English

Program Level: Degrees, Pre-Majors/Transfer
Department: English/Communications/Foreign Languages/INRW
Institute: Public Service
College: PAC

The English department is dedicated to helping students become better writers and thinkers through the study of composition, literature, creative writing, and technical writing. Whether students are fulfilling degree requirements or pursuing an associate degree with a concentration in English, we offer a variety of classes to inspire and challenge students of all levels. 

Students in composition courses practice the skills required to write college level essays using MLA documentation style while students in sophomore literature courses explore, discuss, and write about the worlds and ideas imagined in poems, novels, short stories, plays and more. Students enrolled in creative writing develop voice and authorship techniques; students in technical writing polish those specific writing skills necessary for professional success. 

 

Program Highlights

  • Eleven Rivers Review – Palo Alto College’s Student Literary and Arts Journal

  • Specialized curriculum in Catch the Next Ascender Program (CTN) - ENGL 1301 courses

  • Flexible course schedules, including 16-week, Start II 14-week, Flex I and Flex 2 (8-week) and online

  • Extensive course offerings for Dual Credit and Early College High School students

Career Areas & Employment Positions

  • Technical Writer

  • Copywriter

  • Editor

  • Poet

  • Creative Writer

  • English Language/Literature Teacher

Degrees Offered

Associate of Arts

 

 

 

 

Contact

Information

Vicente Guillot
Department Chair

Location:
San Jacinto Hall (SANJAC 139E)

Phone:
210-486-3247

Jennifer Andermatt
Instructor

Location:
San Jacinto Hall (SANJAC 241)

Phone:
210-486-3242

 

 

 

Dr. Rafael Castillo
Professor

Location:
Gutierrez Learning Labs (GUTIER 101)

Phone:
210-486-3238

Dr. M. Melissa Elston
Associate Professor

Location:
San Jacinto Hall (SANJAC 233)

Phone:
210-486-3246

 

 

 

Ruth Ann Gambino
Professor

Location:
Gutierrez Learning Labs (GUTIER 101)

Phone:
210-486-3238

Antonio Garza
Instructor

Location:
San Jacinto Hall (SANJAC 234)

Phone:
210-486-3263

 

 

 

Caroline Mains
Instructor

Location:
Medina Hall (MEDINA 115)

Phone:
210-486-3244

Diana Nystedt
Instructor

Location:
San Jacinto Hall (SANJAC 239)

Phone:
210-486-3240

 

 

 

Jennifer Scheidt
Instructor

Location:
Medina Hall (MEDINA 112)

Phone:
210-486-3250

Ellen Shull
Professor

Location:
San Jacinto Hall (SANJAC 139A)

Phone:
210-486-3249

 

 

 

Matilda Staudt
Instructor

Location:
Nueces Hall (NUECES 109)

Phone:
210-486-3251

Lisa Trevino
Instructor

Location:
Nueces Hall (NUECES 103)

Phone:
210-486-3248