What can I do with this?

Associate Degree for Transfer: A Degree with a GuaranteeWe are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. This provides a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. This AA-T degree guarantees admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and gives priority admission consideration to your local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to your community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. More information on the Degree with a Guarantee Program.

The English Degree for Transfer

  • Guarantees acceptance to the CSU system
  • Provides students with effective learning opportunities that help them acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences required of an educated, literate citizen
  • Explores the areas of American, British and international literature; literary analysis of genres from various historical periods; and composition and rhetoric
  • Provides a broad and balanced curriculum designed to foster critical reading and writing practices, wide-ranging interpretative abilities, and greater historical and cultural awareness
  • Prepares for careers in
    • teaching
    • journalism
    • publishing and editing
    • technical writing
    • public relations
    • advertising
    • law
    • communications
    • government
    • business

Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

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More on the English Major

What will I learn?

  • To read critically a variety of literary works in English, including diverse voices and cultures.
  • To identify key elements of literary genres in order to analyze and interpret texts.
  • To relate literary works to their historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts.
  • To define, identify, and analyze literary and dramatic techniques in a variety of works.
  • To compose formal written analyses of texts that demonstrate appropriate academic discourse and the conventions of literary analysis.
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What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.


Select one of the following two courses:


LIST A - Select two of the following courses:


List B - Select one course not already used from List A and one of the following courses; or select two of the following courses:

List C - Select any course not already used from List A or B

General Ed Requirements

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

Program Pathways

All classes needed for this degree are available at the following campuses: CC Online Ridgecrest / IWV

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters


60.0 units

at $375 per unit

Equals $22,500 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $26,100 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.