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2020-2021

Bachelor of Arts: English

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts (John Tyler Community College)
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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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2020-2021

Bachelor of Arts: English

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway
  • Register for SDV course
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes.  Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors
  • Apply to the John Tyler Pathways Program.
  • Attend Tyler Orientation
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity
  • Browse careers related to English through the career coach
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future
  • Build a LinkedIn profile
  • Use the career coach to take a career assessment
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility)
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA or HandsOnRVA
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU English Department
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options
  • Continue learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or English-related events
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college. The English department offers three internship options.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway
  • Register for SDV course
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your ENG and MTH classes.  Visit the Academic Resource Center on either campus
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester and cultivate relationships with your professors
  • Apply to the John Tyler Pathways Program.
  • Attend Tyler Orientation
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event
  • Attend cultural events at community college and/or VCU and celebrate diversity
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to English through the career coach
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future
  • Build a LinkedIn profile
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Use the career coach to take a career assessment
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and VCU and explore Career Pathways on VCU Career Services’ Website
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility)
  • Understand how you will fund your education. Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Take service-learning classes or volunteer to address a current issue through ConnectVA or HandsOnRVA
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU English Department
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options
  • Continue learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or English-related events
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs at community college or VCU to explore your interests
  • Create, upload and update your resume to the College Central Network.
  • Plan to complete at least two internships (job experiences) before your senior year of college. The English department offers three internship options.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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Bachelor of Arts: English

John Tyler Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts)

John Tyler Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
MTH 154Quantitative ReasoningMATH 1313General education
Foreign LanguageForeign Language (101-level)VCU equivalent4General education
CST 100Public SpeakingSPCH 1213Elective
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
Foreign LanguageForeign Language (102-level)VCU equivalent4General education
Art electiveArt Elective: ART 101, 102, CST 130, CST 151, MUS 121.VCU equivalent3General education
HISHistory elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
Social/Behavioral ScienceSocial/behavioral science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211 (PSY 230 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent3General education
Foreign LanguageForeign Language (201-level)VCU equivalent3Major
Laboratory scienceLaboratory science (select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, CHM 111. PHY 101, PHY 201 (ENV 121 will be accepted if Associate degree is completed)VCU equivalent4General education
HISHistory elective (select 1): HIS 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
ENG200-level ENG literature course (select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252ENGL3General education
Philosophy/ReligionPhilosophy/Religion elective (select 1): PHI 101, 111, 220, REL 100, 230VCU equivalent3General education
Foreign LanguageForeign Language (202-level)VCU equivalent3Major
Laboratory scienceLaboratory science (select 1): BIO 101, BIO 102, ENV 121, CHM 101, CHM 112, PHY 101, PHY 202 (ENV 121 will be accepted if Associate Degree is completed)VCU equivalent4General education
Cultural UnderstandingCultural Understanding/Civic Understanding elective (select 1): GEO 210, PLS 135, PLS 241, REL 230VCU equivalent3General education
ITE 115Introduction to Computer Applications or transfer electiveINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
Transfer electiveTransfer electiveVCU equivalent3Elective
John Tyler credits transferred to VCU62
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
ENGL 301Introduction to the English Major 3Major
ENGL 499Senior Seminar in English 3Major
ENGLLinguistics, Writing, Criticism (select one course from two of the three areas; see VCU advisor for course options)6Major
ENGLLiterature prior to 1700 (select two courses from the approved list; see VCU advisor for course options) 6Major
ENGLLiterature 1700-1945 (select two courses from the approved list; see VCU advisor for course options) 6Major
ENGLLiterature of diversity (select one course from the approved list; see VCU advisor for course options 3Major
ENGLSelect six to nine required elective/optional focus credits (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.12Elective
Open electives10 to 13Major
Credits completed at VCU58
Bachelor's degree total120
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