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Communication. Writing. Literature.

The right words make the difference

In the digital era, reading and writing look a bit different than they did in Shakespeare’s time, but effective communication still requires that words are interpreted correctly and chosen wisely.

That’s where an Associate of Arts degree in English comes in.

Want to study literature through the ages, analyze multimedia genres or better interpret text related to the African American experience? Our program can be tailored to match your interests and goals.

Want to write poetry, speeches, website content or the great American novel? Our program will show you how to tailor a message to reach, and even persuade, an audience.

If you’re not an English major, courses in our program will strengthen your literacy, critical thinking, research and analytical skills, and help you learn to communicate effectively.

Effective communication is the one skill prized by every employer, regardless of industry or profession.

For a look at all the courses in our program, consult the course list.

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Our program’s faculty were all English majors, and their professional experiences are rich and diverse.

They’ll guide you through critical analysis, interpretation, literary devices and creating meaning in your own writing.

It’s great preparation for a bachelor’s degree program and a diverse range of careers, including:

  • Teaching
  • Copywriting/Editing
  • Business
  • Broadcasting
  • Marketing
  • Technical Writing
  • Public Policy
  • Pre-Law/Law

Ready to hit the books?

Contact an associate dean at, 586.445.7251 or, 586.286.2282 to get started.

Credits that transfer

Our program, which leads to an associate of arts degree, will prepare you for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in English or education.

Use this handy tool to see what positions you may qualify for with your associate and/or bachelor’s degrees and the salaries you can expect.

If you need help finding a job, our Career Services team can provide you with job search and interview strategies, including developing your resume.