Nov 26, 2022  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023 
  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023

English Concentration, A.A.


The English Department offers programs which qualify graduates to transfer to four-year institutions that prepare them for careers in teaching, journalism, public relations, and media communications. Students must complete a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate to pursue a teaching career. A bachelor’s degree in English is a minimum requirement for entry-level work in careers such as publishing, advertising, public relations, and journalism.

The English concentration prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Students who select this concentration may be particularly interested in pursuing a career in teaching or journalism. This concentration, however, would be of value in any career in which good communication skills are fundamental to success. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus. For current information on eligible programs, see Transfer Options below. 

* Milestone Courses should be taken in the order shown. This will help you stay on track and graduate on time.

Semester 1


  • Credits: 3 *
  • or

  • Elective  Elective Credits: 3 *
    HUM-120  satisfies the Learning Community Requirement or choose one college-level course as an elective.
  •  

  • Credits: 3 *
  • GenEd -QPS Quantitative Problem Solving Credits: 3-4 *
    This course meets the General Education requirement for Quantitative Problem Solving (Formerly Area 4)
    Choose one course from Quantitative Problem Solving Menu
  • GenEd -CCC Community & Cultural Contexts Credits: 3 *
    This course meets the General Education requirement for Community & Cultural Contexts (Formerly Areas 2 and 3)
    Choose one course from the Community and Cultural Contexts Menu
  • Elective -2 Foreign Language Elective Credits: 3 *
    Choose one foreign language course

Total Credits: 15-16


Semester 1 Advising Note

  • Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously.
  • New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.
  • General Education Requirement Creative Work satisfied by program.

Semester 2


  • Credits: 3 *
  • GenEd -E General Education Elective Credits: 3
    This course meets the General Education requirement for General Education Elective.
    Choose a course from the General Education Scientific Reasoning, Community/Cultural Contexts, Creative Work or Elective Menus.
  • Elective  Literature Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one LIT course
  • Elective -1 Math Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level MAT course
  • Elective -2 Foreign Language Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one foreign language course

Total Credits: 15


Semester 2 Advising Note

  • Meet with an advisor to begin career planning activities.
  • Begin exploring transfer options: attend a transfer workshop and the College transfer fair

Semester 3


  • Credits: 3 *
  • Elective -1 Behavioral Science Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one PSY or SOC course
  • Elective -2 English Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one ENG course
  • Elective -3 Literature Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one LIT course
  • GenEd -SR Scientific Reasoning Credits: 4 *
    This course meets the General Education requirement for Scientific Reasoning (Formerly Area 5)
    Choose one course from Scientific Reasoning Menu

Total Credits: 16


Semester 3 Advising Note

  • Continue preparations for transfer: write essays for transfer institution, collect letters of recommendation, apply for transfer.
  • Complete a pre-graduation check with an advisor in LifeMap

Semester 4


  • Elective -1 Literature Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one LIT course
  • Elective -2 Literature Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one LIT course
  • Elective -3 Elective Credits: 3
    Choose any course
  • Elective -4 Social Science Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one HIS or GOV or PHIL or GEO course
  • Elective -5 Laboratory Science Elective Credits: 4
    Choose one 4-credit AST or BIO or CHM or GIS or ENV or PHY course

Total Credits: 16


Semester 4 Advising Note

  • Apply for graduation

Upon Completion of This Concentration Graduates Will Be Able To:


  • Demonstrate competence as a writer. Write for a variety of purposes, adapting to various audiences.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of a language other than English.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal communication skills.

Career Outlook


Graduates of this concentration qualify to transfer to four-year institutions that prepare students for careers in teaching, journalism, public relations, and media communications. Students must complete a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate to pursue a teaching career. A bachelor’s degree in English is a minimum requirement for entry level work in careers such as publishing, advertising, public relations, and journalism. In order to advance in some fields, graduate work may be required.

Transfer Options


Transfer Advising Guides

MassTransfer A2B Map

  • Fitchburg State University
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester State University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell

MassTransfer A2B Link

  • Bridgewater State University
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Salem State University
  • Worcester State University
  • University of Massachusetts Boston