Students planning to major in English are interested in creativity, critical thinking, and interpretation. They have a love for storytelling, reading, and expression of all kinds. They are trained to think deeply and to express themselves clearly through writing, to analyze complex information, to see the connections between events and people, and, above all, to know the power of language. Some of our best student thinking is published in Two Waters Review, our department publication of argumentation and analysis.

Students in the English program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. Most students take a combination of in-person and online or hybrid courses to complete their English studies. 

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit. 

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Art degree for English students is $5,288. This includes tuition and course fees for English courses. Books and course fees in other classes outside of the English program are not calculated. However, to assist our students, many  English courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs, which can be as much as an additional $1,000 per semester.

Program Code

8110 Associate in Arts (AA), English

Program Curriculum 

Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year


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Program Contacts

Dr. Larry Tualla, Department Chair
Office: LC-320
(480) 423-6773

English Department
Office: LC-305
Phone: (480) 423-6459
Fax: (480) 423-6469

Transfer Options

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University 

University of Arizona

Grand Canyon University

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to: think critically, read analytically, evaluate information, conduct complex research, and solve problems.

With further education, students are prepared for jobs in: 

  • business
  • journalism
  • law
  • medicine
  • nonprofit community service
  • professional writing and editing
  • Technology and Artificial Intelligence
  • public relations
  • publishing
  • teaching
  • Web content development

Employment outlook is strong, as industry is looking toward majors in areas such as English to fill jobs that require creative, analytical, out-of-the-box thinking and strong communication skills. According to our transfer partner, Arizona State University, English majors can expect the following salaries in careers for which an English degree at bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral level is the direct preparation.

Career *Growth *Median Salary
College/University Professor 9.3% $62,330
Copywriter 2.3% $58,850
Editor -- $54,890
Freelance Writer 2.3% $58,850
GED Instructor 7.1% $49,590
High School Teacher 5.8% $56,310
Literary Agent 7.5% $64,940
Technical Writer 10.2% $69,030
Translator 28.7% $43,590