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Writing, Literature, and Foreign Language Department

Contact

Jensi Smith
Instructional Services Administrative Assistant
jsmith@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6034

Department Chair

Tim Schell

The Department of Writing, Literature, and Foreign Language provides a strong and broad-based education in composition, literature, film studies, and foreign languages. We offer a wide variety of courses to meet the needs of students with a diversity of interests, and academic and professional backgrounds. By studying literature and language, you'll experience a cross-disciplinary study represented by many cultures and historical periods.

English

English students will learn to read closely, think critically, and to write with insight and expertise.

Japanese

Students of the Japanese program will learn how to speak the language over 2 years.

Spanish

Spanish students will learn how to speak Spanish over 2 years.

Writing

Writing students will learn writing as a craft.

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
ENG 104 Introduction to Literature (Fiction) 4

Enhances enjoyment of various forms of fictional prose, increases understanding of the conventions of fiction and various forms of storytelling, and encourages exploration of the diversity of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 105 Introduction to Literature (Drama) 4

Enhances enjoyment of plays as literature, including tragedies and comedies; increases understanding of the conventions of drama and the theater; and encourages exploration of the diversity of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 106 Introduction to Literature (Poetry) 4

Enhances enjoyment of poetry, increases understanding of poetic elements, conventions and forms, and encourages exploration of the diversity of human experience. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 195 Film Studies: Film as Art 4

Enhances understanding of film through analysis of film history and form. Develops visual literacy and analysis skills by offering a range of tools to study any film. Analyzes ways in which a film may both contribute and react to its time and culture; analyzes film through studying the techniques by which it was made; and substantiates observations with examples taken from film tradition and from the film itself. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 213 Latin American Literature 4

Explores fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, drama, myth, and other texts from Latin America. Includes works from many cultures and ethnicities from Latin America, including indigenous peoples. All readings are in English. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 214 Literature of the Northwest 4

Studies fictional, factual, and poetic works by Northwest writers from before the arrival of Euro-Americans to the present. Emphasizes relationship between Northwest writing and Northwest social, cultural, and physical environment. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 222 Images of Women in Literature 4

Explores images of women as they appear in a diverse range of texts from across a variety of cultures and historical periods. Focuses on how both men and women have imagined and represented femininity and femaleness in ways that can challenge, reinforce and/or reconfigure culturally-based perceptions, behaviors and practices. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 237 American Working Class Literature 4

Introduces students to literature by and/or about the working class, primarily from an American perspective. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121. Recommended: ENG 104, ENG 105 and/or ENG 106.

ENG 250 Introduction to Folklore and Mythology 4

Develops a cross-cultural perspective on myths, mythologies and folklore from around the world. Explores different theories of the cultural meanings and functions of myth, past and present. Introduces various ways of interpreting and experiencing myth and folklore as texts with oral origins. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 253 American Literature to 1865 4

Introduces the literature of the land which is now the United States from before European contact through the mid-nineteenth century. Revolves around written manifestations of the various interests, preoccupations, and experiences of the peoples creating and recreating American culture. Considers various literary forms, canonized (such as novel, narrative poem), popular (such as the serialized tale, verse) and unpublished (the jeremiad, Native American oratory, the slave narrative, diary). Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 254 American Literature from 1865 4

Introduces the literature of the land which is now the United States from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Revolves around written manifestations of the various interests, preoccupations, and experiences of the peoples creating and recreating American culture. Considers various literary forms, canonized (such as novel, narrative poem), popular (such as the serialized tale, verse) and unpublished (the jeremiad, Native American oratory, the slave narrative, diary). Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 260 Introduction to Women Writers 4

Explores women's writings and literary theory from diverse places and historical periods. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

ENG 261 Literature of Science Fiction 4

Explores the roots of science fiction as well as classic and modern works of science fiction and speculative literature. Introduces common themes in science fiction, the various ideological underpinnings of science fiction, and the way such literature comments on current issues in society and presents new ideas to society. Prerequisite: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

JPN 101 First Year Japanese - First Term 5

Introduces Japanese language and culture. Emphasizes effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Examines the practice, product and perspective of Japanese culture. The first course of a three-course sequence. Audit available.

JPN 102 First Year Japanese - Second Term 5

Introduces Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Includes the practice, product and perspective of Japanese culture. The second course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: JPN 101 or instructor permission. Audit available.

JPN 103 First Year Japanese - Third Term 5

Continues the introduction of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Expands the practice, product and perspective of Japanese culture. The third course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: JPN 102 or instructor permission. Audit available.

JPN 201 Second Year Japanese - First Term 5

Reviews and continues study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Examines new practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. The first course of a three-course sequence of second-year Japanese. Prerequisite: JPN 103 or instructor permission. Audit available.

JPN 202 Second Year Japanese - Second Term 5

Expands study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Adds the new practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. The second course of a three-course sequence of second-year Japanese. Prerequisite: JPN 201 or instructor permission. Audit available.

JPN 203 Second Year Japanese - Third Term 5

Continues study of Japanese language and culture, emphasizing effective communicative skills in written and spoken language. Expands practices, products and perspectives of Japanese culture. The third course of a three-course sequence. Prerequisite: JPN 202 or instructor permission. Audit available.

