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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 atitudes toward writing, as well as how to put these principles and attitudes into practice. It emphasizes the ability to read critically, to organize material effectively, and to express ideas clearly and precisely.

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.

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, and Mysticism

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

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.

ENG148 - Horror in Literature

An examination of the tradition of horror literature in England and America from a literary, historical and psychological viewpoint, with some emphasis on the sociological implications of thepopularity of the form.

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

An introduction to the writings of African-Americans in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama.

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.

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

A study of the relationship between literature and film and the artistic and technical processes of translating from one medium to the other. The course also investigates the influence of motion pictures on literary critics and writers.

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.

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 Media Ethics

This course helps student writers understand not only what they can or can't do by law, but what they should or should not do within commonly accepted standards of good taste and morality.

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, and designing and laying out pages.

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 provides students with opportunities to critically examine and evaluate how journalism is evolving because of multimedia and to learn through hands-on projects how to create multimedia journalism.

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 - Reporting

ENG 334 is a professional-level course that introduces students to basic newsroom procedures and assignments.

ENG337 - Survey of American Literature I (to 1865)

A writing intensive course, American Literature I surveys canonical authors and works from pre- Columbian Native America to the American Civil War, studying writers, genres, and narrative forms that have contributed to America's diverse literary and cultural history.

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 century, culminating in works by contemporary authors. The emphasis is on showing the development of an eclectic and uniquely American literature.

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 - Media History

A critical exploration of how American journalism evolved from colonial times to the present, analyzing the roles that political, philosophical, social, technological and economic forces play in the evolution of the media, particularly print and online media, and how the media, in turn, influence society.

ENG355 - Survey of African American Literature

This course introduces students to literary texts by and/or about African Americans and their experience over several centuries. The course features the signficant literary contributions of African Americans to America's diverse cultural history. The course will also include several critical approaches to the analysis of this literature.

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 minimum 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, in consultation with the work-site supervisor.

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

Students learn how to write fiction, poetry, drama and/or screenplays based on another work, such as writing screenplays or plays based on novels, writing updated versions of classics, writing in response to visual art, or telling traditional stories from altered perspectives.

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 twentieth century trends in literature, such as intertextuality, ethical issues, major figures (i.e., Conrad, Greene, Woolf, Orwell, Burgess), WWI poetry, period drama or novel genres.

ENG487 - American Literary Genres

English 487 surveys canonical authors and works in selected genres or special topics in American literature study, which may include the short story, novel, poetry, drama, nonfiction, humor, travel writing, transatlantic writing, period literature, and ethnic literatures.

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 - Seminar in Creative Writing

This is intended to be a final polishing course in creative writing, where students write and revise fiction, poetry, or drama, preparing a professional-level work.

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.)