English Course Information
the course listing for classes being taught this term.
Specific course descriptions...
The Clark College English Department offers a variety of classes to promote fluency
and confidence in written communication. Courses range from pre-college level through
basic college composition and research writing. Whatever the class, the goal in this
writing program is to teach students to write well about something important. Each
course will help students understand and practice the process of writing while developing
the ability to write standard English effectively, to discuss ideas and opinions in
a precise, clear, direct, vigorous, and sustained manner, and to use information found
through research to develop and support ideas.
Technical Writing: English 135 and 235 are the lower and upper level courses in technical
writing. They fill the work-world writing needs and curricular requirements of students
in designated technology degree programs across the College.
Clark's English Department offers courses for the beginning and the developing creative
writer. Workshop courses in both poetry and fiction offer the student expert guidance
from published faculty, and feedback from fellow students. The faculty manage the
workshops in a constructive and positive manner, where the criticism offered helps
each student effectively revise his or her original work.
The English Department offers a wide variety of Literature classes to promote student
reading of fiction, drama, poetry, and prose and assist students in fulfilling General
Education Humanities distribution and elective credits. Reading is an excellent way
to expand one's critical and cultural awareness, and it can also be entertaining.
Our literature classes range across the globe and from ancient times to the present.
We have something for everyone: Ancient Mythology and Women Writers, Shakespeare and
Science Fiction, World Literature and Pacific Northwest writers, Multi-ethnic American
Literature and occasional Special Topics courses. Our offerings change each quarter,
and we add new courses periodically.
To see the current literature offerings, browse the
for English classes numbered 130 and higher.
eLearning (hybrid and online classes)
The English Department's eLearning Program started in 1994 when Dr. Gerard Smith taught
the first online undergraduate literature course in the country entitled "Virtual
Poetry." Since then the department's offerings have grown steadily. eLearning courses
may either be hybrid (HY) or distance (DL) as indicated in the Schedule of Classes.
Hybrid course meet in class several hours per week for lecture and the balance of
the time online. Students are required to participate in online discussions using
Blackboard, and to complete online assignments. Distance courses are completely online
and require that the student read all online lectures, complete online assignments
and participate in online discussions through Blackboard. Each eLearning instructor
will hold regular office hours and also respond to student questions by email.
The English Department will offer two online literature classes per term, and will
add other courses and sections as demand grows. Below are links to sample syllabi
for the department's online courses:
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Composition
The Writing Center
is open to the entire campus community to provide assistance with all kinds of writing,
from papers to resumes.