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ENG100 - English Language Skills

This beginning course provides guided practice in writing and reading, with emphasis on the interrelationship of reading, thinking and writing. English Language Skills stresses fundamental principles of and attitudes toward writing, as well as how to put these principles and attitudes into practice. It emphasizes the ability to read correctly and to organize material effectively and, by adherence to the innate logic of language (revealed in its rules of grammar, syntax, punctuation and vocabulary choice), to express ideas clearly and precisely. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.

ENG101 - English Composition I

Composition I is a sequel to English Language Skills. It provides guided practice in writing, with emphasis on thoughtful analysis of subject matter, clear understanding of the writing situation, flexible use of rhetorical strategies and development of stylistic options, particularly those related to an understanding of a variety of purposes and voices. ENG 101 continues the development of the essential writing, reading and thinking skills stressed in ENG 100. Prerequisite: A passing grade on the placement test or ENG 100 (3 crs.)

ENG102 - English Composition II

The sequence of Composition I – Composition II provides guided practice in writing, with an emphasis on more demanding writing situations. It continues the work begun in Composition I with more complicated rhetorical strategies and stylistic options, especially audience-centered considerations. ENG 102 introduces research and research writing at the undergraduate level. Prerequisite ENG 101 (3 crs.) Fall and spring.

ENG104 - Tentative English 100 or 101

This course is to be used by Student Retention for incoming freshman and transfer students who need an English course on their schedule.

ENG106 - Introduction to Poetry

An introduction to the elements of poetry, this course emphasizes close analysis and explication of selected poetry from a variety of poets. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.

ENG107 - Introduction to Fiction

An introduction to the elements of fiction, this course focuses on the close reading of selected short stories and novels by a variety of authors. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.

ENG108 - Introduction to Drama

This introduction to the basic elements of drama focuses on readings selected from works from the Greek Classical period to the Modern Age. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.

ENG112 - Myth, Magic, & Mysticism

The course is a study of the four basic paths into the unknown: magic, mysticism, fantasy and myth. (3 crs.)

ENG127 - Woman as Hero

The course explores heroic roles assigned to women in literature, the contrast between reality and the literature, and the differences between fictional women created by male and female authors. An analysis of the reasons for these differences forms part of the subject. Pre-requisite: ENG 101(3 crs.)

ENG148 - Horror in Literature

An examination of the tradition of horror literature in England and America from a literary, historical and psychological viewpoint, the course also emphasizes the sociological implications of the popularity of the form. (3 crs.)

ENG150 - Baseball in Literature

This course requires the student to read, write and talk about a game that Steinbeck called a "state of mind," a game that is, in the words of Jacques Barzun, a way "to know America." Thus, students who work learn about both themselves and their country. (3 crs.)

ENG155 - African American Literature

The course is an introduction to the writings of Black Americans in poetry, fiction and drama, ranging from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s to the contemporary productions of Leroi Jones, Ishmael Reed and Toni Morrison. (3 crs.)

ENG167 - Journalism I (News Writing)

This course is an introduction to basic news gathering and news writing taught by in-class exercises early in the semester, followed by weekly assignments that require submission to the Cal Times newspaper.

ENG169 - Journalism II (Feature Writing)

Students learn feature writing and in-depth news reporting and write several articles, some of which are submitted to local media. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or permission of instructor (3 crs.) Spring.

ENG170 - All About Words

An introduction to the total complexity and fascination of words, the course deals with words as shapes, analogues, formulas and games. Indirectly, but significantly, it instructs in vocabulary by introducing a sizable vocabulary for talking about words and nurturing a student's natural curiosity about words. (3 crs.)

ENG178 - Literature and Film

Students focus on how literature is adapted to film, as well as on the authors and filmmakers who created the work, and the historical, sociological and political situations in which the literature and film arose. (3 crs.)

ENG203 - Great Books

The texts and historical backgrounds of selections from the most highly regarded literature of the world are studied. The range is from the Classical Greek era to the 21st century. (3 crs.) Fall and spring.

ENG205 - World Literature to 1600

Examples of works from a variety of periods and cultures through 1600 are examined for their literary merit and national characters. Works are read in translation. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or HON 150 (3 crs.) Fall

ENG206 - World Literature from 1600

Examples of works from a variety of cultures and periods after 1600 are examined for their literary merit and national characters. Works are read in translation. Prerequisite: ENG 101 or HON 150 (3 crs.) Spring.

ENG211 - Business Writing I

The course is an introduction to the analysis, writing and oral presentation of formal and semiformal documents essential to the business communities. Pre-requisite: ENG 101 (3 crs.)

