The English program affirms the college’s commitment to the belief that reading and writing are central to any student’s education. Writing is a fundamental means of developing critical thinking, communicating ideas, comparing cultures, understanding experiences, arguing positions, re-evaluating beliefs, celebrating creativity, and exploring the limits of the self. Our aim is to offer students not only a chance to build specific skills, but also the opportunity to experience the value of those skills in a context of challenging academic dialogue. 


English (AA-T) Curriculum Guide

Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T), English
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This field of concentration in the Creative Writing and Language and Literature sequence prepares the student for baccalaureate study in English, Comparative Literature, and Liberal Arts. The Creative Writing sequence also prepares the student for possible publication.

Such study can lead to careers in such areas as education, journalism, publishing, entertainment, public relations, non-profits, medicine, mental health, law, finance, social media, and technology.


  • Education
  • Entertainment
  • Finance
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Non-Profits
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Social Media
  • Technology


Course Sequence:  

To fulfill the transfer-level writing requirement, you have the option to enroll in ENGL 1 or ENGL 1 Plus.  

  • ENGL 1 is open to all students and recommended for students with a GPA of 2.6 or above.  
  • ENGL 1 Plus is open to all students and recommended for those with a high school GPA of 2.6 or below. The course includes an extra 2 units to give students more time and support in class to work with the instructor.  

To enroll in ENGL 1H, students must apply to the Honors Program.  

ENGL 105 is open to all students who want extra practice with college-live reading and writing skills before enrolling in the transfer-level class. ENGL 801A is open to all students who want to prepare for college-level reading and writing skills.

The English Department also offers coursework to fulfill the General Education critical thinking requirement: ENGL 3, ENGL 3H, or ENGL 4.

English Composition Sequence

English Composition Course Sequence Chart for English students


What English class is required for graduation?

ENGL 1, ENGL 1 Plus* or ENGL 1H fulfills the graduation and general education requirements for Plans A, B, and C.

What is ENGL 1 Plus*?

This course fulfills the requirement of ENGL 1 and also includes an additional two units of support to assist students as they develop their writing skills.

ENGL 1 & ENGL 1 Plus Comparison Chart

I’m not confident of my writing abilities, but my “placement” says I need to take ENGL 1 in order to graduate.  Does the college offer any support to help me?

Yes, students may enroll in ENGL 105, a pre-transfer level preparatory course to develop skills in sentence, paragraph and essay development. Many students find that this course gives them the skills that they need in order to feel comfortable when they enroll in ENGL 1

ENGL 1 Plus* fulfills the requirement of ENGL 1 and also provides students with an additional two units of support to assist students as they develop their writing skills.

If I took an AP class in high school, do I need to take ENGL 1?

If you scored 3 or higher on either the English Language or the English Literature Advanced Placement test, please submit your score to the college because that score fulfills the English composition requirement for all degree plans.