English

College of the Desert’s English program offers a wide range of courses meant to help students develop writing, research, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills that are applicable across disciplines and the varied career paths that our diverse student body pursues. Currently, there are between 100 and 120 sections of English offered each semester.

The English program’s basic skills English composition courses prepare incoming students with the fundamentals of sentence structure, fundamentals of academic expository essay structures, critical thinking skills, and basic research techniques to assure competency in their freshman-level writing requirements, other college-level writing assignments, and vocational and professional needs. These skills translate into use across the disciplines and career paths.

The English program also offers an AA-T degree in English in compliance with SB 1440, as well as courses leading to transfer to a four-year college. Students earning an AA-T degree in English are well prepared for a wide variety of career fields in the liberal arts and publishing fields. Students may also choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s degree. Transfer requirements at four-year colleges and universities tend to vary from institution to institution - students should consult with a counselor for specific information regarding the transfer requirements of their preferred college or university. For more information, please call (760) 773-2572.

Advisors:  

Heather Benes
hbenes@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 568-3082

Denise Diamond
ddiamond@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 862-1309

Kimberly Dozier
kdozier@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7208

Kathy Enciso
kenciso@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7362

Brian Fotinakes
bfotinakes@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 674-7644

Ruth Nolan
rnolan@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7408

Rick Rawnsley
rrawnsley@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7369

Reid Sagara
rsagara@collegeofthedesert.edu 
(760) 776-7359

Jack Tapleshay
jtapleshay@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7373

Corbyn Voyu
cvoyu@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 776-7308

Transfer Degrees

ENG 001A  Composition Units: 4

This course introduces students to the demands of writing in the academic setting. Students learn the basics of critical thinking and research techniques as they apply to the writing process. Students then learn to apply the writing process in composing essays in response to their analysis of prose and poetry. (C-ID ENGL 100)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-061 or ENG-071 or ESL-071 or Assessment Score indicating placement into ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C4a                 CSU GE: A2                 IGETC: 1A

ENG 001B  Composition & Literature Units: 3

This course introduces the student to the genres of imaginative literature - prose fiction, poetry, and drama - with special emphasis on the interrelationships between form and theme. Students write critical essays about the literature. (C-ID ENGL 120)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 002  Argumentative Writing & Critical Thinkng Thru Literature Units: 4

This course offers expanded instruction in analytical, critical,and argumentative writing, critical thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and proper documentation through the study of literary works from major genres, while developing students' close reading skills and promoting an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of literature. This course builds upon the skills begun in English 1A. (C-ID ENGL 110, C-ID ENGL 120)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3, C4a                 CSU GE: A3, C2                 IGETC: 1B, 3B

ENG 005A  Creative Writing Units: 3

This course introduces students to the perceptions, skills and techniques of all forms of creative writing, with primary emphasis on fiction and poetry. (C-ID ENGL 200)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ENG 005B  Advanced Creative Writing Units: 3

This is an advanced course designed to enable students to refine their creative writing skills in their chosen genre.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-005A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ENG 010A  American Literature I Units: 3

This course presents a survey of American literature, both formal and informal, extending from the period preceding Columbus' voyages through the time of the Civil War. Selections include writings that reflect the rich and diverse cultural backgrounds that make up America's unique and complex heritage. (C-ID ENGL 130)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: ENG-001B
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 010B  American Literature II Units: 3

This course presents a survey of late 19th and 20th Century American literature. Selections include writings of traditional and non-traditional American authors that reflect the rich and diverse cultural backgrounds that make up America's unique and complex heritage. (C-ID ENGL 135)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: ENG-001B
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 011A  Survey Of English Literature Units: 3

This course surveys the major writers and works of English literature of the Old English, Middle-English, the Renaissance,and the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. (C-ID ENGL 160)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 011B  Survey Of English Literature Units: 3

This course surveys the major writers and works of English literature of the Romantic, Victorian, Edwardian, and Modern Periods. (C-ID ENGL 165)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 012A  World Literature I Units: 3

This course presents a survey of the literary works that have influenced world thought from Homer through the Renaissance to 1660. Classics in all genres are studied for their artistic merit and their contributions to modern life. (C-ID ENGL 140)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 012B  World Literature II Units: 3

This course surveys works which have influenced world thought from 1660 to the present. Selections reflect the rich and diverse cultural backgrounds of world literature. This course may be taken independently from World Literature I, ENG-012A. (C-ID ENGL 145)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 014  Shakespeare Units: 3

