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English/Literature

We believe in the power of words – to transform, to heal, to inform, to illuminate.

Our dedicated faculty lead students through rigorous and engaging courses in composition, creative writing, and literature designed to strengthen their efforts in any course of study or profession. We offer creative writing classes that invite students to explore a variety of genres at both introductory and advanced levels. Students enrolled in our literature classes encounter texts representing and reflecting all that the world is, has been, and could become – while composition classes encourage students to develop and refine rhetorical skills that will support their future endeavors. No matter the course, students enrolled in SCC English become thinkers, talkers, analysts, critics, and scholars who learn to see the world from a variety of new perspectives. Come join us in this world of words.

Outstanding students of English have many opportunities for recognition at SCC. The English Department recognizes exemplary student writing through the annual awards of The Annie Dillard Award (for creative nonfiction) and The E.B. White Award (for expository writing) which are awarded in the spring semester. The department also puts out a literary journal, Mid Rivers Review, celebrating student writing which awards The Jim Haba Award (for poetry) and The Daniel Woodrell Award (for fiction.) Ask your instructors for details.

In addition to transfer paths for English majors to four-year-universities, the SCC English Department also offers an Associate of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, an Associate of Arts in Technical Writing as well as a Creative Writing certificate.

What is the English, A.A?  

An associate degree in English helps students develop advanced reading and writing skills while focusing on a particular area of individual interest like literature, creative writing, or technical writing. Participants in the English program become proficient in skills that are universally beneficial to all other disciplines. These courses help students to write effectively and persuasively, hone their critical thinking skills, and cultivate their understanding and appreciation of literature and creative writing in the context of history and culture. Students earning an A.A. in English at SCC may take courses in composition, critical thinking, creative writing, technical writing, and a range of literature courses, including British and American surveys, Mythology, World Literature, and Gender in Literature. An English major leads directly to careers in teaching, journalism, publishing and editing, technical writing, public relations, and advertising. It is also excellent preparation for careers in law, communications, government, and a variety of business environments. 

What is the Creative Writing, A.F.A?

Students completing an Associate of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at St. Charles Community College will spend two years honing their craft as practitioners of the art of creative writing.  Through workshops in specific genres as well as courses in publishing and literary study, AFA students at SCC become well-rounded writers prepared for the rigors of a four-year BFA or BA program in English and Creative Writing.  Graduates of creative writing programs go on to a variety of rich, fulfilling careers as novelists, screenwriters, poets, literary agents, editors, and teachers of the art they love.  In addition, they hone their understanding of the many approaches to the writing process, enrich their sense of the skill and artwork that goes into any creative work, and become well-rounded individuals who learn to see the world and the people in it with a complex, understanding eye.

Mid Rivers Review is the college literary and art journal for St. Charles Community College. Contributors hail from the United States and beyond. The journal offers three prizes: The Jim Haba Award for poetry, The Editor's Choice award for visual art, and The Daniel Woodrell Award for prose. We invite submissions of original poetry, short fiction, prose and visual art. For full submission guidelines visit our website: www.stchas.edu/midriversreview. Address correspondence to Michael Kuelker, Editor, English Dept., HUM 203 St. Charles Community College, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., Cottleville, MO 63376. Email midriversreviewscc@gmail.com for a submission form and information about guidelines.

Open-Mic Night at The Coffeehouse

Want to share your creativity in a fun, relaxed atmosphere? Then step up to the mic! The Coffeehouse is an open-mic format where poets, short fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and songwriters share their creativity.

Come prepared to present a three to seven-minute selection of your original work or just come to listen and enjoy a good cup of java among friends. Complimentary coffee and cookies are served.

The SCC Coffeehouse meets from 7-9 p.m. in the Student Lounge of the Social Sciences Building:

  • Oct. 3, 2019
  • Nov. 7, 2019
  • Feb. 20, 2020
  • April 23, 2020

Open-Mic Night at the SCC Coffeehouse is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christy Gant (636-922-8665) cgant@stchas.edu.

Creative Writing Certificate

Earning a Certificate of Specialization in creative writing provides students the opportunity to hone their skills and abilities in a variety of forms of creative writing, as well as the practices of publishing writing. 

For more information, contact Joe Baumann jbaumann@stchas.edu.

Diversity Certificate

This certificate will offer students an opportunity to exhibit their specialized experience with diversity while acquiring their general education. It indicates that students have participated in college-level academic discourse on topics such as age, race, gender, disabilities, and culture. These may encompass Gender Studies, Diaspora Studies (Black, Indian, Native American Indian and Jewish Studies, for example), Disabilities Studies, and Regional Studies.  For more information, contact Virginia Guneyli vguneyli@stchas.edu.

Global Studies Certificate

This program is designed to enable students to develop a fundamental level of international and intercultural competence, and to prepare them to assume their role in an increasingly complex, interconnected and interdependent world. Additionally, the program will reinforce the four State-Level Skill Area Goals and the four State-Level Knowledge Area Goals of the new General Education structure using an explicit global focus.  For more information, contact Denise McCracken dmccracken@stchas.edu.

Honors Program

The SCC Honors Program provides enriching and challenging academic experiences and dynamic learning opportunities for our high-achieving students. We promote diverse, interdisciplinary learning and seek to foster a community of life-long learners who motivate, support, and serve each other, our campus, and our community.

Receiving an Honors certificate looks great on a student’s résumé and puts them in a good position to earn transfer scholarships and gain admission into Honors programs at four-year schools. For more information, contact Heather Rodgers hrodgers@stchas.edu.

Service Learning

Community service participants volunteer for the primary or sole purpose of meeting the needs of others and bettering the community as a whole. People engaged in high-quality service-learning meet the needs of their communities while increasing their own academic achievement. Service-learning students will also take part in structured time designated to investigate community needs, invoke upon thoughtful planning of the project and complete a guided reflection regarding the relationship between service experience and more traditional in-class learning. Most important, they will engage equally with learning and service and reflect on the connections. For more information, contact Bryonie Carter bcarter@stchas.edu.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges. The purpose of PTK is to recognize and promote academic achievement. Alpha Xi Chi, SCC's Chapter, conducts activities related to the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa: Service, Fellowship, Leadership, and Scholarship. Students will be invited to become members upon completion of 12 or more college-level credits with a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. For more information, contact Christy Gant cgant@stchas.edu, Rachel McWhorter rmcwhorter@stchas.edu, or Cathy Daugherty kdaugherty@stchas.edu.

Creative Writing Society

The Creative Writing Society of St. Charles Community College is dedicated to motivating, inspiring and enhancing the work of fellow writers on campus. This group is open to all genres of creative writing.

For more information, contact Joe Baumann and Lindsay Brand, jbaumann@stchas.edu and lbrand@stchas.edu.

Experience College Abroad!

St. Charles Community College, in cooperation with the Missouri Consortium for Global Education, offers College Abroad at Canterbury Christ Church University in the spring  fall semester.

For more information about Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury England, call 636-922-8258.

The 2018-19 English Department Handbook is available online, or view the handbook pdf.

This handbook gives an overview of the English department including a list of the full-time English faculty, descriptions of all the English, creative writing, technical writing, and literature courses offered,  placement procedures and appeals, sample syllabi, and other pertinent information for instructors at SCC.

Majors, Degrees & Certificates

Contact Information

Jacqueline Gray,
Program Chair
636-922-8569
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Shannon Beahan,
Office Coordinator
(636-922-8254)
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Office Location
HUM 203
Office Hours

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Monday-Friday

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