English Major

English major at graduationThe Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (English AA-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus or any other four-year university. 

English majors develop written and spoken mastery of the English language, creativity of thought, and an appreciation of the language’s literature. The English major can lead to a career in teaching at all levels. Additional careers include advertising copywriter, editor, foreign correspondent, literary agent, media planner, reporter, fundraiser, paralegal, public administrator, speechwriter, information abstractor/information indexer, interpreter & translator.

Upon completion of the AA-T in English degree, students will be able to

  • Analyze texts representing a wide range of genres including poetry, drama, fiction, and film.
  • Synthesize historical, formal, and critical ideas in interpreting a text.
  • Write well-developed and effectively organized essays including in-class essays, interpretive arguments, and essays incorporating research.

What can I do with an English major?

Career outcomes for majors in English ages 27-67

Related: The Best Argument for Studying English? The Employment Numbers

For more information, please contact the English department chair, Professor Eric Martinsen, at emartinsen@vcccd.edu or Dr. Marian Carraso Nugaray, the academic counselor assigned to English, at (805) 289-6208 or mcarrasco@vcccd.edu.