English: Language & Literature


Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree


Faculty and Advising Contacts

DuValle Daniel

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Pam Dusenberry

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Dutch Henry

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Jeannette Idiart

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Davis Oldham

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Sean Rody

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Neal Vasishth

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Troy Wolff

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Program Description

The 90-credit Associate in Arts degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for baccalaureate majors in English Language, Literature, Creative Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Writing, as well as other majors and graduate programs in Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Business, Medicine and Education.


English Language and LiteratureWhat is it?
The study of English language and literature helps us to develop a deeper understanding of individuals, cultures and societies. Through multiple genres such as poetry, short stories, essays and novels, students study English language and literature from different historical time periods and places around the globe to develop a broad understanding of literary styles and traditions. English programs teach critical thinking, reading and writing skills to communicate creatively and effectively for a variety of purposes.


Areas of study in English Language and Literature:

English Composition, Research and Writing, Expository Writing, Creative Writing, Argumentation, Technical Writing, Fiction, Poetry, Short Story, Literary History, American Literature, and world wide literatures: African American, Asian, Irish, Latin, British, European and Gothic.


Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language & Literature?

From understanding human relationships to communication, interpretation, research, analysis and synthesis, the study of English language and literature gives students a broad range of knowledge and skills that transfer into multiple career fields. Example careers include: journalism, teaching, freelance writing, editing, advertising, publishing, sales, marketing, public relations, media relations, business and industry.


Potential employers include:

Magazines, Newspapers, Publishing Companies, Broadcast Media Companies (Television, Radio and Film Industry), Government Agencies, Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, Libraries, Museums, Non-Profit Organizations, Advertising Agencies, Public Relations Firms, Businesses and Corporations. For more, please visit Career Counseling.


Program Outcomes

  • Recognize the distinctive features of the main genres of literature, including fiction, poetry and drama.
  • Describe and reflect on how various texts bring self-awareness and meaning to human experience.
  • Analyze the influence of history, culture, context & perspective on the production and reception of literary works.


Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
 An Associate Degree from Shoreline makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree as part of a Direct Transfer Agreement. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.