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English - AA

The written word has the power to inform and inspire. An English program will help you develop your talents and learn to write with clarity and purpose. You will gain thorough knowledge of classic and contemporary literature and explore a variety of writing styles, including creative, persuasive, and informational writing. An English degree is highly transferable to a multitude of fields, including business, law, and education.

An associate program in English could lead to a career as a high school teacher, copywriter, book editor, publisher, or librarian. This degree is transferable to universities offering a bachelor’s degree in English.

Students should work closely with their advisor and contact their transfer institution choices for more specific transfer information.

The first year of an English program will include math and English courses to meet general education requirements. The completion of introductory math and English courses in your first year is proven to greatly increase the likelihood of cross the graduation stage, boosting your momentum along the academic pathway you select. Other general education courses on your pathway will cover topics in Arts and Humanities, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Physical Sciences.

Program-specific courses may begin as soon as your first semester. These courses will become more advanced as you move along your degree pathway. Through this sequence of courses, your knowledge of literary genres and writing techniques will grow and deepen. Coursework may include English Composition and Organization Communication. After completing a 60-credit associate degree, your degree pathway can continue with guaranteed transfer to a college that offers bachelor’s degrees. 

English - AA (60 credits)
Required Courses that Fulfill General Education Requirements (34 Credit Hours)
  Credit Hours Course Number and Title
(Written) Communication 6 ENG 121/1021 English Composition I and ENG 122/1022 English Composition II
ENG 122/1022 English Composition II and a GT Pathways approved CO3 course
Mathematics 3 One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1), prefer MAT 120/1240
Mathematics for Liberal Arts
Arts & Humanities  9 Three GT Pathways Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT- AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4). Literature (LIT) courses will NOT be accepted to fulfill this requirement
History  3 One GT Pathways History course (GT-HI1) 
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 Two GT Pathways Social & Behavioral Sciences courses (GT-SS1, GT-SS2, GT-SS3)
Natural & Physical Sciences 7 Two GT Pathways Natural & Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GTSC2); one must have the required laboratory (GT-SC1)
Additional Required Courses & Electives (26 Credit Hours)
Credit Hours Course Number and Title
3 COM 115/1150 Public Speaking OR COM 125/1250 Interpersonal Communication OR COM 225/2250 Organizational Communication 
15 Five GT Pathways Arts & Humanities Literature (LIT) courses within the GT- AH2 category. At least four of the five LIT courses must be at the 2000-level. 
Electives (ENG 221/2021 Creative Writing I recommended) - 8 additional credit hours

Otero College is a part of a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement between Colorado community colleges and universities. These agreements allow you to graduate from a community college with a 60-credit Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree with designation; enroll with junior status at a university; and complete your bachelor’s degree. If you attend full-time and follow the structured schedule, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in 4 years.

The following Colorado public four-year institutions will accept your completed Art History AA degree from Otero College.

Adams State University
[B.A. English; Liberal Arts emphasis]

Colorado Mesa University
[B.A. English; Literature concentration]

Colorado State University-Ft Collins
[B.A. English]

Colorado State University-Pueblo
[B.A. English]

Fort Lewis College
[B.A. English; General option]

Metropolitan State University of Denver
[B.A. English]

University of Colorado Boulder
[B.A. English]

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
[B.A. English]

University of Colorado Denver
[B.A. English; Literature emphasis]

University of Northern Colorado
[B.A. English; Liberal Arts emphasis]

Western Colorado University
[B.A. English]