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The English Transfer Pathway AA offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences 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: English Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • Metropolitan State University: English Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • Minnesota State University, Mankato: English Studies Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • Minnesota State University, Moorhead: English Writing Emphasis Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, English Emphasis in Integrated English & Publishing Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • Southwest Minnesota State University: English Literature Emphasis Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, English Creative Writing Emphasis Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • St. Cloud State University: English Creative Writing Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, English Rhetoric & Writing Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, English Studies (General) Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, English Linguistics Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, English Literature Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
    • Winona State University: English Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree
  • By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:

    Content Area 1: Introduction to Literary Studies

    1. Perform close analysis of literature at an introductory level;
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of major critical frameworks at an introductory level;
    3. Employ major critical frameworks to analyze literature at an introductory level;
    4. Incorporate and document secondary sources at an introductory level;

    Content Area 2: Literature Survey

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of canonical works of British/American literature;
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of major genres and styles in British/American literature;
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of major periods and historical developments in British/American literature;

    Content Area 3: Diverse Literature

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of literature of underrepresented populations;
    2. Demonstrate understanding of canon formation as a reflection of historical, social, and cultural contexts;

    Content Area 4: Writing for Specific Purposes

    1. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge of audience and rhetorical situations;
    2. Create discipline-specific documents that employ effective techniques for specific writing situations; and
    3. 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.
    • Each state university has specific program requirements for completion. Please speak with your advisor about requirements at receiving institutions.
    • To complete your program, please submit the appropriate application found here.
    • The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice.


  • 12 CREDITS

    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
    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.
  • 40 credits

    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
    *Course has prerequisite. See course schedule or catalog description.


    Choose any HPER course(s) totaling at least two credits

    Students are encouraged to take additional English courses within their 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
    General Ed/MnTC 9 ENGL 2230
    OR ENGL 2235
        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

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