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2020-2021

Bachelor of Arts: English

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: General Studies (English) (College of Southern Maryland)
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Program description

The Department of English teaches students to see their worlds with clarity and respond to them with sensitivity, through reading, writing, and critical thinking. Students gain the knowledge and skills to participate actively and conscientiously in the twenty-first-century global culture and the professional workplace. The Department fosters the deep reading of the traditional Anglophone canon as well as the literatures of diverse cultures and under-represented voices, it cultivates an appreciation of their aesthetic features and social functions, and it studies the crafts of creative and professional writing. By engaging in multiple media, learning a wide variety of rhetorical practices, and writing and editing academic and creative texts, students gain skills in critical and creative thinking increasingly recognized as essential by employers. They are prepared to participate in their historical and cultural moment, to speak with authority about the literatures of the past and present, and to produce substantial creative and professional communication of their own. Students have the option to pursue minors in creative writing or professional writing and editing. They also have the opportunity for meaningful experiential learning, whether through internships, independent studies, or pursuit of the department’s Distinguished Majors program.

Career opportunities

A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers lists written communication skills as the single most desirable attribute any employer seeks. Similarly, Google’s Project Oxygen revealed the seven top characteristics of success at Google are all soft skills cultivated by humanities degrees including communicating and listening well, possessing insights into others, particularly those with different values and points of view, and being able to make connections across complex ideas. An undergraduate degree in English provides exactly those skills. Additionally, a degree in English is good preparation for graduate study in English, as well as other areas such as, law, education, public administration, or business. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to non-profits, education, law and business. Gain experience in fundraising and grant writing techniques. Nonprofit and educational organizations are often funded in this manner. Part-time and summer jobs, internships, and volunteer positions are critical to gaining the experience and skills that employers seek.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Editor
  • Fundraiser  
  • High School Teacher
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Library Technician
  • Proof Readers and Copy Markers
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporters and Correspondents
  • Research Assistant
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Staff and Legislative Assistant
  • Technical Writer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Advertising Executive
  • Attorney
  • College Professor or Administrator
  • Copywriter
  • Director of Communications
  • Public Policy Specialist
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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Bachelor of Arts: English

College of Southern Maryland (Associate of Arts: General Studies (English))

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to English through the Career Coach.
  • Explore the community college’s Focus 2 Career resource to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the Career Coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU English Department and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students in History to make professional and personal connections.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or English department-related events.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college. The English department offers three internship options.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to English through the Career Coach.
  • Explore the community college’s Focus 2 Career resource to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the Career Coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on the VCU website.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU English Department and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students in History to make professional and personal connections.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or English department-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college to explore your interests.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college. The English department offers three internship options.
  • Create a draft resume and bring it to career services advisor or workshop for review.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Arts: English

College of Southern Maryland (Associate of Arts: General Studies (English))

College of Southern Maryland courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
ENG 1010Composition and Rhetoric Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 1020 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
FYS 1010First Year SeminarUNIV 1013Elective
MTH 1010Quantitative Literacy and ReasoningMATH 1313General education
SCE 1010Scientific Method and the Modern WorldINSC 1XX3Elective
SOC 1010Introduction to SociologySOCY 1013General education
ENG 1020Composition & LiteratureUNIV 2003General education
COM 1010Basic Principles of Speech CommunicationSPCH 1213Elective
Social/Behavioral ScienceSelect from approved list of general education courses VCU equivalent3General education
Biological/Physical ScienceSelect 1 with matching lab: AST 1010, BIO 1060, CHE 1200, GEO 1010, PHY 1010VCU equivalent4General education
Arts/HumanitiesSelect 1: FRE 1010 or SPA 1010FREN 101 or SPAN 1013General education
ITS 1010Computing and Information TechnologyINFO 1XX3Elective
Arts/HumanitiesSelect second course in foreign language sequence: FRE 1020 or SPA 1020FREN 102 or SPAN 1023General education
EnglishSelect one: ENG 2030, 2040, 2070, 2140ENGL3Elective
LiteratureSelect 2: ENG 2010, 2020, 2200, 2210, 2320, 2330.ENGL6Major
LiteratureSelect one from approved list of ENG Literature classesENGL3Elective
ElectivesTake 11 credits from any courses numbered 1001 and aboveVCU equivalent11Elective
CSM credits transferred to VCU60
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
ENGL 301Introduction to the English Major3Major
ENGL 499Senior Seminar in English3Major
ENGLSelect one course from two of the following areas (see VCU advisor for course options): - Linguistics - Writing - Criticism6Major
ENGLSelect two courses in Literature prior to 1700 (see VCU advisor for course options)6Major
ENGLSelect two courses in Literature 1700-1945 (see VCU advisor for course options)6Major
ENGLSelect one course in Literature of diversity (see VCU advisor for course options)3Major
ENGLSelect 6-9 credits of required ENGL electives (see VCU advisor for course options).6 to 9Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU.9 to 12Elective
Open electives15 to 18Elective
Credits completed at VCU60
Bachelor's degree total120
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