Academic Catalog

English, AA-T

Program Description

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to a CSU as English majors and/or majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for a specific CSU.

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree will enable students to develop a strong foundation in critical reading, writing, and thinking, literary analysis and research methods, and will also offer a wide variety of elective courses in English and other related fields for students to develop a broad knowledge base of literary reading and writing that will prepare them for the requirements of upper-division coursework in English.

Learn more about the program on the English website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to compose a thesis-based essay that clearly communicates a logical, evidence-supported argument.
  • Students will demonstrate, in writing, comprehension and critical analysis of college-level texts.

Units Required

  • Major: 27-34

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in English for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (27-34 units, of which 14-20 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses 

Core Courses
Select one of the following options:5-9
Option 1
ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING & CRITICAL THINKING
HONORS ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING & CRITICAL THINKING
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
Option 2
COMPOSITION, CRITICAL READING & THINKING THROUGH LITERATURE
HONORS COMPOSITION, CRITICAL READING & THINKING THROUGH LITERATURE
Support Courses
List A
Complete two courses from List A:10
SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I: BEOWULF TO THE LATE 18TH CENTURY
HONORS SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I: BEOWULF TO THE LATE 18TH CENTURY
SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE II: THE ROMANTIC PERIOD TO THE PRESENT
HONORS SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE II: THE ROMANTIC PERIOD TO THE PRESENT
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I: BEGINNINGS TO 1865
HONORS SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE I: BEGINNINGS TO 1865
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II: 1865 TO THE PRESENT
HONORS SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE II: 1865 TO THE PRESENT
WORLD LITERATURE I
HONORS WORLD LITERATURE I
WORLD LITERATURE II
HONORS WORLD LITERATURE II
List B
And complete two courses from List B (or any course from List A not used above):8-10
INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
INTRODUCTION TO POETRY
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO POETRY
TRAVELING THE WORLD THROUGH CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE 1
INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE
List C
And complete one course from List C (or any course from List A or B not used above):4-5
POETRY IN COMMUNITY
INTRODUCTION TO SHORT FICTION WRITING
POETRY WRITING
COMPOSITION, CRITICAL READING & THINKING THROUGH LITERATURE 1
HONORS COMPOSITION, CRITICAL READING & THINKING THROUGH LITERATURE
ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING & CRITICAL THINKING 1
HONORS ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING & CRITICAL THINKING
LGBT LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
GOTHIC & HORROR LITERATURE
WOMEN WRITERS
UNMASKING COMICS: THE DAWN OF THE GRAPHIC NOVEL
DETECTIVE & MYSTERY FICTION
LATINO/A LITERATURE
LITERATURE INTO FILM
SCIENCE FICTION LITERATURE: REIMAGINEERING REALITY
LITERATURE OF PROTEST
ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
LITERATURE OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA
ELEMENTARY JAPANESE III
INTRODUCTION TO REPORTING & NEWSWRITING
ELEMENTARY SPANISH III
Total Units27-34