Programs & Courses

This pathway prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution to earn their degree in English. The pathway offers three specific focuses that students may choose from including Creative Writing, Journalism and Literature. All provide a basis in English as well as specific classes to benefit their interests.

Career Strategies

English   Strategies

  • Write for campus publications such as college newspapers, magazines or departmental or program newsletters.
  • Submit writings to juried publications.
  • Volunteer to assist or tutor students in a writing center.
  • Become familiar with freelance  proposal writing and submission process.
  • Develop an online portfolio of writing samples via a website.
  • Obtain an internship in the publishing industry.
  • Look for positions with local dailies and alternative weeklies in the community.
  • Volunteer to write or edit publications with local nonprofit organizations to gain experience.
  • Become a student member of a professional association:

General Strategies

  • Treat school like a job by investing in coursework, arriving on time, etc.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Humanities and Communication Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge or special leadership events and workshops on campus.
  • Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g. Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101Advanced Public Speaking SPCH-201, etc.).
  • Attend the Career Development Center's workshops on resume, social media and branding.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via LinkedIn, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Follow blogs or websites of accomplished individuals you admire.
  • Talk to professionals in organizations/industries related to your pathway; conduct informational interviews.
  • Seek experience through part-time, summer or internship positions in an environment related to your major.
  • Actively participate in student organizations to develop leadership skills.  Learn to work well within in a team.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, etc.).
  • Look into joining the Phi Theta Kappa, International Honor Society.