English

The English discipline includes courses in expository and creative writing and American, British, and world literature. Students take these courses to prepare for a major in English and/or to fulfill general education requirements. A bachelor's degree in English can lead to a career in law, education, journalism, mass media, marketing, public relations, communications, business, or the humanities.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Anthony Burman

Kelly Hagen

Dean: Dana Smith

www.miracosta.edu/ENGL

Department: Letters, Transfer Department and Letters, Pre-Transfer Department

Office: Building SAN Admin, 760.634.7876

Full-Time Faculty

Robert Archer
Anthony Burman
Maria Figueroa-Chacon
Teresa Guinon
Kelly Hagen
Susan Herrmann
José Jara
Jeff Keehn
John Kirwan
Jane Mushinsky
Dara Perales
Jim Sullivan
Chad Tsuyuki
Robert Turner
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Courses

ENGL 40: English Grammar and Usage

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours. (1501.00)

Grammatical terminology, including parts of speech, subject and predicate, complements, verbals, phrases, clauses, subject-verb agreement. A thorough review of traditional grammar; rules of syntax, punctuation, spelling, capitalization; standard vs. non-standard usage and appropriateness of each. (Formerly ENGL 850.)

ENGL 49: Introduction to Academic Writing

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ACE 49, ENGL 802, ESL 49, OR ESL 802.
Lecture 4 hours. (1501.00)

This course emphasizes critical thinking, reading, and writing. It provides practice in gathering, organizing, and communicating information and in applying the principles and conventions of standard edited American English. Offered pass/no pass only. (Formerly ENGL 802.)

ENGL 50: Introduction to College Composition

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ENGL 49, ESL 49, or ACE 49 or eligibility determined by the English placement process.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ACE 50, ENGL 803, ESL 50, or ESL 803.
Lecture 4 hours. (1501.00)

This course offers intensive practice in the writing process, critical reading, and critical thinking. It also provides practice in acquiring, synthesizing, and communicating information and in applying the principles and conventions of standard edited American English. (Formerly ENGL 803.)

ENGL 100: Composition and Reading

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ACE 50, ENGL 50, or ESL 50 or eligibility determined by the English placement process.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours. (1501.00)

This course in critical reading and expository writing offers training in the writing process, the development and organization of expository prose, and research techniques. The course emphasizes quality in logic and diction.

ENGL 201: Critical Thinking, Composition, and Literature

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ENGL 100.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ENGL 201H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours. (1501.00)

Designed to continue the critical thinking, reading, and writing practice begun in ENGL 100, this course teaches critical thinking, reading, composition, research, and argument using literature (drama, essay, novel, poetry, and short story) as the basis for analysis. This course is designed for students who seek to satisfy both the full-year composition and the critical-thinking transfer requirements.

ENGL 201H: Critical Thinking, Composition, and Literature (Honors)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ENGL 100.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ENGL 201.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 4 hours. (1501.00)

This course offers enhanced instruction in critical thinking, critical writing, and research using the genres of literature (poetry, drama, short story, and novel). It is intended for highly motivated students who seek to satisfy the full-year composition and critical-thinking transfer requirements. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for ENGL 201 or ENGL 201H.

ENGL 202: Critical Thinking and Composition

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ENGL 100.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ENGL 202H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours. (1501.00)

This course emphasizes critical thinking, particularly in the reading and writing of argument. Content includes methods of analysis; principles of logic, including the relationship between language and logic; techniques of reasoning, including the use of evidence; techniques of style; and research skills.

ENGL 202H: Critical Thinking and Composition (Honors)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ENGL 100.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in ENGL 202.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 4 hours. (1501.00)

This course offers enhanced instruction in critical thinking and writing, particularly in the reading and writing of argument. Content includes methods of analysis; principles of logic, including the relationship between language and logic; techniques of reasoning, including the use of evidence; techniques of style; and research skills. It is intended for highly motivated students who seek to satisfy the full-year composition and critical-thinking transfer requirements. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for ENGL 202 or ENGL 202H.

ENGL 280: Creative Writing

Units: 3
Prerequisites: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1501.00)

This course offers the opportunity to practice and develop creative writing skills, emphasizing poetry and narrative prose fiction through a study of creative form and content. It provides extensive training and practice in various genres (poetry, fiction, journal), depending on the student's interest. Emphasizing individual creativity, self-direction, and initiative, this course explores not only the creative act as an end in itself but also composing, polishing, and evaluating for publication.

ENGL 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

ENGL 296: Topics in English

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1501.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in English that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

ENGL 298: Directed Study in English

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Repeatability Rule: May be taken for a total of 3 units.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours. (1501.00)

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.

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