The English program provides students with core instruction in composition, literature, and critical thinking. Major coursework fosters writing, exploration, and examination of essential literary works and film, and their cultural relevance to the needs of the 21st century. Many businesses around the country are looking for English majors with translator experience, technical writing skills, and public relations communication skills. New careers are evolving in areas related to digital platforms, as well as in television and other media formats.

Core English classes may include:

  • Advanced Composition & Introduction to Literature
  • Advanced Composition & Critical Thinking

Related electives include:

  • California, American, English & World Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Shakespeare
  • Film Appreciation
English Majors go into a variety of careers. Some examples are:
At the Associate’s Level:
At the Bachelor’s Level:
At the Master’s/Doctorate Level:

Copy Editor/Proofreader

Technical Writer

College Professor

Content Writer

Human Resources


Copy Writer


Business Communications

Library Assistant

Sales Account Manager

Public Relations

Associate Editor

Public Affairs Specialist

Film, Television




Students successfully completing the English Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) Degree have a solid foundation for pursuing further education in English or a related field. This AA-T degree is specifically designed to streamline transfer to CSU, see www.adegreewithaguarantee.com for details. UC also offers transfer guidance for this major and others through their UC Transfer Pathways website. Please see a counselor for your best major preparation and general education pattern for your specific goals.

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