English Courses

These listings are sourced from Curricunet, and some courses may not be offered every semester. For additional information, contact the academic department, speak with counseling or refer to the current Class Schedule and College Catalog.

ENGL 1 - Critical Reading and Composition    ( 4.00 Units )
This is an introductory course offering integrated instruction in reading, critical thinking, and expository and argumentative writing, intended to develop the ability to read and write complex, college-level prose. Theme-based units of study will examine ideas in relation to individuals' world view and contexts from which these ideas arise. Primary texts will showcase diverse writers, including marginalized voices. Some research required.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Organize a paper so that it is unified and coherent;
  2. Respond to a topic, demonstrate critical thinking, comprehension and use of text to support ideas;
  3. Demonstrates sentence-level fluency and control of grammar.

ENGL 10 - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant in English    ( 1.00 - 2.00 Units )
Provides the opportunity for students interested in a teaching career to assist an instructor in one target course. Practice in presenting lessons, responding to students' written work, creating assignments, and facilitating group discussions. Recommendation of target course instructor required.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Acquire the skills needed to assess student work and provide effective feedback to students.
  2. Work effectively with students and the instructor in advancing the classroom lessons and processes.

ENGL 101A - Reading, Reasoning, and Writing I    ( 4.00 Units )
Academic reading, critical thinking, and writing expected in transfer and associate-degree classes. First semester of a two-semester sequence.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student can organize a paper so that it is unified and coherent.
  2. Student can respond to a topic, demonstrate critical thinking, comprehension and use of text to support ideas.
  3. Student demonstrates sentence-level fluency and control of grammar.

ENGL 101B - Reading, Reasoning and Writing II    ( 4.00 Units )
Second semester study of academic reading, reasoning, and writing skills. Preparation for academic reading, critical thinking, and writing expected in transfer and associate-degree classes.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student can organize a paper so that it is unified and coherent.
  2. Student can respond to a topic, demonstrate critical thinking, comprehension and use of text to support ideas.
  3. Student demonstrates sentence-level fluency and control of grammar.

ENGL 102 - Reading, Reasoning and Writing – Accelerated Course    ( 4.00 Units )
Preparation for academic reading, critical thinking, and writing expected in transfer and associate-degree classes.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student can organize a paper so that it is unified and coherent.
  2. Student can respond to a topic, demonstrate critical thinking, comprehension and use of text to support ideas.
  3. Student demonstrates sentence-level fluency and control of grammar.

ENGL 115 - FACULTY–STUDENT TUTORIAL: WRITING AND READING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM    ( 0.50 - 3.00 Units )
Self-paced, individualized instruction in reading and writing effectiveness.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student will read in an engaged, active style.

ENGL 11A - Introduction to Creative Writing    ( 3.00 Units )
Elements of creative writing, including narrative, verse and dialogue, using materials drawn from individual's own work and selected texts.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student should be able to revise original poetry.
  2. Student will identify and manipulate source materials for creative writing journal.
  3. The student shows familiarity with the structure and elements of fiction

ENGL 11B - Intermediate Creative Writing    ( 3.00 Units )
Elements of creative writing at an intermediate level. Builds on the skills developed in English 11A including short story development, poetry writing and play writing, using materials drawn from individual's own work and selected texts.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student should be able to revise original poetry
  2. Student will identify and manipulate source materials for creative writing journal
  3. The student shows familiarity with the structure and elements of fiction

ENGL 12A - The Craft of Writing - Fiction    ( 3.00 Units )
Practice in writing fiction. Developing internal and external sources for stories and novels; biographical sources, characterization, plotting, points of view, narrative techniques; analysis and criticism of published writing and individual's own work.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. student should be able to revise original fiction
  2. Student should be able to identify and manipulate source materials for creative journal
  3. the student should show familiarity with the stucture and elements of fiction

ENGL 12B - Intermediate Craft of Writing - Fiction    ( 3.00 Units )
Practice in writing fiction at an intermediate level. Builds on the skills developed in English 12A by requiring greater use of description, detail, character development, consistent point of view, and logical plotting that avoids cliche. Focus on developing themes that create intellectual or emotional resonance. Expectation of sentence structure, grammar, and format accuracy. Develop internal and external sources for stories and novels; analysis and criticism of published work. Requires submission for publication at the end of the semester.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. student should be able to use the elements of fiction writing to one's own work: dialogue, characterization, point of view, plotting and theme
  2. student should be able to analyze fiction from a writer's point of view
  3. student should be able to write and revise two short stories based on instructor and student critiques

