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Associate in Arts Degree in English for Transfer

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Associate in Arts Degree in English for Transfer

Students enrolled in the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree (AA-T in English) graduate with demonstrated skills in writing, literary analysis and critical thinking. They will build vital research skills and learn to synthesize outside information into their own writings.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Compose essays of various lengths, up to ten pages, that are guided by thesis statements.
  • Produce writing for different purposes, which may include description, cause and effect, classification, definition, comparison and contrast, textual analysis, argumentative research, and creative fiction or non-fiction.
  • Support thesis statements with different types of proof: logic, anecdote, textual interpretation, research.
  • Edit and revise their own writing to reflect knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, manuscript format, and other literary conventions.
  • Find, evaluate, and selectively present appropriate researched evidence in the course of an essay.
  • Summarize texts, compare them to other readings and ideas, recognize that a single text may be interpreted in more than one way, and discuss them in terms of genre categories.
  • Comprehend college-level texts that represent a variety of genres and rhetorical strategies such as irony, understatements, parody, and more.
  • Articulate generic differences between poetry, narrative fiction, and drama.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with some canonical works and/or authors of English and American literature.
  • Below is a recommended sequence for this transfer major.

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the CSU AA in English for CSU Transfer.

Required courses

Core
ENGL G110 – Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing Through Literature – 4 units
or
ENGL G110H – Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing Through Literature, Honors – 4 units

List A select two: (6 units)
ENGL G150 – American Literature through the Civil War (1865) – 3 units
ENGL G155 – American Literature 1865 To the Present – 3 units
ENGL G270 – British Literature to 1800 – 3 units
ENGL G275 – British Literature since 1800 – 3 units

ENGL G160 – Masterpieces of World Literature through the Renaissance – 3 units
or
ENGL G160H – Masterpieces of World Literature through the Renaissance, Honors – 3 units

ENGL G161 – Masterpieces of World Literature since the Renaissance – 3 units
or
ENGL G161H – Masterpieces of World Literature since the Renaissance, Honors – 3 units

List B: select two (6 units)
Any course from List A not already used
ENGL G112 – Appreciation of Literature – 3 units

ENGL G114 – Great Myths and Legends – 3 units
or
ENGL G114H – Great Myths and Legends, Honors – 3 units

ENGL G280 – Creative Writing – 3 units

List C: select one: (3-4 units)
Any course from List A or B not already used

ENGL G181 – Shakespeare – 3 units
or
ENGL G181H – Shakespeare, Honors – 3 units

ENGL G281 – Creative Writing: Prose – 3 units
ENGL G143 – Children’s Literature – 3 units
SPAN G285 – Intermediate Spanish 2 – 4 units
JOUR G180 – Introduction to Mass Communication – 3 units

THEA G100 – Introduction to the Theater – 3 units
or
HUM G132 – Introduction To The Theater – 3 units

Total units: 19-20


Semester at a Glance – Associate in Arts Degree in English for Transfer

Semester 1
English G110 / G110H (Core) Critical Thinking, Reading and  Writing through Lit – 4 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Select two courses from List B:
English G114/114H (List B) – Great Myths & Legends – 3 units
English G280 (List B) – Creative Writing – 3 units
English G112 (List B) – Appreciation of Literature – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Select one course from List A
English G150 (List A) – American Lit. Through the Civil War – 3 units
English G160/G160H (List A) – Masterpieces of World Lit through the Renaissance – 3 units
English G270 (List A) – British Lit to 1800 – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Select one course from List A:
English G155 (List A) – American Lit. 1865 to present – 3 units
English G275 (List A) – British Lit. Since 1800 – 3 units
English G161/G161H (List A) – Masterpieces of World Lit Since the Renaissance – 3 units

Select one course from List C:
English G181/G181H (List C) – Shakespeare – 3 units
English G281 (List C) – Creative Writing: Prose – 3 units
English G143 (List C) – Children’s Lit – 3 units
Spanish G285 (List C) – Intermediate Spanish 2 – 4 units
Journalism G180 (List C) – Intro to Mass Communications – 3 units
Theater Arts G100/Hum G132 – Intro to the Theater – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Major Total: 19-20 units

CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double-counted: 9-12 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 10-16 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (max): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.

