English Transfer Pathway

Taking the following courses will prepare you to major in English at any UC campus.

Course expectations

  • Survey of British literature to 1850
  • Survey of British and/or American literature 1860–present
  • 2 additional UC-transferable English courses. Examples include courses covering:
    • Major authors (Shakespeare, etc.)
    • Chicano/Asian-American/African-American/Native American literature
    • A genre (poetry, drama, novel)
    • A historical period
    • Introduction to literature
  • Language other than English (1–2 years)

Full sequences can take two to four terms to complete (depending on whether your institution is on semesters or quarters), so you'll want to start them early. To check which of your community college courses satisfy the Pathway course expectations at multiple UC campuses, refer to the UC Transfer Pathways Guide for a summary list. Use ASSIST to find the specific classes offered at your community college that will satisfy the expected coursework at a particular campus. In addition to the coursework above, you will need to fulfill minimum requirements expected of all transfer applicants to UC.

If you're working on an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) in English at your community college, there's a lot of overlap with Transfer Pathway coursework. When you have options, try to select courses for your ADT that meet both the ADT and UC requirements. The difference between what UC expects and what some ADTs require is completion of 1–2 years of a language other than English. Additional courses required for an ADT may be eligible for UC credit at some campuses. Check ASSIST for details.

Applicable majors

The English Pathway applies to the degree programs listed below. More degree programs may be added in the future so you should check back periodically to see if your major has joined this list.

  • English, A.B. at Davis
  • English, B.A. at Berkeley
  • English, B.A. at Irvine
  • English, B.A. at Los Angeles
  • English, B.A. at Riverside
  • English, B.A. at Santa Barbara
  • Literature, B.A. at Santa Cruz
  • Literatures in English, B.A. at San Diego

Campus GPA requirements

Admission to different UC campuses and majors varies in competitiveness depending on how many students apply and how many slots are available. As a result, the minimum GPA and grade requirements for particular courses may vary from campus to campus. Make sure to look on the campus admissions websites to find minimum expected grade point averages for the major you are interested in.