San José City College's Department of San José City College's Department of of English provides courses students need to achieve their college and degree goals, including their general education requirements. Students may choose composition and literature courses offered in various formats: web-enhanced, hybrid (partly online, partly in the classroom), completely online, as well as classroom and seminar environments. Several courses are also offered in accelerated schedules. Students who enjoy a balance between course work and applied experience will find English courses providing project-based activities, such as service learning.
Varied literature courses are provided throughout the academic year and, within them, students explore different cultures, issues in contemporary and historical life, and a range of literary genres.
After completing her studies at San Jose City College, Trudy Dong transferred to U.C. Berkeley where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. Part of her success came from using the skills she gained at City College. “In my English classes,” she says, “I was exposed to many different writing styles, and I learned about the tremendous impact words have.” Congratulations to students like Trudy and to the outstanding faculty in our English Department.
Interdisciplinary course offerings, such as Learning Communities that combine composition and reading, vary from semester to semester. Schedules of classes are available online or at the City College Bookstore.
Student-oriented faculty teach day, evening, and weekend courses. In the classroom, online, or during office hours, they welcome opportunities to work with students individually. SJCC's Reading and Writing Center additionally provides experienced instructors, instructional assistants, and tutors to promote students’ success in writing in all disciplines. Workshops focus on topics ranging from punctuation and grammar to the writing of the University of California transfer application.