General English Course Information

The WVC English Department offers developmental (college-preparatory) and transfer Composition courses. Students take an English or ESL Placement Test; the result determines placement in either a developmental or transfer Composition course. English 1A is required for graduation (AA/AS degree, General Education) and for transfer. English 1B and 1C satisfy many graduation and transfer requirements.

The Department also offers courses in Creative Writing, literature and film, and surveys of British, American, World, Children's and contemporary American multicultural literatures, as well as Shakespeare, the Bible, Classical Mythology, Poetry and Modern Fiction. Courses are offered in the face-to-face and online modes.

Composition

ENGL 1A – English Composition

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 905 or proof of qualifying assessment score; or LS 941C or proof of qualifying assessment score. READ 961 or proof of qualifying assessment score; or LS 942 or proof of qualifying assessment score

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 100

This course introduces the techniques of collegiate English composition with emphasis on clear and effective writing and analytical reading. In English 1A, students write a series of essays including a documented research paper. Because this is a collegiate-level writing course, students must enroll with strong grammatical competence. English 1A fulfills the written communication requirement for Associate and Bachelor degrees. This course is also offered in an online format.

ENGL 1B – English Composition

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 120

English 1B introduces students to literary analysis with an emphasis on critical thinking, close reading, and analytical writing skills. Introduces representative works from major genres.Promotes appreciation and critical understanding of the cultural, historical, and aesthetic qualities of literature. Students read, discuss, and compose analytic essays about literary texts (such as short fiction, poetry, drama, and novels) from diverse cultures. This course covers formal and informal fallacies of language and thought, and the principles of inductive and deductive reasoning. Students conduct research, study literary criticism, and write research essays that synthesizes multiple sources. This course fulfills the critical thinking requirement for CSU transfer and is also offered in an online format.

ENGL 1C – Clear Thinking and Writing

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 105

This course offers instruction and practice in methods of critical thinking, critical writing, and formal argument writing, emphasizing the following: the principles of classical argument structure and methods of reasoning: analysis and evaluation of rhetorical argument and texts; identification of the assumptions underlying a given argument; identification and critique of fallacies in arguments; analysis of language use and its implications in argument writing; research strategies, information literacy, and proper documentation. Students in this course practice critical thinking by writing substantive arguments, essays and a documented research paper

ENGL 1CH – Honors Critical Thinking and Writing

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 105

Honors Critical Thinking and Writing uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, critical writing, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course offers instruction and practice in methods of critical thinking, critical writing, and formal argument writing, emphasizing the following: the principles of classical argument structure and methods of reasoning: analysis and evaluation of rhetorical argument and texts; identification of the assumptions underlying a given argument; identification and critique of fallacies in arguments; analysis of language use and its implications in argument writing; research strategies, information literacy, and proper documentation. Students in this course practice critical thinking by writing substantive arguments, essays and a documented research paper.

ENGL 903 – Basic Grammar & Sentence Structure

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

This course provides a basic foundation for developing college-level writing skills. Students in this course have the opportunity to improve grammar, sentence structure, and vocabulary while developing strategies for writing well-structured paragraphs. The course also addresses the reading/writing connection and employs a process-centered approach to writing college-level paragraphs and introduces the components of college essays. Pass/No Pass Only

ENGL 905 – English Fundamentals – A Preparatory Course

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 903 or Proof of qualifying assessment score

This course provides the necessary foundation for college-level writing and prepares students for English 1A. Students in this course have the opportunity to learn and practice the writing process, focusing on greater proficiency in writing multi-paragraph essays. The course covers the main elements of sound essays including thesis statements, supporting details and evidence, organization, coherence and basic research techniques. Students develop various writing strategies and practice writing skills using classroom computers. Pass/No Pass Only

ENGL 905X – Accelerated English Fundamentals

5 units: Lecture 5 units; lab 0 units

In an Accelerated format, this course providesthe necessary foundation for college-level writing, reading, and reasoning, preparing students for English 1A. Students have the opportunity to learn and practice techniques that address the reading/writing connection in preparation for transfer-level courses. Students critically read and respond to a variety of non-fiction texts and employ a process-centered approach to writing multi-paragraph essays. The course addresses developing the main elements of sound essays, including thesis statements, unified and coherent paragraphs with supporting details and evidence, organization, clear and effective sentences, and basic research techniques. Students are expected to produce a minimum of 8,000 formal words and practice writing strategies and skills using classroom computers. Pass/No Pass Only

