Liberal Arts AA – Literature Option

Code: AA.LA.LIT

The Literature program 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. The degree 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
MAT  Mathematics Elective*† 3-4
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

LIT  Literature Sequence Part I** 3
HIS  History Elective* 3
MAT/CIS/INF  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† 3-4
  or  
  Free Elective† 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
  Diversity Elective*‡ 3
WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

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

Fourth Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Social Science Electives 6
  Free Elective‡‡ 2-4
LIT-221Shakespeare

3

Total Credit Hours:15-17

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* 3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology* 0-3
  Natural Science Electives* 8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective*

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

LIT  Genre Course 3
LIT  Literature Elective 3
  Two Social Science courses (6 cr.) to be selected from 6 the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT) 6
LIT-221Shakespeare

3

Free Electives‡‡

Total Credit Hours:2-6

Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*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-226 Introduction to the Novel and LIT-227 Introduction to Poetry (forthcoming).

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

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

‡‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101 or another Literature course.