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English Major

The major in English is designed to develop in students an appreciation of English literature. The program will also create an intellectual curiosity that inspires students to continue their inquiries in English literature and composition. In addition to fulfilling the major requirement for the Associate of Arts degree, this program also prepares students for transfer. (Those intending to transfer should see a counselor for specific course requirements at the transfer institution.)

English Major Description and Requirements

English for Transfer Major (AA - T)
Total Units: 18

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning Fall 2016. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Previous Versions: English for Transfer - effective Fall 2013


The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer is designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

Students will have to fulfill the following requirements to earn this degree.
Completion of 60 semester units that include:

  • A minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major as determined by the community college district , and
  • The California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern of 39 units; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern of 37 units.

Obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and Earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses required for the major.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, the student will be able to:

  1. Critically read, analyze, and interpret diverse literary works;
  2. Write clear, effective and original expository and argumentative essays on the college level;
  3. Communicate their understanding and analysis of literature in both formal and informal discussion;
  4. Show familiarity with the historic and cultural contexts of literatures in the United States, Great Britain, and other English speaking countries;
  5. Analyze literature arising from any tradition and any cultural group;
  6. Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences as they are expressed in literary works published not only in English, but in translation;
  7. Apply a range of both historic and contemporary critical approaches to literature; and
  8. Support critical arguments with sufficient research and appropriate secondary sources.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students should refer to the TMC (Transfer Model Curriculum) Template here, transfer model, for a clear guide to the course requirements. Additionally, for students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements

The requirements for the English for Transfer program are:

  • Complete 18 units from
    • English for Transfer Core Requirements
    • English for Transfer List A Requirements
    • English for Transfer List B Requirement
    • English for Transfer List C Requirements

English for Transfer Course Requirements

English for Transfer Core Requirements - complete 6.00 units
Course Description Units
ENGL 1B  Literature and Composition 3.00
ENGL 5  Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking 3.00
English for Transfer List A Requirements - complete 6.00 units
Course Description Units
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
ENGL 30.1  American Literature: Pre-Colonial Period to the Civil War 3.00
ENGL 30.2 American Literature from 1865 to the Present 3.00
ENGL 46.1 Survey of English Literature Part 1 3.00
ENGL 46.2  Survey of English Literature Part 2 3.00
English for Transfer List B Requirement - complete 3.00 units
Course Description Units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ENGL 2 Introduction to the Novel 3.00
ENGL 3 Introduction to Poetry 3.00
ENGL 4A Beginning Creative Writing 3.00
ENGL 7 Introduction to the Short Story 3.00
ENGL 27 Introduction to Shakespeare 3.00
English for Transfer List C Requirements - complete 3.00 units
Course Description Units
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ENGL 9 Contemporary World Literature 3.00
ENGL 10 Introduction to Literature and the Environment 3.00
ENGL 11 Introduction to Dramatic Literature 3.00
ENGL 12 Children's Literature 3.00
ENGL 14 Dystopian Literature 3.00
ENGL 25 Introduction to Language Study 3.00
ENGL 31 African American Arts and Literature 3.00
ENGL 33 Chicano/Chicana Arts and Literature 3.00
ENGL 36 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender Arts and Literature 3.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

Contact Information

Phone: (707) 527-4251

email: srjcmajor001061@santarosa.edu