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English Programs

English at College of DuPage is comprised of Creative WritingFilmLiterature and Writing Studies. Each program has its own unique focus and approach, but all of the programs provide high-demand 21st century skills like communication, collaboration and problem solving. 

Through innovative English courses taught by award-winning faculty, students will build personal and interpersonal communication skills and gain academic and professional skills. Students also have the opportunity to unlock creative potential while sharpening analytical and communication abilities. Discussion also focuses around understanding and appreciating global perspectives and cultural viewpoints.

A variety of programs and on-campus activities are available for students of varying skill levels and multiple interests. Students can take advantage of the Accelerated Learning Program designed specially for students who meet reading, but not writing placement requirements. Writers can also take part in the professional writing or creative writing lecture series. During Writers Read, students also have the opportunity to read and discuss work with a published author.  

The hiring outlook for English majors remains positive as business and industry continue to need creative problem solvers and effective communicators. By virtue of its versatility, English prepares graduates for the diverse jobs of today and the professional opportunities of tomorrow.

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing exposes learners to creative writing genres including poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, fiction, and screenwriting.

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Film

Students can choose to study film analysis, film production or both through a series of cross-listed course offerings between English and Motion Picture/Television departments.

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Literature

Literature classes explore literary texts from a broad range of cultures, geographies and time periods.

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Writing Studies

Writing Studies is a multifaceted program that prepares you for academic, public and professional writing.

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Why do I write? To say what others have not, to change what is needed, to enlighten those in the dark, and to be the voice to anyone who has been silenced.
- Lauren Krizenecky (COD Creative Writing Student and Accounting major)

I have thoroughly enjoyed taking Creative Writing courses online. As a writer, the classes have helped enhance my writing skills and overall help me better my craft.
- Vanessa Jasek (COD Alumnus)

English courses at College of DuPage are beneficial in aiding our understanding of texts as well as connecting the historical context of different time periods to our society today. Even in the courses I'm currently taking at ISU, I still utilize the analytical skills I acquired at COD.
- Brianna Liddell (COD Alumnus majoring in English Education at Illinois State University)

In Literature, I saw clearly for the first time the ways in which the literary knowledge, critical thinking skills, and communication skills I was getting from liberal arts classes could be translated into other areas of my life and into other fields.
- Elly Nalbach (COD Alumnus)

COD Stories

Bridget Kingston

During her first semester, Bridget Kingston began writing and editing for the student newspaper, The Courier. Now she is the first College of DuPage student to take advantage of COD’s Columbia AA to BA in English Transfer program.

Bridget's COD Story

COD Stories

Olivia Voegtle

Olivis Voegtle began taking dual credit courses at COD while a junior in high school in order to supplement her homeschool classes and count toward a degree. Working as an editor for The Prairie Light Review, COD’s Liberal Arts journal, gave her the hands-on experience in the field she wanted to pursue.

Olivis' COD Story

COD Stories

Leigh Stein

Leigh Stein, a former College of DuPage Honors program student, is now an accomplished writer and published author. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and earned her Poets and Writers Magazine’s Amy Award, while her first novel, "The Fallback Plan," debuted to great success.

Leigh's COD Story

There is a big misconception a lot of people have about majoring in English that I myself didn't realize. Majoring in English does not mean your options are limited to teaching literature or writing novels (but if that's what you want to do, then go for it!) - there are actually countless other careers available to English majors.

Bree ScottCOD Alumnus and Lewis University Student, majoring in English