Program Description

This area of emphasis is intended to align student course work with preparation for transfer to universities in such majors as English, Literature, Comparative Literature, World Literature, and other similar disciplines.

PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate sensitivity to and an analytical grasp of the nuances of literary language
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills, specifically in relation to poetry, drama, fiction, or other types of literature
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways that literature helps to illuminate the human condition
  4. Demonstrate reading skills relevant to literary study
  5. Demonstrate writing skills relevant to literary study.

Requirements for the AA Degree

To qualify for this degree, you must meet these requirements:

  • Minimum of 60 AA units
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Complete the traditional AA or IGETC or CSU GE
  • Complete this area of emphasis

Area of Emphasis Required Courses

Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses must be numbered 001-099. Students must complete English 001C or English 026 and 15 units consisting of courses from at least three of the five categories listed below and including a minimum of two Literary Survey courses.

Literary Survey (2 courses):

  • ENGL 030A - American Literature (3) 
  • ENGL 030B - American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 030C - American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 044B - World Literature: 1500 – 1800 AD (3)
  • ENGL 044C - World Literature: 1800 – Mid 20th Century (3)
  • ENGL 046A - English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 046B - English Literature (3)

Literary Origins:

  • ENGL 044A - World Literature: Antiquity to 1500 (3)
  • ENGL 045A - Literature of the Bible (3)
  • ENGL 045B - Literature of the Bible (3)
  • ENGL 078A - Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 078B - Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 082A - Introduction to Mythology (3)
  • ENGL 082B - Introduction to Mythology (3)
  • ENGL 082C Introduction to Mythology(3 units)

Gender and Ethnic Literature:

  • ENGL 024 - A Literature in Translation (3)
  • ENGL 025C - Women in Literature (3)
  • ENGL 047 - Mexican and Chicano Literature (3)
  • ENGL 048 - Asian Literature (3)
  • ENGL 050 - Afro-American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 051 - Native American Mythology and Literature (3)
  • ENGL 052 Asian American Literature (3)

Genre and Modes in Literature:

  • ENGL 025A - Interpreting Modern Literature (3)
  • ENGL 025D - Science Fiction and Fantasy (3)
  • ENGL 025E - Literature of Horror (Gothic Novel) (3)
  • ENGL 025F - Comedy and Literature (3)
  • ENGL 025G - Mystery and Crime Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 034 - Major Novelist (1)
  • ENGL 035 - Major Dramatist (1)
  • ENGL 036  - Major Poet (1)
  • ENGL 037 - Major Critic (1)
  • ENGL 049A - Film as Dramatic Literature (3)
  • ENGL 049B - Film as Dramatic Literature (3)
  • ENGL 053 - Interpreting Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 057 - Modern Drama (3)
  • ENGL 060 - Masterpieces of Drama (3)
  • ENGL 061 - Introduction to the Novel (3)

Special Topics in Literature:

  • ENGL 025H - American Journeys (3)
  • ENGL 025I - Post-Colonial Literatures (3)
  • ENGL 025J - Utopian and Dystopian Literature (3)
  • ENGL 026 - Introduction to Literary Theory & Criticism (3)
  • ENGL 054 - California Literature (3)
  • ENGL 059 - Children’s Literature (3)

General Education Requirements

To be eligible for an AA degree, you must complete general education requirements in addition to the area of emphasis course requirements. You choose to follow one of the following three GE Patterns:

Which GE Pattern you choose to follow is based on your transfer plans. Speak with your counselor or visit the Transfer Center to find out more about which GE Pattern to follow. 


 

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