The Department of English faculty subscribes to the idea that the language and literary arts are a basic and a chief way of discovering who we are, especially if “we” is defined broadly to take in the whole of past and present culture as it resides in the English language. We offer students the means of appreciating excellence in the literary language of the past and of developing excellence in their present uses of language. We believe that this experience can enhance a sense of personal identity as that sense is put in relation to “our” manifestations of identity in the past.
TRANSFER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in English are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.
This program is designed to award the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree (AA-T) to those students who have completed a specialization in English. The major provides students with a comprehensive study of composition, literary analysis and rhetorical strategies. Students will be able to identify the major themes, works, authors and movements in literature, particularly British and American literature. Students are trained in composition and given a solid background to explore literature as an intellectual discipline and an art. The required courses help students hone critical thinking, research, rhetoric and writing skills.
The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in English or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.
To earn the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:
It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
RESTRICTION: International coursework from non-United States regionally accredited institutions cannot be applied to associate degrees for transfer.
The English major is awarded for concentrated study in English with an emphasis on literature. Successful completion of the curriculum in English will prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities. The major has been designed to meet lower-division requirements for English majors at most transfer institutions. Students should choose the emphasis or track appropriate to their transfer institution or areas of interest. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0 and complete one of the following three general education patterns:
The Sierra Journal is a project developed by the students of Sierra College. The Sierra Journal meets several of the college’s core values, specifically “creating and nurturing meaningful connections to our community” and “fostering active citizenship in our community.” As such, the Journal will feature students currently enrolled at Sierra College as well as members of the community with an emphasis on submissions from local high school students. Additionally, the Journal may recognize and publish a “distinguished author” from the Northern California area.