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English for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (AA-T) degree is designed to facilitate transfer to a California State University in keeping with SB 1440. This degree reflects the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) supported by the Statewide Academic Senate. A total of 18-20 units are required to fulfill the major portion of this degree. Students must also complete the California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (see the “General Education Requirements and Transfer Information” section of the catalog). Students planning to transfer to SDSU should consult with a counselor.

The following requirements must be met to be awarded an Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (AA-T) degree:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirement.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students are also required to earn a “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in all courses required for the major.

The discipline of English assists students in appreciating literature and in developing skills in varied forms of communication. The ability to understand and use English effectively is necessary for success in diverse fields such as creative and technical writing, journalism and telecommunications, advertising and marketing, teaching, editing, public relations, law, politics, medicine, and business.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Understand the uses of language to express ideas in a variety of texts.
  2. Develop reading efficiency and appreciation in order to critically engage, analyze, and evaluate multiple genres of
  3. Make effective choices that demonstrate their autonomy as expository and/or creative writing.
  4. Critically analyze, assess, contextualize, and synthesize sources within their writing.
  5. Recognize, appreciate, and evaluate multiple cultural perspectives.
  6. Participate in various communities, such as academic, artistic, civic, and professional.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

Note: All courses must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or higher or “Pass.”

Required Core
ENGL-122Introduction to Literature3
ENGL-124Advanced Composition: Critical Reasoning and Writing3
List A
Select two of the following:6
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
World Literature II
List B
Select one of the following:3
Any course from List A not already used or
Introduction to Creative Writing
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Literature 1
Children's Literature
Fantasy and Science Fiction
List C
Select one of the following:3-5
Any course from List A or List B not already used or
Short Fiction Writing I
Short Fiction Writing II
Short Fiction Writing III
Short Fiction Writing IV
Creative Nonfiction Writing I
Creative Nonfiction Writing II
Creative Nonfiction Writing III
Creative Nonfiction Writing IV
Poetry Writing I
Poetry Writing II
Poetry Writing III
Poetry Writing IV
Acorn Review: Editing and Production I
Acorn Review: Editing and Production II
Acorn Review: Editing and Production III
Acorn Review: Editing and Production IV
Drama Writing I
Drama Writing II
Drama Writing III
Drama Writing IV
Novel Writing I
Novel Writing II
Novel Writing III
Novel Writing IV
Mythology 1
Shakespeare - His Plays and the Theatre of His Time 1
Death and Dying in Literature
Chicana/o Literature
Chicana/o Literature
Black Literature
Black Literature
Asian American Literature
Asian American Literature
Arabic I
Arabic II
Arabic III
Arabic IV
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III
Spanish IV
Units for the major18-20
Plus General Education Requirements (CSU GE or IGETC)37-39
Total Units60

Complete transferable units as needed to reach 60.

Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area 1C: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.