Welcome to the English and Philosophy Department at South Plains College!

 

The English and Philosophy Department and its course offerings have three purposes: to help students improve their written communication skills, to help students develop critical thinking skills, and to introduce students to those works of literature which have helped to shape our language and our society.

 

ESOL Writing Courses:

ESOL 0301: Developmental ESOL Writing and Grammar (placement is determined by ability and/or by TSIA writing test scores). Enrollment in this course is limited to non-native English speakers. ESOL 0301 is an intermediate grammar and writing course for speakers of other languages. It focuses on the unity, organization, development, and appropriateness of English at the sentence level and introduces paragraph and short essay development. It helps develop writing skills that include the use of standard English, the organization of ideas, and the application of grammar, in addition to preparing students to function in an English-speaking society and academic setting. ESOL 0301 cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements but does satisfy TSI requirements. Students who earn a C or better may advance to ESOL 0302 or ENGL 0302.

ESOL 0302: Developmental ESOL Writing and Grammar (placement is determined by ability and/or by TSIA writing test scores). Enrollment in this course is limited to non-native English speakers. ESOL 0302 is an advanced grammar and writing course for speakers of other languages. It focuses on the unity, organization, development, and appropriateness of English at the sentence and paragraph level and introduces essay development. It helps develop writing skills that include the use of standard English, the organization of ideas, and the application of grammar, in addition to preparing students to function in an English-speaking society and academic setting. ESOL 0302 cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements but does satisfy TSI requirements. Students who earn a B or better may advance to ENGL 1301 (Composition I).

 

Developmental Writing Courses:

ENGL 0301: Basic Developmental (placement is determined by ability and/or by TSIA writing test scores). ENGL 0301 includes a basic review of English grammar, focusing on spelling, punctuation, diction, and various types of sentence construction. Students learn to write unified, organized, well-developed paragraphs in a variety of modes, such as description, process analysis, cause/effect analysis, and argumentation. ENGL 0301 cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements but does satisfy TSI requirements. Students who earn a C or better may advance to ENGL 0302.

ESOL 0302: Developmental English (placement is determined by ability and/or by TSIA writing test scores). ENGL 0302 provides preparatory work for students to be able to succeed in college-level English courses. It offers a review of English grammar and the process of writing academic essays. ENGL 0302 cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements but does satisfy TSI requirements. Students who earn a B or better may advance to ENGL 1301 (Composition I).

 

Freshman English Courses:

ENGL 1301: Composition I. This course includes a grammar review and a study of the principles of good writing, methods of paragraph and essay development, frequent essays, and readings in literature and the other humanities. Students must have passing scores on the TSIA writing and reading tests to enroll (see TSIA Advising Placement Chart). 

ENGL 1302: Composition II: Prerequisite: ENGL 1301. This course is a continuation of ENGL 1301. However, taking Composition II at SPC gives students an added benefit. Besides working on their research and writing skills, students also get a sampling of great literature in ENGL 1302 through the study of short stories, drama, and poetry. Students learn research skills and how to write a college-level research paper.

 

Sophomore Courses:

ENGL 2307: Creative Writing. Do you dream of becoming the next George R.R. Martin or J.K. Rowling? Sign up for creative writing and unleash your potential. Disclaimer: completion of this class does not guarantee a career as novelist. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302.

ENGL 2311: Technical Writing.  Communication and teamwork are top skills employers want. Take Technical Writing and learn how to help people solve problems by explaining an issue clearly and effectively. Learn to work in teams and use technology to build understanding. Technical Writing is a smart investment in your future career. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and 1302.

 ENGL 2321: British Literature. Does everything British interest you . . . the neat accent, kings and queens, the traditions, the rich history? Do you enjoy epic tales of battles and romances, monsters and heroes, knights and maidens? Do you like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings? If you’re interested in seeing how literature and pop culture, fiction and film collide, sign up for British Literature! Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

Mrs. Ashleigh Brewer, Assistant Professor of English,  abrewer@southplainscollege.edu (Levelland)

Mr. Joseph Fly, Professor of English, jfly@southplainscollege.edu (Reese)

ENGL 2326: American Literature.  Does everything American interest you? Do you admire the independent, patriotic American spirit? Experience the history, art, and rise of a nation by studying America’s literary legacy! Read authors like James Thurber (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”), Washington Irving ("The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"), Edgar Allan Poe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Maya Angelou, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Jefferson, and more.* American Literature is the place to explore literary frontiers! Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

Ms. Kay McClellan, Associate Professor of English, kmcclellan@southplainscollege.edu (Levelland)

Ms. Glenda Bryant, Associate Professor of English, gbryant@southplainscollege.edu (Internet)

ENGL 2328: American Literature Since 1865. Brand new to the SPC English Department, this course focuses on American literature from the Civil War to the present. In the themed section entitled “Southern Gothic Literature,” travel to the American South and see what happens when perceptions of genteel society and history collide with the bleak realities of racism, sexism, poverty, and violence. Deformed and grotesque characters, mental instability, emotional ineptitude, moral depravity, and the supernatural highlight inherent tensions between social norms and oppression. Prerequisites: English 1301 and 1302.

