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The Program in English provides students with useful skills in written communication and basic skills and in the understanding and analysis of literature. Completing the required core courses and concentrating in courses beyond the core offered through the English Discipline will prepare the student for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university.

The degree features blocks of instruction in nine key academic areas which is the 42-hour core curriculum. Once a student has successfully completed all the courses in the core curriculum with an average of "C" or better, that block of courses is fully transferable to any Texas state-supported college or university. The student can earn the Associate of Arts degree by completing an additional 18 semester credit hours of elective courses from one or more of the academic areas of concentration or Fields of Study.