Teacher and Students in ClassThere are many educational opportunities available for someone interested in majoring in English and job opportunities include everything from being an editor or a freelance writer to a university professor specializing in creative writing.  

Independence Community College’s Associate of Arts Degree offers the student a solid base of instruction in general education courses while offering the student specialties within the area of English.  Electives include literature and creative writing options.  

Independence Community College’s English program offers students more instructor contact, individualized attention, and higher rates of success while preparing them with a solid foundation to build on their English skills as they pursue their Bachelor’s Degree at a four-year college or university.

If you would like more information about the English Program at Independence Community College, contact:

Professor Heather Mydosh

Associate Professor Rafal Redlinski

Associate Professor LaTonya Pinkard

Associate Professor of Development English Bridget Carson

English Program Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to: 
1. Research and evaluate source materials for validity and bias.
2. Employ fundamental grammatical concepts and mechanics. 
3. Recognize rhetorical situations and strategies in order to communicate to a diversified world. 
4. Interpret the role of the writer as citizen in a changing world. 
5. Compose academic prose using appropriate voice when responding to rhetorical purpose.

Degree: Associate of Arts

Suggested Four Semester Plan

Course Title Credit Hours

First Semester:

English Composition I 3
College Algebra 3
Introduction to Literature 3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective*
  • Recommended: Psychology

Arts/Humanities Elective*

Term Total 15

Second Semester:

English Composition II 3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective*
  • Recommended: Political Science
Literature Elective** 3
Science Elective* 5
Computer Concepts & Applications or
Computer Information Systems
Term Total 17

Third Semester:

Public Speaking 3
Arts/Humanities Elective*
  • Recommended: History of Early or Modern Civilization
Social/Behavioral Science Elective*
  • Recommended: Introduction to Sociology
Foreign Language Elective* 5
Literature Elective* 3
Term Total 17

Fourth Semester:

Arts/Humanities Elective* 3
Creative Writing or Technical Writing 3
Social/Behavioral Science Elective* 3
Science Elective* 5
Literature Elective** 1-3
Term Total 15-17



*See Courses that meet General Education Graduation Requirements for a list of courses meeting the science, arts/ humanities, and social/behavioral science requirements.

**Literature Electives:

Course Title Credit Hours
American Literature I - Beginning to 1865 3
American Literature II - 1869 to Present 3
Contemporary Dramatic Literature 3
Introduction to Dramatic Literature 3
Survey of African American Literature 3
Topics in Literature 1-3

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