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Language Arts Division

About Our Division

The Language Arts Division is dedicated to developing the reading, writing, communication and critical thinking skills necessary for students to succeed in their academic classes and in the workplace; fostering global understanding and an appreciation for diverse cultures; and promoting in students a deeper understanding of themselves and others through literature.

The division has four course-specific departments, and four support programs. Students can earn academic degrees and certificates and enroll in specially offered classes, which are announced each quarter.

Language Arts Academic Departments

Ongoing Enrichment Programs

English Summer Bridge: Prepare yourself for your first college English course by improving your reading, writing, grammar and study skills. Learn more

First Year Experience (FYE): One-year learning community that provides first-year college students the resources and support needed to successfully transition to college. Learn more

Puente: a national award-winning program that has helped thousands of students reach their dreams of college success. Learn more

Umoja Scholars: a learning community program with emphasis on African American literature and writers. Learn more

The Teaching & Learning Center: provides free one-on-one tutoring sessions for any class, as well as offering workshops on reading, writing, grammar and conversation. Learn more

Library & Learning Resources

6000 Building

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Building 6400, Room 6406

Division Office Contacts

Office: Building 6400, Room 6406
Valerie Fong, Interim Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7250
Melia Arken
Division Assistant
Phone: 650.949.7250
Office Hours
M-Th 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
F 7:30 a.m.-1.30 p.m.

Contact individual faculty members for office hours and specific course information.

See Faculty & Staff Directory