English Literature – Associate in Arts Degree

Top Code: 1501.00

This area of emphasis is intended to align student course work with preparation for transfer to universities in such majors as English, Literature, Comparative Literature, World Literature, and other similar disciplines in CSU, UC, and private schools. Courses in this major encompass traditional literary history and interpretation as well as cross-cultural inquiry and current theoretical debates. Literature majors are trained in critical reading, writing, and thinking, as well as in literary interpretation. Literature is the study of representation, ideas, language, and culture. As such, it is a source of knowledge and pleasure, as well as a field of study. Literary texts are social documents in artistic form which speak to us as much about historical issues as about aesthetic matters. Literature students learn to think critically and to understand the role that texts play in a given society, past or present.

Please Note: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary. When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific transfer institutions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate sensitivity to and an analytical grasp of the nuances of literary language.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills, specifically in relation to poetry, drama, fiction, or other types of literature.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways that literature helps to illuminate the human condition.
  4. Demonstrate reading skills relevant to literary study.
  5. Demonstrate writing skills relevant to literary study.

Requirements for the Area of Emphasis

Courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. All courses must be numbered 001–099.

Required Courses
ENGL 001CINTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION-CRITICAL THINKING AND ARGUMENT3-4
or ENGL 026 INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM
Literary Survey
Select two of the following:6
AMERICAN LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERATURE
AMERICAN LITERATURE
WORLD LITERATURE: 1500 -- 1800 A.D.
WORLD LITERATURE: 1800 - MID 20TH CENTURY
ENGLISH LITERATURE
ENGLISH LITERATURE
Additional Requirements
Select nine credits from at least three of the five categories listed below:9
Literary Origins
WORLD LITERATURE: ANTIQUITY TO 1500
LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE
LITERATURE OF THE BIBLE
INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE
INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE
INTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO MYTHOLOGY
Gender and Ethnic Literature
A LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION
WOMEN IN LITERATURE
MEXICAN AND CHICANO LITERATURE
ASIAN LITERATURE
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY AND LITERATURE
ASIAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
Genre and Modes in Literature
INTERPRETING MODERN LITERATURE
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
LITERATURE OF HORROR (GOTHIC NOVEL)
COMEDY AND LITERATURE
MYSTERY AND CRIME FICTION
MAJOR NOVELIST
MAJOR DRAMATIST
MAJOR POET
MAJOR CRITIC
FILM AS DRAMATIC LITERATURE
FILM AS DRAMATIC LITERATURE
INTERPRETING POETRY
MODERN DRAMA
MASTERPIECES OF DRAMA
INTRODUCTION TO THE NOVEL
Special Topics in Literature
AMERICAN JOURNEYS
POST-COLONIAL LITERATURES
UTOPIAN AND DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY THEORY AND CRITICISM
CALIFORNIA LITERATURE
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Total Units18-19

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree