Language and Literary Culture of the USA


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The Academic Certificate (AC) in Language and Literary Culture of the USA is a course of study designed to provide students a strong foundation in the oral and written structure and vocabulary of North American English, academic and professional reading and writing, and knowledge and appreciation of representative literature and culture of the USA in all its diversity.


Field of Interest
Culture and Society
Degree Type
Academic Certificate (AC)
Academic Plan
Language and Literary Culture of the USA (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Effective Term
Fall 2020
Admissions criteria



This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills. (ENG101, ENG107)
  • Demonstrate skill in research, note-taking, organization, and documentation in the preparation and writing of a research paper. (ENG102, ENG108)
  • Write memos and business letters. (ENG111)
  • Organize and develop persuasive business presentations. (ENG111)
  • Identify and describe various interpretations of "the American Dream" in American culture and literature. (ENH111)
  • Explain how the following environments, agrarian, small town, suburban, urban, the South, New England, the Midwest, the Southwest, and the West, have contributed to American culture. (ENH111)
  • Describe ways in which Native Americans, Black Americans, Hispanic Americans, and immigrants have contributed to American culture and literature. (ENH111)
  • Read and analyze varied and challenging reading materials, and analyze, synthesize, and evaluate these materials through written discourse. (CRE101, ENG101, ENG107, ENG102, ENG108)
  • Select, prepare, and present a discipline-related independent study project in accordance with established methodology and guidelines. (ENG298AA, ESL298AA)
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing3
ENH111Literature and the American Experience3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
ENG298AASpecial Projects (1) OR
ESL298AASpecial Projects (1)1
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Complete three courses from the following disciplines:
ASB Any ASB Anthropology course(s)
COM Any COM Communication course(s)
EDU Any EDU Education course(s)
ENG Any ENG English course(s) expect courses used to satisfy Required Courses area.
ENH Any ENH English Humanities course(s)
HIS Any HIS History course(s)
HUM Any HUM Humanities course(s)
IBS Any IBS International Business course(s)
IGS Any IGS Integrated Studies course(s)
MUP Any MUP Music: Performance course(s)
PSY Any PSY Psychology course(s)
REL Any REL Religious Studies course(s)
SOC Any SOC Sociology course(s)

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