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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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Arts & Letters Division

Dr. Kay Nguyen, Dean

For more information contact:
Laurie Camody

Division Coordinator

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:

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.

  • Journalism.
  • Creative Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Technical Writing
  • Science Writing
  • Freelance Writing
  • Grant Writing
  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Administration
  •  Corporate Blogger

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.

Keisha Cosand Professor, English – B.A. with Honors, M.A., California State University at Fresno.

Cecelia Galassi Associate Professor, English – B.A., Occidental College; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

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

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

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

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.

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.

Paul Tayyar Associate Professor, English – B.A., UC Santa Barbara; M.A., CSULB; Ph.D., UC Riverside.

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

Ayesha Zia Instructor, English Basic Skills Coordinator – B.A., M.A., California State University, Fullerton

  • 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).