English

The Woodland Community College English Program is dedicated to promoting an appreciation of the English language and its literatures, and to cultivating its effective use in creative expression and day-to-day life. Students in the English program learn to read thoughtfully, think critically, and express themselves clearly and persuasively.

The study of composition, literature, and creative writing fosters creative and critical abilities, promotes multiculturalism and tolerance in a globalized world, and fosters understanding of the cultural, historical, ethical, aesthetic, and linguistic forces that shape our lives. Students will develop essential writing proficiencies as they engage in learning across the disciplines and prepare to enter careers and involve themselves in their communities.

All students who wish to graduate with an Associate degree are required to pass English 1A as well as a critical thinking class such as English 1B or 1C. Students who need additional help prior to taking English 1A can take English 105 and/or English 51 to ensure success in the college-level course.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret, analyze, or respond to the writing of others and incorporate the ideas of others in one’s own writing.
  2. Write clearly and concisely on assigned topics consistent with and appropriate for the intended audience and purpose.

Degrees

English Associate in Arts
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses
ENGL 1BCritical Thinking & Writing About Literature3
ENGL 1CCritical Thinking/Advanced Composition3
Course block units required:
6
List A - Select 2 courses from the following:
ENGL 30AIntroduction To American Literature I3
ENGL 30BIntroduction To American Literature II3
ENGL 46AIntroduction To English Literature I3
ENGL 46BIntroduction To English Literature II3
Course block units required:
6
List B - Select Two Additional Courses Not Already Used from List A or Any Two of the Following:
ENGL 23Literature Through Film3
ENGL 31Creative Writing3
ENGL 36American Ethnic Voices3
ENGL 37Women's Voices3
ENGL 38Classic and Contemporary Youth Literature3
ENGL 42Introduction To Shakespeare3
Course block units required:
6
Total units for degree major
18
English Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree is designed to provide a clear pathway to a California State University for students transferring in English or a related major. In addition to completing courses in the major of study, students completing the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree must also complete the following to comply with SB1440 law:

  • 60 semester CSU-transferable units
  • The California State University-General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  • A minimum of 18 semester units in the major or area of emphasis.
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses
ENGL 1BCritical Thinking & Writing About Literature3
ENGL 1CCritical Thinking/Advanced Composition3
Course block units required:
6
List A - Select 2 courses from the following:
ENGL 30AIntroduction To American Literature I3
ENGL 30BIntroduction To American Literature II3
ENGL 46AIntroduction To English Literature I3
ENGL 46BIntroduction To English Literature II3
Course block units required:
6
List B - Select Two Additional Courses Not Already Used from List A or Any Two of the Following:
ENGL 23Literature Through Film3
ENGL 31Creative Writing3
ENGL 36American Ethnic Voices3
ENGL 37Women's Voices3
ENGL 38Classic and Contemporary Youth Literature3
ENGL 42Introduction To Shakespeare3
Course block units required:
6
Total units for degree major
18
Total units that can be double-counted
3-9
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern
37-39
Additional transferable elective units (if needed)
6-12
Degree total
60

Courses

ENGL 1A – College Composition and Reading (4 units)
Development of analytical reading and the writing of college-level essays, including critical analysis, rhetorical forms, and collegiate research. (L)

ENGL 1B – Critical Thinking & Writing About Literature (3 units)
Critical thinking and writing about literature; develops critical thinking, reading, and writing skills applicable to the analysis of prose, poetry, drama, and criticism from diverse cultural sources and perspectives; emphasis on the techniques and principles of effective written argument; some research required. (L)

ENGL 1C – Critical Thinking/Advanced Composition (3 units)
Principles of critical thinking, reading, and writing beyond freshman composition; focuses on the principles of, and the development of, logical and analytical reasoning, argumentative writing, and on the principles of rhetoric (invention, arrangement, style, memory, delivery, modes of discourse, audience). (L)

ENGL 23 – Literature Through Film (3 units)
A close analysis of selected themes in literature and its fundamental elements as interpreted on film. Students view and analyze film interpretations of the traditional genres of fiction, poetry, and drama. (L)

ENGL 30A – Introduction To American Literature I (3 units)
A survey of American literature from its beginnings in 1620 to 1865. The course readings and discussion cover the evolution of literary traditions, contexts, and genres during that time period. Writers include, among others, Bradstreet, Taylor, Franklin, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Whitman, Dickenson. Special attention will be paid to major literature genres, themes, and historical backgrounds. (L)

ENGL 30B – Introduction To American Literature II (3 units)
A survey of American Literature from 1865 through the early Twenty-first Century. Writers covered include, among others, Clemens, Du Bois, James, Wharton, Frost, Faulkner, Hemingway, Hughes, Brooks, Wright, Roth, Rich, and Morrison. (L)

ENGL 31 – Creative Writing (3 units)
Emphasizes principles of writing poetry, short fiction and/or nonfiction, and drama. Students write in prescribed forms and in experimental forms of their own choosing. Work done in the course may be contributed to the college literary magazine.

ENGL 36 – American Ethnic Voices (3 units)
Survey of selected American ethnic writers of African, European, Native American, Central/South American, Mexican-American, Asian, and Middle Eastern descent, focusing on how these writings contribute to the dialogue of American voices and how the writings both reflect and shape a definition of American culture. (L)

ENGL 37 – Women’s Voices (3 units)
A survey of selected women’s literature from a variety different ethnic groups in the United States and/or the world touching on historical and ancient cultures as a foundation for understanding contemporary women’s literature. (L)

ENGL 38 – Classic and Contemporary Youth Literature (3 units)
Social-historical context and tools for analyzing literature directed toward young readers. Emphasizes contemporary American texts, classic works, and the origins of youth literature. Course focuses on literature from diverse authors and communities, and the impact of this literature on the psychological, sociological, and cultural growth of young readers. (L)

ENGL 42 – Introduction To Shakespeare (3 units)
Introduction to the major works of William Shakespeare with special attention given to the sonnets, tragedies, comedies, and histories. (L)

ENGL 46A – Introduction To English Literature I (3 units)
Survey of English Literature from its beginnings to the end of the 18th Century; writers include, among others, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, and Pope; special attention paid to major literary genres. (L)

ENGL 46B – Introduction To English Literature II (3 units)
Survey of English Literature from the end of the 18th Century to the present; writers include, among others, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson, Arnold, Joyce, Yeats, and Eliot; special attention paid to major literary genres. (L)

ENGL 51 – Preparatory Composition and Reading (4 units)
Improving reading skills and writing pre-college level essays; includes basic writing elements, rhetorical modes, and a review of sentence structure and mechanics.

ENGL 105 – Pre-Collegiate Composition and Reading (4 units)
Stresses the development of students’ reading and writing skills by practicing/refining writing at the sentence, paragraph, and essays levels and by reading and analyzing short essays that serve as models and as topics for writing.