Advising and Registration
Incoming Student Core Class Pre-registration for Spring 2018
Core and English 101 & 102 offerings for Spring 2018 are described below. On the Pre-registration Form, you will select your major, so we can make sure you are assigned an advisor in your field. You will also indicate whether you have successfully completed any English courses, so we can enroll you in the correct course.
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 Topic
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, integrate 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 final portfolio documenting revisions are required.
All students at SNC are required to take two semesters of English coursework. Transfer students may be able to waive out of one or more English courses if they have taken a qualifying course at a previous institution. Transfer credit acceptance will be determined during your meeting with the faculty adviser.
English 101 Topic
This course explores the media’s role in society and how it affects public opinion and discourse. We will focus on how the media covers current events, both historically and in current contexts. We will draw from both online and print mass media examples including television, newspapers, and magazines, including sources. As we examine the theme, we will engage in reading and writing through a variety of genres. Weekly writing is required, culminating in essays including personal narrative, analysis, argumentation with sources, and more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org immediately to schedule your exam. You will also indicate which English classes you have successfully completed on the Pre-registration Form.
ENGLISH 102 Topics
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.
Philosophy in Literature (Athletes Only)
Both philosophy and literature represent the world and reflect on it. They are clearly different, yet converge, overlap, and relate to one another in various ways. Both disciplines seek to ask big questions, to locate and describe deeper truths, to shape order from the muddle of the world. In this class, we read philosophical stories and novels in an attempt to address complicated themes such as ethics (what kind of person should I be?), personal identity (who am I?), community (what are our moral obligations to others?) and the human struggle (what is the nature of courage?).