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Liberal Arts & Sciences - Humanities & Social Sciences A.A. Literature Concentration
The Program (HEGIS Code 5649)
This associate’s degree literature concentration is designed to help students focus interest on the study of various literary forms and theories, develop skills to analyze complex texts, and participate cogently in discussions about various issues while preparing them for transfer to a four-year college or university. Graduates of this program acquire a general liberal arts education with the emphasis on literary study, which encompasses the study of British, American, and world literatures in diverse genres. In addition to the core requirements, students will have the ability to further their studies in contemporary topics and literary forms by selecting from varied electives. Their writing abilities can be honed through diverse coursework in enriched composition, creative writing, and journalism.
A wide array of elective courses is balanced by core requirements in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and sciences. In addition to providing the foundation coursework in literature for future study and employment, studying the liberal arts and sciences also provides students with broad perspectives on the world and its diverse cultures and encourages them to become life-long learners.
- Use literary theory to critically analyze and interpret works of diverse genres, both traditional, contemporary, and experimental endeavors
- Situate literature works within historical and cultural frameworks
- Compare/contrast traditional literary cannon vis-a-vis contemporary movements including minority, gender, and world literatures
- Practice writing literary themes using closed-text analysis, plausible explanation, and scholarly criticism when necessary
- Prepare for seamless transfer to four-year institutions
The Liberal Arts degree with a Literature concentration provides rigorous preparation for future study and careers in teaching literature, media, pre-law, editing, writing, and other communications-related fields. This concentration provides the depth, breadth and flexibility needed to pursue careers in these fields. As the world transforms and individuals experience multiple career changes, one common denominator is an ability to think critically and exhibit excellent written and oral communication skills.
As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree. Popular transfer institutions include SUNY Oswego, SUNY Potsdam, and SUNY Empire State College.
* Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of Mathematics on a level of MTH 144 Elementary Statistics or above.
Michael Avery, Assistant Professor of English
Brandon Maxam, Assistant Professor of English
Jeri Fairman, Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division
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