Courses & Programs

English

The English option is designed for students who wish to broaden and deepen their love of literature while earning an associate's degree in liberal arts.

Fred Cooksey

Chair, English

Arts and Humanities

Donahue 385

413.552.2538 (Tel)


What will you learn?

The English option is designed for students who wish to broaden and deepen their love of literature while earning an associate's degree in liberal arts. Students who pursue the English option will discover important literary works in a variety of voices, genres, and styles while gaining valuable skills in critical thinking and effective communication. The English option provides transfer students with a strong academic foundation, enabling them to pursue a bachelor's degree in English or numerous other disciplines.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

By completing the English option in Liberal Arts, students will: 

  • become familiar with major authors, genres, styles, and movements 
  • understand a range of literary issues in historical, social, political, and cultural contexts
  • develop close reading and critical thinking skills
  • develop a clear academic writing style
  • develop strong research skills
  • expand knowledge and understanding of human condition and culture
  • become familiar with common critical approaches to literature

What will you do?

This degree prepares students for transfer and provides a strong academic foundation for the pursuit of a bachelor's degree in English or numerous other disciplines. To explore your options, visit HCC's Advising, Career & Transfer Center.

60 total credits

35-36 credits General Education Requirements + 21 credits Program Requirements

Depending on course selection, approximately 50% of this program may be completed online.


General Education Requirements

35-36 CREDITS
This course is the first half of the college composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, beginning research skills, and the writing process. Students will read, analyze, and cite a range of nonfiction texts. Students will produce several formal essays totaling approximately 3000 words. Prerequisite: Appropriate scores on English placement tests or C- or higher in ENG 095.
This course is the second half of the first-year composition sequence and focuses on close reading, critical thinking, academic writing, research, and the writing process. Students will locate and evaluate both primary and secondary sources, and will gain skill in summarizing and synthesizing source material while employing MLA documentation. Texts will include a range of nonfiction (articles, essays, scholarly sources) and literary works. Students will produce at least 3000 words of formal written work, including a documented essay of at least 1250 words. Prerequisite: ENG 101 with a grade of C-or higher.
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
Select from the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 103, ANT 110, ANT 114, ANT 120, ANT 130, ANT 150, ANT 250, COM 212, CRJ 110, CRJ 117, CRJ 200, CRJ 208, CRJ 209, CRJ 210, CRJ 217, ECN 100, ECN 101, ECN 102, ECN 104, ECN 105, ECN 120, ECN150, ECN 250, GEO 110, GRT 110, HON 206, HSV 120, HSV 205, HSV 208, HSV 212, HSV 226, HSV 230, LAW 215, POL 101, POL 110, POL 120, POL 125, POL 126, POL 140, POL 150, POL 230, PSY 110, PSY 202, PSY 203, PSY 210, PSY 215, PSY 216, PSY 217, PSY 218, PSY 220, PSY 222, PSY 224, PSY 225, PSY 226, PSY 230, PSY 233, PSY 240, PSY 242, PSY 250, PSY 260, PSY 265, PSY 270, SOC 110, SOC 130, SOC 150, SOC 204, SOC 208, SOC 213, SOC 214, SOC 215, SOC 216, SOC 220, SOC 240, SOC250, SSN 120, SSN 230, WST 100, WST 215, WST 217
This course may focus chronologically on such American writers as Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson; or, it may be organized thematically on topics such as Puritan religious tradition (Bradford, Edwards, Hawthorne, Dickinson); attitudes toward the natural world (Cooper, Thoreau, Emerson); dissonant voices (Stowe, Thoreau, Twain, Whitman, Jacobs); or liberation and limitation (Jefferson, Douglas, Jacobs, Melville). Prerequisite: ENG 102
This course may focus chronologically on such American writers as Eliot, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, and O'Neill; or, it may be organized thematically on topics such as the city in literature (Yezierska, Wharton, Dreiser, Crane, James); pioneers and immigrants (Cather, Rolvaag, Curran, Mangione); small town (Anderson, Robinson, Lewis, Cheever, Carver); dissonant voices (Baldwin, Kerouac, Cummings, Miller, Eliot); or Southern voices (Faulkner, Glasgow, O'Connor, Williams, Mason, Gaines). Prerequisite: ENG 102
Select from any Math (D) course with a MTH prefix.
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216
Laboratory Science [E] ElectivesAST 110, AST 140, BIO 101, BIO 102, BIO 106, BIO 107, BIO 108, BIO 110, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 120, BIO 130, BIO 215, BIO 217, BIO 218, BIO 222, BIO 223, BIO 229, BIO 230, BIO 243, CHM 101, CHM 102, CHM 113, CHM 114, CHM 121, CHM 124, CHM 221, CHM 222, CHM 224, EGR 110, EGR 111, ESC 110, ESC 111, ESC 115, ESC 120, ESC 130, ENV 120, ENV 124, ENV 137, ENV 138, ENV 140, ENV 253, FRS 100, FRS 101, FRS 110, FRS 201, PHS 101, PHS 102, PHS 111, PHS 112, PHS 201, SEM 110, SEM 111, SEM 116, SEM 130, SUS 101, SUS 102, SUS 103, SUS 116, SUS 216

