Degree Offered: Associate in Arts

Credits Required: 63/64 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

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The curriculum stresses interpretive, analytical, and creative processes. The combination of literature and writing courses enable students to develop critical thinking, writing, and research skills. Additional courses will fulfill general education goals and provide students with academic perspectives to integrate knowledge gained through the study of language, literature, and writing.

As an English graduate, you are prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English.


Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of British literature through a well-organized and evidenced-based analysis of recognized British literature.
  2. Demonstrate essential knowledge of a major time period/movement in American Literature.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of world literature through a well-organized and evidenced-based analysis of recognized world literature.


Curriculum - First Year

First Semester - 16 Credits

CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
HIST 101Western Civilization I 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 

Second Semester - 16/17 Credits

COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
LITR 210Concepts of Literature 3.00
LITR 207Introduction To Poetry 3.00
MATH 129College Algebra with Review 4.00
MATH 130College Algebra 3.00
 TAOC Category Four - 4 credits 

Curriculum - Second Year

Third Semester - 16 Credits

LITR 262British Literature 3.00
MATH 126Statistics 4.00
SOCI 101Principles of Sociology 3.00
WRIT 201Creative Writing Workshop 3.00
LITR 208Drama Craft 3.00
 TAOC Category Six (FINE, MUSI, or PHIL) - 3 credits 

Fourth Semester - 15 Credits

HIST 111US History I 3.00
LITR 217World Literature 3.00
LITR 260American Literature 3.00
SOCI 231Cultural Diversity in American Soci 3.00
 TAOC Category Six (FINE, MUSI, or PHIL) - 3 credits 

Course Descriptions

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. 3-0-3

HIST 101 - Western Civilization I

This is a survey course of the civilization of the West, focusing on the development from Paleolithic man to 1500. Political and cultural changes are emphasized. 3-0-3

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. 3-0-3 Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director.

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3

LITR 210 - Concepts of Literature

This course introduces students to the three major forms of literary expression: fiction, poetry, and drama. Significant works from each form will be analyzed to reveal creative techniques, how they represent an author’s time, and how they reflect today’s human condition. Honors Option Available Concepts of Literature Honors explores literary art forms, both traditional, fiction, poetry and drama and non-traditional, film, virtual reality and gaming as well as the international cultures and philosophical approaches that create and interpret such works. Significant contributions to each literary form will be analyzed, resulting in student produced compositions, multi-media presentations and student lead discussions. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

LITR 207 - Introduction To Poetry

This course is designed to increase students' appreciation of the art of poetry. Various forms of poetry will be discussed as well as the intellectual and emotional responses poetry makes possible. Through reading and interpretive writing assignments, students will explore genres, time periods and cultural expression in poetry as they develop critical thinking skills. 3-0-3 Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department

MATH 129 - College Algebra with Review

The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; and quadratic equations. Fundamental algebra concepts are reviewed and strengthened through assignments on MyMathLab. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: Appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 4-0-4

MATH 130 - College Algebra

The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 3-0-3

LITR 262 - British Literature

An introduction to British literature as a reflection of British culture is experienced through selections ranging from the Middle Ages through contemporary major British writers. Honors Option Available British Literature Honors is designed for honor students to explore British Literature through British history and culture, including evolution of the language. The global impact of British colonialism, post-colonialism, world view and industrialization which created loss of human diginity and hardships among their ruled nations will be a reoccuring theme. The changing literature of the twenty-first century will also be highlighted. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of instructor 3-0-3

MATH 126 - Statistics

This course is an introduction to a field whose ideas and concepts pervade modern society and whose importance in business, technology, science and research in general is considerable and ever growing. The course consists of three parts, namely, descriptive statistics, probability and inferential statistics. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or high school records. 4-0-4

SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology

This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories and concepts utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of modern society and its structures. Key elements addressed within the course include the three foundational theoretical perspectives utilized in sociology, Functionalism, Conflict Theory and Symbolic Interactionism, the process of socialization, social institutions, such as family, marriage and religion, as well as an introduction to the basic research methods utilized in the field. 3-0-3

WRIT 201 - Creative Writing Workshop

This course offers intensive work on short stories and sketches with the aim of developing professional writing skills through the practice of different forms and styles. Students will demonstrate communication skills and critical thinking abilities through group analysis of works produced. Emphasis is on encouraging creativity but marketing potentional and ethical responsibility are also considered. 3-0-3 Prerequisite - WRIT101 or permission of the division

LITR 208 - Drama Craft

This course is an introduction to theater arts that includes contemplative play reading, body movement, and acting, and writing of short drama. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department. 3-0-3

HIST 111 - US History I

This is a survey course of the history of the United States from the discovery of America to 1865. Political, social, and cultural changes are emphasized. 3-0-3

LITR 217 - World Literature

World Literature focuses on the literature of cultures other than those normally discussed in traditional, Western-based courses. The literature of Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and Africans and less represented cultures will be studied. Examining their poetry, fiction, nonfiction, songs, and oral traditions will nourish an appreciation of the social and cultural contributions of these cultural groups. Prerequisite: WRIT101 or permission of the department.

LITR 260 - American Literature

Students will encounter American literature from the Colonial to the Contemporary Periods, with an emphasis on Modern and Contemporary texts, that reflects the American experience of both mainstream and emerging cultures, represents major American literary movements, genres, writers, and works, and explores such issues as the human experience, the American political arena, and common American ideologies. Prerequisite LITR210 3-0-3

SOCI 231 - Cultural Diversity in American Soci

As reflected in the cultural diversity of the American society, this course examines issues of race, ethnicity, gender/gender roles, social class and sexuality in America from a sociological perspective within both the historical and contemporary context. This course also provides students with the opportunity to engage in a process of systematic self-examination so as to identify both their personal belief system on these topics as well as to explore their impact on the student's sense of identity. 3-0-3