Course Descriptions

The following is a complete listing of courses offered at MCC. You can also visit our Programs of Study page for a list of course requirements necessary to complete your degree.

AAD - Applied Art and Design
ACC - Accounting
ACD - Alcohol/Chemical Dependency
AGS - Agricultural Studies
ANT - Anthropology
ARA - Arabic/Foreign Language
ART - Art
ASL - American Sign Language/Foreign Language
ATP - Automotive Technology
BIO - Biology
BUS - Business
CDL - Interdisciplinary
CE - Cooperative Education-Disney World
CE - Hospitality
CE - Office Technology
CEL - Leadership
CHE - Chemistry
CHI - Chinese/Foreign Language
CIN - Cinema Studies
CIS - Computer Information Systems
CIT - Civil and Construction Technology
CLT - Clinical Laboratory Technician
COM - Communication
COS - College Success
CPT - Computer Technology
CRC - Computer Related Curricula
CRJ - Criminal Justice
CSC - Computer Science
DAS - Dental Assisting
DEN - Dental Hygiene
EBL - Experience Based Learning
ECE - Education and Early Care
ECO - Economics
EDU - Education
ELT - Electrical Engineering Technology/Electronics
EMS - Emergency Medical Services
ENG - English Literature
ENG 105 - Introduction to Literature

3 Credits

An introduction to reading and analyzing these primary genres of literature: fiction, poetry, and drama. The course may also include creative nonfiction. Students will respond critically to readings of different historical and cultural contexts through class discussion and written evidence-based literary arguments. These contexts will include different worldviews, politics, classes, ethnicities, races, genders, or sexual orientations. Non-western perspectives will also be included. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101; or equivalent; or instructor permission (ENG 101 can be taken as a co-requisite).

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Write thesis-driven, evidence-based literary arguments, using literature as a primary source and relying on textual support.
2. Analyze various genres of literature, including but not limited to poetry, fiction, or drama.
3. Analyze works by authors who represent diverse world cultures, including non-western perspectives.
4. Discuss the connections between literature and its historical, cultural, or political content.
5. Critique literature using key literary terminology.
6. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 108 - Literature of the Holocaust

3 Credits

A study of the Holocaust through a variety of genres, including poetry, novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, and children’s literature, in order to gain a better understanding of the ideas presented by the Holocaust as a significant event in world history. Students will study the origins and development of the Holocaust and its political, cultural, economic, and social implications through the lenses of a variety of writers. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s):ENG 101; or equivalent; or instructor permission (ENG 101 can be taken as a co-requisite)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Examine the implications of the Holocaust as a significant event in world history
2. Discuss Holocaust related themes.
3. Interpret events/trends in the contemporary world through the lens of the Holocaust.
4. Explain historical aspects of the Holocaust.
5. Evaluate ideas from diverse literary genres that discuss the Holocaust.
6. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
7. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 109 - Detective Fiction

3 Credits

Students will read classic and contemporary short stories and novels in sub-genres including golden age, hard-boiled, and police procedural by such authors as Christie, Chandler, Conan Doyle, and Grafton. Students will study the origins and development of genre as a vehicle to examine historical, social, political, intellectual, and cultural contexts. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101; or equivalent; or instructor permission (ENG 101 can be taken as a co-requisite) :

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the origins and development of the genre.
2. Identify common sub-genres of detective fiction.
3. Describe common conventions of the genre.
4. Analyze detective fiction in written assignments.
5. Analyze detective fiction in discussion.
6. Explain detective fiction's relationship to culture.
7. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
8. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall only

ENG 114 - The Young Adult Novel

3 Credits

The course will use various critical literary approaches to explore novels from the first Golden Age of children’s literature to its contemporary incarnation in the 21st century as a way to consider the transformation from child to adult and the global socio-cultural concept of the young adult. A variety of subgenres such as Realistic/Historical Fiction, Fantastic/Speculative Fiction, Mystery/Detective, Romance and Creative Nonfiction will be covered with attention given to motifs, archetypes, and themes in such literature. While the course will emphasize the traditional novel, the dominant genre in YA literature, additional genres such as the graphic novel, poetry, drama, and non-fiction will also be explored to properly contextualize the novel within Young Adult Literature as a whole. This course will center on written texts but may also include occasional references to films and other media. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101; or equivalent; or instructor permission (ENG 101 can be taken as a co-requisite)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the historical development of Young Adult Novels.
2. Describe the literary genres within Young Adult Novels.
3. Explain the global socio-cultural concept of adolescence as exemplified in Young Adult Novels.
4. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
5. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Spring only

