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Write compelling content for a social media campaign to increase followers and drive business to you company’s page. Use your proofreading skills to help your supervisor edit a new book manuscript. Pitch and research stories for your agency's next magazine spread as an editorial assistant. Expand your love for writing and literature while building a solid foundation for your future with an English degree from LASC.

An English degree is something you will use every day, and not just in writing and reading. Knowing how to critically read what is on social media, articles, books, and anything else you read gives you a different perspective so you ask questions and look for a deeper meaning. It keeps you awake in a world where information is being manipulated and manufactured. English is a twenty-first century degree to see through the clutter. It’s a degree you will use for the rest of your life. 

Careers in English 

Employers value strong critical-thinking, writing, and communication skills. Experienced writers are needed to develop marketing campaigns, draft business letters, create engaging social media posts, and write the next acclaimed best seller. 

Strong writing and comprehension skills are also needed to take on careers in advertising, business, communications, editing, insurance, journalism, law, politics, public relations, education, writing, and more.

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with an English degree: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov February 2020. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Develop written content for various types of media. Plan, implement and monitor a company’s social media strategy to help increase brand awareness, sales and improve marketing efforts. 

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor's Degree $43,500/year $20.91/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 9% increase
(faster than average)
218,910

Prepare instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree  $87,720/year
$42.17/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Less than 5 years 3% increase
(slower than average)
1,630

Teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and enter the job market. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim for all high school teachers

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $83,610/year
N/A
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
41,490

 

Perform routine clerical and administrative duties. Support managers and employees through a variety of tasks related to organization and communication while ensuring efficient operation of the office. 

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Some college $42,250/year 
$20.31/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase
(as fast as average)
92,170

 

Plan, coordinate, and revise material for publication in books, newspapers, or periodicals or on websites. Editors review story ideas and decide what material will appeal most to readers. During the review process, editors offer comments to improve the product and suggest titles and headlines. In smaller organizations, a single editor may do all the editorial duties or share them with only a few other people.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $80,650/year
$38.78/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Less than 5 years 9% increase
(faster than average)
5,410

 

What You’ll Learn at LASC in English

You can get Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts, and an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degrees through LASC’s English program where you will hone your critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, build your portfolio, and establish real-world connections to launch your career in English:

  • Practice creative writing and develop a portfolio by writing poems, plays, stories or multi-media works. You’ll present your writing in workshops for informal discussion and evaluation to your class and instructor, as well as submit for publication in the LASC online literary journal, The Truth.
  • Learn analytical and inferential reasoning skills and expand your strategies for argumentation using the various genres of literature and literacy criticism as subject matter to compose effective prose in essays and other written assignments.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to transfer? Check out our Associate in Arts for Transfer (AAT) degree in English and save money on your first two years of college learning from knowledgeable, enthusiastic, faculty. You can graduate with guaranteed admission into a CSU, and some UCs! See your counselor for more information.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review the LASC Associate in Arts in English (AA) degree and the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer (AAT) degree below along with our suggested course of study for these programs. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 1506.00

Total Units Required: 60

Upon successfully completing this program, you should be able to:

  • Read accurately, critically, broadly and reflectively, demonstrating the ability to consider contrastive or opposing perspectives and non-insular openness to diverse ideas and intellectual traditions.
  • Produce college-level academic English prose to communicate clear yet nuanced viewpoints on complex subjects and ideas, demonstrating a sound understating of audience and prose.
  • Utilize research skills to produce essays that meet a range of educational, professional, and personal objectives, and that integrate sources effectively, use appropriate and accurate documentation methods, and incorporate relevant and sufficient support.
Required Courses: Units
ENGLISH 101 College Reading and Composition I 3
ENGLISH 102 College Reading and Composition II  3
ENGLISH 103 Composition and Critical Thinking  3
Select Three Courses
ENGLISH 127 Creative Writing
3
ENGLISH 207 American Literature I  
3
ENGLISH 208 American Literature II  3
ENGLISH 211 Fiction 3
ENGLISH 212 Poetry  
3
ENGLISH 213 Dramatic Literature 3
ENGLISH 234 African-American Literature I 3
ENGLISH 240 Literature and the Motion Picture 3
TOTAL UNITS 18

If you are planning to transfer to a CSU or UC, then an Associate in Arts in English is for you!  You can complete an Associate in Arts in for Transfer Degree (ATT) in English if you are planning to transfer to a CSU English bachelor’s program, and by successfully completing this degree, you are guaranteed admission to a CSU upon completion of this program! 

The Transfer Degree is designed to provide you with a Transfer Model Curriculum focusing on improving your abilities to read, think, and write critically. Objectives in these courses range from teaching the fundamentals of language to an introduction to significant literature in Western culture. 

The Associate in Arts in English for Transfer Degree requirements include: 

  • Completion of 60 CSU transferable units, including the minimum 18 units in the major and the completion of either IGETC or CSU GE;
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0. 

If you are interested in completing an Associate Degree for Transfer, you must:

Complete 60 semester units of 90-quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following: *

  1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements
  2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district. 2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

*As required by Senate Bill 1440 & California Education Code section 66746.

  • ADTs also require that you must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

You should meet with a counselor to determine the necessary course work to complete the general education requirements. 

Required Courses: Units
ENGLISH 102 College Reading and Composition
3
ENGLISH 103 Composition and Critical Thinking 3
ENGLISH 207 American Literature I  3
ENGLISH 208 American Literature II    3
JOURN 105 Mass Communications    3
Select One Course
ENGLISH 212 Poetry
3
OR
ENGLISH 127 Creative Writing
3
ENGLISH 211 Fiction
3
TOTAL UNITS 18
 Upon completion of this program, you should be able to: 
  • Read accurately, critically, broadly and reflectively, demonstrating the ability to consider contrastive or opposing perspectives and non-insular openness to diverse ideas and intellectual traditions. 
  • Produce college-level academic English prose to communicate clear yet nuanced viewpoints on complex subjects and ideas, demonstrating a sound understanding of audience and prose.

Major Code: 1501.01

Total Units Required: 60

Core Courses (Choose and complete 18 units)
Units
ENGLISH 101 College Reading and Composition I 
3
ENGLISH 102 College Reading and Composition II 3
ENGLISH 103 Composition and Critical Thinking 3
ENGLISH 127 Creative Writing 3
ENGLISH 211 Fiction 3
ENGLISH 212 Poetry    
3
ENGLISH 213 Dramatic Literature
3
ENGLISH 234 African-American Literature
3
ENGLISH 239 Women in Literature  
3
TOTAL UNITS 18

 Get Ready Before You Start 

Interested in a career in English? Before your first class starts at LASC, you can begin preparing for your career:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and make sure to discuss your academic and career goals so they can direct you to all LASC has to offer you!
  • Still in high school? Enroll in a creative writing course to build a foundation of writing before college.See if your high school has a school paper or yearbook club to join. Contact your local newspaper to see if they have any summer internships available. You’ll gain writing experience while having your work published to add to your portfolio. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

As a student, once you successfully complete the program, you should be able to:

  • Read accurately, critically, broadly and reflectively, demonstrating the ability to consider contrastive or opposing perspectives and non-insular openness to diverse ideas and intellectual traditions.
  • Produce college-level academic English prose to communicate clear yet nuanced viewpoints on complex subjects and ideas, demonstrating a sound understating of audience and prose.
  • Utilize research skills to produce essays that meet a range of educational, professional, and personal objectives, and that integrate sources effectively, use appropriate and accurate documentation methods, and incorporate relevant and sufficient support.