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English & Humanities Department

The philosophy of the English & Humanities Department is inextricably linked to the College's evolving sense of mission, which is to provide "quality post-secondary higher education learning opportunities and development of academic skills through the teaching of liberal arts and sciences, career and transfer programs, workforce development, and private and public sector training." The department meets this fundamental mission by offering courses central to a liberal arts education for English and other majors that wish to enhance their understanding of literature and language, and to develop their skills as critical readers and writers.

For a complete listing of courses offered by the English Department, please see the RCC Catalogue.

The English/Humanities curriculum further prepares students for transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a variety of careers, including: law, teaching, publishing, advertising, communication, business, visual arts, performing arts, fine arts, theater management, etc.

In addition to regular courses, the English/Humanities Department offers honors courses in composition and literature. Please see the Honors Program for additional information.

Writing Center:
The Department also operates a Writing Center that supports students' literacy and effectiveness in academic writing. Please see the Writing Center for additional information.

The English/Humanities Department is part of the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and its main office is on the 3rd floor, Room 301 of the Academic Building.  Our telephone number is 857-701-1560.

Language Department

The mission of the Language Department is to help all students learn a new language.

  • We provide academically oriented language instruction that is both engaging and accessible.
  • We assist learners in gaining confidence and skill in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in the new language.
  • We provide cultural orientation and promote intercultural understanding.

World Language Offerings:
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL):
For some students whose first language is not English, the first step towards higher education and personal achievement is taking ESOL classes. Roxbury Community College offers three levels of pre-college and some college-level academic ESOL instruction for speakers of other languages to help them succeed in academic and occupational training programs. Students are tested and placed in the course and level that best meets their individual needs for grammar, note-taking and presentation, reading, and writing development.

ESOL classes develop academic skills and provide orientation to U.S. culture and a globally integrated world. Students in ESOL begin to explore materials related to their majors and careers and develop a transition plan for study in their selected degree areas or in other college areas such as math, science and humanities. Our curriculum increases students' options for participation in American society and develops awareness of individual potential and opportunities for lifelong learning.
Roxbury Community College does not offer a degree or certificate in the study of English for Speakers of Other Languages.

Foreign Languages:
We provide beginning and intermediate instruction in the Arabic, French and Spanish languages. Instructors start with a recognition and appreciation of students' native languages. Our courses build a foundation for mastery of the varieties of Arabic, French and Spanish most used in academic and professional settings.

Language Lab:
The Language Lab supports the learning of Arabic, ESOL, French, and Spanish through the use of interactive audio and visual media. We also offer tutoring support for students enrolled in ESOL and world language courses. Students visit the lab independently or accompanied by their class.

The Language Department consists of two full-time faculty and many adjunct faculty members. They speak Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Quechua. They are members of state and national professional organizations in which they participate regularly as presenters and in leadership positions; they are also active in curriculum development, research and text-book writing. Many also extend the College's good will through volunteer work in the community in conjunction with social services and human rights organizations.

Contact Us:
The Language Department at Roxbury Community College is an academic department of the Division of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. We are located in Room 301 of the Academic Building. Our telephone number is 857-701-1560.

Social Science Department

There are two administrative or academic groupings within the Social Sciences program: traditional Social Sciences courses (SSI) – Psychology, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, History and Economics; and the inter-disciplinary courses – Black Studies and Caribbean Focus courses.

The Social Science Program (Associate of Arts Degree) provides preparation for students who aspire to careers in law, mental health, as well as for those seeking employment in social sciences organizations, government service, and community organizations. The curriculum has been designed with very few required courses and many electives in order to allow students maximum flexibility for exploration. Students continuing their education at a four-year college or university will be expected to major in a particular subject area. A bachelor's degree is essential for most entry-level positions. Students interested in pursuing a career in the social sciences should possess a genuine concern for others and a desire to help people improve the quality of their lives. The ability to communicate well both orally and in writing is an essential skill for students considering a career in this area.