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Associate in Arts
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
For more information please see http://laspositascollege.edu/assessment/selfplacement.php
About the Degree
The Associate of Arts in English degree (AA) provides major preparation in English through an introduction to English composition, critical thinking, literature, and creative writing. Please note that the English AA does not guarantee admission to CSU as the English AA-T does. However, like the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (AA-T), the coursework will prepare students for the critical reading and writing necessary in a variety of fields. The intent of the Associate in Arts in English (AA) is additionally to provide students with an enriched background in a broader, interdisciplinary range of courses that provides more general preparation in reading, writing, critical thinking, humanities, and creative expression. Students may take elective courses in fields as varied as English as a Second Language, French, Humanities, Mass Communications, Spanish, Speech, and Theater Arts. If the student prefers this broader range of preparation to that of the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (AA-T) enter the English major at the transfer university of his or her choice, it is essential that the student also refer to the catalog of the prospective transfer institution and consult a counselor. If a student plans to attend the University of California, the AA in English may meet the student's needs just as well. Students should speak to a counselor about their options.
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 in English, students are able to analyze an author's use of literary techniques to develop a theme.
- Upon completion of the AA in English, students are able to identify and evaluate implied arguments in college-level literary texts.
- Upon completion of the AA 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 in English, students are able to use grammar, vocabulary, and style appropriate for academic essays.
- Upon completion of the AA in English, students are able to write a research paper using credible sources and correct documentation.
- Upon completion of the AA in English, students are able to write an academic essay
synthesizing multiple texts and using logic to support a thesis.
|ENG 1A Critical Reading and Composition or||3|
|ENG 1AEX Critical Reading and Composition Expanded||4|
|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|
|CMST 5 Readers Theater||3|
|ENG 11 Introduction to Creative Writing||3|
|ENG 12A Craft of Writing Fiction||3|
|ENG 12B Craft of Writing Fiction: Intermediate||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|
|JAMS 19A Journal of Arts, Literature, and Academic Writing A||3|
|ENG 19B Journal of Arts, Literature, and Academic Writing B or|
|JAMS 19B Journal of Arts, Literature, and Academic Writing B||3|
|ENG 20 Studies in Shakespeare||3|
|ENG 32 U.S. Women's Literature||3|
|ENG 42 Literature of the African Diaspora in America||3|
|ENG 44 Literature of the American West||3|
|ENG 45 Studies in Fiction||3|
|ESL 24 Advanced Reading and Composition I||6|
|ESL 25 Advanced Reading and Composition II||6|
|ESL 26 Advanced Editing||3|
|HUMN 28 World Mythology||3|
|JAMS 1 Introduction to Reporting and Newswriting||3|
|THEA 4 Modern American Theater||3|
|THEA 11 Stage to Screen||3|
|THEA 14 Bay Area Theater||3|
|Total Units in the Major||21-28|
The Associate Degree is conferred upon those students who complete the required 60 or more semester units of the degree pattern with a grade-point average of 2.0 or better, of which 12 units must be earned at Las Positas College. In addition, students must complete a General Education pattern in order to earn a degree: see the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Arts (AA) Degree, California State University General Education-Breadth, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for 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, the optional course(s) taken, and the GE pattern selected. Elective units are degree applicable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.
Updated: July 2022