ENG 103.2692: The Research Paper

From the course catalog:

3 credits

3 hours

Pre-Requisites: ENG 101 (unless you got a waiver due to the dissolved Liberal Arts cluster)

Students write coherent essays in varied academic formats, by using appropriate library research and writing a staged, formal essay. Students learn how to choose an appropriate academic research topic, pose research questions, outline, organize and integrate source material into essays without plagiarizing. Students find and evaluate both print and on-line sources and practice note-taking, summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting using in text citations and learn to create a Works Cited page.


In our section of ENG 103, we’ll focus on the popular phenomena of zombies. Specifically, we will read the first two volumes of Robert Kirkman’s ongoing graphic narrative, The Walking Dead, and watch the AMC series based on the comic books. Students will learn to do “close readings” of comic books, and acquire the research skills necessary to complete a longer essay using scholarly sources. Research topics can be chosen from the comic books, the TV show, or any aspect of the undead.


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