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English (ENGL)


ENGL 081  Fundamentals of Written Communication  (5)
A writing course that focuses on the skills designed to prepare students for English 100 or career/technical degrees. Introduces students to the writing process so they can write well-organized and developed paragraphs and short essays. Students study grammar, basic sentence structure, mechanics, punctuation, and improve vocabulary and spelling. Students also read works that include various rhetorical structures and themes in order to improve critical reading and writing skills. PREREQUISITE: BASIC 060 or COMPASS placement; and eligible for READ 094.
ENGL 090  Spelling Improvement  (3)
For students who want to increase their proficiency in spelling. Students learn to apply basic spelling rules to sound out words that are spelled phonetically, and to memorize commonly misspelled words that are not spelled entirely by sound. Includes lecture, discussion, class exercises, homework review, and testing in each concept-based unit.

ENGL 091  Vocabulary Improvement  (3-5)
Offers students the opportunity to improve their vocabularies. Lectures and discussions introduce basic techniques and guidelines for vocabulary development.
ENGL 092  Composition Skills: Mechanics and Paragraphs  (1-2)
An individualized course for improvement of skills in composition. Students work to improve punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph writing, short essay construction or other fundamental composition techniques. Students strengthen writing skills by reading examples of good writing as illustrated in published essays. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 081. This is a pass/no-credit course.

ENGL 098  Bridge to College English  (5)
A skill building class to help students move from ENGL 081 and READ 094 to college-level English skills classes. Students learn to use basic skills to improve reading skills in vocabulary, fluency and comprehension and to improve writing skills in sentence, paragraph and essay construction. PREREQUISITE: ENGL 081 or 100 or READ 094 or instructor's permission.
ENGL 100  Introductory Composition  (5)
Intensive writing course designed to prepare students for ENGL& 101. Focuses on college-level composition skills (composition and revision processes) and college-level reading analysis. Presents a general review of the rules of English grammar and spelling. PREREQUISITE: COMPASS placement (Writing and Reading Scores) or ENGL 081 with a grade of 2.0 or higher and eligible for READ 104.

ENGL 103  Composition Skills: College Writing  (1-3)
An individualized course for improvement of skills relating to drafting, revising and presenting focused writing assignments including essays, reports, and other academic writing assignments. Students may also strengthen writing skills by reading examples of good writing as illustrated in published essays. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100. This is a pass/no-credit course.
ENGL 105  Grammar and Usage  (5)
Teaches the structure of sentences through analysis of the five basic patterns and their alterations. Principles of usage and punctuation are presented as they relate to the structure of the sentence. Students may take this course to improve their grammar and usage and their editing skills.

ENGL 106  Vocabulary Mastery  (5)
For transfer and pre-professional students who wish to increase their vocabularies and develop more effective vocabulary skills. Emphasizes increasing knowledge of vocabulary to enhance reading, writing, and speaking. PREREQUISITE: ENGL 091, eligible for READ 104, or instructor's permission.
ENGL 107  Elements of Composition  (1)
Offers instruction in discrete elements of effective academic writing, such as punctuation usage, sentence-level clarity, essay structure, documentation and source composition as determined by programmatic need or demand.

ENGL 108  Medical Terminology  (1-2)
Emphasizes vocabulary skills using medical terminology and phrases. Students learn to read, pronounce and spell medical terms correctly. Recognize and understand the meaning of medical terms through learning roots, prefixes and suffixes, and word-building systems. Designed primarily for Health Occupations and Court Reporting program majors; however, course is useful for anyone desiring a background in the language of medicine. PREREQUISITE: ENGL 090, spelling pretest score of 80 percent, or instructor's permission.
ENGL 109  Writing for Trades and Career/Technical Degrees  (5)
Teaches critical reading and clear, effective, practical college writing. Readings are keyed to career/technical topics. Writing assignments reflect actual work products, including letters, memoranda, surveys, reports, evaluations, and proposals. PREREQUISITE: ENGL 081, or eligible for READ 104, or instructor's permission.

