Advising and Registration

Fall 2016

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 employ variable topics grounded in the social sciences (economics, psychology, political science, anthropology and sociology) to build a common intellectual experience shared by all Sierra Nevada College students. Topics are selected from across the curriculum to engage entering students with the critical skills necessary for a successful and stimulating college career.  The courses focus on the foundations of active, engaged learning; critical thinking, problem solving, creativity/innovation, oral communication, teamwork, peer critique, self-reflection, higher-order questioning and active discussion.

CORE 101 Topics:

 Film Breaking, Filmmaking

Break down and analyze the techniques of cinematic and documentary filmmakers, learning about the visual and literary tools used to engage emotions, enlighten audiences, and call others to action. Then, building upon the films analysis, form a team with classmates and plan, film, edit, and screen your own documentary film highlighting a community challenge, profiling local change makers, or calling your own audience to advocacy.

Culture, Art, and Technology

This class looks at creative approaches to problem solving. Key components include understanding of the  culturally acquired “tools of the mind” that we naturally employ; knowing that communication is an art that must be consciously developed; and appreciating the growing impact modern technologies have on our thinking and relationships.

Through a series of activities, short lectures, films, readings, a class service-learning project, and a community partner project, students will learn to critically analyze new information, integrate it with existing knowledge, and smoothly deploy newly acquired knowledge beyond the classroom.

Sustainable Recreation at Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place, and people want to preserve its clarity and the health of the forests surrounding it. Yet people also want to relax on the beach with gear, food and drinks, hike and mountain bike on trails, climb granite faces, ski at resorts and in the backcountry, and camp near its shores. Nevada and California State Parks and the US Forest Service must balance environmental preservation with facilitating public recreation at Lake Tahoe. This class will explore the tension between these two goals, efforts to achieve the right balance, and the role of outdoor recreation at State and National Parks in promoting environmental stewardship.

Culture and Community

In this class, students will explore how culture and community are created in groups, and the ways small groups can instigate meaningful changes in their communities. Students will learn to work in small groups to critically analyze new information with the existing knowledge that diverse group members bring to the process, and use this information to address problems in our community.

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

Contemporary Literature

What’s contemporary about contemporary literature? Well, since literature is an art that is concerned with the individual’s struggle with forces in the larger world, contemporary literature addresses the ways contemporary people understand ourselves in the present, taking on topics like morality, politics, terrorism, economic injustice and racism, and of course, the stupidly happy feeling of pure being that occasionally breaks through.

Your Story

In our personal, academic, and professional lives, the world offers us countless opportunities to write. This course focuses on the practical application of writing with an eye toward future academic and professional success. Interview and profile someone working in your field of study, develop a position on an important public issue you are passionate about, learn how to present yourself as a unique and qualified job candidate, and being to develop tools and experiences to further your personal and career growth.

Individual and Society

This course explores the dynamic relationship between individuals and the society in which they live, with attention to the resulting connections, conflicts and compromises that occur.

Writing is more than, simply, a necessary set of skills. It is a way of seeking ourselves, situating each of us within the world we create through language, exploring and defining our humanity through the written word. This realization is the engine that drives this course. Knowing that writing matters, that the words on the page are a momentary representation of a transient truth, a way of looking at and understanding the world unique to the writer, makes the opportunity to become a better writer an extremely valuable one. It also means that the well of subjects about which one can write is deep, that the ways of exploring these topics are many and multi-faceted, and that the sophistication of the work produced is only limited by a writer’s skill and commitment. When we write, we are, after all, delving into the lives and psyches of a most complex creature, one’s self.

There are no shortcuts to becoming a skilled, thoughtful, and critical writer – the path to success is to write, and write some more. In this class you will write 5 major essays of 3-6 pages, each with a specific purpose in mind, and each leading logically to the next. You will also write 15 annotated bibliographies of 1 to 1.5 pages each. By working through your own writing process, struggling to create genuine, critical work examining society and your place in it, you will develop both your skills as a writer and your ability as a critical thinker. We all write differently; we all think differently. Your task will be to use the information, opportunities, and feedback this class provides, with the indirect and direct lessons contained within our readings and discussions, to figure out what works for you – what helps you write with clarity, power, and nuance – and take this knowledge with you into the rest of your academic career.


What does it mean to live an authentic life? How do individuals create meaning in a universe that, as Albert Camus says, is benignly indifferent to humanity? What does it mean to live freely?

These are some of the questions we will address in our course, while learning to perfect our academic writing, grammar, and narrative expression. We will look at the works of renowned existentialists, including Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche, Simone de Beauvoir, Samuel Beckett, and Albert Camus. Through the course of the semester students will refine their writing skills by composing essays on the themes of authenticity, freedom, absurdity, alienation, nihilism, and anxiety.

In a world where there are no prescribed norms, how might we construct a meaningful and creative existence?

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 immediately to schedule your exam.

ENGLISH 102 Topics

Individual and Society

This class uses the self and society to examine questions that have endured since ancient times. Is the purpose of communication to persuade an audience or to find some ultimate truth? What is the purpose of art in society? How can the classroom extend into the rest of our lives, and how do we bring our whole selves into the classroom? We’ll begin by studying ourselves: our learning styles and our reactions to the world around us. We’ll move from studying how we read the world to analyzing the modes of persuasion in a text. From there we’ll put multiple texts in conversation with one another in order to advance our own arguments. Finally, you’ll choose a research question using a text in the anthology as a foundation for scholarly library research.

This class is a chance to use writing as a tool for discovery, to practice looking for patterns, themes, and arguments (in writing and everywhere!), and to try seeing from different points of view.

Contemporary Issues in Education

We all have a stake in education. Most of us have been shaped by our own school experiences: memories and moments that have defined us or altered our futures. Many of us have been touched by educators who have influenced our paths. Additionally, our children, present or future, will be part of our nation’s education system. This class is a chance to discuss the American education system, local, national and global attitudes towards education, ethical and moral dilemmas in education, and alternative models of education.

Specific topics may include bilingual classrooms, gifted and talented programs, environmental education, physical education, art programming, state and national standards, assessment, media coverage, and school funding. In this class, students will build upon and develop skills in writing, researching and critical thinking. They will write a personal essay about their own educational experiences, a movie/ film analysis, and an argument essay on high school challenges such as college pressure, cheating, and peer pressure. For the major research project, students will focus on one main topic related to teaching and learning. Students are encouraged to take ENGL 103 (1 unit) simultaneously in order to gain hands on service learning experience in a school setting.

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