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ENGL 848 Introduction to Composition and Reading

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English Course Placement 

High school transcripts are now being used to help determine proper placement of students into English courses. Students transferring to College of San Mateo with credit in college English can use their transcripts to assist with placement. Students who feel that their high school or college transcripts do not reflect their current abilities should inquire about alternative placement measures. Regardless of placement, students who would prefer to receive extra support in reading and writing skills in their first semester of college composition should enroll in English 105.

The English Program

The English program consists of transfer and non-transfer courses in composition, creative writing, literaturefilm, modern language, and communication. Entering students should enroll first in one of the following courses in composition:

Transfer Courses

English 100 or 105
ESL 400

Non-Transfer Courses

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:

Transfer Courses

English 110, 165
English 161, 162, 163
Literature 100-level, 200-level, 430
Communication 110, 130, 140, 170, 171
See also: Chinese, Film, and Spanish courses

Non-Transfer Courses

English 875

Note that English 100 or 150 with a grade of C or higher is the prerequisite for English 110, English 165, and for all transfer-level literature courses.

English/Literature transfer courses are those numbered below 800; English/Literature Non-Transfer courses are those numbered 800 or above.

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 A.A./A.S. degree: 850, 875.

Minimum Grade for Prerequisites

Unless otherwise indicated, a grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses.

Course Description

Practice in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking to develop and refine composition proficiency. Includes instruction in reading comprehension and vocabulary development, elements of the essay, and composing techniques necessary for college writing (writing from source materials, analytical reading, and English usage and mechanics). Designed mainly to prepare students to meet competency standards required for entrance into English 100.

Units: 4
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 64-72
  • TBA hours/semester: 16-18
  • Homework hours/semester: 112-126
Prerequisites: Appropriate skill level indicated by the English placement tests; or ENGL 828; or ESL 400 or ENGL 826 and READ 826 (or eligibility for READ 836 or 400-level reading course).
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area E2a