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English Option

General Studies Associates of Arts Degree


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Review the academic map for recommended course selections and sequencing for an English focus. (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)


When you study English, you connect to a larger world through literature and creative writing. These courses help you develop the ability to communicate your ideas more effectively. You gain a diverse perspective on the world and learn to look at the world through multiple perspectives. 

Our literature, creative, and technical writing classes allow you to explore your interests and provide a place for you to share your thoughts on complex issues. You can study compelling stories and learn how to write your own fiction and poetry.

Our rich offering of literature classes teach you the strength of classical writing and their importance in our past, our present and for the future.

Writing and literature classes help build your critical thinking skills, giving you the background you will need to be successful in careers such as politics, speech writing, journalism, criminal justice, research, and teaching. Beyond a career, pursuing an English degree will enrich your life.

Program Advising

Academic advising helps students reach their educational and career goals. Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. See the academic map for a suggested course sequence for this discipline.  

Transfer Opportunities

As you create your academic plan for transferring into related programs, keep in mind transfer institution requirements for the following courses, which can differ greatly among institutions:

Visit a school’s site to see the recommended freshman & sophomore course sequence for an English major. Most schools require one to four literature classes at the most at the community college. Check requirements at each school carefully to avoid duplication – for example, at some schools, some MC ENGL courses are considered “upper-level” and the MC course may not fulfill an upper-level requirement. If undecided, choose common courses from several schools.

To get help, make an appointment with a counselor or advisor or a General Studies program advisor in English. 

Career Options

For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

English majors, those focusing on literature, creative writing, or technical writing, will find a range of careers open to them, including fields such as communications and public relations, editing and writing, teaching, legal careers, non-profit work, research, and education.

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes. These courses are designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.

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