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English, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

Banner code: 2_AAT_ENGL
Control number: 31125
Financial aid: Eligible 

Students enrolled in the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree (AA-T in English) graduate with demonstrated skills in writing, literary analysis and critical thinking. They will build vital research skills and learn to synthesize outside information into their own writings.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compose essays of various lengths, up to ten pages, that are guided by thesis statements.
  2. Produce writing for different purposes, which may include description, cause and effect, classification, definition, comparison and contrast, textual analysis, argumentative research, and creative fiction or non‐fiction.
  3. Support thesis statements with different types of proof: logic, anecdote, textual interpretation, research.
  4. Edit and revise their own writing to reflect knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, manuscript format, and other literary conventions.
  5. Find, evaluate, and selectively present appropriate researched evidence in the course of an essay.
  6. Comprehend college-level texts that represent a variety of genres and rhetorical strategies such as irony, understatements, parody, and more.
  7. Summarize texts, compare them to other readings and ideas, recognize that a single text may be interpreted in more than one way, and discuss them in terms of genre categories.
  8. Articulate generic differences between poetry, narrative fiction, and drama.
  9. Demonstrate familiarity with some canonical works and/or authors of English and American literature.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses – Core
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature4
List A
Select two of the following:6
ENGL G150American Literature through the Civil War (1865)3
ENGL G155American Literature 1865 To The Present3
ENGL G270British Literature to 18003
ENGL G275British Literature Since 18003
ENGL G160Masterpieces of World Literature I (From Antiquity to the Mid-17th Century)3
ENGL G161Masterpieces of World Literature II (From the Mid-17th Century to the Present)3
List B
Select two of the following:6
Any course from List A not already used
ENGL G112Appreciation Of Literature3
ENGL G114Great Myths And Legends3
ENGL G281Creative Writing: Prose3
List C
Select one of the following:3-4
Any course from List A or B not already used
ENGL G181Shakespeare3
ENGL G143Children's Literature3
ENGL G280Creative Writing3
SPAN G285Intermediate Spanish 24
COMM G180Introduction to Mass Communication3
THEA G100Introduction to the Theater3
Major Total19-20
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted9-12
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)10-16
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Units13
Course Title Units
Semester 2
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature4
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Area C1: Arts course3
Select one of the following:3
MATH G100Liberal Arts Mathematics (UC or CSU transferable)3
ECON G105Consumer and Financial Math (CSU transferable only)3
Select one of the following:3
ENGL G112Appreciation Of Literature3
ENGL G114Great Myths And Legends3
ENGL G281Creative Writing: Prose3
ENGL G150American Literature through the Civil War (1865)3
ENGL G155American Literature 1865 To The Present3
ENGL G160Masterpieces of World Literature I (From Antiquity to the Mid-17th Century)3
ENGL G161Masterpieces of World Literature II (From the Mid-17th Century to the Present)3
ENGL G270British Literature to 18003
ENGL G275British Literature Since 18003
Units16

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
Area B1: Physical Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course3
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 6 units6
Select one of the following NOT already taken:3
ENGL G150American Literature through the Civil War (1865)3
ENGL G160Masterpieces of World Literature I (From Antiquity to the Mid-17th Century)3
ENGL G270British Literature to 18003
Select one of the following NOT already taken:3
ENGL G112Appreciation Of Literature3
ENGL G114Great Myths And Legends3
ENGL G281Creative Writing: Prose3
ENGL G150American Literature through the Civil War (1865)3
ENGL G155American Literature 1865 To The Present3
ENGL G160Masterpieces of World Literature I (From Antiquity to the Mid-17th Century)3
ENGL G161Masterpieces of World Literature II (From the Mid-17th Century to the Present)3
ENGL G270British Literature to 18003
ENGL G275British Literature Since 18003
Units15-16
Course Title Units
Semester 4
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
CSU Transferable elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
Select one of the following NOT already taken:3-4
ENGL G143Children's Literature3
ENGL G181Shakespeare3
ENGL G280Creative Writing3
COMM G180Introduction to Mass Communication3
THEA G100Introduction to the Theater3
SPAN G285Intermediate Spanish 24
ENGL G112Appreciation Of Literature3
ENGL G114Great Myths And Legends3
ENGL G281Creative Writing: Prose3
ENGL G150American Literature through the Civil War (1865)3
ENGL G155American Literature 1865 To The Present3
ENGL G160Masterpieces of World Literature I (From Antiquity to the Mid-17th Century)3
ENGL G161Masterpieces of World Literature II (From the Mid-17th Century to the Present)3
ENGL G270British Literature to 18003
ENGL G275British Literature Since 18003
Select one of the following NOT already taken:3
ENGL G155American Literature 1865 To The Present3
ENGL G161Masterpieces of World Literature II (From the Mid-17th Century to the Present)3
ENGL G275British Literature Since 18003
Units15-17
Total minimum units required60