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English Program

2019-2020

Description

For students seeking a broad appreciation of literature and increased skills in communication. Superior ability to understand and use English is necessary for success in such careers as education, writing, advertising, selling, journalism, law, business and government.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should learn the requirements for English majors at that institution.

Note: English 205 meets SDSU/CSU critical thinking requirement. Not all courses are offered at each campus. For graduation requirements see Academic Requirements section of catalog. The associate degree requires a minimum of 60 units. Transferable Units as Prep for the Major at SDSU: SDSU will accepts a total of 12 units of literature and creative writing as preparation for the English Major. This includes any combination of lower division literature courses and up to six units of creative writing courses.

Award Type Units
Certificate of Performance:
Creative Writing 15
Certificate of Achievement:
Creative Writing 18
Associate of Arts Degree:
English 28-30*

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree:  
English 18-20

Journalism Program

The English Department's Journalism Program is dedicated to familiarizing students with the demands of the journalism profession and providing them with a realistic experience in media production. In accordance with that vision for journalism education, the program provides an introductory course on news writing, reporting, editing, and media law and ethics. An advanced course devoted to the publication of The Mesa Press (Journalism 210A), San Diego Mesa College's campus newspaper, allows students to engage in all phases of newspaper production, including news writing, reporting, editing, photography, advertising, design and layout.

Certificate of Performance

Creative Writing*

This certificate is designed for students who want to hone their writing skills by participating in creative writing workshops and immersing themselves in literature and also for students preparing portfolios for 4-year colleges. Only two creative writing classes may be transferred to SDSU for the English major. However, the certificate also includes transfer general education courses, and other creative writing courses may transfer as electives.

*A Certificate of Performance is a departmental award that does not appear on the student's transcript. All courses must be completed within the San Diego Community College District.

Courses: Units
Select two courses from:
ENGL 245A Writing Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 247A Writing Seminar - Poetry or
ENGL 252A Fundamentals of Fiction Writing 3
ENGL 249 Introduction to Creative Writing 3
ENGL 252B Intermediate Fiction Writing 3
Select two courses from:
BLAS 155 Afro-American Literature 3
CHIC 135 Chicana/o Literature 3
ENGL 208 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 210 American Literature I 3
ENGL 211 American Literature II 3
ENGL 215 English Literature I: 800 – 1799 3
ENGL 216 English Literature II: 1800 – Present 3
ENGL 220 Masterpieces of World Literature I: 1500 BCE – 1600 CE 3
ENGL 221 Masterpieces of World Literature II: 1600 – Present 3
ENGL 230 Asian American Literature 3
ENGL 240 Shakespeare 3
Select one course from:
ENGL 245A Writing Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 245B Advanced Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 252A Fundamentals of Fiction Writing 3
ENGL 252B Intermediate Fiction Writing 3
BLAS 155 Afro-American Literature 3
CHIC 135 Chicana/o Literature 3
ENGL 208 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 210 American Literature I 3
ENGL 211 American Literature II 3
ENGL 215 English Literature I: 800 – 1799 3
ENGL 216 English Literature II: 1800 – Present 3
ENGL 220 Masterpieces of World Literature I: 1500 BCE – 1600 CE 3
ENGL 221 Masterpieces of World Literature II: 1600 – Present 3
ENGL 230 Asian American Literature 3
ENGL 240 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 247A Writing Seminar - Poetry 3
ENGL 247B Advanced Writing Seminar - Poetry 3
ENGL 249A Introduction to Creative Writing I 3
ENGL 249B Introduction to Creative Writing II 3
Total Units = 15

Certificate of Achievement

Creative Writing

This certificate is designed for students who want to hone their writing skills by participating in creative writing workshops and immersing themselves in literature and also for students preparing portfolios for 4-year colleges. Only two creative writing classes may be transferred to SDSU for the English major. However, the certificate also includes transfer general education courses, and other creative writing courses may transfer as electives.

