Courses & Programs

English & Creative Writing

The HCC English Department offers associate degree options in literature and creative writing.

If you love to read, you may want to pursue the English option, particularly if you intend to pursue a B.A. in English at a four-year institution.  In this option, you'll study great works of literature - from a range of diverse sources - and hone your analytical and critical skills.  Click on the links provided on this page for more information and a list of required courses. If you love to write, you should consider the Creative Writing option, where you'll be immersed in he study of writing fiction, poetry, drama, screen plays, and creative nonfiction.  Click on the link for Creative Writing to learn more about the program, as well as opportunities to be involved with the Creative Writing Club and our literary magazine, Pulp City. Can't decide?  If you don't want to commit to taking the required courses in either option, you can always do the more conventional A.A. in Liberal Arts and then take only the literature and creative writing courses you're most interested in. 


HCC students have a great opportunity to learn more through the merging of college and community resources."

HCC English professor Lisa Mahon

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    creative writing showcase

    Special events are held throughout the year for English and Creative Writing students to showcase their work and push their boundaries.

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    themed semesters

    HCC partnered with public libraries in Holyoke, Northampton, Florence, Easthampton, Southampton, and Westhampton this spring to take a semester-long look at prison life in America.

    Orange is New Black

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    build skills

    Build skills in writing, reading, analysis, and critical thinking – and then take it to the next level.