2023-2024 Catalog 
    Dec 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog

Liberal Arts AA - Literature Option


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 (PLOs)

  1. Identify major literary genres.
  2. Employ strategies of active reading and close textual analysis to interpret and evaluate literary texts.
  3. Demonstrate, in discussion and writing, an understanding of literary techniques that writers use in constructing their texts.
  4. Identify the historical and cultural forces that shape the production of literary works in a global, regional, and/or national/state context.
  5. Recognize diverse fields of literary theory and criticism, and apply appropriate critical lenses to selected pieces of literature.
  6. Analyze works of literature in relation to their correlative aesthetic and literary movements.
  7. 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 Credit(s) *
  • HIS History Elective 3 Credit(s) *
  • Mathematics Elective general education course in Mathematics (MAT) 4 Credit(s) *†
  • or

  • general education Mathematics (MAT) 3 Credit(s) AND

Subtotal: 16 Credits

Second Semester

  • LIT Literature Sequence Part I 3 Credit(s) **
  • Social Science Elective 3 Credit(s) *
  • Diversity Elective 3 Credit(s) *‡ 

Subtotal: 12 Credits

Third Semester

  • LIT Literature Sequence Part II 3 Credit(s) **
  • LIT Genre Course 3 Credit(s) ***
  • HIS History Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • Natural Science Elective 4 Credit(s) *
  • Social Science Elective 3 Credit(s) *

Subtotal: 16 Credits

Fourth Semester

  • Natural Science Elective 4 Credit(s) *
  • LIT LIT Elective 3 Credit(s)

  • Free Electives 6 Credit(s)

Subtotal: 16 Credits

General Education Requirements

Subtotal: 9 Credits

History Electives *

Subtotal: 6 Credits

Humanities *

  • LIT Literature Sequence Part I 3 Credit(s) **
  • LIT Literature Sequence Part II 3 Credit(s) **
  • Humanities Elective (not in Literature & not in History) 3 Credit(s)

Subtotal: 9 Credits

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).

Subtotal: 6 Credits

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  • Mathematics One 4-cr Mathematics or [One 3 cr Math + One 1-cr INF] 4 Credit(s) *
  • Natural Science Electives 8 Credit(s) *

Subtotal: 12 Credits

Diversity Elective *

Subtotal: 3 Credits

Subtotal: 45

Program Requirements

Free Electives ‡‡

Subtotal: 6 Credits

Subtotal: 15 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 60

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