English Area of Study (Area of Study, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Degree Type
Area of Study

Program Description


The English Department offers a wide selection of courses for students with varying interests, from improving basic reading, writing, and study skills to appreciating and understanding great works of American and world literature.

The literature classes offer students both introductory surveys and more advanced and specialized studies of the literature of specific genres and historical periods. Students who are seeking an initial acquaintance can take ENG 231-Introduction to Literature: Poetry and Drama and ENG 233-Introduction to the Novel. Those interested in more specialized courses may choose from two American literature surveys, Shakespeare, Children’s literature, and African-American literature, among others. ENG 139-Creative Writing is offered in the fall and winter semesters.

ENG 135-Business and Technical Writing and Research trains students to write effectively in the workplace, and it is also available to people already working in local business and industry who desire to improve their professional writing skills. Sections of this course are among those taught in computer- equipped classrooms and online, thus emphasizing computer technology as a critical tool in workplace communication. Students should contact University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center for ENG 135 transferability to other institutions.

ENG 079 and ENG 081 (developmental reading courses) and ENG 088 and ENG 093 (developmental writing courses) and are offered every semester to provide students the opportunity to improve their basic skills and ensure their success at Henry Ford College. Students placement scores determine which courses are appropriate, given their existing reading and writing skills.

If students placement scores indicate no need for developmental courses, they should enroll in ENG 131- Introduction to College Writing, a freshman-level course which stresses critical reading, critical thinking, and critical writing. Either ENG 132-College Writing and Research, or ENG 135-Business and Technical Writing and Research follows successful completion of ENG 131.

Some students for whom English has not been the primary language need specialized courses to prepare them for academic success. The English Department offers one developmental writing course for such students (ENG 092), and one developmental reading courses (ENG 082). Enrollment is restricted to 20 per class in these courses in order to ensure that these students receive individual attention.

Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2017 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.