Develop Your Writing Skills & Expand Your World View

Learn to write well, understand and enjoy what you read, and widen your perspective on the world via North's range of English courses. Strong English skills are invaluable as you continue your education and crucial to almost any career path you may be considering. English studies open the door to life-long pleasure and enrichment.

All North’s English classes transfer — some as specific English courses and some as general arts and humanities credits. Choose from classes in literature, film, composition, grammar, creative writing, technical writing, integrated studies or independent study.


In your study of literature at North, explore the work of authors from around the world, past to present. You might study Shakespeare; contemporary world literature; or women’s, African-American, Asian-American or children’s literature. You can choose to experience the richness of your own background or learn about another culture. You can also examine culture and various aspects of filmmaking through the study of American film or transnational cinema.

Creative Writing

In creative writing, discover your own passion for poetry and fiction. Read, analyze and discuss poems and short stories, and study the elements of the craft. Then, each week, submit your own poems, scenes or short stories for feedback and discussion. Tapping your creative juices can lead to many careers — journalism, marketing or advertising, or simply the satisfaction of finding your own voice.

Composition & More

Composition courses are the bread and butter of the English department.

ENGL& 101 is required for most degree and certificate programs at North. The study of English composition includes understanding and analyzing a variety of texts, demonstrating critical thinking through various forms of written expression, and writing for particular audiences and purposes. ENGL& 101 is a prerequisite for ENG&102, which offers study of academic essay-writing for 4-year transfer. In ENGL&102 you learn how to do research and write using sources that support your assertions.

North’s Advanced Grammar course teaches you about the patterns in the English language and how to use that grammar knowledge to become a better writer. In Technical Writing, you acquire skills directly applicable to the business, engineering and professional marketplace.

Integrated Studies & Independent Study

Integrated studies courses (including some Coordinated Studies and some Linked Courses) fulfill English requirements and AA degree requirements. Coordinated Studies classes provide a unique learning community, where study topics extend into several disciplines. Consider these intriguing combinations: “Beginnings” (English, Humanities, Communication and Women’s Studies), “Sex Sells” (Psychology, Gender and Women’s Studies, English and Humanities), “You Talkin’ to Me?” (English and Communication), and “Wicked Witches, Private Eyes and Femme Fatales” (English and Humanities).

In the independent study option, you work individually with an English instructor on an English-related project of your choice for credit. (You must have approval from the specific instructor and the dean of Arts and Humanities to sign up for this course.)

Developmental English

Supportive, close-knit pre-college English classes provide skills in reading, writing and grammar for those who need help in successfully transitioning to college-level work.

Developmental or pre-college classes are offered as a 2-course/10-credit block with reading and writing classes together because the two skills are so interrelated.

Strong Faculty Support 

North's English instructors are dedicated, talented and diverse, choosing North because they love teaching and working at a community college. They are available to give you direct feedback on your course work. 

Varied Class Formats

The English Department offers online classes (composition, creative writing and literature courses can be taken entirely online), hybrids (online work with some on-campus meetings), and courses in a traditional classroom setting. Some students already in 4-year colleges and universities choose to take English courses here, because of availability of evening and online classes.

Extracurricular Options

Develop your English interests outside the classroom as well. North has a campus literary and art magazine, The Licton Springs Review, and hosts an annual writing contest open to all North students, with cash prizes at the local and national levels. We are also associated with the League for Innovation Writing Competition.


Contact Advising for all equivalency, prerequisite and transfer questions such as if a writing/English course taken at another college fulfills your ENGL&101 course requirement at North or if you meet the prerequisites to take ENGL&102.

See Placement Tests for all questions about placing into an English class, such as taking, retaking or challenging the placement exam, or using your ACT, SAT, TOEFL, Asset or Accuplacer scores instead of COMPASS scores.

Justina Rompogren, Ph.D.
Faculty, Department Coordinator
Department of English 

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
IB 2312

Division Contacts
(206) 934-3709

Mailing Address
NSC Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103