Advising and Registration

Incoming Student Core Class Pre-registration for Fall 2017

The first step in beginning the registration process is to select your themes for English 101 or 102 and CORE 101 courses. Course descriptions will be uploaded as they are available.

You can rank your preferences for these classes on the Pre-registration Form. We will do our best to enroll you in your first choice, but depending on availability and scheduling conflicts, we may need to register you for a lower choice preference.

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CORE 101: the SNC Experience employs topics across the curriculum to build important college skills through an intellectual experience shared by all Sierra Nevada College students. The courses focus on the foundations of active, engaged learning; critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and innovation, oral communication, teamwork, peer critique, self-reflection, higher-order questioning and active discussion. 

Core 101 is offered both spring and fall semesters, with a variety of course topics in fall.

Core 101 Topics

The Tahoe Underground Film Festival
The Tahoe Underground Film Festival (TUFF) is an annual alternative film and media festival hosted, curated, and organized by students in the Sierra Nevada College Fine Arts Program. We hope to highlight the best in artistic, experimental, original, humorous, political, and visionary film and video.

Community and Culture

The Wilderness
An experiential and philosophical study of wilderness.

Science Topic TBD


ENGL 101: Freshman Composition is the Freshman English course. Examination of themes and techniques in assigned reading is emphasized to develop evaluation, analysis, synthesis and critical thinking skill. Weekly written work, in–class discussions, essays, research writing and a portfolio documenting revisions are required.

All students at SNC are required to take two semesters of English coursework. Transfer students may be waived out of one or more sections of English if they have taken this course at a previous institution which meets catalog requirements for transfer courses. Transfer credit acceptance will be determined during your meeting with the faculty adviser.

English 101 Topics

Individual and Society
This course explores the dynamic relationship between individuals and the society in which they live, particularly the resulting connections, conflicts and compromises. We will explore the variability of meaning in language beyond the page to discover how storytelling in all its forms can reinforce or deconstruct personal and societal values, and equipping students with simple tools to use language as an intentional creative force.

What are assumptions made by the authors, characters, or ourselves in our readings? Where do those assumptions come from in the character’s world? In our own? What do these assumptions imply about the function of language in our culture? What is actually said versus what is trying to be said? How can one apply language that is restricted by cultural context in order to communicate authentically as an individual?

Nature and Philosophy
An investigation of human and nonhuman nature, and the very concept of nature itself.

The Art of the Essay (Athletes Only)
Comedians call them monologues. Editorial writers call them columns. And college applicants call them bad words that we can’t say in polite company.

The essay may be the bane of students, but it’s an endlessly flexible form for writers. The word “essay” means “to try.” To paraphrase E.B. White, each new attempt by the essayist differs from the last and takes him or her into new country. In this class we read and write essays, learning to move beyond a straightforward narration of life experiences and toward a more complex art form that can make connections and engage readers in a universal human experience.


ENGL 102: Freshman Composition II builds on and further develops the writing skills introduced in ENGL 101. Students are required to conduct both primary and secondary research, synthesize and integrate researched material into original works, and present individual research in papers and projects.

Transfer students who do not have transferable credits for English 101 must take an English Placement Exam before enrolling in any English courses. Contact Henry Conover at hconover@sierranevada.edu immediately to schedule your exam.

ENGLISH 102 Topic

America is an Argument
This course will introduce students to writing at the college level. We will study works of contemporary literature as well as classic texts which engage with the notion that the United States is not a nation so much as it is a series of arguments. Our study will focus on primary texts, nonfiction and fiction which struggles with the difficulties of defining “Americanness” and what it means to be American.

Students in this course will learn to analyze and interpret contemporary literature and arguments in the public sphere by producing argumentative essays. You will explore how to use writing to learn, to create, and to act, particularly in the college writing but also in the world outside the college. I hope this class will be challenging, fun and will in some way change how you look at (and act in) the world.

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