The Literature and Language department offers a variety of courses in composition, creative writing, technical and business writing, and literature that challenge students to read and write critically with attention to audience, purpose, and Edited American English. Students practice researching, evaluating, synthesizing, and documenting source information from verbal, visual, and multimedia texts to support and advance their own perspectives. Instructional methods emphasize engaging students with interactive activities such as student-led discussions, small-group exercises, collaborative and multimodal projects, and informal and formal presentations.
To expand their writing skills, students can join the Writers Unlimited Club, through which they can workshop their own fiction and nonfiction writing with other faculty, staff, and student writers, as well as attend area plays and author lectures and write for the Grayson student newspaper, The Viking. For those students who meet the membership requirements, Sigma Kappa Delta, the national English honor society for two-year colleges, offers public recognition of their academic achievement.
Speakers of Other Languages Learning English
Grayson College offers two options for students who speak other languages to learn English. The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes are available through the Adult Basic Education program, and the Intensive English Program is offered through our International Students division.
Areas of Employment Utilizing Training in English
Writing/Editing: Creative writing (books, poetry, plays, screenplays, scripts, greeting cards, lyrics/jingle writing), journalism (writing/reporting, editing), technical writing (science and medical writing), freelance writing
Education: Teaching, administration, student affairs, academic advising, information/library science, non-classroom teaching, tutoring, English as a Second Language (ESL)
Publishing: Editing, advertising, sales, circulation, production, publicity, marketing, promotion, administration
Advertising: Creative services (copy writing, art direction), account management, media, account planning, production
Public Relations: Account coordination, writing/editing, media relations, account management
Business: Management, sales, marketing, human resources, insurance (claims, underwriting)
Law: Law assistance, prosecution, defense, contractual, corporate, nonprofit or public interest, government, mediation, lobbying
Job Outlook & Growth
Refer to the U. S. Dept. of Labor: Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014 – 2015 for careers in the above mentioned fields.
Mary Yetta McKelva
Chair of Literature and Language