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Associate in Arts for Transfer
About the Program
The English program is designed to help students become more effective writers, readers, researchers, and critical thinkers. In our classes, students will engage with texts about diverse, provocative, and universal themes. They will read dramatic narratives, topical articles, inspirational verse, and literature about the human condition. They will have the opportunity to think deeply about their own personal views and the views of others and express thoughtful and original ideas through clear, coherent essays. They will refi ne their understanding of academic honesty not just to avoid plagiarism but to enter into dialogue with other writers and academics. The English department is committed to familiarizing students with different genres of writing, whether as readers or creative writers, and with writers from a variety of cultural traditions and historical eras. Students will leave our program with the reading and writing skills to succeed across the curriculum, to thrive in their places of employment, to enrich their own lives, and to participate more thoughtfully in our communities and our world.
All students must complete the Guided Self-Placement to determine which English class to take. For more information please see http://laspositascollege.edu/assessment/selfplacement.php
About the Degree
The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (AA-T) provides major preparation in English through an introduction to English composition, critical thinking, literature, and creative writing. Like the Associate in Arts in English (AA), the coursework will prepare students for the critical reading and writing necessary in a variety of fields. However, the intent of the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (AA-T) is to assist students in transferring into the California State University System. Students completing the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (AA-T) degree receive a guarantee of admission with junior status into the California State University System. CSU is required to grant priority admission for a student with this associate degree to their [CSU] campus and to a program or major that is similar to their community college major or area of emphasis, as determined by the [CSU] campus to which the student is admitted.” As such, the courses required for the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (AA-T) are more narrowly focused on English courses and preparation for the English Baccalaureate degree whereas the courses allowed for the Associate in Arts in English (AA) cover a broader, interdisciplinary range and provide more general preparation in reading, writing, critical thinking, humanities, and creative expression.
- 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) or CA 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.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0
Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT’s) also require that students must earn a "C " (or "P'') or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
The coursework in English prepares students for the critical reading and writing necessary in a variety of fields, with further study, such as law, education, publishing, business, government, information architecture, writing, nonprofit development and fundraising, and many more. Research and feedback from San Francisco Bay Area employers shows that employees who can write well and think clearly are a valued commodity in the workforce.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in English, students are able to analyze an author's use of literary techniques to develop a theme.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in English, students are able to identify and evaluate implied arguments in college-level literary texts.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in English, students are able to recognize, appreciate, and compare the similarities and differences between authors, characters and self that stem from historical era and cultural tradition.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in English, students are able to use grammar, vocabulary, and style appropriate for academic essays.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in English, students are able to write a research paper using credible sources and correct documentation.
- Upon completion of the AA-T in English, students are able to write an academic essay
synthesizing multiple texts and using logic to support a thesis.
|ENG 4 Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature||3|
|ENG 7 Critical Thinking and Writing Across Disciplines||3|
|ENG 35 Modern American Literature||3|
|ENG 41 Modern World Literature||3|
|ENG 11 Introduction to Creative Writing||3|
|ENG 20 Studies in Shakespeare||3|
|ENG 32 U.S. Women's Literature||3|
|ENG 44 Literature of the American West||3|
|ENG 45 Studies in Fiction||3|
|Any LIST B course not already used||3|
|ENG 12A Craft of Writing Fiction||3|
|ENG 12B Craft of Writing Fiction: Intermediate||3|
|ENG 12C Craft of Writing Fiction: Advanced||3|
|ENG 13A The Craft of Writing Poetry: Beginning||3|
|ENG 13B The Craft of Writing Poetry: Intermediate||3|
|ENG 19A Journal of Arts, Literature, and Academic Writing A or|
|MSCM 19A Journal of Arts, Literature, and Academic Writing A||3|
|ENG 19B Journal of Arts, Literature, and Academic Writing B or|
|MSCM 19B Journal of Arts, Literature, and Academic Writing B||3|
|ENG 42 Literature of the African Diaspora in America||3|
|Total Units in the Major||18|
|Additional General Education and Elective Units||42|
See the Las Positas College California State University General Education-Breadth or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for a listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program and the optional course(s) taken. Elective units are CSU transferable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.
Updated: July 2022