Sep 22, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English (Literature Emphasis), AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the English (Literature Emphasis) Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

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 PPCC.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the English (Literature Emphasis) 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

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

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

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours

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.

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.

*NOTE: Students are required to take a total of five (5) LIT courses (15 credits), four of which must be at the 200-level. Please consult with your receiving institution regarding best choices for literature courses.


Eight (8) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list can be found at Approved Electives Course List of AA Degrees and Course of Study .

Total Credit Hours: 60

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