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College of the Desert’s Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree (English AA-T) offers a wide range of courses designed to help students develop writing, research, problem solving, and critical thinking skills that are applicable across disciplines and the varied career paths that our diverse student body will pursue. Courses in writing and literature prepare students to write effective essays, conduct in-depth research on many topics, and use problem solving and critical thinking strategies in synthesizing and relaying information to specific audiences. These skills translate across all disciplines and career paths that students will pursue. Students earning an AA-T degree in English are well prepared for a variety of career fields in the liberal arts. Students may also choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s degree.
This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 19-21 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. For more information please call (760) 773-2572.


Heather Benes
Denise Diamond
Kimberly Dozier
kdozier@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7208
Kathy Enciso
Brian Fotinakes
Ruth Nolan
Rick Rawnsley
Reid Sagara
Corbyn Voyu
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Course: 4 Units
ENG 2 Argumentative Writing & Critical Thinking Thru Literature


List A: Select two courses from the following: 6 Units
ENG 10A American Literature I 3
ENG 10B American Literature II 3
ENG 11A Survey Of English Literature 3
ENG 11B Survey Of English Literature 3
ENG 12A World Literature I 3
ENG 12B World Literature II 3
List B: Select two courses from the following: 6 Units
Any courses from List A not already used 3, 3
ENG 5A Creative Writing 3
ENG 5B Advanced Creative Writing 3
ENG 14 Shakespeare 3
ENG 15 The Short Story 3
ENG 17 Women In Literature 3
ENG 21 Intro Latin American/Chicano Literature 3
ENG 22 Intro to African American Literature 3
ENG 24 Native American Literature 3
ENG 25 Introduction To The Novel 3
ENG 31 The Bible As Literature: Old Testament 3
ENG 32 The Bible As Literature: New Testament 3
ENG 35 Myth And Legend 3
ENG 36 Children's Literature 3
J 3A News Reporting & Writing 3
TA 1 Introduction To Theatre 3
List C: Select one course from the following: 3-5 Units
Any course from List A or List B not already used 3
ASL 1 Elementary American Sign Language I 5
ASL 2 Elementary American Sign Language II 5
ASL 3 Intermediate American Sign Language I 4
ASL 4 Intermediate American Sign Language II 4
FR 1 Elementary French I 5
FR 2 Elementary French II 5
FR 3 Intermediate French I 4
FR 4 Intermediate French II 4
GER 1 Elementary German I 5
GER 2 Elementary German II 5
ITAL 1 Elementary Italian I 5
ITAL 2 Elementary Italian II 5
JPN 1 Elementary Japanese I 5
JPN 2 Elementary Japanese II 5
SPAN 1 Elementary Spanish I 5
SPAN 2 Elementary Spanish II 5
SPAN 3 Intermediate Spanish I 4
SPAN 4 Intermediate Spanish II 4
  Required Subtotal 19-21
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1 37-39
Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
1 Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.
2 Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.
* Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 42 of the 2017-18 COD Catalog