About the Program
Welcome to Foothill College’s Department of English, one of the largest, most diverse, and vibrant departments on campus, online, and in Silicon Valley. Our faculty are engaged in some of the most dynamic areas of literary studies, creative writing, and rhetoric and composition. Alongside our students, 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.
What you can do with a degree in English
- Writing & Editing
- Content Strategy & Development
- 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
Foothill College offers two English degrees, the Associate in Arts (AA) and the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT). 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.
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
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 Fall 2019. See the English course catalog for a full listing with descriptions and links to currently offered classes.
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 7: Native American Literature
Introduction to the history, development, and diversity of Native American literatures, from pre-contact civilizations to present-day tribal cultures. Readings in traditional creation myths, songs, and stories from a variety of tribal cultures; nineteenth and twentieth century autobiographical narratives; and significant works of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction prose by contemporary Native American authors. Emphasis on the specific religious, linguistic, historical, political and cultural context of Native American literary achievements. This course is offered online.
ENGL 8: Children's Literature
ENGL 18B: Gothic & Horror Literature
A survey of gothic and horror literature from its 18th-century beginnings to its 21st-century manifestations, including subgenres, such as haunted spaces, poltergeists, and demonic possession; werewolves and vampires; supernatural, psychological, religious, and "slasher" horror. Reading and analysis of multicultural texts contextualized historically and interculturally, with special attention to the aesthetics and psychologies of fear. This course is offered online.
ENGL 37: Science Fiction Literature
Introduction to the evolution of science fiction, emphasizing analysis of literature and artwork in or after the age of reason, exploring how new scientific insights and technologies hypothetically shape reality through: poems, short stories, novels, plays, film, comics, paintings, or other artistic expressions. Examine how the history and evolution of this distinct literary field has inspired many different modes of art and genres of literature. 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 is offered online.
ENGL 45A Survey of American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865
The first in a two-course sequence that surveys the history of American literature from its beginnings to the present. Students are introduced to works of American literature from its beginnings through the Civil War, focusing on the evolution of literary traditions, genres, cultural voices, and ecological landscapes within historical, philosophical, social, political, and aesthetic contexts. Special emphasis is placed on the contributions of diverse cultures in forging a distinctively American literature, landscape, and identity. This course is offered both online and in person.
ENGL45AH Survey of American Literature I: Beginnings to 1865 (Honors)
ENGL 47B: World Literature II
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 the seventeenth century to the present. 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 online.
Please Contact Me!
Amber La Piana, English, Department Chair
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