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Phone 623.845.3625                                                        Location: 05 building (view map)

Mary Jane OnnenWelcome to the English Department at GCC.  We offer courses in composition, reading, literature, English as a Second Language, creative writing and developmental reading and writing.  These classes and others contribute to an AAS in Public Relations, a Certificate of Completion in Journalism and an Academic Certificate in Creative Writing, which are offered under the auspices of the English Department.

Classes are scheduled to offer flexibility in completing your academic goals at GCC.  Courses are available on campus and online, during the day and at night, and in both traditional and accelerated formats. GCC also offers classes at our campus at  GCC North and at the Communiversity @ Surprise.

We hope our Web site will provide answers to many of your questions about our programs and look forward to meeting you in one of our classes.

News and Announcements

Study in Prague, Czech Republic, this Summer
From June 6 to July 3, 2014, GCC English Professor Ruth Callahan will lead students as they visit Auschwitz/Birkenau, Oskar Schindler's enamel work factory (now a museum), the Terezin "model" concentration camp, the old Jewish "Fifth Quarter" in Prague, and other sites of interest relevance and even great beauty in and around Prague itself, including the UNESCO-protected World Heritage city of Cesky Krumlov. Lodging and classrooms are provided in partnership with New York University in Prague.  Scholarship grants of $500 may be available to qualifying GCC students. Students can earn three credits in HUM245 Introduction to Holocaust Studies, transferable to ASU.  For more information, contact Dr. Ruth Callahan, GCC Office 07-125, Phone 623.845.3769 or email to  Website:

GCC’s Traveler Creative Writing Competition Winners
Congratulations to this year's Traveler Creative Writing Competition.  Winning entries will be published in the 2014 Traveler.

  • 1st Place: “A Revolution of Dancing” by Joel Salcido
  • 2ndPlace: “The Patron” by Aaron Livingstone
  • 3rdPlace: “Wayfarers” by Charles Brown
  • HonorableMention: “Les Preludes” by Roderick McIver
  • 1stPlace: “Postcards from Banjul” by Maneesha Lele
  • 2ndPlace: “Visit to the Doctor” by Dan Ramirez
  • 3rdPlace: “Blood” by Dan Ramirez
  • Honorable Mention: “My Walk” by John Cruz
  • 1stPlace: “At Nine, on Nine” by Gine Flury
  • 2ndPlace: “Metaphor for Life at Rockefeller Center” by Gine Flury
  • 3rdPlace: “Reading in Noisy Rooms” by Chris Wilembrecht
  • Honorable Mention: “Afraid to Fail” by Brian McClay

Poetry, anyone?
Join the Rorschach Poets on the third Wednesday of every month for Free Association Poetry Open Mic from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Room 104E of the Student Union at GCC.  The free event seeks to bring contemporary poetry to local residents. The event is open to the public, and poetry readers are invited to present all styles and stages of writing. (dates are subject to change so check college calendar)

Literal and Intelligent Plagiarism: Students Beware!
a blog posting by M. Jagadesh Kumar, NXP (Philips) Chair Professor, Dept of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, INDIA.
Academic plagiarism has become like a viral fever that can affect even a healthy person if sufficient preventive measures are not taken. Untrained research students, who need to write good quality research papers under tight time constraints, are usually the victims. It is not uncommon for research supervisors to experience a psychological burden while approving the student’s paper for submission to a journal or a conference. Who knows if a sentence copied by the student while writing a research paper may be detected years later, subjecting the research supervisor to a great embarrassment. When the supervisor asks them to be careful about plagiarism, the students may also feel that they are being treated with suspicion. Let us look at how incautious writing of a research paper can lead us to this potential plagiarism risks.  [Read more]

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