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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.

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Associate in Arts Degree in English for Transfer

Required courses


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:

1. Compose essays of various lengths, up to ten pages, that are guided by thesis statements.

2. 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.

3. Support thesis statements with different types of proof: logic, anecdote, textual interpretation, research.

4. Edit and revise their own writing to reflect knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation, manuscript format, and other literary conventions.

5. Find, evaluate, and selectively present appropriate researched evidence in the course of an essay.

6. 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.

7. Comprehend college-level texts that represent a variety of genres and rhetorical strategies such as irony, understatements, parody, and more.

8. Articulate generic differences between poetry, narrative fiction, and drama.

9. 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

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

Major Total: 19-20 units

CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units

Total units that may be double-counted: 9-12

Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units): 10-16

DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (maximum): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT

View all GWC courses  |  English Reading and Writing Center Courses

ENGLISH G090 – 5 Units

Course Outline

Accelerated Preparation for College Writing and Reading

Advisories: Students are encouraged to seek additional support from the Writing Center

As an alternative to the English G098 and English G099 sequence, this course prepares students for college writing through a highly intensive, accelerated format, focusing on expository and argumentative writing, standard English, and critical thinking and reading. Successful completion allows students to enroll in ENGL G100. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

ENGLISH G095 – 2 Units

Course Outline

English Basic Skills Corequisite

Prerequisites: English G098 or GWC English Placement Exam, or Multiple Measures Evaluation

Corequisites: English G100

Supplemental writing course providing instruction in basic conventions of college reading and writing to promote success in a concurrent English G100 course. Success in this course will be based on attendance and satisfactory completion of in-class reading and writing assignments. Requires concurrent enrollment in specified sections of English G100. This class is intended for students who place into English G99 but want to enroll directly into English G100. Concurrent-enrollment support for English G100. Lecture. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

ENGLISH G098 – 3 Units

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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 English G090 or Placement Test

This pre-collegiate course, one level below College Composition (English G100), requires students to read, analyze, and respond to texts in order to write coherent essays composed of developed paragraphs. Essays may respond primarily to academic, expository non-fiction texts. Students will practice revising their essays and edit according to standards of written English. Some students may need additional support from the Writing Center. Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit in English G090. Lecture. Pass/no pass only. Not transferable, not degree applicable.

ENGLISH G100 – 4 Units

Course Outline

Freshman Composition

Prerequisites: English G099 or English G090, ESL G120, 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 G103 – 5 Units

Course Outline

Freshman Composition Intensive

Prerequisites: English G090, English G099, or placement test.

English G103 is an intensive English course that allows students to fulfill their English composition requirement while concurrently receiving extra time, support and assistance. The Freshman Composition component of the class emphasizes composition and revision of essays, critical thinking, critical reading and documentation. The remedial component of the class provides extra assistance in English writing skills, grammar, sentence structure, usage, and punctuation, with concentration on writing expository paragraphs. The emphasis on paragraph development will complement writing of the expository and argumentative essay. Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU.

ENGLISH G110 – 4 Units

Course Outline

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 G112 – 3 Units

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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 G143 – 3 Units

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

American Literature Through the Civil War (1865)

(Formerly known as: American Literature: Pre-colonial through Civil War)

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

Course Outline

American Literature 1865 to 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

Course Outline

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 G161 – 3 Units

Course Outline

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 G181 – 3 Units

Course Outline

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 other writers. 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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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

Course Outline

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. C-ID: ENGL 200. Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in English will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Bakersfield
CSU Channel Islands
CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

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Full-time Faculty

Dibakar Barua Professor, English – B.A., (Honors), University of Chittagong; M.A. University of Dhaka; Diploma in Language & Literature (with distinction). University of Edinburgh; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook. dbarua@gwc.cccd.edu

Keisha Cosand Professor, English – B.A. with Honors, M.A., California State University at Fresno. kcosand@gwc.cccd.edu

Cecelia Galassi Associate Professor, English – B.A., Occidental College; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine cgalassi@gwc.cccd.edu

Theresa L. Lavarini Professor, English English Department Chair SLO Coordinator – B.A. (honors), CSU State Stanislaus, M.A., CSU Fullerton. tlavarini@gwc.cccd.edu

Sacha Moore Professor, English District Coordinator of Equity, Inclusion, and Compliance – B.A., (Honors), California State University, Fullerton M.A., California State University, Fullerton. smoore@gwc.cccd.edu

Jessica Patapoff Instructor, English Puente Co-Coordinator – B.A. English, M.F.A. Poetry, California State University, Long Beach jpatapoff@gwc.cccd.edu

Elizabeth Remsburg-Shiroishi Professor, English – B.A., University of California at San Diego; M.A. with Honors, San Diego State University; further graduate study: Cambridge University, Gonville and Caius College. eremsburg@gwc.cccd.edu

Abraham Tarango Professor, English – B.A., California State University at Chico; M.A., Washington State University; further graduate study: University of California at San Diego. atarango@gwc.cccd.edu

Paul Tayyar Associate Professor, English – B.A., UC Santa Barbara; M.A., CSULB; Ph.D., UC Riverside. ptayyar@gwc.cccd.edu

Brian Thill Instructor, English Director of the Writing/Reading Center, Writing Center Coordinator – M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Irvine bthill@gwc.cccd.edu

Ayesha Zia Instructor, English Basic Skills Coordinator – B.A., M.A., California State University, Fullerton azia@gwc.cccd.edu

  • Dibakar Barua
    The Womb of Memory
    His stories and poems have also been published in various literary journals such as Puerto del solWest/WordIbbetson StreetRiprap, and Short Story International.
  • Keisha Cosand
    “Shadow Poems” in YAY! L.A. Magazine
    “Mal de Ojo” in Words, Pauses, Noises
  • Jessica Patapoff
    Poetry published in Pop Art: An Anthology of Southern California poets,
    Glass: A Journal of Poetry,
    Verdad Magazine, and Chaparral
  • Paul Tayyar
    Magic Carpet Poems (Tebot Bach Books)
    In the Footsteps of the Silver King (Spout Hill Press)
    Follow the Sun (Aortic Books)
    Postmark Atlantis (Level 4 Press)
    Scenes From A Good Life (Tebot Bach Books)
    Immigrant Songs (WordTech Editions)
    His poetry, fiction, and essays have been featured in a variety of literary journals, including The Writer’s Almanac With Garrison Keillor, Brilliant CornersReview Americana, and The Santa Monica Review.
  • Brian Thill
    Waste (Bloomsbury)
    His work has also been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Jacobin, Salon, Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. His essay “Shade” was published in the eco-criticism anthology Veer Ecology (U of Minnesota Press).