Composition and Literature Coordinator: Seamus Gibbons
The mission of the department of literature at Bergen Community College is to develop in our students the ability to criticize, analyze and respond in writing to the ideas presented in expository prose and literature in order to foster intellectual growth and academic success. The Composition and Literature Program provides instruction to nearly all students enrolled at Bergen Community College. All matriculated students take at least Composition I and a great many students take Composition II and Literature courses. No matter what year, semester or time you take the course, the composition courses will contain certain common features. Faculty may vary from these to reflect their individual teaching styles. Several composition courses are offered on-line every semester. Our faculty and curriculum coursework help composition students achieve improvement in their writing style, diagnose difficulties or overcome writing problems. A number of support services are available. Staffed with professional tutors and faculty, the online Writing Center, can be contacted via email for answers to writing questions.
The liberal arts Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in literature. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a pathway to careers in literature. The Literature option provides students the opportunity to sharpen their critical reading, thinking, and writing skills by taking courses organized by genre, topic, geographical location, and time period. It prepares students for further study at four-year institutions in literary studies and the humanities, as well as other majors that require a solid foundation in critical thinking skills. This preparation is also valuable for students seeking employment in a wide variety of fields. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associates of Arts degree (A.A.) can transfer into majors, such English, literature, and composition. Many four-year colleges require coursework in literature. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.