Overview

Completing the Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) with a Concentration in English prepares students for careers in communications, research, public relations, and teaching.

The English Concentration in the Associate in Arts program coaches students to interact directly with the public and manage communications in the workplace or to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and related disciplines. The program includes general education requirements that are part of most undergraduate programs so students can transfer with advanced standing. The Concentration in English also prepares students for paths in law, in education, in library science, and in research and publishing.

Students in the English pathway will develop their communication and research skills in a professional environment and have opportunities to present at an academic conference and to publish in a literary magazine.

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
CPT-101 Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computers

ID: CPT-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers basic computer history, theory and applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and the operating system.

3
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
ART-101 Art History and Appreciation

Art History and Appreciation

ID: ART-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.

3
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
Semester 2
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
ANT-202 Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

ID: ANT-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an exploration and comparison of selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. The course also includes an introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of socio-cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics.

3
REL-103 Comparative Religion

Comparative Religion

ID: REL-103

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an analysis of the religious experience of various persons and groups, east and west, in traditional and contemporary settings. It includes tribal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

3
ENG-214 Fiction

Fiction

ID: ENG-214

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of fiction from several cultures. Emphasis is on the nature of the genre and appropriate reading strategies. It concentrates particularly on analytic reading and writing skills.

3
Semester 3
(16 Credit Hours)
ENG-203 American Literature Survey

American Literature Survey

ID: ENG-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of American literature: major authors, genres, and periods. The course emphasizes historical, descriptive and analytical modes of study.

3
ENG-238 Creative Writing

Creative Writing

ID: ENG-238

Credit Hours: 3

This course presents an introduction to creative writing in various genres.

3
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
PHI-101 Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

ID: PHI-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a topical survey of the three main branches of philosophy -- epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics -- and the contemporary questions related to these fields.

3
BIO-101 Biological Science I

Biological Science I

ID: BIO-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

4
Semester 4
(15 Credit Hours)
ENG-205 English Literature I

English Literature I

ID: ENG-205

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: the study of english literature from the old English period to the romantic period with emphasis on major writers and periods.

3
ENG-299 Special Topics in English

Special Topics in English

ID: ENG-299

Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on a specific purpose for, issue in, or type of English such as South Carolina literature, writing for the Web, or a history of literature censorship in the US.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
HIS-101 Western Civilization to 1689

Western Civilization to 1689

ID: HIS-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from ancient times to 1689, including the major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors shaping western cultural tradition.

3
LNG-101 Introduction to Language

Introduction to Language

ID: LNG-101

Credit Hours: 3

Linguistics 101 is an introduction to the human capacity for language and to how it is acquired. Students identify and learn about characteristics of language varieties, dialects, and styles and examine social and geographical factors that contribute to language variation and change.

3
        Total Credit Hours 61
        Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,468.00
Not including fees and equipment
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(9 Credit Hours)
ENG-101 English Comp I

English Comp I

ID: ENG-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: a study of composition in conjunction with appropriate literary selections, with frequent theme assignments to reinforce effective writing. A review of standard usage and the basic techniques of research are also presented.

3
CPT-101 Introduction to Computers

Introduction to Computers

ID: CPT-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course covers basic computer history, theory and applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, data bases, and the operating system.

3
COL-105 Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar

ID: COL-105

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the purposes of higher education and provides a general orientation to the functions and resources of the college. The course is designed to help freshmen adjust to the college community, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic survival skills.

3
Semester 2
(6 Credit Hours)
ENG-102 English Comp II

English Comp II

ID: ENG-102

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: development of writing skills through logical organization, effective style, literary analysis and research. An introduction to literary genre is also included.

3
ART-101 Art History and Appreciation

Art History and Appreciation

ID: ART-101

Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.

3
Semester 3
(9 Credit Hours)
ANT-202 Cultural Anthropology

Cultural Anthropology

ID: ANT-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes an exploration and comparison of selected contemporary cultures, including their languages. The course also includes an introduction to the concepts, methods, and data of socio-cultural anthropology and anthropological linguistics.

3
MAT-120 Probability and Statistics

Probability and Statistics

ID: MAT-120

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: introductory probability and statistics, including organization of data, sample space concepts, random variables, counting problems, binomial and normal distributions, central limit theorem, confidence intervals,and test hypothesis for large and small samples; types I and II errors; linear regression; and correlation. (Graphic calculator required)

3
ENG-214 Fiction

Fiction

ID: ENG-214

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of fiction from several cultures. Emphasis is on the nature of the genre and appropriate reading strategies. It concentrates particularly on analytic reading and writing skills.

