Programs of Study
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 also learn how to write a college-level research paper.
Sophomore Writing Courses:
ENGL 2307: Creative Writing. Are you an aspiring writer? English 2307 introduces you to creating personal manuscripts of poems, plays, fiction, or other media, such as a movie script. You’ll also learn about the background and development of creative writing theory and have the opportunity to produce manuscripts of a final, publishable version in one or more genres. If you want practical experience in the techniques of imaginative writing, this is the course for you. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302, instructor permission.
Caleb Humphreys, Instructor of English, firstname.lastname@example.org (Levelland)
ENGL 2307: Technical Writing.
Dr. Roy Bearden-White, Assistant Professor of English, email@example.com (Levelland)
Sophomore Literature Courses:
ENGL 2321: British Literature. Heroes, Monsters, and Harry Potter 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, and fiction and film collide, sign up for British Literature! Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.
Mrs. Ashleigh Brewer, Assistant Professor of English, firstname.lastname@example.org (Levelland)
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 Allen Poe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Maya Angelou, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Jefferson, and more.* American Literature is the place to explore literary frontiers next semester! Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.
Ms. Kay McClellan, Associate Professor of English, email@example.com (Levelland)
Ms. Glenda Bryant, Associate Professor of English, firstname.lastname@example.org (Internet)
ENGL 2332: World Literature I. Do you know these famous works of literature: Old Testament (Job, Psalms), Homer’s Odyssey, Aesop’s Fables, Sophocles’s Oedipus, Plato, Dante’s Inferno, Beowulf, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and/or Hamlet?* No? Then you need to change that! Being able to recognize references to literary masterpieces is an important asset to have. You want to sound as educated and well-rounded in social and career circles as everyone else, right? Get smarter with some of the great works of literature, from the Ancient World through the Renaissance, in World Literature I! Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.
Mr. Joseph Fly, Professor of English, email@example.com (Reese)
Dr. Sally Good, Professor of English, firstname.lastname@example.org (Levelland & Internet)
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 will 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, email@example.com
ENGL 2341: Introduction to Fiction.You have several options for studying fiction next semester: (Prerequisite: ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302)
Option 1: Can’t choose between American and British Literature? Do both and more in this section that studies a variety of fascinating themes in short stories, novels, and film! We will focus on a theme of Virtue & Vice: 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!
Ms. Mollie Moore, Instructor of English, firstname.lastname@example.org (Levelland)
Option 2: Not big on literature? Are comics more your style? How about getting credit to study them? This section focuses on graphic fiction, specifically the history of comics, sequential art and graphic novels.
Dr. Roy Bearden-White, Assistant Professor of English, email@example.com (Levelland)
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.
Dr. Sally Good, Professor of English, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com (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 class requirement on your degree plan.
- Most universities require one or two sophomore literature courses for a four-year degree.
- SPC offers several sophomore literature courses that are a lot cheaper than at The Big University.
- You can mix and match sophomore literature courses and take them in any order!
- Even if you’re not an English major, you may fulfill your three-hour Language, Philosophy, and Culture core requirement by taking one of our sophomore English courses or a Philosophy course.
- SPC Associate of Arts in English Brochure
- Degree Plan for English Majors: Associate of Arts in English
- Associate of Arts Degree Worksheet
- Associate of Science Degree Worksheet
- TSI Advising Placement Chart
- Why English?
- Best College's Guide to the Best Careers for English Majors
- Guide to Online English Degrees
English Major Transfer Information:
- SPC Catalog English Major Transfer Guide
- Texas Tech
- Lubbock Christian University
- Wayland Baptist University
- West Texas A & M University
Departmental chairperson is Mrs. Sharon Race, Associate Professor of English.