The English department considers critical reading, writing, and literature study as vital to student success and so aims to ensure that students have the requisite skills for college-level reading, composition and research. The department also aims to ensure that students learn to read critically and write in ways commensurate with those of students in four-year colleges and universities, and that students come to see how writing, critical reading and literature inform their roles in their immediate communities as well as in the world at large. At the same time, the department helps students develop and expand their understanding of the ideas, people and actions which have shaped and continue to shape the world.
The Middlesex County College English Department prepares students for the communication demands of the Digital Age by helping them improve their reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. Because of the proliferation of multimodal forms of composition, the ubiquity of collaborative working models in business and industry, and the explosion of information via the Internet, the English Department encourages its faculty members to use student-centered pedagogical approaches that help students engage in higher-order learning. Focusing on iterative processes (writing, reading, interpretation, and research), active learning, collaboration, and the use of technology to enhance communication, any classroom experience in the English Department should empower students to successfully participate in both academic and professional discourse.