The Language and Literature Department offers intensive English literature and writing courses to help students develop and strengthen their critical thinking skills, become proficient college-level readers and writers, and clear, effective communicators. Writing courses will focus on helping students become competent and skillful writers by using selective rhetorical strategies. Literature courses will evaluate and examine cultures, issues, and themes in multiple genres by applying a variety of writing methods and styles. Students will demonstrate critical thinking through literary analysis. The courses offered by the Language and Literature Department are designed to prepare students for transfer to a four- year college or university and/or to be successful and contributing members of the modern work force.