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, literature, film, modern language, and communication. Entering students should enroll first in one of the following courses in composition:
English 100 or 105 ESL 400
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:
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
Note that English 100 or 105 with a grade of C or higher is the prerequisite for English
110, English 165.
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
For all students wishing to improve their writing. Includes individual appointments
with a faculty member who will help the student identify problems and develop content.
Some writing areas that might receive attention are organization, development, and
mechanics although help will be tailored to the specific needs of the student.