Reading courses are designed to build and enhance college-level skills in reading and critical thinking. Students take READ 100 to satisfy MiraCosta College’s reading competency requirement and to apply toward the Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Arts and Humanities or Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Social and Behavioral Sciences associate degrees. (See Liberal Arts for specific degree requirements.)  


Contact Information

Chairs: Jake Strona (Letters, Pre-Transfer), John Kirwan (Letters, Transfer)

Dean: Dana Smith

Department: Letters, Transfer and Letters, Pre-Transfer

Office: Administration Building, San Elijo Campus, 760.634.7879

Full-Time Faculty

Luke Lambert

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


READ 30: College Reading Development

Units: 4
Prerequisites: None
Lecture 4 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course is designed to help students develop their college reading skills in the areas of comprehension, vocabulary, reading strategies, and reference skills. It introduces students to a variety of reading strategies and skills designed to improve their individual reading abilities.

READ 100: Critical Reading and Thinking

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Advisory: ACE 150, ENGL 50, ESL 150, or eligibility determined by the English placement process.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course is designed to improve students' skills and techniques in critical reading, critical thinking, analysis, and logical reasoning in academic texts. Topics include advanced critical reading, logical reasoning and thinking, argument validation, analysis of extended argument, examination of valid and invalid inferences, and problem solving skills.

READ 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.