Students completing the coursework in the English AA degree program will have a sound foundation for a number of career and transfer options. ECC offers numerous course options to fit most interests and career tracks. Those who plan to transfer to four-year institutions can take many traditional English courses, such as American, British, or World Literature and Shakespeare.
However, we also offer unique genre courses such as the Literatures of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Mythology, Autobiography and Women’s Literature, African American Literature, and Latino/Latina Literature. For those who want to develop their writing skills, the program offers Business Writing, Technical Writing, Journalism, Creative Writing, and Creative Non-Fiction. ECC offers co-curricular activities such as the student newspaper, the Cornerstone, and the Literary Review, where students can start publishing their work soon after entering the program.
Writing contests and open-microphone events offer other opportunities to practice the writing craft and hone communication skills. Whether you plan to teach in a high school or college, write novels, work in business, or pursue an advanced degree, the ECC English AA degree can provide you with foundational skills you will need to be successful.
Transfer and Career Options for English Majors:
When one thinks about English as a field of study, a few careers and options come naturally to mind, such as teaching, writing, editing, or continued study in graduate school. But English is, in fact, a dynamic field that lends itself to many possible careers. English majors develop critical thinking, communication and analytical skills that can be highly sought after in business and industry, marketing and finance. English majors write everything from presidential speeches to technical manuals, movie scripts to news articles.
Critical thinking and problem solving skills can make English majors good project managers and public relations specialists, public servants and workers in the non-profit sector. They may work in any number of fields, often fields one might not immediately associate with English. An Associate of Arts degree is also a strong foundation for transfer to four-year institutions and beyond, with critical thinking and communication skills being important to any field of study.