English Degree & Transfer Pathway
The English Transfer Pathway AA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated English bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter the university with junior-year status. All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor’s degree programs in a related field.
Minnesota State Transfer Pathways offer students curriculum that is designed to fully transfer to a parallel program at one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system:
- Bemidji State University (TBD)
- Metropolitan State University (TBD)
- Minnesota State University, Mankato (TBD)
- Minnesota State University, Moorhead (TBD)
- Southwest Minnesota State University (TBD)
- St. Cloud State University (TBD)
- Winona State University (TBD)
By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:
Content Area 1: Introduction to Literary Studies
- Perform close analysis of literature at an introductory level;
- Demonstrate knowledge of major critical frameworks at an introductory level;
- Employ major critical frameworks to analyze literature at an introductory level;
- Incorporate and document secondary sources at an introductory level;
Content Area 2: Literature Survey
- Demonstrate knowledge of canonical works of British/American literature;
- Demonstrate knowledge of major genres and styles in British/American literature;
- Demonstrate knowledge of major periods and historical developments in British/American literature;
Content Area 3: Diverse Literature
- Demonstrate knowledge of literature of underrepresented populations;
- Demonstrate understanding of canon formation as a reflection of historical, social, and cultural contexts;
Content Area 4: Writing for Specific Purposes
- Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge of audience and rhetorical situations;
- Create discipline-specific documents that employ effective techniques for specific writing situations; and
- Engage in guided revision and/or writing workshops.
- A minimum of 60 semester credits in courses numbered 1000 or above.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
- Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics or reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.
- Satisfy residency requirements.
- A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
- Completion of specific degree requirements.
- To receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate.
- The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.
Content Area 1: ENGL 2202 Introduction to Literary Studies 3 Content Area 2: Choose one course from the following: ENGL 2220 British Literature to 1800 3 ENGL 2225 British Literature since 1800 3 ENGL 2230 American Literature to 1865 3 ENGL 2235 American Literature since 1865 3 Content Area 3: ENGL 2210 Global Literature 3 Content Area 4: Choose one course from the following: ENGL 1104 Technical Writing 3 ENGL 2241* Introduction to Creative Writing 3 ENGL 2261* Creative Nonfiction Writing 3
Complete at least 30 credits in courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete at least one course in six (6) of the 10 goals. One course may satisfy more than one goal, but the course credits may only be counted once.
1. Communication ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121* 4 CMST 1110 3 2. Critical Thinking 3. Natural Science 4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences 6. Humanities/Fine Art
Choose one of the following courses not already used to fulfill Content Area 2:
ENGL 2220 3 ENGL 2225 3 ENGL 2230 3 ENGL 2235 3 7. Human Diversity 8. Global Perspective 9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility 10. People and the Environment
Choose any HPER course(s) totaling at least two credits
Students are encouraged to take additional English courses within their six general elective credits.
The following two-year Pathway Plan is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this pathway. For assistance with pathway planning, students should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. See also the college catalog Appendix for course offering information.
Semester One Semester Two ENGL 1120*
OR ENGL 1121*
3 CMST 1110 3 ENGL 2210 3 ENGL 2220
OR ENGL 2225
4 General Ed/MnTC 9 ENGL 2230
OR ENGL 2235
3 Elective 3 General Ed/MnTC 4 TOTAL 16 TOTAL 16
Semester Three Semester Four ENGL 2202 3 ENGL 1104 OR ENGL 2241* OR ENGL 2261* 3 General Ed/MnTC 10 Elective 3 HPER course(s) 2 General Ed/MnTC 7 TOTAL 15 TOTAL 13