English, Associate in Arts for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree (AA-T in English) program is designed to give students a broad background in the study and practice of the literary arts and expository writing. The combination of the core courses and the wide variety of electives offered within the degree program prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to pursue a baccalaureate degree in English or similar major with university-level work in areas such as literature, creative writing, and composition as well as in a number of other fields including education, human communication, law, liberal arts, media studies, politics, and other paths of study that lead to careers in which clear communication and critical analysis are essential. Students must complete the Associate Degree for Transfer requirements to earn the AA-T degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Apply effective rhetorical strategies in relation to audience and purpose in academic and/or creative writing.
  • Recognize and differentiate the major literary genres.
  • Apply critical reading, thinking, and writing skills to analyze diverse texts within various contexts.

Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
ENGL 1BIntroduction to Literature3
ENGL 2Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking3
List A
Select two courses from the following:6
Survey of American Literature I
Survey of American Literature II
Survey of World Literature I
Survey of World Literature II
Survey of British Literature I
Survey of British Literature II
List B
Select one course from the following:3
Any List A course not already selected
Introduction to Great Books
Introduction to Shakespeare
Introduction to Poetry
Introduction to Creative Writing
List C
Select one course from the following:3
Any List A or List B course not already selected
Mass Media Methods
Literature by and About Women
Creative Writing II
Comics As Literature
Fiction Writing
Poetry Writing
Introduction to LGBTQ Global Literatures
Exploration of Values in Living
Introduction to Linguistics
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Introduction to Theatre
Additional Requirements42
Complete CSU General Education or IGETC pattern and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 transferable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
Elementary Statistics
or Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
or Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
IGETC Area 6 (UC English Transfer pathway requires 1-2 years LOTE) 5
Elective (LIBR 50 Recommended) 1
Elective (COUN 10 Recommended) 1
Public Speaking
or Small Group Communication
ENGL 1B Introduction to Literature 3
Major List A (ENGL 46, ENGL 40B, or ENGL 47 Recommended) 3
Electives (Languages other than English Recommended) 5
Elective (CSU/UC Transferable) 1
Year 2
ENGL 2 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking 3
Major List A (ENGL 46, ENGL 40B, or ENGL 47 Recommended) 3
THEA 1 Introduction to Theatre 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-1 Course Recommended) 3
IGETC Area 5A and 5C 4
Major List A or B 3
IGETC Area 4 3
IGETC Area 4 (US-2 & 3 Course Recommended) 3
IGETC Area 5B 3
Electives (CSU/UC Transferable) 3
 Total Units60
A Degree With a Guarantee - Associate Degree for Transfer

MPC transfer programs are designed to enable students to complete lower-division requirements in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate-granting institution.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to California State University (CSU) system for any community college student who earns an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), although not to a particular campus or major. Upon transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), students will be required to complete no more than 60 upper-division units to earn a bachelor’s degree in a same or similar major (unless designated as a “high-unit” major).

The following Associate Degree for Transfer requirements must be completed to earn the AA-T or AS-T degree:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units;
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework (while a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA);
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units as detailed in the Major Requirements;
  4. Completion of all courses in the major with a grade of C or better (or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis);
  5. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth) pattern; OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

All students should consult with a Counselor to discuss transfer pathways and specific university admission requirements. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling services provided by MPC and to connect with a Counselor.