English Department Philosophy

The Justin-Siena English Department strives to prepare students for the reading, writing, and thinking skills which characterize lifelong learners ready to take on the rigors of college-level course work. Through the engaged reading and analysis of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and informational texts, students discuss diverse cultural, social, spiritual, historical, scientific, and philosophical issues and thereby develop their habits of critical thinking, open-mindedness, and empathy. By writing daily, students gain a stronger grasp of writing conventions and develop their own voice to communicate ideas clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences. Upper division courses place a strong emphasis on inquiry, research, and college-level essay-writing.

Justin-Siena Graduation Requirement:  Four years
UC/CSU Admissions Requirement: Four years

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List of 3 members.

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    Michael Douglass 

    Instructor of English; Department Chair
    707.255.0950 ext. 662
  • Mike Knapp 

    Instructor of English
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    Laura Kelley-Weakley 

    Instructor of English
    707.255.0950 ext. 525