Course Classification Guide

Important Course Changes

There are two major course changes (effective Fall 2019) that will affect several students, including English majors, going forward. Many of our lower-division GE courses have been combined into one variable-topics course number: ENG 250. And many of our upper-division Global Literatures courses have been combined into another variable-topics course: ENG 640.

Both of these courses can be repeated for credit as long as you take different topics (no more than four times). You can also take multiple sections of the same course concurrently as long as they are different topics. The full list of the former course numbers can be found below.

Lower Division Literature Courses: 

ENG 250 (Variable Topics)

Former courses that are now a topic under ENG 250:

  • ENG 230 - Literature and Film
  • ENG 231 - Shakespeare on Film
  • ENG 240 - Heroes and Antiheroes in Literature
  • ENG 241 - The Good Life: Literature and the Pursuitof Happiness
  • ENG 250 - The Study of Literature
  • ENG 251 - The Lyric Poem in English
  • ENG 252 - The Novel in English
  • ENG 253 - Drama in English
  • ENG 254 - Masterworks of Literature in English
  • ENG 255 - Contemporary Literature 
  • ENG 258 - American Literature
  • ENG 259 - Introduction to Shakespeare
  • ENG 260 - Introduction to Science Fiction
  • ENG 261 - The Vampire Tradition
  • ENG 265 - Introduction to Global Literature in English
  • ENG 270 - Reading Videogames
  • ENG 280 - Popular Drama and Social Critique 
  • ENG 300 - Graphic Memoir and Biography

Literature Surveys:

ENG 460 and 461

ENG 462 will be offered one final semester in Fall of 2019 before being phased out.

Language Studies Courses:

ENG 420, 421, 422, 424, 425, 426, and 429

Global Literatures in English:

ENG 640 (Variable Topics):

Former courses that are now a topic under ENG 640:

ENG 380, ENG/CWL 451, 522, ENG/CWL 546, 565, 631, and 632

Theory and Criticism Courses:

ENG 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 610, 611, 612, 613, 614, and 615

Pre-1800 Courses:

ENG 501, 502, 503, 504, 508, 509, 510, 512, certain 550s, 570, 571, certain 580s and 690s, 583, 584, and 589

Former TPW Courses:

Former TPW Prefix Courses

Proposed English Prefix Courses

TWP 200: Writing Practices in Professional Contexts

ENG 200: Writing Practices in Professional Contexts

TPW 400 GW: Fundamentals of Technical and Professional Writing - GWAR

ENG 400GW: Fundamentals of Technical and Professional Writing - GWAR

TWP 470: Writing Professional Promotions

ENG 470: Writing Professional Promotions

TWP 480: Writing Technical Documentation

ENG 471: Writing Technical Documentation

TPW 490: Grantwriting

ENG 490: Grantwriting

TPW 550: Professional Editing

ENG 540: Professional Editing

TPW 555: Visual Rhetoric and Document Design

ENG 545: Visual Rhetoric and Document Design

TPW 585: Technical Writing Online

ENG 585: Technical Writing Online

TPW 600: Individual and Team Writing

ENG 618: Individual and Team Writing

TPW 695: Internship in Technical and Professional Writing

ENG 695: Internship in Technical and Professional Writing

Notes:

  • Not all courses listed above are offered during every semester. Also, some special topic courses not listed (e.g. 630) will satisfy requirements in particular categories. See the current class schedule and the department’s course descriptions on the bulletin board. If you are unsure, please consult an advisor.
  • Double-counting GE courses: English courses that fulfill GE requirements (e.g. 602) may be counted both for credit in the major/minor and in GE. The department follows the university policy that allows double-counting up to 12 units.
  • Pre-Credential candidates (prospective teachers of secondary English) should see a credential adviser or consult the list of courses for the Single Subject Program in English before choosing electives in the major.
  • Not all courses listed above will satisfy requirements for Pre-Credential candidates (prospective teachers of secondary English). Please see a credential advisor or consult the list of courses for the Single Subject Program in English.

