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ENGLISH & LITERATURE

Courses in the English and Literature curriculums at Kellogg Community College prepare students for the writing and analysis demands they will face during and after college. KCC’s freshman composition courses sharpen students’ essential writing skills while introducing them to academic writing conventions. Honors composition sections, advanced composition and independent studies provide additional challenges for students who want to maximize their competitiveness for careers.

KCC English and Literature students also have the opportunity to become literary craftsmen through introductory, advanced and specialized creative writing courses. The critical reading course rounds out KCC’s English and Literature offerings by helping students fine tune their reading skills for college-level courses and the workplace.

English courses at KCC contribute to the completion of several KCC credentials, including an English for Enrichment Certificate. A list of English courses offered at KCC and a list of courses required to earn the English for Enrichment Certificate follows.

Advising & Transfer

View transfer guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact Academic Advising at 269-965-4124 or [email protected] to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Additional Information

English for Enrichment Certificate


Individuals interested in learning new writing techniques or discussing various authors may plan a program in consultation with the department chairperson. The English for Enrichment Certificate is earned upon completion of 18 credits selected from the courses listed below.

Course # Course Title Credits
ENGL 201 Advanced Composition 3
ENGL 203 Intro to Creative Writing 3
ENGL 204 Advanced Creative Writing 3
LITE 105 Intro to Literature 3
LITE 205 World Literature 1 3
LITE 206 World Literature 2 3
LITE 211 American Literature 1 3
LITE 212 American Literature 2 3
LITE 213 Children’s Literature 3
LITE 216 Film Interpretation 3
LITE 223 Shakespeare 3
LITE 240 African-American Literature 3
LITE 285 Studies in the Novel 3

 

English & Literature Careers


While all careers demand some writing skills, students who are particularly drawn to writing as a vocation will find that a wide variety of careers require significant writing and editing on a daily basis. Students who enjoy challenging themselves to be concise, thoughtful and creative in their writing should consider exploring careers in the law, social sciences, arts, technology, sciences or communication fields. Virtually every field has a need for people who write well.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education or background in English include:

  • Attorney
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Judge
  • Legal assistant
  • Novelist
  • Poet
  • Social worker
  • Screenwriter
  • Speechwriter
  • Therapist/counselor

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Information

For the latest employment and wage estimates for English careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_mi.htm.

Why Study English & Literature at KCC?


All composition courses at Kellogg Community College are taught in computer labs. In a small class setting (22 students or fewer), your professors will provide hands-on guidance through all the steps in the writing process.

Crude Arts Club

The Crude Arts Club is an informal group of KCC students who are devoted to writing. They are, in essence, a group of writers, thinkers and talkers. The club meets once a week for an hour in the Morris Library (the day and time vary each semester) to share poems, stories, ideas and opinions. In addition to providing support for young writers at KCC, the Crude Arts Club hosts campus poetry readings and organizes fundraising activities. For more information, contact English professor and club advisor Matt Samra at 269-565-7963 or [email protected].

English Resources

Beyond the classroom, KCC has several resources that writing students regularly use, including the following.

The Center for Student Success

Paraprofessionals with advanced degrees in English provide individual tutoring and paper feedback at the Center for Student Success, our tutoring center on the North Avenue campus in Battle Creek. For more information about the CSS, visit kellogg.edu/css.

The ESL Table

KCC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Table offers one-on-one writing assistance for students, including the help of a translator. For more information or to volunteer to help tutor ESL students, contact English professor Elyse Jozlin at 269-565-7877 or [email protected].

The Morris Library

KCC’s Morris Library has professionally trained research librarians to help students navigate the variety of databases available for research assignments. For more information about the library, visit kellogg.edu/library.

Opportunities to Publish

KCC English students have several opportunities to see their writing in print and build their portfolios or resumes while studying at KCC, including the following

The Bruin News Student Newspaper

The Bruin News student newspaper is an online publication produced by KCC students. The Bruin News regularly seeks student writers as well as letters to the editor. For more information, visit The Bruin News website.

The Mosaic Art & Literary Journal

KCC publishes the Mosaic, an art and literary journal featuring art and writing created by KCC students, annually during the spring semester. Students interested in seeing their work in print can submit up to four total works across categories including poetry, scripts and short fiction and nonfiction, in addition to art and photography. Submission periods usually open at the beginning of the spring semester. For more information, contact English professor Matt Samra at 269-565-7963 or [email protected].

English & Literature Contacts

Ronald Davis

Ronald Davis

Faculty, English

David Johnson

David Johnson

Faculty, Transitional Studies (English)

Elyse Jozlin

Elyse Jozlin

Faculty, English

Craig Mack

Craig Mack

Faculty, English

Lin Marklin

Lin Marklin

Faculty, English

Email Lin
Martha Perkins

Martha Perkins

Faculty, English

Matthew Samra

Matthew Samra

Faculty, English

Tom Webster

Tom Webster

Faculty, English

Paula Westdorp

Paula Westdorp

Faculty, Reading and Learning Strategies

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