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Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Career Area: Liberal Arts & Transfer Studies
Program: English Transfer Pathway
Campus(es): Winona/Red Wing/Online

Begin your journey into the world of literature and writing at MSC Southeast

The English Transfer Pathway at Minnesota State College Southeast will set you on your way to a bachelor's degree in English at any one of the seven state universities within the Minnesota State system.

The study of English prepares students to be stronger communicators, more reflective readers, and better critical thinkers. It is a preparation not only for a career but also for living an enriched life.

The pathway includes core courses in both writing and literature, as well as several English electives. Students also have the option of simultaneously completing the Creative Writing Certificate while pursuing the English Pathway.

When you complete the English Transfer Pathway:

  • You will have an Associate of Arts degree in hand
  • You will be ready to transfer, with junior status, to a Minnesota State University
  • You will have acquired communication skills useful in a variety of settings

The English Transfer Pathway is offered on campus in Winona and Red Wing, Minnesota, or the degree can be earned online.

Apply now for admission to MSC Southeast

Download the Program Plan


Associate of Arts Degree General Requirements for English Transfer Pathway

  1. A minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0.
  3. A minimum cumulative MnTC GPA of 2.0.
  4. A minimum of 20 semester credits applied toward the degree must be taken at Minnesota State College Southeast.
  5. Completion of the specific degree requirements below

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Requirements

A minimum of 40 credits to complete all 10 goal areas in the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).  A MnTC course may satisfy more than one goal area, however, the credits only count once.  

Core Goal Areas

Goal 1 Communication (Three courses) - 9 credits 

  • ENGL1215 – College Writing 1 (3 credits)
  • ENGL2525 – College Writing 2 (3 credits)
  • COMM1218 College Speech OR COMM1228 Interpersonal Communications

Goal 2 Critical Thinking (met when 40 MnTC credits satisfying all 10 goal areas have been completed)

Goal 3 Natural Science (Two science courses from at least two different subject areas. One course must have a traditional lab and the other must have a traditional lab or lab-like experience.) - 6-8 credits

Goal 4 Mathematical/Logical Reasoning (One course) - 3 credits

Goal 5 History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Three courses from at least two different subject areas) - 9 credits

Goal 6 The Humanities and Fine Arts (Three courses from at least two different subject areas) - 9 credits 

  • ENGL1265 Multicultural Literature (3 credits)
  • ENGL1365 Survey of British Literature, 1500 – 1850 (3 credits)

Theme Goal Areas

Goal 7 Human Diversity (One course) - 3 credits

  • ENGL1265 Multicultural Literature

Goal 8 Global Perspective (One course) - 3 credits

  • ENGL1365 Survey of British Literature, 1500 – 1850

Goal 9 Ethical and Civic Responsibility (One course) - 3 credits

  • COMM1420 Social Media Communications (3 credits)

Goal 10 People and the Environment (One course) -3 credits

Total minimum credits to complete the MnTC ten goal areas: 40 credits

In addition to completing the MnTC, the remaining 20 credits will include:

  • Health and Wellness Requirement, 2 credits
  • Technology Requirement, 2 credits

Restricted Electives, 16 credits  

Required Electives

  • ENGL1165 Introduction to Literary Studies (3 credits)
  • 3 – 9 credits of the following:
    • ENGL1410 Technical Writing (3 credits)
    • ENGL1445 Introduction to Creative Writing (3 credits)
    • ENGL2450 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3 credits)
  • 3 – 9 credits of the following:
    • ENGL2440 Creative Writing: Fiction (3 credits)
    • ENGL2570 Poetry of the English Language (3credits)
    • ENGL2460 Creative Writing: Poetry (3 credits)
    • ENGL2580 Independent Reading: The Great Books (3 credits)
    • ENGL2590 Special Topics in Literature (3 credits)
    • ENGL2595 Special Topics in Writing (3 credits)
  • 1 credit of the following:
    • INSP 1525 Career & Ed Planning (1 credit)
    • ENGL2470 Creative Writing: The Business of Writing (1 credit)

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$11,675
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Estimated Total:$13,675


Career Opportunities

  • English teacher
  • Creative writer (poetry, fiction, essay)
  • Editor, journalist, researcher
  • Technical writer, copywriter
  • marketing and public relations
  • Web content specialist

Career Information


  1. Perform close analysis of literature at an introductory level
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of canonical works of literature
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of literature of under-represented populations
  4. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge of audience and rhetorical situations
  5. Create discipline-specific documents that employ effective techniques for specific writing situations


  • Solid preparation for English bachelor's completion
  • Traditional as well as contemporary literature studies
  • Seasoned English faculty with many publications
  • Variety of advanced creative writing electives


Peter Beurskens
B.A., English, University of Northern Iowa
M.A., English, University of Northern Colorado

Pete Beurskens has taught college writing and literature since 1990 (in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Minnesota) and has published a number of articles, poems, and essays in regional and national publications. He has also served as newsletter editor for the Minnesota Association of Scholars and has worked as a salesman, non-profit director, grant writer, and forest fire fighter. In addition, he teaches writing and great books courses to homeschool students. Mr. Beurskens enjoys hunting, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and hiking with his family. He lives on a hobby farm in western Wisconsin.
Cynthia Ciszewski
B.A. English, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse
M.A. English Language and Literature, Winona State University

Cindy Ciszewski came to MSC Southeast in 2010 as a member of the English faculty. Before that, she taught College Reading and Writing at Winona State University and worked in their Writing Center. She has also taught Film and American History at Western Technical College in La Crosse. In her free time, Cindy enjoys reading (of course, she’s an English major), running, cooking, antiquing, and flower gardening. Her favorite time of all, though, is that spent “up-north” with her husband and two daughters.
Michael Larson
B.A., Speech-Communication, Bethel College
M.A., English, St. Cloud State University
M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Arkansas

Michael Larson is the recipient of major poetry fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His full-length collection of poetry, What We Wish We Knew, was published in 2005; and his short story, "The Woods," appeared in The Malahat Review (2011). He has been teaching writing, literature, and speech courses at the college level since the late 1980s, at MSC Southeast exclusively since 2003. In addition to his teaching and literary endeavors, he is the faculty advisor for the school chess club. In his free time, he likes to fly fish in the area's many trout streams.
Erik Lee
B.A., French, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., English, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Erik Sigurd Lee has taught a combination of French, English, English as a Second Language, and communications courses since 1994 in France, Taiwan, Brazil, and the U.S. He has worked at private and public schools at both the high school and college levels. He continues to study Western literature and to travel to Europe and South America for his professional development and personal enjoyment.




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