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About the Program

Welcome to the Department of English at Foothill College, where 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.

"Reading and writing mean being aware of the writer's notions of risk and safety, the serene achievement of, or sweaty fight for, meaning and response-ability." Toni Morrision


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

View list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.

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. 

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Associate in Arts for Transfer

Associate in Arts

Fall 2022 Featured Courses in  Literature and Creative Writing

In addition to our core English 1A, English 1B, and English 1C courses in a range of modalities, we are offering a selection of compelling literature courses, all offered entirely online asynchronous, and Intro to Creative Writing, offered online hybrid asynchronous with one weekly meeting in Zoom.

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


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; asynchronous online)

ENGL 11: Introduction to Poetry

Students will be introduced to the forms, techniques, meanings, and history of poetry. Because poetry since the mid-nineteenth century has turned internationally toward a more communicative and social form of literary expression, emphasis relies on modern examples in English and translation to develop the student's ability to read, understand, and evaluate a poem in the context of the modern world.

ENGL 40: Asian American Literature

Introduction to Asian American literature. Readings in 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 cultures within the Asian American community.

ENGL 43A: Survey of British Literature I

A survey of literature spanning the earliest Old English texts, Middle English period, Early Modern period through Neoclassicism, including early writers of the British colonies. Texts discussed and analyzed within historical, sociocultural, philosophical, political, legal, and aesthetic contexts, integrating theories of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, socioeconomic class and labor, slavery, colonialism and immigration, religion/spirituality, and ability.


CRWR 6: Intro to Creative Writing

Explicit instruction and practice in writing poetry and short fiction. Assignments include reading, analyzing and responding to published and student work and writing original work. Analysis of public readings and/or interviews with writers.

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Please Contact Me!

Jordana Griffiths, English, Department Chair

Division Office Contacts

Valerie Fong, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7135
Language Arts Division


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