English Department

"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." -W. Somerset Maugham

Author Visit and Lecture

All students are welcome to come meet Fausto Avendano, author of Santa Maria, and hear about his historical novel that takes place in California during the 1850's ranchero period and highlights the real struggles Mexican-Americans faced during this time.

  • When: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 at 11:30-1 p.m.
  • Where: Ohlone College Newark Campus: Room NC 1100

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.): 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.

Fall 2017 Course Highlights

F(Read)om: Beware of the Banned Book!

Read controversial books that have been banned for sexuality, language, politics, and subverting the moral order. Register using WebAdvisor.

  • English 106: Reading Banned Books, 071930
  • Instructor: T. Virgil
  • Fully Online
  • CSU/UC transferable

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.William Shakespeare.

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.Book cover: Jane Austen.

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.

Woman leaning on colorful pillows.Red book cover, gold lettering, black and white drawing of an old man in a tall hat and scarf.
Book covers: (left) Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth by Alice Walker and (right) A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.