Courses: Units
Select 6 units from the following:
ENGL 245A Writing Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 245B Advanced Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 247A Writing Seminar - Poetry 3
ENGL 247B Advanced Writing Seminar - Poetry 3
ENGL 249A Introduction to Creative Writing I 3
ENGL 249B Introduction to Creative Writing II 3
ENGL 252A Fundamentals of Fiction Writing 3
ENGL 252B Intermediate Fiction Writing 3
Select 6 units from the following:
BLAS 155 Afro-American Literature 3
CHIC 135 Chicana/o Literature 3
ENGL 208 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 210 American Literature I 3
ENGL 211 American Literature II 3
ENGL 215 English Literature I: 800 – 1799 3
ENGL 216 English Literature II: 1800 – Present 3
ENGL 220 Masterpieces of World Literature I: 1500 BCE – 1600 CE 3
ENGL 221 Masterpieces of World Literature II: 1600 – Present 3
ENGL 230 Asian American Literature 3
ENGL 237 Women in Literature 3
ENGL 240 Shakespeare 3
Select an additional 6 units from the lists above
Total Units = 18

Associate of Arts Degree:

English

English 205 meets SDSU/CSU critical thinking requirement. Not all courses are offered at each campus. For graduation requirements see Academic Requirements section of catalog. The associate degree requires a minimum of 60 units. Transferable Units as Prep for the Major at SDSU: SDSU will accepts a total of 12 units of literature and creative writing as preparation for the English Major. This includes any combination of lower division literature courses and up to six units of creative writing courses.

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree .

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Recommended Electives: English 202 , 209 , 240 , 245A , 245B , 247 , 247B , 249 , 249B , 252A , 252B ; Humanities 101 , 102 , 201 ; Journalism 200 , 210A / B / C / D .

1If not taken in “Select three units...”

Courses Required for the Major: Units
ENGL 101 Reading and Composition or 3
ENGL 105 Composition and Literature 3
ENGL 205 Critical Thinking and Intermediate Composition 3
ENGL 215 English Literature I: 800 – 1799 3
ENGL 216 English Literature II: 1800 – Present 3
Select three units from the following (recommended sequence for UC transfer):
ENGL 208 Introduction to Literature 3
ENGL 220 Masterpieces of World Literature I: 1500 BCE – 1600 CE 3
ENGL 221 Masterpieces of World Literature II: 1600 – Present 3
Select three units from the following (recommended sequence for UC transfer):
ENGL 210 American Literature I 3
ENGL 211 American Literature II 3
ENGL 230 Asian American Literature 3
ENGL 245A Writing Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 247A Writing Seminar - Poetry 3
ENGL 249A Introduction to Creative Writing 3
Select 10-12 units from the following:
ENGL 202 Introduction to Linguistics 3
ENGL 209 Literary Approaches to Film 3
ENGL 237 Women in Literature 3
ENGL 240 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 245A1 Writing Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 245B Advanced Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 247A1 Writing Seminar - Poetry 3
ENGL 247B Advanced Writing Seminar - Poetry 3
ENGL 249A1 Introduction to Creative Writing I 3
ENGL 249B Introduction to Creative Writing II 3
ENGL 252A Fundamentals of Fiction Writing 3
ENGL 252B Intermediate Fiction Writing 3
HUMA 101 Introduction to the Humanities I 3
HUMA 102 Introduction to the Humanities II 3
HUMA 201 Mythology 3
JOUR 200 Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting 3
JOUR 210A Newspaper Production 1 2-3
JOUR 210B Newspaper Production 2 2-3
JOUR 210C Newspaper Production 3 2-3
JOUR 210D Newspaper Production 4 2-3
Total Units = 28-30

Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree:

Description: The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in English or a related major in the California State University (CSU) system. It is accepted by some but not all CSU campuses. Students who complete this degree and transfer to a participating CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. It may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus that does not accept the degree.

Note: Students who plan to complete this degree should consult a counselor and visit www.assist.org for additional information about participating CSU campuses as well as university admission, degree and transfer requirements.

Award Notes: Students are required to complete a maximum of 60 CSU transferable units with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0.

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
    • A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
ADTs also require that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
 
Note: Completion of the California State University American Institutions graduation requirement is strongly recommended prior to transfer.
 
