English Department

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 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.

Recognizing the diverse abilities of the student body, the English Department has developed a sequence of courses that build on each other and are intended to progressively prepare students for the rigors of reading, writing and critical thinking taught in ENG* 101. If a student is not ready for *ENG 101, he/she will be placed in one of the following courses:

ENG* 003: Foundations of Reading

ENG* 064: Foundations of College English

ENG* 066: Foundation for College Study/Reading/Writing

ENG* 093: Introduction to College Reading and Writing

While the majority of course offerings are in Compostion and the courses that prepare students for Compostion, the English Department also offers courses in literature, creative writing, research writing and technical writing, honors courses and several practicums. Additionally the department offers courses in English as a Second Language for the non-English speaking student. A complete listing and description of all English courses can be found in MCC's course descriptions.

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 protion of the web site.

Career Information

Learn about a career with a degree in English.


David Caldwell
Department Co-chair
Tanya Millner-Harlee
Tanya Millner-Harlee
Department Co-chair

David Caldwell
Assistant Professor
Co-Chair, English Department

Tanya Millner-Harlee
Associate Professor
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 progams with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I - 84.

Last Update: October 31 2012
For additional information, contact: Brenda St. Peter