical and contemporary short story writing in order to develop publishable student work. Focus is on invention, execution, and revision of stories through a variety of examples and assignments.

LAL 116: Introduction to Poetry Writing 3-0-3
An introduction to techniques of poetry writing through historical and contemporary poems in order to develop publishable student work. Focus is on invention, execution, and revision of poems through a variety of examples and assignments.

LAL 117: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction 3-0-3
This course is a study of techniques of creative nonfiction writing. Students examine historical and contemporary essay writing in order to develop publishable work. Focus is on invention, execution, and revision of essays through a variety of examples and assignments.

LAL 117H: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction Honors 3-0-3
This course is a study of techniques of creative nonfiction writing. Students examine historical and contemporary essay writing in order to develop publishable work. Focus is on invention, execution, and revision of essays through a variety of examples and assignments. Emphasis will also be placed on opportunities to critically examine issues and controversies in creative nonfiction. Prerequisite: Student must meet criteria for admission to Honors Program. (IN)

LAL120 * book American Literature Survey to 1870 3-0-3
This course is a study of American literature from the colonial period to the late 19th century, emphasizing reading, interpretation, and criticism of works by major authors.

LAL121: * book American Literature Survey from 1870 to Present 3-0-3
This course is a study of American literature from the late 19th century to the present, emphasizing reading, interpretation, and criticism of works by major authors.

LAL125: * book African-American Literature 3-0-3
This course is a study of African-American literature through the examination of historical implications and genre contributions of major African-American writers. Course emphasizes the reading, interpretation, and criticism of major works.

LAL125H: * book African-American Literature Honors 3-0-3
This course is a study of African-American literature through the examination of historical implications and genre contributions of major African-American writers. Course emphasizes the reading, interpretation, and criticism of major works. This course uses minimal instructor lecture and emphasizes student participation and discussion. Prerequisite: Student must meet the criteria for admission into the Honors Program. (IN)

LAL130 * book Literature of the American South 3-0-3
This course will examine the literary expression and cultural identity of the American South. Students will consider how Southern writers approach the topics of race, gender, class, and religion. Also, students will consider the South as both a part of America and a fiercely independent region. The course will trace these issues from the Old South of the 19th century, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Southern Renaissance, to the Modern South of the mid 20th century. (IN)

LAL130H * book Literature of the American South Honors 3-0-3
This course will examine the literary expression and cultural identity of the American South. Students will consider how Southern writers approach the topics of race, gender, class, and religion. Also, students will consider the South as both a part of America and a fiercely independent region. The course will trace these issues from the Old South of the 19th century, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Southern Renaissance, to the Modern South of the mid 20th century. This course will emphasize critical thinking and analysis. Special emphasis will be given to student led discussions and presentations as well as opportunities for students to further explore and examine issues in Southern American Literature. Prerequisites: Student must meet criteria for admission into the Honors Program. (IN)

LAL150: * book English Literature Survey to 1750 3-0-3
This course surveys English literature from the Anglo-Saxon to the Neoclassical period, emphasizing reading, interpretation, and criticism of works by major authors. (FA)

LAL151: * book English Literature Survey from 1750 to Present 3-0-3
This course surveys English literature from the Romantic, Victorian, Modernist, and Postmodern periods.

LAL151H: * book English Literature Survey from 1750 to Present Honors 3-0-3
This course surveys English literature from the Romantic, Victorian, Modernist, and Postmodern periods. Honors sections of English Literature Survey from 1750 require extensive reading, the writing of literary analyses, and class presentations beyond nonhonors sections of the course. Prerequisite: Student must meet criteria for admission to Honors Program. (IN)

LAL153: * book Introduction to Contemporary Literature 3-0-3
This course focuses on the appreciation of Contemporary literature with particular emphasis on surveying a diverse scope of genres [short stories, poetry, drama]. It focuses on terminology, techniques, and critical interpretation of literature written in the last 30 years.

LAL 210: * book A Survey of Western Literature I 3-0-3
This course is a survey of world literature from Semitic and Greek epics to 18th century literature. (IN)

LAL 211: * book A Survey of Western Literature II 3-0-3
This course surveys the genres and masterworks of world literature from the 18th century to the present. (IN)

LAL216: * Intermediate Poetry Writing 3-0-3
LAL 216 offers an in-depth guide to the practice of poetry writing. Through workshop, lecture, and discussion, students will focus on the sustained production of publishable work. Prerequisite: LAL 116 or instructor approval. (IN)

LAL222: * book Masterpieces 3-0-3
This course is a study of masterpieces from world literature. Focus is given to American, English, and Continental literature. (IN)

LAL 250: * book History and Development of the Short Story 3-0-3
This course introduces the general reader with the literary genre of short stories, tracing the history and development of the short story.

LAL 251: * book Science Fiction 3-0-3
Students explore science fiction and fantasy through study of short stories, novels, and films.

LAL252: * book Children's Literature for the Elementary Teacher
LAL 252 is an introduction to children’s literature, including materials and pedagogical methods for children’s literature. Focus is on a brief historical survey, theories of child development, principal literary genres, evaluation of literature, and educational methodology. Course may be taken for preprofessional education credit.

LAL 275: * book Classical Mythology 3-0-3
The student is introduced to the subject of classical mythology with emphasis placed on its relevance to interpretation of both literature and art.

LAL299 *Special Studies in English (1-6)-0-(1-6)
This course will consist of specialized study in areas of the department, which are not covered in-depth in courses already offered. Students may take no more than three Special Studies courses in any one discipline. (IN)