English Department


An associate of English degree from NTCC can help students master the valuable written communication skills that employers are looking for no matter the profession. Through practicing composition and speech, English allows one to write and speak effectively, assimilate, analyze, and prioritize information. Through studying literature in its myriad of forms—oral, written or visual—students have access to the record and experiences of dozens of cultures, hundreds of time periods, and thousands of lifetimes without ever leaving their easy chair.

The study Are They Really Ready to Work?: Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce by the Conference Board and the Society for Human Resource Management found that what businesses across the spectrum need most from prospective new employees are the abilities to communicate well in the written and spoken word and to exercise critical thinking and problem solving.

While many people who study English may become teachers, authors, or editors; they also enter a variety of other professions. An English major can lead to work in any field that requires strong communication skills—media centers, businesses, museums or public agencies. English majors often become well-paid lawyers, judges, civil servants, and politicians. If you are interested in pursuing a degree in English, please email English professors, Julie Ratliff at jratliff@ntcc.edu or Mandy Smith at msmith@ntcc.edu.


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As a student in NTCC's English Department, you can expect to develop as a writer, communicator, and critical thinker. You will learn how to analyze language, media, and communication techniques, and to discuss how these ways of thinking and communicating shape our culture and your identity. Equipped with these skills, our students develop into lifelong learners that possess the ability to turn a variety of perspectives into practical and meaningful workplace and community solutions.

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Mandy Smith