ENG217 - Scientific and Technical Writing I

ENG 217 is a writing course that introduces students to the style, tone, techniques and formats used in scientific and technical documents and reports. Using interactive teaching strategies, students plan, structure, write, and evaluate a variety of scientific and technical papers and reports for multiple audiences. Pre-requisite: ENG 101 (3 crs.)

ENG301 - British Literature I

The course is a survey of English literature from the beginnings in the sixth century to the late 18th century.

ENG302 - British Literature II

This course is a survey of English literature from the Romantic poets to the present day. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG306 - Press Law and Ethics

This course helps student journalists understand not only what they can and cannot do by law, but what they should and should not do within commonly accepted standards of good taste and morality. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG308 - Research for Writers

For students in each of the professional writing concentrations, this course introduces students to basic library materials and techniques, on-campus resources, government documents, research libraries, advanced techniques of interviewing, document analysis, etc., and concludes with a pre-publication draft of a researched paper in the student's area of specialization. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG312 - Journalism III (Editing)

This course emphasizes practical journalism. Journalism III teaches students how to edit and prepare materials for publication. Professional editing procedures are covered, ranging from rewriting, editing and proofreading to headline writing, layout and design. Prerequisites: ENG 167 and ENG 169 or permission of instructor (3 crs.)

ENG315 - Survey of American Women Writers

The importance of both text and method in the study of American women writers is emphasized in this course. Assigned readings and research workshops introduce students to a variety of texts and sources as well as methods for reading, discovering and interpreting writings. Integration of text and method is achieved through a series of writing and research projects that are tied to the assigned readings. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG320 - Multimedia Journalism

Multimedia journalism is a class that asks students to examine critically and evaluate how journalism is evolving because of multimedia and to learn through hands-on projects how to create multimedia journalism. (3 crs.)

ENG325 - World Literature to 1600

Examples of works from a variety of periods and cultures through 1600 are examined for their literarymerit and national characters. Works are read in translation.

ENG326 - World Literature from 1600

Examples of works from a variety of periods and cultures after 1600 are examined for their literary merit and national characters. Works are read in translation.

ENG334 - Newspaper Reporting I

This professional-level course acquaints students with basic newsroom procedures and assignments. Prerequisites: ENG 101, 102, 167 and 169 or by permission of instructor. Writing intensive. (3 crs.)

ENG337 - Survey of American Literature I

This course spans American literature from its Colonial inception to the end of the Civil War, the literature's formative years, focusing on diverse forms and voices of expression. This literature presents writings of Native Americans, Colonialists, Federalists, Romantics, Transcendentalists, Slaves, and others as formative expressions of our American heritage. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102. Writing intensive. (3 crs.)

ENG338 - Survey of American Literature II

The second course of the two-course survey begins with the literature of the Reconstruction period, Realism and later Naturalism and moves to the experimental writing of the 20th and 21st centuries, culminating in works by contemporary authors. The emphasis is on showing the development of an eclectic and uniquely American literature. Prerequisites: ENG 101 or HON 150 and ENG 102 or HON 250 (3 crs.)

ENG345 - English Grammar and Usage

This course provides future English teachers, writing majors and other interested students with a sophisticated background in English grammar. The course covers a variety of grammatical theories, issues of mechanical correctness in writing and the sociology of usage. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG346 - History of the English Language

This course surveys the development of the language from its Germanic base to the emergence of American English. Explanations of sound shifts and foreign and social influences are covered. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG347 - Introduction to Linguistics

This course examines the several areas of language study: history of the language, phonology and morphology, grammars (traditional and modern), and contemporary American usage, dialects, lexicography and semantics. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG350 - Journalism Genres

Journalism Genres is a repeatable theoretical and hands-on course in which students study one of the following genres: editorials and commentary, arts and entertainment reporting and criticism, public affairs reporting and analysis, environmental reporting and analysis, health and fitness reporting and analysis, technology reporting and analysis, consumer and business reporting and analysis, sportswriting and analysis, or other genres. Students will read journalism articles in the genre, as well as report and write stories in that genre.

