English, Associate in Arts for Transfer
This program is designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with a major in English. Critical reading, writing, and thinking are fundamental skills that will enable students to navigate an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. These skills are necessary in both the private and public sectors and serve as a foundation for both human interaction and success in a variety of career fields including, but not limited to, writing, teaching, law, business, journalism, broadcasting, television, advertising, medicine, social work, and government. Distinguished English majors include Diane Sawyer, TV journalist; Carol Browner, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency; Paul Simon, songwriter; Steven Spielberg, filmmaker; Cathy Guisewite, cartoonist; Kathryn Fuller, World Wildlife Fund CEO; and Harold Varmus, Nobel laureate in medicine.
Literature examines the historical and contemporary record of human lives; it is essentially a study of what it means to be human. In reading a diverse literature in English across various genres, students experience both the poverty and the richness of the human condition through the imaginations of writers who are as various as the landscapes they write about. In the case of World Literature, where students read literature in translation, the literature not only spans the globe, but it also reaches across centuries. For English majors, literature is the primary vehicle through which their critical thinking and writing skills are formed.
Responding to literature both orally and in writing, including researching and incorporating sources from the World Wide Web, facilitates students' critical thinking skills. Distinct and various readings of the same piece of literature promote students' original ideas and conclusions and facilitate their own creative self-expression. Reading, writing, and thinking about literature are skills readily transferable to any reading, writing, and thinking endeavor, whether in business, journalism, or law.
Courses in the English major provide students with the instruction needed to expand their knowledge and develop and refine their reading, writing, and thinking skills.
The ability to read well, write effectively, and think clearly is essential to the quality of life in the private sphere as well as to success in the vocational and professional fields. All of the courses offered within the English major are designed with these goals in mind. Skills in the English major are practical and job related. Moreover, courses within the English major promote multi-cultural awareness as well as empathy for fellow human beings, necessary for full participation in the human community.
Minimum Units Required: 60
Complete one of the following general education patterns:
Courses Within the Major
Complete 24 within the major. Each course must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses are 3 units.
Core Requirements - Complete 6 units.
Restricted Electives - List A: Complete 6 units selected from:
Restricted Electives - List B: Complete 6 units selected from:
Restricted Electives - List C: Complete 6 units selected from:
Complete elective coursework to achieve the minimum 60-unit requirement.