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English Associate of Arts with Designation in Literature

English Associate of Arts with Designation in Literature

Degree Type: Associate of Arts Degree, AA

Pathway: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

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Why Choose English at Pikes Peak State College?

As an English student at PPSC, you will study a range of classical and contemporary literature encompassing poetry, short stories and novels, drama, and non-traditional literature across genres like British, American, minority, science fiction, children’s, and many others.

These courses are taught by experts in the field who are knowledgeable and passionate about their course content. You will engage in close reading, discussion, analysis, and written response to texts. This degree is especially helpful in you plan to complete a degree in English education to teach at the secondary level. But if you're in any humanities field, social sciences like psychology and sociology, journalism, communications, creative writing, and a host of other degree programs, you will find this degree path invaluable preparation for these bachelor’s programs.

Future job prospects when you complete a bachelor’s degree in English, you'll be equipped for jobs in communications, advertising, education, law, content management, library sciences, and writing and editing fields. 

An English AA with Designation in Literature can be completed in two years with a full-time course load. The Associates of Arts degree is guaranteed to transfer within Colorado and will fulfill the associate requirement to continue your education to bachelors and beyond.


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What kind of Salary Can You Expect?

Secondary School Teachers

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Advertising and Promotions Managers

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Public Relations Specialist

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Technical Writers

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Job Growth


Careers and employment in education, training, and library occupations are projected to grow 10 percent from 2020 to 2030.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2022

Degree Requirements


80% of jobs for Editors require a Bachelor's Degree

Source: O*Net Online, 2022

Classes You Might Take

English and Literature has a rich selection of courses for you to experience. View some you might take below.
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Examines American literary works from pre-European arrival on the continent up to the Civil War, including works from diverse people that contributed to American literature. This course also explores historical and social contexts within various genres.

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Explores works by William Shakespeare, focusing on a careful reading of these works as well as an exploration of pertinent contextual and historical information. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category.

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Examines the criteria for selecting appropriate literature for children. Explores literature through a variety of genres, age levels, values taught through literature, and literary and artistic qualities of various texts. This is a statewide Guaranteed Transfer course in the GT-AH2 category.

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Exposes the student to Irish literature. The course examines significant writings in Irish literature from the ancients through to the twenty-first century. The course emphasizes the careful reading and understanding of works of poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as their cultural backgrounds.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Create and develop ideas within the context of the situation and the assigned task(s)

Critically read, evaluate, apply, and synthesize evidence and/or sources in support of a claim

Follow an appropriate documentation system

Evaluate the relevance of context when presenting a position and identify assumptions

Establish a conclusion that is tied to the range of information presented

Reflect on implications and consequences of stated conclusion

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First semester plan

English & Math requirements

First semester plan

Course Description: Emphasizes the planning, writing, and revising of compositions, including the development of critical and logical thinking skills. This course includes a wide variety of compositions that stress analytical, evaluative, and persuasive/argumentative writing.

*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor

Course Description: Introduces fiction, poetry, and drama. This course emphasizes active and responsive reading.

*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor

Course Description: Highlights connections between mathematics and the society in which we live and is intended for liberal arts majors. Topics include set theory and logic, mathematical modeling, probability and statistical methods, and consumer mathematics.

*Your personalized schedule will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor

The first sequence of the required Science Course and attached Lab will be best determined by meeting with an Academic Advisor

English & Math requirements

ENG 1021 - English Composition I CO1 3 Credit Hour(s)

ENG 1022 - English Composition II CO2 3 Credit Hour(s)


ENG 1022 - English Composition II CO2 3 Credit Hours

ENG 2001 - English Composition III CO3 3 Credit Hour(s)


HIS 2765 - Writing About History CO3 3 Credit Hour(s)


MAT 1240 is recommended, or talk with your Advisor and/or Transfer School about which GT Pathways Course for Math will be best for your transfer plan.

Courses, Advising, and Personalized Class Schedule

Transfer Options

Courses, Advising, and Personalized Class Schedule

Make sure you visit Advising and develop a plan so you know which math classes to take for your career field. For more information on the types of English and Literature courses PPSC offers, please visit the catalog.

Transfer Options

Students choosing careers with a strong literature component will require four year degrees, and in some cases, advanced degrees. Your Advisor can help you with this.

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Students who intend to pursue a bachelor's in secondary English or history education are ideal candidates for the English, Associate of Arts Degree with Designation in Literature.  

Students interested in careers in the legal field, publishing, mass media, public relations, communication, and performing arts would also benefit from this AA degree.

The Planning for a Bachelors website has information on specific transfer agreements for in-state, private, and out-of-state schools who have existing transfer agreements with PPSC. Your advisor can also help you with this.


  • Great student-to-teacher ratio
  • Motivated, highly-qualified faculty
  • Engage in real-world applied learning including study abroad
  • Convenience of three campuses and on-line options
  • Guaranteed transfer of 60 credits to any Colorado state university
  • Offers an Associate of Arts with Designation in Literature (see degree plan for details)
  • Cost Effective:  same classes at a significantly lower cost and concurrent enrollment is free for high school students

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Contact the English department: 

Email Carol Parker, English Department Chair, with any questions you may have about the English, Associate of Arts with Designation in Literature.