Composition courses help students master the reading and writing skills they will need to succeed in school and thrive in their careers. Reading courses help students to expand their vocabularies and meet the challenges of college study. Writing courses guide students to be more thoughtful, curious, and confident writers and researchers.
Literature survey courses in American, English, world, Asian, Afro-American, and ethnic literature reveal major themes and motifs in cultures both ancient and modern, so that students can appreciate the diversity and rich inter-relatedness of the human family. The English department also offers classes on specific topics such as Literature of California, Children's Literature, Mythology, and Lesbian and Gay Literature.
Creative writing courses allow students to discover their voices and explore their imaginations through writing their own literature. The English department offers courses on the craft and technique of writing poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction.
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