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For students seeking a broad appreciation of literature and increased skills in communication. Superior ability to understand and use English is necessary for success in such careers as education, writing, advertising, selling, journalism, law, business and government.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution should learn the requirements for English majors at that institution.
Note: English 205 meets SDSU/CSU critical thinking requirement. Not all courses are offered at each campus. For graduation requirements see Academic Requirements section of catalog. The associate degree requires a minimum of 60 units. Transferable Units as Prep for the Major at SDSU: SDSU will accepts a total of 12 units of literature and creative writing as preparation for the English Major. This includes any combination of lower division literature courses and up to six units of creative writing courses.
The English Department's Journalism Program is dedicated to familiarizing students with the demands of the journalism profession and providing them with a realistic experience in media production. In accordance with that vision for journalism education, the program provides an introductory course on news writing, reporting, editing, and media law and ethics. An advanced course devoted to the publication of The Mesa Press (Journalism 210A), San Diego Mesa College's campus newspaper, allows students to engage in all phases of newspaper production, including news writing, reporting, editing, photography, advertising, design and layout.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.
Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.