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English with Writing Focus Associate in Arts

English Focus

Associate in Arts (AA)

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Today’s modern, global economy requires a strong ability to communicate both orally and in writing. The Associate in Arts (AA) degree with a focus in English can help you develop broad reading and writing skills that make possible both an analytical engagement with and a critical awareness of diverse ideas and cultures. 
  • The ability to think creatively, to write, to communicate, to critically problem solve, to articulate a point of view, and to research are valued in almost all fields. 
  • The study of literature develops an extensive world view that makes one competitive in a multicultural environment. 
  • An English degree helps prepare for careers in teaching, advertising, sales and marketing, editing, public affairs, and business administration. 
  • The study of English is also excellent preparation for advanced degrees in Law and Business.

Details: Associate in Arts (AA)

Transfer Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

62

Program/Plan Number

210

Funding Options

Open For Enrollment

Yes
 

Career Possibilities

Courses

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Prerequisites

 CH

General Education Requirements

38  CH
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​City Colleges of Chicago follows the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) model for the Associate in Arts degree that requires a total of at least sixty (60) semester credit hours and at least thirty eight (38) hours of General Education courses. Students may enroll in general education courses at any of the City Colleges of Chicago.  The Associate in Arts is designed to transfer to all colleges and universities that are participating in IAI.

Students are required to take courses in the following areas:
  • Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Physical and Life Sciences
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
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Human Diversity

Newly enrolled or returning students who have not been enrolled for six consecutive semesters are required to take at least one Human Diversity course.  Students can choose a Human Diversity from courses in Humanities & Fine Arts or Social & Behavioral Sciences.  This course can be included in the total number of credits for the Associate Degree.  Students are not required to take additional hours to fulfill the Human Diversity requirement. 

Students should meet with their Academic Advisor for assistance to select courses needed for degree completion.

Program Core Requirements

 CH

Additional Requirements

 CH

Elective Program Requirements

24  CH
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World Language

Students will satisfy the World Language by completing two courses in the same language or will demonstrate competency equivalent to a second semester course.  Students must receive a grade of ‘C’ or better and complete a total of 6-8 semester hours. Students may also satisfy the requirement by presenting transcripts that verify course completion equivalent to a second semester course. 

Focus Electives

Students should select 16-18 semester hours of elective courses to meet graduation requirements.  Students may choose courses in a focus area. Before registering for these courses, students must meet with an academic/transfer advisor to develop a plan.

Area of Focus

 CH

Focus Electives

 CH
English
ENGLISH 201
Advanced Composition 3
Intensified work in expository and argumentative writing for students who need to improve writing skills for professional careers. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in English 102.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Malcolm X
ENGLISH 241
Creative Writing 3
Descriptive and narrative writing, concentrating on the writing of poetry, drama, and fiction. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in ENGLISH 101, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
ENGLISH 243
Creative Writing--Fiction 3
Students will understand the structure and elements of fiction and the writing process, produce fully-developed works of fiction, and demonstrate an understanding of the critical terminology of the creative writer. Student will experiment with different approaches to plot, point-of-view, dialogue, voice, sequence and structure. A minimum of 25-30 finished pages of original work is recommended. Journals, a midterm, and a final exam may also be required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in English 101.
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
ENGLISH 245
Creative Writing, Poetry 3
Students will understand the structure and elements of poetry and the writing processs, produce fully-developed works of poetry, and demonstrate an understanding of the critical terminology of the creative writer. Students will experiment with different apporaches to form, voice, narration, imagery, translation, creative response, and revision. A minimum of 200-250 finished lines of original work is recommended. Journals and exams may also be required. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
Humanities
HUM 205
World Literature I 3
Masterpieces of world literature including principal works from selected literary periods and traditions. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Literature
LIT 110
Introduction To Literature 3
Representative poetry and prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
LIT 113
Fiction 3
Reading of representative novels and short stories from various periods for analysis. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
IAI Approved
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
LIT 126
Contemporary American Literature 3
Major American writers of fiction, poetry, drama and essays of the 20th century. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101, or ACT Reading Score range within (19-36), or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

 CH
Total Minimum Credit Hours
 

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