ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE IN ENGLISH FOR TRANSFER (English AA-T)
An AA for Transfer (AA-T) degree is designed to enable students to more easily transfer
to all colleges in the CSU system by creating general standards for each degree major
accepted at all CSUs. In addition, some CSUs may give priority to students who are
transferring with AA-T or AS-T degrees, and in the future, all community college students
transferring to CSUs may be required to have an AA-T or AS-T for transfer.
Completion of CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU is required in addition to the major
requirements listed below.
English is the study and production of writing in English, especially literature.
The elements and structures of fiction, poetry, drama and the essay are studied. The
ethnic, cultural, social, economic and historical foundations of literary works are
analyzed as well as their influences on the creation and reception of those works.
Finally, there is a strong emphasis in writing for a variety of purposes, audiences,
and effects. The study of English prepares a student for further study in Literature,
Creative Writing, Journalism and other closely related fields. In addition, the skills
and abilities cultivated by the study of English are excellent preparation for any
field which requires wide literacy and solid writing ability, including teaching/education,
advertising, law, public relations, and work in print and electronic media.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in English (or
associated disciplines such as Comparative Literature, Journalism or Creative Writing)
should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division
requirements because additional courses may be required at some institutions or they
may require you to take specific courses. In addition, the department recommends that
students take at least 2 semesters of a foreign language as many 4-year institutions
have foreign language requirements for their BA in English.
To earn this AA-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:
- completion of the major requirements (see above) with grades of C or better
- completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average
of at least 2.0; and
- certified completion of the CSU General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE), which
requires a minimum of 39 units. Completing courses prior to transfer that satisfy
the U.S. History, Constitution and American Ideals requirement as part of CSU GE is
The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California
Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University
(CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree
for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally
offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T)
or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan
to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing
these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to
a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must
complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with
a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T
or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn
a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major). This degree
may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU
campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should
consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information
on university admission and transfer requirements.