What Can You Do With an English AA?

Your next step is to transfer to a four-year—either a UC or a private university. (If you want to go on to a Cal State University, choose the AA-T) An English AA gives you a solid foundation for almost any major in the arts or humanities. To be highly skilled in writing and interpreting, you need more practice and challenge than the first two years of college can deliver. Take what you learn here to a major or minor in:

  • Classical Studies
  • Comparative Literature
  • Literatures in English
  • International Studies – Literature
  • Literary Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Pre-Law
  • Spanish Literature
  • Social Media

Careers for those who are skilled communicators show up in many fields:

  • Corporate communications
  • Technical writer
  • Digital marketing specialist
  • Editor
  • Diplomat
  • Teacher
  • Lawyer

Adaptable Skills + Clear Analysis

Studying English teaches you to think clearly about complex ideas, to interpret the context of what is offered, and to develop and defend sound arguments. Hiring managers look for those skills, and they adapt to many opportunities.

Research & Interpretation

Many people can present data; few can present the story the data tells. Science, business, technology, and public policy all depend on people who can research thoroughly and re-tell the key themes or stories in what they find. That’s what you learn when you study English.

Your English AA Program Map

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Sample electives shown — other options available. Download a PDF Program Map

English AA: What to Expect

  • Completion Requirements
    • 21 units of required courses
    • 60 total units
    • A grade of C or higher in all required courses
    • Minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • Required Courses

    Note: ENG-003A is a prerequisite for all writing and literature courses.

    Composition & Literature (ENG 001B) | 3.00

    Argumentation & Critical Thinking (ENG 001C) | 3.00

    Survey of English Literature: Old English to 18th Century (ENG 0111A) | 3.00

    Survey of English Literature: Romantic – Postmodernism (ENG 011B) | 3.00


    Select three (3) courses from the following (9 units) – one must be an ENG course:

    • ENG 005A
    • ENG 010B
    • ENG 012A
    • ENG 012B
    • HIST 017HIST 018
  • What You Learn
    1. Present complex ideas through clear writing and well-supported arguments
    2. Compose college-level papers that use standard grammar, reliable sources, and proper citations
    3. Respond to a range of written works with both analysis and reflection, showing an understanding of writer, audience, context, and genre
    4. Critique your own writing and that of others to improve the final written piece

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