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    Irvine Valley College
    May 30, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog


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Dean: Brooke Bui, PhD
Academic Co-Chairs: Lewis Long; Summer Serpas
Faculty: Lisa Alvarez; Danilo Caputo, PhD; Daniel deRoulet, PhD; William Etter, PhD; Julie Evans; Melissa Garcia Knoll, PhD; Carrie Goulding; Jeffrey Johnson, PhD; Rebecca Kaminsky; Emily Liu, PhD; Lewis Long; Kurt Meyer; Kay Ryals, PhD; Deanna Scherger, PhD; Summer Serpas; Virginia Shank, PhD; Daniel Vernazza

The English department offers courses in composition, literature, and creative writing that help students develop skills in close reading, argumentation, precise and vivid writing, and critical thinking. The majority of courses offered through the department meet general education and transfer requirements in English, critical thinking, literature, and/or the humanities.

English majors are a great choice for students intending upper-division study in literature, criticism, writing, editing, journalism, and related fields, but are also an excellent place for those who are uncertain about their career goals, as the major offers foundational skills necessary across many careers in our hypertextual world.

IVC’s English program offers students a focus in literature or creative writing, as well as unique opportunities including poetry workshops, which are not available at any other Orange County community colleges, and an opportunity to serve as an editor on our internationally distributed literary journal, The Ear.

The English Department also runs IVC’s Writing Center. In the Writing Center, students can work with writing mentors on writing assignments, essays, applications, and cover letters either online, or in person.

Upon completion of an Associate in Arts in English students will be able to read, write, and think critically in producing essays and original work that demonstrates the craft of a given genre. Additionally, students will be able to interpret literary texts within their contexts, reflecting diversity in genre, historical period, and cultural expression. The AA-T in English (Associate in arts for Transfer) is designed to assist students in the seamless transfer to a CSU or UC for completion of a bachelor’s degree in English.

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Potential Careers

Employers value people who can read and evaluate diverse texts, write, communicate clearly, research, organize, rewrite, and edit. These skills are highly prized in many fields, but English majors often join some of the following fields:

  • Administrative Assistance*
  • Arts Administration
  • Business Analysis
  • Communications Consulting
  • Communications Direction
  • Content Strategizing
  • Copy Editing
  • Copy Writing
  • Editing
  • Education
  • Fiction Writing*
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Poetry*
  • Project Management*
  • Public Relations
  • Publications
  • Research
  • Technical Writing
  • Web Production

* Denotes careers that may require only an AA


    Associate in ArtsAssociate in Arts for Transfer

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