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About the Program

The English Department offers a variety of courses designed to improve and enhance reading, writing, communication, and critical thinking skills. Most reading and composition courses, English 209-110-1A-1S/1T, are offered every quarter.

Literature courses are usually offered once a year or every other year according to the schedule below.

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be who we know we could be. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Assessment Testing

Before enrolling in ENGL 110 or 1A or 1S-1T, students must take an assessment test.

If English is not your first language, ESLL courses may be more appropriate for you. We offer both credit and noncredit course.

To determine which sequence is more appropriate for you, see the English Assessment & Course Placement Guide on the  English Placement page.

Earn an AA or ADT in English

An Associates Arts in English (AA) prepares students for careers in law, teaching, journalism, communication and business administration.

Most careers require strong skills in writing and reading. An English degree provides students these skills, along with a breadth of cultural and historical know through the study of inspiring literature.

The major in English is excellent preparation for careers in law, teaching, advertising, journalism, communications and business administration. Most positions in modern institutions and industries require excellent skills in writing and reading. This major provides students with those skills along with a breadth of cultural and historical knowledge through the study of great literature.

The ADT in English is design to prepare students to transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the ADT in English will be ensured preferential transfer status to a CSU as an English Major.


What you can do with a degree in English

  • Professor
  • Academic librarian
  • Public administration
  • Marketing executive
  • Information officer
  • PPC specialist

Degree & Program Types

Check out this list for a quick view of our English programs. For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Arts Degree

  • English

Associate Degree for Transfer


Most of the English Department's literature courses are offered only once per year or every other year.

Please check current schedule of classes for days and times and any changes or cancellations.

Check out a sampling of our literature courses. See the English course catalog for a full listing with descriptions and links to currently offered classes.

ENGL 12 African American Literature

Explore literature by African Americans from the 19th through 21st centuries with a focus on literary, social, cultural, and political concerns and the consideration of literature as a site of resistance. Students will engage with a number of genres, including slave narratives, poetry, drama, fiction, and essays.

ENGL 17 Introduction to Shakespeare

Read Shakespeare's poetry and plays and become familiar with literary terminology and concepts, as well as a variety of critical lenses. Students will read tragedies, comedies, romance, history, and sonnets. 

ENGL 22 Women Writers

An examination of the works of 19th and 20th Century multicultural women poets, novelists, dramatists, and essayists and their contribution to English and American literature.

ENGL 34C Literature into Film

Examine the ways great world literature has been adapted for the modern day movie going audience, from one medium to the other - from text to film or television series. Consider how film makers adapt literature to film and the conventions of each medium, and how film and literature may evoke similar or different meanings in a variety of historical, cultural and other contexts.


ENGL 43 Survey of British Literature II

Explore British Literature from the late 1700s through today with consideration to historical, sociopolitical, philisophical, and aesthetic concerns. This course will cover the Romantic and Victorian Periods, Modernism and Postmodernism, and beyond. 

ENGL 45A Survey of American Literature I

 Students will be introduced to works of American literature from its beginnings through the Civil War, focusing on the evolution of literary traditions, genres, cultural voices, and ecological landscapes within historical, philosophical, social, political, and aesthetic contexts. Special emphasis on the contributions of diverse cultures in forging a distinctively American literature, landscape, and identity.








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