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The English discipline strives to develop a community of academic readers, writers, speakers, and listeners.  This discipline values the ability to think critically and creatively and to communicate effectively and appropriately in personal and professional contexts. To this end, the discipline features courses in composition, creative writing, and literature. Composition courses teach students how to write effectively for academic and professional purposes, creative writing courses guide students in writing imaginative pieces, and literature courses engage students as analytical readers of a diverse range of literature.

The English faculty award two $100 English Essay Prizes each year, one for a narrative/personal essay and one for an academic/analytical essay. Essays are nominated by faculty from Composition I classes.

Discipline Course Offerings

ENGL 0091 Fundamentals of Written English ENGL 2131 Modern Novel
ENGL 1101 Composition I ENGL 2132 Modern Drama
ENGL 1113 Composition II ENGL 2133 Modern Poetry
ENGL 1105 Technical Writing ENGL 2134 Modern Short Story
ENGL 1109 Writing about Literature ENGL 2135 American Indian Literature
ENGL 2106 Creative Writing ENGL 2136 Mythology
ENGL 2100 Introduction to Literature ENGL 2137 Women Writers on Women
ENGL 2110 Masterpieces of World Literature ENGL 2138 Literature and the Environment

Employment Information

Employers seek employees with strong English skills, and written and oral communication skills are often a substantial portion of an employee’s evaluation in any professional position. Sample job titles (some requiring additional education beyond an associate or bachelor's degree) include:

- Advertising Copywriter
- Computer Instructional Designer
- Book, Magazine, or Online Editor
- Corporate Communications
- Public Relations and Marketing
- Freelance Writer
- Publications Researcher

- Grant writer
- Radio/Television Copywriter
- Journalist
- Technical Writer
- Teacher
- College Instructor or Professor

English Faculty in the News!

Lisa Marcis interview on Prairie Public Radio

English instructor Lisa Marcis was recently interviewed by Prairie Public Radio about her personal journey with creative writing in which she shares a few of her poems.

Faculty Profiles

Teresa Alto | 108 Donovan Hall | 218-322-2371 | Teresa.Alto@itascacc.edu

Teresa Alto earned a Master of Arts in English from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts in English and in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California at Berkeley. Before she started teaching at Itasca Community College, she worked as an English and reading test editor for American College Testing (ACT), a book editor for The Oliver Press, and a public relations account writer and coordinator for Sterling Executive Counselors. She has undertaken a project researching the life and work of an ancestor who was an English teacher in the first half of the twentieth century. In her free time, she enjoys bicycling, cross-country skiing, canoeing, camping, mushroom hunting, cooking, and, of course, reading.