As an English major at Nashua Community College, you will read and analyze literature from diverse authors as well as hone your writing, speaking, and research skills. Through our creative writing and technical and professional writing courses, you will develop your own writing style while writing with precision and clarity. An English degree at NCC gives you the foundation to transfer directly into a Bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university.
Why Study English Here?
Most of your English classes at NCC will have fewer than 20 students. These small classes allow you to collaborate with others and comfortably participate in lively discussions. You will get to know your classmates through writing workshops, literature discussions, and oral presentations.
Earn your degree in a way that works for you, with or many flexible class modes, including online, in-person, or remote via Zoom.
Career tracks for an English major include education, writing, editing, reporting, law, publishing, and foreign service, among many other choices.
“We read literature to develop empathy. In our literature classes, students read and write about characters from different time-periods, socio-economic status, race, culture, and circumstance to deepen their understanding of society and to reveal what is universal in the human experience.”
Upon the completion of the degree in English, graduates will be able to:
Display analytical skills in their written and oral responses to texts
Demonstrate knowledge in research skills, utilizing college-level credible sources
Write with precision and clarity
Demonstrate an ability to work with peers on collaborative projects
Utilize oral and written communication skills
Demonstrate a thorough command of MLA style documentation
In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.
All students in English are required to complete the following courses:
ENGL101N College Composition or ENGL110N Honors Expository Writing (minimum grade of C required) (Note: transfer or Running Start credit requires a minimum grade of C; comparable CLEP score is 50)
ENGL102N Writing About Literature
ENGL105N Introduction to Literature
Two semesters of British literature courses (ENGL230N/231N)
An American Literature course (ENGL215N or ENGL241N)
Two English electives, which can be writing, speaking or communications courses
ENGL285N Special Topics in English Studies Seminar
Students planning to transfer into an English program at a four-year college or university are encouraged to contact that school’s transfer admissions office to review their curriculum requirements.
While an English degree will transfer into many four-year college and universities, we have specific pathways to make transfer seamless with these schools:
University of New Hampshire—Durham and Manchester
Granite State College
New England College
NCC English professors come from a variety of backgrounds including journalism, theater, academia, publishing, technical writing, communications, fiction and non-fiction writing, and education.
Get involved! Windows Magazine is NCC’s student produced literary and art magazine. Windows showcases student poetry, short stories, narratives, drawings, and photography. Windows is produced once a semester and is available online and in hard copy format around campus. Each semester, Windows Magazine hosts a coffeehouse to celebrate writing, art, and music.