Associate of Arts English

Associate Degree
  • Part Time
  • Full Time
LENGTH: 2 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Starting at $3,355
START DATE: Fall 2023 - Intersession 2025
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Open up a world of employment opportunities with an Associate of Arts Degree in English. Employers in a wide range of fields value written and oral communication skills, creativity, and critical thinking abilities students gain in English programs.


The following is a partial list of careers open to those with an associate degree in English:

  • Technical writing
  • Copywriting and content creation
  • Advertising
  • Editing
  • Broadcasting and journalism
  • Corporate communications
  • Teaching
  • Foreign service officer
  • Government service worker
  • Librarian or archivist
  • Public relations
  • Research analyst

Associate degrees from CNC transfer into university programs and give you preferential admission at public universities and university-colleges in BC. (Consult the British Columbia Transfer Guide and check with CNC advisors to verify transferability of credits.)

What you will learn

  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Research ability
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity

Associate of Arts English Courses

To complete an Associate of Arts Degree with an English concentration, you must complete 18 or more credits in English, with 9 of those credits being second-year courses, as part of the 60 credits required for an Associate of Arts degree. To ensure successful completion of your degree, consult a CNC advisor to create your degree program.

English Requirement

ENGL-103 Composition & Style 3 15 weeks
ENGL-201 English Literature 1350-1744 3 15 weeks
ENGL-202 English Literature 1744-1900 3 15 weeks
ENGL-203 Canadian Literature I 3 15 weeks
ENGL-204 Canadian Literature II 3 15 weeks

One of

  • ENGL 101 Literature and Composition I
  • ENGL 102 Literature and Composition II
  • ENGL 104 Introduction to Literature and Composition
  • ENGL 106 Film Studies
  • ENGL 107 Literature and Composition: Aboriginal Literature
  • ENGL 108 Contemporary Genre
ENGL-101 Introduction to Fiction 3 15 weeks
ENGL-102 Introduction to Poetry 3 15 weeks
ENGL-104 Intro to Lit. & Composition 3 15 weeks
ENGL-106 Film Studies 3 15 weeks
ENGL-107 Aboriginal Literature 3 15 weeks
ENGL-108 Contemporary Genre 3 15 weeks


100-level Arts electives

18 credits (6 credits maximum in one subject area)

  • 6 credits from Humanities (excludes English)
  • 6 credits from Humanities or Social Sciences (includes English)
  • 6 credits from Social Sciences


9 Credits

  •  3 credits of a 100-level Computer Science, Math, or Statistics course
  • 3 credits of a Lab science (minimum 2 hours per week lab component and excluding any Applied Science or Computing Science course)
  • 3 credits of a Science course

Humanities or Social Sciences

6 credits of 200-level Humanities or Social Sciences courses

University Transfer Electives

Choose 6 credits from 100/200-level English courses and 3 credits UT elective



Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Fall 2023 Prince George In Class 2 year
Spring 2024 Prince George In Class 2 years
Intersession 2024 Prince George In Class 2 years
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Spring 2025 Prince George In Class 2 years
Intersession 2025 Prince George In Class 2 years

Entry Requirements

You’ll need one of the following:

  • Successful completion of Grade 12 (with English 12 or English 12: First Peoples)
  • ABE/Academic Upgrading Advanced Certificate
  • GED Certificate
  • Completion of Grade 11 with an outstanding academic record in the year of application.

Note 1: It is recommended high school students consult their counsellors to ensure they select the most appropriate high school courses for their chosen career paths.

Note 2: Students who received less than a “B” grade in English 12 or its equivalent are strongly encouraged to select English 103 as their first English course.

Note 3: Students applying for admission to MATH 101, CSC 109, Phys 101 or Chem 111 who obtained a “C+” or less in Principles of Math 12 (interim grade) or Math 050 must first register in MATH 100.

Note 4: The GED certificate meets the general admission requirements but does not meet specific program or course prerequisites.

Note 5: You will need to comply with the prerequisites of specific courses you select.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Open admission

Any program of study that does not have a selective admission process or fixed capacity and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.

Invest in your future

Please check the Fee Schedule for up-to-date information.

These costs are an estimate and do not include books. Costs may change without notice. Student fees vary by campus.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how.

Salaries and employment

Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities.