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What Is English?

English is an academic discipline that includes the study of rhetoric and composition, English literature and creative writing. The study of English is essential to global communication. Successful English students use language to cultivate the skills and habits of interpretation, analysis and research. They gather information, understand multiple perspectives, formulate effective arguments and conceive imaginative solutions to challenges they face.

Why Study English?

English students learn how to use words to communicate effectively, think creatively and interpret the immense variety of messages in our media-saturated world. A command of language is a skill in high demand, not only in writing and education, but in business, entertainment, advertising, public relations, journalism and the legal professions. Students who enroll in English courses can become corporate leaders, lawyers, journalists, screen writers, as well as politicians and actors. The study of English can prepare students to be exceptional critical and creative thinkers, sharp analysts and effective communicators. A degree in English provides a solid foundation for further achievement in a variety of disciplines and industries.

English graduates are found in almost every profession, including:

  • Advertising
  • Archives
  • Writing
  • Digital media
  • Education
  • Event management
  • Human resources
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library science
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Social work
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1942 English Pathway

Associate of Arts, Pathway –  English

Areas A-E of the Core Curriculum (42 Credit Hours) Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Pathway (18 Credit Hours)
  1. World language or literature (6 Credit Hours)
    • World Language at the 2001 level (3 Credit Hours)
    • Either ENGL 2110 World Literature (3 Credit Hours) or World Language at the 2002 level  (3 Credit Hours)
  2. Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)
    • ENGL 2120 British Literature (3 Credit Hours)
    • ENGL 2130 American Literature (3 Credit Hours)
  3. Select additional elective courses from Area C or the following to complete 18 hours in Area F:
    • AAS 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History and Culture (3 Credit Hours)
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3 Credit Hours)
    • ENGL 2160 Studies in Popular Culture (3 Credit Hours)
    • ENGL 2600 Creative Writing (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1111 Survey of World History to 1500 (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1112 Survey of World History since 1500 (3 Credit Hours)
    • HIST 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History (3 Credit Hours)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (3 Credit Hours)
    • World Language 1002 (3 Credit Hours)


Associate Dean of English Dr. Stuart Noel Phone: 678-891-3986 Email: Department Chairs Charles Fox Phone: 770-274-5504 Email: Dr. Ken Johnson Phone: 678-240-6408 Email: