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Department: English

Program Type: Education and Liberal Arts

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As an Elgin Community College student, you will likely take courses in the English Department to fulfill requirements related to many degrees and certificates and personal interests in such areas as composition, literature, journalism, and creative writing.

ECC’s English Department offers accelerated developmental courses for students who need extra help and honors courses for those seeking an additional challenge. Our professors emphasize skills that will serve you in further studies, the workforce, and essential life skills.

Faculty members are passionate about teaching you skills that will make you competitive in a world where clear and meaningful written communication is essential. As global communication increases and distance communication becomes even more prevalent, solid skills in written communication will continue to increase in importance. The English Department is here to help you assemble those skills to compete successfully in the future.

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Students interested in journalism will learn the history and importance of print media, broadcast media, digital media, advertising, and public relations and understand the rapidly evolving nature of this discipline. Working on the ECC Observer student newspaper provides practical training in newspaper production. 

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If you are interested in the power of the written word, ECC offers substantial coursework in literature covering all major genres and periods. Specialty topics include literature by women, children’s literature, LGBTQ literature, and multicultural American literature. The department also offers a series of great book seminars exploring classic humanities writings.   

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Scholarships and Writing Contests

The college offers current ECC students several opportunities to receive a scholarship for working in The Writers Center on campus. We also offer writing contests throughout the year. 

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