ENGL 115  Introduction to Novels  (5)
Study of various novels with emphasis on how to read, enjoy and understand the works. Includes selected works of significant English, European, and American novelists from Cervantes to the present. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL 126  Writing: Humanities  (5)
A composition course with readings designed to teach research-based writing in the disciplines of the humanities. Continues to develop the reading and writing skills taught in ENGL& 101, but emphasizes the development of academic research and writing skills. Students engage in critical thinking throughout the course, which includes analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of humanities texts and the documentation and synthesis of multiple sources and evidence. PREREQUISITE: A grade of 2.0 in ENGL& 101. Satisfies basic skills requirement for AA degree.

ENGL 127  Writing: Social Science  (5)
A composition course with readings designed to teach research-based writing in the social sciences. Continues to develop the basic reading and writing skills taught in ENGL& 101, but emphasizes the development of academic research and writing skills. Students engage in critical thinking, which includes the analysis, interpretation, evaluation, documentation, and synthesis of multiple sources and evidence. PREREQUISITE: A grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL&101. Satisfies basic skills requirement for AA degree.
ENGL 128  Research Writing: Science/Engineering/Business  (5)
A composition course with readings designed to teach research-based writing in the sciences, engineering and business. Continues to develop the basic reading and writing skills taught in ENGL& 101, but emphasizes the development of academic research and writing skills. Students engage in critical thinking which includes the analysis, interpretation, evaluation, documentation, and synthesis of multiple sources and evidence. PREREQUISITE: A grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL& 101. Satisfies a basic skills requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 160  Literature By and About Women  (5)
Introduces writings by and about women. Studies cultural/historical concepts and paradigms that have impacted women’s concepts of them, of their relationships to men, and of their relationships to the general cultures that surround them. Introduces students to writers from various literary periods and from various nations and cultures. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.
ENGL 161  Cultures of Desire  (5)
Examines literary and cultural representations of desire-including love, the erotic, sexuality, the body, the spirit, and community-across various traditions, historical periods, and locations. Literal text may be studied comparatively with mythologies, religions, scientific discourses, the arts, popular culture, and/or cyberspace. Critical questions include language, identity, hegemony, diversity, and/or freedom, among others. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree

ENGL 163  The Poetics of Rap and Hip Hop  (5)
Deals with the elements of literature as applied to rap and hip hop. In addition to detecting use of poetic characteristics in lyrics, students analyze meaning and craft to explore the connections between rap music and poetry. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.
ENGL 164  Film as Literature  (5)
Students view and then write about films through a literary analysis lens using both literary and film terms and techniques in order to interpret and analyze them. Students discuss and write about the films focusing on themes, symbolism, genre, social and historical context, bias, points of view, plot development, and character development. Course also uses scripts and a film as literature textbook for deeper exploration of the films. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL 165  Introduction to the Myths of the World  (5)
Introduces the concepts of mythology with an overview of significant world myths–western and non-western, ancient and modern, oral and textual. Explores myths thematically and critically, addressing such aspects as identity, gender, religion and spirituality, ecological concerns, political and social structures. Discusses major critical approaches including psychological, structural, anthropological, literary, and indigenous theories for interpreting myth. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.
ENGL 168  Introduction to Irish Literature  (5)
Presents the main themes of Irish literature from its ancient bardic and epic beginnings to current concerns of politics, gender, and cultural identity. Placing the poetry, drama, short stories and novels in historical and cultural context, including English colonization and the Celtic Revival, we will explore how Irish literature has maintained a people's identity, as well as challenged external hegemony. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 180  Children's Literature  (5)
Deals with the elements of literature as applied to children’s books ranging from wordless picture books to junior high level reading. Specific subjects include character, plot, setting, theme, point of view, style, and tone as applied to poetry and prose written for children. Addresses visual communication through analysis of illustrations accompanying the texts. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL 181  Literary Approach to Popular Culture  (5)
Presents a critical view of literary theories applied to popular culture in a variety of forms (literature, television, advertising, music). Students study examples of works of popular culture and produce their own literary and social commentary in a variety of forms. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL 183  Literary Approach to Mystery/Detective Fiction  (5)
Presents a critical view of literary theories applied to the genre of mystery/detective texts. Students examine themes, conventions, and cultural assumptions expressed through classic or contemporary texts. Students then produce their own literary commentary on the social, cultural, political, psychological, etc. The commentary and texts may be in traditional or nontraditional form, including written, oral, visual, multimedia, etc. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL 185  Literary Approach to the Bible  (5)
Students study the Bible as the main literary text. Students also study the history and cultures of biblical and neighboring peoples. Students understand and apply a variety of literary approaches and concepts such as archetypal, traditional, feminist, symbolic/figurative, and paradigmatic. Readings focus on the Hebrew Bible with a few samples from the New Testament. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL 187  Paradise and Hell as Literary Concepts  (5)
A study of the cultural and artistic visions (secular and religious) of heaven and hell. Begins with a study of theoretical explorations of the human need to conceptualize ideal and abhorrent worlds, including, but not limited to, those of Morse Peckman, Northrope Frye, D.H. Lawrence, and Joseph Campbell. Class also studies and analyzes visions of heaven and hell in paintings, song lyrics, essays, poems, and prose fiction from various cultures and cultural epochs. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL 190  Adolescent Literature  (5)
Deals with elements of literature as applied to adolescent books ranging from junior high level reading to senior high level reading. Specific subjects include character, plot, setting, theme, point of view, style, and tone as applied to poetry and prose written for adolescents. Addresses visual communication through analysis of illustrations accompanying the texts. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL 194  Special Studies-English  (1-5)
Course content varies each time it is offered. May include such studies as Literature of the American West, Afro American Literature, contemporary novels or poets or other topics related to literature or media where need and interest are expressed.
ENGL 199  Independent Study-English 1  (1-5)
Encourages a student to work on a project related to a specific English course. The project must increase the student’s knowledge in the specified course. Specific requirements and directions for writing a proposal are on file with the English Division. PREREQUISITE: Instructor's permission.

ENGL 239  Espial Workshop  (3)
Course leads students through the process of creating a student-centered literary and art journal for Green River. Students are assigned to specific tasks and charged with all elements of the production of a journal of student fiction, poetry, and artwork/photography. PREREQUISITE: ENGL& 236 or concurrent enrollment; or instructor's permission.
ENGL 247  American Ethnic Literature  (5)
A study of American literature by ethnic writers, including selections from Native American, African American, Latino, Asian American, and immigrant writing. Students read individual texts closely, explore various literary critical and comparative approaches, situate texts in their historical and cultural contexts, and produce their own written interpretations. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 248  African-American Literature  (5)
A survey of African-American literature from its colonial origins through the 21st century. Course requires close reading and written interpretation from among the following genres: African-American fiction, poetry, drama, essays, songs, and film. Focuses on such historical periods/movements as abolitionism and the slave narrative, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and postmodernism. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.
ENGL 249  U.S. Latino Literature  (5)
Examines the literary and cultural traditions of the Chicana/o, Cuban American, Dominican American, Puerto Rican, and Central American writers in the United States. Course includes critically reading and interpreting fiction, drama, poetry, and essays as a way to make distinctions and interconnections between these Latino communities. Themes including exile and exodus, religion and spirituality, patriarchy and feminism, sub/urbanism and border theory among others will inform students' understanding and appreciation of the texts. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.

ENGL 257  Non-Western World Literature  (5)
A study of various genres of literature from the non-Western world, including Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and/or Latin America. Students read individual texts closely, explore various literary critical and comparative approaches, situate texts in their historical and cultural contexts, and produce their own written interpretations. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.
ENGL 299  Independent Study-English 2  (1-5)
Encourages students to work on a project in a field of their special interest in English. Students must complete course work in the area of the proposed independent study. Specific requirements and directions for writing a proposal are on file with the English Division. PREREQUISITE: Permission of division chairperson and instructor supervising project.

