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2024-2025 Catalog 
2024-2025 Catalog

English, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the English Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Readiness in English
  • College Readiness for Quantitative Literacy

To major in English in the new millennium is to do more than select a profession; it is to identify one’s vocation. Whether students decide someday to specialize in rhetoric and composition, literary criticism, or creative writing, or to become journalists, songwriters, screenwriters, or teachers of English, they will learn to promote literacy and thoughtful dissent in contemporary society. They will learn that connections between life and literature are basic to living in and understanding a complex global community.

English majors interested in education, literature, or professional writing should contact their four-year transfer institution for recommendations concerning elective courses. Students can select an English AA Degree with Designation in Literature, or an English AA course of study in Professional Writing & Communication or a combination of both.

Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPSC.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the English degree program, students should be able to:

  • Create and develop ideas within the context of the situation and the assigned task(s)
  • Critically read, evaluate, apply, and synthesize evidence and/or sources in support of a claim
  • Follow an appropriate documentation system
  • Evaluate the relevance of context when presenting a position and identify assumptions
  • Establish a conclusion that is tied to the range of information presented
  • Reflect on implications and consequences of stated conclusion

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours

 ; prefer MAT 1240  

Arts and Humanities

Nine (9) credit hours

Note: GT-AH2 Literature (LIT) courses will not be accepted to fulfill this requirement.



Three (3) credit hours


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours


Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours

 . One must be with laboratory (GT-SC1).

Additional Required Courses

Eighteen (18) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.


Eight (8) credit hours selected from the Approved Electives Course List of AA Degrees and Course of Study .

Total Credit Hours: 60

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