Associate of Arts

The field of study curriculum in English transfers as a block leading to an English minor, a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in English, or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in English. The flexible structure of this field of study provides students an opportunity to explore their own interests in either Literature, Creative Writing, or Technical Writing, while also providing a firm foundation for a minor or major in English.

The course load allows students to complete their minor or major at a four-year institution and allows education majors to build the required number of courses within their teaching discipline (which according to TEA regulations must include 24 credit hours in the teaching discipline to qualify for a teaching position).

With a specialization in English, students will be uniquely prepared to succeed in today's competitive job market and will have a variety of employment opportunities available in such fields as technical writing, editing, teaching, and pre-law, as well as numerous professions that require effective communication and analytical skills.


Field of Study - 18 Credit Hours
Select a minimum of five of the following:15
Creative Writing I
Technical and Business Writing
British Literature
American Literature
World Literature
Introduction to Forms of Literature
Mexican-American Literature
Academic Cooperative
Learning Framework
Foreign Language
The student is required to take 1 course of any foreign language course3
STC Core Curriculum - 42 Credit Hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum including the following: 1,242
Component Area Option
Introduction to Speech Communication
Creative Arts
Select one of the following:
Art Appreciation
Introduction to Theater
Music Appreciation
Total Credit Hours60

In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum. These courses must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill the field of study requirements.


Students who select a 3 credit hour Mathematics course to fulfill the Mathematics component of the Core Curriculum must take an additional 1 credit hour to complete the Component Area Option for the Core Curriculum.


Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
Mathematics Elective - Core Curriculum 3-4
 Credit Hours13
Second Semester
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
 Credit Hours13
Third Semester
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
English Elective - Field of Study 1 3
 Credit Hours9
Fourth Semester
English Elective - Field of Study 1 3
English Elective - Field of Study 1 3
Foreign Language Elective - Field of Study 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Theater  
Art Appreciation  
Music Appreciation  
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours15
Fifth Semester
English Elective - Field of Study 1 3
English Elective - Field of Study 1 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum (if required) 1
 Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours

Courses to be chosen from Field of Study