B.A. in English
The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English is a literature-intensive program that includes an emphasis on multiculturalism and diversity and allows considerable flexibility in the selection of major course work.
Computer Literacy Requirement must be satisfied and Senior Exit Survey completed.
ENGL 0090. Certificate Preparatory English. 3-0-3 Units.
Prepares students for ENGL 1100 by presenting a study of basic grammar, including parts of speech, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, verb tense, sentence fragments, fused sentences, and comma splices. Writing will include the four basic sentence patterns and basic paragraph development. Prospective students will be required to score 60 or above on the COMPASS English exam to exempt this course. (Institutional Credit)(F,S,M)
ENGL 0098. Learning Support English. 4-0-4 Units.
Emphasizes the basics of grammar, paragraphs, and essays to prepare students for ENGL 1101. Prospective students will be required to score 70 or above on the COMPASS exam to exempt this course. (Institutional Credit)(F,S,M)
ENGL 0975. Advanced ESL Writing. 4-0-4 Units.
Prepares students for the COMPASS English test. Prepares bilingual students for ENGL 1101. Attention is given to second language writing concerns, including limited-English and language-transfer errors. Prospective students will be required to score 70 or above on the English COMPASS exam to exempt this course. (Institutional Credit)
ENGL 1100. Communication Skills. 3-0-3 Units.
Offers a basic course in the effective use of oral and written communication skills related to the student's technical program and designed to enable the student to organize, compose, and revise reports, business letters, and other forms of business communication. (Career Course)(F,S)
ENGL 1101. English Composition I. 3-0-3 Units.
Focuses on skills required for effective writing in a variety of contexts, with emphasis on exposition, analysis, and argumentation, and a variety of research skills. A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 1101 before the student can take ENGL 1102. ENGL 1101C satisfies the computer literacy requirement.(F,S,M)
ENGL 1102. English Composition II. 3-0-3 Units.
Presents a literature-based composition course that develops writing skills beyond the levels of proficiency required by ENGL 1101, that emphasizes interpretation and evaluation, and that incorporates a variety of more advanced research methods, including capability in electronic resources and documentation. A minimum grade of C is required to complete this course.(F,S,M)
ENGL 1105. Introduction to Greek Mythology. 1-0-1 Unit.
Provides an introduction to and overview of the major Greek myth cycles. Students will become familiar with the major Greek gods and goddesses, the stories connected to them, and the heroes of the great epic and dramatic works of ancient Greece.(S,M)
ENGL 1110. Creative Writing. 1-0-1 Unit.
Introduces the stylistic conventions and techniques of prose and poetry with an emphasis on characterization, structure, point of view, imagery, and symbolism. Also emphasizes techniques of literary invention and offers exposure to the analysis and critique of peer and professional texts. Special attention is given to drafting and revising original works.(F)
ENGL 1111. Student Newspaper Practicum. 1-0-1 Unit.
Offers instruction in and practical application of the basics of newspaper journalism. Students will conduct interviews, write articles, and assist in publication of The Roadrunner, DSC's campus newspaper. May be repeated for up to three credit hours.
ENGL 1201. Introduction to Film as Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Introduces humanistic, philosophic, and historical analysis of film from the silent period through modern times. Examines and analyzes selected films through lectures, readings, and viewings. Written assignments are requiresd. Students may not receive credit for both CINM 1101 and ENGL 1201.(F,S,M)
ENGL 2010. Linguistics. 3-0-3 Units.
Provides instruction in language, including its varieties, sound systems, word formation, sentence formation, language meaning, and discourse. Examines first and second language acquisition and classroom observation. Flexible course options will suit various learning interests and styles. (Web-based course)
ENGL 2111. World Literature I. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys important works of world literature from ancient times through the mid-seventeenth century.(F,S,M)
ENGL 2112. World Literature II. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys important works of world literature from the mid-seventeenth century to the present. Continues study begun in ENGL 2111, though 2111 is not a prerequisite.(F,S,M)
ENGL 2120. British Literature I. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys important works of English literature from the Old English period through the Neoclassical Age.(F)
ENGL 2121. British Literature II. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys important works of English literature from the Romantic Era to the present. Continues study begun in English 2120, though 2120 is not a prerequisite.(S)
ENGL 2130. American Literature I. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys important works of American literature from the Pre-colonial Age to the mid-nineteenth century.(F)
ENGL 2131. American Literature II. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys important works of American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Continues study begun in ENGL 2130, though 2130 is not a prerequisite.(S)
ENGL 3000. Writing for Education/Social Sciences. 3-0-3 Units.
