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English

Associate in Arts Degree

The Associate in Arts in English is a program that provides students with the necessary coursework required for an associate's major in English and to transfer to a four-year university where students have the opportunity to complete a Bachelor’s or graduate degree in English. Students completing this degree will have a breadth of knowledge in composition and the study and analysis of literature. To obtain this degree, students must complete the 21 units in the major area and the additional units to meet the college graduation requirements. Students must obtain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major. Literature courses used to meet general education requirements cannot be used to satisfy major requirements. Students planning to transfer to a B.A. program in English should select courses that apply toward both the college graduation requirements and the bachelor’s degree requirements of the four-year institution to which they intend to transfer. Students planning to undertake graduate study in English are advised to complete Intermediate Foreign Language 002A and 002B before transferring. Career Options: A. Advertising B. Business C. Civil Service D. Editing E. Information Systems F. Insurance G. Journalism H. Law I. Library Science J. Management K. Marketing Communications L. Politics M. Public Relations N. Publishing O. Research P. Teaching Q. Technical Communications R. Writing Note: Some career options require more than two years of college study.

Required Core (6 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ENGL001AEnglish Composition3 units
Select one:
ENGL001B
ENGL001C
ENGL001CH

Critical Thinking Through Literature
Critical Thinking and Writing
Honors Critical Thinking and Writing

3 units
3 units
3 units

List A: Complete courses in one of the following groups: ENGL 005A & ENGL 005B OR ENGL 007A & ENGL 007B (6 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Group 1:
ENGL005A
ENGL005B

Survey of English Literature
Survey of English Literature 2

3 units
3 units
Group 2:
ENGL007A
ENGL007B

American Literature 1
American Literature 2

3 units
3 units

List B: 9 units. Any course below or any course not already used from Group 1 or 2 above. (9 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Only one:
ENGL006A
ENGL006AH

Only one:
ENGL006B
ENGL006BH

ENGL010
ENGL012

Only one:
ENGL013
ENGL013H

Only one:
ENGL018
ENGL018H

ENGL041

Only one:
ENGL043
ENGL043H

ENGL044

Only one:
ENGL046
ENGL046H

World Literature
Honors World Literature


World Literature 2
Honors World Literature 2

Children's Literature
African American Literature


U.S. Latino Literature
Honors U.S. Latino Literature


Asian American Literature
Honors Asian American Literature

Literature and Film


Classical Mythology
Honors Classical Mythology

The Bible As Literature


Contemporary American Multi-Cultural Literature
Honors Contemporary American Multi-Cultural Literature

3 units
3 units


3 units
3 units

3 units
3 units


3 units
3 units


3 units
3 units

3 units


3 units
3 units

3 units


3 units
3 units
ENGL047Introduction to Poetry3 units
Only one:
ENGL048
ENGL048H

Introduction to Shakespeare
Honors Introduction to Shakespeare

3 units
3 units
Only one:
ENGL049
ENGL049H

Modern Fiction
Honors Modern Fiction

3 units
3 units
ENGL070Creative Writing3 units
ENGL071Writing Fiction3 units
ENGL072Writing Poetry3 units
ENGL080Voices: The Literary Arts Magazine2 units
ENGL081Voices: Intermediate Literary Arts Magazine2 units

Total Major Units: 21 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Analyze and evaluate academic essays and literature.
  • Write focused, organized, well-developed essays that support clear thesis statements and demonstrate competence in standard English grammar and usage.
  • Formulate and communicate in writing positions on diverse issues.
  • Write research papers that demonstrate the effective evaluation, integration, and MLA documentation of sources.
  • Write focused, organized, well-developed essays that support clear thesis statements and demonstrate competence in standard English grammar and usage.
  • Analyze and evaluate academic essays and literature.
  • Formulate and communicate in writing, positions on diverse issues.
  • Write research papers that demonstrate the effective evaluation, integration, and MLA documentation of sources.
Last Updated 10/14/22