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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

The Literature Department is part of the Division of Mathematics and English.

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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.

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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.

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.

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 719-502-3600.

Email Dionne Howell or call  719-502-3600.

Email Carol Parker or call 719-502-3600.


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.

To view the program flyer with a sample course track, please click here.

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What are graduates doing now?

PPCC English alumni are working as teachers, writers, technical writers, journalists, editors, and also have careers in publishing and business. Students who have studied English at PPCC have gone on to complete Bachelor's, Master's, and Master of Fine Arts degrees. 

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PPCC Graduate, Teacher


"What I enjoyed most about PPCC is that the instructors genuinely care about their students. I originally enrolled at PPCC with the hopes of pursuing a business degree; however, after the guidance and encouragement from the English department, I switched my focus to English. The faculty is amazing and very passionate about what they teach."

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