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Associate of Arts in English


The English Department offers an Associate of Arts degree in English for Transfer (AA-T).

This degree has a total requirement of 60 units, 18 of which must be in the major's area of emphasis: English Literature.

The purpose of the AA-T in English is to provide students with effective learning opportunities that help them to acquire knowledge, skills, and experiences appropriate to an educated, literate citizen. A student earning the AA-T in English will be able to explore the areas of American, British and international literature; composition and rhetoric; and creative writing. The English major provides a broad and balanced curriculum designed to foster critical reading and writing practices, wide-ranging interpretive abilities, and greater historical and cultural awareness. Majoring in English leads directly to careers in teaching, journalism, publishing and editing, technical writing, public relations, and advertising. It is also excellent preparation for careers in law, communications, government, and a variety of business environments.

 The AA-T in English creates a pathway for students who plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts in English at a California State University.  With the completion of the degree, students will possess foundational knowledge and skills that comprise the core content of the first two years of many four-year programs in English.

For students intending to transfer to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system, it is highly recommended that a counselor be consulted for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.


The AA-T in English requires students to meet both of the following:

(1) Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following: (a) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements. (b) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) A minimum grade point average of 2.0.  Students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Major Requirements

      -ENGL 4 Introduction to Literature - 3 units

      -ENGL 11 Communication and Critical Thinking - 3 units

AND  6 Units From the Following:

      -ENGL 8 ¬≠English Literature I - 3 units

      -ENGL 10 ¬≠English Literature II - 3 units

      -ENGL 14 U.S. Literature I - 3 units

      -ENGL 16 U.S. Literature II - 3 units

      -ENGL 20 Introduction to Poetry - 3 units

AND 3 Units from the following (or from any course not taken from above):

      -ENGL 6 Creative Writing - 3 units

     -ENGL 15 Film as Literature - 3 units

     -ENGL 21 Mythology - 3 units

     -ENGL 25 Introduction to Shakespeare - 3 units

AND 3 Units from the following (or from any course not taken from above):

     -ENGL 26 Queer Film and Literature - 3 units

     -ENGL 31 Existential Literature - 3 units

     -ENGL 35 Cross-Cultural Film and Literature - 3 units

     -ENGL 45 Latino Literature - 3 units

     -ENGL 47 Native American Literature - 3 units

Total English units: 18 


General Education Requirements

     -Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum - 37 units


     -CSU General Education-Breadth Requirements - 39 units

     -Transferable electives as needed - 3-5 units

Total units: 60

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