General Course Descriptions

For the current semester's course offerings, see the Spring 2017 Undergraduate Course Descriptions.

The following are general course descriptions for undergraduates:

Lower Division Courses

English 1A – First-Year Writing
English 1B – Argument and Analysis

English 2 - Critical Thinking and Writing

English 10 – Great Works of Literature

English 20 - The Graphic Novel

English 21 - Mystery and Detective Fiction

English 22 – Fantasy and Science Fiction
English 40 – Contemporary World Fiction
English 56A – English Literature to the Late 18th Century
English 56B – English Literature Late 18th Century to Present
English 68A – American Literature to 1865
English 68B – American Literature 1865 to Present
English 71 – Creative Writing
English 78 – Introduction to Shakespeare's Drama

Upper Division Courses

English 100A - Writing Competency Through Genres

English 100W – Writing Workshop

English 100WB - Written Communication: Business

English 101 – Introduction to Literary Criticism
English 102 – History of the English Language
English 103 – Modern English
English 105 – Seminar in Advanced Composition
English 106 – Editing for Writers
English 107 – Professional Technical Writing

English 108 - Gaming and Narrative
English 109 – Writing and the Young Writer

English 110 – Visual Rhetoric and Digital Document Design for Writers
English 112A – Children's Literature
English 112B – Literature for Young Adults
English 113 – Gothic Novel and Horror Fiction
English 114 – Myth, Fantasy, and Science Fiction
English 115 – The Bible as Literature
English 116 – Myth in Literature
English 117A – American Literature, Film, and Culture
English 117B – Global Film, Literature, and Cultures
English 118 – Modern European Fiction
English 119 – Topics in Jewish Literature
English 120 (TA 120) – Theatre History
English 121 (CLIT 121) – Introduction to Comparative Literature
English 122 (CLIT 122) – Topics in Comparative Literature
English 123A – Literature for Global Understanding: The Americas
English 123B – Literature for Global Understanding: Africa
English 123C – Literature for Global Understanding: Oceania
English 123D – Literature for Global Understanding: Asia
English 124 (RELS 124) – Literature and Religious Experience
English 125– European Literature: Homer to Dante
English 126 – Holocaust Literature
English 127 (TA 127) – Contemporary Theatre
English 128 (TA 128) – Scriptwriting
English 129 – Introduction to Career Writing
English 130 – Writing Fiction
English 131 – Writing Poetry
English 133 – Reed Magazine
English 134 – Speech Writing
English 135 – Writing Nonfiction
English 139 – Visiting Authors
English 140A – Old English

English 140B – Beowulf

English 141 – Medieval Literature
English 142 – Chaucer
English 144 – Shakespeare I
English 145 – Shakespeare and Performance
English 146 – Early Modern British Literature
English 147 – Milton
English 148 – British Literature: 1660-1800
English 149 – The Romantic Period
English 150 – The Victorian Age
English 151 – Twentieth Century Poetry
English 152 – Studies in British Drama Before 1800
English 153 – Studies in the British Novel Before 1900
English 156 – Black Women Writers: Race, Culture and Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective
English 162 – Studies in American Literature Before 1865
English 163 – American Literature: 1865-1945
English 165 – Topics in Ethnic American Literature
English 166 – American Literature Since 1945
English 167 – Steinbeck
English 168 – The American Novel
English 169 – Ethnicity in American Literature
English 172 – The Arts in the U.S. Society
English 173 – Thinking About Contemporary World Arts
English 176 – The Short Story
English 177 – Topics in Fiction Since 1900 

English 178 – Creative Nonfiction
English 180 – Individual Studies
English 181– Special Topics
English 182 – Women in Literature
English 183 – Major Authors
English 184 – Directed Reading
English 190 – Honors Colloquium
English 193 – Senior Seminar
English 193C – Senior Seminar in Creative Writing and Self Reflection
English 195 – Literary Theory
English 199 – Writing Internship

 


 

 

 

English 1A – First-Year Writing

Introductory writing course that prepares students to join scholarly conversations across the university. Special attention is given to the personal "voice" and personal experience, on one hand, and the more formal demands of writing at the university (expository, argumentative), on the other.

