Undergraduate Courses

Subcollegiate Courses

Lower Division Courses

Upper Division Courses

Subcollegiate Courses

Eligibility for ENGL 095, 096, and 101 will be determined by results of the English Placement Test (EPT), which students must take before they may register for any of these courses.

ENGL 095 Basic Writing I (4)

Prerequisite: English Placement Test (placement determined by student’s score). Instruction in invention, revision, sentence construction, paragraph development, and English usage in personal experience essays. Graded CR/NC. Not open to students with credit for this course, an equivalent, or a higher level English composition course. Students with two NC grades may not enroll again. No credit toward baccalaureate.

ENGL 096 Basic Writing II (4)

Prerequisite: English Placement Test (placement determined by student’s score) or passing grade in ENGL 095. Frequent essays based on reading and responding to expository prose; instruction in expository writing conventions. Graded CR/NC. Not open to students with credit for this course, an equivalent, or a higher level English composition course. Students with two NC grades may not enroll again. No credit toward baccalaureate.

Lower Division Courses

ENGL 100 Supplemental Writing Practice (1)

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor, concurrent enrollment in English 101 or 102 or other designated course. Supplemental practice in revising and editing essays. Regular meetings with Writing Center tutor. May be repeated to maximum of 4 units. Graded CR/NC.

ENGL 101 Composition I (4)

Composition I: Reflective and Expository Writing

Prerequisite: English Placement Test or completion of ENGL 096. Reading and writing to develop and communicate ideas. Instruction in basic strategies for planning, composing, and revising college writing. Use of authorities, examples, arguments and facts. Graded A,B,C/NC. GE A1

ENGL 102 Composition II (4)

Composition II: Analytic and Persuasive Writing

Prerequisite: ENGL 101 or equivalent. Continuing to practice the rhetorical skills introduced in ENGL 101, students will analyze, interpret, and synthesize diverse texts in order to construct a well-supported, researched, academic argument. Graded A,B,C/NC.

ENGL 102 or its equivalent is prerequisite to all English courses with higher numbers.

ENGL 200A The Classical and Medieval Tradition (4)

Prerequisite: ENGL 102. Survey of classical and medieval literature in the European tradition. Frequent compositions on various literary topics.

ENGL 200B British Literature Survey I (4)

Prerequisite: ENGL 102. A survey of representative literary texts from the Medieval Period through the Restoration. Frequent compositions on literary topics.

ENGL 200C British Literature Survey II (4)

Prerequisite: ENGL 102. A survey of representative literary texts from the eighteenth century through the present. Frequent compositions on literary topics.

ENGL 207 Beginning Creative Writing (4)

A beginning creative writing workshop that introduces students to techniques of imaginative writing in fiction, poetry, and drama in a constructive workshop setting that includes analysis of published literary works. GE C1

ENGL 210 Conceptions of the Self in Philosophy and Literature (4) (also listed as PHIL 210)

Examination of various conceptions of the self as they arise in philosophical and literary texts; examination of methods and goals of the philosophical and literary arts. GE C5

ENGL 225 Interpreting World Cinema (4) (also listed as TVF 225)

Critical survey of world cinema as art and cultural artifact. Provides critical methodology and practical tools for analyzing and interpreting international film movements, genres and themes. GE C2

ENGL 230 Language and Society (4) (also listed as ANTH 230)

An introduction to linguistics as a social science. Exploration of the relationship of language to a variety of social issues including race, class, and gender. GE D

ENGL 240 Film, Novel, Theater (4) (also listed as TVF and TA 240)

Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 102. An exploration of film, theater, and fiction through the process of adaptation. Analysis of the roles of audience, modes of delivery, concepts of form and structure, and cultural impact. GE C5 

ENGL 245 Introduction to Folk Literature (4) (also listed as ANTH 245)

An introduction to the genres of folk literature; their composition, structure, style, performance, cultural contexts, and their contribution to written literature. GE C1

ENGL 250 Understanding Literature (4)

Forms and techniques of fiction and/or drama, and poetry; analysis of representative works of various periods and cultures; critical compositions and reports. Not open to English majors. GE C1

ENGL 258 Mythology in Literature (4)

Analysis and interpretation of dominant myths in representative works of world fiction, drama, and poetry; critical compositions. GE C1

ENGL 260 Women and Literature (4)

Multicultural approach to studying the ways women's diverse experiences are represented in literature. GE C1

ENGL 270 Contemporary American Literature (4)

An introduction to post-WWII American literature. Students will analyze texts from a variety of perspectives, including race, class, gender, and sexual orientation. GE C1

ENGL 276 Introduction to Play Writing (4) (also listed as TA 276)

Prerequisite: ENGL 200A or 200B or 200C or TA 101. Collaborative approach to writing for the stage; emphasis on writing theory and techniques; introduction to dramaturgy, directing, literary management, and staged reading.