ENG351 - Publishing the Magazine

Students in this course publish a magazine, "The Inkwell." They contribute works of literature and photographs, edit the pieces, establish editorial policy and publish the magazine. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG352 - Studies in Writing

This course is a study in style, its definition, its analysis, and the techniques modern writers of creative nonfiction use to achieve it. Students analyze the work of such writers as Tom Wolfe, Joan Didion, Hunter Thompson and Truman Capote, then apply to their own prose the techniques these writers use. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG354 - American Journalism

A study of the recent history of journalism and the present state of the profession, this course emphasizes print journalism; however, the news gathering and reporting aspects of radio and televison are also covered. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG371 - Critical Theory and the Teaching of Literature

Students relate contemporary literary criticism to the teaching of literature. The varieties of literary criticism covered include New Criticism, reader-response criticism, deconstructive criticism, psychological criticism, feminist criticism and New Historicism. The literature studied emphasizes items typically taught in secondary schools, including both canonical (e.g. Shakespeare's plays) and noncanonical (e.g., Young Adult literature and Multicultural literature) works. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG372 - Composition Theory and the Teaching of Writing

Composition Theory and the Teaching of Writing is an introduction to rhetorical theory as it concerns the nature of writing and the teaching of writing. This course also offers practical information about and experience with modern course design and pedagogy, as well as discussion of the politics of writing instruction in contemporary schools. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG375 - Advanced Writing

This course is concerned with helping students develop a more sophisticated style in using persuasion, exposition and argumentation. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG376 - Creative Writing: Fiction

Techniques of fiction are studied and applied to the writing of short stories, and students are encouraged to use and shape their own experience, transmitting those everyday things around them into fictional realities. Prerequisities: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG377 - Creative Writing: Poetry

Aspects of poetry such as line length, rhythm, sound patterns, and imagery are discussed. Students will apply those techniques to their own experience and vision, developing a poetic voice or style. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG378 - Creative Writing: Drama

Writing techniques for the modern stage are covered; students progress from idea through written text to the production of a scene or a one-act play. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG415 - Chaucer

"The Canterbury Tales" and other works are studied. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and 102 (3 crs.)

ENG419 - Internship in Professional Writing

An internship is a 120-hour, work-based and academic experience, emphasizing learning in a professional setting. Internships are supervised by both a work-site supervisor and a faculty supervisor and are designed to give the student a broad understanding of the particular writing and professional practices of the internship sites. The faculty member assigns the grade. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG425 - Shakespeare I

This course explores in considerable depth Shakepeare's plays and poetry in their cultural, literary and performative contexts, both contemporary and modern. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG430 - Adaptation of Literary Materials

Adaption of literature to the mechanical demands of television, radio, theater and film is the focus of this course. While remaining faithful to an author's intent, the student must adapt written texts to each of the following: television, theater and film. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG448 - Practical Criticism

An introduction to the theories comprising major schools in literary criticism, this course provides practice in applying these theories to literary analyses. Prerequisites: ENG 101, 102, 106, or 107 or 108. Writing intensive. (3 crs)

ENG481 - Studies in Old and Middle English Literature

An in-depth look at literature of the period, this course examines such works as "Beowulf," the Old English elegy, verse romances, the lyric or medieval drama. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG484 - Studies in19th-Century Literature

This course emphasizes the poetry of Keats, Shelley and Byron; the critical writings of Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge; and the essays of Lamb and Hazlitt. It traces for the student the mutual evolution of literary forms and cultural, social and philosophical upheavals. It places particular emphasis on the essence of the Romantic movement: the spirit of individual liberty. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG485 - Studies in 20th-Century English Literature

This course examines contemporary trends in literature, such as intertexuality, ethical issues, major figures (i.e., Conrad, Greene, Woolf, Orwell and Burgess), WW I poetry, drama or the novel. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG487 - Studies in American Literary Genres

Such genres as the American short story, the 19th-century American novel, the 20th-century American novel, modern American poetry, American drama and American nonfiction may be covered. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG489 - Studies in English Literary Genres

English 489 is an in-depth study of a particular genre of English literature or a comparative study of more than one genre. Genres covered may include epic poetry, lyric poetry, the short story, the 19th-century novel, the 20th-century novel, modern poetry, drama, nonfiction and film. (3 crs.)

ENG495 - Creative Writing Seminar

The fictional principles learned in ENG 376 are applied to the writing of a major creative work, such as a novella, and the student is given the opportunity to polish and extend writing skills previously acquired. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG496 - Writing for Publication

Students analyze regional and national markets and refine their work for publication. They are expected to publish at least one work during the semester. Prerequisites: ENG 101 and ENG 102 (3 crs.)

ENG499 - English Studies Capstone Class

This course for English majors is required for every English Department track: creative writing; journalism; language and literacy; and literature. The course will give majors from any track opportunities to demonstrate their application of the knowledge and skills developed through the undergraduate curriculum, particularly in the major and the General Education Program. Emphasizing written and oral performance at the professional level, the course will ask students to show proficiency in academic analysis and synthesis of English studies concerns while also addressing the social relevance and community implications of such concerns. Prerequisites: Students should be English majors in the first semester of their senior year or second semester of their junior year. (3 crs.)