Prerequisite: English Placement Test (EPT)

Covers GE Area A2

3 units

 

 

English 1B – Argument and Analysis

Introductory writing course that focuses on argumentation and analysis. Through the study of literary, rhetorical, and professional texts, students will develop the skills to write arguments and critical essays.

Prerequisite: English 1A and English Placement Test (EPT).

Covers GE Area C2

3 units

 

 

English 2 – Critical Thinking and Writing

Engage in complex issues that require critical thinking and argumentation. Much like English 1A, students will continue to study stylistic and grammatical conventions of formal writing.

Prerequisite: English 1A

Covers GE Area A3

3 units

 

 

English 10 – Great Works of Literature

Fiction, drama, and poetry for non-English majors. Emphasis on critical appreciation of various literary forms.

No credit in the English major.

Covers GE Area C2

3 units

 

 

English 20 – The Graphic Novel

Approaching the graphic novel as a form of popular literature, students examine the narrative and textual aspects of the form including the function of the text, its integration with the graphics, and formal aspects of narrative such as plot, character, theme, and symbol.

Covers GE Area C2

3 units

 

 

English 21 – Mystery and Detective Fiction

Examines mystery or detective fiction from its inception in the 19th century and follow it across the globe as the genre has been taken on and developed by a variety of cultures.

Covers GE Area C2

3 units

 

 

English 22 – Fantasy and Science

Students will examine works of literary fantasy and science fiction to understand them as expressions of human intellect and imagination; to comprehend their historical and cultural contexts; and to recognize their diverse cultural traditions. Both contemporary and historical works will be studied.

No credit in the English major.

Covers GE Area C2

3 units

 

 

English 40 – Contemporary World Fiction

A study of selected works of fiction in English and in English translation written since 1975. The course focuses on international texts that address significant themes of our time and explores ways of reading and understanding literature.

No credit in the English major.

Covers GE Area C2

3 units

 

 

English 56A – English Literature to the Late 18th Century

Major literary movements, figures, and genres from Anglo-Saxon period through the eighteenth century. Works and writers may include Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Fielding, Johnson, and Boswell.

3 units

 

 

English 56B – English Literature Late 18th Century to Present

Major literary movements, figures, and genres from the Romantic age to the present. Writers may include Austen, the Romantics, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot, Hardy, Yeats, Joyce, Lawrence, Forster, Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Auden, and Beckett.

3 units

 

 

English 68A – American Literature to 1865

Survey of American literature. Native-American myths to Walt Whitman.

3 units each

 

 

English 68B – American Literature 1865 to Present

Survey of American literature. Emily Dickinson to present.

3 units each

 

 

English 71 – Creative Writing

Examinations of works of poetry, creative nonfiction, and short fiction as expressions of human intellect and imagination, to comprehend the historic and cultural contexts, and recognize issues related to writing by men and women of diverse cultural traditions. Students will also write poetry, creative nonfiction, and a short fiction.

Covers GE Area C2

3 units

 

 

English 78 – Introduction to Shakespeare's Drama

Reading of five or six representative plays. Emphasis on the Elizabethan era, dynamics of performance, and close analysis of the plays.

No credit in the English major.

Covers GE Area C2

3 units

 

 

English 100A – Writing Competency Through Genres

Satisfies the WST requirement if passed with a C or better (C- or lower will not satisfy the WST). Prepares students for 100W through drafting, feedback, and revision to demonstrate writing competency. Develops ability to analyze written genres used in the students' chosen disciplines as well as write analytical and reflective essays.

Prerequisite: Must have failed the WST at least twice.

Note: A CR/NC option may not be used to satisfy the WST requirement.

3 units

 

 

English 100W – Writing Workshop

Advanced workshop in Reading and Composition, Creative Arts, English Studies, and Technical Writing. A Writing Workshop is also available for foreign students.

Prerequisite: Completion of Core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test (WST), and upper division standing.

