Skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening have become increasingly more important in our society. Currently, many colleges give first preference to students who demonstrate competence in basic English skills. Colleges, in general, are expected to follow the trend toward tougher entrance requirements for entering freshmen. Furthermore, in order to survive in today's very competitive job market, students must be able to read with understanding as well as write and speak with clarity and conciseness. Courses offered by the Language Arts Department are designed to provide students with usable skills and with a foundation for lifelong reading pleasure.