Why Study English?

smiling gradLanguage is one important means of expressing ideas, communicating them to others, and articulating them to oneself. Being able to use language in this way is a crucial part of being a citizen of a democratic society and a participant in the modern world.

Our goal in the English Department is to help students develop reading, writing, research and critical thinking skills that they may use in other classes at De Anza – as well as at four-year universities, in their careers and throughout their lives.

The English Department offers associate degrees as well as classes that satisfy General Education requirements. 

Areas of Study in English

Visit our Courses Offered page for a list of classes that we offer through the year.

Or visit the searchable Schedule of Classes for other courses offered by the Language Arts Division – including Communication Studies, Journalism, Reading, and English as a Second Language.

Placement and Prerequisites

  • Some courses in the English department are geared for students who have a recommended level of skills and knowledge.
  • De Anza uses a variety of assessment methods – including placement tests, high school transcripts and high school GPA  to place students in the best course sequence for them to succeed.
  • Students who have not been assessed or who are unsure of their placement should contact the Assessment Center.
  • Please make sure to check the Prerequisite section for each English Literature course description in the Course Catalog or Course Schedule before enrolling in the class.
  • See an example of an English Prerequisite section.

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