Shape lives as a reader, writer and thinker

English majors are curious, versatile and passionate learners and doers. Fuel your curiosity with our fast-paced, flexible paths of study.

Explore the origins of language and understand important principles of linguistics. Curate, evaluate and incorporate a variety of sources into thoughtfully written analyses. Learn to compose content across a variety of digital media, including websites, blogs, podcasts and social media.

Today’s employers value employees with top-notch communication skills. When you study English at the College of Lake County, you gain confidence and in-demand skills that translate to a rewarding career in business, marketing, law or education.

Why study English with us?

We empower you to reach your full potential as a reader, writer and change-maker. You learn in a safe and inclusive environment, which allows you to better develop your individual voice, critical thinking and creative processes.

You learn with a blend of traditional classroom, online and field courses. Take advanced workshops in specific genres to further develop creative writing and editing skills alongside your peers.

Your instructors know you by name—not number. At CLC, the instructors are teachers first, researchers second. They dedicate their careers to helping you learn and understand the art of English language and literature. You learn the same material studied at 4-year schools, while you receive the personal attention and feedback possible only in small class sizes.

Enhance your passion for writing and reading

Immerse yourself in writing and literary opportunities—in and out of the classroom:


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  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

Transfer Degree

For students planning to transfer to a 4-year college or university for a bachelor’s degree.

These programs are built around general education classes that lead to an associate degree designed to transfer to a 4-year school. CLC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) to ensure that approved courses will transfer to other participating colleges and universities. Transfer degrees typically take 2 years* to complete.

*Assumes full-time enrollment.

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English Literature

Associate in Arts
Transfer Degree

Courses in the program

We offer a wide range of courses in Composition, Literature, Creative Writing, Technical Writing, Journalism—and so much more!

Meet our instructors

Experience the benefit of small class sizes and personalized instruction from your CLC instructors.

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    Kenneth Dantes

    Transfer student

    "It felt like a community because there were actually those teachers that have time for you. During class, I knew I could have that relationship with them."

    Kenneth studied literature at CLC, then transferred to Elmhurst University. While at CLC, he worked on film projects in and around Chicago to gain experience and build his network. He now works in Los Angeles as a background production assistant for major streaming shows.

    Read Kenneth's story

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