Finish your bachelor’s degree in English at KUEC with this transfer-friendly program

“What are you going to do with an English degree?” There are so many paths forward, especially ones that students might not think of immediately.

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If you’re an English major pursuing an associate’s degree, the KU Edwards Campus has an excellent program for you. English majors attending local community colleges can apply their classes toward a bachelor’s degree in Literature, Language, and Writing.

The best way to make the process go smoothly is to join the Transfer Community for support in the transfer process. English majors, naturally, join the English Transfer Community.

Why should I join the English Transfer Community?

English majors who transfer in to KU Edwards from a community college will have a dedicated transfer community to help them, as well as advisors who are well-versed in the transfer process. All KU Edwards students also have access to a dedicated support team, and they can talk to someone within 24 to 48 hours. 

Students should join the English Transfer Community early on in the transfer process to get connected with KU faculty, meet fellow transfer students, and participate in events that directly apply to their education and career goals.

“The Edwards Campus is a transfer-friendly campus,” said Alyson Germinder, Academic Advisor for the Literature, Language, and Writing program. “It’s easy for students to transfer their Associate of Arts degree over to the Edwards Campus and complete their bachelor’s degree without having to add time to their degree plan.”

What exactly is an Academic Advisor?

“My job as an Academic Advisor is to take students from interest to graduation using a blend of recruitment and advising,” Germinder said. “I work with prospective students to navigate the transfer process and then provide advising support once they begin the program.”

From when they first show interest in a program to when they graduate with their bachelor’s, academic advisors like Germinder are students’ one-stop shop for program information, transfer credit evaluation, degree planning, and enrollment. 

“I strive to be my students’ single point of contact during their KU experience,” said Germinder. “If I don’t know the answer to something, I’ll be able to find someone who does.”

Whatever your major, your academic advisor will help you succeed and guide you through your college career. Your advisor will help you plan your degree and the steps you need to take to accomplish your goal.

What makes the Literature, Language, and Writing degree program such a good choice for transfer students?

KUEC has been providing a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs to working professionals for almost 30 years now. Their evening and online classes allow students to balance work, family, and education while working towards their academic goals. 

Germinder points out that because KUEC is tied to the University of Kansas, students get all the benefits of one of the top research universities in the United States, while enjoying the coziness and one-on-one attention of a liberal arts university.

“The LLW program is a great choice for students wanting to dive into major coursework in an intimate environment with dedicated faculty,” said Germinder. “The curriculum gives students experiences in writing workshops, literature courses, and special topics that will speak to a variety of interests.”

Additional benefits for non-traditional students at KUEC

A number of transfer students are first-generation college students, or they’re parents, or they’re working full-time – or all of the above! How can they get guidance and assistance?

“By coming to the Edwards Campus!” Germinder said. “All advisors take a holistic approach to advising, which means we understand what students bring into the classroom from their lives outside of class.”

She also pointed out the accessibility of the KUEC classes and programs. “Any in-person classes are held in the evenings in one of three buildings, and only require attendance one day a week,” she said. “If the class isn’t offered in person, there’s online flexibility, which we know working parents especially appreciate.”

“First-generation and BIPOC students have a dedicated transfer community as well as advisors who are well-versed in the transfer process,” Germinder added. “All KU Edwards students also have access to a dedicated support team; they can talk to someone within 24 to 48 hours, and have folks on campus who can assist them with financial aid, tuition questions, and student support services.”

What careers can a Literature, Language, and Writing degree lead to?

These days, getting an English degree doesn’t mean you’re doomed to live in an attic, freezing for Art. The LLW degree can lead to a variety of professional careers in the Kansas City metro area and beyond that pay a thriving wage, including:

  • Market research
  • Literary publishing and editing
  • Copywriting, technical writing, grant writing, speech writing
  • Communications, public relations, advertising
  • Social media content creation
  • Teaching
  • Research and development
  • Project management
  • Nonprofit

Germinder believes an English degree is a valuable tool, even if it doesn’t always seem to be. “So often the question is, ‘What are you going to do with an English degree?’, but there are so many paths forward,” said Germinder, “Especially ones that students might not think of immediately.”

Additionally, English students gain skill sets highly sought after by employers. They learn to think critically and communicate effectively.

Join the KUEC Honors Program

Incoming students who qualify can also participate in the KUEC Honors Program, an extension of KU’s top-ranked University Honors Program.  

Honors students are involved in hands-on learning and receive personalized advising, and take challenging, specially-designed courses that can lead to graduate-level research and study abroad programs, as well as high placement in graduate school. Learn more here

Set up an appointment with your academic advisor today

If you are attending a community college and have your eye on getting a bachelor’s degree, contact the Transfer Community to talk about your transfer options. Advisors are available via phone and email to answer your questions, and would love to give you a tour around the campus. 

Advance confidently in the direction of your academic and career goals with a bachelor’s in Literature, Language and Writing from KU Edwards Campus. Explore our Welcome and Success Center webpage to learn more about the Honors program, education options, the Transfer Community, and more. 

Contact Alyson Germinder for more information and to get started on your academic journey! 

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