If you love reading literature, or if you love to write, or if you’re fascinated with the origins of the English language, then you should pursue a degree in English. This program offers broad exposure to the literature, history, and culture of the English language. You will learn critical thinking skills as well as how to write clearly, persuasively, and creatively. An English degree at Great Bay helps you translate your love for literature and your creative talents into a successful academic career and a fulfilling future solving real-world problems.
Why Great Bay?
The English program at Great Bay offers a good deal of flexibility in choosing electives. After completing the basic degree requirements, you’ll be able to focus your studies on literature, writing, film, and the humanities. Other program highlights include our small discussion- and research-oriented classes and the opportunity to complete an internship. The Great Bay English department is currently the only community college in New Hampshire to offer an internship in the humanities course.
- Communications specialist
- Government consultant
- Business executive
GBCC students enrolled in English, Humanities and Liberal Arts can register for English 289: Internship in the Humanities (offered in the Spring semester). This 3-credit course is designed to offer humanities majors an opportunity to put the writing, communication, critical thinking, creative, and collaborative skills developed in their coursework into practice in the world of humanities-related work. Students will explore answers to the question “What can I do with my humanities degree?” while ideally focusing on a semester-long internship project.
Interested students should contact Dr. Emily M. Hinnov ([email protected]) or Prof. Cindy Walton ([email protected]) for eligibility requirements.
Total Overall Credits: 62 – 64
Students graduating with the Associate of Arts degree in English will be able to:
• Understand a comprehensive variety of stylistic periods and genres, as well as the scope and significance of literature written in English.
• Develop skills of analysis and interpretation using different theoretical approaches to study and analyze literature and language within the broad range of human experience.
• Examine how texts are written and received within literary, cultural, and socio-historical contexts while recognizing that literature and language reflect and impact cultural change.
• Develop the ability to write effectively, persuasively, and analytically for a wide range of audiences.
• Qualify for transfer to a four-year college or university with the necessary foundation in English and/or related fields such as Writing, History, the Humanities, or Political Science.
The English major at Great Bay encompasses the study of a wide range of literary periods, styles, and genres. The requirements provide students with a broad background in American, British, and continental literature written in English, as well as the analytical tools and skills necessary for the serious academic study of literature. Students can pursue specialized literary or writing interests through their major electives. The program provides a strong foundation for further study of English and the humanities at four-year colleges and universities.
An English associate degree emphasizes solid, adaptable communication skills for students who love literature and language and the exploration and development of complex ideas. The English major also builds important research, writing, and critical thinking skills that translate into valuable workplace contributions in a wide variety of fields. Specific career areas may include: teaching, writing, communications, editing, publishing, journalism, education, and the law.
It is recommended that students take the following in their first semester:
- ENGL110G/111G: College Composition I / with Lab
- CRIT150: Critical Thinking
- An introductory literature course (such as ENGL114G: Introduction to Poetry, ENGL115G: Introduction to Film Studies, or ENGL120G: Introduction to African American Literature and Culture)
It is recommended that students take the following in the second semester:
- ENGL127G: Introduction to Literary Analysis
Students are also encouraged to make Lab Science, Math, Humanities/Foreign Language/Fine Arts, and Social Science Elective choices based upon particular four-year college’s transfer requirements and general education cores.
We offer transfer articulation agreements with UNH to the B.A. in English, English Literature, and Journalism.
Dr. Hinnov’s most recent chapter, “Teaching the Harlem Renaissance: Hannah Höch, Marita O. Bonner, and Nella Larsen,” was published in a collection titled Teaching Modernist Women’s Writing in English (edited by Janine M. Utell) for the MLA Options for Teaching Series in May 2021. This chapter considers novels, essays, and photocollages produced by women in the 1920s and continues her interest in connecting the study of literature and visual culture.
The membership of the International Virginia Woolf Society voted for Dr. Hinnov’s panel, “Woolf’s 21st-Century Academia,” and the Modern Language Association accepted it for their annual convention to take place in Washington, DC in January 2022. This panel will explore Woolf’s progressive notion of an “adventurous college” and the ways that Woolfians of all types might realize her collaborative vision—despite the increasingly uncertain future of academia.
Dr. Hinnov’s paper, “‘Thinking Peace into Existence’: The World War II Era Work of Virginia Woolf, Jessica Dismorr, and Elizabeth Bowen,” has been accepted for presentation at FiMA2: Feminist Revolutions, the second annual Feminist inter/Modernist Association conference at Loyola University Chicago in April 2022. This presentation takes an interdisciplinary approach to engaging with World War II era feminist/modernist writers and artists’ responses to war.
Dr. Hinnov attended a week-long summer course on “Virginia Woolf’s Gardens” at Wolfson College, Cambridge University in July 2019: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/summer-course. It was exciting to see how this in-depth study—taught by some world-renowned Woolf scholars—enhanced her teaching of Woolf’s work at Great Bay.
To address the lack of internships and experiential learning opportunities available to humanities majors, the English Department is announcing their new course, Internship in the Humanities.
We wanted to let you know about a newly available resource for the English and Humanities Department through the GBCC Library, the MLA International Bibliography Database.
Here is some information on this database:
You can access it through a general Ebsco search, or directly through this link
We hope you will be able to make use of this in your humanities classes. We have been trying to acquire access for many years, so we are very excited that we finally have it!
Internship in the Humanities
Internship in the Humanities
This 3-credit course, open to English and Humanities students, was first offered in the Spring of 2020.
The course is designed to give students an opportunity to put the skills they have developed in writing, communication, critical thinking, and creative collaboration in their English and Humanities courses into practice in the world of work, and help them answer the question “What can I do with my humanities degree?”. They hope that this course this will create student ambassadors for the humanities at Great Bay.
Interested students should contact Emily M. Hinnov ([email protected]) or Cindy Walton ([email protected]) for eligibility requirements.