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English Concentration

Associate of Arts

You supply the passion for the written word. Our faculty will provide the training and guidance so you can craft writing that makes a real difference to your audience, whether through poetry, novels, nonfiction, literary criticism or persuasive argument.

To use a metaphor: With our instructors’ help, Pima Writing students hit the ball hard, while keeping it on the court.

Also, in our classes, you will become aware of the historical, moral and cultural factors underlying human communication, and learn how to with people whose culture and background may be different that yours. In other words, you’ll learn the first rule of good writing: Know your audience.

Title IV Financial Aid eligible: Yes

 Online Option: This program can be completed entirely online


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Contact Information

Division of Communication
Dean: 520.206.7045
Advisor: 520.206.5251
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Semester Pathways

Academic Options

Transfer to a university degree program in English or Creative Writing


After earning a bachelor's degree, seek employment in professional and technical writing, editing, communications, education, law, advertising, or business management/leadership.

Program Requirements 2020-2021  

Arizona General Education Curriculum Requirements (AGEC-A)

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.* A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

General Education Requirements Credits
English Composition 6
Humanities and Fine Arts
  Complete a course from the Humanities list.
  Recommend: HUM 251HUM 252HUM 253HUM 260LIT 224, LIT 225, or PHI 101
Biological and Physical Sciences 8
Mathematics 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Special Requirements
  LIT 280* fulfills this requirement
Total 26

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
WRT 205 Introduction to Poetry Writing 3
WRT 206 Short Story Writing 3
LIT 280 Introduction to Literature 3
Select two courses from the following:
  LIT 231, LIT 261/261HC, LIT 265, LIT 289/289HC, WRT 162, WRT 207
Subtotal 15

Required Core Support

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
STU 100 College Success and Career Planning 1
  STU 210UT
University of Arizona Transition
  University Transition
Second Language**: Completion of a second language course numbered 202, 4th semester level 16
Subtotal 19
Total 60

* Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses: Humanities and Fine Arts - WRT 205 fulfills 3 credits of this requirement; Other Requirements - Second Language; Special Requirements - LIT 280

**   See an advisor or counselor if:

  • you are a bilingual student to discuss exceptions to this requirement or
  • if you are considering taking the CLEP test to earn language credits or
  • if the university major does not require a second language, this requirement may be waived

If this requirement is met in fewer than 16 credits, or if the language requirement is waived, additional transferable electives are necessary to meet the minimum associate degree requirement of 60 credit hours.

Program/Major Codes:  AOAALA/ALA1/ALAN

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