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Robert Boyd 
Department Chair
Office: FO-2
(559) 442-4600 ext. 8329

Faculty Members:  Robert Boyd, Luis Contreras, Karen Davies, Rosemarie Guglielmino, Lee Herrick, Margaret Hiebert, Zay Logan, John Moses, Michelle Patton, Michael Roberts, Clay Rooks, Judy Ryan, Wendell Stephenson, Jeff Tannen, Teresa Tarazi, Kerry Ybarra


Classes in the Letters Department include Literature, Creative Writing, Humanities, and Philosophy.

Philosophy

Philosophy is a reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths, a quest for understanding, a study of principles of conduct.

Courses Offered:
Phil 1A Theories of Knowledge and Reality
Phil 1A Honors: Theories of Knowledge and Reality
Phil 1B Social/Political Philosophy
Phil 1C Ethics
Phil 1D World Religions
Phil 2 Critical Reasoning and Analytical Writing
Phil 5 Philosophy of Religion
Phil 6 Symbolic Logic

Philosophy Major (AA-T degree): 
(A TMC program)

A Philosophy major is a great way to develop critical and creative reasoning skills, enhance an ability to read complex material with comprehension, and improve communication skills. These assets will be valuable as a transfer student to a four-year institution, whether you major in philosophy or some other field, and will enhance your preparation for a wide range of career opportunities. 

Philosophy required core:

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate independent and critical thinking regarding important topics in philosophy.
2. Analyze and evaluate arguments, both philosophical and non-philosophical, in accordance with the standards taught in our philosophy courses.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES Units
PHIL 1A Theories of Knowledge and Reality 3
or
PHIL 1AH Honors Theories of Knowledge and Reality 3
PHIL 1C Ethics 3
PHIL 6 Symbolic Logic 3
Select three of the following courses (min. two Phil): Units
HIST 1 Western Civilization to 1648 3
or
HIST 1H Honors Western Civilization to 1648 3
HIST 2 Western Civilization Since 1648 3
or
HIST 2H Honors Western Civilization since 1648 3
PHIL 1B Social and Political Philosophy 3
PHIL 1D World Religions 3
PHIL 2 Critical Reasoning and Analytic Writing 3
PHIL 5 Philosophy of Religion 3
Notes:
Required Major Courses..................................18 units
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern..........39 units
Transferable Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable units
DEGREE TOTAL..............................................60 units


Humanities

Humanities is the study of what humans create. In these artifacts and texts we seek trends and patterns which we use to study changing and enduring values. 


Courses Offered:
Humanities 10 Classical Humanities 
Humanities 11 Modern Humanities


Writing 

ENGL 3 Critical Reading and Writing
ENGL 3H Honors Critical Reading and Writing


Creative Writing 

Creative Writing allows students, through a workshop environment, to examine models and explore skills in playwriting, fiction, autobiography, and poetry. 

Courses Offered:  
ENGL 15A Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 15B Creative Writing: Fiction
ENGL 15C Creative Writing: Playwriting
ENGL 15D Creative Writing: Autobiography 


Literature 

Literature includes the reading, discussion, and analysis of the plays, poetry, fiction, and prose of specific periods and/or regions.

Courses Offered:
ENGL 1B Introduction to the Study of Literature
ENGL 12 The Bible as Literature
ENGL 14 Folklore
ENGL 17 African-American Literature
ENGL 20 Asian-American Literature
ENGL 36 Women in Literature
ENGL 40 Critical Thinking about Themes in Literature
ENGL 42 Classic Myths
ENGL 44A World Literature to the Renaissance
ENGL 44B World Literature since the Renaissance
ENGL 45 Contemporary World Literature
ENGL 46A English Literature to 1800
ENGL 46B English Literature from 1800 to Present
ENGL 47 Introduction to Shakespeare
ENGL 48A Introduction to American Literature to World War I
ENGL 48B Introduction to American Literature from World War I to Present 


English major (AA-T degree)
(A TMC Program)

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Read and critically evaluate college-level material from various sources through analysis and synthesis of information.
2. Write appropriately documented argumentative essays and research papers to deal with ideas by definition, evaluation, interpretation, and persuasion.
3. Analyze and respond in writing to a variety of literature, including short fiction, poetry, drama, novels, and other genres, concerning thematic, rhetorical, and symbolic elements.
4. Write about and analyze the various literary elements such as plot, characterization, setting, voice, meter and tragedy in selected works.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the assigned works to various time periods and cultures and to literary tradition.

Major Core
English 1A/1AH is a prerequisite to major core courses; it also meets writing/reading competency and general education area D1.
Units
ENGL 1B Introduction to the Study of Literature 3
or
ENGL 1BH Honors Introduction to the Study of Literature 3
ENGL 3 Critical Reading & Writing 3
or
ENGL 3H Honors Critical Reading & Writing 3
Major Course Options -- Section A
Select one of the course sequences (6 units total) from the following list Units
ENGL 44A World Literature to the Renaissance 3
and
ENGL 44B World Literature since the Renaissance 3
or
ENGL 46A English Literature to 1800 3
and
ENGL 46B English Literature from 1800 to the Present 3
or
ENGL 48A Introduction to American Literature to World War I 3
and
ENGL 48B Introduction to American Literature World War I to the Present 3
Major Course Options -- Section B
Select either six (6) units from Section B, or three (3) units from Section B and three (3) units from Section C (Courses taken to meet Section A above cannot be used to fulfill Section B):
Units
ENGL 14 Folklore 3
ENGL 15A Creative Writing: Poetry 3
ENGL 15B Creative Writing: Fiction 3
ENGL 15C Creative Writing: Playwriting 3
or
TA 15C Creative Writing: Playwriting 3
ENGL 17 African-American Literature 3
or
AFRAM 17 African-American Literature 3
ENGL 20 Asian-American Literature 3
or
ASAMER 20 Asian-American Literature 3
ENGL 42 Classic Myths 3
or
HUMAN 42 Classic Myths 3
ENGL 44A World Literature to the Renaissance 3
ENGL 44B World Literature since the Renaissance 3
ENGL 45 Contemporary World Literature 3
ENGL 46A English Literature to 1800 3
ENGL 46B English Literature from 1800 to the Present 3
ENGL 48B Introduction to American Literature World War I to the Present 3
ENGL 48A Introduction to American Literature to World War I 3
LING 10 Introduction to Language 3
Section C Units
ENGL 12 The Bible as Literature 3
ENGL 15D Creative Writing: Autobiography 3
ENGL 36 Women in Literature 3
or
WSTS 36 Women in Literature 3
ENGL 40 Critical Thinking about Literature 3
ENGL 47 Introduction to Shakespeare 3

Notes:
Required Major Courses..................................18 units
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern..........39 units
Transferable Electives as needed to reach 60 transferable units
DEGREE TOTAL..............................................60 units

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