Degree: Associate in Arts
HEGIS Code: 5615
Curriculum Code: 2579.ENG
Campus Location: City, North, South
Liberal Arts & Science Division
Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:
Career Opportunities/Further Education:
In the SUNY Erie English department, students will be introduced to the power of literature and the English language, with a quality learning experience that features small classes and dedicated advisors and teachers.
Students will develop enhanced written and oral communication skills that enable them to express themselves effectively in the classroom and beyond - as learners, professionals, jobholders, and citizens. Students will complete
their SUNY General Education requirements, earning an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree with credits relevant to the SUNY transfer paths for a continued education and seamless transfer into an English Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program at a four-year college.
With a wide range of courses to choose from, students will be prepared in areas of English composition, critical thinking, literary theory and general literature. This preparation will result in marketable professional skills allowing
for direct entry into the workforce, with job opportunities such as Tutoring, Research Assistant, Administrative positions, Digital Copywriter, Editorial Assistant, Magazine or Newspaper Journalist, Publishing Copy-Editor /
Proofreader, Grant Writing, and Web Content Manager. At the conclusion of this program, students will have been exposed to a variety of writing styles, gained analytical skills, developed a confident knowledge of research
methods, improved the effectiveness of their oral and written communication methods, as well as have a broad base of knowledge on general literary history, and well-respected, culturally diverse works of literature. If a consistent
full-time course schedule is maintained, students can complete the SUNY curriculum requirements with flexibility in the second year to choose courses geared toward career tracks such as English Education, Business,
Communications and Media, Advertising, Journalism, Law, Publishing, Technical Writing, Marketing, and more.
Erie Community College’s English Department has transfer agreements with most area colleges. The agreements facilitate the transfer of SUNY Erie English graduates into the four-year schools. They include SUNy Fredonia and Buffalo State College
Upon graduating with an Associate in Arts degree in English, the student will be able to:
- produce and revise coherent texts within common college-level written forms;
- research a topic, develop an argument and organize supporting details;
- demonstrate proficiency in oral discourse;
- apply the methods and conventions of literature;
- identify literature as a form of artistic expression and the creative process inherent therein;
- define and explain the vocabulary, conventions, methods and evolution of a specific genre of literature;
- explain the evolution of literary periods and movements, including the effects of historical, philosophical and
cultural contexts on the development of theme and style;
- analyze the importance of diverse voices and identities to the evolution of literature;
- identify and analyze themes and stylistic elements present in the works of at least one major author, including
the effects of historical and cultural context upon that author’s writings; and
- apply a range of literary theories to specific works of literature.
Total Degree Credits: 60