The English program provides a breadth of course work designed to improve reading, writing, listening, speaking, and critical thinking skills. Reading courses focus on academic reading and study skills. The English Language Acquisition (ELAC) program offers four levels of academic English instruction including reading, writing, grammar, listening, and speaking for students who have been primarily educated outside of the United States in a language other than English. Writing classes range from developmental writing to transfer-level courses in reading and composition, composition and literature, and intermediate composition and critical thinking, as well as a two-semester sequence in creative writing. Literature offerings include an introductory course and specialized courses such as British and American Literature and women in literature. Humanities courses explore cultural achievements of world civilizations. English department courses meet English Composition requirements for the associate degree and for University of California, and California State University, Communications in the English Language and Critical Thinking requirements. Literature courses may also meet general education, humanities, multicultural studies requirements and preparation for transfer.


The English major at the lower-division level emphasizes learning to read more critically and to write more effectively using strategies of narration, exposition and argument. The English major primarily serves students transferring to colleges and universities where the focus is on academic writing, research and criticism.

If you have any questions about our program or would like additional information, please contact the English Department Chairs: Professor Nadia Mandilawi ( or Professor Trissy McGhee (


Most careers require education beyond the associate degree. Strong linguistic, analytical and imaginative skills developed in English help to prepare students for employment in many fields including law, education, communications, governmental affairs or business.


Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Read and comprehend texts, recognize author strategies, purpose, perspective and argument, and use critical thinking to evaluate a variety of writing.
  • Organize ideas and information and express them clearly and effectively in writing for both academic and workplace contexts for different communicative purposes.
  • Apply appropriate research strategies and citation formats.
  • Describe, explain and analyze multiple perspectives on issues in ways that demonstrate global awareness and appreciation of diversity in its many manifestations.
  • Apply strategies both inside and outside the classroom that reflect an understanding of the reading and writing processes in order to become life-long learners, critical thinkers, and active citizens.

Students will be assessed through a combination of evaluations which may include projects, written assignments, presentations, tests, quizzes, and group or collaborative activities.


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