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English

The English degree program is for Community College of Philadelphia students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs in English and for students interested in literature and writing. Because transfer institutions require students to take specific courses, it is highly recommended that students consult catalogs of schools to which they might transfer and transfer worksheets available in the Career and Transfer Center (or from the English Department), as well as their advisors and mentors, in order to make appropriate selections for their elective courses. The A.A. degree in English is appropriate for students who wish to focus on literature and writing, while improving their ability to read, analyze, interpret, research and persuade.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how elements typical of a literary genre help to create a work's theme or artistic impact.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of critical approaches to literary study, including relevant terminology.
  • Analyze a work of literature written in English in its cultural and historical context.
  • Engage in effective academic writing within the discipline of literature.

Program Entry Requirements:
Students are typically required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and Mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:
To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in English, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average)

English Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
Math 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher)   3 Mathematics
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
Social Science Elective   3 Soc. Sci.
ENGL 190 - Introduction to Literature ENGL 101 which may be taken concurrently 3 Writing Intensive, Interpretive Studies, Humanities

Second Semester

ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
Literature Survey Elective - Choose Two:

ENGL 211 - Survey of British Literature: From Beginnings to 1750
Or
ENGL 212 - Survey of British Literature: From 1750 to the Modern Era
Or
ENGL 221 - Survey of American Literature: From the Beginnings to the Civil War
Or
ENGL 222 - Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Present
ENGL 101 6 Am/Global Diversity
Laboratory Science   4 Natural Science
Humanities Elective**   3  

Third Semester

ENGL 245 - World Literature: From Antiquity to 1500
OR
ENGL 246 - World Literature: From 1500 to the Present
ENGL 101 3  
Literature Survey Choose One:

ENGL 211 - Survey of British Literature: From Beginnings to 1750
Or
ENGL 212 - Survey of British Literature: From 1750 to the Modern Era
Or
ENGL 221 - Survey of American Literature: From the Beginnings to the Civil War
Or
ENGL 222 - Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Present
ENGL 101 3  
General Elective   3  
Humanities Elective   3  
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently 3  

Fourth Semester

English Elective - Choose Two:

ENGL 106 - Grammar
Or
ENGL 137 - Introduction to Theater
Or
ENGL 205 - Creative Writing
Or
ENGL 208 - Introduction to Prose
Or
ENGL 209 - Introduction to Poetry
Or
ENGL 211 - Survey of British Literature: From Beginnings to 1750
Or
ENGL 212 - Survey of British Literature: From 1750 to the Modern Era
Or
ENGL 221 - Survey of American Literature: From the Beginnings to the Civil War
Or
ENGL 222 - Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Present
Or
ENGL 230 - Asian Literature
Or
ENGL 232 - Introduction to Drama
Or
ENGL 241 - Introduction to Shakespeare
Or
ENGL 245 - World Literature: From Antiquity to 1500
Or
ENGL 246 - World Literature: From 1500 to the Present
Or
ENGL 250 - African-American Literature I
Or
ENGL 251 - African-American Literature II
Or
ENGL 256 - African Literature
Or
ENGL 260 - Women in Literature
Or
ENGL 265 - Science Fiction
Or
ENGL 271 - The Language of Film
Or
ENGL 272 - Topics in Film Study
Or
ENGL 280 - Poetry Writing
Or
ENGL 281 - Fiction Writing
Or
ENGL 282 - Scriptwriting
Or
ENGL 283 - Nonfiction Writing:
Memoir and Literary Journalism
Or
ENGL 285 - Portfolio Development


For ENGL 106 & ENGL 137 - No prerequisite


For ENGL 205 through ENGL 271, ENGL 101 prerequisite For ENGL 272, ENGL 101 prerequisite
For ENGL 280, 281 & 282 ENGL 205 prerequisite




For ENGL 283 prerequisite ENGL 102 or ENGL 205

FOR ENGL 285 - Enrollment in the certificate program in Creative Writing. Two of the following: ENGL 280, 281, 282, 283 one of which may be taken concurrently
6  
Humanities Elective   3  
Social Science Elective   3  
General Elective   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 61

General Education Requirements
All General Education requirements are met through required courses.

*Students with computer skills may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Department.

** ENGL 205 is recommended for students also pursuing the Creative Writing Academic Certificate. Students who wish to study a foreign language or who plan to transfer to an institution that requires a foreign language are advised to take two semesters of a foreign language as their humanities electives.

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.