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“You write in order to change the world...

...knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world... The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way…people look at reality, then you can change it.” (James Baldwin in a 1979 interview)

The English and Literature Program at Skyline College sharpens and enhances reading, writing, and critical thinking skills applicable to every field. Our literature courses guide students to not only expand their literary knowledge, but also to deepen their understanding of themselves and the world. In our ever-changing and growing global economy, businesses and organizations want to hire colleagues who can understand a variety of perspectives and who have the skills to read and write with detail, logic, and persuasion.

Employment Statistics

Average Salary in California

Technical Writer

Editor

User Experience Writer

Social Media Manager

Source: U.S. Department of Labor and Glassdoor

The Program

The most valuable skill a person may ever develop may be writing. An English major’s skills will prove applicable to any learning, work, and/or creative environment and will never become obsolete. For career plans including advertising, law, teaching, or even health fields, the universal tools and skills gained as an English major will allow students to adapt to whatever the future has in store. Additionally, the study of literary texts underscores the richness of the human experience and challenges students to critically explore and appreciate the diversity of cultures and ideas that surround them.

Skyline College offers an Associate of Arts degree in English that can help to create a clear path for transfer to a four-year institution.

Career Outlook

Studying English and Literature provides a foundation of writing, communication, and critical thinking skills essential in almost any career from the sciences or finance to marketing or public relations.

An English degree can create paths to a variety of career trajectories, including user experience writing, advertising, social media management, editing, law, marketing, advertising, education, web content development, technical writing, and many others. Salary ranges for jobs within these careers vary greatly. For example, social media managers in California make an average of $57,025 per year according to Glassdoor. Technical Writers in California make an average of $100,730 per year.

Program Type Total Units
English AA 60 Units
English for Transfer AA-T 60 Units

The English program will allow students to:

  • ESSAYS: Write focused, organized, well-developed, and text-based essays using effective paragraphs, which support a clear thesis statement, and demonstrate competence in standard English grammar and usage.
  • CRITICAL ANALYSIS: Demonstrate critical reading, writing, and thinking skills through analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of important ideas.
  • SOURCES: Effectively evaluate and fluidly integrate relevant sources, using appropriate research strategies and tools, and documenting them according to MLA guidelines.

Literature courses will allow students to:

  • ESSAYS AND SOURCES: Write analytical, unified, text-based essays using the conventions of literary analysis and criticism, and effectively integrating and documenting sources according to MLA guidelines.
  • LITERARY ANALYSIS: Demonstrate an understanding of a broad range of literary works from the period and/or genre by analyzing major themes and literary techniques.
Office Information
Location: Building 8
Email: ruizk@smccd.edu
Phone: (650) 738-4202
Summer 2024 Courses  |  Fall 2024 Courses

Type Status Title Days Time Instructor
Online Class OPEN ENGL 100 - 53661 - Composition
ENGL 100 Composition

Designed to help the student recognize and critically evaluate important ideas in short and book length texts, and offers instruction in expository and argumentative writing, appropriate and effective use of language, close reading, cogent thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and documentation.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: ENGL 846 or ESOL 400 or eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 105 on approved college placement tests and other measures as necessary.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: 3a, 3c; Area 9A2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area A2), UC (IGETC Area 1A)
C-ID: ENGL 100
TBA Christensen, G
Online Class CLOSED ENGL 100 - 54050 - Composition
ENGL 100 Composition

Designed to help the student recognize and critically evaluate important ideas in short and book length texts, and offers instruction in expository and argumentative writing, appropriate and effective use of language, close reading, cogent thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and documentation.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: ENGL 846 or ESOL 400 or eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 105 on approved college placement tests and other measures as necessary.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: 3a, 3c; Area 9A2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area A2), UC (IGETC Area 1A)
C-ID: ENGL 100
TBA Sandel, A
Online Class OPEN for Waitlist ENGL 100 - 55935 - Composition
ENGL 100 Composition

Designed to help the student recognize and critically evaluate important ideas in short and book length texts, and offers instruction in expository and argumentative writing, appropriate and effective use of language, close reading, cogent thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and documentation.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: ENGL 846 or ESOL 400 or eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 105 on approved college placement tests and other measures as necessary.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: 3a, 3c; Area 9A2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area A2), UC (IGETC Area 1A)
C-ID: ENGL 100
TBA Belluomini, J
Online Class OPEN for Waitlist ENGL 100 - 56359 - Composition
ENGL 100 Composition

Designed to help the student recognize and critically evaluate important ideas in short and book length texts, and offers instruction in expository and argumentative writing, appropriate and effective use of language, close reading, cogent thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and documentation.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: ENGL 846 or ESOL 400 or eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 105 on approved college placement tests and other measures as necessary.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: 3a, 3c; Area 9A2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area A2), UC (IGETC Area 1A)
C-ID: ENGL 100
TBA Zoughbie, S
Day Class   OPEN ENGL 100 - 53361 - Composition
ENGL 100 Composition

Designed to help the student recognize and critically evaluate important ideas in short and book length texts, and offers instruction in expository and argumentative writing, appropriate and effective use of language, close reading, cogent thinking, research strategies, information literacy, and documentation.

