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.

Career Options

  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Communications specialist
  • Government consultant
  • Lawyer
  • Business executive

Related Degrees

First Year – Fall Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
ENGL110GCollege Composition I404
CRIT150GCritical Thinking in the Humanities303
MATH145G /

Quantitative Reasoning / Plus

Or higher in the Applied Math / Statistics Pathway
 English Elective303
100 Level English Elective, except ENGL117
Total Credits14 / 15

First Year – Spring Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
ENGL214GIntroduction to Creative Nonfiction303
 Math Elective  4
 (225, 215 or 170)   
ENGL127GIntroduction to Literary Analysis303
 200 Level Survey Elective303
ENGL Survey Course electives choices are ENGL209G, American Literature through the Civil War, ENGL220G, American Literature after the Civil War, ENGL223G British Literature to 1800, and ENGL224G, British Literature from 1800 to the Present.
Total Credits13

First Year – Summer Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
 Social Science Elective303
Total Credits3

Second Year – Fall Semester

Second Year – Spring Semester

Course IDCourseTheoryLabCredits
ENGL2XXG200 Level Survey Elective303
ENGL2XXG200 Level English Elective303
ENGL2XXG200 Level English Elective303
 Social Science Elective303
 Lab Science Elective32/34
Total Credits16

Total Overall Credits : 62 – 63

Program Outcomes

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. 

In-Depth Description

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 ENGL110G: College Composition I, CRIT150: Critical Thinking, and an introductory literature course (such as ENGL114G: Introduction to Poetry, ENGL115G: Introduction to Film Studies, or ENGL120G: Introduction to African American Literature and Culture) in their first semester. ENGL127G: Introduction to Literary Analysis is best taken in the second semester. 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. 

Transfer Opportunities

We offer transfer articulation agreements with UNH to the B.A. in English, English Literature, and Journalism.

Faculty Scholarship

Dr. Hinnov’s  (https://greatbay.academia.edu/EmilyMHinnov) forthcoming chapter, “Teaching the Harlem Renaissance Era Work of Hannah Höch, Marita O. Bonner, and Nella Larsen,” considers novels, essays, and photocollages produced by women in the 1920s, and it will be 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 late 2020. This chapter continues her interest in connecting the study of literature and visual culture.

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 2021. This marks her third academic conference presentation since coming to Great Bay. 

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-could enhance her teaching of Woolf’s work. 

New Course

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

New Resource

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

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 (ehinnov@ccsnh.edu) or Cindy Walton (cwalton@ccsnh.edu) for eligibility requirements. 


Contact an Admissions Representative at (603) 427-7600 ex 7500 or gbadmissions@ccsnh.edu