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Course Descriptions

 

ENG 1A Reading and Composition
ENG 1B Written Communications II: A Critical Introduction to Literature
ENG 1D Advanced Composition & Critical Thinking
ENG 15 Selected Topics: English
ENG 30 The Film as Literature
ENG 32A Seminar in Communications
ENG 32B Seminar in Communications
ENG 32C Seminar in Communications
ENG 33A Advanced Learning Skills
ENG 35 Chicano Literature
ENG 36 Selected Topics: Literature
ENG 37 Women in Literature
ENG 38 Mythology
ENG 42A Survey of American Literature
ENG 42B Survey of American Literature

ENG 43C World Literature I
ENG 43D World Literature II
ENG 44A Creative Writing: Short Story
ENG 44C Creative Writing: Poetry

ENG 44D Creative Writing: Play & Screen Writing

ENG 44E Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 45 The Reading of Shakespeare
ENG 46A Survey of British Literature I
ENG 46B Survey of British Literature II
ENG 47 The Bible as Literature
ENG 50H Special Studies: English
ENG 52 From Story to Screen
ENG 55A Studies in Drama

ENG 55B Studies in Fiction

ENG 55C Studies in Poetry
ENG 57 Children’s Literature
ENG 60 Practical English Grammar
ENG 73A Writing Laboratory I
ENG 73B Writing Laboratory II
ENG 77 Selected Topics: Basic Skills

ENG 78A Accelerated Reading & Writing I

ENG 78B Accelerated Reading & Writing II
ENG 79 Preparatory English
ENG 87 Basic Writing Skills II

 

 

English 1A Reading and Composition

This course is a transfer-level, college freshman English composition course comparable to those courses offered by the state college and university systems.

 

English 1B Written Communications II: A Critical Introduction to Literature

This course is designed to help the transfer student develop his/her critical thinking skills and read and write with college-level sophistication through writing analytical essays based on reading and discussing a culturally diverse literature. The analysis of literature through discussion and through writing is designed to develop the student's critical thinking skills as well as to increase his/her ways of understanding and interpreting the world.

 

English 1D Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking

This course is designed for the student who wishes to transfer to a four-year college or university. The course emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills through instruction in essay writing by focusing on the principles of logic and developing the abilities to analyze, to criticize, and to reach reasoned conclusions. Critical thinking is refined by close reading of prose to distinguish fact from value judgment and knowledge from opinion. The student is required to write between 6500 and 8000 words divided among several essay assignments.

 

Engilsh 15 Selected Topics: English

This course is designed to encourage the study of special topics in English (other than literature) and to refine English skills. Special topics may include, but are not limited to, analytical reading and writing, technical writing, creative writing, creative non-fiction, and grammar. This course is offered in the traditional classroom setting and does not duplicate catalog offerings. It is not a course of independent study.

 

English 30 The Film as Literature

This course is a study of the cinema genre with emphasis on artistic and literary values.

 

English 32A Seminar in Communications: Tutor Center

This course is designed for the student who is qualified to work as a content area tutor. Emphasis in training is placed on study skills, learning styles, problem solving, tutoring techniques and methods, interpersonal relationships, and content analysis.

 

English 32B Seminar in Communications: Writing Lab

This course is designed for the student who wishes to work as a writing tutor. Emphasis in training is placed on learning theory, learning styles, and techniques of tutoring writing; interpersonal relationships and observational skills; and analysis of writing process stages.

 

English 32C Seminar in Communications: Reading--Beginning Tutor Techniques

This course is designed for the student, at beginning level, who is qualified to work as a reading area tutor. Emphasis in training is placed on the reading process, learning styles, problem solving, reading techniques and methods, interpersonal relationships, and content analysis.

 

English 33A Study Skills for Success in College

This course is an advanced learning skills course designed to improve the student's study skills. Topics include taking lecture notes, improving memory, managing time, reading a textbook, passing examinations, and other strategies for college success.

 

English 35 Chicano Literature

This course is designed to offer a critical survey on the literary periods of Chicano Literature from the Pre-Columbian, Hispanic, Mexican, Transition, Interaction, and Chicano. Spanish proficiency is not required.

 

English 36 Selected Topics: Literature

This course is designed to encourage study in the field of literature of a subject not covered in the college catalog or in the current schedule of classes. This course is offered in the traditional classroom setting and is not a course of independent study. (CSU) Granting of credit is determined based on course content upon petition to the enrolling UC campus usually after transfer. Units completed for this course cannot be counted toward the minimum 60 units required for admissions to UC.

 

English 37 Women in Literature

This course is a study of women in literature with an emphasis on female archetypes in short fiction, drama, poetry, and the novel.

 

English 38 Mythology

This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the literature of Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology. Other universal myths may be included. The course provides a background for understanding of allusions, form, and content of recurring themes in modern literature as well as revealing the continued influence of mythological motifs on customs, traditions, beliefs, and values.

 

English 42A Survey of American Literature

This course is designed as a study of the forms and ideas in early American literature with an emphasis on understanding the values and traditions which shape contemporary American thought (precolonial period through the Civil War).

 

English 42B Survey of American Literature

This course is designed as a study of the forms and ideas in American literature with an emphasis on an understanding of the values and traditions which shape contemporary thought (Mark Twain through contemporary authors).

 

English 43C World Literature I

This course is designed as a survey course of World literature in translation beginning with the earliest extant texts in Mesopotamia and extending through the seventeenth century.

 

English 43D World Literature II

This course is designed as a survey of World literature in translation beginning with the eighteenth century and extending through the first part of the twenty-first century.

