English Courses

“Literature is an ax with which we break the frozen sea within us.” –Franz Kafka

Walt Whitman - frontpiece for Leaves of Grass.Because effective reading and writing skills are necessary for college success, students are strongly encouraged—and often required—to take a placement test. This test will assess a student’s reading and writing skills and recommend the appropriate class(es). English Placement Test and Study Guides.

Detailed course descriptions for all English courses are available in the Ohlone College Catalog. Review the searchable online Class Schedule for class dates and times for the current semester.

Hybrid Classes: ENGL-101A, 151A, 151B, 162, 163

All English 101A, 151A, 151B, 162, and 163 courses are hybrid, with class meetings on campus and online. Students must have Internet access. Internet access is available for free to students in the computer labs on both the Fremont and Newark campuses.

Developmental Sequence

The English Department offers two levels of developmental reading and writing before transfer-level composition. At the developmental level, the reading and writing classes are separate; at the transfer-level reading and writing are taught together.

Developmental Sequence English Courses
Type Developmental Level 1 Developmental Level 2 Transfer-level
Reading ENGL-162 Developmental Reading ENGL-163 Techniques of College Reading  
Writing ENGL-151A Fundamentals of Composition ENGL-151B Fundamentals of Composition  
Reading and Writing     ENGL-101A Reading and Written Composition

Transfer-level Courses

The English Department offers two levels of transfer composition. English 101A is the first semester transfer-level class and is required to graduate from Ohlone with an AA degree or to transfer to most four-year colleges. English 101B and 101C are second semester composition courses. Whether to take one of these classes or both may depend on where a student wishes to transfer.

Transfer-level English Courses
Transfer-level First Semester Transfer-level Second Semester
ENGL-101A Reading and Written Composition ENGL-101B Reading and Composition (Introduction to Literature)
ENGL-101C Critical Thinking and Composition

Literature Courses

The English Departments offers a variety of literature courses. Students may take these courses because they are English majors, because they enjoy reading and writing, because they are looking to fulfill a requirement, or for their own personal interest.

  • Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson.ENGL-104 The Short Story
  • ENGL/JOUR-106 Censorship and Literature
  • ENGL-107 Literature and Film
  • ENGL-109 The Graphic Novel
  • ENGL-111A/B Creative Writing
  • ENGL-112 Modern Fiction
  • ENGL-113 Poetry
  • ENGL-114 World Mythology
  • ENGL/WS-115 Women in Literature
  • ENGL-117 Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • ENGL-118 Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ENGL-119 The Gothic Novel
  • Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens.ENGL-120A Survey of American Literature: Beginning to 1865
  • ENGL-120B Survey of American Literature: 1865 to Present
  • ENGL-121 The Mystery: Unlocking Its Secrets
  • ENGL-122 Environmental Literature
  • ENGL-125A English Literature: From the Middle Ages to the Restoration / 18th Century
  • ENGL-125B English Literature: From Romanticism to Modernism
  • ENGL-127 Autobiography: Writing Journals and Memoirs
  • ENGL-129 Psychology and Literature
  • ENGL-130 American Stories: Multicultural Autobiography and Memoir
  • ENGL-131 Hip Hop/Slam Poetry
  • ENGL-141 Advanced Novel and Short Story Writing

One-Unit Courses

Students can enroll in one-unit classes through the English Learning Center to improve their reading skills in specific areas. Classes are individualized—students are assessed and given their own programs to complete, based on ability. Students can work on their own time to complete their programs, whenever the English Learning Center is open.

  • ENGL-172 Vocabulary Improvement
  • ENGL-173 Improvement of Learning Techniques
  • ENGL-174 Spelling Improvement
  • ENGL-175 Reading and Comprehension Improvement
  • ENGL-176 Rapid Reading

Specialized Classes

The English Department also offers courses for students interested in improving their job-related writing skills, in improving college-level critical reading skills, and working as a tutor.

  • ENGL-156 Introduction to Report and Technical Writing
  • ENGL-167 Critical and Analytical Reading
  • ENGL-365 Supervised Tutoring

Learning Communities

English classes, both reading and writing at the developmental and transfer levels, are often linked with other classes to create a learning community. Students in a learning community experience the same classes and enjoy the support of faculty and their fellow students. Learning Communities at Ohlone College.

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Textbooks, Online Access Codes, Other Supplies and Resources

Most Ohlone College classes require the purchase of a textbook, and some classes require the purchase of online access codes (also known as keys) or other supplies. Most of these purchases are available at the Ohlone College Bookstore.

Students may go to the Ohlone College Bookstore website to find the textbook(s), access codes (keys), or supplies for their class(es). Students may be required to pay additional fees for access to online resources that are not available through the Ohlone College Bookstore. Please check with your instructor.

More at Textbooks: Information and Purchasing, including Online Orders, Newark Center Textbooks and Supplies, Book Buybacks, and Textbook Costs.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the courses in this discipline, the student will have acquired the following knowledge and skills:

  • Demonstrate writing skills at the appropriate level.
  • Demonstrate critical reading skills at the appropriate level.
  • Retain knowledge from course to course.
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