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Clear, concise communication is key to success in any career. Sharpen your editing and revision skills.

What will I learn?

Take English courses at JCCC to become a better communicator, a stronger writer and a well-rounded reader who reflects on the human experience.

You will be guided by the JCCC English Department’s composition sequence that sets a foundation for expressing arguments in writing, You will discover a discipline that is heir to nearly 3,000 years of literature and the art of rhetoric. You will have an  opportunity to find your own voice in writing.

Successful completion of Composition I and II are required for many degree and certificate programs. You’ll learn all phases of the writing process, from discovering ideas, illustrating and justifying your points with concise English to editing, revising and defending your final document.

Sections are available to best fit your schedule, with start times as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. We offer both full-semester and short-term composition classes. Online classes offer even more flexibility.

From the Bible as literature to the literature of American pop music, from Homer and Shakespeare to science fiction and children’s lit, you will understand perspectives from all angles.

The freshman-level introductory literature course gives you an overview and touches on poetry, fiction and drama. The 200-level courses look at literature from a variety of vantage points, including

  • Genre - with courses like Introduction to Fiction, Introduction to Poetry, Drama as Literature and Masterpieces of Cinema
  • Geography - with American Literature I and II, British Literature I and II and World Masterpieces
  • Pop culture - through Literature of Science Fiction and Literature of American Pop Music
  • Diversity - with Writing by Women, U.S. Latino and Latina Literature and the Bible as Literature


An integral part of the college experience is writing clearly and including research in your written assignments. From crafting effective sentences to creating groundbreaking research projects both technical and creative, JCCC’s courses run the full gamut of college-level writing.

The Mind’s Eye, a student-run literary magazine, gives you a chance to publish fiction, poetry and essays as well as art and photography.  For more information, contact Professor Tom Reynolds, faculty advisor for The Mind’s Eye, at 913-469-8500, ext. 3935. 

The faculty of the JCCC English Department is marked by intellectual curiosity, creative endeavors, a commitment to students and to the discipline, and an unending drive to connect the local to the universal, the subjective to the objective, the me to the we and the us to the them.

Our faculty’s cumulative college-teaching experience literally stretches into centuries. We’ve been fortunate to gather a community of experts not only in composition and rhetoric, but also in a wide array of literature, creative writing and film.

We take great pride in being an integral part of student success long after the student has taken his or her last Comp class. We are also proud to offer one of the most dynamic curricula not only at JCCC, but in the Kansas City metropolitan area. We offer students a simple transaction: a semester that takes a few months for an education that lasts a whole life.

When supervisors seek to hire good employees, they search for candidates who can communicate effectively and empathize with others. English classes can help you improve writing and other skills.

English is for ‘real life.’  In fact, corporate giants such as Google and Facebook are placing a higher emphasis on these “soft skills” after years of pressing the importance of “hard skills” such as science and technology. Why? As more of our workforce relies on technology, individuals must be able to understand each other, work in teams, and accept and adapt to diverse points of view. You can gain these key skills by taking English courses and practicing what you’ve learned.

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on careers involving English. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas, including salary information and job prospects.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.