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Gain a strong foundation in the liberal arts through the study of literary genres, history and cultural issues, while developing your communications, language and critical thinking skills. This two-year program prepares you for transfer to a four-year college.


Communicating ideas, sharing experiences, and using language are skills critical to all professions, as well as to daily life. Pierce College's English program incorporates study of a wide variety of literary genres with history and art courses to cultivate a broad understanding of those genres, as well as the cultures, issues, and events that shaped them.

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Students planning to transfer as English majors should complete the requirements for an Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Associate.

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Writing Studies

About the Program

English Lab

The Transitional Education Center offers English classes that provide additional one-on-one attention to assist students with the writing process. Classes are available in developmental writing, college-level writing, and skills classes.

Developmental Writing

The following courses are intended to prepare students for college-level writing. Assessment test scores may place students in the following courses:

  • ENGL 096: Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling
  • ENGL 097: Paragraph Composition
  • ENGL 098: Basic Writing Skills
  • ENGL 099: Introduction to Composition

College-Level Writing

The following courses are required for many college programs and degrees:

  • ENGL& 101: English Composition I
  • ENGL 103: Composition: Argumentation and Research

Skills Classes

The following courses assist students with overcoming specific writing difficulties:

  • ENGL 104: College Vocabulary
  • ENGL 105: Writing (Note: This course is for students who pass ENGL 099 but need additional skills before moving on to ENGL& 101.)

Endorsement for Written Communication

Students may earn an endorsement for written communication by completing a total of 23 credits in composition studies. The endorsement is awarded upon completion of a final capstone course, in which students generate a portfolio, showcasing what they believe is their best college writing.

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Professor of English & Film
English Professor