ENGL 280 Contemporary World Literature (4)

Recent fiction, poetry, and drama written by authors outside the U.S.; close analysis of representative works; critical compositions. GE C1

Upper Division Courses

Upper division standing is prerequisite to enrollment in 400-level courses. ENGL 102 or its equivalent is prerequisite to all upper division English courses. Prerequisite for all literature courses: ENGL 250, or 200A, 200B or 200C unless otherwise stated.

ENGL 300 Composition for ESL Students (2)

Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or equivalent. Strategies to facilitate increased acquisition of English and mastery of college-level writing for students for whom English is a second language. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units. Graded CR/NC

ENGL 301 Introduction to Language (4)

Introduction to the structures and history of the English language; traditional and alternative grammars; theories of language as they relate to language acquisition and sociolinguistics.

ENGL 305 English Grammar and Usage (4)

Analysis of English grammar; understanding the function of parts of speech as sentence and phrase components; identifying standard and non-standard usage in written expression.

ENGL 306 Technical Writing (4)

Prerequisite: Passing WPE score. Fundamentals of technical writing; development and writing of mechanism descriptions, proposals, feasibility studies, progress reports, and long technical reports.

ENGL 308 Expository Writing (4)

Prerequisite: Passing WPE score. Methods of and practice in writing analytical essays that present persuasive arguments; emphasis on coherent organization, clear style, rigorous argumentation.

ENGL 310 Genres of Writing (4)

Prerequisite: Field experience and concurrent enrollment in 1 unit ENGL 398. Required for students seeking certification of subject area competency through the Single Subject Teaching option. Methods of and practice in genres of writing taught in middle and secondary schools including creative writing, journalism, and expository writing.

ENGL 327 Ethnicity and Emotions in U.S. Film (4) (also listed as CHS 327 and PAS 327)

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Subjects (Block A) and one course from Block C. The critical analysis of the representations of ethnicity and emotions in U.S. film.

ENGL 340 Writing the Critical Essay (4)

Prerequisites: ENGL 102. Intensive supervised practice in advanced composition; emphasis on critical response to a literary work and its effective statement in essay form.

ENGL 354 Selected Topics in Literature (4)

Representative works in literature of various thematic or stylistic types. Specific topics announced in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units for credit.

ENGL 360 Adjunct Writing (2 or 4)

Corequisite: Upper division course in student’s major department may be required. Supervised practice in advanced composition, emphasis on styles germane to student’s major field. May be taken in two 2-unit segments as required by student’s major department.

ENGL 377 Literary Explorations of Justice and Racism (4) (also listed as PAS 377)

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Subjects (Block A) and one course from Block C. Analysis of the literary depiction of racism and justice, with emphasis on the treatment of civil rights issues in fiction, drama, and poetry. GE Theme H

ENGL 379 Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture (4) (also listed as TVF 379)

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Subjects (Block A) and one course from Block C. Survey and critical analysis of narrative and visual representations of gender and sexuality in the modes of popular culture, such as television, film, advertising, popular fiction, and the tabloid press. GE Theme C

ENGL 381 Legacy of Greek and Roman Literature (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Subjects (Block A) and one course from Block C. Legacy of ancient literature through focus on three themes: the self and self consciousness, society, and nature. May include service learning option. GE Theme I

ENGL 382 Violence and Literature (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Subjects (Block A) and one course from Block C. Thematic and critical examination of representations of violence in literature. Will consider violence across cultural, racial, sexual and generational boundaries. GE Theme B

ENGL 383 Narratives of Maturity and Aging (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Subjects (Block A) and one course from Block C. Critical examination of the representations of human maturity and aging in literary works from a range of periods, forms and genres. Examines the part that aging plays in human experience. GE Theme F

ENGL 385 Sex and Gender in Language and Literature (4) (also listed as COMM 385)

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Subjects (Block A) and one course from Block C. Analysis of concept of sex, gender as experienced in language and literature. Comparative language behavior of women and men as revealed in research on communication and in representative literary works, both classical and modern. GE Theme C

ENGL 386 Literature and the Third World (4) (also listed as PAS 386)

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Subjects (Block A) and one course from Block C. Critical survey of cultural representations, themes, and techniques of Third World literature and their Western diaspora writers. GE Theme A

ENGL 387 The American Landscape in Literature (4)

Prerequisites: ENGL 200A and 200B or 200C, or 250. The literary response to the American landscape from the time of the early explorers to the present.