Course Descriptions

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ENGLISH G098 – 3 Units
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Developmental Writing and Reading
(Formerly known as: English G009)
This course is designed for students with native fluency in English who need extensive reading and writing preparation for college level work. Reading components of this course promote student confidence by focusing on comprehension, vocabulary, and retention to promote student success and confidence. Writing components focus on sentence, paragraph, and short-essay writing. Students will concentrate on writing main ideas that are adequately supported by clear explanations, details, and examples. Some students may need additional assistance from the Writing Center. Lecture. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

ENGLISH G099 – 3 Units
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Preparation for College Writing and Reading
(Formerly known as: Reading and Writing Essentials, English G010)
Prerequisites: English G009 or English G098 or English as a Second Language G071 or Placement Test
This course is designed for students who need additional reading and writing preparation for entry into English G100. It includes paragraph and essay writing, critical reading, and some grammar review. Some students may need additional support from the Writing Center. Lecture. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

ENGLISH G100 – 3 Units
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Freshman Composition
Prerequisites: English G010 or English G099 or Placement Test
Composition and revision of essays, critical thinking, critical reading and documentation. Recommended for all liberal arts majors and those planning to transfer to a four-year college or university. Instructor may recommend up to one additional hour per week in the Writing Center. UC Credit limitations: English G100 and English G100H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID ENGL 100 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G100 HONORS – 3 Units
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Freshman Composition, Honors
Prerequisites: English G099 or Placement Test
The Golden West Honors program offer highly motivated students an enriched academic experience, challenging them with stimulating, rigorous assignments leading them to advanced level of critical thinking. Most enhancements to the standard English G100 course are qualitative rather than quantitative. While there is additional reading, some on a fairly high level, the intensified focus on critical thinking holds students to a higher standard: all their oral and written work must manifest a commitment to, and a capacity for, academic excellence. The list of readings features more classic essays and difficult writers than the usual English G100 bibliography and intensifies the focus on research, personal style and critical thinking. UC Credit Limitations: English G100 and English G100H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID ENGL 100 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G110 – 4 Units
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Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing Through Literature
Prerequisites: English G100
This course teaches students to apply critical thinking and research skills in reading, analyzing and writing about literary genres in order to formulate arguments. Students learn to use inductive and deductive reasoning and recognize logical fallacies, rhetorical strategies, and implicit meaning. Recommended for English majors and prospective teachers. UC Credit Limitation: English G110 and English G110H combined—maximum credit, one course C-ID ENGL 110 Lecture. Letter grade only.Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G110 HONORS – 4 Units
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Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing Through Literature, Honors
Prerequisites: English G100
This course teaches students to apply critical thinking and research skills to reading, analyzing and writing about literary genres in order to formulate arguments. Students learn to use inductive and deductive reasoning and recognize logical fallacies, rhetorical strategies, and implicit meaning. Reading and writing components for the Honors version will be significantly intensified, as will the instructor’s expectations in regards to scholarly work in which the students will be engaged. Recommended for English majors and prospective teachers. UC Credit Limitation: English G110 and English G110H combined—maximum credit, one course C-ID ENGL 110 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G112 – 3 Units
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Appreciation of Literature
Prerequisites: English G100
This course is a broad introduction to literary genres, elements and techniques in cultural/historical context. Literary works will be chosen from all three genres and various historical periods. The readings will illustrate various genres, historical contexts and cultural contexts, as well as the relationships between them. C-ID ENGL 120 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G114 – 3 Units
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Great Myths and Legends
Prerequisites: English G100
This course surveys the famous myths and legends of various world cultures. Readings include original myths and legends as well as critical approaches. The course deals with universal topics such as creation, destruction, and the relationship between gods and the natural world. UC Credit limitations: English G114 and English G114H combined—maximum credit, one course. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G114 HONORS – 3 Units
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Great Myths and Legends, Honors
Prerequisites: English G100
As in the regular English G114 course, honors students will examine myths and legends dealing with such archetypes as the hero; motifs of the quest; the nature of the gods; passages into young adulthood, marriage, and death; the relationship between gods and people. However, the course of study will feature more reading from original sources, more intense focus on views of reality embedded in different cultures’ myths and styles, plus more attention to the assumptions implicit in different approaches to myth. The course will also intensify the focus on research and critical thinking. UC Credit limitations: English G114 and English G114H combined—maximum credit, one course. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G143 – 3 Units
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Children’s Literature
(Formerly known as: Introduction to Children’s Literature)
Prerequisites: English G100 or English G100H
This course introduces representative works of children’s and young adult literature and develops students’ close reading and analytical writing skills while promoting an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities and prominent themes of these genres. C-ID ENGL 180 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G150 – 3 Units
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American Literature Through the Civil War (1865)
(Formerly known as: American Literature: Pre-colonial through Civil Wa)
Prerequisites: English G100
This course is a study of early American literature through the Civil War. C-ID ENGL 130 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G155 – 3 Units
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American Literature 1865 to Present
(Formerly known as: American Literature: Post-Civil War to the Present)
Prerequisites: English G100
This course is a study of American Literature from the Civil War to the present. C-ID ENGL 135 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G160 – 3 Units
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Masterpieces of World Literature Through the Renaissance
(Formerly known as: Masterpieces of World Literature)
Prerequisites: English G100
A study of world masterpieces through the European Renaissance. The important contributions and achievements from the literature of both Western and Eastern countries and eras are studied for their artistic merit and for their influences on modern thought. UC Credit Limitations: English G160 and English G160H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID ENGL 140 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G160 HONORS – 3 Units
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Masterpieces of World Literature Through the Renaissance, Honors
(Formerly known as: Masterpieces of World Literature Honors)

