About the Program
The English Department offers a variety of courses designed to improve and enhance reading, writing, communication, and critical thinking skills. Most reading and composition courses, English 209-110-1A-1S/1T, are offered every quarter.
Literature courses are usually offered once a year or every other year according to the schedule below.
Before enrolling in ENGL 110 or 1A or 1S-1T, students must take an assessment test.
If English is not your first language, ESLL courses may be more appropriate for you. We offer both credit and noncredit course.
To determine which sequence is more appropriate for you, see the English Assessment & Course Placement Guide on the English Placement page.
Earn an AA or ADT in English
An Associates Arts in English (AA) prepares students for careers in law, teaching, journalism, communication and business administration.
Most careers require strong skills in writing and reading. An English degree provides students these skills, along with a breadth of cultural and historical know through the study of inspiring literature.
The major in English is excellent preparation for careers in law, teaching, advertising, journalism, communications and business administration. Most positions in modern institutions and industries require excellent skills in writing and reading. This major provides students with those skills along with a breadth of cultural and historical knowledge through the study of great literature.
The ADT in English is design to prepare students to transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the ADT in English will be ensured preferential transfer status to a CSU as an English Major.
What you can do with a degree in English
- Academic librarian
- Public administration
- Marketing executive
- Information officer
- PPC specialist
Degree & Program Types
Check out this list for a quick view of our English programs. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.
Associate in Arts Degree
Associate Degree for Transfer
Most of the English Department's literature courses are offered only once per year
or every other year.
Please check current schedule of classes for days and times and any changes or cancellations.
Check out our literature courses being offered in Spring 2019. See the English course catalog for a full listing with descriptions and links to currently offered classes.
ENGL 45B Survey of American Literature II: 1865 to the Present
ENGL 47A: World Literature I
ENGL 16: Introduction to Literature
Introduction to literary study through texts from a wide range of genres, including poetry, drama, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Focus on analytical reading and literary analysis, including effective use of critical theory and secondary source research. Intended for students desiring further development of literary analytical skills and literary appreciation. This course is offered both online and face-to-face.
ENGL 5: LGTB Literature
ntroduction to the history and development of LGBT literature as a continuous theme in the development of mainstream literary traditions and, more recently, as a separate and distinct literary genre. Readings selected to represent a variety of historical periods and contrasting societal attitudes toward same-sex relationships and queer gender identities, ranging from ancient Greek and Roman texts to contemporary American poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction prose. Emphasis on the emergence of contemporary LGBT literatures and identities in the United States in the twentieth century within the broader context of on-going class, race, gender, religious, political, and aesthetic debates. This course is offered online.
ENGL 40: Asian American Literature
Introduction to Asian American literature. Readings of 20th-century works, with an emphasis on three relevant themes: problems of identity as they relate to class, gender, mixed heritages, and sexuality; politics and the history of Asian American activism and resistance; and diversity of cultures within Asian American communities. This course is offered online.
ENGL 31: Latino/a Literature
Reading and discussion of Latino/a literature and its relationship to social issues and identity politics of Latinos/as. Critical examination of fiction, poetry, essays, and drama by and about the Latino/a communities, including those of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Caribbean, and South and Central American descent. This course is offered online.
ENGL 18: Vampire Literature
CRWR 6: Introduction to Creative Writing
Explicit instruction and practice in writing poetry and short fiction. Assignments include reading, analyzing and responding to published and student work and writing original work. Analysis of public readings and/or interviews with writers. This course is offered online.
ENGL 8: Children's Literature
A survey of children's literature from many periods and cultures, including classics, picture books, folktales, fairy tales, biography, poetry, fantasy and fiction. Emphasis on the ideas, didactic and sociological, reflecting relationships among cultures in America included in books usually read by children. Special emphasis on books that explore the cross-cultural influences of our shared oral tradition and folklore as well as the issues arising from a diverse mix of cultures in the U.S. This course will be offered online, during the Second Spring Session (5/21-6/28).
ENGL 24: Unmasking Comics: The Dawn of the Graphic Novel
Introduction to the history of graphic communication, emphasizing the burgeoning and dynamic form of contemporary graphic narrative: from memoir writing, to crime fiction, to the superhero, to socio-political writing. Explore how the history and evolution of this distinct literary genre has made it a relevant form of expression for artists and writers across the world and how reading comics challenges traditional modes of reading. Because this form of storytelling is used by artists all over the world to express the human condition and specific socio-cultural insight, the course inspires world-wide cross cultural awareness. This course will be offered online, during the Second Spring Session (5/21-6/28).
Division Office Contacts
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