Major Requirements

To earn an English AA-T degree, students must complete:

  1. Certified completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC- CSU) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
    • A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on transfer courses.
  3. Obtainment of a “C or P” grade or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. Although a "P" grade is allowed (Title 5, Section 55063), it is recommended that students take the course for a letter grade (A, B, or C) due to unit limitations on "P/NP" courses.
  4. Complete a minimum of 12 units in residency at the college granting the degree.

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

REQUIRED CORE (4 units):

  • ENGL V01B Composition and Critical Thinking through Literature (4 units)

LIST A (6 units):

Select two (2) of the following courses:

  • ENGL V22A Survey of American Literature: Colonial Period to 1865 (3 units)
  • ENGL V22B Survey of American Literature: 1865 to Present (3 units) 
  • ENGL V21A Survey of English Literature I  (3 units)
  • ENGL V21B Survey of English Literature II (3 units) 
  • ENGL V30 Survey of World Literature I (3 units) 
  • ENGL V31 Survey of World Literature II (3 units)

LIST B (6 units):

Select two (2) of the following courses:

  • Any course from LIST A not already used (ENGL V21A, V21B, V22A, V22B, V30, or V31) 
  • ENGL V10 Creative Writing (3 units)
  • ENGL V11A Intermediate Creative Writing I (3 units)
  • ENGL V11B Intermediate Creative Writing II (3 units) 
  • ENGL V15 Introduction to Poetry (3 units)
  • ENGL V16 Introduction to Fiction (3 units)
  • ENGL V18 Introduction to Children's Literature and Film (3 units)
  • ENGL V23 Introduction to Dramatic Literature (3 units) 
  • ENGL V26 Introduction to Shakespeare (3 units)
  • ENGL V29A Aesthetics of Film I (3 units)
  • ENGL V29B Aesthetics of Film II (3 units) 
  • ENGL V33 Introduction to African-American Literature (3 units)
  • ENGL V34 Introduction to Chicano Literature (3 units)
  • ENGL V34 Introduction to Multicultural Literature (3 units) 
  • ENGL V36A Survey of Women in Literature I (3 units)
  • ENGL V36B Survey of Women in Literature II (3 units)

LIST C (3-5 units):

Select one (1) of the following courses:

  • Any course from LIST A or B not already used (ENGL V10, V11A, V11B, V15, V16, V21A, V21B, V22A, V22B, V23, V26, V29A, V29B, V30, V31, V33, V34, V35, V36A, or V36B) 
  • Any language course other than English that is articulated to fulfill CSU-GE Area C or IGETC Area 3B.      
  • ANTH V5 Linguistic Anthropology: Culture and Communication (3 units)   
  • BUS V45 Business Communications (3 units)     
  • COMM V5 Oral Interpretation and Communication of Literature (3 units)                  
  • SPAN V20 Hispanic Literature in Translation (Same as: AES V31) (3 units)
  • THA V01 Theater Art Appreciation (3 units) 

Please refer to CSU General Education-Breadth Certification or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (may be found in the Counseling Office or in the VC Catalog on page 71 or 79).