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English



About the Program

Welcome to the Department of English at Foothill College, where we read, write, and think critically about a variety of local, regional, national, and global texts and contexts. Through carefully designed courses of study, students are invited to engage with texts that reflect a range of cultural perspectives.

The English Department empowers students by facilitating their understanding and use of language and other media as we support their academic, career-related, and personal endeavors.

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be who we know we could be. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

What you can do with a degree in English

  • Writing & Editing
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Content Strategy & Development
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Nonprofits
  • Business Development
  • And so much more!

Why Study English?

The English Major prepares students for a range of careers and disciplines. An English degree enhances students' critical reading, writing, and thinking skills and offers a breadth of cultural and historical knowledge through the study and creation of diverse texts.

Degree & Program Types

Foothill College offers two English degrees. The ADT prepares students for transfer to four-year institutions. Students who complete the ADT in English are ensured preferential transfer status to any California State University (CSU) as an English major. 

Make a selection to view degree requirements:

Course Schedule 2021–2022 and 2022-2023

Most English Department literature courses are offered only once per year or every other year. 

Planned Literature and Creative Writing Courses for 2021-2022 

The Foothill English department plans to offer the following literature and creative writing courses during the 2021-22  academic year, in addition to our core English 1A, 1S/T, 1B, and 1C courses. 

Many of our literature courses meet Area I GE in Humanities and meet the requirements for an AA and AD-T in English.

Visit with a counselor for more information and help in determining your educational plan.

See the English course catalog for a full listing of courses  with descriptions. 

Please note that the schedule is subject to change. 

FALL 2021 WINTER 2022 SPRING 2022
CRWR 6: Intro to Creative Writing CRWR 39A/B: Short Fiction Writing CRWR 41A/B: Poetry Writing
ENGL 7: Native American Literature ENGL 12: African American Literature ENGL 5: LGBTQ Literature
ENGL 8: Children's Literature ENGL 16: Intro to Literature ENGL 11: Intro to Poetry
ENGL 18B: Gothic & Horror Literature ENGL 14: Contemporary World Fiction ENGL 34C: Literature into Film
ENGL 27G: Detective & Mystery Fiction ENGL 17: Intro to Shakespeare ENGL 40: Asian American Literature
ENGL 31: Latinx Literature ENGL 22: Women Writers ENGL 43B: British Literature, II
ENGL 38: Literature of Protest  ENGL 43A: British Literature, I  ENGL 45B: American Literature, II
ENGL 47B: World Literature, II

 ENGL 45A: American Literature, I

 ENGL 49: California Literature

Planned Literature and Creative Writing Courses for  2022-2023 

The Foothill English department plans to offer the following literature and creative writing courses during the 2022-2023 academic year, in addition to our core English 1A, 1S/T, 1B, and 1C courses.

Many of our literature courses meet Area I GE in Humanities and meet the requirements for an AA and AD-T in English.

Visit with a counselor for more information and help in determining your educational plan.

See the English course catalog for a full listing of courses  with descriptions.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change. 

FALL 2022 WINTER 2023 SPRING 2023
CRWR 6: Intro to Creative Writing ENGL 12: African American Literature CRWR 24A/B: Poetry in Community
ENGL 7: Native American Literature ENGL 16: Intro to Literature ENGL 5: LGBTQ Literature
ENGL 8: Children's Literature ENGL 14: Contemporary World Fiction ENGL 10A: Literature & the Environment
ENGL 12A: Literature of the Black Panther Party ENGL 17: Intro to Shakespeare ENGL 11: Intro to Poetry
ENGL 18B: Gothic & Horror Literature ENGL 22: Women Writers ENGL 40: Asian American Literature
ENGL 31: Latinx Literature ENGL 24: Graphic Novel ENGL 41: Literature of Multicultural America
ENGL 37: Science Fiction ENGL 43A: British Literature, I  ENGL 43B: British Literature, II
ENGL 38: Literature of Protest

ENGL 45A: American Literature, I

 ENGL 45B: American Literature, II

ENGL 47A: World Literature I     

Winter 2022 Courses

Please check current schedule of classes for days and times and any changes or cancellations. 

CRWR 39A & 39B: Short Fiction Writing

Explicit receive instruction and practice in writing a variety of short fiction forms, including short narratives, flash fiction and traditional short stories. Assignments include reading, analyzing and responding to published works and student work, as well as writing original work. Analysis of public readings and/or interviews with writers. (5 units)

 

 

ENGL 12: African American Literatuer

Definition of issues and strategies in writings by African Americans from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including audience, identity (self), gender, family, culture, politics, spirituality and language. Study of the complex and varying forms of African American creativity and resistance. (4 units)

 

ENGL 17: Introduction to Shakespeare

 Introduction to selected tragic, comedic, romance, history plays, and sonnets of Shakespeare, with focus on detailed analysis of texts. Includes critical theory and secondary source research. Intended as an introductory course for English majors and students across the curriculum. (4 units)

 

ENGL 43A: Survey of British Literature I, Beowulf through the 18th Century

A survey of canonical literature spanning the earliest Old English texts, Middle English period, Early Modern period, ending with Neoclassicism. Texts discussed and analyzed within historical, sociocultural, philosophical, and aesthetic contexts. (5 units)

 

ENGL 45A: Survey of American Literature I, Beginnings to 1865

Introduces students to works of American literature from its beginnings through the Civil War, focusing on the evolution of literary traditions, genres, cultural voices, and ecological landscapes within historical, philosophical, social, political, and aesthetic contexts. Special emphasis on the contributions of diverse cultures in forging a distinctively American literature, landscape, and identity. (5 units)


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Questions?
Please Contact Me!

Amber La Piana, English, Department Chair

lapianaamber@fhda.edu


Division Office Contacts

LANGUAGE ARTS DIVISION
Valerie Fong, Division Dean
Phone: 650.949.7135
Email: fongvalerie@fhda.edu
To meet with the dean, contact the Student & Faculty Support Center.
Language Arts Division

 

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