Bachelor's degree programs in English generally emphasize the study of literature and literary criticism. Some universities also offer specializations in creative or technical writing and/or programs to prepare students for certification as a high school English teacher. Community and junior college students seeking a bachelor's degree in English are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree prior to transfer. A minimum of 60 semester credits is required for transfer as a junior into a baccalaureate English program. Since admission is competitive, completing the courses recommended below does not by itself guarantee admission.
Be sure to consult the institution you plan on transferring to for course articulations.
Click here to see how courses at Illinois public 4-year institutions accept courses in transfer for this major.
Important Note:The English panel recommends that English majors satisfy the Humanities and Fine Arts section of GECC with additional courses other than their English major recommendations that count as major credit rather than GECC credit. To satisfy the GECC section, students may choose to take other literature courses or any other General Education Humanities and Fine Arts course.
To view Literature courses courses in the GECC Humanities and Fine Arts section, follow this link: GECC Humanities and Fine Arts Literature Courses .
Check the worksheet
to see what courses you can take to fulfill your general education requirements
The worksheet allows you to see what courses to take to fulfill the IAI Gen. Ed. package (Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum) at any participating college or university in the State. You will find it helpful to use the major recommended general education courses shown above. You may want to print or copy a hard copy of this page.
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