Courses & Programs

English & Creative Writing

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

The HCC English Department offers associate degree options in English and Creative Writing.

If you love to read...

Consider the English Option, particularly if you intend to pursue a B.A. in English at a four-year institution. You'll study great works of literature – from a range of diverse sources – and you'll hone your analytical and critical skills. Click here for more info and a list of required courses. 

If you love to write...

Consider the Creative Writing Option, which transfers well into four-year programs in English, Creative Writing, or any Liberal Arts area. You'll explore fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays, and creative nonfiction. Students get to know each other easily in creative writing classes, and you don't have to be in the degree option to take them. Everyone is welcome. Click here for more info on the program, the Creative Writing Club, and our literary magazine, Pulp City.


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.