English (ENGL)



 

Basic Skills Courses

All courses at this level are offered for college credit. Credit for these courses will not apply toward the associate degree, but will count toward the determination of a student's workload and eligibility for financial aid.

12A Basic English Review - .5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 1 unit (Grade Only)

This self-paced course is intended for students who need to review their English skills in order to succeed in college classes and/or their career. Students begin with an evaluation of their skills. Activities include assigned individualized reading and writing practice, mastery tests, and meetings with the instructor. This is an individualized course designed to develop student mastery in specific basic skills. (FT) Not Applicable to Associate Degree, pre-collegiate basic skills, English as a Second Language.

12B Basic Composition Across the Curriculum - 0.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass)

This course is designed for students enrolled in transfer level courses in disciplines other than English who need additional instruction in critical reading and composition in order to complete the courses successfully. Students begin with the evaluation of their skills. Activities include assigned individualized reading and writing practice, mastery tests, and meetings with the instructor. This is an individualized course designed to develop student mastery in essential basic skills. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

12E Basic Composition Review - .5 hour lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 1 unit (Grade Only)

This self-paced course is intended for students enrolled in English 49 who would like additional instruction in order to complete the course successfully. Students begin with an evaluation of their skills. Activities include assigned individualized reading and writing practice, mastery tests, and meetings with the instructor. This is an individualized course designed to develop student mastery in specific basic skills for English 49. (FT) Not Applicable to Associate Degree, pre-collegiate basic skills, English as a Second Language.

12F Basic Composition Review - 0.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours lab, 1 units (Pass/No Pass)

This course is designed for students enrolled in English 43 who would like additional instruction in order to complete the course successfully. Students begin with the evaluation of their skills. Emphasis is placed on assigned individualized reading and writing practice, mastery tests, and meetings with the instructor. This is an individualized course designed to develop student mastery in specific basic writing skills for English 43. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

Reading

42 College Reading and Study Skills I - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: Assessment Skill Level R3. This course is designed for native speakers of English. ESL students should enroll in English for Speakers of Other Languages 19, 20, 21, 22, 30, 31, 32 or 40 as recommended by the placement test for non-native English speakers.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit with a “C” or better in English 265B or English 47A.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 55.
This course is designed for students who need to improve their reading skills in order to succeed in college courses. In this course, students practice the reading process by reading extensively and intensively, and develop confidence and enjoyment in reading. Students also read and respond to a variety of materials, including non-fiction and textbook assignments, and learn strategies for reading difficult material to facilitate comprehension and critical thinking. In addition, students develop writing, vocabulary, discussion, and study skills. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

48 College Reading and Study Skills II (Formerly English 56) - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Assessment Skill Level L40 and completion of ESOL 40 with a grade of “C” or better; or completion of ESOL 40 and ESOL 32 each with a grade of “C” or better; or ENGL 42 with a grade of “C” or better; or Assessment Skill Level R4.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 56. This course not open to students with a “C “or better in English 265B or English 47A
This course is designed for students who need to develop advanced reading skills to succeed in transfer level courses. In this course, students focus on academic reading and study skills and practice strategies to improve reading comprehension and critical thinking. Students also build writing, vocabulary, discussion and study skills to accurately express information and reflect the meaning of class readings. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree..

Writing

37A Persuasive Writing - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Pass/No Pass Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 92A.
This course is intended for students enrolled at San Diego State University; for Freshmen, a score of 150 or lower on the CSU English Placement Test (EPT), and for transfer students, a score of 7 or lower on the Transfer Writing Assessment (TWA). It is designed to help students develop methods of reading and writing necessary for success in SDSU's Rhetoric and Writing Studies 100. In this course, students read persuasive texts and integrate the ideas of multiple authors and their own into argumentative essays. The course stresses paragraph and essay development and reviews sentence structure, mechanics, and grammar as needed. (FT) Not Applicable to Associate Degree, pre-collegiate basic skills - reading, writing, computation.

