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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.

Learning Outcomes

Students will

  • 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

Career Opportunities

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.

Transfer Opportunities

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.


Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2014) Credit Hours
Humanities (12 Credit Hours)
ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
Humanities Electives
(These must be selected from at least 2 of the following areas: Art, American Sign Language, Journalism, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy, Speech/Theater Arts)
Foreign Language 3
Social Science (15 Credit Hours)  
HIS 111 or HIS 112: Western Civilization 3
HIS 150 or HIS 151: American History 3
Social Science Electives
(These must be selected from at least 2 of the following areas: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)
Mathematics and Sciences (10 Credit Hours Minimum)  
One Mathematics course*         3
One Laboratory Science course   4
One additional Mathematics or Lab Science Elective 3
English Requirements (12 Credit Hours)  
ENG 102: Literature and Composition 3
ENG 201 or 202: Survey of British Literature   3
ENG 203 or 204: American Literature 3
Non-European Literature    3
English Electives (6 Credit Hours)
Any English course except ENG 100
Free Electives 3
Physical Education 

* Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours of Mathematics on a level of MTH 144 Elementary Statistics or above.


For More Information

Brandon Maxam, Associate Professor of English, English Department Chair

Jeri Fairman, Associate Vice President for Liberal Arts Division

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522