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Academic Program


Studying literature and creative writing at TCC as part of your Associate in Arts degree prepares you for careers in a wide spectrum of disciplines.  Employers will value your abilities to assess, evaluate, and articulately express your thoughts about a given situation or problem. A thorough study of literature and composition prepares you for jobs in editing, publishing, journalism, technical or imaginative writing, public service, education, and government, as well as private industry.  As you prepare for transfer to a 4-year university, our literature and creative writing faculty and curriculum will help you reach your academic and career goals in English, the humanities, and most other career fields.


Our Mission

TCC’s literature and creative writing program’s mission is focused on student success.  We are committed to:

  • Educate you, to support you, and to put relevant opportunities within your reach to assist you in achieving your educational objectives;
  • Create meaningful and relevant learning, inspire greater equity, and celebrate success in our lives and our communities; and
  • Deepen understanding of the role and diversity of literature and creative writing in society, in our history, as well as in the present and the future.



Associate in Arts (Option A) The Associate in Arts degree – literature or creative writing tracks are 90 credit hour programs that enables you to transfer as a junior to a Bachelor’s program at a 4 year university.



  • Guided Pathway (Full Time Students): Associate of in Arts (AA) – Literature Track (under construction)
  • Guided Pathway (Full Time Students): Associate of in Arts (AA) – Creative Writing Track (under construction)


Our literature and creative writing Faculty Advisors look forward to supporting you on your educational and professional pathway. Faculty advisors are available throughout the academic year and can provide general and detailed advising and career counseling to help you achieve your educational goals.  We recommend that you reach out to us if a major in literature and creative Writing interest you so that our faculty advisors may guide you toward completion of your Associate Degree and successful transfer into a bachelor degree program.

Our faculty advisors will help you establish an educational pathway that meets your goals from start to finish and will be available to support you throughout your studies at TCC.  Make your first appointment today!



The literature and creative writing program offers courses under two prefixes, ENGL& and ENGL, and includes

English Literature Focus

  • Survey of literature from three major periods of literature: Old English (500-1100), Middle English (1100-1500), and the English Renaissance.
  • Survey of English literature from the Donne (1630s) through Blake (early Romantics, 1780s).
  • Introduction to Shakespeare through a study of several of his tragedies, histories, comedies, and sonnets.

American Literature Focus

  • Survey of American literature from the beginnings through the Civil War.
  • Survey of American literature from the Civil War to the eve of World War I examining the current literary periods or genres: Slave and Abolition narratives, Transcendentalism, Pastoral Tradition, Naturalism, Early Feminism, American Gothic, Expressionism, and Romanticism.
  • Survey of American literature from 1910-1960 examining the current literary periods: Imagism, Confessional Poetry, Beat Generation, Lost Generation, Southern Renaissance, Harlem Renaissance, Modernism, Realism, Naturalism, Post-Modernism, and Metafiction.
  • Study of American fiction written since 1960 with an emphasis on the major writers and themes of contemporary fiction.

World Literature Focus

  • A comparative study of myths and folklore throughout the world with emphasis on the commonality of concerns and values expressed by both western and non-western cultures and on the literary value of myths and folklore.
  • A survey of contemporary non-Western literature exploring various cultural and historical themes.
  • An examination of the Bible as literature, exploring both the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Testament as a collection of literary works.
  • A study of classic and contemporary fiction and poetry for children, from the early reading levels through high school.
  • An introduction to the literatures of various cultures. Includes a study of historical and cultural context within which the literature evolved.

Creative Writing Focus

  • A workshop for the writing of fiction (short story, novel), with particular attention to techniques used by contemporary authors.
  • A workshop for the writing of poetry, and the study and analysis of poetry techniques.


Also see:Catalog Course Descriptions

Placement testing: Before enrolling in their first English course at TCC, students must take an English language/reading placement test unless they have taken a college-level English class within the last two years. Successful completion of a college-level English course is recommended for 200-level courses.



At TCC we are committed to helping you reach your educational and career goals.  In literature and creative writing this typically requires a bachelor degree or higher.  Here are some of the local options available:       

University of Puget Sound:

University of Washington, Seattle

University of Washington Tacoma

Western Washington University

Washington State University



Program Overview: Academic Program Information, Associate Degree Optionspile of books

Academic Program: Academic Program, Degree Planning and Advising, Curriculum, Bachelor Degree and Transfer Options

Academic Resources: Academic Program Faculty, Faculty and Advisor Contact Information, Community Engagement, Scholarships

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Jobs and Careers: Research jobs and careers for this area of study.

TCC Literary Publications: Read and contribute to the Trillium, the student and staff literary magazine and Una Voce, where we showcase the excellent work our students produce in every discipline.



Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information or if you have any questions, suggestions or need guidance. Thank you!


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