Purpose

The SLCC English department plays an integral role in the College’s mission, vision, and values to provide open-access, comprehensive education to the broader community and to encourage lifelong learning. The department supports students from a variety of backgrounds with various levels of proficiency to engage purposefully and effectively with print and digital literacies in their academic, professional, civic, and personal lives, and serves students who bring to the classroom a wealth of knowledges, languages, and life experiences.

News and Information


Program Contacts

Administrative Assistant

Diane Edmonds
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Academic and Administrative Building, 165
Phone: 801-957-4020
Email: Diane.Edmonds@slcc.edu

Academic Advisor

Sidney McGuire Brown
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
Academic and Administrative Building, 237B
Phone: 801-957-3866
Email: sidney.brown@slcc.edu

Methods

The SLCC English department provides courses in reading, writing, and critical thinking. These courses range from developmental literacy instruction to advanced explorations of the role of language in academic studies, students’ personal and professional experiences, and community/civic settings. We emphasize teaching students to take responsibility for how they communicate in a variety of contexts (e.g. academic, imaginative, work-related) and for how language may be used to achieve results. Courses are taught as intellectual inquiry, and expose students to diverse reading and writing tasks and address how power may be won or lost through the medium of words.

The English department includes several related areas of instruction: Composition and Writing (developmental, introductory, and intermediate), Creative Writing, Literature, Linguistics, and Gender and Cultural Studies. Many courses in the department use service-learning.

Students may earn an A.A. or an A.S. in English, within which emphases are available in Creative Writing, Literature, Writing Studies, English Language Studies, and Cultural Studies. The department also offers a Writing Certificate of Completion.

The English department has long been a college leader in enacting initiatives and programs that celebrate diversity and promote inclusivity and equity. The department developed eight theoretically and pedagogically sound courses in response to the college’s diversity requirement, far exceeding any other department. These courses brought underrepresented voices to the forefront of our curriculum, and interrogated systemic and institutionalized micro-aggression, racism, prejudice, and violence. 



This curriculum led to the development of the long-standing Writing & Social Justice Conference that has invited students to participate in scholarly presentation and discussion of issues ranging from racism to ableism to heteronormativity. This conference has been intricately entwined with our robust service-learning curriculum that brings students into partnership with community members across the county. Recently the conference has been rebranded to “Social Justice @ SLCC” in order to broaden the outreach across the curriculum, as well as to better reflect the ongoing work happening within the English Department throughout the year.


In addition to the degree and certificate programs, the English department provides multiple pathways for students to engage with reading and writing during their time at Salt Lake Community College. These include the: