Degrees and Courses

The WCC English department offers both the AA and AA-T degrees (the requirements are the same for both degrees)

Required Courses
ENGL 1B Critical Thinking & Writing About Literature 3
ENGL 1C Critical Thinking/Advanced Composition 3
List A. Select Two Courses: Units
ENGL 30A Introduction To American Literature, I 3
ENGL 30B Introduction To American Literature, II 3
ENGL 46A Introduction To English Literature, I 3
ENGL 46B Introduction To English Literature, II 3
List B. Select One Additional Course Not Already Used from List A or Any of the Following: Units
ENGL 23 Literature Through Film 3
ENGL 31 Creative Writing 3
ENGL 36 American Ethnic Voices 3
ENGL 37 Women’s Voices 3
ENGL 38 Classic and Contemporary Youth Literature 3
ENGL 42 Introduction To Shakespeare 3
ENGL 44 Themes in World Literature 3
List C. Select One Additional Course from List A or B Not Already Used or Any of the Following: Units
ENGL 2 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3
or
SPECH 2 Oral Interpretation of Literature 3
ENGL 33 History of Film 3
or
HUMAN 33 History of Film 3
or
THART 33 History of Film 3
ENGL 34 Introduction To Film 3
or
HUMAN 34 Introduction To Film 3
or
THART 34 Introduction To Film 3
Total Units 18

 

ENGL 1A—College Composition and Reading (4 units) CSU/UC
Development of analytical reading and the writing of college-level essays, including critical analysis, rhetorical forms, and collegiate research. Prerequisite: Satisfactory score on Placement Examination and appropriate skills and knowledge or a grade of “C” or better in ENGL 51. Offered every semester.

ENGL 1B—Critical Thinking/Writing About Literature (3 units) CSU/UC
Critical thinking and writing about literature; develops critical thinking, reading, and writing skills applicable to the analysis of prose, poetry, drama, and criticism from diverse cultural sources and perspectives; emphasis on the techniques and principles of effective written argument; some research required. Prerequisite: ENGL 1A with a grade of “C” or better. Offered every semester.

ENGL 1C—Critical Thinking/Advanced Composition (3 units) CSU/UC
Principles of critical thinking, reading, and writing beyond freshman composition; focuses on the principles of, and the development of, logical and analytical reasoning, argumentative writing, and on the principles of rhetoric (invention, arrangement, style, memory, delivery, modes of discourse, audience). Prerequisite: ENGL 1A with a grade of “C” or better. Offered every semester.

ENGL 2—Oral Interpretation of Literature (3 units) CSU/UC
Introduction to analysis and interpretation of literature for oral reading; encourages a deeper, richer experience of prose, poetry and drama; enables sharing the love of literature in the oral tradition. Prerequisite: ENGL 51 or satisfactory score on English Placement Examination. Not open for credit to student with credit in SPECH 2. Offered once every two years.

ENGL 23—Literature through Film (3 units) CSU/UC
A close analysis of selected themes in literature and its fundamental elements as interpreted on film. Students view and analyze film interpretations of the traditional genres of fiction, poetry, and drama. Offered once every two years.

ENGL 30A—Introduction to American Literature I (3 units) CSU/UC
Survey of American Literature from its beginning in 1620 to 1865. Writers include, among others, Bradstreet, Taylor, Franklin, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Whitman, Dickenson. Special attention will be paid to major literature genres, themes, and historical backgrounds. Offered every other fall semester.

ENGL 30B—Introduction to American Literature II (3 units) CSU/UC
Survey of American Literature from 1865 through the Twentieth Century; writers include, among others, Clemens, James, Wharton, Frost, Faulkner, Hughes, Lowell, Warren, Walker, Brooks, Wright, and Rich; special attention is paid to the major literature genres, themes, and historical backgrounds. Offered every other spring semester.

ENGL-31-Creative Writing (3 units) CSU/UC
Emphasizes principles of writing poetry, short fiction, autobiography, and drama. Students write in prescribed forms and in experimental forms of their own choosing. Work done in the course may be contributed to the college literary magazine. Prerequisite: ENGL 51 or eligibility for ENGL 1A. Offered every spring semester.

ENGL 33—History of Film (3 units) CSU/UC
Chronological survey of the motion picture; traces the development of the art, technology, and social importance of film during the last 100 years; screenings of significant and representative narrative, documentary, and experimental films from the silent to the modern era. Not open for credit to student with credit in HUMAN 33 or THART 33. Offered once every two years.

ENGL 34—Introduction to Film (3 units) CSU/UC
Study of film as art and its influence on society including interpretation, criticism, and technical developments; view and discuss full-length feature films. Not open for credit to student with credit in HUMAN 34 or THART 34. Offered every semester.

ENGL-36 American Ethnic Voices (3 units) CSU/UC
Survey of selected American ethnic writers of African, European, Native American, Central/South American, Mexican-American, Asian, and Middle Eastern descent, focusing on how these writings contribute to the dialogue of American voices and how the writings both reflect and shape a definition of American culture. Offered every third semester.

ENGL 37—Women’s Voices (3 units) CSU/UC
A survey of selected women writers from at least three different ethnic groups in the United States and/or the world touching on ancient cultures as a foundation for understanding contemporary women’s literature. Offered every third semester.

ENGL 38—Classic and Contemporary Youth Literature (3 units) CSU/UC
Social-historical context and tools for analyzing literature directed toward young readers. Emphasizes contemporary U.S. texts, classic works, and the origins of youth literature (including fables, folk tales, and fairy tales). Explores subgenres and literary elements common to young adult literature, including fantasy and the quest. Emphasizes literature from diverse authors and communities, and the impact of this literature on the psychological, sociological, and cultural growth of young readers. Offered every third semester.

ENGL 42—Introduction to Shakespeare (3 units) CSU/UC
Introduction to the major works of William Shakespeare with special attention given to the tragedies, comedies, and histories. Offered once every two years.

ENGL 44—Themes in World Literature (3 units) CSU/UC
Study of selected works of world literature in translation, approached from a cultural/historical perspective; covers selected works from ancient times to today. Offered once every two years.

ENGL 46A—Introduction to English Literature I (3 units) CSU/UC
Survey of English Literature from its beginnings to the end of the 18th Century. Writers include, among others, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, and Pope, and special attention will be paid to major literary genres. Offered every other fall semester.

ENGL 46B—Introduction to English Literature II (3 units) CSU/UC
Survey of British Literature from the end of the Eighteenth Century to the present; writers will include, among others, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson, Arnold, Joyce, Yeats, and Eliot; special attention paid to major literary genres. Offered every other spring semester.

ENGL 51—Preparatory Composition and Reading (4 units)
Improving reading skills and writing pre-college level essays; includes basic writing elements, rhetorical modes, and a review of sentence structure and mechanics. Prerequisite: ENGL 105 or ESL 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or satisfactory score on Placement Examination and appropriate skills and knowledge. Offered every semester.