English Courses

As an English major, you’ll develop critical thinking, writing and reading skills – skills that are vital to success in any profession and to being an engaged and informed citizen.


First-Year Composition

ENG 090, ENG 111 and ENG 112 are part of a required composition sequence for all North Carolina Wesleyan University students. These courses ensure that our students are familiar with the expectations for academic writing at the college level. Incoming freshmen will be placed into ENG 090 or ENG 111 based on their high school GPA and SAT (or ACT) scores. Students who want to contest their placement must take the Placement Test created by the Department of English before the start of their first semester.

ENG 090 Basic Writing & Reading

The course seeks to develop the student’s writing and reading skills as preparation for college work. Individualized instruction will be available and each student will do considerable work in those areas appropriate to his needs. ENG 090 carries elective course credit and may not be used to satisfy any general education requirements and is graded Pass/Fail.

ENG 111 Writing I

The purpose of this course is to improve the student’s ability to speak effectively, read critically and write clearly. Emphasis is on writing expository essays. A grade of “C” or better is required to pass.

ENG 112 Writing II

Prerequisite: ENG 111

The purpose of this course is to increase the student’s ability to develop written arguments, conduct research, interpret evidence and advance proposals in a reasoned and persuasive way orally and in writing. A grade of “C” or better is required to pass.

Recent Offerings in Literature & Writing

Each semester the Department of English offers a different slate of literature and writing courses. Below you will find descriptions for some of the courses taught in the last few years. Please visit the North Carolina Wesleyan University Course Catalog for a complete list of our offerings.