English Degree & Certificate


You can major in English at Laney, and earn an Associate of Arts Degree in English For Transfer, or AA-T: English.

This degree guarantees transfer admission to the California State University (CSU) system.

Associate Degrees

English – AA-T Degree

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree (AA-T ENGL) is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer with junior status and priority admission to their local CSU campus to a program or major in English or similar major for completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Students are required to complete:

• Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.

(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

• Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must earn a C (or “P”) or better for each course in the major or area of emphasis.

• No more than 60 semester units are required. The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree (AA-T ENGL) will also assist English major students to transfer to a U.C. or other baccalaureate institutions.

Students are advised to consult with a counselor to verify transfer requirements.

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

1. Apply techniques of close textual reading, analysis, and interpretation of a variety of literary genres in their social, cultural, historical, and political contexts.

2. Develop individual perspectives in essays that demonstrate critical thinking, logical organization, and command of voice and style. 3. 3. Conduct inquiry into historical and contemporary discourse, in order to respond to and influence contemporary discourse, one’s self, and the world.

English majors go into a variety fields including law, education, publishing, business, government, media relations, entertainment, counseling, journalism, technical writing, nonprofit development and fundraising, museums, and many more.

Beyond the ‘usual’ requirements for transfer and Associate Degrees (ENGL 1A & ENGL 5 – Critical Thinking), the AA-T requires the following courses (as part of a total of 60 units):

  • ENGL 1B — Composition & Reading (Literature) — offered EVERY SEMESTER
  • ENGL 30A — Early American Literature — next offered: Fall 2024
  • ENGL 30B — Modern American Literature — Available THIS SPRING 2024  
  • and just ONE of the following classes:

ENGL 010B (Creative Writing) — Students do NOT need to take 10A first! — offered EVERY SEMESTER 

ENGL 017A or B (Shakespeare) — currently available at Berkeley City College in Spring ’24

ENGL 031 (Survey of African-American Literature) — (TBD — likely available Fall 2024)

JOURN 021 (Newswriting) — available THIS SPRING 2024 at Laney College during ‘8-week-2’, starting March 18th

M/LAT 036 (Survey of Latina/o Literature) — not currently offered within Peralta

COMM 002A (The Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation of Literature) — not currently offered within Peralta

THEATRE ARTS 002 (Introduction to the Theatre Arts) — not currently offered within Peralta

Certificate of Competency

Academic Composition Skills – Certificate of Competency

The Academic Composition Skills Certificate of Competency (CCy ENGL) ensures necessary skills in fundamentals of English composition and research for students enrolled in composition courses. Students who complete this program will have skills which will help them succeed in future courses that require essay writing.

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

1. Write well organized, well developed, well edited, well researched, and clear essays

This program is designed to ensure that students have academic skills required to be successful in their academic goals, which ultimately allows for success in career goals.