College of the Desert’s Associate in Arts in English for Transfer degree (English AA-T) offers a wide range of courses designed to help students develop writing, research, problem solving, and critical thinking skills that are applicable across disciplines and the varied career paths that our diverse student body will pursue. Courses in writing and literature prepare students to write effective essays, conduct in-depth research on many topics, and use problem solving and critical thinking strategies in synthesizing and relaying information to specific audiences. These skills translate across all disciplines and career paths that students will pursue. Students earning an AA-T degree in English are well prepared for a variety of career fields in the liberal arts. Students may also choose to continue their study in the discipline toward a bachelor’s degree.

This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 19-21 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. For more information please call (760) 773-2572.


Heather Benes
hbenes@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-568-3082

Denise Diamond
ddiamond@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-862-1309

Kimberly Dozier
kdozier@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7208

Kathy Enciso
kenciso@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7362

Brian Fotinakes
bfotinakes@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-674-7644

Ruth Nolan
rnolan@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7408

Reid Sagara
rsagara@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7359

Corbyn Voyu
cvoyu@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7308