English

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in English. Students majoring in English at Gavilan may take courses in composition, critical thinking, creative writing, journalism, film, teaching and tutoring techniques, and a range of literature courses, including British and American surveys, Mythology, Children’s Literature, World Literature, and Women’s Literature. Participants in the English program become proficient in skills that are universally beneficial to all other disciplines. These courses help students to write effectively and persuasively, to develop and hone their critical thinking skills, and to cultivate their understanding and appreciation of literature in the context of history and culture. English major leads directly to careers in teaching, journalism, publishing and editing, technical writing, public relations, and advertising. It is also excellent preparation for careers in law, communications, government, and a variety of business environments.
REQUIREMENTS:
Units: 6
ENGL 1B
Composition and Literature (Historical)
3
ENGL 1C
Critical Reasoning and Writing (Historical)
3
LIST A: Select 2 (6 units)
Units: 6
ENGL 5A
Survey of American Literature - 1620 to 1865 (Active)
3
ENGL 5B
Survey of American Literature - 1865 to Present (Active)
3
ENGL 4A
British Literature - 449 to 1798 A.D. (Active)
3
ENGL 4B
British Literature - 1798 to Present (Active)
3
LIST B: Select 1 (3 units)
Units: 3
ANY COURSE NOT ALREADY USED IN LIST A (3 units)
 
ENGL 9A
Introduction to Creative Writing (Historical)
3
LIST C: Select 1 (3 units)
Units: 3
ANY COURSE NOT ALREADY USED IN LIST A (3 units)
 
ENGL 2C
Introduction to Film and Fiction (Active)
3
ENGL 2E
Introduction to Women Writers (Active)
3
ENGL 2F
Children's Literature (Active)
3
ENGL 2J
World Mythology (Active)
3
HUM 3
Introduction to Cinematic Arts, Film and Television (Historical)
3
HUM 4
Introduction to American Cinema (Historical)
3
JOUR 16A
Writing for Print and Digital Media (Historical)
3
THEA 4
Oral Interpretation (Historical)
3
or
CMUN 2
Oral Interpretation (Historical)
3
Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements:
Units: 0
In addition to passing all courses required for the major area of emphasis with a C or better (letter grading option only), completion requirements for the degree include:
 
1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
 
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
 
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
 
2) Attainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
 
ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis, or a "P" for any course taken on a 'pass-no-pass' basis.
 
Units Required for the Major: 18
Units:  
Double Counted Units: CSU: 9 - 12; IGETC: 9
Units:  
General Education Requirements: CSU GE: 39; IGETC: 37
Units: 37-39
Electives needed to get to 60 Units: CSU: 12 - 15; IGETC: 14
Units:  
Total Units for the Degree: 60 Units
Units:  
Total: 55-57
The Language Arts & Humanities Emphasis provides a knowledge base for students interested in the study of cultural, literary, and artistic expression of human beings. This area of emphasis develops students’ analytical and expressive skills, their ability to read, write and think clearly through coursework that spans over five different disciplines.
REQUIREMENTS:
Units: 18
Choose at least 1 course from each area for a minimum of 18 units: (You may select an additional course from any of the areas to complete the 18 unit minimum requirement.)
 
A Communication course (or course cross listed with a Communication course):
 
CMUN 1A
Introduction to Public Speaking (Historical)
3
CMUN 2
Oral Interpretation (Historical)
3
or
THEA 4
Oral Interpretation (Historical)
3
CMUN 4
Intercultural Communication (Active)
3
CMUN 5
Fundamentals of Communication Studies (Historical)
3
CMUN 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
or
POLS 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
or
PSYC 6
Introduction to Conflict Resolution (Active)
3
CMUN 8
Interpersonal Communication (Historical)
3
CMUN 10
Small Group Communication (Active)
3
CMUN 129
Presentation Graphics - MS PowerPoint (Historical)
1
or
CSIS 129
Presentation Graphics - MS PowerPoint (Historical)
1
Any Philosophy Course (or course cross listed with a Philosophy course):
 
PHIL 1
Introduction to Philosophy (Active)
3
PHIL 2
Introduction to Logic (Active)
3
PHIL 3A
Ethics (Active)
3
PHIL 3B
Contemporary Moral Issues (Active)
3
PHIL 4
Critical Thinking and Writing (Active)
3
PHIL 6
Comparative Religions (Active)
3
PHIL 9
Philosophy of Religion (Active)
3
English:
 
