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English

Quick Facts

  • Courses:
    • Core Curriculum Requirements:
      • Communication—Composition
      • Language, Culture & Philosophy
    • Degree & certificate plan requirements
  • Courses are offered at: all campuses

Summary

You may ask, "If I'm not going to be a writer when I graduate, why do I have to take an English class?"

We all write more than we realize, and we are surrounded by writing and communication. Knowing how to write well, analyze the world around you, and think critically will help you in school, at work, and in life in general.

Most jobs require not only computer skills but also writing skills. Becoming a better writer will help you in whatever career you choose.

Reasons to Study English 

English courses teach you how to:

  • Express ideas and opinions in written form
  • Develop and organize ideas and information
  • Understand how writing differs according to the writer’s audience, purpose and genre
  • Conduct research and document correctly
  • Write more effectively for other college courses
  • Understand the pleasure and power of writing, literature, language and communication
  • Develop empathy for fellow human beings

Options: Types of English Courses

Composition

Learn how to become a better reader, writer and thinker.

You will learn how to:

  • Organize ideas and information
  • Format written work
  • Conduct research and cite sources
  • Write and communicate more clearly
  • Analyze texts and media
  • Apply rhetorical strategies

Literature

Learn how to read, analyze, and discover the cultural significance of literature.

You will study several genres in American, British and world literature courses, including:

  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Novels
  • Plays
  • Screenplays
  • Non-fiction

Creative Writing

Learn how to create original work by studying how authors use scenes, imagery, dialogue, and other tools.

Your projects might include:

  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Novels
  • Plays
  • Screenplays
  • Creative non-fiction

Technical Writing

Learn to produce a variety of professional and business documents, including:

  • Letters
  • Memos
  • Emails
  • Reports
  • Résumés
  • Presentations
  • Flyers
  • Posters
  • Brochures

Some courses focus on highly technical writing, which may require the use of design software and website creation software.

Courses

Special Requirements

Prerequisites

You may be required to take a placement test based on your Texas Success Initiative (TSI) status, so we can determine your English course placement.

Visit an academic advisor for help with course selection.

 

Contact

Northeast Campus

Rebecca Balcarcel, Department Co-Chair
817-515-6539

Stacy Stuewe, Department Co-Chair
817-515-6943

Northwest Campus

Wendi Pierce, Department Chair
817-515-7623

South Campus

Sandi Hubnik, Department Chair
817-515-4669

Southeast Campus

Kirk Adams, Department Chair
817-515-3710

Trinity River Campus

Jim Schrantz, Department Chair
817-515-1352

TCC Connect

Allegra Davis, Department Chair
817-515-8036

Updated June 10, 2019