Liberal Arts: English Specialization, A.A.

Associate of Arts
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Woodbridge

This program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a college or university for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in English, Creative Writing or Writing and/or Rhetoric as an entry-level professional writer.

Transfer Information

Students are advised to work closely with the English faculty and counseling staff for program and course scheduling. Electives should be chosen carefully to meet requirements of the transfer institution. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Recommended Preparation Information

Satisfactory completion of high school units or equivalent: 4 units of English, 2 units of Mathematics (Algebra and Geometry), 2 units of Laboratory Science, 1 unit of History, and 3 to 4 units of World Languages.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1 101 World Language or ASL or General Education Elective 3 - 4
2MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
Total 14-15
2nd Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
1 102 Foreign Language or ASL or General Education Elective 3 - 4
2MTH 245 Statistics I 3
3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
4 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 16-17
3rd Semester
5CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
6ENG 200 Level Elective 3
1 201 Foreign Language or ASL 3 - 4
7HIS Elective 3
4 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 15-16
4th Semester
8ENG 200 Level Elective 3
9ENG Literature Elective 3
1 202 World Language or ASL 3 - 4
10 General Education Elective 3
11 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Total 15-16
Total credits for the Associate of Arts = 60-62
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
World Language or ASL or General Education Elective
1
101
3 - 4
2MTH
154
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
3
4
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 14-15
2nd Semester
ENG
112
3
Foreign Language or ASL or General Education Elective
1
102
3 - 4
2MTH
245
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
3
4
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
4
3
Total 16-17
3rd Semester
5CST
110
3
Level Elective
6ENG
200
3
Foreign Language or ASL
1
201
3 - 4
Elective
7HIS
3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
4
3
Total 15-16
4th Semester
Level Elective
8ENG
200
3
Literature Elective
9ENG
3
World Language or ASL
1
202
3 - 4
General Education Elective
10
3
11
3
Total 15-16
Total credits for the Associate of Arts = 60-62

1  Placement testing determines initial foreign language level. Students who place directly into intermediate level foreign language or ASL may take any General Education course to meet the required number of credits. Waivers or credit by exam for previous experience is available for some languages. See the 'World Language Credit and Waiver' section of the [Credit for Prior Learning Manual]. Students must take sufficient General Education Elective courses so that they can apply at least 60 credits toward the degree.

2 May substitute any higher-level mathematics course. See transfer requirements. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 262 and MTH 264.

3 See biology, chemistry, ENV 121-ENV 122, physics, geology, or natural science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives.

5 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110, CST 126, or CST 229.

6 Students who are interested in Literature: select from ENG 230, ENG 236, ENG 237, ENG 241, ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 250, ENG 251, ENG 252, ENG 253, ENG 256, ENG 257, ENG 271, and ENG 279. Students who are interested in Creative Writing: select ENG 211. Students who are interested in Writing and Rhetoric: select ENG 210.

7 See HIS courses listed under social/behavioral sciences under General Education Electives. HIS 101-HIS 102 or HIS 121-HIS 122 are recommended.

8 Students who are interested in Literature: select from ENG 230, ENG 236,ENG 237, ENG 241,ENG 242, ENG 243, ENG 244, ENG 250, ENG 251, ENG 252, ENG 253,ENG 256, ENG 257, ENG 271, and ENG 279. Students who are interested in Creative Writing: select ENG 212, ENG 215, ENG 216, ENG 217, ENG 218, ENG 219, ENG 261, or ENG 262. Students who are in Writing and Rhetoric, select from ENG 200,ENG 205, ENG 221, ENG 222 or ENG 280.

9 Any 200-level literature course with an ENG prefix satisfies this requirement.

10 See courses listed under General Education Electives. This General Education elective is not required if selected World languages total more than 15 credits.

11 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Elective should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution

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