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English and Literature

Open a book of endless possibilities with an Associate of Arts Transfer degree in English.

Arapahoe Community College English class

The heart of a liberal arts education, the study of literature and language, cultivates the empathy, initiative, and creativity that we all need to thrive in the world. Our history is filled with great stories and the literature that tells those stories. Getting your AA in English will allow you to explore literature and prepare you to transfer to a 4-year university and continue your education. This degree will improve your language, writing, and critical-thinking skills and prepare you for a variety of careers. Open your mind and discover new and old worlds with an Associate of Arts in English.

Lance Rubin, PhD
Faculty / Department Chair
Arts, Humanities, History, Communication
lance.rubin [at]
Monica Fuglei
Faculty / Department Chair
monica.fuglei [at]

What You'll Learn

When you study English as a major, you will develop skills in:

  • Literary concepts and definitions
  • Knowing an assortment of genres
  • Analyzing and interpreting various works
  • Using documented and evidential support
  • Understanding historical, cultural, and/or theoretical literary framework

CIP 240101 (ENGD)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (34 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1)
  • prefer MAT 120 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
Arts and Humanities (9 credit hours)
  • GT - Three GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (Note: GT-AH2 Literature courses will not be accepted to fulfill this requirement)
History (3 credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Science course (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural and Physical Sciences (7 credit hours)
  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Science courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2). One must be with laboratory (GT-SC1)
Additional Required Courses (18 credit hours)

Arts and Humanities - Literature (LIT) Courses

Note: Students are required to take 5 Literature courses, 4 of which must be at the 200-level. Please consult your receiving institution regarding best choices for Literature courses.

Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving 4-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor's degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Electives (8 credit hours)

Elective credit must be completed from the following lists of approved prefixes or courses to bring the total credit hours to 60.

Recommended Elective
Guaranteed Transfer
Any course in the following prefixes
  • Any course in the following prefixes except Special Topics, Independent Study, Capstone, and Internships:
    ANT, ART, BIO (100 OR above), CHE, ECO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (105 OR above), POS, PSY, SOC.

Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.

Total: 60 credit hours

All courses required for this degree must be completed with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer to another Colorado institution. Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Job Potential

Getting your degree in English will help you gain the skills needed to be successful in a variety of fields, such as:

Progenitor Art & Literary Journal

Become a published author or work behind the scenes on the Progenitor. The Progenitor, ACC’s award-winning art and literary journal, has been in continuous production for the life of the college. Produced every spring, this literary journal has consistently ranked among the top college literary magazines in the country, receiving numerous awards for design and content. Submit your work or join our staff (or both)

ACC Progenitor

Arapahoe Pinnacle

ACC Journalism students get hands-on newsroom experience throughout their entire program through our online, student-run news publication the Arapahoe Pinnacle. Have a lead or want to write your own story, submit it directly to the Pinnacle staff! 

Arapahoe Pinnacle staff

Why Get Your Degree in English?

There are many reasons to get your English Transfer AA degree, such as:

  • Transfer options: we’ve got guaranteed transfer courses and your AA can transfer to any public Colorado university. Check out your transfer options.
  • Faculty: we’ll teach you to write for both the academic setting and "real world" job settings. We’re here it assess and monitor your progress to really sharpen those skills.
  • Awards for Excellence in English: this ceremony honors students who excel in English, languages, literature, and humanities. Awards include Writers Studio Achievement Awards and Great Books certificates.

We have published writers, academic scholars, community leaders, and forward thinking faculty. Our alumni have gone on to become English teachers and even attended Law school. So many possibilities for these highly marketable skills!

Meet Your Faculty

Faculty / Department Chair
Faculty / Department Chair