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English

Acquire an independent mind

English studies help develop your reading, speaking, critical thinking and writing skills. Through the study of literary texts, students are prepared to make thoughtful, well-reasoned judgements and to critically evaluate how historical context has influenced the development of language and literature. English students leave MVC with an ethical framework, greater emphathy for different points of view and experiences, and the ability to think independently.

School of Communications, English and World Languages

Programs of Study

English for Transfer

Associate in Arts for Transfer (MAA648/MAA649)

Students earning the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer will analyze, interpret, and synthesize diverse texts in order to construct well-supported academic arguments and literary analyses, and they will encounter interpretive questions to which there are multiple plausible answers. Students earning the Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree will also have exposure to a variety of literary genres and periods and will be able to illustrate a basic understanding of the ways that literature can embody cultural, intellectual, and artistic trends.

This program assists students with seamless transfer to a California State University.

More Ways to Learn

Why study English?

As the chosen method of international communication, a degree in English prepares you for a wide range of careers. Whether you choose to become a teacher, a journalist, to work in publishing, entertainment, business, or biotechnology, a background in English can help you clarify and understand social context, communicate effectively, and ask essential societal questions.

What You'll Learn

  • How to think critically about and interpret literature, employing language and methods of literary analysis to construct interpretive arguments and to address the ways that literature invites multiple interpretive possibilities.
  • How to write essays of literary analysis effectively supported by integrated, interpreted, and relevant textual evidence.
  • The ability to demonstrate an understanding of how cultural history informs and is informed by literature.

Career Options

  • Author or Copy Writer
  • Journalist
  • Editor or Literary Agent
  • English Language or Literature Teacher
  • Technical, Grant or Scientific Writer
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Librarian

English Placement

Some students may receive a District recommendation to take English 91 along with English 1A through the registration and placement process. The English faculty at MVC do not recommend students to take English 91 because studies show that you will be successful at 1A without extra coursework. You have the right to challenge your placement, and can do so online at any time.

English 1A

  • English 1A is a 4-unit English Composition class that fulfills the college writing requirement.
  • Every student has the right to enroll directly into English 1A without the extra units of English 91.
  • Expect interactive instruction and activities related to reading and writing.
  • Expect feedback from instructors.
  • Expect access to additional support such as embedded tutors, office hours, the Learning Center, and the Writing and Reading Center.

English 1A+91

  • English 1A+91 is Eglish 1A (see description to left) and English 91, a 2-unit support course.
  • English 1A+91 are linked together; to stay enrolled in one, you must stay enrolled in both.
  • Even through English 1A+91 are two separate classes, it will feel like a single, 6-unit english 1A class taught by the same instructor for both classes.
  • English 91 provides you with additional time in the classroom for even more feedback, guidance, and support.
  • You will be placed directly into ENG-1A if: You have a high school GPA of 2.6 and above or earned EAP (Ready) or earned EAP (Conditionally Ready + ERWC with C- or higher).
  • You will be placed into ENG-1A with the option of taking English 91 if: You have a high school GPA of 1.9 to 2.59. However, the MVC English faculty recommend that you enroll directly into English 1A without 91.
  • You will be placed into ENG-1A with the requirement of taking English 91 if: You have a high school GPA under 1.9. However, you can opt out of this requirement with a simple form that is automatically approved. The form should take 2 - 3 minutes to complete.
  • You will be placed directly into ENG-1B if: You earned a 3, 4, or 5 on AP Composition & Language or you earned a 3, 4, or 5 on AP Composition & Literature.
  • If you earned a GED and/or it's been 10 or more years since you attended high school, we recommend that you choose between English 1A and English 1A+91. You can discuss your options with a counselor.

Every student has the right to enroll directly into English 1A without taking English 91. If you have been placed into English 1A+91 as a recommendation, you do not need to challenge your placement and opt into English 1A. Simply enroll in English 1A as you would other classes. If you have been placed into English 1A+91 as a requirement, follow the two steps below.

  • Step 1: Fill out the challenge/opt in form. The form should take 2-3 minutes to complete.
  • Step 2: Submit the completed form. You'll receive confirmation on your updated placement within three business days from Counseling Services.

English Placement Challenge/Opt In Form