English Courses

Directed Self-Placement for Writing Classes

Except for student veterans and students enrolling in dual-credit or dual-enrollment courses, Missouri State University-West Plains no longer uses a placement exam to determine students' eligibility for college English courses. Instead, students complete a Directed Self-Placement Survey assessing their past writing experience and their confidence in their current writing skills. Based on the results of this survey, students receive advice about the entry-level course in which they should enroll. It is highly recommended that students follow given advice. Inappropriate self-placement may increase the time it takes to complete a certificate or degree and may interfere with financial aid. For further information see the Directed Self-Placement explanation.

English (ENG) courses

  • ENG 100 Introduction to College Composition

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Directed Self Placement Survey and ACT Reading score of 15-17 or a Compass Reading Score of 69-80 or an Accuplacer Reading Score of 63-84.. Required of some students as determined by scores on placement tests or a student's self-placement survey. This course is an introduction to the university's composition sequence. Special attention will be given to identifying the subject, purpose and audience of each composition produced, the processes that lead to finished compositions and the numerous elements within sentences and paragraphs that combine to create whole compositions. May be taken Pass/Not Pass (P/NP) . Students who take the course P/NP will receive a 'P' only if their course grades equal a 'C' or higher. Students must earn a 'C' or better in ENG 100 to pass and progress into ENG 110.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • ENG 100A Introduction to College Composition (ALP)

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Directed Self Placement Survey and ACT Reading score of 15-17 or a Compass Reading Score of 69-80 or and Accuplacer Reading Score of 63-84. One of two paired courses that make up ALP, ENG 100A is an introduction to the university's composition sequence. Special attention will be given to identifying the subject, purpose and audience of each composition produced, the processes that lead to finished compositons and the numerous elements within sentences and paragraphs that combine to create whole compositions. Graded Pass/Not Pass only. Students enrolled in ENG 100A must also be concurrently enrolled in ENG 110A.

    Credit hours:
    2
    Lecture contact hours:
    2
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • ENG 101 Integrated Reading and Writing

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Directed Self-Placement jSurvey and ACT Reading score of 15-17 or a Compass Reading Score of 69-80 or an Accuplacer Reading Score of 63-84. This course will satisfy the requirements for IDS 150 and English 100. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for English 110 and increase their reading proficiency for all other content courses. Students will engage in the reading and writing processes. They will also learn how to independently read and understand academic texts and critically respond to the ideas presented in those texts via well-organized, coherent written essays. Required of first-year students who score 13-14 on their reading ACT subscore and whose directed self-placement survey recommends ENG 100. Students must receive a 'C' or better in this courses in order to progress to ENG 110.

    Credit hours:
    4
    Lecture contact hours:
    4
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • ENG 110 Writing I

    Prerequisite(s): A Grade of 'C' or better in ENG 100, ENG 100A or ENG 101 or completion of Directed Self-Placement Survey and ACT Reading score of 18 or above or a Compass Reading Score of 81 or above or an Accuplacer Reading Score of 85 or above. An introduction to college-level writing in which students develop critical reading and writing skills. The emphasis in reading has students locating, evaluating and synthesizing information in an analytical and ethical manner. The emphasis in writing develops students understanding of the ways writers generate and express ideas of different purposes to various kinds of audiences across a range of context, including social, academic and professional. Students work on argumentation, rhetorical analysis and editing for clarity, style and conventions. A Grade of 'C' or better is required in this course in order to take ENG 210 or ENG 221. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 110 and ENG 110A.

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  • ENG 110A Writing I (ALP)

    Prerequisite(s): Completion of Directed Self Placement Survey and ACT Reading score of 15-17 or a Compass Reading Score of 69-80 or an Accuplacer Reading Score of 63-84. One of two paired courses that make up ALP (Accelerated Learning Program), ENG 110A is an introduction to college-level writing in which students develop critical reading and writing skills. The emphasis in reading has students locating, evaluating and synthesizing information in an analytical and ethical manner. The emphasis in writing develops students' understanding of the ways writers generate and express ideas of different purposes to various kinds of audiences across a range of context, including social, academic and professional. Students work on argumentation, rhetorical analysis and editing for clarity, style and conventions. Students enrolled in ENG 110A must also be concurrently enrolled in ENG 100A and must earn a 'C' or better to progress to ENG 210 or ENG 221. Students may not receive credit for both ENG 110 and ENG 110A. .

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • ENG 184 Mini Literature

    Topics in literature, such as detective fiction, Missouri writers, new fiction. Check current registration schedule for topics offered. Course may be repeated, provided topic and title are different, to a maximum of 6 hours. Will satisfy part of the general education requirement in Humanities. Variable Content Course.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
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    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 190 Language Skills

    Development of specific writing skills in selected areas of composition, such as sentence grammar and structure, punctuation and capitalization, spelling, diction and dictionary use, outlining and organization. Not a composition course. Check current registration schedule to determine topics being offered. Course may be repeated, provided topic and title are different, to a maximum of 3 hours. Will not satisfy the general education requirement in English. Variable Content Course.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
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    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • ENG 197 Selected Topics in English

    A variable credit lecture/discussion and/or lab course. Content varies with topics identified by title in the course schedule. The course may be repeated if the topics differ; however, no more than six credits may count as elective credit toward any degree. Check with the appropriate department head to see if credit for this course will count toward the major or minor.

