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The English Program at Casper College
So much more than commas

Remember when English class was boring?  Remember that teacher who droned on and on about grammar rules without showing you how and why those rules work?  Here at Casper College you’ll find dedicated, caring instructors who want to help you make English work for you in your world.

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Contact Information:    
Kathy Coe
Academic Assistant
(307) 268-2606
MU 137
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Melanie Booth
Department Head
(307) 268-2396
LH 294
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MISSION STATEMENT
CASPER COLLEGE SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS & HUMANITIES~ ENGLISH DEPARTMENT

 The English Department’s primary mission is to provide excellent writing and reading instruction for students at all levels of experience and development. The English Department’s mission aligns with the Casper College mission to give students “opportunities to improve quality of life and sustainable community building and citizenship” through the study of how reading, writing, and language intersect to create purposeful thoughts and actions.

  • Patrick Amelotte
    • Phone: (307) 268-2729
    • Office: LH 177
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  • Melanie Booth
    • Phone: (307) 268-2396
    • Office: LH 294
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  • Joseph Campbell
    • Phone: (307) 268-2387
    • Office: LH 181
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  • Sarah Colvert
    • Phone: (307) 268-2385
    • Office: CE 135
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  • Jill Hughes
    • Phone: (307) 268-2383
    • Office: LH 180
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  • Benjamin Lareau
    • Phone: (307) 268-2382
    • Office: LH 182
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  • Karen Moenkhaus
    • Phone: (307) 268-3324
    • Office: CE 134
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  • Terry Rasmussen
    • Phone: (307) 268-2480
    • Office: PS 336
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  • Cara Rodriguez
    • Phone: (307) 268-2116
    • Office: CE 131
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  • Darby Sawyer
    • Phone: (307) 268-3356
    • Office: CE 132B
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  • Holly Wendt
    • Phone: (307) 268-2616
    • Office: LH 179
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  • David Zoby
    • Phone: (307) 268-2379
    • Office: CE 119
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ENGL 0465 Introduction to Writing for the Trades (1L,1CR):
This course is designed to improve student’s writing performance in the genres of workplace English, as a part of improving their workplace communication
skills. It focuses on improved writing skills for real work situations. Prerequisite: high school level reading ability. Placement based on COMPASS test scores and
primary instructor recommendations.

ENGL 0500 Reading for Success (2-6 LB,1- 3CR):
Individualized, self-paced instruction in developing reading comprehension. Levels vary from seventh grade up through college. S, X or U grade only. Prerequisite:
at least seventh grade reading ability.

ENGL 0510 Fundamentals of Reading I (3L,3CR):
This course will focus on reading as a process and building literacy skills. Specific comprehension development will emphasize vocabulary development,
locating main ideas, identifying specific details, identifying relationships, summarizing, paraphrasing, and responding to readings. Students will learn to read for
different purposes through the use of fiction and non-fiction sources. S/U or letter grade. Prerequisite: High school reading level.

ENGL 0520 Fundamentals of Reading II (3L,3CR):
This course will focus on reading as a process, and skills specifically emphasized include vocabulary, identifying main ideas, finding and categorizing details, and seeing relationships. It will also focus on reading for different purposes including textbooks and literary texts. S/U or letter grade. Prerequisite: Acceptable performance on Reading Placement test or satisfactory completion of ENGL 0510.

ENGL 0550 Reading Efficiency (2LB,1CR):
Individualized, self-paced instruction in increasing reading speed and improving comprehension. S, X or U grade only. Prerequisite: seventh grade reading ability.

ENGL 0600 Basic Writing I (3L,2LB,4CR):
A beginning course in the English composition course sequence. Basic Writing I seeks to strengthen the student’s writing fluency through study of selected elements of basic composition. These include grammar, spelling, and punctuation as well as sentence and paragraph construction. The course introduces students to different patterns of organization and various types of paragraphs through assigned readings and multiple-draft writing assignments. Students have the option of receiving S/U or letter grades.