Focuses on principles, practices, and strategies for writing clear, effective, audience-driven communications in a variety of academic and professional situations in the real world. Assignments include case studies, reports, proposals, and legal briefs.(F,S)
ENGL 3005. Practical Grammar. 3-0-3 Units.
Explores the basic components of language, language variation, and modern English grammar. Application of grammatical principles to composition, editing, and literary analysis.
ENGL 3010. Introduction to Literary Studies. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys materials, methods, and terminology used in the discipline of literary studies. Practice in effective critical writing and examination of the various critical theories available for interpretation and analysis.(F,S)
ENGL 3015. Introduction to Composition Studies. 3-0-3 Units.
Includes study of composition theory and its application to the teaching of composition. Students will analyze and assess student essays and design a writing course for secondary-level students.(S)
ENGL 3020. Advanced Composition. 3-0-3 Units.
Includes a study of various rhetorical strategies with regular writing assignments emphasizing logical organization of thought and effective composition. The course will develop sound grammatical and compositional skills to a level clearly superior to that of ENGL 1102.(F)
ENGL 3025. History of the English Language. 3-0-3 Units.
Provides an introduction to the background, origins, development, and structure of the English language and the fundamental tools and concepts used in the study of a language's history.(F)
ENGL 3030. Technical Writing. 3-0-3 Units.
Focuses on practice and instruction in analyzing and writing business and technical documents. Emphasis on increasing proficiency in effective writing, design and organization, audience awareness, visual rhetoric, and web publishing.
ENGL 3100. Advanced Creative Writing. 3-0-3 Units.
Offers an intensive experience in writing in one of the following genres: short story, poetry, the novel, creative non-fiction, or screenwriting.(M)
ENGL 3200. Appalachian Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys major regional movements, genres, writers in the Appalachian mountains, from settlement to the present. Content and approach may vary.
ENGL 3210. Multi-ethnic American Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Offers a study of major ethnic American literature, with a particular focus on Latino American, Asian American, and/or Native American writers.
ENGL 3220. Southern Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Examines selected works by major authors of the American South.
ENGL 3230. Southern Women Writers. 3-0-3 Units.
Focuses on selected works by major female authors of the American South, such as Kate Chopin, Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Porter, Alice Walker, and Eudora Welty.
ENGL 3235. African-American Literary Tradition. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys the canonical writings of African-Americans, typically including writers such as Douglass, Hurston, Wright, Ellison, Baldwin, Morrison, King, and Walker.
ENGL 3300. Medieval Literature in Translation. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys literature of the Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Norman periods: Beowulf, Romance of the Rose, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and others.
ENGL 3340. Hispanic Literature in Translation. 3-0-3 Units.
Provides an introduction to landmark Hispanic works within social, political, economic, and cultural contexts.
ENGL 3350. Latino/a Literature in English. 3-0-3 Units.
Offers an introduction to landmark Latino/a works written in English.
ENGL 3400. Renaissance Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys Renaissance literature in its various aspects, including, but not limited to, poetry, prose, and drama, and a consideration of that literature as a part and product of its historical period.
ENGL 3410. Shakespeare. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys representative works of comedy, history, tragedy, tragicomedy drawn from throughout the playwright's career.
ENGL 3500. American Authors to 1830. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys important writings by representative American authors from the colonial period through the post-Revolutionary War era. Typically includes Bradford, Bradstreet, Winthrop, Crevecoeur, Franklin, Paine, and Irving.
