The English curriculum is divided into several disciplines, each designed to meet the needs of a variety of skill levels, from developmental through college-level study. Saddleback College's English faculty is recognized for its excellence in preparing students for upper-division work at four-year universities, and for the creativity, diversity, and innovation of the curriculum. The English curriculum is divided into four areas: Composition, Creative Writing, Literature and the Writing Center.
Composition courses develop writing fluency, critical thinking ability, and research skills. They include grammar review as well as expository and persuasive writing instruction. Courses include:
- ENG 300, Beginning Writing (Basic)
- ENG 390, Introduction to College English
- ENG 200, Fundamentals of Composition (Intermediate)
- ENG 1A, Principles of Composition I (Transfer)
- ENG 1B, Principles of Composition II (Transfer)
Writers can develop skill and creativity along with critical judgment of literary forms as they compose their own nonfiction, short stories, novels, poems, plays, and screenplays in Saddleback's creative writing courses. Offerings include courses in:
- Introductory Creative Writing Fundamentals of Poetry Fiction Novel Writing, Nonfiction Scriptwriting
- The Short Story
Comprehensive literature coursework can take a reader from classical mythology through American, British and world literature to such contemporary offerings as Sex Roles in Literature, African-American Literature, Ethnic Voices In Literature, and Women Authors. The broad spectrum of literature courses allows students to focus on a particular area of interest.
The Writing Center aims to be a welcoming place for students to learn about and develop knowledge and skills in writing concepts, as well as to practice writing. Two lab courses are currently offered: ENG 301, a co-requisite requirement for ENG 300, Beginning Writing; and ENG 210, a 0.5 unit, C/NC lab course. In ENG 210, instructors work with each student to develop an individualized exercise plan based on a combination of web and software-based grammar, punctuation, and usage exercises, lessons, and practice. Students at all levels of writing ability are encouraged to register!
English Career Flyer
Of course, the first thing people imagine when they think of getting an English degree is teaching high school. Teaching is certainly a noble profession, but there are many career paths one can pursue with an English degree outside of teaching due to the excellent training provided in this field. Please contact Jack Beckham, whose contact information is given below, for more information.
English Career Flyer
English Department Co-chair
Office(s): LRC 327A
Phone: (949) 582 - 4477
English Department Co-chair and Coordinator
Office(s): BGS 304
Phone: (949) 582 - 4939