ENGL 0610 Basic Writing II (3L,3CR):
This course provides a review of writing skills requisite to success in ENGL 1010. This class is designed to assist students in strengthening their writing skills and the ability to use outside readings related to their writing. Writing will consist of thesis driven essays geared toward various patterns of development. Students are
given the option of receiving S/U grades. Students receiving a "C" or better in any 1000 or 2000 level English course may not subsequently earn credit in ENGL 0610. Prerequisite: acceptable performance on an English Placement Test or satisfactory completion of ENGL 0600.

ENGL 0630 Grammar and Writing Improvement (2-6 LB,1-3CR) (Max. 9):
Self-paced individualized instruction in the fundamentals of grammar, usage, proofreading skills, and sentence and paragraph construction. Designed to
prepare students for other writing courses or writing tasks in the workplace. Students needing an intensive review should enroll for three credits. Open entry until midterm. S, X or U grade only. Prerequisite: high school level reading ability.

ENGL 0650 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper (2LB,1CR):
Individualized, self-paced course in developing library research skills, presenting research in written form, and learning the MLA and APA manuscript styles. Students will write two papers. S, X or U grade only. Prerequisite: high school level reading ability.

ENGL 0710 Vocabulary Building (2-4 LB, 1-2CR) (Max. 4):
Individualized, self-paced instruction in structural and contextual analysis of words. Levels extend from ninth grade through college graduate. S, X or U grade only. Prerequisite: ninth grade reading ability.

ENGL 0750 Effective Listening (2LB,1CR):
Individualized, self-paced instruction in effective listening techniques needed for college lectures and public speeches. Open entry until midterm. S, X, or U grade
only. Prerequisite: a high school level reading ability.

ENGL 0810 Spelling Improvement (2-4LB, 1-2CR) (Max. 4):
Self-paced, individualized instruction and practice in phonics rules and memory techniques needed to spell the most common English words correctly. Students may also study the most common business and medical words. S, X or U grade only. Prerequisite: at least seventh grade reading ability.

ENGL 0895 Study Skills (2-6 LB,1-3CR) (Max. 9):
Individualized, self-paced instruction in time management, goal setting, textbook reading strategies, notetaking strategies, memory techniques, library use, and strategies for preparing for taking tests. S, X or U grade only. Prerequisite: high school level reading ability.

ENGL 1010 English I: Composition (3L,3CR) [E][WA]:
A study of the fundamentals of purposeful communication in English. The course focuses on reading and writing expository essays, on using effective language for exposition of ideas, and on thinking clearly. Students are to practice synthesizing information, organizing it coherently, and writing clearly. Prerequisite: COMPASS writing and reading scores of 75 or higher or ACT English score of 20 or higher or SAT verbal score of 450 or higher or successful completion (grade of C or
higher) of ENGL 0610 and ENGL 0520 or equivalent compass test scores of 75 or higher for each.

ENGL 1020 English II: Composition (3L,3CR) [WB]:
An extension of ENGL 1010. Further refines the student’s abilities to gather and synthesize material from independent reading. Students study language both
to appreciate its precise control and to interpret the experience of others. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: a grade of "C" or higher in ENGL 1010.

ENGL 1490 Topics: (Subtitle) (1-3L,1-3CR) (Max. 6):
Offered in answer to specific need or public interest. A student may repeat this course twice under different subtitles to a maximum of six credit hours.

ENGL 1500 Beginning Grant Writing: (Subtitle) (3L,3CR):
A workshop designed for beginning grant writers who are typically the staff of nonprofit organizations, government organizations, educators and/ or community citizens whose job and/ or interests require them to raise funds through grants. This course covers prospect research, proposal development and budgeting for proposals submitted to private foundations.