ENGL 1B
Composition and Literature (Historical)
3
ENGL 2B
American Ethnic Literature (Historical)
3
ENGL 2C
Introduction to Film and Fiction (Historical)
3
ENGL 2E
Introduction to Women Writers (Active)
3
ENGL 2F
Children's Literature (Active)
3
ENGL 2J
World Mythology (Active)
3
ENGL 4A
British Literature - 449 to 1798 A.D. (Historical)
3
ENGL 4B
British Literature - 1798 to Present (Historical)
3
ENGL 5A
Survey of American Literature - 1620 to 1865 (Historical)
3
ENGL 5B
Survey of American Literature - 1865 to Present (Historical)
3
ENGL 9A
Introduction to Creative Writing (Historical)
3
Foreign Language:
 
FRNH 1A
Elementary French (Historical)
5
FRNH 1B
Elementary French (Historical)
5
JPN 1A
Elementary Japanese (Historical)
5
JPN 1B
Elementary Japanese (Historical)
5
SPAN 1A
Elementary Spanish (Historical)
5
SPAN 1B
Elementary Spanish (Historical)
5
SPAN 12A
Spanish for Spanish Speakers (Active)
5
SPAN 12B
Spanish for Spanish Speakers (Active)
5
Journalism:
 
JOUR 10
Mass Media and Society (Active)
3
or
SOC 10
Mass Media and Society (Active)
3
JOUR 16A
Writing for Print and Digital Media (Historical)
3
General Education Requirements:
Units: 35-39
A student may complete the Gavilan College A.A./A.S. general education, the CSU-GE Breadth or the IGETC pattern, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60 unit total. See a counselor for details. NOTE: A course may be used to satisfy both general education and major requirements. See "Double Counting Rule".
Total: 53-57
ENGL 12ATutoring Writers: Training (2.0)Active
2.0 Lecture. Fundamentals of compositional theory, the writing process, peer-to-peer communication, and effective responses to writing will be covered. In addition, students will receive training in tutoring methodology, while participating in a community of writers that connects them to their own writing practice. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
ENGL 12BTutoring Writers: Practice (1.0)Active
1.0 Lecture. Practice in the writing process, peer-to-peer communication, interacting with faculty and educational institutions, and effective responses to writing will be covered. In addition, students will gain an understanding of writing pedagogy while participating in a community of writers that connect them to their own writing practice. PREREQUISITE: ENGL 12A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
ENGL 12CTutoring Writers: Theory (1.0)Historical
1.0 Lecture. Students will gain an understanding of the methodology and theory of reading, writing, information literacy, and learning assistance theory (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2019.
ENGL 12DTutoring Writers: Research (1.0)Historical
1.0 Lecture. Compositional theory and responses to writing across the curriculum will be covered. In addition, students will gain from inquiry questions and conduct research on tutoring methods, while participating in a community of writers that connects them to their own writing practice. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2019.
ENGL 1AComposition and Reading (4.0)Active
4.0 Lecture. English 1A is a composition course which focuses on the development and application of the academic writing process. Students read and assess models of expository, analytical, and argumentative prose to learn techniques of effective writing. Students practice strategies for planning, drafting, sharing, and revising essays in a variety of rhetorical modes. Students apply critical reading skills to the evaluation of source material in the development of a thesis-driven, research-supported essay. To create the research essay, students apply techniques in organizing, developing, and crafting prose which supports their arguments and balances outside sources with their own voice as writers. To achieve this end, students write no fewer than six essays (a minimum of 6,000 words) and read at least five works, two of which are book length. (C-ID: ENGL 100). Completion of English 1A meets transfer level and baccalaureate/university level equivalent. PREREQUISITE: English 250 and English 260 or equivalent with grade of 'C' or better or satisfactory score on the English Placement examination. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017.
ENGL 1BComposition and Literature (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. English 1B continues the work begun in 1A, but now the emphasis shifts to writing expository prose in conjunction with reading and analyzing imaginative literature. Students are to write as fledgling critics and use the text as a basis for other forms of reflection. The reading requirement includes short stories, poetry, drama, and at least two novels. Course work will also include fundamentals of research writing. Minimum 6,000 words of formal writing. (C-ID: ENGL 120) PREREQUISITE: English 1A with a grade of "C" or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
ENGL 1CCritical Reasoning and Writing (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is designed to develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills beyond the level achieved in English 1A. The emphasis is on critical analysis of arguments and the development of the ability to integrate the principles of critical thinking into essay writing. Students will write a minimum of 6,000 words. (C-ID: ENGL 105) PREREQUISITE: English 1A with a grade of "C" or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2015.
ENGL 210English Academy (2.0)Active
2.0 Lecture. This immersion course is geared for students who are enrolled in or considering enrollment into English 1A. This course is designed to improve fundamental academic skills in reading, writing, and studying necessary for success in transfer-level English courses. The course will introduce reading, writing, research, and editing strategies. Students will work in a community-oriented environment. This is a pass/no pass course. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Fall 2019.
ENGL 22Field Work and Service (0.5-1.0)Active
