Program Overview

The Associate in Arts in English provides community college students practice in writing mechanics and text analysis in order to pursue the many professions that demand strong reading and writing skills. In addition to our core courses, ranging from developmental to transfer level, literature courses deepen student understanding of literary traditions and their relevant contexts, by exploring the motivations and creative processes of a variety of English-language writers. The diverse themes presented in English and Literature courses examine the economic, political, social justice issues affecting our nation and the world, and explore the contributions of groups traditionally marginalized by society. Completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the serious study of English and Literature in practice and in theory and will provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses Units
ENGL 110 Composition, Literature, and Critical Thinking 3 units
ENGL 165 Critical Thinking and Advanced Composition 3 units
Plus a selection of 12 units from the following, 6 units of which must be literature courses: Units
ENGL 103 Applied English Skills for Cultural Production I 3 units
ENGL 104 Applied English Skills for Cultural Production II 3 units
ENGL 161 Creative Writing I 3 units
ENGL 162 Creative Writing II 3 units
FILM 440 Film Study and Appreciation 3 units
JOUR 120 Writing and Reporting for the Media 3 units
JOUR 121 Advanced Writing and Reporting for the Media 3 units
LIT. 101 Contemporary Literature 3 units
LIT. 191 Children's Literature 3 units
OR
ECE. 191 Children's Literature 3 units
LIT. 155 Comics and the Graphic Novel 3 units
LIT. 201 American Literature I 3 units
LIT. 202 American Literature II 3 units
LIT. 221 Introduction to World Literature II 3 units
LIT. 231 Survey of British Literature I 3 units
LIT. 232 Survey of British Literature II 3 units
LIT. 266 Black Literature 3 units
LIT. 267 Filipino American Literature 3 units
LIT. 370 Readings in Literature of the Latino in the United States 3 units
LIT. 432 Folklore 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 18

And required General Education coursework and electives as needed to meet the minimum 60 units required for the Associate degree.

Please refer to the AA/AS Degree Requirements for more information.

Rotation of Literature Courses

Day, Evening and Online Classes

Listed below are tentative Literature offerings for the upcoming semesters.

Fall 2021
Online LIT. 201 American Literature I

LIT. 370 Readings in Literature of the Latino in the United States

Spring 2022
On Campus
LIT. 191 Children's Literature
Online LIT. 202 American Literature II
LIT. 265 Asian American Literature
Summer 2022
Online LIT. 220 Introduction to World Literature I
LIT. 101 Contemporary Literature