(Effective Fall 2006)
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The English Department offers a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Minor in English, a Subject Matter Competence Program, and an Intership Program.
Students in the Department are exposed to a broad intellectual foundation in literature and culture while they strengthen their abilities to express ideas in clear, accurate prose. In addition to studying classics of British and American literature, majors read literature of the world, both Western and non-Western, as well as literature written by women and by persons of color.
The Department's Subject Matter Competence Program prepares students specifically for high school teaching, and the Internship Program prepares students for careers while they work on or off campus.
Bachelor of Arts: English
|In addition to major requirements, students must meet Core Curriculum Requirements and General Degree Requirements.|
|EN002||Introduction to Literature||4|
|EN021A||Classics of World Literature I||4|
|Six units in American Literature
from among the following:
EN102A/B/C/G/I/J, EN103A/B, EN104, EN109A/B/C, EN130A/B
|Six units in British Literature
from among the following, including EN117 Shakespeare plus
three additional units from among the following:
|EN021B||Classics of World Literature||3|
|Six additional elective units from
among courses listed above or from the following:
EN107, EN110, EN118, EN133, EN140, EN141, EN142A/B/C, EN143, EN144, EN195I
|Total Major Requirements||30|
|Other Degree Requirements*
and General Electives
* Other degree requirements include Core Curriculum Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., Career Development, U.S. History).
|Total Unit Requirement||124|
Minor Requirements: English
|Three units in American literature||3|
|Six elective units||6|
|Total Minor Requirements||15|
Subject Matter Knowledge and Competence for High School Teaching
|The English Department prepares future high school teachers by emphasizing the classics of English and American literature, including Shakespeare, Milton, and Chaucer, and by strengthening students' language skills through coursework in linguistics, creative writing, and expository writing. The program also familiarizes students with literature written by women, by nonwestern, and by ethnic American writers.
Recent research and theory about such matters as multiculturalism, critical thinking, and learning disabilities inform the program. The desired outcome is a graduate who is thoroughly proficient in writing and knowledgeable of literature and who can communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. The English Department's Curriculum and Writing Committee evaluates the program annually to ensure its responsiveness to contemporary conditions of California schools.
By taking the following courses (7 Core courses and 5 Breadth and Perspective courses), students may enter credential programs without having to take the CSET exams.
|Core Courses (seven courses)||Units|
|EN002||Introduction to Literature||4|
|EN021A||Classics of World Literature (Part One)||4|
|EN021B||Classics of World Literature (Part Two)||3|
|Six units from among the following
EN102, , EN109, EN130A/B
|Six units from among the following
EN106, EN110, EN117, EN133, EN140 or EN142A/B/C, EN144, EN146D/E/F/G
|Breadth and Perspective (fifteen
additional units from the courses listed above or from among
CM010, CM011/111, CU150, CU151, EN018/118, EN020C/120C, EN105, EN107, EN112, EN141B, EN141C, EN143, EN149T, EN19A, EN191B, EN195, EN195I, LA110, RS001/100, RS013/113, TA002/102, TA130A, TA130B, TA130C
For descriptions of courses in other departments, see listings in University Courses (ID), Communication (CM), Intercultural Studies (CU), Latin American Studies (LA), Religious Studies (RS), and Theatre Arts (TA).
The English Department's internship program enables students to meet the University's Career Development Requirement. Information about this program is available from the English Department. Also see EN149C below.
Lower-division English courses, numbered under 100, are introductory in nature and give students an overview of the subject matter. These courses are open to freshmen and sophomores. Upper-division courses, numbered 100 and above, are advanced and require students to specialize in a particular author or field. These courses are ordinarily restricted to juniors and seniors.
If a course is listed as both lower-division and upper-division, a separate syllabus is required for each. The amount of work required for upper-division credit will differ in both quantity and quality from that required for lower-division credit.
[CDiv] = Satisfies Cultural Diversity requirement
EN002 Introduction to Literature (4)
Explores expository and critical writing based on reading, discussion, and analysis of great works of literature from three major genres: narrative, lyric, and drama. Lab section meets weekly in the Writing Center.
EN018/118 Writing for the Media (3)
Expands traditional journalism to include writing for other electronic media. Introduces mechanics of effective writing for various media to achieve organizational goals. Students identify the story, collect data, and write under deadline. Discusses journalistic ethics and applications to media as they meld onto the Internet. Especially suitable for those interested in careers in public relations or marketing. Intensive writing course taught in the Mac computer lab.