SPA 101 First Year Spanish-First Term 4

Emphasizes active communication in beginning Spanish. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary and culture. For beginners. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

SPA 102 First Year Spanish-Second Term 4

Continues the work of SPA 101. Emphasizes active communication in Spanish. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, and culture. Recommended: Completion of SPA 101 or instructor permission. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

SPA 103 First Year Spanish-Third Term 4

Continues the work of SPA 102. Emphasizes active communication in Spanish. Includes listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, structure, vocabulary, and culture. Recommended: Completion of SPA 102 or instructor permission. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

SPA 201 Second Year Spanish - First Term 4

Continues the work of first year Spanish, reviewing, expanding, and perfecting pronunciation, structure, and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Includes practice in reading and writing. Recommended: Completion of first year Spanish at college level or instructor permission. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

SPA 202 Second Year Spanish - Second Term 4

Continues to expand structure and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Includes practice in reading and writing. Recommended: Completion of SPA 201 or instructor permission. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

SPA 203 Second Year Spanish - Third Term 4

Continues to expand structure and vocabulary for the purpose of active communication. Includes practice in reading and writing. Recommended: Completion of SPA 202 or instructor permission. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

WR 115 Introduction to Expository Writing 4

Introduces college level skills in reading critically, exploring ideas, and writing. Covers composing essays which support a thesis through structure appropriate to both thesis reader, and covers revision for clarity and correctness. Prerequisites: (Placement into WR 115 or completion of WR 90) and (placement into RD 115 or completion of RD 90). Audit available.

WR 121 English Composition 4

 Introduces academic writing as a means of inquiry. Employs critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate positions. Emphasizes development of a variety of strategies to present evidence in support of a thesis. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 121, or completion of WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.

WR 122 English Composition 4

Continues the focus of WR 121 on academic writing as a means of inquiry with added emphasis on persuasion and argument supported by external research. Uses critical reading, discussion and the writing process to explore ideas, develop cultural awareness and formulate original positions. Emphasizes development of writing and critical thinking through logical reasoning, rhetorical control, independent research and information literacy. Prerequisite: WR 121. Audit available.

WR 227 Technical and Professional Writing I 4

Introduces technical and professional communications. Students compose, design, revise, and edit effective letters, memos, reports, descriptions, instructions, and employment documents Emphasizes precise use of language and graphics to communicate complex technical and procedural information safely, legally and ethically. Prerequisites: WR 121, basic computer literacy, and intermediate word processing skills. Audit available.

WR 241 Creative Writing - Fiction 4

Focuses on writing short fiction for class discussion and analysis in a workshop setting. Explores the techniques, styles, and structures of the writings of established authors, as well as the creative writing process from development of an idea to revision of a manuscript. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

WR 242 Creative Writing - Poetry 4

Focuses on the writing and submitting of poetry for class discussion and analysis in a workshop setting. Introduces the techniques, structures, and styles of established poets. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

WR 243 Creative Writing - Script Writing 4

Focuses on writing and submitting theater and film scripts for class discussion and analysis. Studies established writers for techniques, structures, and styles. Prerequisites: WR 115 and RD 115 or equivalent placement test scores.

WR 244 Advanced Creative Writing - Fiction 4

Extends the introduction to the craft of fiction started in WR 241. Explores the creative writing process from development of an idea to revision of a manuscript. Introduces the techniques, structures, and styles of established writers. Prerequisites: WR 241. Audit available.

WR 245 Advanced Creative Writing - Poetry 4

Extends the introduction to the craft of poetry in WR 242. Includes additional practice in writing poetry and critiquing work of peers in a workshop setting. Prerequisite: WR 242. Audit available. 

WR 246 Advanced Creative Writing - Editing & Publishing 4

Emphasizes development of craft while introducing basics of editing others' manuscripts and preparing them for publication in a variety of forms, including an annual student literary magazine. Prerequisites: (WR 240, 241, 242 or 243) and (WR 244 or 245) or instructor permission. Audit available.

WR 247 Advanced Creative Writing - Scriptwriting 4

Focuses on writing and submitting both drama and screen scripts for class discussion and analysis, as introduced in WR 243. Continues the study of established writers for techniques, structures, and styles. Includes lecture, small group activities, and conferences. Prerequisite: WR 243 and its prerequisite requirements; or instructor permission. Audit available.

WR 90 Writing 90 3

Instruction includes sentence structure, paragraph and essay development, and written expression. Students can expect to increase working vocabulary and improve skills in basic communications. Prerequisite: Placement into WR 90 and RD 90. Audit available.

WR 90C Writing 90C 3

Includes instruction in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, essay development, and critical thinking skills. Improves basic writing skills by learning to use simple and complex sentences in developing a good essay, and by developing critical thinking skills that are used in the writing process. Prerequisites: Placement into WR 90 and RD 90. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
Amanda Webster English, Writing Instructor mwebster@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Andrea Ware Writing & Computer Applications/Office Systems Instructor aware@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Kristie Towell English & Writing Instructor ktowell@cgcc.edu (541) 806-1295
Scott Stein Scott Stein English & Writing Instructor sstein@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Tim Schell Tim Schell
Literature and Writing Instructor
Department Chair
tschell@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6171
Chauna Ramsey Writing Instructor cramsey@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Nan Noteboom Nan Noteboom English and Writing Instructor nnoteboom@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Tom Kaser Tom Kaser English/Writing Instructor tkaser@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6180
Silvia Huszar Silvia Huszar Spanish Instructor shuszar@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Jennifer Hanlon-Wilde Jennifer Hanlon-Wilde Writing Instructor jwilde@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Leigh Hancock Writing Instructor lhancock@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Andrea Golts Andrea Golts English, Writing Instructor andrea.golts@gmail.com (541) 506-6031
Richard Charles Richard Charles Spanish Instructor dcharles@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Kristen Booth Kristen Booth Writing Instructor kbooth@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031
Yukari Birkett Yukari Birkett Japanese Instructor ybirkett@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6031