37B Persuasive Writing II - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Pass/No Pass Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 92B. In this course, students read persuasive texts and integrate the ideas of multiple authors and their own into argumentative essays. The course stresses paragraphs and essay development and reviews sentence structure, mechanics, and grammar as needed. (FT) Not Applicable to the Associate Degree, pre-collegiate basic skills - reading, writing, computation.

43 English Review - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: Assessment Skill Level W3 or English 42 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R4. This course is designed for native speakers of English. ESL students should enroll in English for Speakers of Other Languages 19, 20, 21, 22, 30, 31, 32, or 40 as recommended by the placement test for non-native English speakers.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit with a “C” or better in English 265B or English 47A.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 50.
This course is designed for students who need review of and practice with writing unified paragraphs and purposeful basic compositions. In this course students develop knowledge of the writing process as well as knowledge of grammatical structures to compose clear and complete sentences, paragraphs, and basic compositions (which may include short essays). Students also read texts as the basis for writing and develop critical thinking skills necessary for success in college courses. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

49 Basic Composition - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Assessment Skill Level L40 and completion of ESOL 40 with a grade of “C” or better; or completion of ESOL 40 and ESOL 32 each with a grade of “C” or better; or ENGL 43 with a grade of “C” or better; or Assessment Skill Level W4.

Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 51.
Prerequisite: English as a Second Language 40 or English 43, with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level W4.
This course is designed to prepare students to write successfully at the transfer level. In this course students practice the writing process in the production and editing of essays. Students also review grammatical and mechanical structures as needed to support the successful expression of meaning. In addition, students read and think critically using a variety of texts which are the basis for writing and class discussion. A District-wide, timed-writing examination, holistically graded by English instructors, is part of the final course grade. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

English 101 Preparatory Courses

All courses at this level are offered for college credit. Three units of course work at this level may be applied to the associate degree. Credit for courses at this level will count toward the determination of a student's workload and eligibility for financial aid.

47A Accelerated Reading, Writing and Reasoning - 4 hours lecture, 4 units  (Grade Only)

Advisory: Assessment Skill Levels R3 and W3.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 42, English 43, English 48, English 49, English 265B or students with R5 and W5 assessment levels or higher.
This course is designed to prepare students who require minimal preparation to produce successful college-level papers in all subject areas. Emphasis is placed on the presentation of a thematic perspective within which students develop arguments and strengthen critical thinking, reading, organizing, and writing skills at an accelerated pace. This course is intended for students who want to prepare themselves to read, write and analyze texts at the transfer level. (FT) Not applicable to the Associate Degree.

97 College Writing Skills - 3 hours lab, 1 unit (Pass/No Pass Only)

Advisory: English 43 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level W4.
This course provides the application of college writing skills for all disciplines. Emphasis is on the writing of organized, clear, concise, coherent, and carefully reasoned essay exams, book reports, research papers, technical reports, expository and argumentative essays, and other college writing assignments. The course is individualized, with students working on specific learning outcomes tailored to their needs. (FT) AA/AS.

English Courses (Also see Humanities)

101 Reading and Composition - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 48 and English 49 or English 47A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5 or English 37A, English 37B or English 64 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is designed for transfer-level students or for those who want to develop competence in college level reading and composition. Students read, analyze, discuss and think critically using a variety of works and sources. Based on these activities, students write essays, fully documented research projects, and other types of texts for various purposes and audiences. This written work, which demonstrates effective, logical, and precise expression of ideas, totals at least 6000 graded words. Designated sections of this course may be taught from a specific cultural perspective. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

105 Composition and Literature - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 48 and English 49, or English 47A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5 or English 64,
English 37A or English 37B, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This is a composition course using literature as a background for improving writing skills. Students discuss the general nature and elements of literature and literary criticism by reading and analyzing representative works of fiction, drama, and poetry. Based on this subject matter, students are required to write a variety of critical papers, including a research paper, comprising at least 6,000 graded words. This course is intended for students majoring in English or those interested in literature and in developing strong critical and analytical writing skills. Designated sections of this course may be taught from a specific cultural perspective. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

202 Introduction to Linguistics - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 48 and English 49 or English 47A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6; or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of Linguistics. In this course, students develop an understanding of the nature of language through the study of core areas in linguistics including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Students also read, write and think critically about related fields such as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, and animal communication. This course is intended for students majoring in English or those with a general interest in Linguistics. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

205 Critical Thinking and Intermediate Composition - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6; or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This intermediate-level college reading and writing course uses the principles of rhetoric to build research and critical thinking skills required for success at four-year institutions. Emphasis is placed on reading, evaluating and writing argumentative prose. Students locate, evaluate and integrate outside sources into their writing assignments, which total at least 8,000 words for the semester. This course is intended for students majoring in English and all students interested in improving critical thinking and writing skills. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID ENGL 105.

