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English (2076)


English - Associate in Arts (AA) (2076)

If you have a passion for literature, HACC’s English program can be your path to a variety of careers that require writing, critical thinking, and problem solving. After completing our program and receiving your Associate in Arts (AA), we can help you choose a four-year school to transfer your credits. Submit your application today!

After completing your associate degree, you can work towards a bachelor’s degree in English.  The English program at HACC is ideal for students with an interest in any of the following:

  • Literature, Writing, and Critical Thinking
  • Other cultures and traditions
  • How art, history, and culture influence our understanding of literature
  • Applying analytical thinking to the problems of today and tomorrow

Individuals who select this major have:

  • strong critical thinking skills
  • strong verbal and written communication skills


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Our English program provides an opportunity to select from a variety of courses to fit your area of interest and/or explore topics within the English discipline. As you complete our program, you will be able to: 

  • Transfer into an English major at a four-year institution
  • Apply the fundamental concepts associated with the English discipline to analysis, research, writings and presentations
  • Analyze, interpret and critique the assertion of ideas and conclusions within the context of a global community
  • Analyze works from literature within the context of a global community
  • Recognize the influence of cultural, historical, geographical, political, religious, and social context on literature

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  • Analyze literary texts across a variety of time periods and genres
  • Write arguments that demonstrate advanced thought, diction, and style
  • Locate, evaluate, document, and use scholarly resources in the literature discipline
  • Analyze, interpret, and critique literature within the context of cultures across the globe
  • Apply literary theory to the interpretation of literary texts
  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
  • Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
  • Review our new academic maps (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.

Affordably YOURS, our two-year degree program is a transfer program. We designed our programs to be flexible enough to transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each individual college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.
Our various transfer options include:


Penn State Harrisburg: English (pdf)
Penn State York: English (pdf)
Shippensburg University of PA: English to English Literary Studies, Eng. Writing Concentration, or Eng. Secondary Edu. (pdf)

Our program is available at the Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon and York campuses, as well as through virtual learning.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, please visit this webpage to review the most up-to-date details about how courses are being offered.

Yes! The HACC Foundation provides approximately 200 scholarship opportunities. We encourage you to apply for scholarships based on your academic goals and eligibility by visiting

You can apply for a HACC program anytime by visiting our website. When you submit your application, please include program code 2076. The code is for this specific program and ensures you apply to the correct program.

HACC designed our English program for students with a passion for English. We want to help you develop YOUR skills, so you can succeed in the exciting field of your choice. Please contact the english department chair, Christine M. Nowik, or an admissions counselor to request more information about the associate degree. We look forward to answering your questions and helping you enroll in our program.

“It is my goal to show students that it is their own individual experience that allows them to be successful critical thinkers, and not necessarily whether or not they have read ‘The Great Gatsby’ or ‘Hamlet.’” - Lee Atkins, M.A., English faculty member