Course Descriptions


English Course Descriptions

Not all classes in all disciplines are offered every semester. See the Class Schedule or contact the English Division office for offerings in the current semester.

NOTE For up-to-date course descriptions, please refer to the current GCC catalog.

ENGL 101

101
FRESHMAN ENGLISH
3.0 Units
ENGL 101 is a foundation course in critical reading and writing skills required of those students intending to transfer to a university. Through their reading and discussion of selected prose works, students learn to identify problems, examine possible solutions, recognize unstated assumptions and values, appraise evidence, evaluate arguments, draw inferences, and test conclusions. Through their writing, students learn to analyze, synthesize, organize information logically, and propose original ideas. Students also receive instruction in research and MLA documentation and are required to complete a fully documented research paper. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Placement is based on a composite of test scores and academic background or satisfactory completion of ENGL 120 or ESL 151 or equivalent.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/ Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID ENGL 100)

ENGL 101H

101H
HONORS FRESHMAN ENGLISH
3.0 Units
ENGL 101H is a foundation course in critical reading and writing skills required of those students intending to transfer to a university. Through their reading and discussion of selected prose works, students learn to identify problems, examine possible solutions, recognize unstated assumptions and values, appraise evidence, evaluate arguments, draw inferences, and test conclusions. Through their writing, students learn to analyze, synthesize, organize information logically, and propose original ideas. Students also receive instruction in research and MLA documentation and are required to complete a fully documented research paper. The honors course will be enhanced in one or more of the following ways: 1. accelerated standards of reading levels, emphasizing primary sources 2. accelerated standards of critical thinking including critical writing and problem-centered research Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Placement is based on a composite of test scores and academic background or satisfactory completion of ENGL 120 or ESL 151 or equivalent.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

ENGL 102

102
CRITICAL THINKING AND LITERARY ANALYSIS
3.0 Units
ENGL 102 helps students to develop their critical thinking and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 101. The course emphasizes the application of logical reasoning, analysis, and strategies of argumentation in critical thinking and writing, using literature (both fiction and non-fiction) and literary criticism as subject matter. Students also receive instruction in literary research, complete a fully documented research paper, and are introduced to the process of revision. Furthermore, students develop a deeper understanding of the human condition through the study of literature. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/ Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID ENGL 120)

ENGL 102H

102H
HONORS CRITICAL THINKING AND LITERARY ANALYSIS
3.0 Units
ENGL 102H helps students to develop their critical thinking and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 101. The course emphasizes the application of logical reasoning, analysis, and strategies of argumentation in critical thinking and writing, using literature (both fiction and non-fiction) and literary criticism as subject matter. Students also receive instruction in literary research, complete a fully documented research paper, and are introduced to the process of revision. Furthermore, students develop a deeper understanding of the human condition through the study of literature. The honors course will be enhanced in one or more of the following ways: 1. Accelerated standards of reading levels, emphasizing major writers; 2. Accelerated standards of critical thinking, including critical writing and problem-centered research; 3. Introduction to and emphasis on types or schools of literary criticism, including professional models of such. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

ENGL 103

103
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
3.0 Units
ENGL 103 consists of an introduction to the theory and practice of creative verbal expression in the major imaginative literary forms: (1) non-fiction and fiction prose, (2) poetry, and (3) drama. Emphasis is placed on step by step instruction in creating the finished piece of writing, with much group discussion of student writing. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID ENGL 200)

ENGL 104

104
CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENTATION
3.0 Units
ENGL 104 helps students to develop their critical thinking and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 101. Students learn to read and think critically and to develop their analytical and argumentative writing skills providing a more advanced understanding of the relationship of language to logic and by further promoting the ability to reason effectively and reach valid conclusions. Writing forms and strategies are taught within the contexts of contemporary ideas and cultural diversity as reflected in selected readings. In addition, the course provides instruction in advanced research techniques and students will be required to complete a fully documented research paper. Furthermore, students develop an appreciation for the role and scope of rhetoric in their daily lives. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/ Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID ENGL 105)

ENGL 105

105
SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE FROM ANGLO-SAXON PERIOD TO 1780
3.0 Units
ENGL 105 is a survey course covering the development of English Literature from the beginning to 1780 and emphasizing the development of thought in relation to historical and social backgrounds. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID ENGL 160)