208 Introduction to Literature - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 48 and English 49, or English 47A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6; or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course provides an inquiry into the basic nature of literature and is designed for students with a general interest as well as for those majoring in the field. Students read and analyze representative literary works in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama from various cultures and periods, applying practical critical techniques in essays, reports, and exams. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID ENGL 120.

209 Literary Approaches to Film - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 48 and English 49 or English 47A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6 or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a study of film from a literary perspective. Emphasis is placed on reading and writing about film, film analysis, and cultural impact. Topics include film composition, genre, and literary criticism. This course is designed for English majors and all students interested in literature and/or film. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

210 American Literature I - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6; or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is a survey of American literature from its beginning to the late 19th century, including representative works from the Colonial Period (1588- 1765), the New Republic (1765-1829), the American Renaissance (1829-1860), and the beginnings of Realism (1860-1880). Students critically analyze and discuss diverse authors of these periods, addressing relevant historical, social, political, philosophical, aesthetic, cultural, and religious issues. This course is intended for English majors and anyone interested in American Literature. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID ENGL 130.

211 American Literature II - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6; or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
A survey of American Literature from the late 19th century to the present, which includes representative works from the Age of Realism (1865-1914), the Modernist Period (1914-1945), and the Postmodern Era (1950-present). Students critically analyze and discuss diverse authors of these periods, addressing relevant historical, social, political, philosophical, aesthetic, cultural, and religious issues. This course is intended for English majors and anyone interested in American Literature. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID ENGL 135.

215 English Literature I: 800-1799 - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course offers a survey of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the pre- Romantic period (approximately 800 to 1799), including representative works from the Old and Middle English periods, the Renaissance and the Elizabethans, the Cavalier, Metaphysical, and Puritan periods, the Restoration and the Neoclassical periods. Students read and discuss the major authors of these periods, addressing relevant social, political, cultural, and religious issues. Students critically analyze, in essays and research papers, authors, specific works, and other topics as assigned. This course is intended for English majors and all students interested in literature. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID ENGL 160.

216 English Literature II: 1800-Present - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6; or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course offers a survey of British literature from the Romantic period to the 20th century (approximately 1800 to the present) including representative works from the pre-Romantic and Romantic periods; the Victorian and later Victorian period; and the Modern period. Students read and discuss the major authors of these periods, addressing relevant social, political, cultural, and religious issues. Students also critically analyze, in essays and research papers, authors, specific works, and other topics as assigned. This course is intended for students majoring in English and those interested in English Literature. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

220 Masterpieces of World Literature I: 1500 BCE - 1600 CE - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course offers a survey of world literature in translation, from the ancient world through the European renaissance (approximately 2150 BCE - 1600 CE), including the established classic literature of the Near East, Tibet, Greece and Rome, India, China, Japan, Africa, the Islamic world, and Europe. Students read and discuss a variety of authors from these regions, and address relevant social, cultural, and religious issues. Students critically analyze, in essays and papers, specific authors, works, themes, and other topics as assigned. This course is intended for English majors and anyone interested in World Literature. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID ENGL 140.

221 Masterpieces of World Literature II: 1600 - Present - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6; or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course offers a survey of world literature in translation, from the close of the European renaissance through the present time, including the literature of Asia, Europe, North America, Central America, South America, Africa and the Islamic world. Students read and discuss a variety of authors from these regions, and address relevant social, religious, and cultural issues. Students critically analyze, in essays and papers, specific authors, works, themes, and other topics as assigned. This course is intended for English majors and anyone interested in World Literature. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC; C-ID ENGL 145.

