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English & Literature

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

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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.

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Scott Guenthner
Program Chair / Faculty
Composition, Creative Writing, and Journalism
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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 230101 (DENG)

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 public four-year colleges and universities as designated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) transfer agreement.

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)
Mathematics (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One GT Pathways Mathematics course (GT-MA1), prefer MAT 1240 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)

Literature Courses (15 credit hours)

  • GT - Choose five (5) Colorado's Guaranteed Transfer Courses Arts and Humanities LITERATURE (LIT) courses within the GT-AH2 category. At least 4 of the 5 LIT courses must be at the 2000-level. Please consult your receiving institution regarding best choices for Literature courses.

Communications Courses (3 credit hours)

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 (1000 OR above), CHE, ECO, HIS, HUM, LIT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY (1105 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.

Graduation Requirements

ACC academic plans will help guide you through your chosen program. The academic plan will provide you with important information, like which semesters courses are offered if there are any prerequisites or co-requisites for courses, program outcomes, course sequence recommendations, notes for the program, graduation requirements, and other important information. These are updated annually, so we recommend downloading a copy of yours to keep on track to graduation.

Job Opportunities in English and Literature

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

Program Chair / Faculty