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English - Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.A.)

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This program is pending approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission

Title of Major: Arts and Sciences - English, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.


Total Credit Hours: 60


Purpose: Anne Arundel Community College’s Arts and Science Transfer Degree with a concentration in English is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in English and will transfer to all Maryland four-year public colleges. Students who study English at (AACC) will be challenged with taking a position and defending it with logic and reason. They will be taught to read analytically-to ask why-and to think critically and write persuasively. Since all of these skills transfer well to the job market, students who choose to pursue AACC’s Arts and Sciences Transfer Degree with a concentration in English set themselves up not only for transfer to four-year schools but for eventual careers across a wide range of occupations including publishing, journalism, media, advertising, marketing, public relations, education, technical communication, government, human services, public policy, research, law, and business.

Special Conditions

Financial Aid: This program has not been approved by the U.S. Department of Education for eligibility for federal student aid. Students enrolled in this program may not be eligible to receive financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Pell Grants, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Direct Loans or PLUS loans) or the Maryland Higher Educations Commission (Educational Assistance Grants, Senatorial Scholarships or Delegate Scholarships). For current information on eligible programs, contact Financial Aid by calling 410-777-2203, emailing finaid@aacc.edu or stopping by a Financial Aid office.

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General Education Requirements: 31-36 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Computer Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies or Mathematics: 3-4 credits

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Program Requirements: 9 credits

The Program Requirements for this degree are simultaneously satisfied by three of General Education Requirements listed above: (1) the Communications Arts and Humanities general education requirement, (2) the  Sophomore Literature Arts and Humanities general education requirement, and (3) one of  the History Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirement courses (HIS 111 or HIS 112 or HIS 211 or HIS 212).

Area of Concentration: 24-29 credits

Required courses: 12 credits

From the following, choose an additional four courses beyond the ENG course (the Sophomore Literature Course) used to satisfy the program requirements.  Students should check the requirements of their transfer school before selecting the courses listed below:

Electives: 12-17 credits

Recommend students check transfer institution’s requirements. No more than 3 credits of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

Computer Competency Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.

Diversity Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the diversity requirement.  In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate complex ideas and information through writing, speaking, presenting, and using technology.
  • Locate, organize, and analyze information from multiple sources in order to develop informed, reasoned, and substantiated arguments.
  • Explanation the value of tradition, innovation, and creativity in understanding various forms of writing and communication.
  • Apply mathematical skills, critical analysis, and logical thinking to solve problems and interpret quantitative information.
  • Apply an awareness of social diversity and the ways in which cultural values are historically and socially situated.
  • Closely read, critically analyze, and interpret literary texts, with attention to language, form, convention, technique, and thematic content.
  • Analyze literature in its historical, cultural, and intellectual context.
  • Articulate the ways literature expands our understanding of abstract concepts, enduring questions, and the human experience.
  • Apply critical thinking skills, secondary source material, and methodologies appropriate to the field of literary studies.
  • Communicate reactions to and analyses of literature both orally and in writing.    

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies.

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