ENGL 13A - Craft Of Writing - Poetry    ( 3.00 Units )
Practice in writing poetry using materials drawn from published poetry and individual's own work for analysis and criticism with a focus on techniques of revision.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. The student should be able to write in traditional and modern forms
  2. The student should know the function(s) of tropes, images, symbols, diction, and syntax in poetry
  3. The student should be able to revise original poetry

ENGL 13B - Intermediate Craft of Writing - Poetry    ( 3.00 Units )
Practice in writing poetry at an intermediate level. Builds on skills developed in English 13A. 13B requires: greater and more integrated use of trope, image, and metaphor; more extensive development of themes, including across different poems; more nuanced eye towards personal revision and workshop critique of classmates’ poems; deeper integration of materials drawn from published poetry and individual's own work for analysis and criticism with a focus on techniques of revision.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. The student should be able to write in traditional and modern forms
  2. The student should know the function(s) of tropes, images, symbols, diction, and syntax in poetry
  3. The student should be able to revise original poetry

ENGL 149F - Proofreading and Editing for College Writing    ( 3.00 Units )
Basic components and rules of English grammar, syntax, and punctuation. Includes parts of speech, sentence patterns, sentence construction, and identifying and correcting sentence level errors in conjunction with writing; strong emphasis on support for college-level writing in English courses and other courses requiring writing. This course is designed as a support course, to be taken concurrently with English or any class requiring academic writing. This class does not address errors that are particular to students who are non-native speakers, learning English as a second language; these issues would be addressed in the ESL 114, 121, 122, 123 series.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Identify parts of speech and their function and placement within a sentence
  2. Combine elements to create simple, compound, complex and compound/complex sentences
  3. Demonstrate ability to effectively proofread own writing

ENGL 19A - Literary Magazine Workshop    ( 1.00 Units )
Practical workshop training in the managing, editing, and printing of a literary supplement and/or magazine. Workshop enrollment constitutes the staff of the magazine

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student can perform basic editing, typesetting, proofreading and layout procedures

ENGL 19B - Intermediate Literary Magazine Workshop    ( 1.00 Units )
Intermediate level: continued collaborative evaluation and selection of manuscripts and art work for publication in annual student journal. Magazine design and production, both print and web based. Magazine management, planning, editing, design, promotion, printing, and distribution.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student can perform basic editing, typesetting, proofreading and layout procedures

ENGL 20 - Studies in Shakespeare    ( 3.00 Units )
Readings of the sonnets and representative comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances of William Shakespeare, with attention to the early, middle and late phases of his art and to the Age of Elizabeth.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Students create, organize and present a multi-media collaborative group project which enhances audience's appreciation/understanding of Shakespeare's plays
  2. Students acquire effective attitudes and strategies for reading, analyzing, discussing and writing about Shakespeare's Plays
  3. Student produces coherent, effectively supported formal essay, which is based on a thorough understanding of the assigned text and an understanding of the purposes of literary criticism.

ENGL 21 - The Evolution of the Black Writer    ( 3.00 Units )
Introduction to American black writers in fiction, poetry, drama and the essay, beginning with the African experience as it relates to storytelling, to "Slave Narratives" and continuing to the present. Emphasis on the 20th and 21st century writers' growth and development in relation to their historical and cultural context.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Analyze literacy works in relation to their historical and cultural contexts with particular attention to identifying unstated premises and hidden assumptions.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the structures of the works studied and analyze them in terms of such literary components as plot, character, tone, style and figurative uses of language
  3. Student can identify contributions of African American writers

ENGL 22 - Mexican American/Latino Literature of the U.S.    ( 3.00 Units )
Introduction to literary works in fiction, poetry, drama and the essay which are concerned with the Mexican American/Latino cultural experience. Analysis of literature in the context of the historical growth of Mexican American/Latino identity in the United States in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Analyze literary works in relation to their historical and cultural contexts with particular attention to identifying unstated premises and hidden assumptions
  2. Demonstrate understanding of the particular contributions of the Mexican American/Latino writers to American history and contemporary culture
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the structure of the works studied and analyze them in terms of such literary components as plot, character, tone, style and figurative uses of language