Required of all English majors before they achieve senior standing. Must be passed with C or better to satisfy the CSU Graduation Writing Assessment requirement.

Covers GE Area Z

3 units

 

 

English 100WB – Written Communication: Business

Written communications for business majors; includes minimum of 8,000 words of writing spaced throughout the semester.

Prerequisite: English 1B (with a grade of C or better); completion of Core GE; satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper-division standing.

Note: Must be passed with C or better to satisfy the CSU Graduation Writing Assessment requirement (GWAR).

Covers GE Area Z

3 units

 

 

English 101 – Introduction to Literary Criticism

Study and application of various historical and contemporary approaches to literature, such as formalism, structuralism, new criticism, cultural studies, new historicism, post-structuralism, Marxism, post-colonialism, feminism, etc. Application of these approaches to works of literature.

Prerequisite: ENGL 100W

3 units

 

 

English 102 – History of the English Language

Course traces the development of the English language—its sounds, word forms, grammatical structures, vocabulary, and punctuation—from its origins as a dialect of the German-speaking peoples to its status as a world language today.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 103 – Modern English

The growth and structure of modern English, including its phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Attention to social and regional varieties, with implications for language development and literacy among native and non-native speakers.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 105 – Seminar in Advanced Composition

Advanced expository writing.

Prerequisite: 6 units of lower division composition and completion of Written Communication II requirement (ENGL100W).

Repeatable once for credit with different instructor and department chair consent.

3 units

 

 

English 106 – Editing for Writers

Copy editing, substantive editing, and reorganization of technical documents. Review of grammar and punctuation to ensure technical mastery and ability to justify editing decisions. Graphics editing, access aids, and professional skills of an editor.

Prerequisite: ENGL 103

3 units

 

 

English 107 – Professional Technical Writing

Research methods, audience analysis, and development of reader-based writing techniques. Writing based on models from scientific and technical discourse.

Prerequisite: ENGL 103

3 units

 

 

English 108 – Gaming and Narrative

Study of the relationship between literary narrative theory (narratology) and interactive fiction (books and games designed to produce different stories for different readers or players). Course focuses on whether interactive fiction has changed or reinvented the possible spaces of narrative.

Prerequisite: Upper Division Standing

3 units

 

 

English 109 – Writing and the Young Writer

This course is designed to strengthen participants' writing skills in both creative and expository genres, and to develop participants' knowledge and skill as future teachers of writing.

3 units

 

 

English 110 – Visual Rhetoric and Digital Document Design for Writers

Combines visual rhetorical theory with design techniques to teach writers about the visual aspects of written and digital communication. In this hands-on course, students will design documents, including a poster, a book chapter, and promotional materials for local nonprofits.

Prerequisite: English 100W

3 units

 

 

English 112A – Children's Literature

Study of literature for elementary and intermediate grades, representing a variety of cultures. Evaluation and selection of texts.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 112B – Literature for Young Adults

Study of selected literary material representing a variety of cultures, chosen to motivate secondary school readers.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 113 – Gothic Novel & Horror Fiction

Study of the Gothic novel in Britain and America 1795-1900. Current trends in horror fiction and films will be traced to these Gothic predecessors.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 114 – Myth, Fantasy, and Science Fiction

An historically-based introduction to two of the most popular contemporary literary genres. Authors studied may include Apuleius, Malory, More, Shelley, Wells, Carroll, Tolkien, Lewis, Williams, Clarke, Bradbury, Le Guin, Bradley, Stephensen, Butler, and Delaney.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 115 – The Bible as Literature

Study of the Bible from the perspective of literature, examining key portions of the Bible, its subjects, themes, literary styles and genres, and contributions to Western Literature.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 116 – Myth in Literature

Relations between archetypes, artistic style, and cultural context in masterworks, ancient through modern.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 117A – American Literature, Film, and Culture

Using both film and literature, course examines narratives that create and define cultural identities in the United States. A variety of cultural moments in the history of North America as depicted in both film and literature as well as the artistic practices used to shape those representations will be discussed.

Prerequisites: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required.

