This area of concentration provides an excellent foundation for students interested in transferring to a four-year college to earn a baccalaureate degree with a major in communication, literature, English or English education. This program equally applies to those students who want to take selected English/literature courses to fulfill general education requirements. The curriculum focuses on oral and written communication, literature, drama, religion, philosophy, creative writing and media.
Students who take the courses recommended in the English/literature focus area will be able to:
- communicate effectively in academic and nonacademic situations;
- read, write and think critically and analytically;
- understand the social, historical and personal contexts that inform literary works; and
- research effectively using a variety of sources.
The English/literature focus area graduate has two major options:
- After transferring to a four-year program and completion of a bachelor’s degree, employment can be found in secondary education, research, public relations, government, dramaturgy, journalism, speech writing, editing (evaluate manuscripts for publication, review books and literary, musical or artistic works), technical writing (prepare service manuals or handbooks; prepare sales literature; write publicity releases, catalogs, and brochures; company newsletters; and trade journals), writing (scripts for motion pictures and television, stage production, radio and television broadcasts; fiction or non-fiction works; newspaper or magazine articles).
- Complete an advanced degree and develop a career in higher education along with those listed above.
Preparation for IHCC:
Students considering a degree in English/Literature should take four years of high school English, as many literature classes as possible, and a speech class. They should also take any courses that require critical reading and provide opportunities for academic writing, no matter what field.
Since IHCC’s program involves a variety of introductory level courses in literature, drama, philosophy, religion, speech, creative writing and media, previous experience is not a requirement. Some advanced writing courses, however, require specific course prerequisites. Applicants are required to complete a basic skills evaluation during the admissions process or during the first week of classes for placement purposes.
Students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the English/Literature program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements.