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English and Communication Department

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The Aims English and Communication Department offers skill-building writing instruction in analysis, persuasion, argument, research, documentation and more. Classes include creative and technical writing and literary analysis, all of which can help prepare you for writing challenges you will face in other courses, in your personal life and in the workplace.

The Department provides oversight and curriculum development for the following subject areas:

  • Communication
  • English, including the English associate degree program
  • Literature

Aims communication courses help you build interpersonal and persuasive skills. Communication courses give you skill-building instruction in public speaking, interpersonal communication and intercultural communication. Courses prepare you for communication challenges you will face in other courses, in relationships and in the workplace.


Communication and Literature

In addition to an English associate degree, the Aims English and Communication Department oversees courses in communication and literature.

Communication courses at Aims help you build interpersonal and persuasive skills. You'll receive skill-building instruction in public speaking, interpersonal communication and intercultural communication. These courses prepare you for communication challenges you will face in other courses, in relationships and in the workplace.

Literature courses at Aims introduce critical thinking skills as they relates to interpreting different types of writing, from Shakespeare and poetry to novels, short stories and plays.

Learn More About Communication and Literature Courses at Aims

Career Opportunities in Communication or LIterature

The ability to express yourself well verbally is not only of great personal benefit, but a skill in high demand in the workplace. The Aims Communication Department is the place to learn how to develop your speaking skills and become an articulate and effective interpersonal communicator. 

You can apply communication skills within a variety of careers, including:

  • Litigation attorney
  • Public relations manager
  • Professor
  • Communications director
  • Mediator
  • Sales representative
  • Curator
  • Marketing/advertising coordinator
  • Training specialist

English

By earning a liberal arts degree with designation in English, many of your courses will transfer to a participating public four-year university in Colorado, so you can pursue a bachelor's degree.

Aims English and Communication Department Faculty and Staff

The Aims English faculty are professional, courteous and knowledgeable about writing. They often share their own writing experiences and struggles to let you know you’re not alone when facing a writing project. Faculty make themselves accessible and are happy to meet with you individually to improve your writing skills and make writing a positive experience.

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Chelle Costello

Professor, English and Humanities
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Mike Dixon

Instructor, Early College Highschool
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Kendra Griffin

Part-Time: Faculty, English
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Jared Merk

Professor, English and Literature
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Leslie Morrison

Associate Professor, English & Speech
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Evan Oakley

Department Chair - English, Communication and Literature
Professor, English
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Joshua Savage

Part-Time: Faculty, English
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Johanna Scheurman

Part-Time: Faculty, English
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Julia Weingardt

Professor, Communication