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English Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
The English Associate in Arts for Transfer degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) with a major in English.
The English Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree at Delta College is quite flexible. It requires just SIX courses in English with a grade of “C” or higher. The required courses follow this pattern:
TWO Core classes (6 units) are required:
ENG 1B Written Communications II: A Critical Introduction to Literature (offered in fall and spring semesters)
ENG 1D Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking (offered in fall and spring semesters)
TWO historical survey courses (6 units) are also required, to be selected from the following four:
ENG 42A Survey of American Literature I (offered in fall semester)
ENG 42B Survey of American Literature II (offered in spring semester)
ENG 46A Survey of British Literature I (offered in fall semester)
ENG 46B Survey of British Literature II (offered in spring semester)
While only TWO historical survey courses are required, taking ALL FOUR is highly recommended and often requested by CSUs. Students should check with their counselor.
TWO other courses (6 units) are electives, which may be chosen from the historical survey courses above or from the following:
ENG 43C World Literature I (offered in fall semester)
ENG 43D World Literature II (offered in spring semester)
ENG 45 The Reading of Shakespeare (offered in fall and spring semesters)
ENG 55A Studies in Drama (offered in fall semester)
ENG 55B Studies in Fiction (offered in fall semester)
ENG 55C Studies in Poetry (offered in spring semester)
ENG 44E Introduction to Creative Writing (offered in fall semester)
ENG 30 The Film as Literature (offered in fall and spring semesters)
ENG 35 Chicano Literature (offered in spring semester)
ENG 37 Women in Literature (offered in fall semester)
ENG 38 Mythology (offered in fall semester)
ENG 44A Creative Writing: Short Story (offered in alternating fall semesters)
ENG 44C Creative Writing: Poetry (offered in alternating spring semesters)
ENG 44D Creative Writing: Play and Screen Writing (offered in alternating spring semesters)
ENG 47 The Bible as Literature (offered in spring semester)
ENG 52 From Story to Screen (offered in spring semester)
ENG 57 Children's Literature (offered in fall and spring semesters)
While only SIX courses in English are required for this Transfer Degree, all of the courses in the English major provide students with lower division transferable credits, and many may help fulfill general education requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I study literature?
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, 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. 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 facilitates students’ critical thinking skills.
How will literature classes help me with my other classes?
Reading, writing, and thinking about literature are skills readily transferable to 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.
Why should I become an English major?
Courses within the English major promote multi-cultural awareness as well as empathy for fellow human beings. Both awareness and empathy are necessary for full participation in the human community. Moreover, skills in the English major are practical and job related. Critical reading, writing, and thinking are fundamental skills that will enable students to navigate an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. These skills serve as a foundation for both human interaction and success in a variety of career fields including writing, teaching, law, business, journalism, broadcasting, television, advertising, medicine, social work, and government. Distinguished English majors include Toni Morrison (Nobel Laureate in literature); Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (NBA Hall of Fame, author, and education ambassador); Judy McGrath (MTV CEO); Andrea Jung (Avon CEO); Clarence Thomas (Supreme Court Justice); Vin Deisel (movie actor); Diane Sawyer (TV journalist); Carol Browner (Director of the Environmental Protection Agency; Sting (songwriter); Steven Spielberg, (filmmaker); Kathryn Fuller (World Wildlife Fund CEO); and Harold Varmus (Nobel Laureate in medicine).
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