The Writing Program
The Writing Program is the foundation of the English and Humanities Department. Writing
clearly, researching effectively, and reading and thinking critically are crucial
skills necessary to be a successful college student in every major or program, and
these skills are applicable in any career path. We have a dynamic array of compositions
professors with innovative and contemporary approaches to teaching writing. We are
piloting a new approach this fall that accelerates developmental writing and allows
students to take ENG 101 at the same time. In addition, we accommodate a variety of
student levels and needs including developmental, ESL and honors.
200-level Literature Courses
The English and Humanities Department boasts a wide offering of 200-level literature
courses that reflects the changing tide of scholarly inquiry, challenges the ever-widening
conventional literary canon, and boldly reimagines classical texts. Through a close
reading of literary texts, students enrolled in 200-level literature courses will
begin conversations that extend beyond the confines of dusty pages and go with them
into the world. Literature professors encourage students to examine imaginative writing
through a lens informed by our contemporary moment when empathy for others’ racialized,
sexualized, politicized, and gendered life experiences is urgent and warranted.
Students may consider courses such as African American and Black Literature, American and British Literature, Asian Literature
in Translation, Films and Literature, The Graphic Novel, Greek and Roman Literature
in Translation, Modern Poetry, Shakespeare, The Short Story, Women in American Literature, special topics courses and many others that satisfy their interests.
The 200-level literature courses help fulfill the requirements for a Liberal Arts
and Humanities two-year degree at Dutchess Community College and hone students’ critical
thinking and analytical writing skills. These skills are invaluable for all students
who decide to transfer to a four year institution regardless of major and for students
who go work in an industry immediately after graduation.
200-level Cultural Studies Courses
In addition, the Department’s cultural studies offerings provide students the opportunity
to explore the systems of power that exert influence in their individual and collective
experiences and to analyze the construction, dissemination, and consumption of cultural
norms and practices as well as resistance to those practices and power structures.
Courses such as Popular Culture and Introduction to Cultural Studies actively encourage students to consider their lives as the subject and focus of their
learning and to apply a critical lens to the multiple media platforms with which they
already are engaging. Likewise, Introduction to Women’s Studies presupposes that the purpose of academic inquiry is to illuminate the truths of the
realities with which we live. Students identify both the overt and the subtle forces
of oppression in the U.S. and abroad, including racism, sexism, homophobia, religious
intolerance, and classism, and they are exposed to the forms of resistance people
have developed to combat social inequality.
Creative Writing Courses
For students wishing to explore their own creative work, the Department offers three
different creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction.
In these Directed Writing courses, students read and critique each other's work in
smaller settings with an emphasis on revision. The courses are taught by our talented
faculty who write and publish fiction and poetry. Our department also advises the
student literary magazine, The Community. You can download or view the 2020 edition here.
The foreign language faculty in the Department of English and Humanities understand
the increasing importance of foreign languages, as our students become global citizens
in an interconnected world. Our students will be engaged in the study of language,
cultures and literatures other than their own, as they acquire language proficiency
and develop communication skills. Students will find these skills valuable in their
future careers as well as in their interpersonal interactions with the local and global
communities. Our department offers courses in American Sign Language, French, German,
Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
The Department of English and Humanities also offers courses in reading and philosophy.
The newly renovated Writing Center, located in Hudson 503, offers free assistance to students working on any writing assignment for any course
offered at the college in addition to other written work such as college application
essays and resumes. Friendly student and professional tutors will respond to your
writing questions and concerns and will work with you on effective writing strategies. The Writing Center also has many reference books for
writers and handouts on issues about composition, style, and grammar. Our Computer Lab offers free printing to all DCC students.
English as a Second Language Courses
Non-native English speaking students can study academic English in courses designed
specifically for their needs as burgeoning language learners. ESL Reading/Writing
courses teach learners to express their ideas clearly, in sophisticated yet natural-sounding
written English, and prepare them for the rigors of the required ENG 101 Composition
course. ESL Listening/Speaking courses teach learners the active listening and speaking
skills necessary to comprehend lectures and to fully participate in discussion and
debate in courses across the disciplines. Intensive grammar instruction and support
is provided in all ESL courses.
Please contact DCC’s ESL Coordinator, Linda Ciano, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-431-8443 with questions about how DCC can support you as you work to improve
your English proficiency.