3
Semester 4
(9 Credit Hours)
REL-103 Comparative Religion

Comparative Religion

ID: REL-103

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an analysis of the religious experience of various persons and groups, east and west, in traditional and contemporary settings. It includes tribal religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

3
HIS-202 American History: 1877 to Present

American History: 1877 to Present

ID: HIS-202

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of u.s. history from 1877 to the present. This course includes political, social, economic, and intellectual developments during this period.

3
ENG-203 American Literature Survey

American Literature Survey

ID: ENG-203

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of American literature: major authors, genres, and periods. The course emphasizes historical, descriptive and analytical modes of study.

3
Semester 5
(7 Credit Hours)
BIO-101 Biological Science I

Biological Science I

ID: BIO-101

Credit Hours: 4

This course is a study of the scientific method, basic biochemistry, cell structure and function, cell physiology, cell reproduction and development, mendelian genetics, population genetics, natural selection, evolution, and ecology.

4
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
Semester 6
(6 Credit Hours)
PHI-101 Introduction to Philosophy

Introduction to Philosophy

ID: PHI-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes a topical survey of the three main branches of philosophy -- epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics -- and the contemporary questions related to these fields.

3
ENG-238 Creative Writing

Creative Writing

ID: ENG-238

Credit Hours: 3

This course presents an introduction to creative writing in various genres.

3
Semester 7
(9 Credit Hours)
ENG-205 English Literature I

English Literature I

ID: ENG-205

Credit Hours: 3

This is a (college transfer) course in which the following topics are presented: the study of english literature from the old English period to the romantic period with emphasis on major writers and periods.

3
HIS-101 Western Civilization to 1689

Western Civilization to 1689

ID: HIS-101

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a survey of western civilization from ancient times to 1689, including the major political, social, economic, and intellectual factors shaping western cultural tradition.

3
SPC-205 Public Speaking

Public Speaking

ID: SPC-205

Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to principles of public speaking with application of speaking skills. Students entering this course must be able to communicate clearly with American speakers of English.

3
Semester 8
(6 Credit Hours)
LNG-101 Introduction to Language

Introduction to Language

ID: LNG-101

Credit Hours: 3

Linguistics 101 is an introduction to the human capacity for language and to how it is acquired. Students identify and learn about characteristics of language varieties, dialects, and styles and examine social and geographical factors that contribute to language variation and change.

3
ENG-299 Special Topics in English

Special Topics in English

ID: ENG-299

Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on a specific purpose for, issue in, or type of English such as South Carolina literature, writing for the Web, or a history of literature censorship in the US.

3
        Total Credit Hours 61
        Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$11,468.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

English Teacher

High school English teachers have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with additional certification to teach in the public-school system. English teachers teach a range of communication skills such as writing, research, and critical reading. Some English teachers specialize in areas such as teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) or in teaching advanced placement college-level courses. English teachers often have additional responsibilities, such as assisting with enrichment programs such as school newspapers, dramatic productions, or public speaking and debate. Teachers sometimes work a 10-month academic year schedule, although some school districts have a year-round schedule with several shorter breaks.

Projected Job Growth

+9.4%

Average Annual Salary

$41,147

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Educational Institutions

Careers

Public Relations Specialist

Public relations specialists create well-organized and clear information for the organizations they represent. The frequently speak on behalf of their organizations and plan internal and public events. Effective public relations specialists assist management and executives with sensitive issues and manage traditional and social media.

Projected Job Growth

+9.4%

Average Annual Salary

$52,242

According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Government Agencies
  • Educational Institutions
  • Public Relations Firm

What’s next after I complete this program?

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree

Students who complete the Associate in Arts degree with an English Concentration are prepared to complete their Bachelor of Arts degree with advanced standing. Courses in the English concentration have been selected to prepare students for a rewarding career using communication, research, and organizational skills, and also to satisfy general education requirements at most transfer destinations.

Add a Teaching Certification

Students with an Associate in Arts degree and a bachelor’s degree in English can complete their certification to teach in several ways. In addition to completing a Master’s in Education, prospective secondary English teachers can become certified through several alternative certification processes, including the PACE program (Program of Alternative Certification for Educators), American Board Certification (ABCTE), Teach for America, and Teachers of Tomorrow.

Add a Minor or Concentration in Business Management

Students who want to use their communications and research skills in public relations can add a minor or concentration in Business Management. This program can add context to the critical thinking, analysis, and organizational skills needed in a public relations specialist's role.