Multiple measures, including high school transcripts, are now being used to help determine
proper placement of students into English 100 and other English courses. This means
that all students entering College of San Mateo may use their high school transcripts
to determine their English course placement. The English Placement Test, which measures
reading and writing ability, is recommended but not required of all entering freshmen
to assist with placement. Students transferring to College of San Mateo with credit
in college English can use their transcripts to assist with placement, bypassing the
need for English placement testing. Students who feel that their high school or college
transcripts do not reflect their current abilities may want to take the placement
The following English courses are credit bearing but not degree applicable, which
means that the units count for the purpose of financial aid but not toward the AA/AS
degree: 828, 850, 875.
The English Program
The English program consists of transfer and non-transfer courses in composition,
film, language, literature, reading, and speech communication. Entering students should
enroll first in one of the following courses in composition:
English 100 ESL 400
English 828, 838, 848 ESL 826, 827 or 828
The English requirement for the A.A./A.S. degree may be completed with additional
units chosen from the following courses:
English 110, 165 Communication 110, 130, 140, 170, 171
English 875 Communication 855
Note that English 100 with a grade of C or higher is the prerequisite for English
110, English 165, and for all transfer-level literature courses.
For those students who do not place into ENGL 100 on the placement tests, the following
course options satisfy the prerequisite for ENGL 100 (all must be completed with a
grade of C or higher): ENGL 838 or 848; or ESL 400.
For those students who do not place into ENGL 838 or 848 on the placement test, the
following course options satisfy the prerequisite for ENGL 838 or 848 (all must be
completed with a grade of C or higher): ENGL 828; or ESL 400; or ENGL 826 and READ
Reading courses may be taken concurrently with any of the other courses in the English
and Literature program.
Other English/Literature transfer courses are those numbered below 800; other English/Literature
Non-Transfer courses are those numbered 800 or above.
The following English courses are pass-bearing but not degree-applicable, which means
that the units count for the purpose of financial aid but not toward the A.A./A.S.
degree: 828, 850, 875.
Minimum Grade for Prerequisites
Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite
Instruction in the writing of fiction or
poetry for advanced students, with an emphasis on longer works.