ENG 115 - Fantasy Literature

3 Credits

An exploration of classic, modern and contemporary Fantasy Literature including reading, discussion and written analysis. Various subgenres such as High Fantasy, Magical Realism, Urban Fantasy and Mythic Fantasy will be explored by applying critical, social and historical context and analysis. Attention will be given to motifs, archetypes, themes and key figures/authors. This course will center on written text with occasional references to Fantasy in films and other media. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101; or equivalent; or instructor permission (ENG 101 can be taken as a co-requisite)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze Fantasy Literature.
2. Explain the differences among the various forms of Fantasy Literature.
3. Explain Fantasy Literature’s relationship to contemporary culture.
4. Describe the common conventions of Fantasy Literature.
5. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
6. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall only

ENG 118 - Perpetrators, Victims, and Bystanders: Literature of Genocide - WR

3 Credits

A study of the development of the major groups involved in a genocide, including perpetrators, victims, bystanders, upstanders, rescuers, and resistors through a variety of literary genres, which may include poetry, novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, movies, and children’s literature. Students will study the origins and definition of the term genocide and read literature from representative genocides such as Rwanda, Armenia, Cambodia, Iraq, The Holocaust, Darfur, and South Sudan. (SUNY-OWC). Three class hours. 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101; or equivalent; or instructor permission (ENG 101 can be taken as a co-requisite).

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Define genocide within its cultural, political, economic, or institutional context.
2.Discuss the global issue of genocide and atrocity through one or more of the following perspectives, including the perpetrator, victim, bystander, upstander, resistor, or rescuer.
3.Evaluate ideas from diverse literary genres from around the world that discuss genocide and atrocity.
4.Write a thesis-driven essay using literature of genocide and atrocity as a primary source.
5.Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature of genocide and atrocity.
6.Analyze one or more domestic, political, economic, cultural, or social issues in one or more of the following countries: Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, Armenia, Sudan, and Germany.
7.Explain how genocide develops through one or more of its institutional, governmental, economic, cultural, and social precipitating factors.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 201 - Early British Literature

3 Credits

A survey of British literature from the early middle ages to the late eighteenth-century. Possible authors studied include Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare, and Defoe. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze British Literature written from the early Middle Ages to the 18th Century.
2. Interpret literature in the context of its historical period.
3. Interpret literary works using critical perspectives.
4. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
5. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall only

ENG 202 - Modern British Literature

3 Credits

A survey of British literature from the late 18th Century to the present. Focus moves from romantic optimism and the belief in progress to the disillusionment produced by industrialism and global war. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze British Literature written from the late 18th Century to the present.
2. Interpret literature as it relates to its historical, cultural, and/or political context.
3. Describe the relationships between various movements (such as Romanticism, Victorianism, Modernism, and/or Postmodernism) and the literature of the period.
4. Interpret literary works using critical perspectives.
5. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
6. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall only

ENG 203 - American Literature to 1865

3 Credits

A survey of American literature from the celebration of the new land in the Colonial Period to the Civil War. Readings and discussion focus on writers such as Franklin, Hawthorne, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze American literature written from colonial times through 1865.
2. Describe the relationship between various movements (such as Puritanism, the Age of Reason, and/or Romanticism) and the literature of the period.
3. Interpret literature as it relates to its historical, cultural, and/or political context.
4. Interpret literary works using critical perspectives.
5. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
6. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall only

ENG 204 - American Literature Since 1865

3 Credits

A survey of American literature from the Civil War to the present, focusing on the changing values of an increasingly technological society. Includes the major literary philosophies of the time through writers such as Crane, Hemingway, Faulkner, Baraka, and O'Connor. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze American literature written from the aftermath of the Civil War through current times.
2. Describe the relationships between various movements (such as Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and/or Postmodernism) and the literature of the period.
3. Interpret literature as it relates to its historical, cultural, and/or political context.
4. Interpret literary works using critical perspectives.
5. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
6. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Spring only

ENG 208 - Literature of the Bible

3 Credits

A study of the rich literary heritage found in both Hebrew and Christian scripture. The course focuses on such types as: saga, short story, poetry, gospel narrative and apocalyptic writings. Themes include the human struggle to understand the Divine and the nature of good and evil. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze the Bible as literature.
2. Critique the Bible using key literary concepts.
3. Explain interrelationships between various Books of the Bible.
4. Analyze interrelationships between the Bible and other texts (secular or religious).
5. Analyze interrelationships between the Bible and major religious traditions of the world.
6. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
7. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall only

ENG 210 - Literature of the Black Experience

3 Credits

Provides insight into the Black experience through the writings of such representative authors as Dumas, Pushkin, DuBois, Hughes, Wright, Ellison, Cleaver, and Baldwin. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the relationship between Literature of the African American Experience and mainstream literature.
2. Discuss key concepts of ethnic diversity and cultural inclusion as they relate to African American literature.
3. Explain literary genres and devices related to the literature of African Americans.
4. Critique literary works through various critical methodologies.
5. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
6. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 214 - The Short Story

3 Credits

A study of the development of the short story as a distinctive literary form. Includes writers such as Chekhov, Poe, Hemingway, Updike, Carver, O'Connor and Barthelme. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of the short story.
2. Read and analyze short stories from a variety of cultures and time periods.
3. Demonstrate skills of analysis through written and oral responses
4. Demonstrate the development of critical insight and an aesthetic sensibility regarding short stories.