ENGL 388 Environment and Literature (4)

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Subjects (Block A) and one course from Block C. The literary response to the natural environment. Focus on themes of transformation of natural environment, concepts of place and space, relations between human progress and environmental limits in literature. GE Theme G

ENGL 389 Human Emotions in Literary Expression (4) (also listed as ML 389)

Prerequisites: Completion of Basic Subjects (Block A) and one course from Block C. Emotions such as love, anger, laughter, fear, joy, sorrow, guilt, pain or oppression, as represented in prose and poetic forms of various cultures. GE Theme E

ENGL 392 "Statement” and Literary Magazine Editing (1–4)

Prerequisite: Consent of faculty member advising the course. Techniques of editing and producing literary magazines. May be repeated to maximum of 6 units. Graded CR/NC.

ENGL 398 Cooperative Education (1-8) (see UNIV 398)

ENGL 400 Introduction to Linguistics (4) (also listed as ANTH 471)

Descriptive and historical study of language; problems of data collection and techniques of analysis, linguistic structure, language classification, language families of the world, language in its sociocultural setting.

ENGL 401 English Language in America (4)

Introduction to linguistic theory; elementary structural analysis of phonology, morphology, and syntax; discussion of levels and functional varieties of usage.

ENGL 402 History of the English Language (4)

External history; structural history; history of vocabulary; principles of historical linguistics.

ENGL 403 Language and Culture (4) (also listed as ANTH 470)

Prerequisite: ANTH 250. Nature, origin, and evolution of language. Survey of approaches and studies illustrating variations in the relation of habitual thought and behavior to language.

ENGL 405 Modern English Grammar (4)

Prerequisite: ENGL 401. Transformational generative analysis of contemporary morphology and syntax; its relationship to alternate grammars of English.

ENGL 406 Writing Nonfiction (4)

Prerequisite: Passing WPE score. Methods of and practice in writing documentary, biographical, and other nonfiction prose; emphasis on style, detail, effective development.

ENGL 407 Writing Fiction (4)

Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Instruction in the technique and art of writing fiction. May be repeated to maximum of 16 units.

ENGL 408 Writing Poetry (4)

Prerequisite: Instructor consent. Instruction in the technique and art of writing poetry. May be repeated to maximum of 16 units.

ENGL 410 Writing in the Schools (4)

Prerequisites: One upper division ENGL linguistics course; satisfactory completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Discussion of composing and theories of discourse; review of research in written expression; practice in applying and evaluating theories.

ENGL 411 Practicum in Tutoring English (2)

Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Discussion of composition theory, linguistic theory, and connections between reading and writing. Practice in effective tutoring methods in various educational situations. Lecture 2 hours, lab 4 hours. Graded CR/NC.

ENGL 416 Chaucer (4)

Troilus and Criseyde, Canterbury Tales, and selected minor poems as works of art and as reflections of culture and literary conventions of the time.

ENGL 417 Shakespeare I (4)

Shakespearean drama. Intensive study of five or six plays chosen from the following: Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV–Part One, Richard III, and Hamlet; elements of Shakespearean drama.

ENGL 418 Shakespeare II (4)

Intensive study of four or five plays (and poems) not included in 417; range and diversity of Shakespeare’s art in his time and ours.

ENGL 419 Milton (4)

Selected works of John Milton.

ENGL 424 Greek and Roman Drama in Translation (4)

Plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Seneca, Plautus, and Terence; characterization, style, focus, and problems of translation.

ENGL 425 Epic and Legend (4)

Stylistic, thematic, generic, and cultural analysis of representative epics and legends from world literature.

ENGL 426 African Literature (4) (also listed as PAS 426)

Prerequisite: ENGL 250. African literature and its cultural background; intensive study of writers in English and others in translation; critical compositions and reports.

ENGL 427 Modern Drama: Continental, English, and American (4)

Representative plays by such dramatists as Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Pirandello, O’Casey, O’Neill; major theatrical movements; naturalism, symbolism, and expressionism.

ENGL 428 Contemporary Drama: Continental, English, and American (4)

Prerequisite: ENGL 427 recommended. Representative plays by such dramatists as Brecht, Lorca, Beckett, Sartre, Genet, Pinter, Miller, Williams. Modern poetic drama; epic, existential, and absurdist theatre; theatre of cruelty.

