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A degree in English from El Camino prepares you for further study at a university or for careers/job upgrades. These accessible programs can lead to a variety of fulfilling careers.

Approximate cost for an El Camino College English degree
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 8.3% nationwide from 2016 to 2026
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $43,000 to $200,000 with an average salary of $81,000

Our English Associate in Arts (AA) degree and English Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree typically take two years. Certificates can take less than six months. 

As an English major at El Camino, you will prepare for an entry-level job or choose to further your education at a four-year college or university. We’ll be here to help you meet your goals.

A Degree Designed for a Job or Transfer

Some English students at El Camino will start a career as soon as possible. Others want to continue their education at a four-year college or university. We can help you achieve either goal.

A degree in English can lead to a variety of rewarding careers. It's a great way for you to prepare to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree.

  • Learn to read both prose and poetry with understanding and discernment.
  • Practice writing college-level essays and applying research strategies.
  • Develop interpretive and analytical skills through reading a wide range of literature.
  • Start your journey toward a bachelor’s degree and even graduate study.
  • Meet most common transfer requirements.

The AA-T degree in English sets you on a direct path to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a California State University campus. You will also get priority consideration for admission to the CSU system.

  • Gain a strong academic foundation in English and prepare for university study.
  • Enroll in courses specifically designed to transfer to a CSU campus.
  • Take classes such as creative writing, literature and film, creative thinking and composition, and literature.
  • Start your journey on a clear pathway toward a bachelor’s degree and even graduate study.

A certificate in creative writing covers a variety of genres and can lead to a range of interesting careers.

  • Gain a strong academic foundation in writing, research, and editing.
  • Develop your writing skills in courses that cover poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting, fiction, and more.
  • Explore the creative process through writing exercises, peer workshops, and revision.

An English as a second language (ESL) certificate will prepare you for college-level English courses and employment in English-speaking workplaces.

  • Gain a strong academic foundation in oral communication, pronunciation, and common expressions in a multicultural academic setting.
  • Develop your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and understanding American English.
  • Start your journey toward a career, an associate degree, and further education such as a bachelor’s degree and even graduate study.

Pursue a Bachelor’s Degree or Rewarding Career

With an English degree from El Camino, you’ll be set to transfer immediately to begin working on a bachelor’s degree at another school. A certificate will also prepare you for further study or to enter the workplace. Your critical-thinking, research, and writing skills will serve you well for any career you choose.

  • Explore careers in areas like teaching, technical writing, public relations, marketing, publishing, editing, and human resources.
  • Complete advanced degrees and start a career as a lawyer, professor, editor, librarian, and more.
  • Learn to lead, innovate, and work in careers with professional advancement opportunities.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $43,000 to $200,000 with an average salary of $81,000.

Explore Your Studies Beyond the Classroom

As an English major, you become part of an academic community dedicated to learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Take advantage of the many programs, cultural events, and tutoring available at El Camino.

  • Get support in your classwork through free English tutoring or visit the Writing Center.
  • Apply to be a tutor at the Writing Center and sharpen your own skills while assisting students with the writing process.
  • Immerse yourself in another culture and study abroad.
  • Attend cultural activities and special events through our Center for the Arts.
  • Practice your writing, research, and editing skills and submit your work in award-winning student-run publications, including The Union newspaper, Warrior Life magazine, and the Myriad literary arts magazine.

English Placement


AB705 is a bill that requires colleges to maximize the probability that students will enter and complete transfer-level coursework in English and Math within a one-year timeframe. Also, colleges must use high school coursework, high school grades, and/or high school GPA for English and Math placement. For more information, click here.

New English Placement Chart

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Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for the English AA or English AA-T degrees and Creative Writing and English as a Second Language certificates in El Camino’s online catalog.

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English Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to an English AA-T degree or English as a Second Language certificate.

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Connect with the Faculty

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Contact Info

El Camino College

English Department