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Welcome to the Laney College English Dept.!

Thinking of majoring in English?
Click here to check out the ENGLISH ‘TRANSFER DEGREE’!

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Intro Courses
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*  =  Req. for AA-T (English), ‘Associate of Arts for Transfer’ / ‘transfer degree’

* ENGL 1A:  Composition &  Reading
1A – linked w/ 30393 4 units Robledo
508A (NC) 30859 0 units Robledo
Students must   enroll in both linked  classes.
1A – linked w/ 30322 4 units Fielding
 508A (NC) 30942 0 units  Fielding
Students must   enroll in both linked  classes.
ENGL 1A   (no workshop)
1A 30601 4 units Gastis
1A 30358 4 units Oliver
1A 30502 4 units Wanzo
*ENGL 1B:  Composition & Reading: Literature
30556 4 units Harker
*ENGL 5:  Critical  Thinking
 30323 3 units Grossman
30324 3 units Fuller
30477 3 units Weiss
ENGL 10A/B & 210A/B  Creative Writing **10A is NOT a pre-req for 10B **ENGL 10B is an option that counts toward the AA-T.
                10A                      **10B                          210A               210B            30883                       30884                30881              30882 3 units Kaplan


Fall 2020 English Dept schedule of classes for students (Excel file)



The Laney English Department’s mission is to develop, expand, and refine students’ abilities to think critically about themselves and the world, and to understand and manipulate the English language.

The English Department is the educational foundation for every student at Laney: the English Department teaches Laney College students to read, write, and think critically. Through literature, students gain an understanding of humanity; through expository texts situated in historical and cultural contexts, students gain an understanding of being part of a larger universe.

This site is intended to help students and the public

  • Understand our program of course offerings
  • Contact instructors, and learn a little bit about their backgrounds, and
  • Access resources that will facilitate students’ development and success as readers and writers.

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Faculty in our department strive to

1) develop students’ ability to use language to their benefit;

2) improve students’ skills in reading critically, writing thoughtfully and cogently, and applying these skills to research;

3) promote students’ fullest power of expression in cultural, academic, public and professional arenas.

The department prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions and/or the workplace.

Laney English Students Make the News!

We are proud to feature here on our page these articles published in local newspapers, written by students in Laney English classes.

Here is a small sampling:

Hassan Russel, Student Fears for Life During Routine Traffic Stop (The Post News Group, December 16, 2014)

Joi Smith, Oakland Youth is A Survivor: “A Rose that Grew from Concrete” (The Post News Group, November 20, 2014)

Need Writing Support? Check out these resources, and see a tutor in the Writing Center!

* Get support for your writing at the James Oliver Community Writing Center online located on campus in B260.

*Check out these reading & writing resources: https://laney.edu/english/supporting-student-success/reading-writing-resources/