ENGL 2006 Environmental Literature (3L,3CR):
Environmental literature is a survey course that will explore the major environmental texts and some of the writers of our time. Students interested in nature writing, literature and environmental politics will appreciate this course. Essay writing and group work will be required to complete this study Prerequisite: ENGL
1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2010 Technical Writing I (3L,3CR) [WB]:
Students develop technical reports like those generally used in business and industry. Professional publications, letters, graphs, abstracts, and technical
documentation are also covered. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2011 Literature for Young Adults (3L,3CR):
This course will be a study of the origin, development, and cultural underpinnings of the filed of Young Adult fiction, and an overview of many of the subgenres of the field. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010.

ENGL 2025 J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis: The Men, Their Careers, Their Writings (3L,3CR):
This course will deal with the biographies, the professional teaching and scholarly careers, and variety of writings of two of the 20th Century’s most prolific
and influential writers, Tolkien and Lewis. Readings will include both authors’ literary criticism as well as their more popular works. Topics will include their years at Oxford; their service in World War I; their concern with other literatures, such as Classics, Icelandic sagas, and medieval romances; and their philosophies of story and myth. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2045 Conferencing with Writers (3L,3CR):
This course covers methodology of one-to-one and one-to-small group writing tutoring. The course introduces writing tutors to the education principles and Writing Center goals underlying common tutoring techniques. Topics addressed are theories of learning, principles of memory, learning styles, successful tutoring techniques, online tutoring, and writing across the curriculum. Writing tutors will observe and participate in tutoring sessions in the Casper College, UW/CC
Writing Center. This course is required for, but not restricted to, Writing Center Staff. Non-Writing Center staff must make arrangements with the director to provide for alternative tutoring situations. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2046 Conferencing with Writers II (3L,3CR):
This course is a continuation of ENGL 2045 and covers theories underlying one-to-one and small group responses to writing. The course introduced writing tutors
to writing center and peer tutor theories that inform uniformly accepted best practices. Topics addressed are theoretical constructs of collaboration, interpersonal dynamics, responding to students and student texts, and online tutoring. This course is required for, but not restricted to, Writing Center staff. Non-Writing Center staff must make arrangements with the director to provide for alternative tutoring situations. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2050 Creative Writing: Intro to Fiction (3L,3CR)[E]:
Analysis of the elements of fiction and practice of writing fiction at the introductory and intermediate level. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2055 Creative Writing: Writing in the Wild (3L,3CR):
Student-centered, week long field experience in Yellowstone National Park focuses on reading and writing imaginative verse and prose inspired by nature. Class days are devoted to collecting journal observations during daily hikes, engaging in a variety of writing exercises, and discussing readings and each other’s writing. The course culminates in the submission of a writing portfolio. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2060 Creative Writing: Introduction to Nonfiction (3L,3CR):
As the enormous popularity of national bestsellers demonstrate, the creative nonfiction genre has far-reaching appeal for the millions of readers. In this course the
student will analyze the elements of nonfiction and practice writing nonfiction at the introductory and intermediate level, Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020
recommended.

ENGL 2080 Creative Writing: Introduction to Poetry (3L,3CR)[E]:
Analysis of the forms of poetry, and practice of writing poetry at the introductory and intermediate level. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2130 Creative Impulse (Twentieth Century Humanities) (3L,3CR)[E]:
Focuses on the visual arts, literature, music, and philosophy of the twentieth century. Attention is given to the influence of history upon our culture and the changes in thinking brought about by scientific discovery. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2140 World Literature I (3L,3CR):
Although primarily a study of the literature of the Classical Period of Ancient Greece and Rome, some attention will be paid to the other arts, to religion, and to philosophy. Literary values and the qualities of the greatness of selected works of Western Civilization, including any ideas embodied in those works, will
be the focus. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010.ENGL 1020 recommended. (Cross-listed as HUMN 2140.)

