A.A. in English Literature

The Associate of Arts Degree in English Literature provides students with a strong foundation in literature to better prepare them for transfer into a four-year English program. Core course work explores primarily British and American writers through an array of literary traditions, providing opportunities for students to express their understanding and appreciation of the literary world through analysis, research and composition. This degree requires nineteen - twenty units, of which thirteen - fourteen are required courses. An additional six units must be selected from the listed optional courses.

Students receiving this degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the District General Education Pattern, CSUGE or IGETC.
    If transferring to a CSU or UC students are strongly recommended to complete the CSUGE or IGETC General Education Patterns. Students looking to transfer to an out of state or private college should consult with a counselor for the appropriate GE pattern selection.
  2. Complete with a “C” or better each course as specified by the major.
  3. Maintain an overall GPA of a 2.0 or better in all degree applicable coursework.
  4. Meet the local area requirement of Kinesiology/Dance.
Required courses:
ENGL 101Reading and Composition4-5
or ENGL 101H Reading and Composition - Honors
or ENGL 101E Reading and Composition, Enhanced
ENGL 103Composition and Critical Thinking3
or ENGL 103H Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
or ENGL 104 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
ENGL 251Introduction to English Literature I3
or ENGL 252 Introduction to English Literature II
ENGL 261Introduction to U.S. American Literature I3
or ENGL 262 Introduction to U. S. American Literature II: 1865-The Present
Select two (2) of the following courses:
Introduction to Women's Literature3
Horror Literature3
Horror Literature - Honors
American Latino Literature3
Introduction to English Literature I3
Introduction to English Literature II3
Introduction to U.S. American Literature I3
Introduction to U. S. American Literature II: 1865-The Present3
Introduction to World Literature: Ancient - Early Modern3
Introduction to World Literature: 1600's through Twentieth Century3
Film as Literature3
Film as Literature - Honors
Children's Literature3
Children's Literature - Honors
Introduction to Shakespeare3
Literature of the Bible3
Total Units19-20

A.A. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the English Literature A.A. Degree will:

  1. Critically analyze and evaluate the subtext of literature texts in order to demonstrate knowledge of literary terminology.
  2. Identify and evaluate the writer’s use of literature as a persuasive tool to identify and assess the effectiveness of literary works.
  3. Recognize the historical and cultural context of material to evaluate the impact of various cultural phenomena on perspectives presented in literature.
  4. Employ established modes of reasoning in the defense and development of thesis/judgments to clearly demonstrate knowledge of critical analysis tools in all written work.
  5. Critically analyze and synthesize source material to demonstrate ability to write at the college level.
  6. Demonstrate cultural awareness, personal responsibility, and ethical behavior in evaluating and writing about literature.