English (Literature Emphasis)

Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

Recommended basic skills standards are

To major in English in the new millennium is to do more than select a profession; it is to identify one’s vocation. Whether students decide someday to specialize in rhetoric and composition, literary criticism, or creative writing, or to become journalists, songwriters, screenwriters, or teachers of English, they will learn to promote literacy and thoughtful dissent in contemporary society. They will learn that connections between life and literature are basic to living in and understanding a complex global community.

English majors interested in education, literature, or professional writing should contact their four-year transfer institution for recommendations concerning elective courses. Students can select an English AA course of study in Literature, Professional Writing & Communication or a combination of both.

Courses marked with an asterisk [*] are not currently offered at PPCC.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Three (3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 120

Arts and Humanities

Nine (9) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Three GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)

Note: GT-AH2 Literature (LIT) courses will not be accepted to fulfill this requirement.


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven (7) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1). One must be with laboratory (GT-SC1).

Additional Required Courses

Eighteen (18) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

COM 115

Public Speaking





COM 125

Interpersonal Communication





COM 225

Organizational Communication


*NOTE: Students are required to take a total of five (5) LIT courses (15 credits), four of which must be at the 200-level. Please consult with your receiving institution regarding best choices for literature courses.


Eight (8) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Recommended Courses

ENG 221

Creative Writing I


ENG 222

Creative Writing II


ENG 230

Creative Nonfiction


HUM 103

Introduction to Film Art: AH2


HUM 115

World Mythology: AH2


HUM 121

Early Civilization: AH2


HUM 122

Medieval to Modern: AH2


HUM 123

The Modern World: AH2


Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the English (Literature Emphasis) Department website at www.ppcc.edu/degrees-certificates/english.