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Academic Programs

English - Associate in Arts (602)

Bachelor's degree programs in English generally emphasize the study of literature and literary criticism. Some universities also offer specializations in creative or technical writing and/or programs to prepare students for certification as a high school English teacher. Community college students seeking a bachelor's degree in English are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree prior to transfer. Since admission may be competitive, completion of the recommended courses does not guarantee admission.

Important to Note:

  1. As disciplines within the English major are writing intensive, students pursuing the major may want to consider taking literature courses which have a significant writing requirement (9 to 12 pages in total of writing). This will assist students with requirements as they work towards their bachelor's degrees at universities.
  2. The English panel recommends that English majors satisfy the Humanities and Fine Arts section of GECC with additional courses other than the English major recommendations that count as major credit rather than GECC credit.
  3. To satisfy the GECC section, students may choose to take other literature courses or any other General Education, Humanities, and Fine Arts course.

Students who have already chosen the university to which they plan to transfer should consult that institution's catalog or department advisor and an SVCC academic advisor in planning their program. Students planning on careers as high school English teachers need to meet with an advisor.

English - IAI Recommended Baccalaureate Curriculum

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Program Contacts at Sauk Valley Community College

  • Academic Advising, 815-835-6354
  • Karen Abele, Assistant Professor of English, 815-835-6309
  • Noel Berkey, Assistant Professor of English, 815-835-6207
  • Dr. Odile Blazquez, Associate Professor of English, 815-835-6242
  • Richard Eichman, Professor of History/English, 815-835-6380
  • Rachel Brunner, Associate Professor of English, 815-835-6325
  • Thomas Irish, Assistant Professor of English, 815-835-6394
  • Ruth Montino, Associate Professor of English, 815-835-6213

Total Hours Required - 66 Hours

Suggested Program

First Semester - 15 Hours

  • Math 3 Semester hour(s)
  • **Foreign Language 4 Semester hour(s)
  • Personal Development 1 Semester hour(s)
  • ENG 101 - Composition I (3 Semester Hours)

    A basic course in essay writing with emphasis on exposition, ENG 101 stresses knowledge and application of the rhetorical modes. ENG 101 presupposes competence in grammar, usage, and mechanics. Prerequisite: ACT standard score in English of 22 or above; required scores on the current English placement test, or grade of C or higher in ELA 099. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C1 900 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

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    ENG 225 - American Literature to 1860 (3 Semester Hours)

    By participating in class discussions and reading original works, students will be exposed to and engaged in a broad and intensive study of American literature from the beginning up to 1860. Students will analyze and discuss specific themes, styles, and world views presented in the works. Students will be expected to read and analyze critical commentaries concerning the works. Furthermore, they will become acquainted with the relationships between the works and world in which the authors lived. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or higher or its equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): H3 914 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

  • FYE 101 - First Year Experience (1 Semester Hours)

    The focus of this course is how to be successful in college. Study skills, goal setting, academic planning, time and money management, and information research skills are among the core topics included in this course. Within a supportive environment, students will share their college experiences and develop connections with fellow students and SVCC staff. 1 Semester hour(s) Lecture/Lab Hours: 1 lec/week

Second Semester - 17 Hours

  • Foreign Language 4 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Fine Arts 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Personal Development 1 Semester hour(s)
  • ENG 103 - Composition II (3 Semester Hours)

    An advanced course in essay writing with emphasis on formal research, ENG 103 serves to develop a proficiency in the collection and selection of data as applied to the completion of a formal research paper. In addition, students receive instruction in logic and reasoning, including the fundamentals of argumentative and persuasive writing. Prerequisite: A grade of C or higher in ENG 101 or its equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C1 901R Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

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    ENG 226 - American Literature From 1860 (3 Semester Hours)

    By participating in class discussion and reading original works, students will be exposed to and engaged in a broad and intensive study of American literature from 1860 to the present. Students will analyze and discuss specific themes, styles, and world views presented in the works. Students will be expected to read and analyze critical commentaries concerning the works. Furthermore, they will become acquainted with the relationships between the works and world in which the authors have lived. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or higher or its equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): H3 915 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

Third Semester - 17-18 Hours

  • *Life Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)
  • Foreign Language 4 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • Personal Development 1 Semester hour(s)
  • COM 131 - Intro to Oral Communication (3 Semester Hours)

    This course combines communication theory with the practice of oral communication skills. This 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. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): C2900 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

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    ENG 227 - British Literature I (3 Semester Hours)

    By listening to lectures and reading original works, students will be exposed to and engaged in a broad and intensive study of British literature from the beginning up to the Romantics. Students will analyze and discuss specific themes, styles, narrative structures and world views presented in the different works. Students will be expected to read and analyze secondary sources concerning the works. Furthermore, they will become acquainted with the relationships between the works and the world in which the authors lived. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or higher or its equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): H3 912 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

Fourth Semester - 16-17 Hours

  • Foreign Language 4 Semester hour(s)
  • *Physical Science 3-4 Semester hour(s)
  • Social/Behavioral Science 3 Semester hour(s)
  • ENG Elective 3 Semester hour(s)-options include: ENG 201, 203, 206, 212, or 230
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    ENG 228 - British Literature II (3 Semester Hours)

    By listening to lectures and reading original works, students will engage in a broad and intensive study of British literature from the Romantics through the moderns. Students will analyze and discuss specific themes, styles, narrative structures and world views presented in the different works. Students will be expected to read and analyze secondary sources concerning the works. Furthermore, they will become acquainted with the relationships between the works and the world in which the authors lived. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C or higher or its equivalent or consent of instructor. 3 Semester hour(s) Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI): H3 913 Lecture/Lab Hours: 3 lec/week

Footnotes

  • *One lab science required.
  • **Competency in a single foreign language through the third or fourth college semester is often required.
  • ***British Literature and American Literature are offered in rotation every other year and will need faculty approval for first semester.