Literature

The Letters Department offers a variety of literature courses for students who wish to satisfy a humanities general education requirement.

 

 

 

 

Contact Information

Department Chair: Anthony Burman

Dean: Dana Smith

www.miracosta.edu/LIT

Department: Letters, Transfer

Office: Building SAN Admin, 760.634.7876

Full-Time Faculty

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

LIT 120: Introduction to Literature

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1503.00)

This course provides a general introduction to literary genres--prose fiction (short story and novel), poetry, drama and film--in order to enhance students' skills in analyzing texts and film with insight. Students will examine fundamentals of literary analysis (plot, character, symbolism, theme, irony), as well as basic critical principles for making literary judgments while reading texts.

LIT 250: American Literature

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1503.00)

This course explores major writers and literary movements in America beginning with Native American literature and concluding with writers of the mid-1800's. Authors to be studied may include de Vaca, Bradford, Bradstreet, Tyler, Franklin, De Crevecoeur, Paine, Holmes, Poe, Hawthorne, Thoreau, Jacobs, Stowe, Douglass, Whitman, and Dickinson.

LIT 251: American Literature

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1503.00)

This course explores major writers and literary movements in America from the mid-1800's to the present. Authors to be studied may include Twain, Chopin, Wharton, Crane, O'Neill, Steinbeck, Hughes, Hemingway, Ellison, Stevens, Plath, Miller, Oates, Clifton, Faulkner, Cisneros and Harjo.

LIT 260: English Literature

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1503.00)

Survey of major writers in English literature from the Anglo-Saxon era to the 18th century. Course covers works of at least two of the three most influential writers in the language (Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton), as well as historical and cultural backgrounds. Students will read plays; epic, religious, romantic, and satiric poetry; ballads; and non-fiction prose, including essays and biography. Eras include Medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment.

LIT 261: English Literature

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1503.00)

Survey of major writers in English literature from the late 18th to the 21st century. Course covers some of the best-known poetry, essays, drama, and prose fiction written in modern English, as well as historical and cultural backgrounds of these works. Eras include Romantic, Victorian, Modern, and Postmodern.

LIT 265: Shakespeare Studies

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in LIT 265H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1503.00)

This course introduces students to selected works by William Shakespeare with the goal of enhancing their understanding and appreciation of his writing. The course emphasizes not only the intrinsic value of the works themselves but also the historical, intellectual, political, social, and psychological forces that influenced Shakespeare and which are manifested in his extraordinary art.

LIT 265H: Shakespeare Studies (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with credit in LIT 265.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC Credit limitation
Lecture 3 hours. (1503.00)

This course introduces highly motivated students to selected works by William Shakespeare with the goal of enhancing their understanding and appreciation of his writing. The course emphasizes not only the intrinsic value of the works themselves but also the historical, intellectual, political, social, and psychological forces that influenced Shakespeare and which are manifested in his extraordinary art. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for LIT 265 or LIT 265H.

LIT 270: World Literature to 1600.

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGL 100.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1503.00)

This course surveys world literature--including the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas--from the ancient period up to the 1600s. The selected literature will be studied for its expression of the human experience and for its generation of cultural and artistic values.

LIT 271: World Literature Since 1600

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: ENGL 50, ACE 50, or ESL 50.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours. (1503.00)

This course surveys world literature--the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the Americas--from the 1600s up to the present. Students study the selected literature for its expression of the human experience and for its generation of cultural and artistic values.

LIT 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.

LIT 296: Topics in Literature

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours. (1503.00)

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Literature 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.

LIT 298: Directed Study in Literature

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. (1503.00)

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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