Covers GE Area S

3 units

 

 

English 117B – Film, Literature, and Culture

Using films and literary works, students will appreciate and understand the narratives (myths and other stories) that create and define cultural identity, explore cultural interaction, and illustrate cultural preservation and cultural difference over time.

Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required.

Covers GE Area V

3 units

 

 

English 118 – Modern European Fiction

Representative European novels in English translation – French, German, Scandinavian, Russian, Central European, Spanish, and Italian.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 119 – Topics in Jewish Literature

Topics in Jewish Literature: studies in Jewish Literature by authors from around the world

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 120 (TA 120) – Theatre History

Examines the historical roots, many manifestations, and diversity of theatrical performances with particular attention to theatre's role within and between cultures. When content changes, course may be repeated.

Prerequisite: TA 011 or instructor consent

3 units

 

 

English 121 (CLIT 121) – Introduction to Comparative Literature

Critical approaches, reference sources, problems of translation.

Prerequisite: One year of college-level foreign language or instructor consent

3 units

 

 

English 122 (CLIT 122) – Topics in Comparative Literature

An exemplary theme as treated in various literature in different languages (e.g. war, love, freedom, religious experience). May be repeated when course content changes.

Prerequisite: One year of college-level foreign language or instructor consent

3 units

 

 

English 123A – Literature for Global Understanding: The Americas

Course promotes global understanding by examining the cultures and literary arts of a selected region of the world, the Americas, and covers representative texts and authors from Latin America and the Caribbean/West Indies.

Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required.

Covers GE Area V

3 units

 

 

English 123B – Literature for Global Understanding: Africa

Course promotes global understanding by examining the cultures and literary arts of a selected region of the world, Africa, and covers representative texts and authors from North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required.

Covers GE Area V

3 units

 

 

English 123C – Literature for Global Understanding: Oceania

Course promotes global understanding by examining the cultures and literary arts of a selected region of the world, Oceania, and covers representative texts and authors from Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required.

Covers GE Area V

3 units

 

 

English 123D – Literature for Global Understanding: Asia

Course promotes global understanding by examining the cultures and literary arts of a selected region of the world, Asia, and covers representative texts and authors from a sub-region of Asia such as East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, or West Asia/the Middle East.

Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required.

Covers GE Area V

3 units

 

 

English 124 (RELS 124) – Literature and Religious Experience

How authors and poets represent spiritual ideals and human dilemmas in a variety of literary genres such as the epic, the novel, the essay, love poetry, and the haiku; and writers such as Plato, Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Thomas Merton, Shakespeare, Basho, Hanshan, Rumi and Sufi poets, Kabir, Indian Virashaiva poets, and authors of The Book of Odes and The Mahabharata. Course is repeatable as readings and themes change.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or instructor consent

3 units

 

 

English 125 – European Literature: Homer to Dante

Classical and medieval literature in translation: Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Virgil, and Dante.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 126 – Holocaust Literature

Survey of literature written by survivors or witnesses of the Holocaust, the destruction of European Jewry during World War II, focusing upon diaries, memoirs, fiction, and occasionally poetry and drama. Writers may include Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, Anne Frank, and Charlotte Delbo.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

Covers GE Area V

3 units

 

 

English 127 (TA 127) – Contemporary Theatre

European and American playwrights from 1950 to the present and important theatre practices for this period.

Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required.

Covers GE Area V

3 units

 

 

English 128 (TA 128) – Scriptwriting

Writing in dramatic form: plot structure, characterization, content, and theme. Analysis of plays. Exercises in writing.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or instructor consent

3 units

 

 

English 129 – Introduction to Career Writing

Practice in various professional writing tasks: instructions, descriptions, reviews, interviews, articles, and creative nonfiction. Publication of a newsletter and a magazine. Study of models and application of techniques to achieve given stylistic effects.