Advising Checklists:

Under construction

Obtaining Classified Status

Students admitted with Conditionally Classified status normally obtain Classified status after Graduate Division reviews and approves the Advancement To Candidacy (ATC). Under certain circumstances, you may wish to obtain Classified status before filing the ATC. If you have met the conditions outlined in your Notice of Admission, contact your department office about the procedure for changing your status from Conditionally Classified to Classified. If your program requires you to provide evidence that you have met these conditions, bring proof of completion (such as a transcript) to the department office and ask that it be added to your file.

Semester Before Taking English 895

Submit your Advancement To Candidacy (ATC)

  • Use this form to describe how you will fulfill the requirements of your degree.
  • The Graduate Coordinator of the M.A. Composition Program will guide you through the process of preparing and submitting your ATC. Prepare the ATC form online before printing. If necessary, print out a blank copy and type in the information. If the form is handwritten, it will be rejected by Graduate Division.
  • Submit your ATC to the department office.

Submit your Proposal for Culminating Experience (CE) and your Protocol Approval Form (PAF)

  • The Graduate Coordinator of the M.A. Composition Program will guide you through the process of preparing and submitting both your Proposal and the paperwork related to obtaining Protocol Approval for conducting research with human subjects.
  • You will use the Proposal form "895: Thesis with Human/Animal Subjects"; include the title of your thesis and a brief abstract, and list the members of your thesis committee, all of whom must sign the form. Your "committee chair" is your first reader.
  • Prepare your Proposal form online before printing. If necessary, print out a blank copy and type in the information. If your Proposal is handwritten, it will be rejected by Graduate Division.
  • Submit your Proposal and your Protocol Approval paperwork to the department office.

Do you have questions about the ATC, Proposal for Culminating Experience, or Protocol Approval Form? Ask in your department office, consult with your advisor, or visit the Graduate Division website. Note that we prefer that you submit your ATC and Proposal forms and your Protocol Approval paperwork to the department office at the same time.

Semester of Graduation

Enroll in ENG 895

  • Your ENG 895 instructor will give you a permit number to use for adding the class online.

Apply for graduation

  • The deadline to apply for graduation is the 4th Friday of the semester.
  • The graduation application is available on the Division of Graduate Studies website.

Check your transcript

  • Complete any necessary paperwork to change Incomplete grades.

Submit your thesis to Graduate Division

When Graduation is Delayed

Re-apply for graduation

  • If you do not graduate during the semester in which you initially enrolled in 895, you must re-apply for graduation in the semester in which you will complete your requirements.

Maintain enrollment status

Students admitted before Fall 2008

  • If you do not submit your thesis by the deadline, your instructor will assign you a grade of ‘RP’ (report in progress).
  • You do not need to re-register for ENG 895 in subsequent semesters.
  • You do not need to pay fees for subsequent semesters.

Students admitted beginning Fall 2008

  • Graduate students who earn RP in ENG 895 have an additional “grace semester” after the posting of the RP grade to continue writing the thesis. To maintain current status during this grace semester, students do not have to pay fees or register for courses.
  • If students do not graduate at the end of the grace semester, they must enroll in a 0-unit Culminating Experience course via the College of Extended Learning for each subsequent semester.

Check your transcript

  • When you submit your thesis to your readers, you must also provide your 895 course instructor with a Petition for Grade Change.
  • Fill in your name, SF State ID#, and the semester of enrollment in ENG 895; your professor will note that the RP grade should be changed to CR and will submit the petition to the department.

Note your seven-year deadline.

If you do not graduate during the semester of your initial enrollment in your culminating experience course, we recommend that you remain mindful of your seven-year deadline. Your degree must be awarded within 7 years from the start of the term of the earliest course listed on your ATC. EXAMPLE: if the earliest course listed on your ATC was taken in the Spring 2008 semester, you must graduate no later than the January, 2015. Students whose deadline has expired must petition for an extension of the seven-year limit; such an extension may be granted only once.

For more information contact:
Department of English
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway
San Francisco, CA 94132
415/338-2660

Inquiries concerning admission to the university, application forms, the university Bulletin, financial aid, etc. should be addressed to:
Graduate Studies Division, ADM 250
San Francisco State University
16OO Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, California 94132.

Graduate Division

(415) 338-2234

SF State on the Internet

For access to the University Bulletin (catalog), Class Schedule, academic department web-sites, and other campus information, visit the SF State website.