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English, Associate of Arts Degree

Banner Code: 3_AA_ENGL

Control Number: 18215

Financial Aid Eligible

The study of English provides opportunities to explore the worlds of literature and culture. This English major produces graduates with demonstrated skills in literary analysis, critical thinking, writing, and communication. With this major, students build important research and critical thinking skills. They learn to discern what is important and to synthesize that information for other usage. As English majors are learning to read with a critical eye, they are also polishing their own writing skills.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Write well-organized, well-developed expository essays in a variety of rhetorical modes, using Standard English, with a clear thesis statement and supporting topic sentences and supporting details.
  2. Search for and find reliable, unbiased sources and to use these sources in research papers, using correct MLA documentation.
  3. Evaluate a literary work in terms of style and descriptive technique, language, tone, mood, and literary conventions, such as symbolism, imagery, irony, and poetic devices such as meter and rhyme pattern.
  4. Analyze a given literary work and explain its relevance to the time period and genre in which it was written as well as the relationship between the events in an author’s life, time, and culture to the development of his or her writing.

Review Graduation Requirements and General Education

Course Title Units
Required Core
Complete the following:
ENGL C102Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing3
Program Electives
Select one of the following:3-4
Critical Reasoning, Reading, and Writing Through Literature
Appreciation of Literature
Select two of the following:6
American Literature through the Civil War
American Literature 1865 to Present
British Literature to 1800
British Literature since 1800
Select two of the following or any course not selected above:6
Business Writing
Business Communication
Children's Literature
The International Short Story
American Literature: The Short Story
Introduction to 20th Century Military Fiction
Gothic Victorian Literature
American Gothic Literature
Introduction to the Humanities
Introduction to History and Literature of Theater
Units Required for Major18-19
Local General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC patternVaries
Electives to satisfy unit requirementVaries
Total Units60