English Focus

Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

English Focus

About The Program

Courses in composition, creative writing and literature teach essential skills for clear written communication and provide insight into past and present cultures across the world. Prepare for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program leading to possible careers in professional writing, journalism, teaching and related fields.

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Recommended Electives

ENGL 108 Introduction to Literature 5
ENGL 140 Intro to Women Writers:DIV 5
ENGL 231 Creative Writing 5
ENGL 232 Creative Writing 5
ENGL 233 Creative Writing 5
ENGL 245 Contemporary Literature:DIV 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 in courses numbered 100 or above with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.  A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

AA DTA Outcomes

Upon the completion of the AA DTA, students will be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution for the student's intended career pathway, and have the following skills and abilities:

Global Skills (assessed at degree level):

  • Communication: Express ideas and information in writing and speaking in a manner that is clear and appropriate to the audience, and read and listen effectively.
  • Critical thinking: Apply objective, valid methods of inquiry and problem-solving to draw rational, ethical, and coherent conclusions.
  • Interpersonal relations: Interact effectively with individuals and/or within groups.
  • Numeracy: Achieve competency with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

General education outcomes (assessed at course level):

  • Diversity: Examine the causes and expressions of difference, power, and discrimination.
  • Humanities: Explore how people process, document, and express their social and cultural experience.
  • Social Science: Examine society, behavior, and relationships among individuals within a society.
  • Natural Science: Develop familiarity with various aspects of the physical world and scientific explanations of observed phenomena.

Area of study outcomes:

  • Students will be able to write an academic essay supporting a central assertion with appropriate evidence drawn from their own research.
  • Students will develop an individual voice through a writing and editing process that involves the conscious consideration of critical audience responses.
  • Students in literature courses will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental characteristics of literature, such as plot and setting.
  • Students will analyze literature from a variety of perspectives.
  • Students of foreign language will be able to communicate in writing and in speech in the target language, and will demonstrate an awareness of the interaction between English-speaking culture and the cultures of the target language.

Revised July 2018


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and with an advisor at the college to which they plan to transfer for specific requirements. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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