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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

English Composition II (ENG-301)


Varies; self-study format. 

Various; distance learning format.

May 2016 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: demonstrate mastery of clear and effective writing through carefully written analyses of exemplary models of literature; identify and apply in an essay, various rhetorical modes in English Composition, focusing upon the expository (i.e., comparison/contrast) and argumentative (i.e., literary argument) approach; identify elements of a theme and its evidence presented by the author throughout a piece of literature; effectively read a poem, analyze its components, rhythm, and how a poem sounds versus how it reads, and ultimately demonstrate improved mastery of word choice and poetic devices in their own writing; actively engage literary works to develop creative interpretations through an individualized “strong” reading of classic short stories, poetry, and drama; working within the context of selected pieces of fiction, students compose a literary argument with appropriate documentation; develop techniques for addressing opposing views to insure the basic theme of a paper is adequately, though ethically supported; recognize and assess the philosophical or analytic approaches literary critics adopt as “templates” for understanding what a piece of writing means and identify any potential author or critic ideological bias; write an in-depth research paper displaying a discriminating focus upon what constitutes good literature and demonstrating facility with MLA format and its specific requirements for citing references; and recognize various forms of plagiarism, both “benign” and intentional.


This writing course builds upon the skills developed in English Composition II (ENG-101). This course develops students’ critical writing and thinking skills through in-depth reading and analysis of literature, translating students’ thoughts across a range of disciplines. Students develop these critical reading and writing strategies by reading and analyzing engaging works of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry, they explore various literary theories and forms and discuss how these can affect interpretation; they research and address opposing views of critics’ interpretations of the literary works and assert their own interpretations. Students complete a research paper and argue a position from textual evidence to support their theses, applying the documentation requirements of the MLA. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments; class participation; and a final exam. Prerequisite: English Composition I (ENG-101).

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in English or as a General Education elective (3/18) (5/23 revalidation).