Program Requirements

21 CREDITS
Students choose an elective from the areas of Social Science, Math/Science, and/or Humanities. The following qualify as Arts and Science Electives: Social Sciences - ANT, DVD, ECN, GEO, GRT, HSV, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSN, WST; Humanities - ART, ASL, COM, DFS, ESL, ENG, FRH, GER, HIS, HON, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, THE; Lab Sciences - AST, BIO, CHM, FRS, PHS, EGR, ENV, ESC, SEM, SUS; Miscellaneous - ENV, MTH
Students choose an elective from the areas of Social Science, Math/Science, and/or Humanities. The following qualify as Arts and Science Electives: Social Sciences - ANT, DVD, ECN, GEO, GRT, HSV, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSN, WST; Humanities - ART, ASL, COM, DFS, ESL, ENG, FRH, GER, HIS, HON, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, THE; Lab Sciences - AST, BIO, CHM, FRS, PHS, EGR, ENV, ESC, SEM, SUS; Miscellaneous - ENV, MTH
Students choose an elective from the areas of Social Science, Math/Science, and/or Humanities. The following qualify as Arts and Science Electives: Social Sciences - ANT, DVD, ECN, GEO, GRT, HSV, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSN, WST; Humanities - ART, ASL, COM, DFS, ESL, ENG, FRH, GER, HIS, HON, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, THE; Lab Sciences - AST, BIO, CHM, FRS, PHS, EGR, ENV, ESC, SEM, SUS; Miscellaneous - ENV, MTH
Students choose an elective from the areas of Social Science, Math/Science, and/or Humanities. The following qualify as Arts and Science Electives: Social Sciences - ANT, DVD, ECN, GEO, GRT, HSV, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSN, WST; Humanities - ART, ASL, COM, DFS, ESL, ENG, FRH, GER, HIS, HON, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, THE; Lab Sciences - AST, BIO, CHM, FRS, PHS, EGR, ENV, ESC, SEM, SUS; Miscellaneous - ENV, MTH
Students choose an elective from the areas of Social Science, Math/Science, and/or Humanities. The following qualify as Arts and Science Electives: Social Sciences - ANT, DVD, ECN, GEO, GRT, HSV, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, SSN, WST; Humanities - ART, ASL, COM, DFS, ESL, ENG, FRH, GER, HIS, HON, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, THE; Lab Sciences - AST, BIO, CHM, FRS, PHS, EGR, ENV, ESC, SEM, SUS; Miscellaneous - ENV, MTH

ELECTIVES

3-6 CREDITS

CREDITS: 3-6

Choose any course(s) in the college catalog.


Recommended Arts and Science courses: ENG 113, ENG 217, ENG 227, ENG 231, and ENG 232.