Program Description

Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree introduces students to a wide range of literary expression while grounding them in the core skills of writing, literary analysis, and critical thinking necessary for success as English majors at a transfer university.

English majors enroll in core classes in the methods of literary study and then take survey courses which expose them to a range of types and styles of literature. Students complete the program by choosing among English courses on genres, ethnic literature, special topics in literature, film, and creative writing. Aside from being well prepared to continue their studies, students who complete the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree at PCC will be informed and skilled in ways which will help them negotiate their place in a changing world.

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of course work totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC for CSU) or California State University General Education (CSU GE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements.)


Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree

Course Requirements

REQUIRED CORE (8 UNITS)

  • ENGL 001B – Reading and Composition (4)
  • ENGL 001C – Intermediate Composition-Critical Thinking and Argument (4)

LIST A: SELECT ANY TWO COURSES (6 UNITS)

  • ENGL 030A – American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 030B – American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 030C – American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 044A – World Literature: Antiquity to 1500 (3)
  • ENGL 044B – World Literature: 1500 to 1800 A.D. (3)
  • ENGL 044C – World Literature: 1800 to Mid-20th Century (3)
  • ENGL 046A – English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 046B – English Literature (3)
  • ENGL 053 – Interpreting Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 060 – Masterpiece of Drama (3)
  • ENGL 061– Introduction to the Novel (3)

LIST B: SELECT ONE COURSE FROM BELOW (3 UNITS)

  • ENGL 005A – Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL 006 – Short Story Writing (3)
  • ENGL 008 – Writing Poetry (3)
  • ENGL 009 – Creative Nonfiction (3)
  • ENGL 047 – Mexican and Chicano Literature (3)
  • ENGL 050 – Afro-American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 052 – Asian-American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 078A – Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
  • ENGL 078B – Introduction to Shakespeare (3)

LIST C: SELECT ONE COURSE FROM BELOW (3 UNITS)

  • ENGL 005B - Creative Writing (3)
  • ENGL 007 - Inscape Magazine Publication (3)
  • ENGL 024 - A Literature in Translation (3)
  • ENGL 025A - Interpreting Modern Literature (3)
  • ENGL 025C - Women in Literature (3)
  • ENGL 025D - Science Fiction and Fantasy (3)
  • ENGL 025E - Literature of Horror (Gothic Novel) (3)
  • ENGL 025F - Comedy Literature (3)
  • ENGL 025G - Mystery and Crime Fiction (3)
  • ENGL 025H - American Journeys (3)
  • ENGL 025I - Post-Colonial Literatures (3)
  • ENGL 025J - Utopian and Dystopian Literature (3)
  • ENGL 026 - Introduction to Literature Theory and Criticism (3)
  • ENGL 034 - Major Novelist (1)
  • ENGL 035 - Major Dramatist (1)
  • ENGL 036 - Major Poet (1)
  • ENGL 037 - Major Critic (1)
  • ENGL 045A - Literature of the Bible (3)
  • ENGL 045B - Literature of the Bible (3)
  • ENGL 048 - Asian Literature (3)
  • ENGL 049A - Film as Dramatic Literature  (3)
  • ENGL 049B - Film as Dramatic Literature (3)
  • ENGL 051 - Native American Mythology and Literature (3)
  • ENGL 054 - California Literature (3)
  • ENGL 057 - Modern Drama (3)
  • ENGL 059 - Children's Literature (3)
  • ENGL 082A - Introduction to Mythology (3)
  • ENGL 082B - Introduction to Mythology (3)
  • ENGL 082C - Introduction to Mythology (3)

Student Learning 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.

Unit Requirements

  • Required Subtotal: 20
  • CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern: 39-41
  • Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
  • Degree Total: 60

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