EN018L/118L Journalism Lab: The Argonaut (1-3)
Cross-listed with CM018L/118L. See Communication listings for course description.
EN020/120 Writing Center (1-3)
Develops the writing process. Topics include brainstorming, clustering, outlining, freewriting, editing, and revising. Students receive individual tutoring in grammar, research, and essay organization. First-year students may enroll in EN020. Upper-division students who have taken the Writing Proficiency Exam enroll in EN120 based upon their score. Upon completion of one unit, a student may enroll for an additional unit in the same semester. Students enrolled in writing-intensive courses enroll concurrently for one unit of EN120.
EN020C/120C The Bohemian (1-2)
Gives practical experience in all facets of editing, emphasizing the criteria that constitute good writing; writers and would-be writers are encouraged to join. May be repeated for credit.
EN021A Classics of World Literature (Part One) (4)
Expository and critical writing based on reading, discussion, and analysis of the great works of the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance periods, including non-Western literature.
EN021B Classics of World Literature (Part Two) (3)
Continuation of EN021A, exploring great works of literature of the Renaissance, the Neoclassical Age, the Romantic Revolt, and the twentieth century, including non-Western and ethnic American literature.
EN100 Literary Theory (3)
Introduction to major theories about literature, from the ancient Greeks (Plato, Aristotle) to the twentieth century ) including major approaches such as formalist, feminist, Marxist, deconstruction, and new historical), applying these theories to sample literary works. This junior-level course is required of English majors and open to all students interested in the nature of literary interpretation.
EN102 American Literary Movements (1-3)
Students may take this variable unit course for one to three units; each unit requires five weeks of attendance in classes focusing on one literary movement.
EN102A Jazz Age (1)
Studies the art, literature, and music of the 1920s, including Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
EN102B Harlem Renaissance [CDiv] (1)
Studies the art, music, and literature of the Harlem Renaissance, including the works of Hughes, Hurston, and Toomer.
EN102C Beat Poets (1)
Studies the achievements of the Beat Poets, including Kerouac's On the Road and Ginsberg's poetry.
EN102G Imagism (1)
Offers in-depth study of imagist writers, including Pound, Williams, and H.D.
EN102I Modernism (1)
Covers American modernist writers of poetry, prose, and drama during the years encompassing the first and second world wars, including James, Wharton, Frost, Stevens, and O'Neil.
EN102J Postmodernism (1)
Examines recent American writers who experiment with form and subject, such as Barth, Pynchon, and O'Brien.
EN106 Advanced Writing (3)
Prerequisite: Passing score on writing proficiency or passing grade in EN101 Intermediate Writing. Offers intensive practice of expository writing and other forms of writing, emphasizing the writing process and including workshopping of works in progress; includes study of rhetoric, critical thinking, composition theory, and modes of great writing.
EN107 Technical Writing (3)
Cross-listed with CM107. See Communication listings for course description.
EN 108 Intermediate Writing (3)
Reviews basics of writing (grammar, paragraphing, essay structure, thesis, etc.) and allows students to practice writing in the disciplines. Strongly recommended for students who do not pass the Writing Proficiency Exam. This course satisfies the Writing Proficiency Requirement.
EN109 Contemporary American Literature (1-3)
EN109A Contemporary American Poetry (1)
Explores themes and trends in American poetry of the contemporary period in both high and low cultures, including poets from diverse ethnicities and political perspectives, including Creeley, Rich, Snyder, Baraka, Harper, Dove, and Lee.
EN109B Contemporary American Fiction (1)
Traces recent developments in the novel and short story from the 1970s to the present, including the memoir, the new historical novel,science fiction, and other experimental forms. Authors may include Updike, Roth, Oates, Beattie, Carver, Moore, and Woolf.
EN109C Contemporary American Drama (1)
Studies contemporary American dramatists such as Shepherd and Mamet.
EN110 Linguistics (3)
Studies language acquisition, variation, and usage with special emphasis on the structure and history of English. Especially useful for prospective teachers.
EN117 Shakespeare (3)
Focuses on reading and analysis of selected masterpieces of the great bard, with emphasis on the development of his career and to the genres of history, tragedy, comedy, and romance. Cross-listed with TA117.
EN120C The Bohemian (1-2)
See description under EN020C. Cross-listed with CM119C.
