The Associate in Arts Degree in English has been developed to provide the first two years of preparation for a student wishing to complete a bachelor degree with a major in English. Students who choose this program have the opportunity to plan their courses in one of the following focus areas:
- Writing (professional and creative)
Students selecting English must have strong writing, critical thinking, and application skills in order to be successful in this program. At a four-year transfer institution, the student may elect a major in English, journalism, literature, American studies or writing. Career tracks for an English major include education, writing, editing, reporting, law, publishing, and foreign service, among many other choices. All students in the program are required to complete the following courses:
- ENGL101N College Composition or ENGL110N Honors Expository Writing (minimum grade of C required) (Note: transfer or Running Start credit requires a minimum grade of C; comparable CLEP score is 50)
- ENGL102N College Composition II: Writing About Literature
- ENGL105N Introduction to Literature
- Two semesters of sequential British literature courses (ENGL230N/ENGL231N)
- ENGL241N American Literature: Civil War to Present or
- ENGL215N: Literature by American Women
- ENGL285N Topics in English Studies Seminar
Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor while at NCC. An early decision by students as to the four-year college/university to which they plan to transfer will make the advising process more effective. Students planning to transfer into an English program at a four-year institution are encouraged to contact that institution’s transfer admission office to review specific curriculum requirements.
Upon the completion of the degree in English, graduates will be able to:
- Display analytical skills in their written and oral responses to texts
- Demonstrate knowledge in research skills, utilizing college-level credible sources
- Write with precision and clarity
- Demonstrate an ability to work with peers on collaborative projects
- Utilize oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrate a thorough command of MLA style documentation
In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.
**Suggested Electives for Four-Year Degree Focus:
Literature: ENGL215N / ENGL240N / ENGL241N
Writing: ENGL103N / ENGL122N / ENGL206N / ENGL235N
Communications: COMM101N, COMM102N, COMM115N, COMM120N, COMM204N, COMM206N, COMM210N, COMM220N
A minimum of 60 credits must be earned in the required categories to complete the program of studies. A minimum of 15 credits must be earned at Nashua Community College, and 8 of those 15 credits must be earned in courses at the 200 level.