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Courses - ENGL Lower Division

To encourage clarity and uniformity in the reporting of scholarship, students in all English courses are expected to learn and use standard methods of citation and documentation. For literary and critical study, the standard format is the documentation system prescribed by the Modern Language Association, detailed in the MLA Handbook and simplified in many beginning textbooks in literary study. At the instructor's discretion, other methods may be used in courses in composition, technical communication, literacy studies, and other classes required for the English Education option.

Please check the section on "Application Procedures and Admissions Requirements" of this catalog for CSU system‑wide writing proficiency requirements.

1E. Writing Skills (3)

Students who score 146 or below on the English Placement Test and who have not taken equivalent courses in another department are eligible for enrollment in this course.
Basic course in writing, offering intensive practice in every stage of writing process. Writing strategies at the level of word, sentence and paragraph. Methods for developing and organizing ideas in coherent essays. Conventional mechanics, spelling, and grammar.
Does not count toward graduation, but does count toward course load. Credit/No Credit grading only.

100S. Composition I (3)

Prerequisites: Students who score 146 or below on the English Placement Test and who have not taken equivalent courses in another department are eligible for enrollment in this course.
Composition I does not count toward meeting the major requirements. It does count toward graduation and will be included in the overall GPA. Must have a "C" or better to earn credit in GE.
Basic course in writing, offering intensive practice in every stage of writing process from generating ideas to final proofreading, as well as to the developing of stronger reading comprehension for specific writing tasks.
Same course as ASAM 100S, AFRS 100S, CHLS 104S. Not open for credit to students with credit in: AFRS 1, ASAM 1, ENGL 1, CHLS 1, AFRS 100S, ASAM 100S, CHLS 104S, ESW 100S.

100. Composition II (3)

Prerequisites: Students who score 147 or above on the English Placement Test, credit in ENGL 100S (or its equivalent), are exempt from the EPT, or consent of the instructor.
Composition II does not count toward meeting the major requirements. It does count toward graduation and will be included in the overall GPA.
Expository writing course designed for first-year students. Satisfies one of the writing requirements for general education at CSULB. Emphasizes academic writing, focusing primarily on analytical reading and thesis-driven writing.
Same course as AFRS 100, ASAM 100, CHLS 104. Not open for credit to students with credit in: AFRS 100, ASAM 100, CHLS 104.

101. Composition (3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1).
Writing expository prose, with emphasis on the research paper.

102. Critical Reading and Writing (3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1) with a minimum grade of "C."
Analytical reading and persuasive writing, with emphasis on logic and argumentation.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ENGL 200.

180. Appreciation of Literature (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: One GE Foundation course.
Study of works representing the scope and variety of themes and types of imaginative literature. Introduction to the major literary genres and to methods of critical expository writing.
Not open for credit to students with credit in ENGL 184.

204. Introduction to Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction (3)

Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1); GE Foundation requirements.
Practice in the basic elements of creative nonfiction, including description, dialog, and framing.

205. Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction (3)

Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1); GE Foundation requirements.
Practice in the basic elements of fiction writing: character sketch, plot development, description, and dialog.

206. Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry (3)

Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1); GE Foundation requirements.
Theory and techniques of poetry. Practice in creative work, with group discussions and individual conferences.

250A,B. Survey of English Literature (4,4)

Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1); GE Foundation requirements.
Representative selections from English writers to and since the late eighteenth century.

270A,B. Survey of American Literature (4,4)

Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or GE Composition (Area A1); GE Foundation requirements.
Representative selections from American writers to and since about 1865.

283. Science Fiction (3)

The literature of science fiction, from Frankenstein and H.G. Wells to the present, emphasizing the relevance of science and technology to literary fantasy.


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