Delivery: A mix of daytime, evening, Saturday, late start, accelerated,
online, and hybrid courses.
Start: Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester, Full-Time or Part-Time.

About the Program

English Transfer Pathway AA Degree

The English Transfer Pathway AA degree offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an associate degree whose course credits will directly transfer to designated English bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The entire curriculum has been carefully designed so that you can complete a specific associate degree at a Minnesota State College and transfer to a Minnesota State University to earn a bachelor’s degree. Transfer Pathways can be a great resource for saving time and money as you work toward graduation.

Minnesota State universities include Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University, Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Transfer Pathway degrees may transfer to colleges and universities outside of the Minnesota State system, such as private and out-of-state schools. It is highly recommended that students interested in this possibility contact their intended transfer school, advisor/counselor, and program instructors for academic planning assistance.

English is a foundational academic discipline for every college student. Century College’s English Department offers you excellent courses that are equivalent to any four-year college or university during your first two years, with these important features:

  • Century is less expensive than four-year colleges and universities.
  • Century English instructors have earned their Master’s and Ph.D. degrees; you won’t be taught by a teaching assistant.
  • Century English instructors have many years of college teaching experience.
  • You’ll have 25 different literature courses from which to choose.

In addition to typical first-year English composition courses, we also offer courses in:

  • Literature
  • Technical writing
  • Advanced composition
  • Creative writing

Century’s literature courses range from the general—such as American Literature and British Literature—to the specific, such as Minnesota Writers and Comics as Literature.

Our Writing Center is staffed by Century faculty, who give students extensive, personal, one-on-one writing instruction. It also provides computers and other technology resources specifically reserved for students who are working on writing projects.

Some English courses are held in computer classrooms, two of which are specially designed for writing workshops, collaboration, and visual presentation of writing. In addition, all English courses are web-enhanced, and many are hybrid or offered totally online.

Century’s English department is a state leader in Accelerated English, an innovative method of writing instruction designed to promote student success.

Our student publication, The Century Times, has won numerous awards, including at the ACP Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention.

Herb Kjos Memorial English Scholarship
This $2,000 scholarship (prorated between fall and spring semesters) recognizes and rewards students for their past academic achievement in English writing and literature and supports their continued pursuit of English and/or English-related fields.

Planning for Your Program

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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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    Program Faculty

  • Experience: Jill Cadwell has been teaching college-level English courses for over 20 years, and has been teaching at Century since 2002. She also consistently participates in administrative work on campus, whether as English Department Chair, MSCF Union Local Executive Committee Officer, or working on other initiatives important to Century College’s mission and for the benefit of students. As time permits, Jill likes to write nonfiction personal essays and read literature about the environment. She is an advocate for understanding and slowing climate change.
    Teaching Approach: “I see each student as an individual, and I’m excited about what strengths he/she/ze already brings to their writing. I have the expertise and experience to diagnose weak spots and work kindly with students to improve those areas. I really like working with people on their writing and thinking! I follow a simple personal mission in my work: Today is my opportunity to… be kind; focus on what really matters; ask thoughtful questions and listen carefully; help someone learn; uphold high standards, compassionately; and do a good job.”
    Education: 2017 Institute for Culturally-Responsive Pedagogy - Completed Semester-Long Training; 2002 Masters Degree in English (Teaching College English) from Saint Cloud State University; 1999 Baccalaureate of Arts Degree from Saint Cloud State University, Major: English, Minor: Human Relations
    Notable: 2020 MinnState Board of Trustees Outstanding Educator2010 Century College Student Voice Award Recipient2009 Century College Student Voice Award Nominee2008-2009 Award for Excellence Grant Recipient - Writing Across the Curriculum Project2006-2007 Award for Excellence Grant Recipient - Converting Composition I and Composition II Courses to Online Courses
    Hobbies: writing, reading, playing with my kid, and walking my dogs
    Jill Cadwell
  • Experience: Amy Fladeboe has been in education for 15+ years—tutoring, facilitating a learning center, training ESOL and English teachers and professors in developing countries, teaching English language learners abroad and in the US, and teaching English at Universities and Community Colleges. At Century College, she teaches composition and creative writing and coordinates the creative writing certificate program. Amy also teaches with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop and The Loft Literary Center. She directs and curates the Century Speaker Series and co-hosts a literary radio program, Write On Radio on KFAI. She’s a poet, essayist, novelist and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) 2008-2010—Albania.
    Teaching Approach: Amy is enthusiastic about seeking new material and discovering new voices in emerging literature and her students. There’s no formula for what a student looks like, where they come from, or how they best learn, so she’s always up for the awesome challenge of helping students tell their stories. And then, she listens.
    Education: MFA, Creative Writing, Minnesota State University-Mankato
    Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Traveling, Cribbage
    Amy Fladeboe
  • Experience: Brian Lewis has 25 years as an instructor of composition and American Literature. 15 years as instructor of Gender Studies. Editor of MCTE Journal, three years. Current Assistant Chair of TYCA-Midwest.
    Teaching Approach: “I use a very interactive teaching approach. My writing classes are taught in a computer lab, so students can do writing in class and share their work with each other. My literature courses include a lot of discussion and presentation. And my gender studies courses include a social activism project in which students do work in their communities related to gender studies issues.”
    Education: BA, MA, English, Wayne State University; PhD, Critical Studies in the Teaching of English, Michigan State University
    Hobbies: Reading (especially memoirs), writing, working out, eating good food, listening to 80s music
    Brian Lewis