English Department

Welcome to the English Department home page. The following information will assist both students planning to pursue a degree in English at Galveston College and those taking English courses for another degree plan.

Two-year Degree

Students majoring in English will take two, first-year composition courses that focus on analytical and research techniques, which will help them become more critical readers and more sophisticated writers. Additional classes include Creative Writing, Technical Writing, American Literature, British Literature, World Literature, and other literature courses taught during various semesters. Following the completion of course work at Galveston College, students are assisted with finding the best four-year institution for transfer and completion of a four-year degree in English. Possible bachelor’s degrees in English include the following:

Creative Writing
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Language and Linguistics
Professional Writing

See the most recent college catalog for specific degree requirements and course descriptions. Additionally, online course options are available for local and distance learning students.


In keeping with the goals of Galveston College, the English faculty at Galveston College is committed to providing a superior program of instruction for students. The mission includes confirmation that students are able to communicate clearly in  writing, as well as perform basic research functions in preparation for their other academic course work and in preparation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Department Faculty

Galveston College’s English Department has specialists in composition as well as literature and creative writing. Faculty are interactive with students as classes offer opportunities for expression and development of both professional and creative material. English faculty present and publish for professional organizations and work to assist students in getting their work published as well.

David (Shane) Wallace, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Associate Professor of English
Director: NEH Grant “Coastal Culinary”

A.B.J.    University of Georgia
B.A.       Kennesaw State University
M.A.      University of Tennessee
Ph.D.     Louisiana State University

Phone: 409-944-1321
Email: swallace@gc.edu
Office: N-315

Michael Berberich
Instructor of English 

B.A.       University of Notre Dame
M.A.      University of Nevada-Reno

Phone: 409-944-1323
Email: mberberi@gc.edu
Office: N-317


Diane (Shelly) Downes   
Instructor of English

B.A.       Northeastern State University
M.A.      Northeastern State University

Phone: 409-944-1390
Email: ddownes@gc.edu
Office: N-318

Contact Department of English

David Shane Wallace, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Coordinator of English and Humanities





Regular Hours

Monday & Tuesday - 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Summer Hours

Monday through Thursday- 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday: Closed

Traveling south on I-45
Take 61st Street exit and turn right at stop light. Travel approximately one mile to Seawall Blvd. Turn left on to Seawall. Proceed down Seawall to 39th Street. (Gaido's Restaurant is at corner of 39th and Seawall). Turn left on 39th and travel north to Avenue Q. Turn left at 39th and Avenue Q and proceed one block to Main Campus. Main Campus parking is available on Avenue Q, Avenue R and satellite parking at 39th and Avenue Q.


4015 Ave. Q
Galveston, TX 77550


7626 Broadway, Galveston, TX 77551

Traveling south on I-45
Take Exit 1B toward 71st St. Merge onto frontage road/Broadway St. and travel approximately five blocks to the first stop sign. At the stop sign, turn left onto 71st St. Take the first left onto frontage road/Broadway St and continue on the frontage road for approximately five blocks to the Applied Technology Center campus.

From GC Main Campus
Travel west on Avenue Q toward 45th St. Turn right at 45th St. and proceed to the stop light on Broadway. Turn left onto Broadway and travel approximately one mile. Continue onto I-45 North to Exit 1C. Take Exit 1C and merge onto the frontage road/Broadway St. The Applied Technology Center will be on the right.