The English Department at Butte College offers a range of courses in composition, critical thinking, creative writing, and literature. In addition to surveys of British and American literature, Mythology, Film as Literature, Existential Literature, Queer Film and Literature, Native American Literature, and Shakespeare are offered on a rotating basis. See the literature cycle for details about when each course will next be offered.
In each of these courses, students investigate and evaluate the ways in which literature both reflects and influences various aspects of culture, while also sharpening their critical thinking skills and strengthening their ability to write analytically and persuasively.
In conjunction with the LEAD Department, English promotes basic skills instruction through its composition sequence. English 118 and 119 prepare students for college-level writing. English 2, which enables students to meet AA and transfer requiremenst, focuses on scholarly research and expository, persuasive, and argumentative writing. English 11 further emphasizes the development of critical thinking, logical arguments, and scholarly research.