1.5-3.0 TBA. Supervised field work within the college and with local agencies. Students serve in useful group activities in leadership roles prescribed for them by faculty or community agencies. A maximum of six units may be completed. This is a pass/no pass course. REQUIRED: Learning contracts must be filled out and signed by the student and the supervising instructor. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
ENGL 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filed with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.
ENGL 250Practical Writing (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab. This course covers writing clear, correct, effective essays and learning preliminary research skills. Also listed as English 250P. PREREQUISITE: Eligibility for English 440 (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2018.
ENGL 250PPractical Writing (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab. This course covers writing clear, correct, effective essays and learning preliminary research skills. This course will be offered as pass/no pass unless student requests a grade. PREREQUISITE: Eligibility for ENGL 440 or ENGL 420. COREQUISITE: ENGL 260P (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2015.
ENGL 260Preparation for College Reading (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This is a course presenting strategies in the technique and practice of college level critical reading and thinking skills. Also listed as English 260P. PREREQUISITE: Eligibility for English 420 (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2018.
ENGL 260PPreparation for College Reading (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course covers writing clear, correct, effective essays and learning preliminary research skills. This course will be offered as pass/no pass unless student requests a grade. PREREQUISITE: Eligibility for ENGL 440 or ENGL 420. COREQUISITE: ENGL 250P (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2015.
ENGL 280Composition and Reading Essentials (3.5)Active
3.0 Lecture, 1.5 Lab. This course is designed to improve fundamental academic skills in reading, writing, research, and studying necessary for success in transfer-level English courses. Students will work in an inquiry-based environment as a means of learning and practicing a variety of reading strategies; learning and practicing the writing process; adapting writing for different audiences and rhetorical situations; finding, analyzing, and synthesizing information from texts; organizing information into a persuasive and coherent essay; and understanding the elements of style and grammar. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2019.
ENGL 2BAmerican Ethnic Literature (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Students will examine the concept of ethnicity in the context of contemporary American multi-ethnic literature: Native American, Hispanic American, Black American, Asian American. Students will critique this literature using the accepted elements of literary criticism. They will read and analyze selections from each literature and explain their results in journals, oral presentations, a research project and examinations. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
ENGL 2CIntroduction to Film and Fiction (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This is a literature course in analysis of the novel and film as art forms. The student will read several novels, view the films based on the novels, and discuss the difference in techniques, both orally and in writing. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2017.
ENGL 2EIntroduction to Women Writers (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This is a transfer literature class which examines the history of women as writers and distinguishes themes in women's literature using the tools of literary criticism. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2018.
ENGL 2FChildren's Literature (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. A survey of texts for elementary and intermediate grades, with a focus on literary analysis, criticism and evaluation. Study of historical backgrounds and development of genres of children's literature in a cross section of cultures. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (C-ID: ENGL 180) PREREQUISITE: English 1A. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2015.
ENGL 2JWorld Mythology (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is a survey of myths from around the world, with an emphasis on literary analysis of the myths. The course covers the purposes and types of myths; the development of myths and mythological characters, the recurring elements of mythological structures, the influence of mythology on contemporary texts. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2014.
ENGL 414English Boot Camp (1.0-3.0)Active
1.0-3.0 Lecture. This immersion course is designed to improve fundamental academic skills in reading, writing, and studying necessary for success in first-year English courses. The course will introduce or review reading and writing strategies, paragraph organization, and vocabulary development. Opportunities for word processing; document formatting; and review of grammar, mechanics, and punctuation are provided. This is a pass/no pass course, and units earned do not count toward the associate degree or certificates. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Summer 2015.
ENGL 420Reading Improvement (3.0)Historical
3.0 Lecture, 1.0 Lab. This is a practical, "how to" course teaching various methods of learning and reading college material. Using group and individual instruction in vocabulary, comprehension, and study skills, the students will increase their ability to survive academically, to profit, grow and succeed in all college courses, and to enjoy reading and learning. Units earned in this course do not count toward the associate degree and/or certain certificate requirements. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. PREREQUISITE: Satisfactory score on the English placement examination. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2019.
