Culture, History, and Languages

English Department


Our Program:

Welcome to the SMC English department, where courses in composition, literature, and creative writing support students in developing critical thinking and articulate expression — skills essential for engaged global citizenship. Whatever academic and professional goals students may choose, strong language skills are necessary for success and participation. The English department's diverse course offerings offer many benefits to students:
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Composition courses help students master the reading and writing skills they will need to succeed in school and thrive in their careers. Reading courses help students to expand their vocabularies and meet the challenges of college study. Writing courses guide students to be more thoughtful, curious, and confident writers and researchers.

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Literature survey courses in American, English, world, Asian, Afro-American, and ethnic literature reveal major themes and motifs in cultures both ancient and modern, so that students can appreciate the diversity and rich inter-relatedness of the human family. The English department also offers classes on specific topics such as Literature of California, Children's Literature, Mythology, and Lesbian and Gay Literature.

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Creative writing courses allow students to discover their voices and explore their imaginations through writing their own literature. The English department offers courses on the craft and technique of writing poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction.

Literary Events

All Literary Events
May 1
Author Talk with Douglas Brunt

Author Talk with Douglas Brunt

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Online
May 8
Author Talk with Nina Simon

Author Talk with Nina Simon

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Online
May 21
Author Talk with Rebecca F. Kuang