Prerequisites: English G100
As in the regular course, students evaluate classic works of world literature in terms of formal properties, historical context and treatment of issues relevant to the present. This class also sharpens the focus on critical thinking and interdisciplinary research, accenting connections with fields such as art, history, philosophy and psychology. In additions, students delve more deeply into theoretical approaches to literature, considering the assumptions and implications of diverse methodologies. Finally, the class attends to nuances of style, using a comparative approach to problems involved in translation, and applying techniques learned from major thinkers in such fields as linguistics and philology. UC Credit Limitations: English G160 and English G160H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID ENGL 140 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G161 – 3 Units
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Masterpieces of World Literature Since the Renaissance
(Formerly known as: English G165, Masterpieces of World Literature)
Prerequisites: English G100
This course is a study of world literary masterpieces since the Renaissance. Important contributions and achievements from the literature of various countries and periods will be studied for their artistic merit and influence on the modern world. UC Credit Limitations: English G161 and English G161H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID ENGL 145 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G161 HONORS – 3 Units
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Masterpieces of World Literature Since the Renaissance, Honors
(Formerly known as: English G165 Honors – Masterpieces of World Literature)
Prerequisites: English G100
As in the English G161 course, students evaluate classic works in the light of abiding topics relevant to our timeówar, love, death, alienation, transcendence, political responsibility, the environmentósharpening the focus on critical thinking and research. Using a comparative approach, the course gives added consideration to historical context and connections with such extra-literary fields as biology, economics, philosophy and psychology. Additional foci include problems of translation and the kinds of significance generated by style. Finally, students attend more to theoretical approaches, assessing diverse methodologies and their implications for understanding. UC Credit Limitations: English G161 and English G161H combined—maximum credit, one course. C-ID ENGL 145 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G181 – 3 Units
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Shakespeare
(Formerly known as: English G180)
Prerequisites: English G100
In this course students will study the plays and poems of William Shakespeare. The course will focus on the politics, culture, and aesthetics of Shakespeare’s work, as well as providing students with a knowledge of Shakespeare’s influence on contemporary dramatists and poets. UC Credit Limitations: English G181 and English G181H combined—maximum credit, one course. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G181 HONORS – 3 Units
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Shakespeare, Honors
(Formerly known as: English G180 Honors)
Prerequisites: English G100
In this course honors students will participate in an intensive study of the works of Shakespeare and his dramatic and poetic contemporaries. Students will be expected to read more plays and poems written by Shakespeare than in the standard class, and expected to write longer, more critically researched essays than in the standard Shakespeare course. Out-of-class enrichment activities attending live productions of Shakespeare’s plays, viewing (and writing about) movie adaptations of Shakespeare’s work—will also be expected. UC Credit Limitations: English G181 and English G181H combined—maximum credit, one course.

In addition, students will be held to a higher level of academic excellence: the instructor will expect essays, in-class presentations, and classroom contributions to discussions will reflect a level of academic and intellectual rigor and nuance that is consistent with the standards of the Golden West College Honors Program. UC Credit Limitations: English G181 and English G181H combined—maximum credit, one course. Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G270 – 3 Units
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British Literature to 1800
(Formerly known as: English G290, Major British Authors)
Prerequisites: English G100
A study of selected writers in English literature to 1800. C-ID ENGL 160 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G275 – 3 Units
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British Literature Since 1800
(Formerly known as: English G295, Major British Authors)
Prerequisites: English G100
A study of selected writers in English literature from 1800 to present. C-ID ENGL 165 Lecture. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G280 – 3 Units
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Creative Writing
Prerequisites: English G100
This creative writing course is for students who wish to explore writing in the four literary genres. Students will engage in formal analysis of the genres in order to create their own texts. There is informal discussion and criticism of student writing by the class and instructor. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

ENGLISH G281 – 3 Units
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Creative Writing: Prose
Prerequisites: English G100
A course for those who enjoy writing and want to concentrate on some form of prose: the short story, magazine article, screen play, stage play, autobiography, personal essay, and prose poetry. Informal discussion and criticism of student work by the instructor and the class. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

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