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English Course Descriptions

English N50: Introduction to Written Communication
Units: 3.
Class Hours: 48 lecture total.
Prerequisite: Qualifying profile from English placement process.
Advisory Reading Level: None.

Introduction to written communication including autobiographical, journal and summary writing, and responding to essays. Basic grammar and punctuation. Designed for native speakers. Not applicable to associate degree. Students may be referred to the Writing Center.  

English N60: Basics of Effective Writing

Units: 3.

Class hours: 64 lecture total.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in English N50 or qualifying profile from English placement process.

Advisory reading level: None.

Sentence structure and paragraph writing including reading-based modeling and integrated study skills. Students may be referred to Writing Center. Designed for native speakers. Not applicable to associate degree. 

English 061: Introduction to Composition

Units: 3.

Class hours: 64 lecture total.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in English N60 Or qualifying profile from English placement process.

Expository paragraph writing emphasizing various methods including argumentation. Practice in refining sentence skills and grammar.  For native speakers only.

English 101: Freshman Composition

(CAN ENGL2)(CAN ENGL SEQ A=ENGL 101 + 102)

Units: 4.

Class hours: 64 lecture total.

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in English 061/ESL 112 or ACE 116 or qualifying profile from English placement process.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Expository and argumentative essays and the research paper. Special interest sections described in schedule of classes.

English 101H: Honors Freshman Composition

Units: 4.

Class hours: 64 lecture total.

Prerequisite:  A high school or college GPA or 3.0 or above and a grade of C or better in English 061 or EMLS 112 or ACE 116 or qualifying profile from English placement process.

Advisory reading level 3.

An enriched exposure to expository and argumentative essays and the research paper, requiring in-depth analysis of issues and substantive treatment or student selected topics.

English 102:  Literature and Composition

(CAN ENGL 4) (CAN ENGL SEQ A = ENGL 101+102)

Units: 4.

Class hours: 64 lecture total.

Prerequisite: A grade of C or better in English 101 or English 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

A second semester course in composition and literature that continues to focus on expository and analytical writing with extensive readings selected from three of the four major genres.

English 102H:  Honors Literature and Composition

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: A high school or college GPA of 3.0 or above, and English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

An enriched approach designed for honors students. A second semester course in composition and literature that continues to focus on expository and analytical writing with extensive readings selected from the four major genre.

English 103:  Critical Thinking and Writing

Units: 4.

Class hours: 64 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H with a grade of C or better.

Advisory reading level: 4.

This course focuses on developing critical thinking, reading, and writing skills by studying established argumentative methods and models and applying them to contemporary issues. Emphasis will be on logical reasoning and analytical and argumentative skills necessary for critical writing.

English 103H: Honors Critical Thinking and Writing

Units: 4.

Class hours: 64 lecture total.

Prerequisite: A high school or college GPA of 3.0 or above and a grade of C or better in English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Enriched and intensive exploration of historical and contemporary issues. Application of critical thinking, writing and reading skills to established argumentative methods and models through student initiated discussion and problem-solving in a seminar setting.

English 211: Creative Writing I/Fiction

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Writing techniques focusing on the short story. Class exercises leading to completion of a short story, research into markets and submission of story.

English 212: Creative Writing II/Fiction

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 211.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Writing and editing the long story or novel. Research into markets and submission of manuscript.

English 214: Creative Writing I/Poetry

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

A poetry-writing course focusing on poetic techniques, forms and content. Extensive written practice and analysis of the poem and its variety as seen in student and professional work. Covers techniques for submitting works for publication.

English 215: Creative Writing II/Poetry

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 214.

Advisory reading level: 4.

An advanced poetry-writing course focusing on poetic techniques, forms and content. Extensive written practice and analysis of the poem and its variety as seen in student and professional work. Special emphasis is on the timeless themes of poetry. Covers techniques for submitting works for publication.

English 220: Survey of the Bible as Literature

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

A study of the literary craftsmanship of the Bible and an exploration of its relationship to a variety of other stories, poems, and plays.

English 231: Survey of English Literature

(CAN ENGL 8) (CAN ENGL SEQ B = ENGL 231+232)

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Introductory study of representative selections of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the neo-classical period. Emphasis on authors best exemplifying their period: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser, Dryden, Pope, Johnson, and others.

English 232: Survey of English Literature

(CAN ENGL 10) (CAN ENGL SEQ B = ENGL 231+232)

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Introductory study of representative selections from the English Romantic Movement to modern times. Emphasis on those authors best exemplifying their period: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Browning, Newman, Carlyle, Houseman and Yeats. 

English 233A: Shakespeare’s Comedies and Romances

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Study of selected Shakespearean comedies and romances. Emphasizes dramatic elements, depiction of human nature, and timeless/timely conflicts. Augmented by films and, if available, appropriate field trips. Different selections in English 33ABCD. 

English 233B: Shakespeare’s Tragedies and History Plays

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Study of selected Shakespearean history plays and tragedies. Emphasizes dramatic elements, depiction of human nature, and timeless/timely conflicts. Augmented by films and, if available, appropriate field trips. Different selections in English 233ABCD. 

English 241: Survey of American Literature 1600-1900

(CAN ENGL 14) (CAN ENGL SEQ C = ENGL 241+242)

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Survey of America’s greatest works of literature from 1600-1900. Emphasizes the relationship between various works and general movements in American culture and literary history.

English 242: Survey of American Literature, 1900-Present

(CAN ENGL 16) (CAN ENGL SEQ C = ENGL 241+242)

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Survey of America’s greatest works of literature and their contributions to the American culture from 1900 to present. Emphasizes the relationship between literary and intellectual history.

English 246: Survey of Chicano Literature

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 3.

Examines American literature by and about Chicanos. Emphasizes the relationships between various works and the Chicanos place in American society/culture.

English 270: Children’s Literature

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H with a grade of C or better.

Advisory reading level: 4.

A study of literature for children, from literature for the young child through literature for the young adult. Includes history, trends, issues, and evaluation. Covers all major genres: poetry, non-fiction, literature from the oral tradition, and fiction, including full-length works.

English 271: Survey of World Literature

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Survey of selections from world masterpieces from the beginnings of writing through the 1600’s. Literary works studied in historical context for artistic form, their influence on their culture and others, and general contribution to understanding human experience.

English 272: Survey of World Literature

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Survey of world literacy masterworks since the Renaissance studied for artistic form, cultural influence and contributions to modern and contemporary thought.

English 278: Survey of Literature by Women

Units: 3.

Class hours: 48 lecture total.

Prerequisite: English 101 or 101H.

Advisory reading level: 4.

Selected works by women of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas will be springboards for discussions. Students will study varying roles women assume and attitudes toward women in short stories, novels, plays, poetry, and non-fiction.