English AA-T Degree

College of the Desert’s Associate in Arts in English for Transfer, also  called the English AA-T Degree, offers a wide range of courses designed to help students develop writing, research, problem solving, and critical thinking skills that are applicable across disciplines and the varied career paths that our diverse student body will pursue. Courses in writing and literature prepare students to write effective essays, conduct in-depth research on many topics, and use problem solving and critical thinking strategies in synthesizing and relaying information to specific audiences. These skills translate across all disciplines and career paths that students will pursue. Students earning an AA-T degree in English are well prepared for a variety of career fields in the liberal arts. Students may also choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s degree.This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 19-21 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements.  Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

For more information please call 760.773.2572.

Course Code Title Units
Required Core CoursesUnits
ENG 002Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking through Literature4
List A
Select 2 courses from the following:6
American Literature I
American Literature II
English Literature I
English Literature II
Global Literature 1
World Literature II
List B
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Any courses from List A not already used
Introduction to Creative Writing
Advanced Creative Writing
The Short Story
Literature by Women
Intro Latin American/Chicano Literature
Intro to African American Literature
Native American Literature
Introduction to the Novel
Myth and Legend
Children's Literature
J 003ANews Reporting & Writing3
TA 001Introduction to Theatre3
List C:
Select one course from the following:3-5
Any course from List A or B not already used
Elementary American Sign Language I
Elementary American Sign Language II
Intermediate American Sign Language I
Intermediate American Sign Language II
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Elementary Japanese I
Elementary Japanese II
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Required Subtotal19-21
Select one of the following: 137-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2

Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.


Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB 1440).