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2019-2020

Bachelor of Arts: English

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts, English Specialization (Northern Virginia Community College)
Northern Virginia Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Program description
The purpose of the Department of English is to teach students to see their worlds with clarity and respond to them with sensitivity, through reading and writing. Students are invited to read and explore a diversity of texts created in different times and voices and then to respond to these texts variously and critically, situating them within their contexts and discerning their important aesthetic features, rhetorical elements and social functions. Students in this department also are encouraged to express themselves in expository or imaginative works that engage thought and feeling, evince purpose clearly, marshal appropriate evidence and observe principles of rhetorical decorum.
Career opportunities
An undergraduate degree in English is good preparation for graduate study in English, as well as other areas such as, law, education, public administration, or business. Obtain leadership roles in school or community organizations. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to non-profits, education, law and business. Gain experience in fundraising and grant writing techniques. Nonprofit and educational organizations are often funded in this manner. Part-time and summer jobs, internships, and volunteer positions are critical to gaining the experience and skills that employers seek.
Bachelor-level job titles
  • Editor
  • Fundraiser  
  • High School Teacher
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Library Technician
  • Proof Readers and Copy Markers
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Reporters and Correspondents
  • Research Assistant
  • Staff and Legislative Assistant
  • Technical Writer
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Attorney
  • College Professor or Administrator
  • Copywriter
  • Director of Communciations
Contact information


VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 131
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • No
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

Transfer major map
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Arts: English

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts, English Specialization)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Complete ENG 111 and ENG 112.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Browse careers related to English through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Take a career assessment through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and explore VCU's Career Pathways.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).
Experience Year 2
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Reflect on your academic preparation for VCU by completing the MINDSET Inventory.
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU English Department and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students in English to make professional and personal connections.
  • Research housing in Richmond for next year.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Continue learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • If interested, attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or English-related events.
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a resume.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Complete ENG 111 and ENG 112.
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Understand how you will fund your education by taking advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend cultural events at NOVA and/or VCU and celebrate diversity.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Browse careers related to English through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the NOVA career planning system.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Career Services offered at Community College and explore VCU's Career Pathways.
  • Practice independent living skills (such as money management, self-care, time management, and personal responsibility).

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Meet with your academic advisor or counselor.
  • Complete requirements for the associate’s degree. Earn at least a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Reflect on your academic preparation for VCU by completing the MINDSET Inventory.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU English Department and consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students in English to make professional and personal connections.
  • Research housing in Richmond for next year.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options at VCU.
  • Continue learning a foreign language, or make a plan for undertaking that study at VCU.
  • If interested, attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or English-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Speak with employers that visit campus throughout the year.
  • Plan to complete at least two job experiences (e.g., internships) before your senior year of college.
  • Create a resume.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.

Course equivalent
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2019-2020

Bachelor of Arts: English

Northern Virginia Community College (Associate of Arts: Liberal Arts, English Specialization)

Northern Virginia Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 (or 101) College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I UNIV 111-112 3 General education
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning MATH 131 3 General education
Physical or Life Science w/ Lab (Select 1): BIO 101, CHM 101, GOL 105, PHY 101, 150 VCU Equivalent 4 General education
World Language 101 World Language (101-Level) VCU Equivalent 4 to 5 General education
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
World Language 102 World Language (102-Level) VCU Equivalent 4 to 5 General education
MTH 245 Statistics I STAT 210 3 General education
Physical or Life Science w/ Lab (Select 1): BIO 101, 102, CHM 101, 102, GOL 105, 106, PHY 101, 102, 150 VCU equivalent 4 General education
Social/Behavioral Science Elective (Select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211 VCU equivalent 3 Elective
CST 110 (Select 1): CST 100, 110, 126 SPCH 121 3 Elective
English Literature Elective (Select 1): ENG 241, 242, 243, 244, 251, 252 ENGL 3 Major
World Language 201 World Language (201-Level) VCU Equivalent 3 to 4 Major
HIS Elective (Select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Social/Behavioral Science Elective (Select 1): ECO 201, 202, GEO 210 VCU equivalent 3 General education
English 200 Level Elective (Select 1): ENG 210, 211, 251, 252 ENGL 3 Major
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective (Select 1): ART 101, ART 102, MUS 121, PHI 101 VCU equivalent 3 General education
World Language 202 World Language (202-Level) VCU Equivalent 3 to 4 Major
English 200 Level Elective (Select 1): ENG 236, 250, 257, 279 VCU equivalent 3 Elective
General Education Elective (Select 1): PLS 241, REL 231 (note: this elective is NOT Needed if World Languages total more than 15 Credits) VCU equivalent 3 Elective
Northern Virginia Credits Transferred to VCU 60 to 62
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
ENGL 301 Introduction to the English Major 3 Major
ENGL 499 Senior Seminar in English 3 Major
ENGL ___ Select one course from two of the following areas (see VCU advisor for course options): - Linguistics - Writing - Criticism 6 Major
ENGL ___ Select two courses from the approved list of Literature prior to 1700 (see VCU advisor for course options) 6 Major
ENGL ___ Select two courses from approved list of Literature 1700-1945 (see VCU advisor for course options) 6 Major
ENGL ___ Select one course from approved list of Literature of diversity (see VCU advisor for course options) 3 Major
ENGL ___ Select six to nine required elective/optional focus credits (see VCU advisor for course options) 6 to 9 Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses): consider a minor or a second major Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 12 Elective
Open electives 13 Elective
Credits Completed at VCU 58
Bachelor's degree total 120