“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” –Muriel Rukeyser
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.
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.
- ENGL-101A Reading and Written Composition
- ENGL-151A/B Fundamentals of Composition
- ENGL-162 Developmental Reading
- ENGL-163 Techniques of College Reading
The English Department offers two levels of developmental reading and writing before transfer-level composition. At the entry level, students take a separate reading class (English 162) and a separate writing class (English 151A). At the higher developmental level, students have the option of taking a separate reading class (English 163) and a separate writing class (English 151B) or a combined reading and writing class (English 151RW). At the transfer-level reading and writing are taught together.
|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-151RW Introduction to College Reading and Writing||ENGL-101A Reading and Written Composition|
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 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|
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.
- ENGL-104 The Short Story
- ENGL/JOUR-106 Reading Banned Books
- ENGL-107 Literature and Film
- ENGL-109 The Graphic Novel
- ENGL-111A/B Beginning/Intermediate 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
- 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
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
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
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.
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 also be required to pay additional fees for access to online resources that are not available through the Ohlone College Bookstore. Please check with the instructor.
More at Textbooks: Information and Purchasing, including Online Orders, Newark Center Textbooks and Supplies, Book Buybacks, and Textbook Costs.
General English Skills
- Demonstrate writing skills at the appropriate level.
- Demonstrate critical reading skills at the appropriate level.
- Retain knowledge from course to course.
English AA Transfer Degree and English AA Degree
- Analyze and interpret various kinds of literary texts, including poems, short stories, essays, novels, and plays.
- Effectively express their interpretations of literary texts in clear, coherent prose.
- Demonstrate knowledge of works, genres, and periods of American, English, and world literature.