EN130A Survey of American Literature (Part One) (3)
Explores American literature from its beginnings to the mid nineteenth century, including the Colonial, Revolutionary, and post-revolutionary periods. Authors studied may include Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Poe, and Dickinson.
EN130B Survey of American Literature (Part Two) (3)
Investigates American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, emphasizing realism, naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism.
EN133 Women's Literature [CDiv] (3)
Focuses on reading and appreciation of literature written by women, with an emphasis on a particular genre or genres, such as the novel, poetry, and short story. Readings emphasize topics and themes that are most pertinent to women's concerns of the past and present.
EN136 Professional Writing (3)
Designed to fit the needs of adult learners enrolled in the Intensive Evening Degree Program, the course emphasizes collaborative learning and writing-across-the-disciplines, especially Human Services and Business Administration. Writing in a variety of professional modes (directions, descriptions, process) and forms (memos, letters, reports) is practiced. Open only to students admitted to the Intensive Degree Program.
EN140 African-American Literature [CDiv] (3)
Gives a comprehensive overview of African-American literature, from the slave narratives to the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary writers, including Toni Morrison.
EN141 Creative Writing (3)
Study and practice of a variety of literary genres, including poetry, fiction, and memoir. May be repeated for credit.
EN142 Ethnic American Literatures [CDiv] (1-3)
Studies Native American, Asian American, and Latino literary achievements.
EN142A Native American Literature [CDiv] (1)
Studies representative works of Native American writers, including Native American songs and twentieth century fiction and nonfiction.
EN142B Asian-American Literature [CDiv] (1)
Briefly surveys Asian-American literature, from the earliest immigrant poems to contemporary novels, poems, and plays.
EN142C Latino Literature [CDiv] (1)
Gives an overview of Latino literature, including study of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima.
EN143 Children's Literature (3)
Extensively explores children's literature from early folk and fairytales to contemporary issues in the field; emphasizes reading, evaluating and selecting books for children as a vital part of child development and childhood creativity. Especially useful for prospective teachers.
EN144 Comparative Literature [CDiv] (3)
Studies selected works of world literature, including nonwestern literature, that may be compared in terms of themes, genres, etc.
EN146D British Literature: Myth, Epic, and Romance (3)
Introduces students to masterpieces of the Middle Ages, including Beowulf and the works of Chaucer and the Pearl Poet.
EN146E British Literature: The Age of Elizabeth (3)
Focuses on the English Renaissance (exclusive of Shakespeare), with emphasis on Renaissance sonnet cycles and drama (Marlowe, Jonson, Webster).
EN146F British Literature: Enlightenment and Revolution (3)
Study of major works on the Augustan Age (Milton, Pope, Swift) and the Romantic Revolt (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats).
EN146G British Literature: Modernism and Postmodernism (3)
Investigates late nineteenth century and twentieth centuryBritish literature, including the Victorians, Modernists, and Postmodernists.
EN149C Internship (1-3)
Majors and minors may prepare for careers in teaching, writing, and editing by tutoring in the Writing Center, working as teaching assistants in English classes, and/or working off campus as tutors, editorial assistants, or interns in technical writing and other fields. See the Department's brochure giving details about this exciting program.
EN149T Teaching Assistant (1-3)
Offers the opportunity to tutor students in Writing Center on their writing assignments in core courses and in other courses. Includes weekly training sessions. Strongly recommended for prospective teachers.
EN191 Senior Seminar I (3)
Students engage in a directed research project concentrating upon a writer, period, or theme of the student's choice. Students should consult the Department Chair during their junior year to define their projects in order to read primary materials before their senior year.
EN192 Seminar in the Humanities (3)
The seminar in the Humanities is an intensive, one week Summer series of workshops and lectures focusing on innovative approaches to teaching English literature and composition at the high school and college levels. Topics covered include: teaching to diversity, interdisciplinary approaches, team teaching, use of media and the Internet, effective reading strategies, incorporating community-based learning, and motivating and challenging students through creative assignments. May be taken to satisfy upper- division, graduate, or continuing education units. May be repeated for credit.
EN195I Special Topics [CDiv] (3)
Emphasizes nonwestern literature, a study of a writer, genre, literary movement, or some other that is not covered in other English courses, usually the specialization of the instructor of the course. Students should consult the current schedule of classes for availability or contact the English Department to learn the exact content of this offering.