Associate in Arts (Transfer)

Writing, research, and analytical skills equip individuals with the flexibility to tackle nearly any job, and they never diminish in value. Such skills also allow students to navigate the world with both self-confidence and empathy for others.

support in the ICC Academic Support Center

The English Associate in Arts degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. Along with learning in the classroom, students are able to engage in activities such as visits by writers and poets (Illinois Poet Laureate Angela Jackson in 2022) and the ICC Library’s One Book, One College program. Students are also encouraged to submit their creative work to the Illinois Central Review literary magazine.

A Quality Education

The English Associate in Arts degree program has transfer agreements with Bradley University, Eureka College, the University of Illinois, and Northern Illinois University, among other institutions.

Get Involved

Students can expand their writing skills through the Creative Writing Club, and participate in the Between the Lines faculty cultural and literary presentations.

Career Opportunities

Attorney, Content Developer, Content Manager, Copy Editor, Editor, Entertainment Professional, Grant Writer, Librarian, Paralegal, Reporter, Teacher, Technical Writer, Writer


24 Months

if Full Time

4 Semesters
60 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

Our Student Success Advisors help with an academic plan that works for you.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

Find the plan right for you by connecting with our Financial Aid office.


24 Students

average per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

An ICC Family Celebration for Father & Son
Brent Baker
Mel Ferguson
Golda Ewalt

Anyone interested in social justice should pay serious attention to language and media representation. In ICC’s English and humanities classes, students will learn the analytical and research skills that can help them promote empathy and resist manipulation.

Dr. James M. Decker, Professor.
Let’s Get Started ▸

How Do I Get Into the English Program?

Bring your love of writing, inspiration, and creativity to the English Associate in Arts program. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
  4. Complete four years of high school English.
  5. High school activities that are helpful: literary magazine, yearbook, high school newspaper, theater, honor society, and volunteerism.

What Can I Expect As an English Student?

How Am I Going to Manage This?


  • Mon-Fri: 8 am – 4:30 pm

    Virtual Stretch Hours
    Mon-Tue: 4:30 pm – 6pm