ENGL 430 Children’s Literature (4)

Prerequisite: Passing WPE score. Analysis and evaluation of literature for children; role of literature in children’s education.

ENGL 432 Literature for Adolescents (4)

Prerequisite: Passing WPE score. Analysis and evaluation of literature appropriate for adolescents; examination of adolescent concerns in literary works.

ENGL 441 Major Critics (4)

Major critical approaches to literature; systems of Aristotle, Dryden or Johnson, Wordsworth, Coleridge; a modern critic or a contemporary critical problem.

ENGL 442 Contemporary Critical Theory (4)

A survey of literary theories since New Criticism such as Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Feminism, Psychoanalytical criticism, Marxism, Reader-Response, New Historicism, Post-colonialism, Post-modernism, Deconstruction.

ENGL 446A The British Novel: The Eighteenth Century (4)

The development of the novel in Britain from late 17th century prose romance through 18th century comic and gothic to early 19th century realistic fiction studied through representative writers.

ENGL 446B The British Novel: The Nineteenth Century (4)

The novel in Britain from the late gothic and early realism up to the beginning of modernism studied through representative writers such as Shelley, Dickens, the Brontës, Thackeray, Gaskell, Eliot, Trollope, and Hardy.

ENGL 446C The British Novel: The Twentieth Century (4)

The novel in Britain from modernism to the present studied through representative writers such as Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Forster, and Lawrence.

ENGL 446 The British Novel: Defoe to Hardy (4)

Representative works by major British novelists, e.g., Defoe, Fielding, Sterne, Dickens, and Hardy.

ENGL 447 The British Novel: Conrad to Present (4)

Representative works by modern British novelists, e.g., Conrad, Joyce, Lawrence, Huxley, and Cary.

ENGL 450 Analyzing Children’s Film (4)

Children’s films as art form and communication medium; cinematic explication; visual and verbal communication techniques; children’s films adapted from folklore, fable, and children’s books.

ENGL 451 Film and Literature (4)

Critical study of films adapted from literary sources along with analysis of original literature for purpose of contrasting the media. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units as subject matter changes.

ENGL 452 Reading Cultures: Cultural Studies and English Literature (4)

Survey of the history of cultural studies; introduction to the basic concepts of cultural studies, including mass, popular, and subcultures; cultural analysis of literary teas.

ENGL 453 Modern Women Writers (4)

Representative works by such women writers of the modern world as Kate Chopin, Gertrude Stein, Willa Cather, Isak Dinesen, Colette, Virginia Woolf, Doris Lessing, and Gabriela Mistral.

ENGL 454 Selected Topics in Literature (4)

Advanced study of representative works in literature of various thematic or stylistic types. Specific topics announced in Schedule of Classes. Open to English majors. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units for credit.

ENGL 460 Medieval English Literature (4)

Lyric poetry, epic and romantic narratives, and dramatic works, from Anglo-Saxon beginnings through fifteenth century, exclusive of Chaucer. Readings in Middle English and in translation.

ENGL 461 Dramatic Literature of the English Renaissance (4)

Representative plays by Elizabethan and Jacobean dramatists exclusive of Shakespeare, e.g., Marlowe, Dekker, Webster, Jonson, Beaumont, and Fletcher.

ENGL 463 The English Renaissance (4)

Nondramatic literature from Wyatt to Bacon; British and continental cultural, literary, and philosophical backgrounds.

ENGL 464 Seventeenth Century Literature (4)

Prose and poetry from Donne to Dryden, excluding Milton; literary, social and political backgrounds.

ENGL 465 The Augustan Age (4)

Literature from Swift and Pope through Johnson; social and philosophical backgrounds.

ENGL 467 The Romantic Age (4)

Prose and poetry from Blake to Keats; cultural and philosophical backgrounds.

ENGL 468 The Victorian Age (4)

Prose and poetry of major Victorian writers; social and philosophical backgrounds.

ENGL 469A Modern British Literature (4)

Representative works of British literature of the early 20th century (1900-1950) will be examined in their cultural and aesthetic contexts.

ENGL 469B Contemporary British Literature (4)

A survey of contemporary British literature and analysis of genres, themes, ideologies, aesthetic innovations and contributions made by post-World War II British writers.

ENGL 470 American Women Writers (4)

Critical study of the literary achievements of American women, such as Stowe, Dickinson, Chopin, Wharton, Cather, Hurston, Porter, Morrison, and Kingston.

ENGL 471 American Literature: Beginnings to 1860 (4)

Puritanism to transcendentalism. Emphasis on such writers as Edwards, Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, and Thoreau.

