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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

Spring 2023 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 5: Loud & Queer: Literature of Sexual/Gender Identity

Literary exploration of genders and sexualities across different historical periods, geopolitical spaces, and cultural practices within the queer literary tradition. Readings and other works reflecting intersectional approaches to sexuality, race, ethnicity, gender, nation, class, ability, and religion. Critical analysis of fiction, poetry, other texts and performance pieces of queer scholars, writers, and artists through socio-historical contexts, as well as queer, postcolonial, gender, and critical race theories, towards an understanding of diverse, lived queer experiences. 

ENGL 10: Literature & The Environment

Study of literature from an environmental perspective. Analysis of texts across time, place, and space to explore the relationship between nature and culture, the human and non-human. Examination of how literature reflects, shapes, and constructs perceptions of built and natural environments. Emphasis on intersections between literature, activism, and environmental justice from the perspectives of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, dis/ability, citizenship, geography, and species. 

ENGL 31: Latino/A Literature

Reading and discussion of Latino/a literature and its relationship to social issues and identity politics of Latinos/as. Critical examination of fiction, poetry, essays, and drama by and about the Latino/a communities, including those of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Caribbean, and South and Central American descent. 

ENGL 45B: Survey of American Literature II: 1865 to the Present

This course introduces students to multicultural American Literature from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to the present, 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 role of diverse writers in redefining the nature of American literature from the late nineteenth century through the 21st century, and thereby reshaping American national identity as the United States becomes a global superpower. 


CRWR 41A: Poetry Writing

Explicit instruction and practice in writing poetry. Assignments include reading, analyzing and responding to published and student work and writing original work. 

CRWR 41B: Advanced Poetry Writing

Explicit instruction and practice in reading and writing poetry at an advanced level. Assignments include reading, analyzing and responding to published and student work and writing original work. Class presentation and workshop leadership required. 

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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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