English Courses

English Courses

Central Piedmont offers English courses for general education, core, and elective credit, including Developmental Reading and English (DRE) courses. While no English degrees are currently offered, these courses meet the needs and interests of students working towards a degree, diploma, or certificate, those who plan to transfer to four-year institutions, visiting students who wish to transfer credit back to their home institution, and others who are just interested in English.

What You Will Learn

English courses at Central Piedmont will provide you with instruction in composition, creative writing, and literature as well as college and career study skills. Upon completion of our English courses, you will:

  • learn to write clearly and coherently in English in order to be prepared for other college-level courses, the workplace, and the conduct of your personal life
  • gain experience in literature and the humanities in order to recognize and appreciate the aesthetic dimensions of your life

If you are interested in learning English as a second language (ESL), please visit:

Learn More about Central Piedmont General Education Requirements

Why Choose Central Piedmont

We offer all students a real-world, hands-on, well-rounded education in order to provide the foundational skills and knowledge you need to succeed in any career.

Save money by taking English courses at Central Piedmont. Learn how much it costs to attend Central Piedmont. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

Real World Education

At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.

What We Offer

  • Developmental Reading and English (DRE)

    Depending on your placement score (PDF document) for the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NDAP) Test, you may take Developmental Reading and English (DRE) courses. Each DRE course is 3 credit hours, 3.5 contact hours (2.5 lecture contact hours and 1 lab contact hour) and runs for 8 weeks. Courses are integrated, accelerated, mastery-based and contextualized. Students will earn a P (pass) or R (Retake). DREs replaced ENG 080, ENG 085, ENG 090, ENG 095, RED 080 and RED 090

    DRE students have access to schedule an appointment for free DRE tutoring services. First-time DRE students also have access to attend a Developmental Studies Success seminar to learn more about Mastery grading, computer training, student services and resources, and DRE course expectations and procedures.

  • Available English Courses, Locations, and Delivery Methods

    English courses may depend upon the degree program. In order to take English 111, you must take the placement test or have the equivalent of transfer credit(s). This will determine English class placement. If you are placed in a Developmental Reading/English (DRE) class, you must achieve an 80% on all mastery assignments. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact an advisor. Students entering any NC community college will be placed into English classes based on their unweighted high school GPA. Students with a 2.8+ GPA may register for any class without mandatory additional support classes. Students with a 2.2 - 2.799 GPA must enroll in a college level English (ENG 111) course with a mandatory co-requisite course (ENG 011). Students with a GPA below 2.2 must enroll in a one semester transition pre-requisite course (ENG 002). For detailed information on English courses at Central Piedmont, visit the college catalog.

    To meet the needs of our diverse student population, we offer some English courses online. However, please note that course offerings, delivery methods, and location availability are subject to change from semester to semester. Always confirm current course offering locations and delivery methods using Schedule Builder.

      Visiting Students

      If you wish to transfer architectural technology course credit back to your home institution, explore how to enroll at Central Piedmont as a visiting student.

      Corporate and Continuing Education

      Central Piedmont's Corporate and Continuing Education provides non-credit, non-degree courses and programs, including job skills, industry-focused career training, certificates, certifications, professional licensure, and personal enrichment. Day, evening, weekend, and online opportunities are available.

      College and Career Readiness

      If you are looking for programs to gain the knowledge or skills necessary to finish a high school degree or to get a job, visit Central Piedmont's College and Career Readiness.

      College Credit for High School Students

      Visit Career & College Promise to learn about opportunities for high school students to earn college credit at Central Piedmont.

    • Explore Careers

      Taking English courses at Central Piedmont can give you the knowledge and foundation you need to succeed in a variety of careers. Visit Career Coach for detailed career opportunities, salary information, and job openings.

    • Student Publications

      Piedmont Poetry Review

      The Central Piedmont The Piedmont Review is an e-journal published each spring and fall to showcase fresh poet voices that present the poet’s world in new ways.

      Submissions are accepted year-round via email to patricia.bostian@cpcc.edu or to colin.hickey@cpcc.edu. Interested students should submit their poems (no more than five) in the body of the email (not as an attachment). All manuscripts receive serious, careful attention; we try to respond within two or three months, but response time is slower over the summer. Work previously published in any form will not be considered. Please let us know in your cover letter if your submission is simultaneously being considered elsewhere, and please let us know immediately if your work is accepted by another publication.

      The Hammer: Central Piedmont’s Student Art and Literature Magazine

      "The Hammer," founded in 2017, is Central Piedmont’s student arts and literature magazine. All visual, literary, and graphic arts featured in "The Hammer" are crafted, written, and designed by current students of Central Piedmont Community College. Some literary works included are winners of the local level of a national literary competition sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, and are marked as such.

      Visual art included in the magazine are taken from the Annual Juried Student exhibit, which showcases top talent among our students at Central Piedmont and highlights the variety and skill in our visual arts students.