Discover the World Through Literary Expression

The CCSF English program offers an ever-changing variety of different literature classes each semester. This is an excellent opportunity for you to study some of the words and ideas that have shaped our world.

"It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive."
— James Baldwin

Whether you are majoring in English, majoring in another field, or are still undecided, studying English literature allows you to engage in a conversation with some of the most fascinating minds and personalities of all time (not to mention some pretty interesting classmates and instructors).  

Learn More About the AA-T and the AA

Why study Literature?

For Personal Enrichment   

English literature classes give you the opportunity to encounter texts that simultaneously reflect and shape the world around them. Some have endured for centuries, proving meaningful generation after generation, and revealing the ties that bind us across time. Others are newer, showing glimpses into different worlds and cultures, building a legacy that will endure for centuries to come. Whether old or new, texts help us understand the wondrous variety of human experience as well as understand how connected we are. Literature builds deep cultural and psychological insight, as well as empathy.

For Academic and Professional Success 

Taking literature courses is one of the best ways to improve your communication and analytical skills – skills crucial to success in a wide range of both studies and professions. Interested in a career in Law?  Psychology? Social Work?  Business?  Education?  Or are you unsure about your career plans, but want as successful and flexible an academic foundation as possible? Majoring in English will give you the skills you need to succeed in many different disciplines.

Stay in Touch!  If you have any questions at all – or if you’d just like a little advice or counseling about the degree - please feel free to reach out to the contact listed on the right-hand side of the page! 

Join the CCSF Lit Club!

This is a student-run social club that meets on occasion to share great writing, favorite books, and all manner of literary enthusiasms.  If you have questions, reach out to the contact listed on the right-hand side of the page.