ENGL 3510. American Authors 1830-1900. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys significant American authors from the post-Revolutionary War era to the turn of the twentieth century. Typically includes Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, Douglass, Dickinson, Twain, Crane, Howells, Chopin, and Norris.
ENGL 3515. American Authors since 1900. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys significant works by representative twentieth-century writers. Authors typically covered include Bierce, Eliot, Hemingway, Frost, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Wright, Stevens, Miller, Baldwin, Morrison, and O'Connor.
ENGL 3520. The American Short Story. 3-0-3 Units.
Explores tone, narration, form, symbolism, and theme in representative American short stories.
ENGL 3900. Writing Creatively for Self-Advancement. 3-0-3 Units.
Provides an in-depth study and honing of skills of written communication, including poetry and creative nonfiction; emphasizes techniques of literary invention, particularly those of diction, concision, setting, tone, and theme; offers exposure to the analysis and critique of peer and professional texts. Special attention is given to drafting and revising original works. Oral presentation of creative work complements emphasis on writing.
ENGL 4000. Contemporary American Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Examines selected texts produced in the last thirty years in the United States.
ENGL 4010. The American Novel. 3-0-3 Units.
Offers an investigation of the American novel from the late eighteenth century through the present in relation to literary, cultural, intellectual, technological, and aesthetic changes in America.
ENGL 4020. Literature for Young Adults. 3-0-3 Units.
Offers a comprehensive study of young adult literature, including non-Western authors as well as literature representative of racial and ethnic groups, appropriate for students in secondary school programs, with emphasis on teaching techniques.(F,S)
ENGL 4120. Seventeenth-Century British Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Examines significant issues, themes, and ideologies in selection of seventeenth-century British literature studied in terms of their original cultural context.
ENGL 4130. Eighteenth-Century British Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Examines drama, fiction, poetry, and other textual expression from Restoration and eighteenth-century Britain. Works may be studied in their historical, political, cultural, and aesthetic contexts.
ENGL 4140. British Romantic Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys British literature of the Romantic period, focusing on major works, figures (three or more), and/or themes.
ENGL 4150. British Victorian Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Examines Victorian literature in its original historical, political, cultural, and aesthetic contexts.
ENGL 4160. Modern British Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys British poetry, fiction, and essays since 1900. Typically includes Hardy, Conrad, Joyce, Yeats, Lawrence, Woolf, Auden, and Lessing.
ENGL 4400. Survey of Drama. 3-0-3 Units.
Features specific topics in the study of British, American, or Continental drama.
ENGL 4410. Studies in Film. 3-0-3 Units.
Examines films as texts through historical, aesthetic, thematic, and/or cultural questioning and analysis. Offerings may include film and the novel, representations of women in film, teen cultures in film, etc. (May be repeated for a maximum of six hours with change of content.)
ENGL 4420. Literature of the Non-Western World. 3-0-3 Units.
Offers an introduction to non-Western literature that examines a range of texts from a variety of different regions that may include the Americas, Asia, Africa, India, the Middle East, the Pacific Rim, and the African Diaspora. Subjects vary according to the availability of faculty.
ENGL 4500. Literature of American Business. 3-0-3 Units.
Surveys the historic background of cultural attitudes and social climate in the United States that allowed for and fostered development in capitalism, industrialism, and technology of the 19th-century Industrial Revolution and beyond. Explores American literature's representation and treatment of busines and characters interacting in a busines environment and the ethical concerns and consequences of living and working in this setting.
ENGL 4900. Special Topics. 3-0-3 Units.
Examines a topic in literature, theory, and/or writing that transcends the boundaries of the fixed curriculum. (May be repeated for a maximum of six hours with change of content.)
ENGL 4901. Methods and Strategies for Secondary English Teachers. 3-0-3 Units.
Provides secondary teacher candidates with strategies and techniques to become effective teachers. Focuses on the teacher as a reflective decision-maker and on active learning through the design of quality assessment and instruction, using appropriate teaching methods that are performance based.
ENGL 4905. Senior Seminar in Literature. 3-0-3 Units.
Focuses on a problem, question, issue, or specialized subject. Topics vary. Required for English majors concentrating in literature.(F,S)