Course Offered Fall only

ENG 215 - Children's Literature

3 Credits

A survey of classic and contemporary children's works from Aesop to Rowling. Students will analyze a variety of different genres such as fables, poems, myths, fairy tales, picture books, and novels with themes such as evil, escape, individuality, and the demands of society. Critical approaches such as historical, psychological, feminist, and Marxist theories may be discussed and applied to texts. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 with a C or better, or placement into ENG 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe the historical development of children’s literature.
2. Describe the literary genres within children’s literature.
3. Analyze various children’s works from an academic perspective.
4. Explain the global socio-cultural concept of child as exemplified in children’s literature.
5. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
6. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 216 - American Minorities in Literature

3 Credits

A study of authors whose literature provides a minority view of American life. Includes authors of African-American, Native American, Latino and Asian heritage, such as Hughes, Giovanni, Momaday, Storm, Thomas, Pereda, Yutang, Mori. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Explain literary genres and devices related to the literature of cultures and groups underrepresented in the traditional American canon.
2. Examine themes characteristic of literature written by authors outside the scope of the so-called traditional “American” identity.
3. Critique literary works through various critical methodologies.
4. Discuss key concepts of ethnic diversity and cultural inclusion as they relate to literature of cultures and groups underrepresented in the traditional American canon.
5. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
6. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Spring only

ENG 217 - Women in Literature

3 Credits

Literature in which the roles of women are significant and help explain contemporary attitudes. The works for reading and discussion are selected from many cultures, and cover the period from Biblical to modern times. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss how the unique experiences of women influence their writings.
2. Analyze representations of women in literature.
3. Describe various contexts that influence the representation of women in literature.
4. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
5. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 218 - Introduction to Shakespeare

3 Credits

Reading, discussion, and written analysis of several major plays and some of the sonnets. The course explores Shakespeare’s challenging language and the memorably rendered characters that populate his works, including kings, queens, lovers, shrews and fools. Themes such as power, revenge, love, jealousy, ambition and betrayal will be discussed. Critical approaches including psychological, feminist, and historical theories may be presented and applied to the texts. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Interpret Shakespeare's works in the context of the Elizabethan/Jacobean period.
2. Analyze the works of Shakespeare.
3. Explain the conventions of Shakespearean Comedies.
4. Explain the conventions of Shakespearean Tragedies.
5. Explain the conventions of the Shakespearean History Plays.
6. Explain the conventions of the Shakespearean Sonnets.
7. Interpret Shakespeare’s works using critical perspectives.
8. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
9. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 220 - Introduction to Dramatic Literature

3 Credits

A survey of drama from the ancient Greeks to the end of the 20th century, with emphasis on dramatic structure and style. The readings may include international writers such as Aristophanes, Marlowe, Goldsmith, Ibsen, O'Neill, Fugard and Childress. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze plays using appropriate terminologies.
2. Discuss aspects of the relationship between dramatic literature and plays-in-performance.
3. Interpret plays in the context of the historical period of their writing and/or production.
4. Describe the common conventions of the genre.
5. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
6. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 223 - Science Fiction

3 Credits

Reading, discussion, and written analysis of speculative fiction novels and short stories about human beings experiencing the changes resulting from science and technology. Representative authors from Shelley and Wells, through Clarke and Heinlein, to LeGuin and Delany. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze works of science fiction from a variety of cultures.
2. Describe the common conventions of the genre.
3. Apply critical insight in interpretations of science fiction.
4. Explain the historical development of science fiction.
5. Describe the relationship of science fiction to mainstream literature.
6. Explain the connection between science fiction and the impact of changing technology and social systems on people.
7. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
8. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 224 - Literature of Horror

3 Credits

Students will read classic, modern, and contemporary short stories and novels, with an emphasis on the historical development of the genre. Attention will be given to supernatural, psychological, and allegorical themes and tropes in such fiction, as well as relevant social and historical background information. The course will center on written fiction, with occasional reference to horror in films and other media. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Categorize horror texts in the context of the genre's own history.
2. Describe Horror Literature's subgenres and conventions.
3. Describe Horror Literature's relationship to culture.
4. Analyze horror texts.
5. Apply common Horror Literature themes to cultural intellectual history.
6. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
7. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 225 - Contemporary Poetry

3 Credits

A study of major poetry from 1940 through the 1990s. Emphasis is on technique and language, form and content. Selections are from poets as diverse as Frost and Ginsberg, Clifton and Rich, Plath and Cummings. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze contemporary poetry.
2. Define key literary terms related to the analysis of poetry.
3. Explain form as it relates to contemporary poetry.
4. Explain technique as it relates to contemporary poetry.
5. Describe the common conventions of the genre.
6. Interpret contemporary poetry according to its historical and social context.
7. Write a thesis-based essay using literature as a primary source.
8. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Spring only

ENG 226 - LGBTQ Literature - WR

3 Credits

This course will include examination and analysis of short stories, drama, memoir, film, and graphic fiction by, for, and about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) people’s lives and experiences. Focus will broaden to include cultural and social history of LGBTQ rights and visibility, and the LGBTQ-specific publishing industry. Coursework will include reading assignments, critical analysis and essays, and class discussions. This is a humanities elective. Three class hours. (SUNY-H)

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101 with a C or better, or placement into ENG 200, or permission of instructor.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Investigate LGBTQ's Literature’s origins and history.
2. Analyze LGBTQ's Literature’s subgenres and conventions.
3. Critique LGBTQ's Literature’s relationships to culture.
4. Critique LGBTQ's Literature’s relationships to political or social struggle.
5. Construct critical analysis of LGBTQ texts.
6. Compare LGBTQ texts with other genres of literature.
7. Integrate LGBTQ Literature themes into cultural or intellectual history.
8. Critique the formal composition, cultural significance, or themes of LGBTQ Literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 230 - Mythology

3 Credits

Literary, cultural, psychological, and historical study of mythology including such cultures as Greek, Roman, Norse, Mid and Far Eastern, African, and mythologies of Americas. The course emphasizes creation, nature and hero myths as they shaped ancient civilizations and discusses how these myths affect global cultures today. Three class hours. (SUNY-H).

Prerequisite(s): English 101 with a C or better, or placement into English 200, or instructor permission.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Discuss myths of various cultures using field-appropriate terminology.
2. Compare and/or contrast myths from diverse cultures.
3. Discuss archetypes present in mythology of a given culture.
4. Explain historical events reflected in some myths.
5. Analyze mythology through various critical methodologies.
6. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature as a primary source.
7. Apply the appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG 290 - Independent Study

Variable Credit

See the Department Chairperson.

Course Offered Fall and Spring

ENG - English Writing
ENR - Engineering Science
ESL - English For Speakers Of Other Languages (ESOL)
FPT - Fire Protection Technology
FRE - French/Foreign Language
FSA - Food Service Administration
GEG - Geography
GEO - Geology
GER - German/Foreign Language
GLF - Golf Management
HBR - Hebrew/Foreign Language
HED - Health Education
HEG - Health Education Global
HIM - Health Information Technology
HIS - History
HMN - Humanities
HON - Honors Studies
HPR - Health Professions
HSM - Homeland Security Administration
HSP - Hospitality
HTL - Hotel Technology
HUM - Human Services
HVA - Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning
IDE - Interior Design
ITA - Italian/Foreign Language
JPN - Japanese/Foreign Language
LAW - Law
LDS - Leadership
MAR - Marketing
MET - Mechanical Technology
MFG - Manufacturing Technology: Automation / Robotics
MTH - Mathematics
MUS - Music
NUR - Nursing
OFT - Office Technology
OPT - Optical Systems Technology
PE - Physical Education--Coed
PEC - Physical Education--Coed
PEJ - Physical Education-Criminal Justice
PEM - Physical Education--Men
PEW - Physical Education-Women
PHL - Philosophy
PHO - Photography
PHY - Physics
PLE - Police: Law Enforcement
PLS - Paralegal Studies
POR - Portuguese/Foreign Language
POS - Political Science
PPE - Physical Studies/Physical Education
PSC - Public Safety Communications
PSC - Public Safety Training
PST - Public Safety Training
PSY - Psychology
REA - Reading
SBS - Honors Studies
SBS - Social & Behavioral Sciences
SCI - Science
SCR - Computer Security
SGT - Surgical Technology
SMT - Sports Management
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish/Foreign Language
SPC - Speech Communication
STT - Solar Thermal Technology
SUS - Sustainability Studies
SVL - Service Learning
TAM - Tooling and Machining
TEK - Technology
THE - Theatre
TOY - Toyota
TRS - Transitional Studies
TVL - Travel And Tourism
XRT - Radiologic Technology