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Majoring in English

Dr. Oralee HolderOralee Holder
Department Chair
644-7496, office 564A
oralee.holder@gcccd.edu

Grossmont is one of the few Community Colleges in California with an English major. The English major fulfills lower division requirements at most four-year colleges and universities and thus provides a broad-based foundation for transfer. For particular requirements, transfer students should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for specific requirements. The study of English gives life-long pleasures to students in exploring and understanding how language works to express human ideas and feelings. English course work also helps people succeed in such diverse fields as teaching, writing,editing, journalism, advertising, public relations, law, insurance, communications, film and video work, politics, business, and medicine.

Career Opportunities
  • Advertising Manager*
  • Announcer (Radio and TV)
  • Clergy Member
  • College English Professor*
  • Fiction/Nonfiction Writer
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Freelance Writer*
  • Fund Raiser*
  • Media Planner*
  • Reporter*
  • Researcher*

*Bachelor’s Degree or higher required.

  

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree/certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

    1. Understand the uses of language to express ideas in a variety of texts.
    2. Develop reading efficiency and appreciation in order to critically engage,analyze, and evaluate multiple genres of texts.
    3. Make effective choices that demonstrate their autonomy as expository and/or creative writers.
    4. Critically analyze, assess, contextualize, and synthesize sources within their writing.
    5. Recognize, appreciate, and evaluate multiple cultural perspectives.
    6. Participate in various communities, such as academic, artistic, civic,and professional.
  

See below for information about our Program degrees and certificates.

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Associate Degree Major Requirements Core Curriculum
Literature course offerings buttonFind out more about our literature courses, including course of special topics and studies in English and literature, in "Course Offerings: Literature Courses."

  

Note: All courses in the major must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or higher.

Subj/Number  Title  Units
English 120 College Composition and Reading 3
English 122 Introduction to Literature 3
English 124 Advanced Comp: Critical Reasoning and Writing 3
English 126 Creative Writing 3
Total 12

  

Select SIX (6) units from the following:
Subj/Number  Title
Units
English 221 British Literature I 3
English 222 British Literature II 3
English 231 American Literature I 3
English 232 American Literature II 3
English 241 Literature of the Western World I 3
English 242 Literature of the Western World II 3
Total 6

    

Select THREE (3) units from the following:
Subj/Number  Title  Units
English 215 Mythology 3
English 236 Chicano Literature (or Cross-Cultural Studies 236 Chicano Literature) 3
English 237 American Indian Literature (or Cross-Cultural Studies 237 American Indian Lit) 3
English 238 Black Literature (or Cross-Cultural Studies 238 Black Literature 3
Total 3

  

Select THREE (3) units from the following:
Subj/Number  Title  Units
History 100 Early World History 3
History 101 Modern World History 3
History 105 Early Western Civilization 3
History 106 Modern Western Civilization 3
Humanities 120 European Humanities 3
Humanities 170 World Humanities 3
Philosophy 112 The Classical Mind 3
Philosophy 114 The Medieval Mind 3
Philosophy 116 The Modern Mind 3
Philosophy 118 The Contemporary Mind 3
Total 3


Total Required 24
Plus General Education and Elective Requirements

  

Recommended Electives: 

Students planning to transfer to four-year institutions to complete a bachelor’s degree in English are STRONGLY urged to take the following courses, depending on the requirements at those schools.

Units
TWO (2) sequential semesters of a single foreign language  [Spanish 120A and 120B are equivalent to one semester of Spanish 120] 10
Total 10

  

Certificate of Achievement
Any student who chooses to complete only those courses required for the above major (i.e., 24 units) qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement in English. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.

Note: All courses in the major must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or higher.
Area of Emphasis Creative Writing
Creative Writing Program button

To find out more about the classes listed in this section, visit "Creative Writing Courses. " 

Note: All courses must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or higher.

Select SIX (6) additional units from the following:
Subj/Number  Title  Units
English 130 Short Fiction Writing I 3
English 131 Short Fiction Writing II 3
English 132 Short Fiction Writing III 3
English 133 Short Fiction Writing IV 3
English 134 Creative Nonfiction Writing I 3
English 135 Creative Nonfiction Writing II 3
English 136 Creative Nonfiction Writing III 3
English 137 Creative Nonfiction Writing IV 3
English 140 Poetry Writing I 3
English 141 Poetry Writing II 3
English 142 Poetry Writing III 3
English 143 Poetry Writing IV 3
English 145 The Acorn Review: Editing and Production I 3
English 146 The Acorn Review: Editing and Production II 3
English 147 The Acorn Review: Editing and Production III 3
English 148 The Acorn Review: Editing and Production IV 3
English 160 Drama Writing I 3
English 161 Drama Writing II 3
English 162 Drama Writing III 3
English 163 Drama Writing IV 3
English 175 Novel Writing I 3
English 176 Novel Writing II 3
English 177 Novel Writing III 3
English 178 Novel Writing IV 3
Total 6

  
Total Required 30
Plus General Education and Elective Requirements

  
Certificate of Achievement
Any student who chooses to complete only those courses required for the above major (i.e., 30 units) qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement in English–Creative Writing. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.

Note: All courses must be completed with a letter grade of “C” or higher.
Last Updated: 12/28/2015
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