English Literature

Associate in Arts
Transfer Degree

Unlock the potential of words

Analyze & apply literature to life

If you like to write (a lot!) and you’re passionate about deep thinking, a degree in English Literature is right for you. Learn to apply literature to life and improve today’s world.

With a degree in English Literature, explore a wide variety of subjects—from around the world and across any time. Build rock-solid skills in communication, analysis and writing, which prepare you to transfer to a 4-year institution. At CLC, this flexible yet challenging program can fuel your passion for literature and lead to a versatile, rewarding career.

What can you do with an A.A. in English Literature?

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in English Literature prepares you to transfer and complete a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Writing, Business or related fields.

Enhance your passion for writing and reading

Immerse yourself in writing and literary opportunities—in and out of the classroom:


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  • Transfer Degree

    Save on your first 2 years and transfer your credits to the 4-year school of your choice.
  • Program Length: 2 Years

    Full-time students finish in 2 years.

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Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. View degree requirements in the college catalog.

Learn how CLC helps you transfer

Start at CLC and continue with a 4-year school to earn your bachelor's degree. CLC has partnerships with many colleges and universities, covering a wide range of programs.

Our Guaranteed Transfer Partnerships (GTAs) with a select number of schools guarantee admission to students who meet specific criteria.

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Frequently asked questions

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    Kenneth Dantes

    Transfer student

    "It felt like a community because there were actually those teachers that have time for you. During class, I knew I could have that relationship with them."

    Kenneth studied literature at CLC, then transferred to Elmhurst University. While at CLC, he worked on film projects in and around Chicago to gain experience and build his network. He now works in Los Angeles as a background production assistant for major streaming shows.

    Read Kenneth's story

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