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Columbia College: AA to BA in English

Transfer program: AA to BA in English 

About The Transfer Program

This transfer path includes coursework at COD that will lead to an Associate in Arts degree and prepare you for transfer to Columbia College's Bachelor of Arts in English program.

Program Advantages

Scholarships! As a student in this program you are eligible for a minimum $4,000 scholarship through the Columbia College Guaranteed Admission Program. The scholarship amount could increase based on a your GPA and completion of the Associate in Arts degree.  See important notes below for the eligibility requirements.   

Save time and money. You can save money on overall tuition costs by maximizing transfer credit accepted by Columbia College. Columbia will accept 75 credits from College of DuPage. 

The English and Creative Writing programs have a non-Western focus and are designed to be inclusive; students study works from writers with diverse identities. Columbia College Chicago also offers a variety of college-wide electives that both broaden your frame of experience and enable you to apply your skills and abilities in a new context.

Employers in fields like technical writing, marketing management, education, research and nonprofits need people with creativity and critical-thinking skills. With your English bachelor's degree, you'll be a fit for internships at marketing firms, tech companies, legal firms, television companies and advertising agencies—wherever good writing helps companies thrive.

Transfer Agreement Suggested Plan

  • Degree: Associate of Arts
  • Area of Concentration: English
  • Total Credits at College of DuPage: 64
Total Semester Credit Hours: 15
1st Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
ENGLI 1130 Introduction to Literature
or ENGLI 2250 Introduction to Creative Writing
3
MATH 1218 General Education Math 3
Social and Behavioral Science 3
SPEEC 1100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Total Semester Credit Hours: 16 - 19
2nd Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 1102 English Composition II 3
ENGLI 1130 Introduction to Literature
or ENGLI 2250 Introduction to Creative Writing
3
ENGLI 2221 British Lit from 1800 through the Present
and/or ENGLI 2224 American Lit from the Civil War to the Present
3
Life Science with Lab  4
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3
Total Semester Credit Hours: 15 - 17
3rd Semester Courses Credit Hours
 ENGLI 1115 Digital Writing 3
ENGLI 1154 Film as Literature  3
ENGLI 2251 Fiction Writing
or ENGLI 2252 Poetry Writing
or ENGLI 2253 Creative Nonfiction Writing 
3
ENGLI 1160 Native American Literature
or ENGLI 1161 Multicultural Literatures of the US
or ENGLI 1165 Literature and Gender 
3
Physical Science course  3-5
Total Semester Credit Hours: 15 - 18
4th Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 2262 Non-Western Literature  3
ENGLI 2251 Fiction Writing 
or ENGLI 2252 Poetry Writing
or ENGLI 2253 Creative Nonfiction Writing
and/or ENGLI 2261 Writing for Publication
3
ENGLI 2221 British Lit from 1800 through the Present 
and/or ENGLI 2224 American Lit from the Civil War to the Present
3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3
English Elective  3

 Completion of AA Degree: 64 credit hours

Note that Columbia will accept up to 75 credit hours so plan to take additional English classes!

  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Major: English
  • Total Credits at Columbia College Chicago: 56
Total Semester Credit Hours: 14
5th Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGL 241 Writing for the Creative Workplace  3
LITR 381 Seminar in Global Literature  3
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion designated course  3
Collegewide Elective  3
Collegewide Elective  2
Total Semester Credit Hours: 15
6th Semester Courses Credit Hours
LITR 382 Seminar in Literature: US Pluralism  3
Seminar Elective  3
Communication, Business, and Technology course (Columbia
Experience) 
3
 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion designated course 3
Collegewide Elective  3
Total Semester Credit Hours: 15
7th Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGL 350 Content Strategy or LITR 388 Critical Editions in Literature  3
COLL 230 Internship  3
Seminar Elective  3
Collegewide Elective  3
Collegewide Elective  3
Total Semester Credit Hours: 12
8th Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGL 450 Capstone in English  3
Interdisciplinary Elective  3
Collegewide Elective  3
Collegewide Elective  3

 Completion of BA in English Degree: 120 credit hours

Important Notes

  • To transfer, students should have a GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Students with existing coursework are encouraged to have a transcript evaluation completed by College of DuPage and Columbia College 
  • Columbia College will take up to 75 College of DuPage transfer credits. This will allow students to take three additional COD English courses that will transfer. Consult with your COD English faculty advisor, COD academic advisor, and/or Columbia College academic advisor for suggested courses and to understand where these courses fit in your academic plan.
  • Note that other combinations and sequences of courses can be used to earn an AA degree at College of DuPage and prepare you for transfer to Columbia; however, it is strongly recommended that students work directly and frequently with a College of DuPage academic advisor, a COD faculty advisor in English, and a Columbia College Chicago transfer advisor, to develop a plan.
  • Keep track of your coursework on your student planning worksheet to make sure your various course choices satisfy all COD Associate of Arts degree requirements.  (Do not repeat coursework you have already successfully complete.)
  • The plan here does not include summer coursework.  However, you can choose to do coursework in summer to lighten your Fall/Spring course load and/or to increase the number of courses you are able to transfer to Columbia. 
  • To be eligible for the scholarship and participation in the guaranteed admissions program students need to meet the following additional criteria:
    • Complete a minimum of 24 transferrable credit hours from College of DuPage.
    • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or better in all transferrable coursework.  
    • Submit a participation form with Columbia College. Find this form at: https://apply.colum.edu/register/GAinquiry

Contact Information

Jason Snart, College of DuPage Professor
snartj@cod.edu | (630) 942-2033

College of DuPage Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200
(630) 942-2259

Columbia College Chicago Admissions Office
(312) 369-7130 | transfer@colum.edu