ENGL 2145 War Literature (3L,3CR):
War stories exist at the nexus of two fundamental human drives: the drive to create, and the drive to destroy. In an effort to better understand these human
impulses, students in War Literature will examine a range of texts that deal with complex, multivalent experiences of war. Texts will include letters, poems, stories,
songs, speeches, propaganda, and film. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2150 World Literature II (3L,3CR):
Although primarily a study of the literature of the Middle Ages and beyond, attention will be paid to the other arts, to religion, and to philosophy. Literary values and the qualities of the greatness of selected works of Western Civilization, including any ideas embodied in those works, will be our focus. We may include works, including modern works, late in the semester. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended. (Cross-listed as HUMN 2150.)

ENGL 2185 Classical Mythology (3L,3CR):
Focuses on Greek myth and legend. Included as background are geography, history, excerpts from literature, and theories of interpretation. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2210 English Literature I (3L,3CR) [CH]:
A survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxons to the 18th century. Emphasis is on reading, discussing, and writing about important works in our literary
heritage. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2220 English Literature II (3L,3CR):
A survey of British literature from the early 19th century to the modern period. Emphasis is on reading, discussing, and writing about important works in our literary
heritage. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2225 Playing with Shakespeare: Literature in Performance (4L,4CR):
A fresh look at Shakespeare, aimed at engaging students' interests and increasing their appreciation and enjoyment of his works. Will include study of a variety of different performances. Will examine and respond to the interpretations of actors, directors, and literacy critics in order to arrive at a more complete understanding of Shakespeare's plays, both as literature and performance. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010, or permission of the instructor. ENGL 1020 recommended. (Cross-listed as ENGL 2225.)

ENGL 2230 Introduction to Shakespeare (3L,3CR):
Students are introduced to the works of Shakespeare through careful reading (and re-reading) of representative major plays and/or sonnets in order to become acquainted with Shakespeare’s dramatic and poetical art. Both formal lecture and discussion will cover each reading. From time to time the class will watch tapes of scenes from the plays in order to understand how the plays might be staged and actors interpret roles. In addition to reading between eight and 12 plays and a dozen or so sonnets, students will take mid-term and final objective and essay examinations, report on the interpretation by a major critic (Johnson, Coleridge, Hazlitt, Bradley, Harrison, and so on), and write one short and one extended (possibly research) essay. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2235 Literature of the Supernatural (3L,3CR)[E]:
A study of the development and traditions of the supernatural in American literature. Class readings will consist mostly of prose fiction, although there will be a few assigned readings of nonfiction. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2270 Modern Women Writers (3L,3CR):
An introductory level course, which will focus on women writers of the late 19th century and of the 20th century. Works by earlier writers demonstrate the traditional roles of women in society as well as questions about and challenges to those roles, while works written since the middle of the 20th century image women in a changing society. These works are the background to contemporary literature which presents positive and powerful images of women as recent writers revision traditional roles and envision new realities for women and for society. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2310 American Literature I (3L,3CR) [CH]:
A survey of major American writers and their significant contributions from the Colonial Era to the Civil War. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2320 American Literature II (3L,3CR):
A continuation of ENGL 2310: American writers from the Civil War to the mid 20th Century. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2340 Native American Literature (3L,3CR)[E]:
A broad cultural study of Native American literature with attention to folklore, oral tradition, and contemporary writers. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2350 African American Literature (3L,3CR):
A chronological and thematic survey of African American writers and their works, from the earliest slave narratives to contemporary writings. This course will explore one specific sector of the diversity of American literature. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2440 Literary Genres: Short Story (3L,3CR)[E]:
A study of several short stories with emphasis on the development of the genre as a modern art form, from its structural crystallization in the early 19th century to the experimental techniques of the latter 20th century. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2475 Independent Study (*,1-3CR) (Max. 6):
*Individual appointments with instructor. Books and periodicals studied independently by student in consultation with instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010.
ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2490 Topics: (Subtitle) (2-3L,2-3CR) (Max. 6):
Offered in answer to specific need or public interest. A student may repeat this course twice under different subtitles to a maximum of six credit hours. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2495 Workshop: (Subtitle) (.5-2CR) (Max. 4):
Offered in response to needs and interests of students and members of the community. The topic varies but focuses on reading, writing and analyzing contemporary literature. Guest scholars and writers give lectures, readings, and workshops about different genres including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. A student
may repeat this course twice under different subtitles to a maximum of four credit hours. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ENGL 2500 Grant Writing II (3L,3CR):
A workshop designed for students who have some experience writing grants or who have completed Beginning Grant Writing at Casper College. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. ENGL 1020 recommended.

