English Department

“I write what I would like to read.” –Kathleen Norris

To be or not to be an English major.

There are many reasons to be an English major - reading the great plays of Shakespeare is just one. Find out more about an English Major.

English Associate in Arts (A.A.) (PDF): The AA Degree in English is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to think critically and write persuasively about literary works in poetry, fiction, and drama.  The degree prepares students for upper division work in literature at a four-year college, and fulfills most lower division requirements in English in the UC and CSU system.

About the English Department

The English Department at Ohlone College offers classes in reading, writing, critical thinking, and literature to students at the transfer and developmental levels.

Painting of a balding man with a short beard and a mustache.English Department faculty are skilled and knowledgeable teachers of reading, writing, and literature. They write, research, present at conferences, and publish. They support and encourage their students and enjoy teaching.

The English Learning Center supports students in their English classes, and any student at the college needing assistance with reading and writing assignments. The Center offers individualized programs, conference time with English faculty, and peer tutoring.

Jane Austen, black and white photo of young woman.The Ohlone College librarians host a book discussion group. Each semester, students, staff, and faculty are invited to read a book and participate in a discussion led by a faculty member. Ohlone College Book Club.

English classes at all levels are often linked with other classes to create a learning community. Students in a learning community experience the same classes and enjoy the support of faculty and their fellow students. Learning Communities at Ohlone College.

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Ohlone College English Department in the News

  • "Re-Enabled: iOS's impact on those with impairments isn't just a marketing slide; it's profound", by Steven Aquino, The Magazine, Issue 9, January 31, 2013 - Steven Aquino works for Fremont Unified School District in the Bay Area as a Special Educator Paraeducator since 2001. He's been a part-time student at Ohlone since 2005, (very) slowly chipping away at his AA degree in Early Childhood Studies. In his spare time, he writes about technology and other interests on his personal site [Steven's Blog]. When he's not writing, working, or studying, Steven can be found listening to Eminem and Linkin Park, hanging out at Starbucks, and watching Jacques Pepin cook stuff on PBS. He loves Tweetbot, Markdown, sushi, and the [1987 St. Louis Cardinals].
  • Is deep reading in trouble? January 12, 2011, Mercury News - … Ohlone College English professor Cynthia Lee Katona wrote "Book Savvy" specifically to help people who have stopped reading get back into it.
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