ENGL 106

106
SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE FROM 1780 TO THE PRESENT TIME
3.0 Units
ENGL 106 is a survey course covering the development of English Literature from 1780 to the present time. English 106 continues the study of the development of thought as an expression of our cultural heritage. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/ Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID ENGL 165)

ENGL 109

109
INTRODUCTION TO WORLD LITERATURE FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO 1700
3.0 Units
ENGL 109 is a comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from antiquity to the mid or late seventeenth century. The course may include selections from the Old and New Testaments, The Qu’ran, The Epic of Gilgamesh; world mythologies; and representative works from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Emphasis is placed upon the classics. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID ENGL 140)

ENGL 110

110
INTRODUCTION TO WORLD LITERATURE FROM 1700 TO THE PRESENT TIME
3.0 Units
ENGL 110 is a comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and other areas, from the mid or late seventeenth century to the present. Emphasis is placed upon cultural history and the history of important ideas reflected in the literary works as well as the development of literary techniques and style. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID ENGL 145)

ENGL 111

111
WOMEN IN LITERATURE
3.0 Units
ENGL 111 is a comparative study of the roles assigned to women in literature by both male and female authors. The course critically examines the literary and cultural stereotypes of women in the short story, novel, poetry, and drama. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

ENGL 112

112
SCREENWRITING
3.0 Units
ENGL 112 is a basic course in the principles and practice of writing for film and cinema. Emphasis is placed upon the essentials of screenplay structure, format, sequence, characterization, and the dramatic scene. The course includes critical analysis through reading selected screenplays and viewing specific dramatic scenes portrayed on film. Students learn fundamentals of dramatic screenwriting and are familiarized with the elements and tools of screenwriting. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU.

ENGL 114

114
INTRODUCTION TO POETRY: CREATIVE WRITING
3.0 Units
ENGL 114 is an introduction to the craft and practice of poetry, including study of the structural, stylistic, and thematic elements of various poetic forms, such as lyric, narrative, free verse, and experimental. In addition to studying strategies and techniques of poetry, attention is given to authorial subject position, the historical and social contexts of writing, and creative writing theory. The course takes contemporary literature as its focus, highlighting both canonical and marginalized and underrepresented voices. In addition to composing their own works of poetry, students read, discuss, and write extensively about contemporary works. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 103.

ENGL 115

115
INTRODUCTION TO FICTION: CREATIVE WRITING
3.0 Units
ENGL 115 is an introduction to the craft and practice of fiction, including study of the structural, stylistic, and thematic elements of various fictional forms, such as short stories, novels, plays, and screenplays. In addition to studying strategies and techniques of fiction, attention is given to authorial subject position, the historical and social contexts of writing, and creative writing theory. The course takes contemporary literature as its focus, highlighting both canonical, marginalized and underrepresented voices. In addition to composing their own works of fiction, students read, discuss, and write extensively about contemporary works. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 103.

ENGL 116

116
INTRODUCTION TO DRAMA
3.0 Units
ENGL 116 is an historical survey of drama as a genre from the Classical period to the present day. The course will introduce students to the elements of drama, and emphasize class analysis or representative plays from selected periods. Students are encouraged to express their interpretations of plays and write critical papers about dramatic works. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

ENGL 117

117
FILM AS LITERATURE
3.0 Units
ENGL 117 is the study of film as literature from thematic, cultural, historical, and aesthetic perspectives. Students are encouraged to incorporate analytical perspectives from literary and film criticism into discussion and written work. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/ Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

ENGL 118

118
INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE NONFICTION: CREATIVE WRITING
3.0 Units
ENGL 118 is an introduction to the craft and practice of creative nonfiction, such as memoir, literary journalism, profiles, and flash, lyric or researched essays. In addition to studying strategies and techniques of nonfiction, attention is given to authorial subject position, the historical and social contexts of writing, and creative writing theory. The course takes contemporary literature as its focus, highlighting canonical, marginalized and underrepresented voices. In addition to composing their own works of creative nonfiction, students read, discuss and write extensively about contemporary works. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 103.

ENGL 120

120
COMPOSITION AND READING
4.0 Units
NON-DEGREE APPLICABLE
ENGL 120 is designed for students who want to prepare for the writing required in college classes and other settings. The course emphasizes practice in the writing of thesis-based essays and the critical analysis of selected prose works dealing with important contemporary ideas. ENGL 120 provides practice in the mechanics, style, and organization of paragraphs and essays.

Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Lecture 4 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 191 or placement based on a composite of test scores and academic background.

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 192. (ENGL 192 may be taken concurrently.)

Course Typically Offered: Winter/ Spring/Summer/Fall.

ENGL 122

122
AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1865
3.0 Units
ENGL 122 introduces students to a large range of works by major American writers, as well as to works by minor American writers representing marginalized voices in the United States, from Colonial times to the Civil War. The course relates these works to the history of ideas developing contemporarily in the United States. Important historical movements are traced so that students may gain increased understanding of America’s heritage. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID ENGL 130)

ENGL 123

123
AMERICAN LITERATURE FROM 1865 TO THE PRESENT
3.0 Units
ENGL 123 introduces students to a broad range of American authors and their relationships to major literary and intellectual movements that comprise an evolving national literature and inform ideas of what it is to be “American.” This course provides a generous sample of the works of both well-known and underrepresented American writers from the Civil War to the present moment. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC. (C-ID ENGL 135)

ENGL 125

125
SHAKESPEARE
3.0 Units
ENGL 125 is an introduction to the works of Shakespeare. The course is focused on a close study of Shakespeare’s major plays. It also provides a background and insights into the Elizabethan world so that the student may more fully understand and appreciate Shakespeare’s writings. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall.

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

ENGL 127

127
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
3.0 Units
ENGL 127 introduces representative works of children’s literature and develops students’ close reading and analytical writing skills, while promoting an appreciation for the aesthetic and psychological aspects of literature written for children. The course considers means of production of children’s literature in historical terms, analyzing tales from the oral tradition, through the advent of print, to current means of dissemination while also investigating children’s reception of content and form. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Spring.

Transfer Credit: CSU. (C-ID ENGL 180)

ENGL 128

128
THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE
3.0 Units
ENGL 128 is a general introduction to the Bible: its characters, recurrent themes, images and symbols. The course presents information regarding the literary divisions, the language, and text of each book as well as its composition, authorship, date, and contents. Attention is given to literary, historical, geographical, archaeological, and theological matters, including the formation of the canon, modern approaches to biblical study, and principal English versions of the Scriptures. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

Course Typically Offered: Fall (Even Years Only).

Transfer Credit: CSU, UC, USC.

ENGL 130

130
SCIENCE FICTION LITERATURE
3.0 units
ENGL 130 is a survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature from the late 19th Century to the present, concentrating on 20th and 21st Century writers. The course addresses the history, major themes, and the function of science fiction and fantasy as literary forms. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 101.

ENGL 182

182
BASIC COMMUNICATION VOCABULARY
1.0 Unit
NON-DEGREE APPLICABLE
ENGL 182 is designed to help students develop a wide variety of vocabulary skills. The modular system of this computer-based course allows students to work on one skill at a time. Students work independently and review a topic as many times as necessary to achieve full understanding and mastery of it.

Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

ENGL 183

183
BASIC COMMUNICATION GRAMMAR
1.0 Unit
NON-DEGREE APPLICABLE
ENGL 183 is designed to provide the student with the basic background and skills necessary for recognizing and remedying frequently made grammatical errors. This course, which is individualized, self-paced, interactive, and audio tutorial, introduces the student to basic English constructions and sentence-level writing problems. Credit is awarded upon completion of all the modules.

Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Laboratory 3 hours.

Prerequisite: None.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

ENGL 188

188
INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC READING
3.0 Units
NON-DEGREE APPLICABLE
ENGL 188 is a reading course designed for students who need to improve their basic reading comprehension skills. Various word attack skills are covered: syllabication/phonics, word analysis through the study of prefixes, suffixes, and word roots. Basic grammar rules regarding parts of speech, punctuation and capitalization are reviewed. Methods and strategies to improve comprehension, application, and analysis are examined, along with Know-Will Know Learn (KWL), Survey-Question-Read-Recite Review (SQ3R), highlighting, outlining and summarizing in order to differentiate between general and specific details, and determine the topic and main ideas in paragraphs. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Placement is based on a composite of test scores and academic background or ABSE 186 and ABSE 187.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

ENGL 189

189
WRITING WORKSHOP I
3.0 Units
NON-DEGREE APPLICABLE
ENGL 189 is designed for students who need to practice writing clear sentences and paragraphs in standard English. The course is a writing workshop. It involves the students actively in reading, writing, discussing, and re-writing. Individualized computer lessons provide tutorials and practice in the grammar and mechanics of writing. Computer applications help students plan, write, check, and revise what they have written. The course helps students increase their familiarity with the style, form and structures of written English and improves their ability to compose and edit sentences and paragraphs in English.

Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Placement is based on a composite of test scores and academic background or ABSE 187. Concurrent enrollment in or satisfactory completion of ENGL 188 is required.

Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring.

ENGL 190

190
INTERMEDIATE ACADEMIC READING
3.0 Units
NON-DEGREE APPLICABLE
ENGL 190 is a reading course designed for students who wish to improve their college reading comprehension skills. Various textbook study strategy methods are covered: memory improvement, vocabulary building through the study of prefixes, suffixes, roots, and the use of context clues. Basic grammar rules: sentence structures, punctuation, and capitalization are reviewed. The emphasis is on strengthening higher-level reading comprehension, as well as improving critical thinking while reading. Methods to improve literal comprehension are covered by way of reading strategies Survey-Question-Read Recite-Review (SQ3R), and Know-Will Know Learn (KWL), highlighting, note-taking, outlining, summarizing, differentiating between general and specific details, determining the topic and main ideas (stated and implied), and patterns of organization in short essays. Critical reading strategies include making inferences and recognizing fact vs. opinion, tone, and purpose. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Placement is based on a composite of test scores and academic background or ENGL 188. ENGL 190 must be taken prior to or concurrently with ENGL 191.

ENGL 191

191
WRITING WORKSHOP II
4.0 Units
NON-DEGREE APPLICABLE
ENGL 191 is designed for students who need to practice writing more thoughtful and well-organized short compositions in standard English. Conducted as a writing workshop, the class also involves reading, and discussion of articles, stories and possibly longer works. Individualized computer lessons provide tutorials and practice in the grammar and mechanics of writing. Computer applications help students plan, write, check, and revise what they have written. The course helps students increase their familiarity with the style and organizational format of written English and improves their ability to compose, edit, and revise sentences, paragraphs, and short compositions.

Note: A maximum of 8 units of credit will be awarded for ENGL 191, ENGL 120.

Note: This course is Pass/No Pass only. Lecture 4 hours.

Prerequisite: Placement is based on a composite of test scores and academic background, or satisfactory completion of ENGL 189.Concurrent enrollment in or satisfactory completion of ENGL 190 is required.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall.

ENGL 192

192
ADVANCED COLLEGE READING
3.0 Units
ENGL 192 is a reading course designed for students who are generally good readers, but who wish to improve their speed of comprehension and to develop critical reading skills. Various textbook study strategy methods are covered including memory improvement, speed-reading technique, vocabulary building through the study of prefixes, suffixes, roots, and the use of context clues. Basic grammar rules including syntax, punctuation, and capitalization are reviewed. Comprehension skills are covered including Survey-Question-Read-Recite Review (SQ3R) and Know-Will Know-Learn (KWL) highlighting, note-taking, outlining, summarizing, paraphrasing, differentiating between general and specific details, determining the topic and main ideas (stated and implied), understanding inference, discerning the difference between fact vs. opinion, and patterns of organization in longer essays. The emphasis is to continue the strengthening of higher-level reading comprehension and improve critical thinking while reading. Methods to improve literal and inferential comprehension are covered as are the use of analogies, propaganda, the evaluation of an argument, and critical reading. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: Placement is based on a composite of test scores and academic background or satisfactory completion of ENGL 190.

Recommended Corequisite: Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 120.

Course Typically Offered: Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall.

ENGL 212

212
ADVANCED SCREENWRITING
3.0 Units
ENGL 212 is a continuation of English 112. Students will learn to think critically and develop their screenwriting skills through reading selected screenplays and viewing dramatic scenes portrayed on film. Students will analyze films to learn the fundamentals of character development, three act structure, and cinematic sequences. Students will develop a variety of feature length scenarios, choosing one to outline as a feature length film. Lecture 3 hours.

Prerequisite: ENGL 112 or equivalent.

Course Typically Offered: Spring (Odd Years Only).