Dr. Roy Bearden-White, Assistant Professor of English, rbearden-white@southplainscollege.edu  (Levelland)

ENGL 2332: World Literature I.  Ever wondered where your favorite stories began? Do you know these famous works of literature: Old Testament (Job, Psalms), Homer’s Odyssey, Aesop’s Fables, Sophocles’ Oedipus, Plato, Dante’s Inferno, Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and/or Hamlet?* Being able to recognize references to literary masterpieces is an important asset in social and career circles. Get smarter with some of the great works of early literature, from the Ancient World through the Renaissance, in World Literature I! Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

Mr. Joseph Fly, Professor of English, jfly@southplainscollege.edu (Reese)

Mr. Steve Sanders, Instructor of English, smsanders@southplainscollege.edu (Levelland)

ENGL 2333: World Literature II. Do you enjoy modern literature on a global scale? If so, experience history, art, and the evolution of modern literature through post Renaissance masterpieces in World Lit II. View social revolution in Neoclassicism; connect with metaphysical and supernatural worlds, romance, medieval settings, secret passages, monsters, and twisted people in Gothic; embrace feelings, the supernatural, and nature through Romanticism; view a slice of life in Realism; examine dysfunction, perseverance, and triumph of the human spirit in Modernism; and venture into today's fragmented and psychologically dysfunctional world in Postmodernism. Readings may include: Voltaire's Candide; Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Stoker's Dracula; the poetry of Eliot, Keats, and Wordsworth; Kate Chopin; Guy de Maupassant, Ernest Hemingway,Wilbur Daniel Steele; Ursula LeGuin; Alain Robbe-Grillet, and others. * Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

 Ms. Kay McClellan, Associate Professor of English, kmcclellan@southplainscollege.edu

Dr. Roy Bearden-White, Assistant Professor of English, rbearden-white@southplainscollege.edu  (Levelland)

ENGL 2341: Introduction to Fiction. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302. This course includes a critical study of, and writing about, a variety of short stories and novels. Depending on the semester, the English Department offers a variety of themed sections: 

  • “Virtue and Vice” Section: This section focuses on the good and evil of human nature in story, novel, and film. Reading selections include Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Stephen Crane, Leo Tolstoy, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Kate Chopin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Baldwin, Sandra Cisneros, plus post-9/11 literature and much more. Mollie Moore, Assistant Professor of English, mmoore@southplainscollege.edu (Levelland)
  • “Graphic Fiction” Section: Follow the history of graphic fiction from the uncertain beginnings of the nineteenth century with newspaper comic strips through the Golden Age of the comic book in the 1940s until the current popularity of graphic novels. You’ll be challenged to determine how this popular form of literature provides insight to, and often critiques, contemporary culture. Dr. Roy Bearden-White, Assistant Professor of English, rbearden-white@southplainscollege.edu (Levelland)
  • “Dark Humor” Section: Death, drug abuse, bodily functions, gratuitous violence, and hopeless losers can all be funny. If you couldn't really laugh at the bad stuff, then life would be a real drag. Find out how modern writers have dealt with life through the use of dark humor. Robert Knight, Assistant Professor of English, rknight@southplainscollege.edu (Reese)

ENGL 2343: Introduction to Poetry. How do you describe having your heart broken, losing a loved one to war, fear of death, political frustration, or simply the sky? Through meaning, sound, form, and rhythmic language, Introduction to Poetry explores the foundation of all Western literature, an ancient art form about our humanity that has been reinvented again and again.  Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.   

*Literature/authors/topics listed are representative and not guaranteed. Email instructors to acquire specific reading lists. Not all courses listed above are guaranteed to be offered each semester.

                                                                    Philosophy Courses:

PHIL 1301: Introduction to Philosophy. As humans, we sometimes ponder the big, deep questions: What is the meaning of life? What happens when I die? Is there a God, etc.? This course is your chance to deal with important, relevant issues and put an honest effort into attempting to understand them. Topics include being, mind, free will, knowledge, God, evil, ethics, politics, and life’s meaning. PHIL 1301 will help you develop your critical thinking skills, understand the difference between good and bad arguments, and learn to critically and carefully analyze the arguments of others. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

B. Kyle Keltz, Adjunct Professor bkeltz@southplainscollege.edu (Levelland and Reese)

 

Did you know?

  • To get an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, you must take a Language, Philosophy, and Culture class.
  • One sophomore-level English course or a philosophy course will fulfill the Language, Philosophy, and Culture core requirement on your degree plan.
  • Most universities require one or two sophomore literature courses for a four-year degree.
  • You can mix and match sophomore literature courses and take them in any order.

 


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Departmental chairperson is Mrs. Sharon Race, Associate Professor of English.