ENGL 4ABritish Literature - 449 to 1798 A.D. (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is a study of the masters of early British Literature from the years 449 - 1798 and the major literary trends within that time period. In this course, students will work to understand the language and concepts within early British poetry and prose, as well as explore the social and historical influences which inform this literature. (C-ID: ENGL 160) PREREQUISITE: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2012.
ENGL 4BBritish Literature - 1798 to Present (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is a study of the masters of British Literature from 1798 to present, as well as an exploration of major literary trends during the Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Contemporary Literary Eras. Note: this course need not be taken in sequence. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for English 1A, Composition. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2015.
ENGL 5ASurvey of American Literature - 1620 to 1865 (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is a study of the masters of American Literature and the major trends of literature from Pre-colonial times through to 1865. In this course, students will work to understand concepts within poetry and prose, examine common literary trends, as well as work to explain the social and historical influences which inform this literature. (C-ID: ENGL 130) PREREQUISITE: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2013.
ENGL 5BSurvey of American Literature - 1865 to Present (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is a study of the masters of American Literature and the major trends of literature during the years 1865 to the present. The major trends can include Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism, etc. (C-ID: ENGL 135) PREREQUISITE: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2014.
ENGL 747Film and Literacy (0.0)Active
1.0 Lecture. This course utilizes film to build college-level reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. (Non Credit.) Effective: Spring 2016.
ENGL 748Development of Writing Skills (0.0)Active
1.0 Lab. A series of workshops and directed learning activities allowing individuals to study specific writing strategies and points of grammar and punctuation use. Individuals develop a plan of study as suggested by instructor recommendation and diagnostic assessment. (Non Credit.) Effective: Fall 2014.
ENGL 749Writers' Workshop (0.0)Active
1.0-4.0 Lab. Writers' Workshop is an open enrollment class that allows community members and students from all disciplines to participate in a regularly scheduled, instructor-facilitated writing response group. Activities include focused response to participants' writing, generative writing games and prompts and interaction with visiting writers and scholars. (Non Credit.) Effective: Summer 2016.
ENGL 756High School Equivalency/GED Preparation (0.0)Active
1.0-8.0 Lab. This course is designed to prepare the student to pass the five General Education Development (GED) tests in Writing, Social Studies, Science, Literature and Mathematics. English grammar and usage, reading comprehension, writing, vocabulary and computational skills are emphasized. The course is designed for students who are 18 years of age or older and elect to take the High School Equivalency Examination. This course may be repeated three times. (Non Credit.) Effective: Spring 2015.
ENGL 9AIntroduction to Creative Writing (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course allows writers to experiment with various forms of poetry and prose, including drama, fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction and includes the writing, reading, and discussion of such works. The class is primarily experiential, providing many opportunities for generation of new pieces of writing, some time for gentle encouraging feedback, and a focus on terminology to develop better understandings of both the process and craft of creative writing. (C-ID: ENGL 200) PREREQUISITE: Eligible for English 1A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2016.
ENGL 9BAdvanced Creative Writing (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This class is a continuation of English 9A, with an emphasis on further development on the craft and production of various forms of poetry and prose, including drama, fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction and includes the writing, reading, and discussion of such works. The class remains primarily experiential, providing many opportunities for generation of new pieces of writing, some time for gentle encouraging feedback with a greater focus on developing leadership skills in that area as well as a deepening knowledge of terminology, in order to develop better understandings of both the process and craft of creative writing. PREREQUISITE: English 9A with a grade of 'pass' or C or better. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2014.
ENGL 9CCreative Writing: Poetry (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is an immersion into poetry and its creation, providing students opportunities to practice the craft of poetry, receive feedback, and read poems by established writers. Emphasis will be placed on a variety of poetic forms and the development of terminology useful in both creating and analyzing poetry. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 1A or completion of ENGL 9A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2015.
ENGL 9DCreative Writing: Fiction (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course is an immersion into fiction and its creation, providing students opportunities to practice the craft of fiction, receive feedback, and read fiction by established writers. Emphasis will be place on exploring a variety of fictional elements and the development of terminology useful in both creating and analyzing fiction. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 1A or completion of ENGL 9A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2014.