Program Goals: The purpose of this Associate in Arts degree program in English is to offer an organized course of study that will prepare students intending to major in English at the California State University.

Emphasis: The English Associate in Arts for Transfer program emphasizes preparation for the major in English at the California State University.
Courses Required for the Major: Units
ENGL 205 Critical Thinking and Intermediate Composition 3
ENGL 208 Introduction to Literature 3
Category A: Select two of the following courses. Sequential courses highly preferred. (Minimum of 6 units):
ENGL 210 American Literature I 3
ENGL 211 American Literature II 3
ENGL 215 English Literature I: 800 – 1799 3
ENGL 216 English Literature II: 1800 – Present 3
ENGL 220 Masterpieces of World Literature I: 1500 BCE – 1600 CE 3
ENGL 221 Masterpieces of World Literature II: 1600 – Present 3
Category B: Select one of the following courses or any course not selected in Category A (Minimum of 3 units):
ENGL 101 Reading and Composition 3
ENGL 105 Composition and Literature 3
ENGL 240 Shakespeare 3
ENGL 245A Writing Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 245B Advanced Creative Nonfiction 3
ENGL 247A Writing Seminar - Poetry 3
ENGL 249A Introduction to Creative Writing I 3
Category C: Select one of the following courses or any course not selected in Category A or B (Minimum of 3 units):
AMSL 115 American Sign Language Level I 4
AMSL 116 American Sign Language Level II 4
AMSL 215 American Sign Language Level III 4
AMSL 216 American Sign Language Level IV 4
BLAS 155 African American Literature 3
CHIC 130 Mexican Literature in Translation 3
CHIC 135 Chicana/o Literature 3
DRAM 105 Introduction to Dramatic Arts 3
ENGL 202 Introduction to Linguistics 3
ENGL 207 The Art of the Sentence 3
ENGL 209 Literary Approaches to Film 3
ENGL 230 Asian American Literature 3
ENGL 237 Women in Literature 3
ENGL 247B Advanced Writing Seminar -Poetry 3
ENGL 249B Introduction to Creative Writing II 3
ENGL 252A Fundamentals of Fiction Writing 3
ENGL 252B Intermediate Fiction Writing 3
CHIN 101 First Course in Mandarin Chinese 5
CHIN 102 Second Course in Mandarin Chinese 5
CHIN 201 Third Course in Mandarin Chinese 5
CHIN 202 Fourth Course in Mandarin Chinese 5
FREN 101 First Course in French 5
FREN 102 Second Course in French 5
FREN 201 Third Course in French 5
FREN 202 Fourth Course in French 5
GERM 101 First Course in German 5
GERM 102 Second Course in German 5
GERM 201 Third Course in German 5
ITAL 101 First Course in Italian 5
ITAL 102 Second Course in Italian 5
ITAL 201 Third Course in Italian 5
JAPN 101 First Course in Japanese 5
JAPN 102 Second Course in Japanese 5
JAPN 201 Third Course in Japanese 5
JAPN 202 Fourth Course in Japanese 5
JOUR 200 Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting 3
or
JOUR 202 Introduction to Mass Communication 3
LATI 101 First Course in Latin 5
LATI 102 Second Course in Latin 5
LATI 201 Third Course in Latin 5
RUSS 101 First Course in Russian 5
RUSS 102 Second Course in Russian 5
RUSS 201 Third Course in Russian 5
SPAN 101 First Course in Spanish 5
SPAN 102 Second Course in Spanish 5
SPAN 201 Third Course in Spanish 5
SPAN 202 Fourth Course in Spanish 5
SPAN 215 Spanish for Spanish Speakers I 5
SPAN 216 Spanish for Spanish Speakers II 5
TAGA 101 First Course in Tagalog 5
TAGA 102 Second Course in Tagalog 5
TAGA 201 Third Course in Tagalog 5
VIET 101 First Course in Vietnamese 5
VIET 102 Second Course in Vietnamese 5
VIET 201 Third Course in Vietnamese 5
Total Units = 18-20
 
 

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.