Cerro Coso Community College

English for Transfer

English AA-T

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 AS-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

Prerequisite: ENGL C101

72 lecture hours. In this composition course for transfer to four-year institutions, students develop composition, analytical, and critical reasoning skills through study of literary works (fiction, poetry, drama, and essay). The course emphasizes critical analysis, principles of logic, use of research, and presentation of carefully-reasoned written arguments while developing students’ close reading skills and promoting an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of literature. Students write four to five expository essays demonstrating sophisticated application of critical thinking skills to literature (total: 8,000 words). Approved for IGETC Area 1B, CSU GE Area A3, Local GE Area 3 or 4.

Prerequisite: ENGL C101 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance for the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined in consultation with the instructor.

90 hours lecture. In this composition course for transfer to four-year institutions, students develop composition, analytical, and critical reasoning skills through study of literary works (fiction, poetry, drama, and essay). The course emphasizes critical analysis, principles of logic, use of research, and presentation of carefully-reasoned written arguments while developing students’ close reading skills and promoting an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of literature. Students write four to five expository essays demonstrating sophisticated application of critical thinking skills to literature (total: 8,000 words). The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors course; the honors course also requires at least one extra paper assignment beyond that required in the non-honors course. Approved for IGETC Area 1B, CSU GE Area A3, Local GE Area 3 or 4.

LIST A - Select two of the following courses

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course is a comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from antiquity to the mid or late seventeenth century. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

72 hours lecture. This course is a comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from antiquity to the mid or late seventeenth century. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors course; the honors course also requires at least one extra research assignment. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course is a comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from the mid or late seventeenth century to the present. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

72 hours lecture. This course is a comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and other areas, from the mid or late seventeenth century to the present. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors course; the honors course also requires at least one extra research assignment. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Prerequisite: ENGL C101

54 lecture hours. This course surveys the literature written in the British Isles up to the last quarter of the 18th century. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Prerequisite: ENGL C101

54 lecture hours. This course surveys British literature from the late eighteenth century to contemporary British and post-colonial texts. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This literature course introduces students to American authors from the Colonial Period to the beginning of the twentieth century. The course emphasizes analyzing texts and studying the intellectual, social, and cultural history of Americans. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This literature course introduces students to American authors from the 1865 to the present. The course emphasizes analyzing texts and studying the intellectual, social, and cultural history of Americans. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

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

Advisory: ENGL C101

54 hours lecture. This course is an introduction to the craft of creative writing through the study and analysis of the works of established and peer writers. Students practice writing in various genres and are introduced to the workshop method. Approved for CSU GE Area C2, Local Area 3.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course provides an introduction to Shakespeare’s works, including discussion and analysis of selected plays (tragedies, comedies, and histories) and non-dramatic poetry. Some attention may be given to the historical, artistic, literary, theatrical, and social influences of Renaissance England contributing to the development of Shakespeare’s literary achievements. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

72 hours lecture. This course provides an introduction to Shakespeare’s works, including discussion and analysis of selected plays (tragedies, comedies, and histories) and non-dramatic poetry. Some attention may be given to the historical, artistic, literary, theatrical, and social influences of Renaissance England contributing to the development of Shakespeare’s literary achievements. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors course; the honors course also requires at least one extra research assignment. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

54 hours lecture. This course studies the literary achievements of women writers and examines the extent to which literature mirrors or shapes historical and social attitudes with particular emphasis on the roles, images, and concerns of women as expressed in literature. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3 & 6.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070 Limitation on Enrollment: Acceptance to the Honors Program or eligibility for this honors course as determined by the instructor.

72 hours lecture. This course studies the literary achievements of women writers and examines the extent to which literature mirrors or shapes historical and social attitudes with particular emphasis on the roles, images, and concerns of women as expressed in literature. The honors course provides more content and requires greater intensity and depth of study than the non-honors class; the honors course also requires at least one extra research assignment. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3 & 6.

Prerequisite: ENGL C070

54 lecture hours. This course studies the contributions to American literature by African Americans, Latino Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and other ethnic minorities and examines the extent to which literature mirrors or shapes historical and social attitudes with particular emphasis on the roles, images, and concerns of ethnic groups as expressed in literature. Approved for IGETC Area 3B, CSU GE Area C2, Local GE Area 3 & 6.

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

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Program Pathways

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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

Non-residents

60.0 units

at $329 per unit

Equals $19,740 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $23,340 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.

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