Welcome! The English Department at CT State Manchester 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. 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.

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 college-level English.

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

Learn more about the degree and courses in this area of study.

For students who plan to transfer to complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree in English at one of the four Connecticut state universities or Charter Oak State College, enrolling in the college’s English Studies Transfer Ticket degree pathway program is a good choice. By entering this program, students are able to start their course work and take advantage of its high quality instruction and more affordable community college tuition and fees. Upon completion of the CSCU Pathway Transfer: English Studies associate degree, students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete a bachelor’s degree in their major without losing any credits or being required to take extra credits or incur additional expenses.

Those who are interested in English or who are considering transferring to a college outside the CSCU system should consider the Liberal Arts and Science associate in arts degree program.

Students who are thinking of transferring are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors to discuss their plans and how courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available can be found in the Transfer Planning portion of the website.

Career Information

Learn about a career with a degree in English.


James Gentile
Co-Chair, English Department

Adrienne Dowd
Assistant Professor
Co-Chair, English Department