Our Values

We in the English Department support our college’s values of diversity, inclusion, and community:

Berkeley City College embraces values which allow all members of our college community to grow and thrive.

We value diversity, which fosters appreciation of others, depth of understanding, insight, empathy, innovation, and creativity, characteristics our institution seeks in its students, faculty, and staff.

Berkeley City College provides students with an environment that supports diversity in learning and self-expression, and with a curriculum supportive of multiculturalism.

(Berkeley City College 2015-17 Catalog, 15)

News and Upcoming Events

Congratulations to our alumna, Amy Clark, for her acceptance to Harvard’s English Ph.D. program (2015) with a full scholarship.


Congratulations to our alumnus, Joseph Cadora, who published his book, Rilke: New Poems, with a foreword by Robert Hass, in 2014.


In Fall, 2012, BCC launched its English AA-T, an associate’s degree that offers guaranteed admission to CSU (with a gpa of 2.0 or higher) and includes all courses required for those applying for transfer as an English major to UC Berkeley, UCLA, and other UC campuses.  See the link to the right.


Congratulations to our alumnus, Martin Zirulnik, who was awarded the UC Berkeley English Department Citation for Graduating Seniors in 2011; he was the sole recipient of this award.  Martin is currently earning a PhD in English Literature at UCLA.


Congratulations to our alumnus, Jack Howells, who won the UC Berkeley English department’s 2011 “Bertrand Bronson Prize for the Outstanding Senior Honor’s Thesis,” as well as the Center for British Studies’ Kirk Underhill Undergraduate Paper Prize.  Jack  earned his BA in English literature at UC Berkeley.


Berkeley City College’s English Major


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Berkeley City College’s English major options offer a wide variety of language, literature, and writing courses to serve students with diverse goals, including transfer to U.C., C.S.U., or other four-year colleges.  Those who complete the AA-T are guaranteed admission to C.S.U. campuses and have taken all courses required for transfer to U.C. Berkeley, U.C.L.A., and other U.C. campuses as an English major.

Please see your counselor and/or the English department chairperson (Jenny Lowood, jlowood@sbcglobal.net) for more information.