This program is designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) or a University of California (UC) with a major in English. Do you dream of having dinner with Sylvia Plath and James Baldwin? of having drinks with Ernest Hemingway and Sandra Cisneros? or of going dancing with Kendrick Lamar, Maya Angelou, and William Shakespeare? Do you smile with pleasure at hearing a well-turned phrase in a favorite song? Do you love to play with language, to bend it using irony or humor? Do you love to read — to become other people, to see the world through more sensitive, more articulate and shrewder eyes? Consider English! English offers courses that sharpen your skills in close reading, critical thinking, and clear communication, while sparking creativity to solve real-world problems. English prepares you for a fulfilling career in law, teaching, writing, journalism, advertising, broadcasting, screenwriting, business, government, and more.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity and historical perspectives through the study of the written word in order to foster an appreciation of the world in which we live.
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of major literary movements, themes, genres, as well as a sensitivity to and a grasp of the nuances of language.
- Become self-reliant, evaluative readers and writers, able to think critically and communicate effectively in academic and workplace settings.
- Effectively and ethically apply genre specific rhetorical strategies based on purpose and audience in their speech, print, and electronic media.
- Collaborate civilly, respectfully, and thoughtfully with other students, their instructors, and communities of diverse cultures and backgrounds to develop skills for success in college and the workplace.
- Develop intellectual curiosity through the integration of reading and writing. Students will find, evaluate, and appropriately cite information; think, reason, and reflect critically; generate questions and explore ideas; and analyze and synthesize information.