English Writing Transfer AA

Last updated 4/7/2014

Associate in Arts Code 1019

Program Contacts:
QC Campus
Torria Norman, 309-796-5432, normant@bhc.edu
East Campus
Vashti Berry, 309-854-1711, berryv@bhc.edu


Students planning to major in English at a four-year institution should follow the Black Hawk College Associate in Arts curriculum. The completion of the course of study outlined below will satisfy graduation requirements of Black Hawk College. Since universities may require specific courses for an English major, students should consult with the Advising area at Black Hawk College for additional information.

Students taking the recommended courses will write compositions, critical essays, technical reports, newspaper articles and poetry or fiction. Since employment opportunities as writers may come from many sources, the students with varied writing experiences will have the greatest opportunities. The writing internship is specifically designed to provide students with on-the-job experience and exposure to employers. Since writing skills are essential to continued advancement and higher paying positions in many career areas, the writing emphasis complements many career choices.

English Writing students prepare for such careers as teaching, journalism, advertising, public relations, radio, TV, technical writing, business, and communication.

English Writing Transfer AA
Associate in Arts Code 1019
Course of Study Outline – Suggested Courses (Credit Hours)

First Semester
ENG 101 — Composition I (3)
JOUR 222 — Beginning Reporting  or  (3)
JOUR 230 — Newspaper Production
Fine Arts (3)
Non-Western Studies (3)
SPEC 101 — Principles of Speech Communications (3)

Second Semester
ENG 102 — Composition II (3)
CS 100 — Introduction to Computers (3)
ENG 214 — American Literature II  or  any other 200 level literature course (3)
PSYC 101 — Introduction to Psychology (3)
Physical Science (3-4)

Third Semester
ENG 231 — Fiction Writing (3)
Life Science (4)
Mathematics (3)
Social & Behavioral Science (3)
Foreign Language (4)

Fourth Semester
ENG 132 — Technical Writing I  or  (3)
ENG 245 — Writing Internship
ENG 232 — Poetry Writing (3)
Social & Behavioral Science (3)
1Foreign Language (4)

Minimum total hours required for degree (64)

1Language courses must be 202 level or above to fulfill Humanities group requirement.

Courses for this program include: »

CS 100 Introduction to Computers
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 1 lab hour per week.
Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or REA 093 “B” or better.
Introduction to computer concepts, computer applications, and the impact of computers on society. Applications include problem solving methods, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation graphics software. Basic Algebra or equivalent is recommended.

ENG 101 Composition I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ACT English score of 22 or above; or appropriate COMPASS score; or English 091 “C” or better.
English 101 is designed for students who are competent in the fundamentals of composition. Students will write essays using a variety of expository strategies and will apply standard techniques of documentation when appropriate. IAI: C1 900

ENG 102 Composition II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: English 101 “C” or better.
English 102 is a continuation of English 101, is a required composition course that involves reading, discussion, and analysis of a body of literature to generate ideas for critical and persuasive papers, including one documented research paper. IAI: C1 901R (Grade of “C” or higher required for this course to be eligible to be included in the IAI General Education Core Curriculum.)

ENG 132 Technical Writing I
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: COMM 100 and appropriate COMPASS score or COMM 100 and COMM 105 or ENG 101 “C” or better or BE 180 or instructor consent.
ENG 132 includes correspondence, memo reports, formal reports, abstracts, fact sheets, instructions and proposals. Includes use of a word processor.

ENG 214 American Literature II
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisite: ENG 101 “C” or better.
A survey of representative works illustrating the development of American Literature from the Civil War to the present, with a emphasis on major literary movements understood in relation to their intellectual, social, and political context. IAI: H3 915

ENG 231 Fiction Writing
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Students will understand the structure and elements of fiction and the writing process, produce fully-developed works of fiction, and demonstrate an understanding of the critical terminology of the creative writer.

ENG 232 Poetry Writing
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Students will understand the structure and elements of poetry and the writing process, produce fully-developed works of poetry, and demonstrate an understanding of the critical terminology of the creative writer.

ENG 245 Writing Internship
3 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hrs; 15 lab hrs per week to be arranged.
Prerequisite: Instructor consent.
Actual work experience in any appropriate writing situation: journalism; media (radio, television); advertising; social service agencies; on-profit organizations; public relations; and business and technical writing.

JOUR 222 Beginning Reporting
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Instruction in the mechanics of reporting and writing a news story.

JOUR 230 Newspaper Production
2 cr. hrs.;
0 lecture hours; 6 lab hours per week.
Laboratory experience in the design, assembly and publishing of the college newspaper. Designed to give instruction and experience in all phases of production: editing procedures, rewriting, composition, heading and cutting.

PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
Prerequisites: College level reading scores on COMPASS or REA 098 and SBS 100 “C” or better.
A survey of the field of general psychology without specific emphasis on any particular theory or model of human or animal behavior. Fundamental principles, methods, theories and issues in the field are discussed. Content areas may include learning, thinking, neuroscience, methodology, memory, perception, personality, intelligence, emotion, adjustment, and abnormality among others. IAI: S6 900

SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication
3 cr. hrs.;
3 lecture hours; 0 lab hours per week.
The oral communication course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. The oral communication course: (1) develops awareness of the communication process; (2) provides inventional, organizational, and expressive strategies; (3) promotes understanding of and adaptation to a variety of communication contexts; and (4) emphasizes critical skills in listening, reading, thinking and speaking. IAI: C2 900