Are you looking for an English class: 

  • to achieve an educational goal? 
  • to improve your reading and writing abilities?  
  • because you’re a future English major who just wants to read literature, write poetry, and drink black coffee in a cafe?

We are passionate about creating exciting learning environments and real connections.  When you study with us, you can become a part of:

Social Justice Conference
Block Party
City Works literary journal
League for Innovation literary contest
Creative Writing program

Want to know more? We invite you to explore the information below. If you have any questions, please contact the department chairs: 

Nadia Mandilawi (nmandila@sdccd.edu)
Trissy McGhee (


Important Note: Due to Covid-19, Summer and Fall 2020 English classes will NOT be held on campus. There will be online class options that may offer live online sessions that are optional (WEB classes) as well as classes that offer live online sessions that are required. The required class times will be during the days and times listed on the class schedule. 


Taking an English class your first semester is a great way to start at City College! We have several options for you to choose from based on your individual needs and preferences.

  • Our ESL program is English Language Acquisition (ELAC), for non-native speakers of English
  • Ready for transfer-level English? Take English 101 or English 105 
  • Ready for transfer-level English… with some extra support? Take English 101X or English 105X
  • Prefer to take a semester before transfer-level English? Take English 47A

English 101, 101X  and 105, 105X fulfill general education requirements. Check with a counselor to see which option is best for you based on your goals. You may also need to take English 205. 

We also offer classes in creative writing, literature, and linguistics. Click here for the current class schedule and click here for the 2020-2021 City College catalog



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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Read and comprehend texts, recognize author strategies, purpose, perspective and argument, and use critical thinking to evaluate a variety of writing.
  • Organize ideas and information and express them clearly and effectively in writing for both academic and workplace contexts for different communicative purposes.
  • Apply appropriate research strategies and citation formats.
  • Describe, explain, and analyze multiple perspectives on issues in ways that demonstrate global awareness and appreciation of diversity in its many manifestations.
  • Apply strategies both inside and outside the classroom that reflect an understanding of the reading and writing processes in order to become life-long learners, critical thinkers, and active citizens.