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 Contact Information

Chairperson: Mathew Spano
Dept. Assistant: Tracey Esser
Phone: 732-906-2591
Fax: 732-906-4183
Email: english_department@middlesexcc.edu
Location: Raritan Hall, Rm 237

English Department
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 Contact Information

Chairperson: Mathew Spano
Dept. Assistant: Tracey Esser
Phone: 732-906-2591
Fax: 732-906-4183
Email: english_department@middlesexcc.edu
Location: Raritan Hall, Rm 237

Liberal Arts - English A. A. Degree

Are you interested in learning how to unlock the power of words to change minds, clarify confusion, mobilize action, or fund dreams? Then the Liberal Arts English major is for you!  The study of English can empower you with the skills essential for success in any field.  As an LA English major, you will develop the ability to:

  • Write original documents that illustrate the effective gathering, analyzing, and synthesizing of information from various sources and contexts
  • Synthesize complex ideas clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
  • Devise practical, intellectual, and ethical solutions to issues through the application of critical reasoning skills
  • Connect texts with the personal, social, cultural, ethical, and/or political dimensions of the human experience
  • Articulate your place in human culture and the global society from a multidisciplinary perspective acquired through the study of the social sciences, humanities, history, natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and languages.

Courses in this major include traditional, online and hybrid sections, evening sections, and summer and winter sections.  In addition, certain course offerings also include service-learning and Honors sections, which allow for advanced learning and research opportunities. Upon completing the AA degree in English, you will be well prepared for transfer to four-year colleges, where you can continue your studies in rhetoric, writing, and literature, or where you can begin other majors in and outside of the liberal arts.

With a BA degree in English, you can find potential employment in many different positions:

  • Grant/Proposal Writers
  • Paralegals/Lawyers
  • Technical Writers (Health, Medical, Natural/Social Sciences, Business)
  • Advertisers and Copy Writers
  • Editors
  • Critics
  • Educators
  • Public Relations Specialists
  • Campaign Strategists/Speech Writers
  • Search Engine Marketing Analysts
  • Communications Specialists (corporate, internal, external)
  • Corporate Bloggers
  • Marketing Research Analysts
  • Policy Analysts
  • Publishers
  • Journalists
  • Gaming Writers
  • Proofreaders and Copy Markers
  • Librarians/Library Technicians

SEMESTER 1

3

Take PSY-123 or SOC-121

3

Take MAT-123 or another 3-credit Math course designated in the College Catalog course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).

3

Select one of the following History sequences:

HIS-121 and HIS-122 OR HIS-131 and HIS-132 OR HIS-221 and HIS-222

OR

SEMESTER 2

3

Take one of the following courses - PSY-123 or SOC-121 or SOC-122 or SOC-131

3

Choose one 3-credit GE Mathematics or Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).  Students may elect to take a 4-credit GE Mathematics or Science Elective in consultation with an academic advisor.

3

Select one of the following History sequences:

HIS-121 and HIS-122 OR HIS-131 and HIS-132 OR HIS-221 and HIS-222

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Diversity (GE DIV).

SEMESTER 3

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM). Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

3

Choose one 3-credit GE Lab Science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education MST (GE MST).  Students may elect to take a 4-credit GE Lab Science Elective in consultation with an academic advisor.

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

3

Choose one course from the following areas: AFS, ART, ASL, BIO, CHM, CHN, CJU, COM, COR, DAN, EDU, ENG, FRE, GER, GLS, HCS, HES, HED, HIN, HIS, ITA, JOU, LNC, MAD, MAT, MUS, PED, PHI, PHY, POL, POS, PSY, SCI, SOC, SPA, SPE, SSD and THE.

SEMESTER 4

3

Choose one course designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM). Choose two modern language courses in sequence from either: CHN, FRE, GER, HIN, ITA or SPA. For students who completed at least two years of high school study in one modern language, their level of language will be determined by a placement test (excluding SPA-242).

Total Credits: 60

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to paraphrase, summarize, evaluate, and analyze texts by composing coherent grammatical, persuasive, and well-developed essays.
  • Compose a research paper demonstrating the ability to analyze, evaluate and synthesize source materials and to cite information correctly.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the formal features of literary texts.
  • Interpret literature both orally and in witting.
  • Demonstrate how literature informs our understanding of ourselves and others.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Professor Mathew Spano, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2591
Contact Email: MSpano@middlesexcc.edu
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/english/

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study the Liberal Arts?

A Liberal Arts education is a broad-based program of study that exposes students to the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology.  The study of the Liberal Arts empowers students for success in transfer and a career in the diverse, ever-changing 21st century workplace.  A Liberal Arts education equips students with invaluable employability skills including the ability to analyze and construct arguments, think critically, communicate effectively, and appreciate diverse cultures and perspectives.  The cross-cultural knowledge, problem solving, and research and information literacy skills prepare students for civic engagement, life-long learning, and professional success. 

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied before taking courses in the major?

Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Competency in Algebra I may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completion of the appropriate course. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete required developmental coursework (if any), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. Students may shorten the amount of degree completion time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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Transfer Information

Our students transfer to 4-year colleges and universities around the globe. We’ve had students transfer to every state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements are being worked out with institutions granting baccalaureate degrees to facilitate the transfer process. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

Are you interested in transferring to a school in New Jersey? You can use the tools at NJTransfer.org to see which of your MCC courses will transfer to a specific college.