Liberal Arts AA – Literature Option

Code: AA.LA.LIT

The Literature option provides students the opportunity to sharpen their critical reading, thinking, and writing skills by taking courses organized by genre, topic, geographical location, and time period. It prepares students for further study at four-year institutions in literary studies and the humanities, as well as other majors that require a solid foundation in critical thinking skills. This preparation is also valuable for students seeking employment in a wide variety of fields.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Identify major literary genres.
  • Employ strategies of active reading and close textual analysis to interpret and evaluate literary texts.
  • Demonstrate, in discussion and writing, an understanding of literary techniques that writers use in constructing their texts.
  • Identify the historical and cultural forces that shape the production of literary works in a global, regional, and/or national/state context.
  • Recognize diverse fields of literary theory and criticism, and apply appropriate critical lenses to selected pieces of literature.
  • Analyze works of literature in relation to their correlative aesthetic and literary movements.
  • Incorporate properly formatted research in support of an argument; and demonstrate competency in evaluating information from a critical source.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Humanities Elective* (not in Literature and not in History) 3
HIS  History Elective* 3
COM  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102 3
MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 
4-cr general education course in Mathematics (MAT)  or  [3-cr general education Mathematics (MAT) + 1-cr in Information Technology (INF-102)]
4
WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Semester

LIT  Literature Sequence Part I** 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
  Diversity Elective*‡ 3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:12

Third Semester

LIT  Literature Sequence Part II** 3
LIT  Genre Course*** 3
HIS  History Elective  3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Social Science Elective* 3
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
LIT LIT Elective 3
  Free Electives 6
LIT-221Shakespeare

3

Total Credit Hours:16

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities*

LIT  Literature Sequence Part I** 3
LIT  Literature Sequence Part II** 3
  Humanities Elective (not in Literature & not in History) 3
Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics*
One 4-cr Mathematics or [One 3 cr Math + One 1-cr INF]
4
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12

Diversity Elective*

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45

Program Requirements

LIT  LIT Genre Course*** 3
LIT  Literature Elective 3
LIT-221Shakespeare

3

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours:6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*General Education Elective(s) **LIT-201/ LIT-202, LIT-203/ LIT-204, and LIT-205/ LIT-206 are sequential courses; students must take two of these courses in sequential order.
***Genre courses include LIT-210, LIT-216, and LIT-227

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a one-credit General Education course in Information Technology.

†† Social Sciences recommended

‡General Education Diversity Course Elective. Recommended: LIT-215, LIT-218, LIT-223, or LIT-228