 

English 44A Creative Writing: Short Story

This course is designed for the student seriously interested in writing short stories. Emphasis is placed on the craft and artistry employed by the established, published short story author and on constructive group criticism of manuscripts submitted by the class member. Emphasis is on plot, setting, characterization, and narrator.

 

English 44C Creative Writing: Poetry

This course is designed for the student who is seriously interested in writing poetry. Emphasis is placed on the craft of poetry and the artistry employed by established poets and on constructive group criticism of poems submitted by class members.

 

English 44D Creative Writing: Play and Screen Writing

This course is offered to the student seriously interested in writing stage plays and/or screenplays. Emphasis is placed on the study of the craft of writing for the stage or screen; the artistry employed by successful, established, published authors; and constructive group criticism of manuscripts submitted for the course. Emphasis is on plot, character, dialogue, and format.

 

English 44E Introduction to Creative Writing

This course is offered to the student interested in exploring creative writing in any genre, including fiction and non-fiction: short stories, novels, poetry, songs, plays, musicals, screenplays, television scripts, children's books, autobiographies and memoirs, biographies, magazine and newspaper articles, features, reviews, and columns. Emphasis is placed on the conception and development of ideas, process of creative writing, elements and formats of specific genres of writing, benefits of practice in several genres, artistry employed by successful, established, and published authors, and constructive group criticism of work submitted for the course.

 

English 45 The Reading of Shakespeare

This course is designed for the student to read, study, and interpret selected works by William Shakespeare.

 

English 46A Survey of British Literature I

This course is designed as a survey of British literature beginning with the Anglo-Saxon period and extending through the eighteenth century.

 

English 46B Survey of British Literature II

This course is designed as a survey of British literature beginning with the Romantic period and extending through the twentieth century.

 

English 47 The Bible as Literature

This course is designed as a study of the types and characteristics of literature in the English Bible, with consideration of its development and history. Emphasis is placed on those literary qualities that account for the Bible's unique influence on Western literature.

 

English 50H Special Studies: English

This course is designed for the student qualified to do advanced work in English. The course includes research, directed reading, field work, or other advanced study, and the course may be repeated for a maximum total of 6 units.

 

English 52 From Story to Screen

This course is offered to the student interested in exploring and identifying the changes and their effects in adapting literature for film. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of short stories, novels, and plays; the literary elements that must, by necessity, be addressed differently for the screen; the choices made in adaptations; and evaluating the results in film adaptations.

 

English 55A Studies in Drama

This course provides an introduction to drama as a literary genre. Emphasis is placed on dramatic literature's distinguishing elements, critical approaches to its analysis, and writing critical essays.

 

English 55B Studies in Fiction

This genre course is designed as an introductory study of the types and characteristics of prose fiction, including short stories, novellas, and novels, with consideration of their development and history. The course may include fiction written in English, as well as fiction in translation.

 

English 55C Studies in Poetry

This course is an introduction to poetic language, poetic forms, and poetic themes through an examination of traditional and contemporary poetry. This course aims to help students read, understand, appreciate, and critically evaluate poetry written in English.

 

English 57 Children's Literature

This course is a survey of literature written for children. Through an exploration of children's literature from various time periods, cultures, and genres, students will develop a criteria for evaluating the literary merit of these works. This course is intended for prospective teachers, ECE majors, parents, and anyone who is interested in learning about the literature written for children.

 

English 60 Practical English Grammar

This course is designed to prepare the student with a knowledge of the grammar and mechanics of the English language. Emphasis is placed on identifying and generating grammatical sentences and exploring how both simple and complex grammatical structures augment clarity and sentence variety. Students will apply correct English usage to their writing as well as build varied, precise vocabularies for writing proficiency.

 

English 73A Writing Laboratory I

This course is designed for individualized practice in writing the English sentence and paragraph for the student challenged in basic written English or with limited English proficiency. The student's current skill level is determined, and instruction starts at that point. This course may be taken up to two times for a total of up to 2 units. Units earned in this course do not count toward the associate degree.

 

English 73B Writing Laboratory II

This course is designed for individualized practice in composing standard English sentences, paragraphs, and essays for the student challenged in basic written English or with limited English proficiency. The student's current skill level is determined, and instruction starts at that point. This course may be taken up to two times for a total of up to 2 units. Units earned in this course do not count toward the associate degree.

 

English 77 Selected Topics: Basic Skills

This course is designed to encourage the study of special topics in Basic Skills. Special topics may include, but are not limited to, reading and writing, vocabulary, sentence construction, and grammar. This course is offered in the traditional classroom setting and does not duplicate catalog offerings. It is not a course of independent study.

 

English 78A Accelerated Reading and Writing I: Career Pathways

This career pathways course is designed to improve reading and writing while building background knowledge for entry level in the workforce. The student learns comprehension techniques, vocabulary, and writing skills needed for vocational and college courses. Promotion to English 78B will be determined by faculty after evaluation of a portfolio of the student's work. Units earned in this course do not count toward the associate degree.

 

English 78B Accelerated Reading and Writing II

This contextualized course is designed to prepare students for the literacy demands of career and higher education. The course includes reading and writing in response to a variety of expository texts and reviews basic rules of grammar and usage to develop skills in paragraph and essay writing. Promotion to Level II in reading and Level II in composition will be determined by faculty after examination of a portfolio of the student's work. Units earned in this course do not count toward the associate degree.

 

English 79 Preparatory English

This course is designed to prepare students to enter college level English composition. The course emphasis is on writing well-developed paragraphs in an organized essay, improving reading comprehension, and reviewing grammar and usage.

 

English 87 Basic Writing Skills II

English 87 is designed for the student needing development in writing fluency and accuracy. Emphasis is placed on writing and editing of paragraphs and short essays based on readings. Units earned in this course do not count toward the associate degree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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