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




Please see a counselor for major preparation and general education that will best meet your specific goals.

AA-T/AS-T = Associates of Arts/Science Degree for Transfer Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a transfer general education pattern, and a total of 60 transferable units that would be the typical first two years of a 4-year degree; provides a clear transfer pathway to CSU.
AA/AS = Associate of Arts/Science Degree Earned by completing requirements in the academic major, a general education pattern, and a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
COA = Certificate of Achievement Formally recognizes a student’s competence in a program of study and prepares students for employment in a career/technical field. Also available for completion of a General Education Pattern for transfer. Will appear on the student’s academic transcript.
SAC = Skills Attainment Certificate Prepares students for employment with experience in specific career/technical fields. Do not appear on official transcripts.
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