If you are planning to start at Tri-C and transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English, we recommend you pursue the Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in English. The Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in English will provide you with strong writing, analytical proficiency, and critical thinking skills, which will prepare you to succeed upon transferring to a four-year institution. A four-year degree in English can prepare you for a variety of careers in a number of industries, including publishing, teaching, insurance, journalism, marketing and sales, management, non-profit, and government service. An English degree also serves as a strong foundation if you plan to pursue a law degree.  Cuyahoga Community College’s Associate of Arts degree with a concentration in English is based on the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathway in English, “an agreement between [Ohio] “public community colleges and universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements and will be counted and applied toward the bachelor’s degree.”

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Program Admissions Requirements

  • ENG-0995 Applied College Literacies with a grade of "C" or higher or appropriate English Placement Score to enroll in ENG-1010 College Composition I
  • Eligibility to enroll in MATH-1100 Mathematical Explorations or higher

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate the following program outcomes in writing:

  1. Communicate effectively for an intended audience using clear, organized language.
  2. Read critically and interpret select literary works.
  3. Identify and analyze the aesthetic characteristics of a literary work of art.
  4. Evaluate the contribution of select literary works to various literary traditions.
  5. Research and synthesize criticism of a literary tradition, period, movement, author, and/or work.
  6. Research, evaluate, and synthesize cultural, historical, linguistic, political, intellectual, and especially literary backgrounds of the various time periods.  
  7. Acquire, evaluate, and use information from credible sources in order to meet information needs for a specific research purpose.
  8. Be prepared for transfer to four-year Bachelor of Arts program in English. 
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
GEN-1070 First Year Success Seminar 1
MATH-1100 Mathematical Explorations (or higher) 3
Foreign Language (if needed) or Elective (see below list) 3-4
Social and Behavioral Science Requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
Honors Speech Communication  
 Credit Hours16-17
Second Semester
Foreign Language (if needed) or Elective (see below list) 3-4
Natural Science Requirement 3
Arts and Humanities Requirement (must be from a discipline other than English) 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
Select one of the following Social Science/Civic Responsibility electives: 3
Environmental Geography  
United States History to 1877  
United States History Since 1877  
American National Government  
Honors American National Government  
State & Local Government  
Comparative Politics  
International Relations  
 Credit Hours15-16
Third Semester
ENG-2310 American Literature I 3
ENG-2350 British Literature I 3
Elective (see below list) or Foreign Language (if needed) 3
Natural Science Requirement with Lab 3-4
Select one of the following Introduction to Literature electives: 3
Introduction to Literature: Poetry  
Introduction to Literature: Fiction  
Introduction to Literature: Drama  
 Credit Hours15-16
Fourth Semester
ENG-2320 American Literature II 3
ENG-2360 British Literature II 3
Elective (see below list) or Foreign Language (if needed) 3
Social and Behavioral Science Requirement 3
Select one of the following Multi-Cultural Literature Electives: 3
African-American Literature I 1  
African-American Literature II 1  
World Literature  
Exploration of World Mythology  
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours61-64

Foreign Language Requirement

The majority of schools require at least 6-8 credits of foreign language at the College level to complete a Bachelor of Arts in English; however, the Foreign Language requirement varies from institution to institution and may depend on how many foreign language courses you took at the high school level.  For this reason, you should check with your intended transfer institution to determine how many foreign language credits are required for your intended transfer program and plan accordingly.   To fulfill foreign language requirements, you should select from the below Transfer Assurance Guide approved foreign language courses.  If your intended program of study doesn't require foreign language or you have fulfilled the requirement based on coursework taken in high school, you may select other appropriate Ohio Transfer Module or Transfer Assurance Guide approved courses as electives, in place of the foreign language requirement.  See recommendations below for elective course selection.

Foreign Language Requirement
ASL-1010Beginning American Sign Language I4
ASL-1020Beginning American Sign Language II4
ASL-2010Intermediate American Sign Language I4
ASL-2020Intermediate American Sign Language II4
FREN-1010Beginning French I4
FREN-1020Beginning French II4
FREN-2010Intermediate French I3
FREN-2020Intermediate French II3
GER-1010Beginning German I4
ITAL-1010Beginning Italian I4
ITAL-1020Beginning Italian II4
SPAN-1011Beginning Spanish Language and Cultures I4
SPAN-1021Beginning Spanish Language and Culture II4
SPAN-2010Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I3
SPAN-2020Intermediate Spanish Language and Cultures II3

Recommended Electives

The below courses are recommended to fulfill elective requirements if you do not need 12-14 credits of a foreign language for the program you plan to pursue at your intended four-year Institution.  In addition, you can take courses marked with an * to fulfill Social and Behavioral Science requirements.

For students planning to pursue teaching licensure
EDUC-1011Introduction to Education3
EDUC-1411Individuals with Exceptionalities3
ENG-2601Literature for Children and Adolescents3
PSY-2110Educational Psychology *3
Politcal Sciennce Minor (For students planning to go on to pursue a Law Degree)
POL-1010American National Government *3
or POL-101H Honors American National Government
POL-1020State & Local Government *3
POL-2030Comparative Politics *3
POL-2070International Relations *3
Creative Writing Track
ENG-2010Creative Writing3
THEA-2400Playwriting3
Communication Studies MInor
COMM-1000Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication3
COMM-1210Small Group Communication3
COMM-2000Introduction to Communication Theory3
Journalism Minor
MJS-1010Principles of Media and Communications3
VCPH-2760Editorial Photography3
History Minor
HIST-1010History of Civilization I *3
or HIST-101H Honors History of Civilization I
HIST-1020History of Civilization II *3
or HIST-102H Honors History of Civilization II
HIST-1510United States History to 1877 *3
or HIST-151H Honors United States History to 1877
HIST-1520United States History Since 1877 *3
or HIST-152H Honors United States History since 1877
Women's Studies
WST-1510Introduction to Women's Studies *3
WST-2010Women in the World *3