Prerequisite: ENGL 103

3 units

 

 

English 130 – Writing Fiction

Workshop in short stories or other short fiction. Beginning the novel in individual cases. May be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite: ENGL 71 (or equivalent) or instructor consent

3 units

 

 

English 131 – Writing Poetry

Workshop in verse forms. Study of traditional and contemporary models. May be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite: ENGL 71 (or equivalent) or instructor consent

3 units

 

 

English 133 – Reed Magazine

Student-edited and managed literary magazine. Contents selected from local, national, and international submissions. Students urged to work on the magazine for the two semesters required for publication. Open to all majors. May be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 134 – Speech Writing

Writing speeches for others. Study of audience, language, persuasion, devices, and style.

Prerequisite: English 129 or instructor consent

3 units

 

 

English 135 – Writing Nonfiction

Advanced creative writing workshop in literary nonfiction. Study of traditional and contemporary models. May be repeated once for credit.

Prerequisite: ENGL 71, ENGL 100W, ENGL 105, ENGL 129, or instructor consent

3 units

 

 

English 139 – Visiting Authors Seminar

Study of works by contemporary writers participating in the Major Authors series and other programs sponsored by the Center for Literary Arts. Includes meetings with visiting authors and attending their various presentations.

Required for the Creative Writing Concentration.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 140A – Old English

Introduction to the language, with short selections for translation.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

English 140B – Beowulf

This class is the second class in a year-long sequence of Old English. Students will be translating all 3,182 lines of Beowulf and investigating its linguistic, historical and cultural context as the first epic poem recorded in the English language.

Prerequisite: English 140A or equivalent

3 units

 

 

English 141 – Medieval Literature

Middle English and continental literature, including such forms as the lyric, allegory, narrative, romance, and biblically based drama.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 142 – Chaucer

Chaucer's language and major poetic works. The Legend of Good Women, Canterbury Tales, and Troilus and Cressida.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 144 – Shakespeare I

Major plays such as Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Part I, and Hamlet.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 145 – Shakespeare & Performance

Course examines in-depth several of Shakespeare's plays, specifically addressing issues of performance. We will discuss each play in the context of its original performance during Shakespeare's time and its life on stage and screen in the ensuing centuries.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 146 – Studies in Early Modern British Literature

Offers students the opportunity to study the poetry, drama, and prose of the influential early modern period in England. The course is broadly construed, enabling individual professors to focus on topics relating to their particular areas of expertise and/or interests.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 147 – Milton

The man, the thinker, the revolutionary, the poet. English poems, major prose, and selected modern criticism.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 148 – British Literature: 1660-1800

Major writers including Dryden, Behn, Swift, Pope, and Johnson. With instructor consent, course may be repeated.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 149 – The Romantic Period

Study of major British authors and poets from 1780 to 1837, tracing changes in philosophy, religion, society, and culture represented in their works.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 150 – The Victorian Age

Study of major British authors and poets from 1837 to 1900, tracing changes in philosophy, religion, society and culture represented in their works.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 151 – Twentieth-Century Poetry

Major British and American poets, including writers such as Yeats, Eliot, Pound, Frost, Auden, Stevens, and Rich.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 152 – Studies in British Drama before 1800

Offers students the opportunity to study drama of the influential early modern poets in England. This course is broadly construed, enabling individual professors to focus on topics relating to their particular areas of expertise and/or interests.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

Notes: Course offered only occasionally

3 units

 

 

English 153 – Studies in the British Novel before 1900

This course deals with the origin, evolution, and spread of the British novel through the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition to studying major novels in their historical and cultural contexts, students will also examine the changing formal characteristics of the genre.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 154 – British & Irish Fiction Since 1900

Study of British and Irish fiction since 1900. Authors may include Conrad, Forster, Ford, Lawrence, Joyce, Woolf, Lessing, Greene, Fowles, Ishiguro, Byatt, Doyle, and O'Brien.

Prerequisites: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 156 (AFAM 156) – Black Women Writers

Comparative analysis of the meaning and developmental stages of womanhood for women of African ancestry as depicted in the fiction of women of African ancestry. Emphasis on the role of race and culture in shaping contemporary conceptions of womanhood among Black women.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or instructor consent

3 units

 

 

English 162 – Studies in American Literature Before 1865

This course examines oral and written poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose in American Literature before 1865. Through lecture, discussion, and writing, students will be given the opportunity to analyze and understand the literary texts as well as the historical and cultural contexts in which they were produced.

