English & Literature

Composition, Creative Writing, Literature and Reading

Our Mission

The mission of the English Department is to help prepare students to be “major” ready through effective use of written & verbal communication and to provide the necessary skills for students to be successful in their college career and beyond. The literature classes we offer fulfill part of the Humanities requirement for the Associate in Arts & Sciences Degree, as well as potential electives.

By studying English, you will learn to read closely and think critically. You will gain an appreciation of literature through exposure to a broad range of ideas and learning styles that will help you learn about yourself as well as the world around you.

Why Study English?

The department offers a variety of specialty courses for our students, reflecting our concern for student success and our awareness of the diversity of our student population. From learning communities, hybrid courses to literature and composition pilot studies, investigate below to see what unique courses we offer.

Our writing courses span the range from developmental writing, expository, research, and work-related writing to creative writing with English 101, English 102 or English 235 fulfilling requirements for the Associate in Arts & Sciences Degree.

“It's in literature that true life can be found. It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.”

Gao Xingjian

Composition

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CBC’s English composition courses will allow you to prepare for meaningful writing experiences throughout your education and in your career.

College-level composition classes such as English 101 and English 102, which are required for a variety of programs and degrees, will provide you with a foundation in source-based writing, argumentation and research. While our technical writing courses (English 103, English 235, English 315, English 410) can teach you how to write on the job and compose in a variety of genres and formats.

Developmental composition classes provide a writing-intensive environment and the support you need to develop the writing skills that will help you succeed in a college environment.

All of our composition courses feature small class sizes to allow for the increased teacher-to-student interaction needed to help students succeed.

Literature and Creative Writing

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Literature and Creative Writing courses are not just for English majors--in fact, these courses are great places to learn about history, psychology, anthropology, sociology and philosophy, among other subjects--as well as to join with the greatest minds this world has to offer to explore the purpose and complexity of life.

Our literature courses will help you hone your analytical and close reading skills, while familiarizing you with influential works of writing that have both shaped and reflected the complex history of humanity. Including a wide survey of literature courses spanning various ages and continents.

In our Creative Writing classes, learn how to tell your own stories and express powerful ideas through the magic of poetry. Join with our passionate faculty and other student writers as you explore the greatest written works of the ages and learn to compose your own.

Careers in English and Literature

Courses taught in English and Literature can serve as a foundation for many degrees and/or careers.

  • Writing

    Copywriter, technical writer, grant writer and content writer.

  • Journalism

    Reporter, public relations specialist, social media specialist and content marketer.

  • Law & Politics

    Lawyer, government worker, public interest advocate and consultant.

  • Education

    Elementary teacher, high school teacher and college professor.

Full-Time Faculty

Our department and faculty are very passionate about what we do and are constantly studying and reflecting on how to better serve our students while also remaining current in our fields. Explore below to see the wide array of research interests, specialties, and creative work our faculty is actively engaged in and to find out more about the many workshop offerings our department has for students throughout the year.

 

Courses Taught: English Composition and Technical Writing

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Courses Taught: Creative Writing, English Composition and Writing Prep

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Courses Taught: American Literature, English Composition and Writing Prep

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Courses Taught: English Composition and Writing for Health Professionals

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Courses Taught: English Composition and Writing Prep

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Courses Taught: American Literature, English Composition and Intro to Literature

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Courses Taught: College Reading Skills, Grammar Skills, Reading Skills, Vocabulary Skills and Writing Prep

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Courses Taught: English Composition

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Courses Taught: English Composition, Intro to Literature and Writing Prep

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Adjunct Faculty

Courses Taught: English Composition and Writing Prep

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