Units: 3
Degree Credit
Letter Grade Only
  • Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
  • Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Prerequisites: ENGL 846 or ESOL 400 or eligibility for ENGL 100 or ENGL 105 on approved college placement tests and other measures as necessary.
Corequisites: None
AA/AS Degree Requirements: 3a, 3c; Area 9A2
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area A2), UC (IGETC Area 1A)
C-ID: ENGL 100
M T W Th 10:40am-12:50pm Nuila-Chae, S
Online Class OPEN for Waitlist ENGL 105 - 55869 - Composition with Support

ENGL 105 INTENSIVE COMPOSITION AND READING (5)
Hours/semester: 80-90 lecture. Prerequisite: ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or eligibility for ENGL 100/105 on approved college placement tests and other measures as necessary.
Designed to help the student recognize and critically evaluate important ideas in short and book length texts, and express facts and thought logically and gracefully in clear and correct prose. Students will write critical expository essays dealing with a variety of ideas at a skill level appropriate to a college transfer level class. Transfer credit: UC, CSU (A2, A3).

TBA Zoughbie, S
Day Class  Hybrid Class OPEN ENGL 105 - 56130 - Composition with Support

ENGL 105 INTENSIVE COMPOSITION AND READING (5)
Hours/semester: 80-90 lecture. Prerequisite: ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or eligibility for ENGL 100/105 on approved college placement tests and other measures as necessary.
Designed to help the student recognize and critically evaluate important ideas in short and book length texts, and express facts and thought logically and gracefully in clear and correct prose. Students will write critical expository essays dealing with a variety of ideas at a skill level appropriate to a college transfer level class. Transfer credit: UC, CSU (A2, A3).

M T W Th 10:40am-12:45pm Ghan, C
Day Class  Hybrid Class OPEN ENGL 105 - 56130 - Composition with Support

ENGL 105 INTENSIVE COMPOSITION AND READING (5)
Hours/semester: 80-90 lecture. Prerequisite: ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or eligibility for ENGL 100/105 on approved college placement tests and other measures as necessary.
Designed to help the student recognize and critically evaluate important ideas in short and book length texts, and express facts and thought logically and gracefully in clear and correct prose. Students will write critical expository essays dealing with a variety of ideas at a skill level appropriate to a college transfer level class. Transfer credit: UC, CSU (A2, A3).

TBA Ghan, C
Online Class OPEN for Waitlist ENGL 110 - 53899 - Comp., Lit. & Crit. Thinking
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION, LITERATURE AND CRITICAL THINKING (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or ENGL 105, or equivalent.
Course is designed to introduce students to the major imaginative genres of poetry, drama, and fiction from diverse cultural sources and literary critical perspectives.. Students will write analytical essays, employing methods of literary analysis and demonstrating critical thinking skills appropriate to a college-level writing class. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (A2, A3, C2).
TBA McClung, K
Online Class OPEN for Waitlist ENGL 110 - 54053 - Compos., Lit. & Crit. Thinking
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION, LITERATURE AND CRITICAL THINKING (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or ENGL 105, or equivalent.
Course is designed to introduce students to the major imaginative genres of poetry, drama, and fiction from diverse cultural sources and literary critical perspectives.. Students will write analytical essays, employing methods of literary analysis and demonstrating critical thinking skills appropriate to a college-level writing class. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (A2, A3, C2).
TBA Clark, M
Online Class OPEN for Waitlist ENGL 110 - 55084 - Compos., Lit. & Crit. Thinking
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION, LITERATURE AND CRITICAL THINKING (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or ENGL 105, or equivalent.
Course is designed to introduce students to the major imaginative genres of poetry, drama, and fiction from diverse cultural sources and literary critical perspectives.. Students will write analytical essays, employing methods of literary analysis and demonstrating critical thinking skills appropriate to a college-level writing class. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (A2, A3, C2).
TBA Jones, N
Online Class OPEN for Waitlist ENGL 110 - 56360 - Compos., Lit. & Crit. Thinking
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION, LITERATURE AND CRITICAL THINKING (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or ENGL 105, or equivalent.
Course is designed to introduce students to the major imaginative genres of poetry, drama, and fiction from diverse cultural sources and literary critical perspectives.. Students will write analytical essays, employing methods of literary analysis and demonstrating critical thinking skills appropriate to a college-level writing class. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (A2, A3, C2).
TBA Sandel, A
Online Class OPEN for Waitlist ENGL 161 - 54513 - Creative Writing I
ENGL 161 CREATIVE WRITING I (3)
Hours/semester: 48-54 lecture. Prerequisite: Prerequisite: ENGL 100 eligibility, or equivalent.
The craft of writing short stories, sketches, poetry, short dramas, and other literary forms for both personal enjoyment and professional training. During the Spring Semester, class members may volunteer to work on the college?s literary magazine. Transfer credit: ENGL 161 ? UC; CSU (C2).
TBA Sapigao, J