ENGL 24 - Storytelling in Modern American Novels and Films    ( 3.00 Units )
A critical comparison of storytelling in modern American novels and films. Examines how each genre uses its unique form and methods to convey narrative, integrating elements of contemporary culture and history. Explores the works of diverse novelists and filmmakers in light of particular periods and themes, as well as connections and adaptations between the two genres.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Analyze a modern novel and film with respect to its thematic, cultural, and historical aspects
  2. Define the key elements and structure of fiction
  3. In the film example provided, identify the elements of fictional narrative

ENGL 25 - Asian-American Literature    ( 3.00 Units )
Introduction to literary works of fiction, poetry, drama and the essay that reflect and explore the diversity of the Asian-American experience. Analysis of literature in the context of the historical growth of Asian-American identities with a focus on the 20th century.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Analyze literary works in relation to their historical and cultural contexts with particular attention to identifying unstated premises and hidden assumptions
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the structures of the works studied and analyze them in terms of such literary components as plot, character, tone, style and figurative uses of language
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the particular contributions of Asian-American writers to American history and contemporary culture

ENGL 26 - The Literature of Immigration and Migration    ( 3.00 Units )
Exploration of literature that reflects the diverse experience of immigrating to and migrating within the United States. Focus on historical, political, social, and cultural background and issues of assimilation and identity drawn from the work of Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, European Americans, African Americans, Native Americans, Arab Americans, among other groups.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Compare and contrast commom themes that emerge in the literature and other forms of art of immigrants and migrants
  2. Student should critically evaluate the political, social, historical, and cultural backdrops against which the literature unfolds
  3. Student should critically evaluate the political, social, historical, and cultural backdrops against which the literature unfolds
  4. Student should demonstrate familiarity with forces that pull immigrants to the United States and that push them from their home locations.
  5. Student should demonstrate familiarity with forces that pull immigrants to the United States and that push them from their home locations.

ENGL 28 - Classic and Contemporary Youth Literature    ( 3.00 Units )
Social-historical context and tools for analyzing literature directed toward young readers. Emphasizes contemporary U.S. texts, classic works, and the origins of youth literature (including fables, folk tales and fairy tales). Explores subgenres and literary elements common to children’s and young adult literature, including fantasy, journeys, and animal characters. Emphasizes literature from diverse authors and communities, and the impact of this literature on the psychological, sociological, and cultural growth of young readers.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. identify and discuss key authors and works in the area of youth literature
  2. demonstrate familiarity with major themes and motifs of young adult literature
  3. apply literary concepts such as narrative structure, characterization, theme, diction, and symbolism to primary texts written for young readers; compare/contrast literary strategies used in various texts

ENGL 31 - Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Literature    ( 3.00 Units )
Introduction to novels, poems, plays, and essays by and about gay men, lesbians, and others in the GLBT community. Analysis of this literature in the context of the GLBT social and political movements of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and evolving societal attitudes toward the GLBT community.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student demonstrates ability to analyze class texts in terms of such literary components as plot,character, tone, style, narrative voice, and figurative language
  2. Student recognizes the diversity of the works while comparing their treatment ofcommon themes
  3. Students will analyze works of Gay and Lesbian literature in relation to their historicaland/or contexts, and with particular attention to the thematic meaning(s) imparted to readers

ENGL 32 - U.S. Women's Literature    ( 3.00 Units )
Chronicles the expression of U.S. women authors through readings in a variety of genres such as fiction, poetry, drama, and the essay. Explores works by authors of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds in an effort to understand the diversity of women's voices, especially in the 20th century.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the self-expressed perspectives of the represented groups.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the self-expressed perspectives of the represented groups.
  3. Demonstrate familiarity with the structure and literary devices of the works studied
  4. Read and appreciate the diversity of the literature while identifying some common themes

ENGL 35 - Modern and Contemporary U.S. Literature    ( 3.00 Units )
U.S. literature from the second half of the 19th Century to the present, including poetry, drama, prose fiction, and essays. Explores each work in relation to its social, cultural and historical contexts, and emphasizes the analysis of defining moments of the times as they are reflected in literature. Includes some research.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the self-expressed perspectives of the represented groups.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the structure and literary devices of the works studied
  3. Read and appreciate the diversity of the literature while identifying some common themes

