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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Studies - TAP/CSCU Transfer Degree, AA (ENGL-AA-TAP)

Location(s): Asnuntuck, Capital, Gateway, Housatonic, Manchester, Middlesex, Naugatuck Valley, Northwestern Connecticut, Norwalk, Quinebaug Valley, Three Rivers, Tunxis

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

The English Studies program provides students with a strong foundation in the liberal arts while introducing them to the study of literature and creative writing at the college level. The program is one of the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities (CSCU) Pathway Transfer, A.A. degree programs for Connecticut State Community College (CT State) students who wish to transfer to one of the Connecticut State Universities (CSU) or Charter Oak State College (COSC) without either losing any credits or being required to take extra credits in order to complete a bachelor’s degree in that same discipline. CT State students can complete associate degree programs that transfer without hassle to all Connecticut State Universities and Charter Oak State College offering their major. Upon transfer, students are guaranteed full junior status and can complete a bachelor’s degree in their major without losing any credits or be required to take any extra credits.

Learning Outcomes:

Program Objectives:

  • Complete an Associate of Arts degree in English Studies.
  • Transfer seamlessly into a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in English with junior-level status in the receiving CSCU institution as part of the CSCU Transfer Tickets program.

Upon successful completion of all English Transfer Ticket degree program requirements, graduates will

  • Analyze in writing literary texts using the conventions and discourse of English studies.
  • Recognize at an introductory level the relationships among literature, culture, and history across multiple cultures, genres, and time periods.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the function of aesthetic elements in literature.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified within the General Education Core.

Students are free to choose any courses at or above 1000-level to complete 11- 14 credits of unrestricted electives. If Unrestricted Electives are used to take additional ENG courses, keep the CSU/COSC policies (listed below) in mind. Students should meet with their advisor before selecting any additional courses.

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). For the English BA, Pathway students can use in the major either of the British or American surveys (221, 222, 231, 232) that they do not use to fulfill the other Pathway requirements. Creativity Course: Study Area I: Arts & Humanities Global Knowledge Course: Study Area II: Social Sciences

Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU). For the English BA, Literary Studies, three (and sometimes four) additional 200-level ENG courses can be applied: one from ENG 210 (Fiction), ENG 213 (Poetry), & ENG 114 (Childrens Literature); one from ENG 250 (Studies in Ethnic Literature), ENG 251 (African American Literature), ENG 262 (Women in Literature), ENG 263 (Women in Poetry), & ENG 264 (Poetry and Women’s Lives); one from ENG 281 (Creative Writing); and one from ENG 221 (American Literature I), ENG 222 (American Literature II), ENG 231 (British Literature I), & ENG 232 (British Literature II)

  • For the English BA, Rhetoric and Composition, ENG 281 can be applied.
  • For the English BA, Cultural Studies, two from ENG 114, ENG 250, ENG 251, ENG 262; and one from ENG 281 can be applied.
  • For the English BA, Creative Writing one from ENG 210, ENG 213, ENG 214 (Drama), ENG 263, and ENG 264; and one from ENG 281, can be applied
  • Creativity Course: Creative Expressions
  • Global Knowledge Course: Individuals and Society

Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). For the English BA, Literature OR English BA, Professional Writing, no additional 100- or 200-level courses will be applied. For the English BA, Creative Writing, ENG 282 (Creative Writing: Poetry) & ENG 283 (Creative Writing: Fiction) will be applied

  • Creativity Course: Creative Drive
  • Global Knowledge Course: Global Awareness

Western Connecticut State University (WCSU).

  • For the English BA, 2 of the remaining courses from ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 231, & ENG 232 will be applied
  • Creativity Course: General Education Elective / Second Exposure to Creative Process and also Explorations if outside the major
  • Global Knowledge Course: Intercultural Competency and also Explorations if outside the major

Charter Oak State College.

  • For the English BA, 4 additional 200-level courses will be applied Creativity Course: Open Elective
  • Global Knowledge Course: Global Understanding

Students may need to use the unrestricted credits to take courses that prepare them for required courses in the degree program. Students should also consider using unrestricted electives to meet foreign language requirements at Central, Eastern and Western Connecticut State Universities or to begin work on completing a minor. Central Connecticut State University will require that students complete a minor by earning at least 18 credits in one area outside the major field; students must complete at least 9 of those minor credits at Central. Students can also complete other General Education requirements for CCSU, SCSU, WCSU, and COSC-but not ECSU. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor to determine which courses to select.

Information on additional courses students might take if they have free elective room, including major courses as well as remaining general education courses for each CSU, with equivalency information for each CSU, can be found at

Pathway Courses (29 credits)

  • Credits: 3  - a Creative Writing course is strongly encouraged
  • Credits: 3
  • ENG 2620 - American Literature I  AND ENG 2540 - British Literature II  Credits: 6  
  •     OR ENG 2520 - British Literature I  AND ENG 2640 - American Literature II   Credits: 6
  • Western Literature or World Literature Course  Credits: 3  (options include: ENG 2320 , ENG 2340 , ENG 2420 , ENG 2440 )
  •      OR any other course (see italicized note below) that meets these four criteria:
            1. 75% of the authors are non-English, non-American (here we trust the judgment of faculty for, say, a foreign-born writer now writing in America in English; one clear standard might be a writer in translation)
            2. Historical breadth of the course (not a Contemporary Indian Literature course, for example)
            3. Cultural breadth (across cultures; not Western African Literature, for example, but African Literature)
            4. Not necessarily multi-genre (a world literature course in a single genre could fulfill this).
      (This course must be approved by English Studies Program Coordinator)
  • Open Electives - Credits: 14

Total Credits: 60-63