Course Descriptions

ENGL 100 Reading and Composition (3 units)

An intensive reading and writing course based on the study of primarily non-fiction materials of culturally diverse writers. Course writing emphasizes the expository and the argumentative forms. Emphasis is placed on writing coherent, compelling essays demonstrating critical thinking skills and the basic elements of building a convincing argument.

ENGL 105 Intensive Composition and Reading (5 units)

Course designed to help the student recognize and critically evaluate important ideas in short- and book-length texts, and express facts and thought logically and gracefully in clear and correct prose. Students write critical expository essays dealing with a variety of ideas at a skill level appropriate to a college transfer-level class.

ENGL 110 Composition, Literature, and Critical Thinking (3 units)

In this course students read and analyze works of fiction, poetry, and drama and write critical expository essays that demonstrate skills in analysis, critical thinking, critical and argumentative writing, research strategies, and information literacy.

ENGL 161 Creative Writing I (3 units)

Students learn and practice the craft of writing short stories, sketches, poetry, short drama, journals, reportage and other literary forms for both personal enjoyment and professional training.

ENGL 162 Creative Writing II (3 units)

In this advanced Creative Writing class, students continue to learn and practice the craft of writing short stories, sketches, poetry, short drama, journals and/or reportage or other literary forms.

ENGL 164 Creative Non-Fiction (3 units)

The craft of writing the non-fiction genres, such as memoir, personal narrative, biography, autobiography, or journal. Discussion and critiques of works by established authors. Workshop of students' own writing. Guidelines for submission for publication.

ENGL 165 Advanced Composition (3 units)

This is an advanced course in non-fiction writing. Students are taught to read and think critically and to write nuanced arguments.

ENGL 200 Introduction to Linguistics: A Survey of Language (3 units)

Equivalent to LING 200. The origin and development of spoken and written languages, language acquisition, and the evolution of language are studied in this course. The basics of linguistics including systems of phonetics and phonology, semantics, morphology and syntax are also studied. There is also a strong focus on the grammar and sentence structure of standard written English.

ENGL 695 Independent Study (0.5- 3 units)

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline.

ENGL 826 Basic Reading/Composition (4 units)

This course improves reading and writing skills through reading non-fiction and short fiction, developing vocabulary, and writing paragraphs.

ENGL 827 Integrated Reading and Writing (5 units)

Equivalent to ENGL 826 and READ 826. This course improves reading and writing skills through reading nonfiction and fiction, developing vocabulary, and practicing sentence-level, paragraph-level, and essay-level composition. Efficient reading strategies and study techniques are introduced to improve word analysis, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and study skills. Recommendation via College Placement Test.

ENGL 829 Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric (0.5 units)

The course helps students succeed in ENGL 826 by offering individualized writing instruction. Students learn to identify and correct errors in grammar, syntax, and mechanics, and to edit their writing for improved clarity.

ENGL 836 Writing Development (4 units)

Learn to plan, organize, compose and revise a college-level essay. Write text-based essays, and develop the ability to express ideas logically with detailed support. Review mechanics, grammar, and MLA documentation style. Develop the composition skills necessary to meet standards for entrance to English 100.

ENGL 847 Accelerated Academic Reading and Writing (5 units)

This course integrates ENGL 836 and READ 836, satisfying both requirements. It introduces students to college-level reading and writing, covering thesis construction, organization, development, sentence skills, text-based writing, and effective reading strategies to improve comprehension, analysis, and vocabulary. Successful completion of ENGL 847, OR both ENGL 836 and READ 836 is required for entrance into ENGL 100.

ENGL 849 Academic Reading, Writing, and Rhetoric (0.5 units)

Students receive individualized instruction in the skills taught in ENGL 836, learning to identify and correct errors in grammar, syntax, and mechanics, and to edit their writing for improved clarity. Upon successful completion of the course, students are prepared to write at the college level.