Prerequisites: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 163 – American Literature: 1865-1945

Rise of realism and the seeds of modernism. Writers may include Twain, James, Howells, Dickinson, DuBois, Dunbar, Dreiser, Wharton, Chesnutt, and Chopin.

Prerequisites: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 165 – Topics in Ethnic American Literature

Focused study of a topic in ethnic American Literature, such as African American, Asian American, Latino American, or ethnic autobiography. Check schedule of classes for current offering.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 166 – American Literature Since 1945

Major works of American literature since 1945, including writers such as Barth, Reed, Kingston, Lowell, Rich, Pynchon, and Ozick.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 167 – Steinbeck

Major of John Steinbeck. Use of the Steinbeck Center for research.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 168 – The American Novel

Selected American novels from the Revolution to the present.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 169 – Ethnicity in American Literature

Study of race and ethnicity in the literary arts of North America. Selected works of authors from such groups as African Americans, European Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanos, Latinos, and American Indians.

Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required.

Covers GE Area S

3 units

 

 

English 172 (CA 172) – The Arts in U.S. Society

Study of American arts and artists in their aesthetic, social, and political contexts, focusing on 20th and 21st centuries. Arts examined include architecture, poetry, music, visual arts, dance, theatre, performance art, and fiction. Special emphasis on issues of cultural diversity.

Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required.

Covers GE Area S

3 units

 

 

English 173 (CA 173) – Thinking About Contemporary World Arts

An interdisciplinary course on contemporary arts and culture which investigates connections between arts disciplines and world cultures. The course uses critical and creative thinking as the lens to focus on issues in the arts, especially personal and cultural identities.

Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of Writing Skills test, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required.

Covers GE Area V

3 units

 

 

English 176 – The Short Story

Analysis and interpretation of selected short stories from the 19th century to the present.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 177 – Topics in Fiction Since 1900

Course will focus on different topics in modern fiction. Novels and short stories will be examined as works of art and as expressions of intellectual and social movements. May be repeated when course content changes.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 178 – Creative Nonfiction

This class will study the canonical texts in the genre of creative nonfiction and the historical influences which led to its development.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 180 – Individual Studies

By arrangement with instructor and department chair approval.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

Grading: Credit/No Credit

1-3 units

 

 

English 181 – Special Topics

Significant topics or themes in English or Comparative Studies.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 182 – Women in Literature

Image of women in literature or works of significant women writers. Repeatable for credit.

3 units

 

 

English 183 – Major Authors

One major author's works. Author changes each semester. Repeatable for credit.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 184 – Directed Reading

For upper-division students with special objectives. Repeatable for credit.

Prerequisite: Instructor and department chair approval

Grading: Credit/No Credit

3 units

 

 

English 190 – Honors Colloquium

Selected topics.

Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, 3.5 GPA, 3.0 overall GPA and admission to departmental honors program

3 units

 

 

English 193 – Senior Seminar

Culminating course for majors, requiring students to reflect on experiences in the major. Readings and discussions focus on literature and self-reflection. Each student submits a Portfolio of writing from at least five courses taken in major. Written work for seminar is added to Portfolio.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 193C – Senior Seminar in Creative Writing and Self Reflection

Culminating seminar for the Creative Writing Concentration, requiring students to reflect on experiences and revise work completed in several other courses taken in the Concentration. New writing done for the seminar will be included with revised work in a final Portfolio.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing. For Creative Writing Concentration Credit only.

3 units

 

 

English 195 – Literary Theory

Examines major theoretical approaches to literature with attention to the history and politics of reception and canon formation.

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

3 units

 

 

English 199 – Writing Internship

Internship at a local industry, publisher, arts or public agency. Discussion of experiences and problems in the internship. Study of professional practices and demands, including those of career preparation and development.

Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA both overall and in English; no credit in English major.

Grading: Credit/No Credit

3 units