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The English program offers a wide variety of courses in reading, writing and literature, leading to the degree of Associate in Arts for Transfer. Students can take the full range of literature survey courses required to transfer as an English major. There is also a variety of elective courses offered for in creative writing, literature, and cinema.The English program also offers multiple sections of transfer-level and developmental writing courses to give you the writing skills to succeed in college, to write in the workplace, and to meet university transfer requirements. Students who have completed this program have transferred to UCLA, UCSB, CSUN and California State University, Channel Islands. Career opportunities for students who have transferred and earned a bachelor's degree in English include: reporter, copywriter, copy editor, technical writer, screenwriter, novelist and playwright.

For more information, contact:  

Elissa Caruth Emily Zwaal
Letters Department Chair Letters Department Vice Chair
  • Download the English Brochure
  • Choosing your classes is simple and easy! Here's a guide to English Placement Recommendations
  • ENGL 101 is the first transfer-credit course in our composition sequence: learn more about our grading rubrics.
  • In our courses you'll learn how to research, write about texts, and cite your sources: here's a quick primer on the pitfalls of plagiarism
  • Want to know more about how we're addressing AB-705: The Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act? Check out our video!


Full-time Faculty


Teresa Bonham
Professor of English
Saint Mary's College of California, BA & MFA in Creative Writing
CSU Humboldt, MA
South Faculty Wing Office "V"


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Elissa Caruth
Department Chair, Letters
CSU Northridge, BA, MA
University of Birmingham, MA
North Faculty Wing Office "K"


Lisa Helfrich
Master's English, California State University, Bakersfield
Master's History, California State University, Northridge
Bachelor's History, California State University, Northridge


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José A. Maldonado
Professor of English
CSU Long Beach, MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction)
UC Santa Barbara, BA English; BA Spanish
Letters & Science Bldg. Office "F"

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Gaylene McPherson
Professor of English
Kansas State University, BS in Journalism
Sacramento State University,  MA in English
North Faculty Wing Office "M"


Claudia Moreno Parsons
Professor of English
North Faculty Wing Office "G"
The Graduate Center, CUNY, PhD in English



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Jeannette Redding
Professor of English
UCLA, BA in Theatre Arts & MA in English Literature
UCLA Extension, TESOL Certificate
North Faculty Wing Office "J"


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Anthony Rodriguez
Professor of English
Pepperdine University, BA & MA in English
North Faculty Wing Office "F"


Renee S. Willers
Professor of English
Letters & Science Bldg. Office "H"
Pepperdine University, BA in Creative Writing
Claremont Graduate School, MA & PhD in English



Karen Sutton
Professor of English
Letters & Science Bldg. Office "O"

Part-time Faculty


Dylan Altman
English Instructor


Deborah DeVries
Instructor of English


Jade Arvizu
English Instructor
University of California Los Angeles, BA English
CSU Northridge -
                                      MA  Rhetoric &                                    Composition 


Bola King-Rushing
Instructor of English
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Cristy López-Bowlin
English Instructor
University of Kentucky, MA in English
California Polytechnic State University, BA in English


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Eric Boys
English Instructor

Margaret M
English Instructor


Rebecca Brown
English Instructor
CSU Northridge - BA and MA in English
University of Louisiana at Lafayette -
Ph.D. in English (Creative Writing)



Adam MacDougall
English Instructor


Katherine Carlman
English Instructor


Lisette Davies Ward
English Instructor


Michael Wilson
English Instructor
Howard University (BA English)
The New School (MFA Creative Writing)