English

Humanities

If you think English is only about grammar, think again! In English classes, you can expect to study humanity through reading and analyzing texts and through producing your own writing to develop strong skills in communication, critical thinking, and empathy--all essential for human development and hot commodities in any job market.

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Many employers are seeking people who can think critically and express messages clearly in today’s workforce. A Literature and/or Creative Writing major will foster these skills with practice in critical thinking, analysis, expression, and exploration of diverse voices in writing. In Literature, students will gain a foundation in close reading and discussing major themes within novels, poems, plays, speeches, works of non-fiction, and other texts. In Creative Writing, students have the opportunity to study and compose primary texts, building their own portfolio of work. Studying Literature and Creative Writing often catapults individuals to careers in marketing, law, public relations, teaching, journalism, information science, and a variety of other fields.

Program Length

On average, if a student attends full time, they are able to complete these programs within two years. 

Transfer Options

The English literature major at IVC offers lower-division coursework — including survey courses, genre-based courses, and specialized topics — that prepares students for the critical and literary analysis that they will engage in after transfer to a four-year institution.

The English creative writing major offers an opportunity to learn about and practice the craft of various genres--creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and screenwriting--with published writers, as well as an opportunity to experience the world of publishing through work on our literary journal, The Ear.  

IVC English majors have transferred to UCs, CSUs, and private colleges such as Chapman and USC.

Program Specific Support

The Writing Center is both a beautiful on-campus space for completing academic work and an online platform where students can meet one-on-one with professors to discuss their writing in a friendly, supportive environment.

Your Support Team

Your success is our priority! Whether you are just starting, in the middle of, or completing your time at IVC, we have a team of people in your corner to help keep you on-track to reach your goals at IVC and beyond! 

Coming Soon: Completion Teams to get students from start to goal! Look for your team beginning fall 2021!

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is only a sample academic plan.  Some UC majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 1 or 1HCollege Writing 11A4
MATH 10*Statistics Course2A3
LIT 20Survey of British Literature to 17763B & Major3
ArtArts GE Course3A3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)1-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 2 or 2HCollege Writing 2 - Critical Thinking 1B4
LIT 21British Literature from Blake to the Present3B & Major3
COMM 1Communication Fundalmentals1C3
Social and Behavioral Science Social and Behavior Sciences GE Course43
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
English MajorEnglish Major Prep CourseMajor3
BiologicalBiological Science GE Course5B3
Social and Behavioral Science Social and Behavior Sciences GE Course43
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
English MajorEnglish Major Prep CourseMajor3
Social and Behavioral Science Social and Behavior Sciences GE Course43
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
Physical Science LabScience Lab GE Course5C1
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)2-3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or other math course that meets the UC transfer math requirement in IGETC GE Area 2A.             
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1 or 1HCollege Writing 1A24
MATH 10* Introduction to StatisticsB43
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
Learning & Self DevelopmentLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)1-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 2 or 2HCollege Writing 2: Critical Thinking, Writing A34
LIT 1Introduction to LiteratureC2 & Major3
ARTSArts GE Course C13
Social ScienceSocial Science GE CourseD3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
English MajorEnglish Major Course from List AC2 & Major3
English MajorEnglish Major Course from List BMajor3
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseD3
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
English MajorEnglish Major Course from List AMajor3
English MajorEnglish Major Course from List CMajor3
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
Life Science LabLife Science LabB31
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)2-3
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU transfer math requirement in CSU GE Area B4.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1 or 1HCollege Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course23-5
English MajorEnglish Major Course from List AMajor3
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C1
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 2 or 2HCollege Writing 21C & Major4
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
LIT 1Introduction to Literature6 & Major3
ENGL Major CourseEnglish Major Course from List AMajor3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
English MajorENGL Major Course from List BMajor3
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Lifelong HealthLifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course93
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
LIT 46Ethnicity and Literature of the US (Spring Only)53
English MajorEnglish Major Course from List CMajor3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Fine Arts ArtsFine Arts and Languages GE Course73
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.  

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1 or 1HCollege Writing 11A4
MATH Various (Math/Math Related GE Course)1C3-5
WR 10Introduction to Creative Writing7 & Major3
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C1
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 2 or 2HCollege Writing 21C & Major4
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
LIT 1Introduction to Literature6 & Major3
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
English MajorEnglish Major Course from List AMajor3
English MajorEnglish Major Course from List BMajor3
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
English MajorEnglish Major Course from List CMajor3
English MajorEnglish Major Course from List DMajor3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.  
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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