Choosing Your First English Class at SBCC

Under California State Law AB 705, students are eligible to enroll in transfer-level English. However, you have options when choosing your first English class at SBCC. 

Option 1: English 110 

ENG 110 - College Composition and Reading (4.0 units)  

  • College-level English with writing requirements of a minimum of 6,000 words (20-24 typed, double-spaced pages), divided into a series of increasingly complex essays, including substantial revision.
  • Essays will emphasize explanation, analysis, and critical thinking.  At least one essay must include research beyond course reading selections. 
  • College-level reading assignments will be of a length and difficulty as to be considered challenging as well as thought-provoking.

Option 2: English 110 MET

ENG 110 MT - College Composition and Reading (4.0 units) 

  • In addition to the description of English 110, above, the MT sections of English 110 are part of MET, a nationally renowned program that recognizes the significance of racial and cultural diversity in learning. Our MET courses offer embedded tutors and teachers who position equity and cultural diversity at the forefront of their teaching practice. You will see these courses designated with MT on the schedule.

Option 3: English 110 Honors

ENG 110H - College Composition and Reading - Honors (4.0 units) 

  • In addition to the description of English 110, above, Honors students read additional, challenging texts, write a minimum of 7000 words, and produce significant research.
  • You must apply to enroll English 110 Honors. The application is available on the SBCC Honors website: https://www.sbcc.edu/honors/.

Option 4: English 110 + English 119A (CAP Support Course)

ENG 119A - CAP Core Literacies: Reading and Writing Within Academic Disciplines (3.0 units) 

  • The College Achievement Program (CAP) supports students with academic and personal challenges.
  • Get more information and apply to CAP online: http://www.sbcc.edu/english/cap.php

Option 5: English 088 

ENG 088 - Reading and Composition - Intensive (6.0 units) Further Practice and Preparation prior to taking English 110  

  • A developmental English class to prepare students for success in English 110.
  • Learn and apply a variety of reading strategies, in order to develop critical thinking and improve comprehension of college-level texts.
  • Compose and revise a variety of essays that feature evidence from assigned readings, as well as personal experience and observation.

Option 6: English 111

ENG 111 - Critical Thinking and Composition Through Literature

  • You are eligible to enroll in English 111 if you have an AP English test score of 3 or higher. Apply methods of critical thinking and logical reasoning to the analysis of literary texts.
  • Compose thesis-driven academic essays, including a research paper, that integrate appropriate sources and documentation to support and advance argument.
  • Employ the recursive stages of the writing process to generate ideas, develop claims and support, structure argument, and edit for disruptive errors.
  • There is also an English 111 Honors class available. You must apply to be in the Honors level of English 111. The application is available on the SBCC Honors website: https://www.sbcc.edu/honors/.
  • Honors students are challenged to write longer essays and read additional, longer works.

Option 7: Consult with an academic counselor

Check IGETC and CSU GE for other course options acceptable at UC and CSU campuses to meet the critical thinking requirement. Also, consult with an academic counselor. 

Check IGETC and CSU GE for other course options acceptable at UC and CSU campuses to meet this requirement.

Also, consult with an academic counselor.