CJC E-News
* Email  

Sign Up

 

Support The CJC

Support The CJC

Invest in our commitment to providing the highest quality music education, diversifying our student body, and growing the jazz audience.

 

DONATE

 

English Communication

Students are required to take a total of 6 credits in English Communication: 3 credits of English Composition and 3 credits of English Literature. The following courses fulfill the CJC English Communication General Studies requirements and are offered at the CJC:

ENGLISH COMPOSITION

ENG100
The Essay
English Composition Requirement / Elective
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
Focusing on writing style, sentence structure and grammar, a course in effective expository writing and critical thinking that covers structure and function of the essay (non-fiction prose) as a literary form. Students read exemplary essays about music, the entertainment industry, visual art and culture, and write analytical arguments, music reviews, manifestoes and revisions to gain the tools they need to express their personal perspec- tives, experiences and ideas.

ENG102
The Biography and Autobiography
English Composition Requirement / Elective
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
A writing intensive that covers structure and function of the biography and autobiography as literary forms. Considerations include strategy, research and documentation along with an examination of the structure and conventions of writing “a life.” Using key biographies and autobiographies of jazz musicians as models, students write a biography of a jazz musician of their choosing or their autobiography.

ENG103
Practical Rhetoric:
Writing to Describe, Persuade, Argue
English Composition Requirement / Elective
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
A course focusing on developing practical writing, reading, and critical-thinking skills by addressing the rhetoric of argument. Topics include: Aristotle’s description of the various means of persuasion in The Art of Rhetoric; famous political speeches that deploy rhetorical strategies; analyses of music that makes a social commentary; how to write skillful program notes to accompany a piece of music in performance; how to critique a piece of music; and how to write autobiographically in a way that represents students’ personal skills and achievements both positively and accurately.

ENGLISH LITERATURE

ENG105
Poetry of Jazz; Jazz of Poetry
English Literature Requirement / Elective
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
Beginning with the lyrics of work songs, gospel and blues, and continuing through the Harlem Renaissance, pre- and post- World War II, bebop and the Beats, modern and postmodern, and the “NOW,” jazz poetry has rhythmic and lyrical styles nurtured by the music and its players. This extensive range of poetic and jazz aesthetics is studied through the voices of Bessie Smith, Willie Dixon, Langston Hughes, Jack Kerouac, Michael McClure, Al Young, Michael S. Harper, Jayne Cortez, Ishmael Reed, Billy Collins, Quincy Troupe, et al. In depth readings and analysis, as well as historical and musical context are emphasized and explored.

ENG110
Introduction to Shakespeare: From Plays to Works
English Literature Requirement / Elective
3 credits, 3 hours lecture
A course examining three selected Shakespeare plays and poetry such as Twelfth Night, Othello, the Sonnets, and King Lear with an emphasis on historical context — from the Renaissance to the present. The shift from Shakespeare’s theatre as raw commercial entertainment to its status today as preeminent drama is analogous to the evolution of jazz as early twentieth century entertainment found in brothels, bars and dance halls, to its status today as a serious art form. Working in seminar format, students consider problems of poetry, character and performance and attend a live performance of one of the plays, schedule permitting.

BERKELEY CITY COLLEGE COURSES

The following suggested courses also fulfill the CJC English Composition General Studies requirement and have been approved for transfer from Berkeley City College. Please note: Additional courses of interest may be approved on a case-by- case basis. For Berkeley City College course descriptions and class schedules, please visit berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/programs/class-schedules-and-catalogs/.

ENGL 1A, 1B Composition and Reading (4 credits)

ENGL 5 Critical Thinking in Reading and Writing (3 credits)

ENGL 100 College Composition and Reading (3 credits)

The following suggested courses also fulfill the CJC English Literature General Studies requirement and have been approved for transfer from Berkeley City College. Please note: Additional courses of interest may be approved on a case- by-case basis. For Berkeley City College course descriptions and class schedules, please visit berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/programs/ class-schedules-and-catalogs/.

ENGL 50 Multicultural American Literature (3 credits)

ENGL 85A Literature in English through Milton (4 credits)

ENGL 85B Literature in English: Late 17th through Mid 19th Century (4 credits)

HISTORY 47 Critical Thinking in History (3 credits)

 

CJC Catalog
The Word

“This school is truly a blessing. You aren’t just taught by professional teachers who play music, you’re taught by professional musicians who teach!”

— Dylan Habegger, CJC Student
Stellar Jam Japan