Associate in Arts English Literature Emphasis

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Writers make sense of the world around them in a way that resonates with present and future audiences. Studying literature will not only teach you to fully appreciate its inherent aesthetic value, but will help you develop the interpretive, critical, and communicative skills needed to effectively express your ideas, evaluate and resolve complex problems, and engage meaningfully with people from diverse backgrounds. 

Studying Literature at MCC will help you to prepare for almost any profession that you choose. In addition to reading, writing, and critical thinking, Literature courses will help you to develop the social and cultural awareness necessary to participate in an increasingly diverse world economy.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
66–67
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Transfer Partner
Arizona State University
Transfer Program
English (Literature) (Bachelor of Arts)

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  • Determine the political, social, and cultural motivations that result in the categorization of canonical, non-canonical, and marginalized texts.
  • Analyze and interpret the social, cultural, historical, and contemporary contexts that influence the production and interpretation of a variety of texts.
  • Demonstrate that texts can be interpreted in a variety of ways including theoretically, emotionally, or aesthetically.
  • Ethically synthesize literary, rhetorical, and cultural criticism with their own insight, to develop an informed interpretation of texts.
  • Produce oral and written interpretive texts that demonstrate the application of literary terminology appropriate to the audience and context.
  • Engage, through a peer review process, in collaborative discourse with a diverse community.

Career Opportunities

The critical reasoning and communication skills you’ll gain from a degree in English literature will poise you for a career in a wide array of positions in the publishing industry as well as business, law, and education. In addition, an English Literature degree is a common degree for individuals preparing for medical school.

Successful completion of the Associate in Arts program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers

$56,457

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students may be required to successfully complete a College Success Course (CPD150 or CPD/AAA115) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3
CS
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
SQ
Language Any 102 level Foreign Language 4
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If testing out of CRE101, an elective course must be selected to complete 3 credits L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG200 Reading and Writing About Literature Critical course Gateway course Meets the HU and L requirements HU, L 3
SQ or SG
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences 3
ENH2++ Any ENH2++ Level Course Lower Division ENH 2++ level HU Literature course - Select a course from the Course Equivalency Guide that transfers to ASU as a 200 level ENG course and satisfies the AGEC Humanities and Fine Arts (HU) criteria. 3
Language Any 201 level Foreign Language 4
Meet with ASU transfer specialist

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENH2++ Any ENH2++ Level Course 3
ENG Related English Related Requirement 6
Language
Elective Elective Course 3

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness area requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course If testing out of CRE101, an elective course must be selected to complete 3 credits L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CS Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications 3
ENG200 Reading and Writing About Literature Critical course Gateway course Meets the HU and L requirements 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ or SG Natural Sciences 4
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication SB or L or SB 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Language Any 101 level Foreign Language 4
ENH2++ Any ENH2++ Level Course Lower Division ENH 2++ level HU Literature course - Select a course from the Course Equivalency Guide that transfers to ASU as a 200 level ENG course and satisfies the AGEC Humanities and Fine Arts (HU) criteria. 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Language Any 102 level Foreign Language 4
SB

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENH2++ Any ENH2++ Level Course 3
Language Any 201 level Foreign Language 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG Related English Related Requirement 3
Language

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SQ
ENG Related English Related Requirement 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Elective Elective Course 3

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Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog Year Effective Dates
2019-2020 Current
2018-2019 5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019