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Quick Facts

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


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.

The workforce has changed, and 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

Options: Types of English Courses


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
  • Improve grammar


Learn how to read, discuss and analyze literature

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

  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Novels
  • Plays
  • Screenplays

Creative Writing

Learn how to write rather than analyze literature. 

You will try a variety of types of writing, including:

  • Poetry
  • Short stories
  • Novels
  • Plays
  • Screenplays

Technical Writing

Learn about professional and business writing.

You will learn a variety of types of writing, 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.


Special Requirements


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.



Northeast Campus

Rebecca Balcarcel, Department Co-Chair

Stacy Stuewe, Department Co-Chair

Northwest Campus

Wendi Pierce, Department Chair

South Campus

Sandi Hubnik, Department Chair

Southeast Campus

Kirk Adams, Department Chair

Updated October 18, 2018