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About the Program

Welcome to Foothill College’s Department of English, one of the largest, most diverse, and vibrant departments on campus and online. Alongside our students, we read, write, and think critically about a variety of local, regional, national, and global texts and contexts. Through carefully designed courses of study, students are invited to engage with texts that reflect a range of cultural perspectives.

The English Department empowers students by facilitating their understanding and use of language and other media as we support their academic, career-related, and personal endeavors.

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


What you can do with a degree in English

  • Writing & Editing
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Content Strategy & Development
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Nonprofits
  • Business Development
  • And so much more!

Why Study English?

The English Major prepares students for a range of careers and disciplines. An English degree enhances students' critical reading, writing, and thinking skills and offers a breadth of cultural and historical knowledge through the study and creation of diverse texts.

Degree & Program Types

Foothill College offers two English degrees. The ADT prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions. Students who complete the ADT in English are ensured preferential transfer status to any California State University (CSU) as an English major. 

Make a selection to view degree requirements:

Course Schedule 2020–2021

Most English Department literature courses are offered only once per year or every other year. 

View Planned Literature and Creative Writing Courses for 2020-2021

The Foothill English department will offer the following literature and creative writing courses in the 2020-21 academic year in addition to our core English 1A, 1S/T, 1B, and 1C courses,

Many of our literature courses meet Area I GE in Humanities and meet the requirements for an AA and AD-T in English.

Visit with a counselor for more information and help in determining your educational plan.

See the English course catalog for a full listing of courses  with descriptions.

FALL 2020 WINTER 2021 SPRING 2021
ENGL 43A and ENGL43AH: British Literature I ENGL43B and ENGL43BH: British Literature II ENGL 47A: World Literature I
ENGL 16: Intro to Literature ENGL 17: Intro to Shakespeare ENGL 11: Intro to Poetry
CRWR 6: Intro to Creative Writing CRWR 39A: Intro to Short Fiction ENGL 8: Children’s Literature
ENGL 31: Latinx Literature ENGL34C: Literature into Film ENGL 5: LGBTQ Literature
ENGL 7: Native American Literature ENGL 12: African American Literature ENGL 40: Asian American Literature
ENGL 8: Children’s Literature ENGL 22: Women Writers CRWR 25A: Poetry in Community
ENGL 18: Gothic and Horror Literature    ENGL 80: Intro to Travel Literature
ENGL 37: Sci-Fi Literature




Spring 2021 Courses

Please check current schedule of classes for days and times and any changes or cancellations. All sections will be held online. 

ENGL 5: LGTBQ Literature

Introduction to the history and development of LGBTQ literature as a continuous theme in the development of mainstream literary traditions and, more recently, as a separate and distinct literary genre. Readings represent a variety of historical periods and contrasting societal attitudes toward same-sex relationships and queer gender identities, ranging from ancient Greek and Roman texts to contemporary American poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction prose. Emphasis on the emergence of contemporary LGBTQ literatures and identities in the United States in the twentieth century within the broader context of on-going class, race, gender, religious, political, and aesthetic debates. (4 units)


ENGL 8: Children's Literature

A survey of children's literature from many periods and cultures, including classics, picture books, folktales, fairy tales, biography, poetry, fantasy, and fiction. Emphasis on the ideas, didactic and sociological, reflecting relationships among cultures in America included in books usually read by children. Special emphasis on books that explore the cross-cultural influences of our shared oral tradition and folklore, as well as the issues arising from a diversity of U.S. cultures. (4 units)


ENGL 11: Intro to Poetry

 An introduction to the forms, techniques, meanings, and history of poetry. Because poetry, since the mid-nineteenth century, has turned intentionally toward a more communictive social form of literary expression, the course emphasizes more modern examples in English and translation for developing the ability to read, understand, and evaluate a poem in the context of the modern world.  (4 units)

ENGL 40: Asian American Literature

Emphasis on  20th century works, with an emphasis on three relevant themes: problems of identity as they relate to class, gender, mixed heritages, and sexuality; politics and the history of Asian American activism and resistance; and diversity of Asian American cultures. (4 units)


ENGL 47A: World Literature I

A comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and other areas, from antiquity through the seventeenth century. A cross-cultural examination of global literatures within broader historical, cultural, political, and social frameworks, including the contexts of class, race and ethnicity, gender, religion, and aesthetics. (5 units)

CRWR 25A: Poetry in Community

Contemporary local poets guest lecture and engage in conversation with students about process, poetics, and approach to publishing. Emphasis on ways poetry has historically created community to honor and maintain cultural knowledge and to complicate single narratives. Special emphasis on integrated reading and writing for literary analysis, including reflective and creative stylistic emulation of poets studied. Focus on sharing new work through organizing community reading and publishing class anthology. (5 units)


ENGL 80: Intro to Travel Literature

Students will focus on recognizing, evaluating, and producing the characteristics of travel writing in a range of travel writing genres. Practice in skills of observation, research, and reflection to understand aspects of place and draw meaning from travel experiences. Recognition and evaluation of publishing options. (4 units)


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Please Contact Me!

Amber La Piana, English, Department Chair

Division Office Contacts

Valerie Fong, Interm Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7135
To meet with the dean, contact the Student & Faculty Support Center.
Language Arts Division


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