Feb 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Catalog

Pathway Degree with Humanities, English, Language, and Communication Studies Concentration, A.A.


Academic Program Code: P09

This Pathway Program with a concentration in Humanities, English, Language, and Communication Studies is designed for those students who are still deciding which specific area within the Academic Pathway they would like to study or for those who intend to transfer in a related area for which GRCC does not offer an academic program.  Students who have decided on an academic program within the Academic Pathway offered at GRCC should select that program and follow the coursework plan outlined in that program.

Students who graduate from this program will earn an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and may be eligible to earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) credential. 

The coursework needed to complete this program is listed below.  The highest priority courses are listed in order and are organized to give students both an opportunity to explore the field and complete general education requirements for the degree. The open elective coursework allows students the opportunity to work with a GRCC advisor or faculty member to select courses and create an individualized transfer plan. Transfer plans are created by identifying an academic program at a 4-year institution and choosing general education and open elective courses that will allow the student to complete the first two years of that 4-year academic program at GRCC.  It is recommended that students select an academic program and/or transfer institution as early as possible to minimize taking unnecessary coursework.  Students should also be aware that Bachelor’s of Art degrees at transfer institutions often require three foreign language courses, which is an important consideration in selecting elective courses for this degree.

Academic Placement


Students with academic placements should follow these guidelines when selecting coursework for Priority I.

College Readiness: Strategies for College and Life Success (PY 100 ) must be taken in the first semester at GRCC.

Math:  Math courses should be selected based on ALEKS placement score.

Reading/Writing:  Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) courses should be taken in the first semester at GRCC. See the table below for courses that can be taken with IRW courses.

IRW 97COM 131  
IRW 98COM 131 , COM 135 , or [101 or 102] Foreign Language
IRW 99/EN 101COM 131 , COM 135 , COM 235 , COM 236 , COM 250 , COM 266 EN 247 , EN 248 , JR 251 , or [101, 102, 231, or 232] Foreign Language, PL 201 , PL 202 , PL 205 , PL 206 , PL 207 , PL 209  

Priority I


Students should select courses from the Priority I list based on the number of credits they wish to take during the semester. If students are unable to schedule Priority I courses they should move to and select from the list of Priority II courses. 

When selecting a math course, students should consider the requirements at GRCC or their transfer institution. 

Priority I Elective Options


Students should select one (1) Elective from the list of courses below, based on their education and career interests.

Foreign Language


Students with previous language study and native language speakers should contact GRCC Faculty in the appropriate discipline in the Language and Thought Department to determine placement in courses prior to enrolling in coursework.

Multimedia Journalism


Philosophy


Writing & English Literature


Priority II


After completing the Priority I courses, students should consider if this Pathway Program still meets their education and career goals. 

  • If students wish to move into a specific academic program, they should initiate this change using the Declaration of Academic Program in the student Online Center and begin taking the courses in the academic program.
  • Students who wish to remain in this Pathway Program or who are still deciding on an academic program should take the Priority II courses listed below. If students are unable to schedule Priority II courses, they should prioritize taking the remaining general education course requirements needed for this program. 
  • Students should review progress towards academic program completion.  

Students should select a Humanities General Education or Foreign Language General Education Elective from a subject area other than what was selected in Priority I.  Only one (1) Foreign Language course may be used to meet the Humanities General Education requirement.

When making the decision to select EN 102 , COM 131 , or COM 135 , consider the program requirements at GRCC or transfer institution.

Priority II Elective Options


Students should select one (1) Elective from the courses below, based on their education and career interests.

Foreign Language


Students with previous language study and native language speakers should contact GRCC Faculty in the appropriate discipline in the Language and Thought Department to determine placement in courses prior to enrolling in coursework.

Open Elective


Students should select one (1) Open Elective based on their education or career interests.  This may include one of the courses listed above.

Pathway Next Steps


After completing the Priority II courses, students should consider if this Pathway Program still meets their education and career goals.

  • At this point, it is very important that students work with a GRCC advisor or faculty member to get help with course selection and to map out their future coursework based on their academic and career goals.
  • If students wish to move into a specific academic program or to another Academic Pathway, they should initiate this change using the Declaration of Academic Program in the student Online Center and begin taking the courses in the academic program or Academic Pathway Program.
  • If students want to remain in this Pathway Program or are still deciding on an academic program they should:
  • Once the coursework in Priorities I and II, and the General Education requirements for this program are completed, any courses may be taken to complete this degree. The remaining number of courses will depend on the number of credit hours needed to reach the 60 credits required for graduation. For students intending to transfer to a 4-year institution, remaining courses should be selected based on the identified program or major at the college or university they plan to attend.

Total Credit Hours


60