English, Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


If you love to curl up with a good book, then a pathway in English might be for you. But there’s a lot more to studying English than just reading novels, short stories, plays, and poetry by English-speaking writers. You might choose to focus on the literature of a certain time period, location, or author. Or, you might write on material from film, journalism, and TV. Students in English work as educators, writers, advertising managers, public relations specialists and just about any career that needs people who write well.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing English. This does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an AA degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to Bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit www.itransfer.org and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

As of July 2014, World Language courses are no longer a degree requirement. In the sequence below, World Language courses are called out as suggested electives. Please talk with your College Advisor to determine the best education plan for you.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
Any General Education Mathematics course 1 4
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
World Language course 2 4
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
Physical Sciences course 1 3
Any Literature course 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
World Languages course 2 4
Semester 3
Life Sciences course 1 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Any Literature course that fulfills the Human Diversity requirement 2 3
World Languages course 2 4
Semester 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course (HD) 1 3
Pathway Elective 2 3
Any Literature course 1 3
Fine Arts course 1 3
World Languages course 2 4
 Total Hours60

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway Electives

LIS 101Information Literacy3
LIS 105Information Literacy Basics1
LIT 110Introduction To Literature3
LIT 111Poetry3
LIT 112Drama3
LIT 113Fiction3
LIT 114Ideas In Prose3
LIT 115Great Books Seminar/Topics Literature3
LIT 116American Literature from Colonial Days to Civil War3
LIT 117American Literature from the Civil War to the 20th Century3
LIT 118English Literature from its Beginnings to the Age of Johnson3
LIT 119English Literature from the Romantic Revival to the 20th Century3
LIT 120Contemporary British & American Literature3
LIT 121Contemporary African American Literature (HD)3
LIT 122Perspectives in Black Literature (HD)3
LIT 123Literature of the U.S. from the Civil War to the Present3
LIT 124Experimental Literature3
LIT 125Psychology in Black Literature (HD)3
LIT 126Contemporary American Literature3
LIT 127Contemporary British Literature3
LIT 128Latin American Literature (HD)3
LIT 129U.S. Latino (a) Literature (HD)3
LIT 130Children's Literature3
LIT 131Survey Of Afro-American Poetry (HD)3
LIT 132Native American Literature (HD)3
LIT 133African American Fiction (HD)3
LIT 137The Black Woman In Black Fiction (HD)3
LIT 150Women's Literature (HD)3
LIT 153Gay and Lesbian Literature (HD)3
LIT 155Literature and Film3
LIT 156Creative Non-fiction3
LIT 157Graphic Novels3
LIT 211Shakespeare3
LIT 220World Literature3
LIT 223Intro To Literary Genres3
LIT 299Science Fiction: Psychology & Prophecy3
ENGLISH 105Business Writing3
ENGLISH 107Report Writing1-3
ENGLISH 150College Newspaper1
ENGLISH 151News Reporting And Writing3
ENGLISH 152Intro To Mass Communication3
ENGLISH 201Advanced Composition3
ENGLISH 241Creative Writing3
ENGLISH 243Creative Writing, Fiction3
ENGLISH 245Creative Writing, Poetry3
ENGLISH 299Special Topics In English1-3
Advanced Writing course
World Languages courses

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.