The English Major
at
City College of San Francisco

Why Study English?
   
For Personal Enrichment  
English literature classes give you the opportunity to study some of the words and ideas that have shaped our world, to encounter texts that have often endured for centuries.  Studying English literature allows you to engage in a conversation with some of the most fascinating minds and personalities of all time (not to mention some pretty interesting classmates and instructors). 
 
For Academic and Professional Success
Taking literature courses is one of the best ways to improve your communication and analytical skills – skills crucial to success in a wide range of both studies and professions.  Interested in a career in Law?  Psychology?  Social Work?  Business?  Education?  Or are you unsure about your career plans, but want as successful and flexible an academic foundation as possible? Majoring in English will give you the skills you need to succeed in many different disciplines.
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For more information, contact the CCSF English Department at
(415) 239-3406
or
the English Major Coordinator, Dr. Christoph Greger, at (415) 239-3410
(Email: cgreger@ccsf.edu)


How will majoring in English at CCSF help me achieve my goals?
 
Avoid Wasted Units.  All the classes offered in the CCSF English Major are fully transferable, filling General Ed requirements at CCSF, CSU, UC and IGETC.
 
Receive Funding.  CCSF’s English Department has a variety of scholarships targeted specifically at students majoring in English at CCSF.
 
Prepare for Success at your Transfer University.  For students planning to major in English at their transfer destinations, completing the English Major insures that you will begin your coursework as a well-prepared upper division student, having completed lower division requirements for English departments at most major CCSF transfer destinations.
  What do I need to do to major in English at CCSF?    
  • Make an initial appointment with CCSF’s English Major Coordinator (see contact info on the back of this pamphlet).  
  • Meet with CCSF’s English Major Coordinator once a semester to choose courses and assist in transfer plans.  
  • Complete course requirements (see “English Major Course Requirements” below).   
  • Where necessary, meet with CCSF’s English Major Coordinator to insure that literature classes you’ve taken at other colleges or universities meet requirements for CCSF’s English Major.
 


English Major Course Requirements

(For catalog descriptions of these courses, please click here.)

Group 1: Core Reading and Composition Courses--6 units

ENGL 1A University-Parallel Reading & Comp ............ 3
ENGL 1B University-Parallel Reading & Comp ............ 3

Group 2: Core Survey Courses--6 units

ENGL 30A-30B American Literature .............................. 3
ENGL 46A-46B-46C Survey of Literature in English ....3
Note: Group 2 courses not used toward the 6 required units may be used to fill Group 3 or Group 4 requirements.

Group 3: Core Genre  Courses--3 units  

ENGL 43  Introduction to the Study of Poetry............. 3
ENGL 52 Shakespeare .......................................................3
ENGL 53 Introduction to the Study of Drama............... 3
Note: Group 3 courses not used toward the 3 required units may be used to fill Group 4 requirement.

Group 4: Specialized Literature Courses--3 units  

CLAS 35 Tragic Dramas of Greece ............................... 3
ENGL 1C Advanced Composition ................................ 3
ENGL 20 Modern British and American Literature .... 3
ENGL 32A Early African American Fiction ................. 3
ENGL 32B Contemporary African American Fiction .. 3
ENGL 36 African American Literature-A Survey ........ 3
ENGL 41 Writing in Connection with Reading
    of Impt books of the 19th & 20th Centuries ............ 3
ENGL 44A-44B Survey of World Literature, Past
    and Present ................................................................... 3
ENGL 48A-O Selected Topics ........................................ 3
ENGL 50 Myth and Literature ........................................ 3
ENGL 55/56 Survey of Gay & Lesbian Literature ........ 3
ENGL 57 Women & Literature ........................................ 3
ENGL 58A Contemporary Women Writers and Poets. 3
ENGL 59 Advanced Literary Analysis .......................... 3
ENGL 60 Identity in Current Ethnic Fiction .................. 3

    Total Units ........................................ 18




CCSF LitClub
Do you fancy the occasional lecture on subjects of literary interest?  Or do you just like hanging out, drinking coffee and indulging in some stimulating conversation with assorted lit-geeks, poet-types and stressed out transfer applicants? Either way, you should check out CCSF's own student-run literature club.  Here's their facebook page.  Go ahead, friend them -- their friendly and friend-worthy!


CCSF's  Literary Journal Revived
Interested in working on CCSF's new (old) literary magazine,
Forum?  Take English 14 and learn about editing, designing,
and publishing a literary journal.  For more info, click here.

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English Major Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the English Major at CCSF, students will be able to
  1. demonstrate knowledge of and familiarity with genres, themes, and contexts of a variety of works of literature.
  2. demonstrate knowledge of and familiarity with the methods of interpreting literature across genres.
  3. assess, evaluate, and analyze ideas expressed in text or in spoken language.
  4. create (write or present) coherent arguments that evidence clear prose and synthesize diverse bodies of knowledge.
  5. conceptualize, write, workshop, present for feedback, revise and edit an original text.