Apr 15, 2024  
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024 
College Catalog & Student Handbook 2023-2024

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English, A.A.

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Associate of Arts Degree in English

Students who intend to complete an Associate of Arts Degree in English and transfer to a four-year institution should consult with an Indian Hills Academic Advisor and the four-year institution to determine any additional requirements at the four-year institution. 

The English Transfer Major provides a foundation for students interested in written communication. Graduates of the English Transfer Major will receive an Associate of Arts Degree in English. This degree provides an excellent foundation for students interested in transferring to a four-year college to earn a baccalaureate degree with a major in creative writing, literature, English or English education. This program equally applies to those students who want to take selected English/literature courses to fulfill general education requirements. The curriculum focuses on written communication, literature, drama, religion, philosophy, creative writing and media.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate effectively in academic and nonacademic situations.
  2. Read, write and think critically and analytically.
  3. Understand the social, historical and personal contexts that inform literary works.
  4. Research effectively using a variety of sources.

Career Possibilities

The Associate of Arts Degree in English Transfer Major graduate has two major options:

  1. After transferring to a four-year program and completing a bachelor’s degree, employment can be found in secondary education, research, public relations, government, dramaturgy, journalism, speech writing, editing (evaluate manuscripts for publication, review books and literary, musical or artistic works), technical writing (prepare service manuals or handbooks; prepare sales literature; write publicity releases, catalogs, and brochures; company newsletters; and trade journals), creative writing (scripts for motion pictures and television, stage production, radio and television broadcasts; fiction or non-fiction works; newspaper or magazine articles).
  2. Complete an advanced degree and develop a career in higher education along with those listed above.

Preparation for IHCC

Students considering a degree in English/Literature should take four years of high school English, as many literature and writing classes as possible, and a communication class. They should also take any courses that require critical reading and provide opportunities for writing, no matter what field.

Since IHCC’s program involves a variety of introductory level courses in literature, drama, philosophy, religion, speech, creative writing and media, previous experience is not a requirement. Some advanced writing courses, however, require specific course prerequisites. Applicants are required to complete a basic skills evaluation during the admissions process or during the first week of classes for placement purposes.

Recommended Courses

Students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the English/Literature program at the college to which they plan to transfer and work with a counselor at IHCC to plan a program that meets those requirements.

  • The listed course sequence is provided as a guide only. The term when courses are offered is subject to change during the school year. 
Program Total: 64 Credits

Total: 12 Credits

Term II

Total: 12 Credits

Term III

Total: 9 Credits

Term IV

  • - Credits: 3.00
  • Math Elective - Credits 2.00 OR
  • Science Elective - Credits: 2.00
  • Core Elective: Credits: 3.00
  • Behavioral/Social Science Elective: Credits: 3.00

Total: 11 Credits

Term V

Total: 11 Credits

Term VI

  • Core Elective - Credits: 3.00
  • Core Elective - Credits: 3.00
  • Core Elective - Credits: 3.00

Total: 9 Credits

English/Humanities Electives
DRA 101        Introduction to Theatre
DRA 110       Introduction to Film
ENG 221       Creative Writing

ENG 225       Creative Writing Poetry
ENG 230       Creative Writing Fiction
ENG 241       Creative Writing Seminar I
ENG 242       Creative Writing Seminary II
ENG 243       Creative Writing Seminar III
HUM 205      Humanities: The Hero
LIT 110          American Literature: to Mid-1800s
LIT 112          American Literature: 1945 to Present
LIT 113          American Literature: 1865 to 1945
LIT 140          British Literature I
LIT 141           British Literature II
LIT 150          World Literature I
LIT 152          Early Modern World Literature
LIT 153          Modern World Literature
LIT 157          Bible as Literature
LIT 161         The Short Story
LIT 165         The Novel
LIT 167         Popular Genres I
LIT 168         Popular Genres II
LIT 171          Survey of Poetry
LIT 175         Survey of Drama

LIT 180        Mythology
LIT 181         Myth and Literature
LIT 190        Women Writers

LIT 210         The Graphic Novel
LIT 802        Readings in Literature I
LIT 804        Readings in Literature II
LIT 805        Readings in Literature III
PHI 101        Introduction to Philosophy
REL 101       Survey of World Religions

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