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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 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


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 our literature courses being offered in Spring 2019. See the English course catalog for a full listing with descriptions and links to currently offered classes.

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

Students are introduced to short fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction narratives from the 19th through the 21st centuries by diverse writers with a focus on the evolution of literary traditions, genres, cultural perspectives, and ecological landscapes. Attention will be paid to historical, social, philosophical, political, and aesthetic contexts, among other critical lenses. This course is offered both online and face-to-face. 

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. This course is offered both online and face-to-face. 

ENGL 16: Introduction to Literature

Introduction to literary study through texts from a wide range of genres, including poetry, drama, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Focus on analytical reading and literary analysis, including effective use of critical theory and secondary source research. Intended for students desiring further development of literary analytical skills and literary appreciation. This course is offered both online and face-to-face. 


ENGL 5: LGTB Literature

ntroduction to the history and development of LGBT literature as a continuous theme in the development of mainstream literary traditions and, more recently, as a separate and distinct literary genre. Readings selected to 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 LGBT 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. This course is offered online. 



ENGL 40: Asian American Literature

Introduction to Asian American literature. Readings of 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 Asian American communities. This course is offered online. 


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. This course is offered online. 


ENGL 18: Vampire Literature

Survey of vampire literature across a variety of cultures. Discussion and analysis (both written and oral) of vampiric literary texts within various theoretical and historical contexts, including the gothic, the psychoanalytic, gender and sexuality, race and the "other," cultural studies, theories of corporeality. Emphasis on historical and cross-cultural analyses. This course is offered online. 

CRWR 6: Introduction 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. This course is offered online. 


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 diverse mix of cultures in the U.S. This course will be offered online, during the Second Spring Session (5/21-6/28).


ENGL 24: Unmasking Comics: The Dawn of the Graphic Novel

Introduction to the history of graphic communication, emphasizing the burgeoning and dynamic form of contemporary graphic narrative: from memoir writing, to crime fiction, to the superhero, to socio-political writing. Explore how the history and evolution of this distinct literary genre has made it a relevant form of expression for artists and writers across the world and how reading comics challenges traditional modes of reading. Because this form of storytelling is used by artists all over the world to express the human condition and specific socio-cultural insight, the course inspires world-wide cross cultural awareness. This course will be offered online, during the Second Spring Session (5/21-6/28).







Featured for Summer

English Literature Classes

All offered only online except when noted*

ENGL 8 Children Literaure • 4 Units

ENGL 37 Science Fiction Literature: Reimagineering Reality • 4 Units

ENGL 38 Literature of Protest • 4 Units

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