Mastery of the English language is essential for success in all fields of study. The major in English encourages students to develop and enrich reading, writing, and critical thinking skills by completing a broad base of liberal arts courses along with essential courses in writing and literature. The major leads to an Associate of Arts degree and applies towards various bachelor-degree programs including administration, communications, English, journalism, pre-law, and pre-medicine.
Non-English majors study in the English area for aesthetic reasons and for improvement of reading and writing skills.

ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 do not count in the total required credits for a major in English at most schools.

NOTE: Students who wish to be certified for public school teaching also should consult the requirements for a secondary education major.
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