Department of English
|Division: Arts, Humanities and Learning Resources
Division Dean: Jianping Wang
Division Secretary: Katie Casey
Department Secretaries: Rozanne Rutheny and Barbara Murray
Division Office: AAB 509
Department Chair: Frank Madden
Assistant Chair: Heather Ostman
Assistant Chair: Maryanne Vent
Westchester Community College’s English Department offers a variety of writing and literature courses. Writing course options range from remedial courses that effectively prepare students for the challenges of college writing to an advanced program of study that allows students to develop their own writing projects in a workshop-style forum. The appealingly broad selection of literature courses offers something for everyone with course titles like African American Literature, Women in Literature, Perceptions of the Holocaust, Literature of the Americas, Modern American Poetry, and much more.
Students are required to take at least two semesters of English to fulfill degree requirements. These are transferable credits. You can read more about Westchester Community College’s required English courses by clicking on the Requirements link.
The English Department faculty members bring to their classes rich teaching experience and outstanding qualifications. All English teachers hold advanced degrees that qualify them to teach in the field. Full-time instructors are active scholars. The faculty participate in academic conferences and publish literary and theoretical scholarship. Most instructors are active members of professional societies. Many of the English Department faculty are also active in creative writing and publish novels, short stories, and poems. All teachers in the English Department employ a student-based approach to the teaching of writing and literature that places the interests and needs of the students first. Many faculty are active in student clubs and organizations, like Amnesty International, Pens in Motion, and Philosophia. Refer to the Faculty pages for more information on individual faculty members.
Through various Department-based programs and clubs, the English Department brings literature to life both in and out of the classroom. The Poets and Writers reading series invites Nobel Laureate writers, best selling authors and spoken word poets alike to read from their most current and famous works. The very popular Great Books Forum meets three times each semester and gives students and community residents an opportunity to participate in a faculty-guided discussion of
pre-selected works. Click on the Calendar of Events link for more specific information on the exciting programs that the English Department has planned.