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Why study Literature?

Many disciplines can teach that we ought to empathize with others. But these disciplines do not involve actual practice in empathy. Great literature does, and in that respect, its study remains unique among university-taught subjects.  - Gary Saul Morson

Who should consider this degree?

Students who intend to pursue a bachelor's in secondary English or history education are ideal candidates for the AA degree with designation in literature.  

Students interested in careers in the legal field, publishing, mass media, public relations, communication, and performing arts would also benefit from this AA degree.

How can PPCC prepare me for a bachelor’s degree in English?

Ø  Great student-to-teacher ratio

Ø  Motivated, highly-qualified faculty

Ø  Engage in real-world applied learning including study abroad

Ø  Convenience of three campuses and on-line options

Ø  Guaranteed transfer of 60 credits to any Colorado state university

Ø  Offers an Associate of Arts with Designation in Literature (see degree plan for details)

Ø  Cost Effective:  same classes at a significantly lower cost and concurrent enrollment is free for high school students

 

What about transferring to a four-year school?

The Planning for a Bachelors  website has information on specific transfer agreements for in-state, private, and out-of-state schools who have existing transfer agreements with PPCC.

So what’s next?

Apply to PPCC here.

Check out your campus options here.

Explore available courses here.

Contact the Literature department: 

Email Cathy Henrichs, Literature department chair, or call 719-502-3127.

Email Dionne Howell or call  719-502-3491.

Email Amie Sharp or call 719-502-3404.

Email Carol Parker or call 719-502-3624.

 

Pikes Peak Community College

Literature Study Abroad

In conjunction with University of Wisconsin River Falls Experience Scotland at Dalkeith House

The Experience Scotland program takes students to Dalkeith, a bustling village just six short miles southeast of Edinburgh in the Midlothian region of Scotland.  Edinburgh and the surrounding region provide an ideal environment for educational programs.  The richness of British history, politics, literature, poetry, arts, and other subjects come alive at every turn.  The natural beauty of the Scottish landscape and its coastline provide a majestic background for exploration, education, and enrichment.

For more information,  Email Carol Parker or call her office at 719-502-3624.

Here is what your degree plan for an Associate of Arts with Literature Designation could look like

Semester 1

Course

Credits

Written Communication:  ENG 121 (or ENG 122 if student tests out of ENG 121)

3

Mathematics:  GT -MA1 (MAT 120 recommended)

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences:  GT-SS course (any GT-SS1, SS2, or SS3)

3

Arts and Humanities:  GT-AH1, AH3, or AH4 (NO GT-AH2 LIT courses can be used to meet this requirement)

3

Natural and Physical Sciences:  GT-SC 1 (students must take one GT-SC course with a laboratory)

3-4

TOTAL

15-16

 

Semester 2

Course

Credits

Written communication:  ENG 122 (or ENG 201 for students who tested out of ENG 121)

3

Literature:  AH2 (LIT 115 recommended; degree with Literature designation requires 15 credit hours of AH-2 courses, 12 of which must be 200-level)

3

History:  GT-HI1

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences:  GT-SS course (any GT-SS1, SS2, or SS3)

3

Arts and Humanities:  GT-AH1, AH3, or AH4 (NO GT-AH2 LIT courses can be used to meet this  requirement)

3

TOTAL

15

Semester 3

Course

Credits

Open elective

3

Communication:  COM 115, or COM 125, or COM 225

3

Literature:  any two (2) GT-AH2 LIT 200 courses

6

ENG 201 (not required but strongly recommended) or Open Elective

3

TOTAL

15

Semester 4

Course

Credits

Literature:  any two (2) GT-AH2 LIT 200 courses

6

Arts and Humanities:  GT-AH1, AH3, or AH4 (NO GT-AH2 LIT courses can be used to meet this requirement)

3

Natural and Physical Sciences:  GT-SC 1 (students must take one GT-SC course with a laboratory)

3-4

Open elective

3

TOTAL

15-16

Example Classes I Might Take

Provides an overview of American literature from the Native American through the nineteenth century Romantics. It explores ideas, historical and social contexts, themes and literary characteristics of works in various genres by major writers.
Examines the techniques and issues of science fiction through a close reading of a variety of writers in the genre.
Exposes the student to Irish literature. The course examines significant writings in Irish literature from the ancients through to the twenty-first century. The course emphasizes the careful reading and understanding of works of poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as their cultural backgrounds.

Contact the Literature Department

Call or email Cathy Henrichs for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Phone: 719-502-3127

Email Cathy Henrichs

Associates of Arts: Degree with Designation in Literature

An AA  degree with designation in literature can be completed in a two year time frame with a full-time course load. The Associates of Arts degree is guaranteed to transfer within the State of Colorado and will fulfill the Associates requirement to continue your education to Bachelors and beyond.

Transfer Agreements

Students choosing careers with a strong literature component will require four year degrees, and in some cases, advanced degrees.

View Transfer Schools.

Courses

Make sure you visit Advising and develop a plan so you know which math classes to take for your career field. For more information on the types of Literature courses PPCC offers, please visit the catalog.

For more information on the course sequence for the AA  degree with designation in Literature, please see the suggested course sequence under the FAQ tab on this page.