English

http://www.miracosta.edu/ENGL

The English discipline includes courses in composition, reading, creative writing, and critical thinking. 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.

Academic and Career Pathway: Languages, Communication, and Humanities

Contact Information

Chairs: Teresa Guinon (Letters, Pre-Transfer), John Kirwan (Letters, Transfer)

Dean: Dana Smith

www.miracosta.edu/ENGL

Department: Letters, Transfer and Letters, Pre-Transfer

Office: Administration Building, San Elijo Campus, 760.634.7879

Full-Time Faculty

Daniel Ante-Contreras
Anthony Burman
Zulema Diaz
Maria Figueroa-Chacon
Teresa Guinon
Kelly Hagen
Susan Herrmann
Jade Hidle
José Jara
John Kirwan
Luke Lambert
Curry Mitchell
Jane Mushinsky
Tyrone Nagai
Dara Perales
Violeta Sanchez
Jake Strona
Jim Sullivan
Chad Tsuyuki

Associate Degrees

Associate in Arts Degree

English for Transfer

Students completing this associate degree will have completed lower-division major preparation requirements for an English degree, an emphasis or option within an English degree, or a degree considered similar to English at a participating California State University (CSU) campus. Following transfer to a participating CSU campus, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to obtain a bachelor’s degree; however, some CSU campuses may require additional lower-division major preparation. This degree may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus not accepting this degree or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a MiraCosta counselor for further information regarding the most efficient pathway to transfer as an English major and to determine which CSU campuses are participating in this program.

To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or "P" or better.
  • Complete the CSU-GE (Plan B) or IGETC (Plan C)* general education pattern.
  • Obtain a minimum CSU-transferable GPA of 2.0.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.

* Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area IC: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • At the conclusion of this program, the student will be able to discern and assess the interconnectedness of literature and human experience, including the ways in which literature defines, shapes, and reflects a culture’s values and mores; and write clearly, precisely, and appropriately for a wide range of purposes and audiences.
Required Core:
ENGL 201Critical Thinking, Composition, and Literature *4
or ENGL 201H Critical Thinking, Composition, and Literature (Honors)
List A: One sequence (6 units)6
American Literature: First Contact Through the Civil War
and American Literature: Mid-1800s to the Present *
English Literature Through the 18th Century
and English Literature: Romantic to Contemporary *
English Literature Through the 18th Century (Honors)
and English Literature: Romantic to Contemporary (Honors)
World Literature to 1600
and World Literature Since 1600 *
List B (6 units):6
Any List A course not already used.
Creative Writing
Shakespeare Studies *
Shakespeare Studies (Honors)
List C (3-4 units):3-4
Any List A or B course not already used.
Critical Thinking and Composition *
Critical Thinking and Composition (Honors)
Introduction to Literature *
Total Units19-20

NOTE: Students are strongly advised to select courses that meet lower-division major preparation requirements at their transfer university and to complete the History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer.

How to Read Course Descriptions

For more detailed information about a course, such as its content, objectives, and fulfillment of a degree, certificate, or general education requirement, please see the official course outline of record, available at http://www.miracosta.edu/governance/coursesandprograms/courseoutlines.html.

Courses

ENGL 40: English Grammar and Usage

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

This course reviews basic grammar conventions and emphasizes sentence craft and clarity. Topics include the parts of speech, sentence types, syntax development, and editing strategies. This course is intended for students who want to improve the accuracy and complexity of their prose at the sentence level.

ENGL 49: Introduction to Academic Writing

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in ACE 49, ACE 149, ESL 49, or ESL 149.
Lecture 4 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

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.

ENGL 50: Introduction to College Composition

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ACE 149, ENGL 49, ESL 149 or eligibility determined by the English placement process.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in ACE 50, ACE 150, ESL 50, or ESL 150.
Lecture 4 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

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.

ENGL 52: College Composition Skills and Support

Units: 2
Prerequisites: ACE 149, ENGL 49, ESL 149, or eligibility determined by the English placement process
Corequisite: ENGL 100
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in ACE 50, ACE 150, ENGL 50, ESL 50, or ESL 150.
Lecture 2 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course offers intensive practice in the skills needed to read college-level texts and compose college-level essays. It provides support in developing skills and strategies for success in transfer-level writing classes. Students enrolling in this course must also enroll in ENGL 100.

ENGL 100: Composition and Reading

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ACE 150, ENGL 50, ESL 150, or eligibility determined by the English placement process or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 52.
Enrollment Limitation: Not Open to students with prior credit in ENGL 100H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course in critical reading and expository writing offers training in the reading and writing processes, the development and organization of expository prose, and research techniques. The course emphasizes quality in logic and diction. C-ID ENGL-100.

ENGL 100H: Composition and Reading (Honors)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ACE 150, ENGL 50, ESL 150, or eligibility determined by the English placement process.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course offers highly motivated students an advanced introduction to critical reading and expository writing through training in reading and writing processes, the development and organization of expository prose characterized by clear logic and appropriate diction, and independent research techniques.

ENGL 201: Critical Thinking, Composition, and Literature

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or ENGL 100H.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in ENGL 201H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

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 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. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for ENGL 201 or ENGL 201H. C-ID ENGL-110.

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

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or ENGL 100H.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in ENGL 201.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

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. C-ID ENGL-110.

ENGL 202: Critical Thinking and Composition

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or ENGL 100H.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in ENGL 202H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

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. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for ENGL 202 or ENGL 202H. C-ID ENGL-105.

ENGL 202H: Critical Thinking and Composition (Honors)

Units: 4
Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or ENGL 100H.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in ENGL 202.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 4 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall or Spring

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. 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. C-ID ENGL-105.

ENGL 280: Creative Writing

Units: 3
Prerequisites: ACE 150, ENGL 50, ESL 150, or eligibility determined by the English placement process.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course focuses on the elements of creative writing, particularly through the study and creation of prose fiction and poetry. It offers practice in various genres and forms, based on instructor approach, and it promotes the writing process through a combination of drafting exercises and revision strategies. Utilizing workshops as the primary mode of instruction, this course offers the opportunity to produce creative works for publication, performance, and/or personal enrichment. C-ID ENGL-200.

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
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

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.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

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.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

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.