ESL 0100 English as a Second Language Level I (1-3CR):
This individualized, selfpaced course for students whose native language is not English provides instruction and practice in reading, grammar, writing, listening, and speaking at a high-beginning to low-intermediate level of English proficiency. S, X, or U grade only.

ESL 0200 English as a Second Language Level II (1-3CR):
This individualized, selfpaced course for students whose native language is not English provides instruction and practice in reading, grammar, writing, listening, and speaking at a lowintermediate to intermediate level of English proficiency. S, X, or U grade only.

ESL 0300 English as a Second Language Level III (1-3CR):
This individualized, selfpaced course for students whose native language is not English provides instruction and practice in reading, grammar, writing, listening, and speaking at an intermediate to high-intermediate level of English proficiency. S, X, or U grade only.

ESL 1000 Conversational English for ESL Students (1L,1CR):
Conversational English for ESL is designed to accompany coursework in ESL 1010 and ESL 1020. It gives students the opportunity to interact verbally, overcome the tendency to "translate directly" and to discuss texts and current events. It includes listening as well as speaking, and will include recorded materials as well as assignments to live lectures. It is accessible to ESL students at a variety of levels who come to college from varied cultures and linguistic backgrounds. Preferred: TOEFL score of 350 or higher. Experience with oral and written English.

ESL 1010 English as a Second Language I (4L,4CR):
Intermediate level international students and students with limited English proficiency will earn four credits in reading, listening, grammar, and writing. Students
will interact with one or two instructors, read English texts, write and edit responses, and participate in discussions of texts and/or related issues. Students are encouraged to enroll in ESL 1000, Conversational English for ESL Students. Prerequisite: permission of instructors. Preferred: TOEFL score of 350 or better; successful completion of introductory ESL courses.

ESL 1020 English as a Second Language II (4L,4CR):
High intermediate/low advanced level international students and students with limited English proficiency will earn four credits in reading, grammar, and writing. Students will interact with one or two instructors, read English texts, write and edit responses, and participate in discussions of texts and/or related issues. Students are encouraged to enroll in ESL 1000. Prerequisite: permission of instructors. Preferred: TOEFL score of 400 or better; successful completion of introductory ESL courses.

LIBS 2280 Literature for Children (3L,3CR) [E][CH]:
A survey course designed for reading and discussion of works of literature for children. Selection of children’s books for school, home, and library is stressed. In order to establish criteria for evaluation, students are expected to become acquainted with a wide sampling of children’s literature including classics, both old and new. Prerequisite: ENGL 1020.

The English Program at Casper College
So much more than commas

Whether you're an English major with questions about literary criticism or a comp student struggling to write your first college paper, this is the place to be. Get writing help, the scoop on why you have to take composition and helpful link all right here!

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Here are some places to look for answers to those questions:

The Purdue Online Writing Site
Without a doubt, this is one of the best online resources for writers.  From commas to MLA, from topic selection to revision and editing, they’ve got it covered, and it’s easy to use!

The Elements of Style
This is an online copy of William Strunk's time honored volume of help for writers.  While old, it is still considered an authority.  The original was published in 1918.

Hypertext Guide to English Grammar, Mechanics, and Usage Rules
Thorough--and huge--site will link you to any aspect of grammar, punctuation, and usage.  It also contains examples and exercises.

Web of Online Dictionaries
This page contains links to more than 400 dictionaries of over 130 different languages.

Common Errors in English
This is a wonderful site that explains dozens of common English errors and contains links to other English-related issues.

Don’t forget about the Casper College Writing Center! They are available to personally answer your writing questions. 

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