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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.

Visit our academic department and program websites listed below for course catalog, degree & certificate and class schedule information.


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

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 Writing & Language 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

We're Here to Help!

Sheherazade Arasnia,  Language Arts Division

Room 6406

Winter Office Hours

Monday-Tuesday: 8-4:30 p.m.

Division Office Contacts

Valerie Fong, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7135

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

See Faculty & Staff Directory