Advising and Registration
The first step in beginning the registration process is to select your themes for English 101 or 102 and CORE 101 courses. Fall 2015 course offerings 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.
CORE 101/301: SNC Experience is the common intellectual experience shared by all Sierra Nevada College students, employing variable topics grounded in the social sciences (economics, psychology, political science, anthropology and sociology). Topics are selected from areas within art, business, humanities and science to engage entering students while developing the critical skills necessary for a successful and stimulating college career. The learning objectives of the course will develop the abilities central to active, engaged learning. Those abilities include critical thinking, problem solving, creativity/innovation, oral communication, teamwork, peer critique, self-reflection, higher-order questioning and active discussion.
CORE 101 Topics: for Entering Freshman
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.
CORE 301 Topics: for Entering Transfer Students
Film Breaking, Film Making
Storytelling is a basic human impulse. We have used it to convey important messages about morality, to remember our own history, to transmit knowledge, to warn of danger and to create common culture from the earliest days of human civilization. This class will focus on the break down and analysis of the techniques of cinematic and documentary filmmakers. Students will learn about the visual and literary tools used to engage emotions, enlighten audiences, and call others to action. The students will then form a team with classmates and plan, film, edit, and screen their own documentary film highlighting a community challenge, profiling local change makers, or calling their audience to advocacy.
Ebola, Vaccines, and the Affordable Care Act
This class will explore three controversial topics that affect our health and health care:
- Epidemics: What caused the Ebola epidemic that has recently devastated Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia? Could many lives have been saved if the world reacted more quickly? Could an epidemic like that happen here?
- Vaccines: Are vaccines safe? Are vaccines effective at improving health? What are potential consequences of not vaccinating?
- Affordable Care Act: Is Obama Care better than what we had before, or worse? How does the U.S. health care system compare with health care in our sister nations of Canada and Mexico?
Human beings are very visual creatures, and the visual component of communication can often overwhelm its other dimensions. This class looks at a variety of ways that people and organizations use visual media to communicate and persuade, training students to make their own visual communication more effective. We will address questions such as: How can text and image be used together to tell a story? How can you illustrate an idea? What’s the difference between information and propaganda? Students will critique and create photographs, diagrams, info-graphics, illustrations, presentations, and video. Through this process, they will develop a greater understanding of the ways in which visual media are used to inform us and to manipulate us.
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, 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.
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.
ENGLISH 102 Topics
The Creative Process
This course will focus upon exploring the creative process through reading and writing in a variety of genres, including creative non-fiction, short fiction, poetry, and graphic novels. We will put an emphasis on imaginative approaches that combine creative expression with critical thought.
Students examine contemporary educational issues, including equality and access locally and nationally, while writing in a variety of modes. This course will not only focus on the most current issues extant in primary and secondary education, but on your own experience as a student (you should have quite a bit at this point!) and how that experience relates to the knowledge you gain about education throughout this course.
Imagination and Memory in the Works of JD Salinger
2015 marks one of literature’s greatest historical events: the publication of J.D. Salinger’s later writings, which have been kept in a secret vault since he left the publishing limelight in the 1960’s. The reclusive author of Catcher in the Rye died in 2010, and his will directed his literary estate to begin publishing the many books he wrote in isolation in rural New Hampshire five years after his death.
Our course will focus on the series of short stories he wrote about the Glass family, seven troubled child geniuses from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Focusing on the effects of the suicide of the eldest, saintlike sibling, Seymour, the essays written in our course will explore the role that imagination and memory play in shaping the adult lives of the remaining Glass siblings.
Philosophy in Literature
We’ll read novels and short stories from authors around the world who have tackled the big questions: Can we experience anything objectively? What is the best moral system? Do humans really have free will?
Featured authors will include Milan Kundera, Herman Hesse, Ayn Rand, Albert Camus, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Goerge Orwell, Philip K. Dick, Anthony Burgess, and Italo Calvino.
It’s After the End of the World (Don’t You Know That Yet?)
Students in this course will read, write about, and discuss contemporary poems, novels, short stories and films which consider the notion of environmental apocalypse. We’ll consider questions like “what effect does apocalyptic thinking have on the environmental imagination?” and “how does writing help us consider alternatives to current environmental crises?”