ENGL 37 - Proofreading and Editing for College Writing    ( 3.00 Units )
Components and rules of English grammar, syntax, and punctuation. Includes parts of speech, sentence patterns, sentence construction, and identifying and correcting sentence-level errors in conjunction with writing; strong emphasis on proofreading and editing college-level essays. This course also utilizes sentence-combining exercises to help students write more sophisticated and varied sentences. This course works well as a support class for other classes in which writing is a focus. It involves a strong writing component but may utilize assignments from other classes.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Identify parts of speech and their function and placement within a sentence
  2. Combine elements to create simple, compound, complex and compound/complex sentences
  3. Demonstrate ability to effectively proofread own writing

ENGL 4 - Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature    ( 3.00 Units )
Develops critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as they apply to the analysis of fiction (short stories and novel), poetry and drama.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student can organize a paper so that it is unified and coherent.
  2. Student can respond to a topic, demonstrate critical thinking, comprehension and use of text to support ideas.
  3. Student demonstrates sentence-level fluency and control of grammar.

ENGL 41 - World Literature (17th Century to the Present)    ( 3.00 Units )
Comparative study of selected works of literature, in English and in translation, from around the world, including Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Americas, and other areas, from the mid seventeenth century to the present.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Demonstrate familiarity with the self-expressed perspectives of the represented groups.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the structure and literary devices of the works studied
  3. Read and appreciate the diversity of the literature while identifying some common themes

ENGL 45 - Studies in Fiction    ( 3.00 Units )
Form, development, and cultural insights of the novel and short story; exploration of particular themes or periods as reflected in works of fiction.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student should demonstrate familiarity with the structure and elements of fiction, such as metaphor, plot, point of view, and character development
  2. The student should be able to recognize the cultural and historical influence on the works studied
  3. The student shows an appreciation of the diversity of literature while identifying common themes and topics

ENGL 48 - The Literature of the Holocaust    ( 3.00 Units )
Explores the literature of the Holocaust through readings in a variety of genres including the memoir, the diary, the essay, as well as fiction and poetry. Historically and culturally contextualizes the literature and examines the implications of writing which attempts to represent the Nazi genocide against the Jews.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. The student should be able to evaluate the relationships between film and literary representations of the Nazi Holocaust
  2. The student should be able to evaluate and analyze the role poetry from different times and cultures assumes in coming to terms with the Nazi Holocaust
  3. The student should be able to recognize different generes and styles in Holocaust Literature and their similarities with and differences from other "topical" writing.

ENGL 4A - Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature    ( 4.00 Units )
Develops skills in close reading, critical thinking, analytical and argumentative writing, research, and information literacy through the study of works from major literary genres. Works will include poetry, fiction (short stories and novel), and drama, but may also include alternative genres such as creative nonfiction, graphic novels, spoken word, flash fiction, and lyrics. Primary texts will showcase diverse writers, including marginalized voices.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. organize a paper so that it is unified and coherent;
  2. respond to a topic, demonstrate critical thinking, comprehension and use of text to support ideas;
  3. demonstrate a sentence-level fluency and control of grammar.

ENGL 7 - Critical Thinking and Writing across Disciplines    ( 3.00 Units )
Develops critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as they apply to the analysis of primary and secondary non-fiction books, articles, and essays from a range of academic and cultural contexts. Theme based. Emphasis on the techniques and principles of effective written argument in research-based writing across disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Student can organize a paper so that it is unified and coherent.
  2. Student can respond to a topic, demonstrate critical thinking, comprehension and use of text to support ideas.
  3. Student demonstrates sentence-level fluency and control of grammar.

ENGL 70 - Report Writing    ( 3.00 Units )
Preparation of reports in business, industrial and technical fields, including explanations, instructions, argumentation and other kinds of writings, based on the demands of the occupations.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. Correct interpretation of data or information, and will include appropriate terms that are explained or defined as needed for the intended audience.
  2. Formulate a controlling idea to focus their writing and to support each point with adequate and varied evidence.
  3. Studentwill write business and/or technical reports that are clearly organized, with clear and accurate content, with only one or two mechanical errors.

ENGL 7A - Critical Thinking and Writing across Disciplines    ( 4.00 Units )
Develops critical thinking, reading, and writing skills as they apply to the analysis of primary and secondary non-fiction books, articles, and essays from a range of academic and cultural contexts. Primary texts will showcase diverse writers, including marginalized voices. Theme based units will emphasize the techniques and principles of effective written argument in research-based writing across disciplines.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)
  1. respond to a topic, demonstrate critical thinking, comprehension and use of text to support ideas.
  2. organize a paper so that it is unified and coherent
  3. demonstrate sentence-level fluency and control of grammar