Literature

ENGL 5A – Survey of English Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 160

This course surveys British literature from the Old English/Anglo-Saxon period through the 18th century. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 5B – Survey of English Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent placement score

Advisory: ENGL 1A or equivalent

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 165

This course surveys English literature from the Romantic period to the present. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 6A – World Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent placement score

Advisory: ENGL 1A or equivalent

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 140

This course surveys literature from around the world produced from the beginnings of oral history up to the year 1650. This course emphasizes literature outside the Anglo-American tradition. Students have the opportunity to analyze and compare texts representing various genres from different cultural regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands. Through this cross-cultural study of literature, students have the opportunity to engage in thinking critically about cultural diversity and related issues’ such as global migrations, international power dynamics, and transnational patterns of inequality in a world context. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 6AH – Honors World Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent placement score

Advisory: ENGL 1A or equivalent

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 140

Honors World Literature uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course surveys literature from around the world produced from the beginnings of oral history up to the year 1650. This course emphasizes literature outside the Anglo-American tradition. Students analyze andcompare texts representing various genres from different cultural regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Pacific Islands. Through this cross-cultural study of literature, students engage in thinking critically about cultural diversity and related issues, such as global migrations, international power dynamics,and transnational patterns of inequality in a world context.

ENGL 6B – World Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 001A or equivalent placement score

Advisory: ENGL 1A or equivalent

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 145

This course surveys and compares literature from around the world produced between 1650 and the present. This course emphasizes literature outside the Anglo-American tradition. Students have the opportunity to analyze and compare texts representing various genres from different cultural regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Through this cross-cultural study of literature, students have the opportunity to engage in thinking critically about cultural diversity and related issues such as global migrations, international power dynamics, and transnational patterns of inequality in a world context. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 6BH – World Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent placement score

Advisory: ENGL 1A or equivalent

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors World Literature uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course surveys and compares literature from around the world produced between 1650 and the present. This course emphasizes literature outside the Anglo-American tradition. Students analyze and compare texts representing various genres from different cultural regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Australia, and the Pacific Islands. Through this cross-cultural study of literature, students engage in thinking critically about cultural diversity and related issues such as global migrations, international power dynamics, and transnational patterns of inequality in a world context. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 7A – American Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent placement score

Advisory: ENGL 1A or equivalent

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 130

This course surveys major American literary traditions from the colonial period to the Civil War. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 7B – American Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 001A or equivalent placement score

Advisory: ENGL 1A or equivalent

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 135

This course surveys major American literary traditions from the Civil War to the present. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 10 – Children's Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 180

This course provides a survey of representative samples of the world’s literature written for and about children. This course covers both the history of this literature and the trends in style, purpose, and subject matter. Representative works of children’s literature from around the world--including folk tales, mythology, fantasy, poetry, biography, and autobiography-- form the basic categories of study. Students have the opportunity to develop close reading and analytical writing skills as well as an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of literature written for children. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 12 – African American Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course examines African American Literature from the 1700s to the present. Emphasis is given to the development of a body of literature that attests to the mastery and enhancement by Black writers of the prevailing literary forms in each era in America’s cultural, social, and political history. Students in the course have the opportunity to examine how literature reflects the experiences of Africans adapting to life in new world America and carving out a new identity complete with the development of new literary styles and conventions. The literature is examined through lenses of conventional critical theory and elements of literature. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 13 – Latino/Chicano Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course examines and contextualizes representative literary texts written in (or translated to) English by authors who (since the sixteenth century, through the emergence of the “Latino Literature” movement in the twentieth century, and up to now) have self-identified as American Latinos and have addressed the varied traditions, conflicts, and transformations of American Latinos. This course satisfies the 3- unit Cultural Diversity requirement for the associate degree. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 18 – Asian American Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides a cross-cultural comparative study of the literary works of several Asian American authors. Through their works, students have the opportunity to learn and inhabit not only the literature, but also the history, culture, customs, and traditions of at least four of the following Asian American communities: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indian, and other southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 41 – Literature and Film

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course examines cultural, artistic, historical, critical and theoretical aspects of selected works of literature and film. Students will engage a wide range of film and literature--often including adaptations of one into the other--as they learn to analyze and evaluate the techniques used by artists in both media. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 43 – Classical Mythology

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Using translations of epic, poetic, and dramatic texts of classical writers and philosophers, this course examines the meaning and function of myth in the literature of Ancient Greece and Rome as well its recurrence and significance in modern works. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 43H – Honors Classical Mythology

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Classical Mythology uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. Using translations of epic, poetic, and dramatic texts of classical writers and philosophers, this course examines the meaning and function of myth in the literature of Ancient Greece and Rome as well as its recurrence and significance in modern works.

