Program Information

Career Community: Arts & Humanities
Degree Type: A.A. 
Program Location: Main Campus

What is English Emphasis, General Transfer?


Students in this degree program will deepen their understanding of the written language. Students will gain a rigorous foundation of writing and critical thinking skills, as well as an analysis of how language and literature shape culture and identity.

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Program Outcomes

Many Americans will change jobs and career paths through the course of their working lives, so it’s important to obtain a broad, flexible, and generalized education through the general transfer degree. More specifically, students in the English emphasis should demonstrate expanded critical thinking and communication skills, which are necessary skills for multiple career paths. Within the English classes the emphasis is expanding students’ abilities in critical thinking, analysis, and writing.

In addition, all students who complete a degree designated as a Tennessee Transfer Pathway will be able to do the following:

  • Communicate effectively through oral and written modes, using conventions appropriate to their audience and purpose, including critical listening, reading, and research skills.
  • Evaluate the significance of humanity’s cultural heritage and diversity and its development in a historical and/or global context through critical and analytical methodologies.
  • Connect knowledge of social and cultural institutions to issues of personal or public importance.
  • Analyze historical and contemporary issues by drawing on historical contexts.
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of scientific principles and concepts.
  • Apply relevant mathematical modeling to a variety of applied or theoretical problems.
  • In addition, students who complete the English emphasis will understand the basic factors affecting written communication and literature.

What Are My Options to Pay for This Degree?

Apply for financial aid at A student is encouraged to apply early for financial aid and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the FAFSA Renewal Application as soon as possible after October 1 to ensure that the Financial Aid Office receives the Institutional Student Information Record and other documents prior to the priority deadline. July 1st is the priority deadline for applying for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

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Classes You Might Take

English A.A. DEGREE

  • ENGL 1010 – English Composition I (3 credits)
  • HIST 2310 – Early World History or HIST 2010 – Early United States History
  • SPAN 1010 – Beginning Spanish I (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530 – Introductory Statistics (3 credits)
  • GEN 1010 – First Year Seminar (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1020 – English Composition II (3 credits)
  • HIST 2320 – Modern World History or HIST 2020 – Modern United States History
  • SPAN 1020 – Beginning Spanish II (3 credits)
  • COMM 2025 – Fundamentals of Communication (3 credits)
  • Choose One Fine Arts Elective: (3 credits)
    • ART 2000 – Art History Survey I
    • MUS 1030 – Introduction to Music
    • THEA 1030 – Introduction to Theatre
  • Choose One Early Literature Course: (3 credits)
    • ENGL 2110 – Early American Literature
    • ENGL 2210 – Early British Literature
    • ENGL 2310 – Early World Literature
  • Choose One Modern Literature Course: (3 credits)
    • ENGL 2120 – Modern American Literature
    • ENGL 2220 – Modern British Literature
    • ENGL 2320 – Modern World Literature
  • Choose One Science Elective: (4 credits)
    • ASTR 1010 – Solar System Astronomy
    • BIOL 1010 – Introduction to Biology
    • BIOL 1510 – Environmental Science I
  • PSYC 1030 – Introduction to Psychology or SOCI 1010 – Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SPAN 2010 – Intermediate Spanish I (3 credits)
  • Choose One Literature Course: (3 credits)
    • ENGL 2120 – Modern American Literature
    • ENGL 2220 – Modern British Literature
    • ENGL 2320 – Modern World Literature
  • Choose One Social Science Elective: (3 credits)
    • PSYC 2110 – Psychology of Adjustment
    • PSYC 2130 – Life Span Development Psychology
    • SOCI 1010 – Introduction to Sociology
  • Choose One Science Elective: (4 credits)
    • ASTR 1020 – Stars + Galaxies Astronomy
    • BIOL 1020 – Diversity of Life
    • BIOL 1520 – Environmental Science II
  • SPAN 2020 – Intermediate Spanish II (3 credits)
  • HUM 1280 – Comparative Cultures or RELS 2020 – Religions of the World (3 credits)

Contact Cleveland State about Arts & Humanities

Dr. Ryan Thompson, Dean of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Talk to Us: (423) 478-6229