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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, English 209-110-1A-1S/1T, 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


Assessment Testing

Before enrolling in ENGL 110 or 1A or 1S-1T, students must take an assessment test.

If English is not your first language, ESLL courses may be more appropriate for you. We offer both credit and noncredit course.

To determine which sequence is more appropriate for you, see the English Assessment & Course Placement Guide on the  English Placement page.

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 a sampling of our literature courses. See the English course catalog for a full listing with descriptions and links to currently offered classes.

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.

ENGL 18A 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.

ENGL 22 Women Writers

An examination of the works of 19th and 20th Century multicultural women poets, novelists, dramatists, and essayists and their contribution to English and American literature.

ENGL 24 Unmasking Comics

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.






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Division Office Contacts

Office: Building 6400, Room 6406
Valerie Fong, Acting Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7250
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Division Administrative Assistant
Phone: 650.949.7250
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