ENGL 44 – The Bible as Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on literary analysis of the Old and New Testaments with consideration of their influence upon language and literature.

ENGL 46 – Contemporary American Multi–Cultural Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A and eligibility for READ 53

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course examines contemporary American literature by writers from at least three of the following groups: African American/Black, American Indian, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Chicano/Latino, European American, and Middle EasternAmerican. Students examine issues such as race, class, gender, and sexualities as explored in the literary works. This course satisfies the 3-unit Cultural Diversity requirement for the associate degree. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 46H – Honors Contemporary American Multi–Cultural Literature

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Contemporary American Multi-Cultural uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course examines contemporary American literature by writers from at least three of the following groups: African American/Black, American Indian, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Chicano/Latino, European American, and Middle Eastern-American. Students examine issues such as race, class, gender, and sexualities as explored in the literary works. This course satisfies the 3-unit Cultural Diversity requirement for the associate degree.

ENGL 47 – Introduction to Poetry

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Students in this class examine poetry from a variety of angles--terminology, form, performance, and composition--and write analytical essays about poems and poets. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 48 – Introduction to Shakespeare

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides overviews of the historical and political events of Shakespeare’s age, the religious and philosophical ideas of the Early Modern period, and modern critical approaches to Shakespeare’s works. In addition, students in this course have the opportunity to evaluate and critically analyze a selection of Shakespeare’s major plays and poetry. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 48H – Honors Introduction to Shakespeare

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Introduction to Shakespeare is being created to provide a unique course outline for the Honors course version of an existing course. The content remains the same, but the delivery methods include a higher standard of rigor based on more individualized and experiential instruction. In this course students read, view, and critically analyze a selection of Shakespeare’s major plays and poetry. The course provides overviews of the historical and political events of Shakespeare’s age, the religious and philosophical ideas of the Early Modern period, and modern critical approaches to Shakespeare’s works. In addition, the course gives students opportunities to evaluate productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 49 – Modern Fiction

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course focuses on reading and analyzing fiction from the Modern Period (1895-1945). It also covers Pre-modern literary movements and Postmodern texts. It fulfills general education requirement for literature.

ENGL 49H – Honors Modern Fiction

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Advisory: ENGL 1A

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

Honors Modern Fiction uses the pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing- intensive, collaborative, and experiential instruction. Course content makes connection through a common theme with other courses offered within the specified transdisciplinary unit. This course focuses on reading and analyzing fiction from the Modern Period (1895-1945). It also covers Pre-modern literary movements and Postmodern texts. It fulfills general education requirement for literature.

Creative Writing

ENGL 70 – Creative Writing

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 1A

Advisory: ENGL 1A and/or introduction to literature and eligibility for READ 53

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID ENGL 200

This course provides an introduction to the practice and study of the craft involved in writing fiction and poetry. The course also includes the analysis and critical examination of the works of various professional writers and student writers during class workshops. Pass/No Pass Option

ENGL 71 – Intermediate Fiction Writing

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 1A

Advisory: ENGL 70

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides instruction in writing fiction at the intermediate level. Students write short stories or several chapters of a novel at a more sophisticated level by more fully developing the elements of fiction in their writing. Students in this course also analyze and critique each other’s work in the workshop format. This course may be of interest to students with the goal of further improving creative writing skills, or creating a portfolio prior to transferring to a 4-year program in creative writing.

ENGL 72 – Intermediate Poetry Writing

3 units: Lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Prerequisite: ENGL 1A

Advisory: ENGL 70

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course provides instruction in writing poetry at the intermediate level. Students write poems at a more sophisticated level by more fully developing the elements of poetry in their writing. Students in this course also analyze and critique each other’s work in a workshop format. This course may be of interest to students with the goal of further improving their creative writing skills, or creating a portfolio prior to transferring to a 4-year program in creative writing. Pass/No Pass Option

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