ENGL 335  Advanced Technical Writing  (5)
Prepare students to communicate effectively in a professional environment. Students become familiar with the processes, forms, and styles of technical writing as they create various documents, including instructions, proposals, and discipline-specific and/or client-based research projects. Emphasizes the purpose and audience, as well as clarity, concision, and document design. PREREQUISITE: Admission into a bachelor's program, ENGL& 101 and instructor's permission.
ENGL& 101  English Composition I  (5)
A composition course designed to teach critical reading and clear, purposeful, and effective writing. Writing tasks are related to course readings and prepare students for writing assignments in other college classes. PREREQUISITE: COMPASS placement or a minimum of 2.0 in ENGL 100, and college-level reading skills or a minimum of 2.0 in READ 104. Satisfies basic skills requirement for AA degree.

ENGL& 112  Introduction to Fiction  (5)
Increases understanding and appreciation of fiction through intensive reading and analysis of short stories. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL& 113  Introduction to Poetry  (5)
Increases understanding and appreciation of poetry through a study of poetic techniques and through extensive readings in various poetic forms by selected poets. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL& 114  Introduction to Drama  (5)
Increases understanding and appreciation of drama through extensive reading and analysis. Readings include, but not limited to, plays from Greek theater, plays from the Renaissance, and plays from modern playwrights. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL& 220  Introduction to Shakespeare  (5)
A study of a selection of Shakespeare's comedies, histories, and tragedies. Plays included may vary each quarter that the course is offered. Selections may include plays being staged in the Seattle area and those to be presented in the forthcoming season at Ashland Shakespearean Festival. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL& 101. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL& 226  British Literature I: 7th to 16th Century  (5)
An historical and critical survey of selected works of English literature from the seventh through the 16th centuries. Readings may include selections from Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, The Alliterative Revival, early English drama, and early English prose and lyric poetry. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL& 227  British Literature II: 17th to 18th Century  (5)
An historical and critical survey of selected works of English literature of the 17th and 18th centuries, including the metaphysical and neoclassical movements and their historical contexts. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL& 228  British Literature III: 19th to 21st Century  (5)
An historical and critical survey of selected works of English literature of the 19th through the 21st centuries, including representative writers of Romanticism, modernism and postmodernism and their historical context. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL& 236  Creating Writing I  (5)
A discussion and application of the principles and techniques used in writing fiction and poetry. Development of analytical skills to enhance the writing of fiction and poetry. Includes readings of sample fiction and poetry. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL& 237  Creative Writing II  (5)
Develops skills in using techniques for writing poetry (metaphor and simile, use of diction, irony, imagery, sound, and structure) and develops skills in using techniques for writing fiction (generating ideas; controlling viewpoint; and exploring development of theme, tone, symbols, and style). PREREQUISITE: ENGL& 236. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL& 244  American Literature I: American Literature to 1860  (5)
A study of the development of American literature from early Native American storytellers to 1860, focusing on Puritanism, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Transcendentalism as literary movements. Covers cultural, historical, and literary concepts that characterize these movements. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL& 245  American Literature II: Civil War to WWI  (5)
A study of American literature from the Civil War to World War I, with special attention given to the rise of realism and naturalism, including the works of Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Chopin, Crane, Norris and Gilman. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL& 246  American Literature III: WWI to Present  (5)
A study of American literature in the modern world. Course may include the works of Baldwin, Cisneros, Collins, Ellison, Frost, Hemingway, Hughes, Oliver, Porter, Rich, Sexton and Walker. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL& 254  World Literature I: Ancient World  (5)
An historical and critical survey of selected works of the ancient world with representative writing from a diversity of places and periods. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.
ENGL& 255  World Literature II: 7th to 18th Century  (5)
An historical and critical survey of selected works of world literature of the seventh through the 18th centuries from a diversity of cultures. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English requirement for AA degree.

ENGL& 256  World Literature III: 19th to 21st Century  (5)
An historical and critical survey of selected works of World literature (focusing on European and non-western) of the 19th through the 21st centuries from a diversity of cultures. PREREQUISITE: Eligible for ENGL 100 or instructor's permission. Satisfies a humanities/fine arts/English and the diversity course requirements for AA degree.