    Credit hours:
    1-3
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    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 200 Introduction to Literature

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110. General Education Course (Humanities). Investigation of the roles that literature plays in shaping, preserving and contesting culture and society. Study of literacy in the broadest sense and its impacts over a variety of time periods and cultures.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • ENG 203 Creative Writing:Poetry

    Prerequisite(s): A Grade of 'C' or better in ENG 110. Introduction to the theory, technique and terminology of writing poetry and practical experience in writing in the form. Students who earned a 'D' in ENG 110 may appeal to the department chair for admission to this course through a portfolio of work.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

  • ENG 205 Creative Writing: Nonfiction

    Prerequisite(s): A Grade of 'C' or better in ENG 110. An introduction to writing creative nonfiction, including critical reading in the genre.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 210 Writing II: Academic Writing

    Prerequisite(s): A Grade of 'C' or better in ENG 110 Study practice of the discourse conventions of academic writing about public affairs from the perspective of an educated person. Preparation for writing within disciplines. Additional course work will be required for students taking as an Honors course and a 'B' grade or higher must be earned in order for the student to receive an Honors designation.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • ENG 215 Creative Writing:Short Story

    Prerequisite(s): A Grade of 'C' or better in ENG 110. Introduction to the theory, technique and terminology of short story writing and practical experience in writing in the form. Students who earned a 'D' in ENG 110 may appeal to the department chair for admission to this course through a portfolio of work.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

  • ENG 220 Exposition

    Prerequisite(s): A Grade of 'C' or better in ENG 110. Problems in exposition and persuasion; elementary logic, critical reading.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 221 Writing II: Writing for the Professions

    Prerequisite(s): A Grade of 'C' or better in ENG 110. (Focus on Written Communication and Integrative and Applied Learning). Students apply discipline-specific knowledge to a variety of writing situations encountered by professionals: correspondence, proposals, documented research reports, abstracts, definitions, product and process descriptions. Projects emphasize developing skills in audience analysis, including multicultural considerations; analytical reading; critical thinking; research methods; and clear writing, with attention to the ethical dimensions of workplace writing. Additional course work will be required for students taking this as an Honors course and a 'B' grade or higher must be earned in order for the student to receive an Honors designation.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall, Spring

  • ENG 225 Creative Writing:Playwriting

    Prerequisite(s): A Grade of 'C' or better in ENG 110. Problems in playwriting. Students who earned a 'D' in ENG 110 may appeal to the department chair for admission to this course through a portfolio of work.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 230 Introduction to Reading in Literature

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110. Reading and enjoying poetry, fiction and drama written in English. Writing will be required on the works read. Taught for non-literature majors. Not open for credit on any English degree.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 231 Major Writers of English

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110. Study of characteristic writing by important American and/or British authors. Writing will be required on the works read. Taught for non-literature majors. Not open for credit on any English degree.Additional course work will be required for students taking this class as an Honors course and a 'B' grade or higher must be earned in order to receive an Honors designation.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Spring

  • ENG 232 Ozarks Writers

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110 or instructor permission. Study of characteristic works by significant Ozarks writers. Writing will be required on the works read. Taught for non-literature majors. Not open for credit on any English degree. 3 (3-0)

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  • ENG 234 Literature for Children and Young Adults

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110. Study of various genres-poetry, picture books, traditional stories, fiction and non-fiction appropriate for early childhood and elementary and middle school grades; criteria for selection. Satisfies requirement for Early Childhood and Elementary Certification at Missouri State University, Springfield.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 235 Critical Approaches to Literature

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110. Writing analytical papers employing a variety of critical methods of reading and interpreting poetry, fiction and drama.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 236 Minorities in Literature

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110. Study of characteristic literary works by African American, Hispanic American, Native American and other minority authors. Variable content course. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours if the topic is different.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 280 Short Story

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110. Analysis and appreciation of the short story and the study of its development.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 283 Folklore and Cultural Engagement

    Prerequisite(s): A Grade of 'C' or better in ENG 110. Reading and examination of folklore as national or international cultural holding material will serve to introduce research methods of the discipline and major genres of folklore: folk narrative, folk song and material culture.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Fall

  • ENG 285 Subjects in Folklore

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110. Reading and examination of folklore, as folk art and as cultural holding material; study may focus on types (such as myths, legend, fairy tales) ; groups (such as miners, cowboys, railroaders) ; or regions (such as Ozarks, New England or Scandinavia) . Student requests will considered. Variable Content Course. May be repeated to a total of 6 hours.

    Credit hours:
    1
    Lecture contact hours:
    1
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 288 Literature of Work:Readings in Professions

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110. The use of literary texts to explore the personal, cultural and philosophical issues raised by work in the professions. This course is reading and writing intensive. An honors component, requiring additional research and writing, is available.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 289 Literature, Culture, Conflict

    This course explores how literature imagines cultural identities, conflicts within and between cultural groups and efforts to resolve these conflicts. For the purposes of this course, culture will be understood in terms of such categories as nation, region, language, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, family structure, gender, sexuality, age and disability. Through the critical analysis of literature and through personal reflection on literary texts, students will learn to recognize, describe and understand their own and others' cultures, the histories of these cultures and their divergences and convergences. Students will also consider how knowledge of multiple cultures can form a foundation for ethical decision-making and action in a variety of public arenas. Appropriate for students in all majors.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand

  • ENG 296 Introduction to English Linguistics

    Prerequisite(s): ENG 110. Introduction to fundamental concepts of linguistic theory as they apply to languages of the world, especially English. Areas covered include phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics and some applied areas, such as language variation, change and acquisition, disorders and language and culture.

    Credit hours:
    3
    Lecture contact hours:
    3
    Lab contact hours:
    0

    Typically offered: Upon demand