237 Women in Literature - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite:English 48 and English 49 or English 47A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Advisory: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course is an introduction to images of women in literature and to women writers. Students read from a variety of genres including stories, poetry, novels, and essays, written by women and men from a range of social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. This course is intended for students majoring in English or anyone interested in literature. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

238 Evaluating Children's Literature - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 48 and English 49 or English 47A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6; or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is an introduction to images of women in literature and to women writers. Students read from a variety of genres including stories, poetry, novels, and essays, written by women and men from a range of social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. This course is intended for students majoring in English or anyone interested in literature. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

240 Shakespeare - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6; or English 105 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This course is a survey of William Shakespeare’s work. Emphasis is placed on analyses of representative plays and poems from the perspectives of theme, character, structure, and language in historical and contemporary contexts. This course is designed for students majoring in English and those with a general interest in the author or the period. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

245A Writing Creative Nonfiction - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 245.
This is an intensive course in writing creative nonfiction. Emphasis is placed on the principles and methods of creative nonfiction and the critical analysis of student and master works addressing personal, social, political, and/or cultural issues. Students submit original creative nonfiction for class discussion and are introduced to the workshop format to further their work. This course is intended for students majoring in English and those preparing for writing-related careers in areas, such as publishing, journalism, communications, and education. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

245B Advanced Creative Nonfiction - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite:English 245A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is an intensive course advanced creative nonfiction. Emphasis is placed on advanced techniques in character, point of view, narrative, plot, language, style, and structure. The creative process includes meetings with the professor to set goals. Students use fictional techniques of character development, plotting, setting, language, verb tense, and theme to compose nonfiction at an advanced level. This course is intended for students majoring in English and those preparing for writing-related careers in areas, such as publishing, journalism, communications, and education, and those desiring to develop a writing portfolio. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

247 Writing Seminar - Poetry - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 101 or English 105 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This introductory course provides instruction in the study and creation of poetry. Students read and critique traditional, contemporary and multicultural poems that provide models for their original work. In addition, students create poetry which is discussed and analyzed by the class. Students learn to identify the basic elements and techniques of poetry, use invention strategies, understand different forms, analyze poems, examine published and unpublished poems as models for writing poetry, use constructive criticism, identify current poetic values, and explore potential markets for publishing poems. (FT) Associate Degree Credit & transfer to CSU and/or private colleges and universities. UC Transfer Course List.

249 Introduction to Creative Writing - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 101 or English 105, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 or W6.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 249A and 249B.
This is an introductory course in creative writing which focuses on the study of fiction and poetry. Students analyze technique in the works of professional writers and in their own original works. After submitting writing, students participate in informal discussion of their work, which includes helpful criticism from the class and the instructor. Increased writing skills help students prepare for careers in communication, education, writing, advertising, selling, journalism, law, business, and government. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

249B Introduction to Creative Writing II 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite: English 249 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is an exploration and application of creative writing with a focus on fiction and poetry. Students use complex elements of poetry and fiction writing to analyze the works of professional writers, to create original pieces, and to critique the work of their peers as well as their own. This course is intended for students majoring in English and all students interested in fiction and fiction writing. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

252A Fundamentals of Fiction Writing - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 253.
This is an intensive course in fiction writing techniques at the beginning level. Students read and evaluate master works of fiction based on the basic elements of fiction writing introduced in class. Students write original fiction for submission to the class for discussion and integrate criticism offered by the instructor and peers through the editing process. This course is intended for students interested in a better understanding of literature and/or use of language as well as students interested in a writing related career, such as publishing, journalism, communications, or education. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

252B Intermediate Fiction Writing - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: English 252A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for English 254.
This is an intensive course in fiction writing techniques at the intermediate level. Students read and evaluate master works of fiction that address personal, social, political and/cultural issues and integrate such elements into their original pieces of fiction. Students are expected to articulate, accept, and incorporate criticism through an increasingly sophisticated editorial process. This course is intended for students interested improving their creative writing skills and/or developing a portfolio prior to transferring to a four-year institution. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 120. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.