This course is a study of selected histories, comedies, and tragedies of William Shakespeare.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 015  The Short Story Units: 3

This course introduces students to the short story, through critical discussion and analysis of its elements, structure, devices and context using short stories from around the world.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: ENG-001B
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 017  Women In Literature Units: 3

This course presents a survey of literature written by and about women in the American, European, Asian, and Latin American traditions. Students examine archetypes and stereotypes of women as they are challenged in the literature.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: ENG-001B
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 018  Poetry CSI Units: 3

This course offers an investigation of the techniques and development of poetry through the exploration, discussion and criticism of poetry in its historical context. Students are encouraged to compose their own poems based on forms studied in the course.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ENG 021  Intro Latin American/Chicano Literature Units: 3

This course is a survey of literary analysis of folk, traditional, and contemporary Latin American/Chicano literature with critical analysis of representative works in all the literary genres: the essay, short stories, the novel, poetry, and drama.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 022  Intro to African American Literature Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to folk, traditional and contemporary African American literature with critical analysis of representative works in the essay, the short story, the novel, poetry and drama. It includes a historical overview from the seventeenth century through the present. Through varied reading selections and learning about the history and culture of African Americans in the United States, the students better understand and appreciate the richness and diversity of African American literature.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 024  Native American Literature Units: 3

A survey of Native American literature, from oral tradition through European contact, assimilation, and contemporary narrative.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 025  Introduction To The Novel Units: 3

This course introduces students to the techniques and development of fiction by the discussion and criticism of novels from countries throughout the world.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: ENG-001B
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 026  Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Literat Units: 3

A survey of literature written by and about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people. The course explores representations of LGBT people in fiction, poetry, and drama. Appropriate literary criticism is introduced. Students examine stereotypes and their Deconstruction in literature. The class invites students to explore the diversity of human life.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: ENG-001B
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ENG 031  The Bible As Literature: Old Testament Units: 3

This course provides a survey of the Old Testament of the Bible, from a literary and philosophical point of view, with attention also paid to the ancient Near-Eastern texts and to the Jewish Apocrypha. It introduces the great characters and events in the context of the developmental nature of this literature.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 032  The Bible As Literature: New Testament Units: 3

This course provides a survey of the New Testament of the Bible, from a literary and philosophical point of view, with attention also paid to the Dead Sea Scrolls material and 1st and 2nd century writings related to the New Testament. It introduces the great characters and events in the context of the developmental nature of this literature.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 035  Myth And Legend Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the mythological and legendary literature from various world cultures, with special reference to Judeo-Christian, Oriental, Native American, Northern European, and classical Greek and Roman mythologies.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 036  Children's Literature Units: 3

This course introduces students to a formal study of literature for children from preschool through middle school, including critical examination of genres, themes, and cultures depicted in these texts; in addition, students study the professional literary criticism of this literature. (C-ID ENGL 180)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C2                 IGETC: 3B

ENG 037  Methods Of Tutoring Writing Units: 3

Study of the theory, principles and methods of tutoring students who need specific practice in writing. Those completing this course with a grade of C or better are eligible to participate in tutorial writing services on campus. May not be counted toward fulfilling requirements for the English or liberal arts majors. May be counted toward fulfilling electives for the English or Liberal Arts majors. Students in this class are expected to be proficient writers.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: 10          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ENG 061  Accelerated English For College Success Units: 4

Preparation for academic writing and critical thinking expected in transfer and associate-degree classes. Strongly recommended: participation in the English placement process.
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ENG 070  Academic English I Units: 4

This course will introduce students to academic reading and writing. Emphasis will be on basic essay structure, beginning research skills, and critical reading strategies with integrated practice and reinforcement in writing and reading. [This class meets entry level reading and English requirements.] (Equivalent to ESL-070.)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ENG 071  Academic English II Units: 4

This course will continue to prepare students for writing and reading in an academic setting by focusing on essay structure, research skills, and critical reading strategies with integrated practice in writing and reading. [This class meets intermediate reading and English requirements.] (Equivalent to ESL-071.)
Lecture Hours: 72         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Student Option
Prerequisite: ENG-070 or ESL-070
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: None                 Degree Applicable: NAA
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

ENG 095A  English Work Experience Units: 1-6

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to six units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to English.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 450          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None