Creative communication
critical thinking
and cultural context
for modern times.


Bachelor of Arts in English

“We think because we have words, not the other way around.”

– Madeleine L’Engle

Sharpen your verbal and written communication skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and cultural understanding in small classes and workshops. Challenge your creativity in poetry slams, literary readings, the Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, student writing groups, and journalism field trips.

Learn from renowned authors at the monthly Writers in the Woods readings and workshops. Study with each year’s full-time Distinguished Visiting Writer, whose classes and workshops are open to students from freshman to seniors.

The English program has hosted renowned authors including Isabel Allende, Robert Hass, Gayle Brandeis, Patricia Smith, Juan Felipe Herrera, Brenda Hillman, Saeed Jones, Luis Alberto Urrea, Denise Duhamel, and Tim O’Brien.

Learn by doing, reporting and writing for the college newspaper The Eagle’s Eye, published both in print and online, or interning at the Tahoe regional newspaper. Edit for SNC Tahoe’s nationally distributed literary journal the Sierra Nevada Review, which has received NEA and Nevada Arts Council awards. Tutor at the Boys and Girls club, or work with local businesses and non-profits on their marketing and communications initiatives.

Tailor your curriculum to your particular interests and career goals. Your coursework can be geared toward journalism, marketing, publishing, teaching, freelance writing, or public relations; advanced studies in English; or related fields such as law.

SNC English graduates have gone on to publish poetry collections, travel guides, novels, and investigative journalism; teach in high schools and direct tutoring programs; work in the technology industry; as well as earn fully funded admissions into graduate programs.

Meet Our Students…

Terra Breeden

Major: English

Class of 2016

My journey to Sierra Nevada College began on a three-month trip to explore Indonesia's bleached islands, remote villages, and mystic jungles. By the end of the trip I was addicted to travel, and I needed an education to turn my love into a career. I thought I would teach English and got interested in journalism. Then I took Travel and Adventure Writing and my love for travel, photography, and writing - all the pieces of my life - fit together into my dream career. . . . Read More

Troy Mott

Major: English, Psychology

Class of 2012

After taking Psychology 101 in my first semester there was no going back, as I fell in love with the diversity of topics and the freethinking attitude that was promoted from day one. . . . Read More

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June Sylvester Saraceno
English Program Chair
775-831-1314 x7514

Please see the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS page for specific major course requirements.