The philosophy of the English & Humanities Department is inextricably linked to the College's evolving sense of mission, which is to provide “quality post-secondary higher education learning opportunities and development of academic skills through the teaching of liberal arts and sciences, career and transfer programs, workforce development, and private and public sector training.” The department meets this fundamental mission by offering courses central to a liberal arts education for English and other majors that wish to enhance their understanding of literature and language, and to develop their skills as critical readers and writers.
For a complete listing of courses offered by the English Department, please see the RCC Catalogue.
The English/Humanities curriculum further prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a variety of careers, including: law, teaching, publishing, advertising, communication, business, visual arts, performing arts, fine arts, theater management, etc.
In addition to regular courses, the English/Humanities Department offers honors courses in composition and literature. Please see the Honors Program for additional information.
The Department also operates a Writing Center that supports students’ literacy and effectiveness in academic writing. Please see the Writing Center for additional information.
The English/Humanities Department is part of the Liberal Arts Division, and its main office is on the 3rd floor, Room 301 of the Academic Building.
The mission of the Language Department is to help all students learn a second language.
ESOL: We provide English language training for speakers of other languages to help them succeed in academic or occupational training programs. At the same time, they will increase their options for participation in American society and develop an awareness of individual potential and opportunities for lifelong learning.
Foreign Languages: We provide instruction in Spanish, French and Arabic to help all learners succeed in academic and employment situations where an understanding and/or mastery of these languages is needed.
For some students whose first language is not English, the first step towards higher education and personal achievement is taking English for Speakers of Other Languages
(ESOL) classes. Roxbury Community College offers four levels of pre-college and some college-level academic English instruction for speakers of other languages. Students are tested and placed in the course and level that best meets their individual needs for grammar, conversation, reading, and writing improvement.
In addition to language improvement, ESOL classes develop academic study skills and provide orientation to U.S. culture. Students in ESOL begin to explore materials related to their majors and develop a transition plan for study in their selected degree areas or in other college areas such as math or humanities.
Roxbury Community College does not offer a degree or certificate in the study of English for Speakers of Other Languages.
RCC offers beginning and intermediate courses in Arabic, French and Spanish languages and culture.
The Language Lab supports the learning of English, Spanish, French and Arabic through the use of computers, special language learning and a variety of audio and visual media.
Students visit the lab independently or accompanied by their professors.
The Language Department consists of 6 full-time faculty and many adjunct faculty members. They speak Spanish, Portuguese, French, French Creole, German, Quechua and Hindi. They are members of state and national professional organizations in which they participate regularly as presenters and in leadership positions; they are also active in curriculum development, research and text-book writing. Many also extend the College's good will through volunteer work in the community in conjunction with social services and human rights organizations.
The Language Department at Roxbury Community College is an academic department of the Liberal Arts Division. We are located in Room 201 of the Academic Building. Our telephone number is 617-427-0060 ext: 5311.
There are three administrative or academic groupings within the Social Sciences program: the Criminal Justice program (CJP); the Early Childhood Education program (ECE); the traditional Social Sciences courses (SSI) – Psychology, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, History and Economics; and the inter-disciplinary courses – black studies and Caribbean Focus courses. CJP receives additional review by the Board of Higher Education and consultants for adherence to the regulatory requirements of the Legislature's Quinn Bill (CJP Program Review 2007). Criminal Justice and Early Childhood have a chair and three coordinators (early childhood education, daytime criminal justice, and evening criminal justice).
The Social Science Program (Associate of Arts Degree) provides preparation for students who aspire to careers in law, mental health, or education, as well as for those seeking employment in social sciences organizations, government service, and community organizations. The curriculum has been designed with very few required courses and many electives in order to allow students maximum flexibility for exploration. Students continuing their education at a four-year college or university will be expected to major in a particular subject area. A bachelor's degree is essential for most entry-level positions. Students interested in pursuing a career in the social sciences, criminal justice or education should possess a genuine concern for others and a desire to help people improve the quality of their lives. The ability to communicate well both orally and in writing is an essential skill for students considering a career in this area
The Criminal Justice Program (Associate of Science in Criminal Justice) offers students an academic foundation in Criminal Justice combined with an emphasis on a real world understanding of the field. The curriculum is designed to encourage academic excellence while incorporating the college's commitment to cultural education, strengthening the community and educating Criminal Justice professionals who are sensitive to the needs and concerns of people of color. Courses in the major include:
Other Program courses, including English, Humanities, Mathematics and Social Sciences are designed to facilitate transfer to four-year programs. For more information about opportunities in Criminal Justice, please contact Carol Liebman, Program Coordinator, in the Academic Building, Room 418.
This program is designed for students who are interested in working with young children in developmentally appropriate programs. In addition to Early Childhood Education courses including two 150 hours practicum, the student is given a strong foundation in liberal arts.
Upon completion of the program, the student is qualified to work in a licensed childcare setting or transfer to a four-year college for further study. Graduates can become teachers of young children in daycare centers, nursery schools, and Head Start programs. The program meets the requirements of the Department of Early Education and Care for teacher certification. For more information, please contact the Early Childhood Education Department, Room 353, Academic Building.