All of the degree programs at ACC require students to successfully complete English composition courses; different programs require different courses. Before students enroll in composition courses, the students must demonstrate their writing competencies by means of a placement test. English 121-122 is the traditional college-level freshman composition program. The courses are sequential and acceptable for college transfer. All A.A. and A.S. students must complete this sequence; however, those students who demonstrate deficiencies in their writing competencies will be required to begin their writing programs in the Developmental/College Preparatory Studies sequence: ENG 030, ENG 060 and/or ENG 090, REA 030, REA 060 and/or REA 090. Students who test into REA 060 or lower are also required to co-enroll in AAA 109.
English 131 is a college-level course designed especially for students interested in occupational or technical fields. Many occupational programs require English 131; however, some students may need English 090 before enrolling in English 131. LITERATURE and HUMANITIES courses (listed separately) provide opportunities for refinement of reading, writing and critical-thinking skills. See also JOURNALISM.