THE NEXT IN THE SERIES WILL APPEAR ON FEBRUARY 13, 2014 CHANGING LIVES, CHANGING COMMUNITIES Explore more with a degree in English The STC English Department holds an induction ceremony for the 2013 Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Society An English degree can open doors to careers that rely on creativity, research, organization, writing and communication. If you want to make a career out of your love of writing and reading literature, South Texas College offers an Associate of Arts degree in English to help you get started. “We are looking for students who enjoy reading and writing and who have interest in areas such as literature or journalism,” said Joseph Haske, STC English Department Chair. “More than that, we want students who strive to improve their writing and general communication skills.” English students take composition classes that involve learning how to write different types of essays. Students also take literature classes, where they study short stories, poetry, drama and novels written by American, British, Latino/a, African-American, Russian, European, Asian and other authors. Students may also choose to study creative writing to learn how to write short stories, novels, poetry and plays or technical writing to learn how to communicate clearly and effectively. “What makes the English program at STC special is that the faculty is very approachable and caring,” explained Haske. “We work hard to help students improve and place much value in student progress.” Left to right: English instructor Juan Ochoa presents his book entitled Mariguano and English Department Chair/Instructor Joseph Haske presents his book entitled North Dixie Highway at an STC book launch event English graduates have a reputation for being able to think critically, express ideas and organize information. They possess strong vocabulary and knowledge of grammar, which allows them to speak and write clearly and concisely. Additionally, the ability to make good observations and analyze data makes it easier for them to reach conclusions. Upon graduating from the program, students may choose to transfer into a four-year institution and obtain a bachelor’s degree. English graduates may also continue their education and pursue a graduate degree, earn an educator’s certification or apply to law school. English graduates have a wide range of career opportunities awaiting them in areas that involve communicating ideas and information. Several of the more popular career choices for graduates include creative writing, journalism, teaching, script writing, poetry writing, technical writing, copywriting, playwriting, public relations and marketing, among others. English courses are available during the fall, spring and summer terms at the Pecan, Mid-Valley and Starr County campuses. The program is flexible, offering daytime, evening and online sections for full or part-time students. Students also have the opportunity to earn the entire degree online. All STC programs offer comprehensive, career-focused training designed for completion in one to two years or less. The English Department hosts various events throughout the academic year including lectures by visiting authors and a reading/ writing week. English students also have the opportunity to get involved on campus and in the community through student organizations, including the Sigma Kappa Delta Honor Society, English Club and Writers in Literacy Discussion (WILD). To learn more about the English associate degree program at South Texas College, contact the English Department at (956) 872-8352 or visit discover.southtexascollege.edu. For information about other fields of study at STC call (956) 872-8372 or visit http://careers. southtexascollege.edu This educational partnership is sponsored by To order newspapers for your classroom, logon to www.themonitor.com/nie.