Welcome! The English Department at Manchester Community College is committed to the belief that reading, writing and critical thinking are essential activities for all people. Through the courses it offers and the activities and events it sponsors, the department engenders a love of the spoken and written word and enriches the academic, cultural and economic life of the college and the community. The English Department offers courses in academic reading and writing, literature, creative writing, research writing and technical writing, honors courses and several practicums.

The department is often thought of as the gateway to the college experience. ENG* 101: English Composition, a requirement of every degree program and a prerequisite for many courses, is an integral part of the college’s general education core curriculum. This course introduces students to the kinds of reading, writing and critical thinking that they will encounter in the academic world.

Every student is required to take an assessment test prior to registration in a program. The results of this test will determine the degree of preparedness and readiness of the student to enter and successfully complete ENG* 101.

Student placements are determined by an assessment test prior to registration in a program. (Some students may be exempt from this process. The link explains the exceptions.) The results of this test will determine the degree of preparedness and readiness of the student to enter and successfully complete ENG* 101.

Recognizing that not all students will be prepared to enter the college-level English curriculum, the department has developed two developmental courses which prepare students for ENG *101:

ENG* 093: Introduction to College Reading and Reading

ENG* 096: Introduction to College English

Based on their placement scores, students will enroll in either of these courses, and with successful completion, will be eligible for ENG* 101.

Some students, also based on their placement scores, will be eligible to register for ENG* 101 with developmental support embedded into the course:  ENG* 101M: Composition with Embedded Support.

The department’s primary goal is to help students become successful college-level readers, writers and thinkers, and one of the benefits of attending MCC are the English Department support services available to students who wish additional help and practice.

Students interested in pursuing their education in English will often start their course work at MCC because of its high quality instruction and more affordable tuition and fees and then transfer into a bachelor of arts degree program to continue their studies. Students who are thinking of transferring are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss how MCC courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available at MCC can be found in the Transfer Services portion of the web site.

Additionally the department has an English as a Second Language (ESL) Program for the non-English speaking student. A complete listing and description of all English courses can be found in MCC’s course descriptions.

Career Information

Learn about a career with a degree in English.


Rae Strickland
Co-Chair, English Department

James Gentile
Co-Chair, English Department

MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

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