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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Studies A.A. with Area of Concentration in English

Associate of Arts | ENGL.AA | Transfer Program
CIP Code: 24.0102
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Program Description

The English Concentration is recommended for students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English. The American, British, and world literature survey courses and electives in this option provide the foundation for the upper-level literature classes students will take when they transfer to a four-year college or university. To build an understanding of the cultural context for the works of literature, the option also includes history courses. Students should consider the program requirements of their desired transfer institution as they make their course selections. Some colleges may require courses in a foreign language.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the English Concentration will be able to:

  • Discuss major authors, titles, and literary trends of the periods studied.
  • Produce written and oral analyses of characters, themes, plots, symbolism, and language of works in American, British, and world literature.
  • Explain how the works studied reflect the social and intellectual climate of the historical period when they were written.
  • Apply literary criticism in the study of primary works.
  • Synthesize primary and secondary sources ethically according to Modern Language Association documentation style.
  • Apply knowledge of the history and development of English grammar and usage.

Sequence of Study - English Concentration A.A.

Below are the required courses for your program arranged in a suggested sequence. Please note that the sequence does not include developmental coursework. See Academic Preparation  for the developmental course sequence if applicable to you.

Required Courses (in expected order)

Program Total: 60 Credits

History course should complement one of the literature surveys to be taken in semester 3 or 4. For example, if you plan to take African-American literature, you would select African-American history.


Credit earned at any public institution in the state shall be transferable to any other institution if the:

  • Credit is from a college or university parallel course or program;
  • Grades in the block of courses transferred average 2.00 or higher; and
  • Acceptance of the credit is consistent with the policies of the receiving institution governing students following the same program. Refer to ARTSYS at artweb.usmd.edu and the receiving institution’s catalog to select transferable courses.

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