English majors study composition, critical thinking, literature, linguistics, and creative writing. English majors learn to analyze and interpret diverse texts and to construct logical, well-supported arguments and literary analyses. Completion of the Associate Degree in English for Transfer (ADT) will prepare you to meet minimum lower division admission requirements (60 transferable units) for transfer to a Califo rnia State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) school. For additional requirements for transfer to a UC, please meet with your counselor. The English program map below includes all of your major coursework and recommended general education courses by term that is needed to fulfill your degree and transfer requirements.

English - ADT (CSU and UC)

0-15 units
Fall/Spring Units
English 1A/1AH 4
Math 11 or 12/12H  4
English 6, 14, or 40 3
Guidance 47 3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Communications Studies 9/9H 3
16-30 units
Fall/spring Units
English 1B/1BH 4
English 7, 15, or 41 3
Anthropology 1/1H and 1L, Biology 1/1H, 6, or 8 4
History 6/6H or 7/7H  3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Sociology 1, 2, 10 or 12 3
31-45 units
Fall/spring Units
English 6, 14, or 40 3
English 4,8,13,16,20,25, 30,38,45, or 47 3
Geography 1/1H 3
Political Science 1/1H  3
Intersession (Winter/Summer) Units
Psychology 1,8, or 9 3
45-60+ units
Fall/spring Units
English 7, 15, or 41 3
English 9, 16, 17A, 18, 23, 35, 39, 44, or 48 3
English 11, Phil 10, History 15, 31, or Film 7, 8 or Soc 25 3
Film Studies 1,2, 3, 4, 5 3
Language other than English-1st semester 4-5
*LOTE can be met with 2 years of the same language in high school (C or better grade)

For alternative CSU/UC General Education options refer to the RCC Catalog, under Requirements for College Transfer.


Milestones are courses, co-curricular activities and recommendations from your Student Success Team that will keep you on track towards completion of your degree. Check off your milestones as you complete them.
  • Complete English 1A (transfer-level English)
  • Complete transfer-level math
  • Complete English 1B (Critical Thinking)
  • Apply to Universities (CSU/UC application period Oct 1-Nov 30)
  • Apply for ADT degree by beginning of spring term before transfer
  • Complete RCC Graduation application (during your last term)
  • Meet with your Counselor to Complete your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Complete FAFSA (Oct 1st - Mar 2nd for priority)
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor for career/research opportunities
  • Request letters of recommendation for transfer
  • Meet with your Counselor to update SEP (every semester)
  • Meet with your Counselor for pre-graduation check
  • Research Potential Clubs on Campus
  • Participate in tutoring, student success workshops or supplemental instruction
  • Participate in one English Advising Activity
  • Visit the Career Center for Internship opportunities
  • Research transfer institutions
  • Attend "What's Next" Transfer workshops and Transfer Fair
  • Participate in an internship/ job shadowing
  • Participate in a research activity (meet with Faculty Advisor)

Careers for English Majors

Salaries Range : $46,000 - $128,000

  • Corporate Communications Director 
  • Technical Writer
  • Editor
  • Diplomat
  • Teacher
  • Freelance Writer
  • Lawyer