GC Arts and Humanities Pathway


Welcome to the English Department home page. The following information will assist both students planning to pursue a degree in English at Galveston College and those taking English courses for another degree plan.



Name Diane (Shelly) Downes, Coordinator
Title Instructor of English/Program Coordinator
Room N-318
Program Area English & Humanities
Phone 409-944-1390
Email ddownes@gc.edu
Admin Support

Kayla Pangarakis


Two Year Degree

Students majoring in English will take two, first-year composition courses that focus on analytical and research techniques, which will help them become more critical readers and more sophisticated writers. Additional classes include Creative Writing, Technical Writing, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, and other literature courses taught during various semesters. Following the completion of course work at Galveston College, students are assisted with finding the best four-year institution for transfer and completion of a four-year degree in English. Possible bachelor’s degrees in English include the following:

Creative Writing
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Language and Linguistics
Professional Writing

See the most recent college catalog for specific degree requirements and course descriptions. Additionally, online course options are available for local and distance learning students.

In keeping with the goals of Galveston College, the English faculty at Galveston College is committed to providing a superior program of instruction for students. The mission includes confirmation that students are able to communicate clearly in  writing, as well as perform basic research functions in preparation for their other academic course work and in preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Galveston College’s English Department has specialists in composition as well as literature and creative writing. Faculty are interactive with students as classes offer opportunities for expression and development of both professional and creative material. English faculty present and publish for professional organizations and work to assist students in getting their work published as well.

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Name Rosie Alcocer
Phone 409-944-1228
Email ralcocer@gc.edu
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