Contact Information

Department Chair: Ed Barton

Department Assistant: Tina Johnson

Office: Humanities 57

Phone: (661) 395-4252

Department Faculty


Information for English Majors

Student Learning Outcomes

English 1A Umbrella Topics

Online Journal: Roughneck Review


Welcome to the Bakersfield College English Department

Our courses in writing, research, and literature support students in developing critical thinking and the effective communication of ideas—skills that are essential for engaged citizenship. Whatever academic and professional goals students may choose, strong reasoning and language skills are necessary for success and participation.

The study of English allows students to explore the critical role language and literature play in the shaping of human culture and social experience. We read and write in order to encounter, understand, and ultimately help change the world.

English courses foster skills of critical analysis, interpretation, and written argument and expression. By encouraging the ability to read critically and write persuasively, English courses provide students with an intellectual foundation and analytical skills that they can draw upon to follow a wide range of paths.

Those who study English believe that an intense concern for words, ideas, and images helps people understand who they are and who they can become. Writing helps us clarify and share our thoughts. Literature helps us contemplate the pains and joys of human existence. Through the study of English, we see life’s complexity, experience life as others do, and better understand the world in which we live and work.


  cover of Where Am I Eating?

The Grace Van Dyke Library is pleased to announce that the Cerro Coso author for 2014 is Kelsey Timmerman.  He is the author of two books about the effects of globalization: Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make our Clothes and Where Am I Eating? An Adventure through the Global Food Economy.  By traveling the world and telling the stories of the people he meets, the author is able to educate his readers and initiate dialogue about how to improve our world economy.

Kelsey Timmerman will be speaking at Bakersfield College three times: on October 21, 2014, at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm, and 6:30 pm.  He will discuss topics from his latest book, including global trade, human rights, food safety, fair trade, climate change, rural poverty and biodiversity.

His "poignant, troubling, and sometimes wacky" travel adventures around the world to discover where his favorite foods are grown and harvested will give individuals a new perspective on what is in their grocery carts. You can visit his webpage and see a short video where he discusses the writing of Where Am I Eating? An Adventure through the Global Food Economy.


Ask  Kelsey Timmerman questions via
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