ENGL 472 American Literature: 1860–1914 (4)

Prerequisite: ENGL 471. The movement toward realism and naturalism. Emphasis on such writers as Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Howells, James, and Crane.

ENGL 473 American Literature: 1914 to Present (4)

Representative writers of American modernism and postmodernism.

ENGL 475ABC The American Novel Since 1920 (4, 4, 4)

Development of American novel from 19th century to present. Representative works by major American novelists. (Courses need not be taken in sequence.) Supervised practice in writing.

ENGL 475A 19th Century

(e.g., Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, James, Crane)

ENGL 475B 1900–1945

(e.g., Dreiser, Wharton, Cather, Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Steinbeck)

ENGL 475C 1945–Present

(e.g., Wright, Bellow, Ellison, O’Connor, Updike, Pynchon)

ENGL 476 Ethnic Literature in the U.S. (4)

Literature by modern ethnic writers. May include, among others, Asian-American, African American, Euro-American, Latino/a, and Native American works. May involve an optional service learning component.

ENGL 477 Black American Literature (4)

Representative works of 19th and 20th century black American writers such as Forten, Chesnutt, Dunbar, Hughes, Hurston, Wright, Baldwin, Walker, Brooks.

ENGL 478 Modern Poetry (4)

Backgrounds of modern poetry; representative works by major British and American poets to 1930s, such as Yeats, Eliot, Pound, Frost, Williams, Stevens, and Lawrence.

ENGL 479 Contemporary Poetry (4)

Representative works by British and American poets from 1930s to present, such as Auden, Roethke, Thomas, Lowell, Plath, Hughes, Berryman, Creeley, Baraka, Merwin.

ENGL 482 The Bible as Literature: Old and New Testaments (4)

Types and styles of Biblical literature; geographical, historical, cultural, and archaeological backgrounds of both Testaments.

ENGL 483 Folklore and Literature (4)

Forms of folklore and their relationship to literature; identification and analysis of the heritage of folklore in literature.

ENGL 484 Major Continental Fiction: Cervantes to Balzac (4)

Representative works by European authors, e.g., Cervantes, Rousseau, Goethe, and Balzac.

ENGL 485 Major Continental Fiction: Stendhal to Tolstoy (4)

Representative works by European authors, e.g., Stendhal, Flaubert, Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy.

ENGL 486 Twentieth Century Continental Fiction (4)

Representative works by European authors, e.g., Proust, Mann, Kafka, Sartre, and Camus.

ENGL 487 Latin American Literature in Translation (4)

Critical examination of Latin American literature, with emphasis on post-independence and modern periods.

ENGL 489 Colonial to Modern Mexican American Literature (4)

Study of literary works by Hispanic, Mexican, and Mexican American authors from the colonial era to modern times.

ENGL 492 Seminar in Literature and Language (4)

English 492 satisfies the upper division writing requirement for English majors

Prerequisites: Satisfactory completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR); ENGL 340; English major with senior standing. Variable content course in which each seminar studies in depth a selected topic in literature or language. May be repeated for credit as content changes. Students may enroll in multiple sections in the same term.

ENGL 493 Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's Plays (4)

Extensive analysis of Shakespeare's language and implementation of performance pedagogy, using Shakespeare's sources, textual variants, performance history, cinematic adaptations, and online materials in the secondary classroom.

ENGL 494 Literary Study and the Teaching Profession: A Capstone Course in the English Major for Prospective English Teachers (4)

Prerequisite: English major with senior standing; field experience and concurrent enrollment in 1 unit ENGL 398 required for students seeking certification of subject area competency through the Single Subject Teaching option. Instructional strategies for teaching forms of literature to middle and high school students. Development of teaching portfolio and assessment of interpretive and critical skills.

ENGL 495 Seminar: British Literature (4)

Prerequisite: English major with senior standing. Variable content course in which each seminar studies in depth a selected topic in British literature. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units for credit as content changes.

ENGL 496 Seminar: American Literature (4)

Prerequisite: English major with senior standing. Variable content course in which each seminar studies in depth a selected topic in American literature. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units for credit as content changes.

ENGL 497 Special Studies in World Writers in Translation (4)

Prerequisite: English major with senior standing. Variable content course in which each seminar studies in depth a selected topic in world literature. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units for credit as content changes.

ENGL 499 Undergraduate Directed Study (4)

Prerequisites: Consent of an instructor to act as sponsor. Project selected in conference with sponsor. Maximum of 4 units accepted toward English major or minor. May be repeated to a maximum of 20 units for credit as content changes. Graded CR/NC