The college catalog contains lists of all classes that we may offer in the current academic year.

ENGL 100 vs ENGL 105

What's the Difference?

English 105 and English 100 have identical requirements and expectations, and both courses are transferable to UC/CSU. The major difference between both courses is that English 105 offers students more time in the classroom with instructors to ensure student success.

English 105 courses are 80 minutes longer per week, which provides:

  • more in-depth guidance on writing assignments
  • more in-class practice
  • more time interacting with peers
  • more time with your instructor in and out of the classroom
English 105 is Recommended For:
  • Students who lack confidence in their reading and writing skills 
  • Students whose high school GPA was below 2.6 
  • English language learners 
  • Students with learning disabilities that make reading and writing more challenging 
  • Any students who want extra support 
ENGL 100/105 Example Assignments

To judge whether you might require more time to be successful, please review the course material below to get a better sense of instructor expectations.

Requirements for Both Courses
Reading Requirements

500-600 pages of reading, including at least one full-length book.

Academic reading with in-depth analysis and more complex concepts.

Writing Requirements

3-6 text-based essays and other written work totaling 5,000 words (20 to 24 pages), including a mandatory research paper.

Complex thesis and outlines, advanced organizational techniques, quotation formatting and documentation.

Student Performance Expectations

At least 15 hours of course work per week.

This course is designed for college transfer. The level of difficulty is identical to equivalent English classes offered at state colleges or universities.

Primary Contact

Kennya Ruiz
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Chris Gibson
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Department Faculty

Rachel Bell
Rachel Bell (Professor)
Language Arts-English
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Michael Cross
Michael Cross (Professor)
Language Arts-English
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Liza Erpelo
Liza Erpelo (Professor)
Language Arts-English
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Jarrod Feiner
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Language Arts-English
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Katie Hern
Katie Hern (Professor)
Language Arts-English
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Nathan Jones
Nathan Jones (Associate Professor)
Language Arts-English
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Lucia Lachmayr
Lucia Lachmayr (Professor)
Language Arts-English
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Janice Sapigao
Janice Sapigao (Assistant Professor)
Language Arts-English
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Rob Williams
Rob Williams (Professor)
Language Arts-Language Arts Division
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Jessica Belluomini
Jessica Belluomini (English Instructor)
Strategic Partnerships & Workforce Development-Middle College
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Anna Marie Erwert
Anna Marie Erwert (Instructor)
Language Arts-English
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Gregory Christensen
Gregory Christensen (Instructor)
Language Arts-English
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Michelle Clark
Michelle Clark (Instructor)
Language Arts-English
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Courtney Ghan
Courtney Ghan (Adjunct Faculty)
Language Arts-Language Arts Division
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Lara Kucera
Lara Kucera (Adjunct Faculty)
Language Arts-English
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Duncan Lawson
Duncan Lawson (Adjunct Faculty)
Humanities and Social Sciences-English
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Monica Macaldo-Gubatina
Monica Macaldo-Gubatina (English Instructor)
Language Arts-English
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Kathleen McClung
Kathleen McClung (Instructor)
Language Arts-English
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Sara Nuila-Chae
Sara Nuila-Chae (English Instructor)
Language Arts-English
nuilachaes@smccd.edu
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Adam Sandel
Adam Sandel (Instructor)
Language Arts-English
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Monique Ubungen
Monique Ubungen (Adjunct Professor / Instructional Aide II)
Academic Support and Learning Technologies-The Learning Commons
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Lisa Weiss
Lisa Weiss (English Instructor)
Language Arts-English
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Mary Warden
Mary Warden (Instructor)
Language Arts-ESOL
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Susan Zoughbie
Susan Zoughbie (Instructor)
Language Arts-English
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