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    May 30, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

English - Literature, AA

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Students majoring in English at the lower division level concentrate on learning how to interpret literature critically and imaginatively, and how to write prose that is clear, exact, and expressive. Thus the major is appropriate for students who desire or require the ability to be closely attentive to language and to its ramifications. Students anticipating careers in law, education, communications, governmental affairs, and business may find the English major especially helpful. The wide versatility of the English major makes it generally appropriate for students whose career inclinations may be uncertain or indefinite, since the abilities one masters as an English major may be applied to a wide range of contexts and circumstances. The major is also designed for students intending upper division study in literature, criticism, or related fields. English majors at Irvine Valley College may elect an emphasis either in literature or in writing. In both cases, students should complete both Writing 1 and Writing 2 in fulfillment of language and rationality requirements within the general education package. The faculty recommends that English majors do not select a literature course to meet the humanities requirement for general education, but explore related subjects in the humanities that may be of interest to them.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Interpret literature critically and imaginatively, and respond in writing that is clear, exact, and expressive.
  • Demonstrate through both speaking and writing how literature might embody and generate meaning, reflect and create culture, and engage the human imagination.
  • Analyze the major types of literary expression as well as recurrent conventions, concerns, and values central to literature and to the understanding of literary texts and contexts.
  • Possess knowledge of literary materials reflecting diversity in genre, historical period, and cultural expression.
  • Possess knowledge of foundational classical and modern texts; major literary periods and traditions; major genres and literary forms; and non-canonical texts, including those of marginalized peoples and emergent cultures whose literature has traditionally been ignored.

Complete 3 units from the following courses:

Total Units Required: 22

To earn the associate degree:

See Earning an Associate Degree  for associate degree graduation requirements.

To transfer:

Courses required for the associate degree major at IVC may not be the same as those required for the major at a four-year school. If you plan to transfer, consult a counselor to identify the courses needed for the major at your transfer school and to develop a plan that will best meet your goals. View more information about transferring at Transfer to a Four-Year Institution .

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