Humanities

Humanities Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

World cultures and philosophies are at the center of this diverse and flexible degree program.

  • Overview
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    Did you know that, worldwide, more associate degrees are earned in the humanities than in any other area? That’s because of the diversity and flexibility of this course of study.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can work toward an associate degree in arts in humanities by taking a combination of courses in art, drama, languages, literature, music and the philosophy of various cultures through the ages. This degree will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university.

    You’ll learn the cultural history of Western civilization and talk about significant developments from Classical, Medieval and Modern times.

    Get started today! Complete your online community college admissions application.

  • Overview
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    Did you know that, worldwide, more associate degrees are earned in the humanities than in any other area? That’s because of the diversity and flexibility of this course of study.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you can work toward an associate degree in arts in humanities by taking a combination of courses in art, drama, languages, literature, music and the philosophy of various cultures through the ages. This degree will prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university.

    You’ll learn the cultural history of Western civilization and talk about significant developments from Classical, Medieval and Modern times.

    Get started today! Complete your online community college admissions application.

  • Highlights
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    In the humanities degree program at OCCC, you’ll study:

    • Music appreciation
    • Museum studies
    • Comparative religions
    • Humanistic studies
    • Mythology
    • Eastern  thought
    • Film studies
    • Folklore
    • History of science

    This is a program that helps you discover who you are and what your place and vocation in the world might be.

    Though it may seem somewhat of an unusual career choice to some, course diversity and program flexibility are among the main reasons many students are attracted to this area of study. Just consult with a faculty advisor for more information.

  • Degree Options
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    Humanities Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    Oklahoma City Community College offers an associate degree in arts in humanities.

    After completing this associate degree program, it’s best to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree. However, an associate degree in humanities can still open up many job opportunities.

  • Courses
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    Humanities Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    At Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll take the following courses if you major in humanities:

    • Humanities – Classical and Medieval
    • Humanities – Modern
    • Introduction to Philosophy
    • Approved Literature Elective
    • Approved General Education Elective
    • Art History Survey I and II

    OCCC’s online course catalog includes full details on all your required college classes. Check out class availability and map out your schedule today!

  • Faculty
    Angela Cotner

    Angela Cotner


    Professor of English

    Both of my parents are natural teachers.  My mother taught me to cook and to enjoy reading.  My father taught me to drive a tractor, to change a tire, and to shoot an arrow into a bale of hay(essential bits of information necessary in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, where I grew up).I began my college education intending to teach high school English and received a bachelor's degree in English Education.  After not finding a teaching job right out of college, I began work on a master's degree in American Studies, which is a combination of American literature and American history.  While in graduate school, I began a teaching assistantship.  I immediately loved it and knew I did not want to teach anything except college classes.  I eventually went to law school, where my research and writing skills helped me greatly.  While practicing law for a short time, I knew I  wanted to return to the college classroom. I began as an adjunct professor at OCCC and am now a full-time professor.There is no better job than being a college professor.  I enjoy teaching students new ways of looking at issues and approaching problems in philosophy courses, and I enjoy teaching students critical thinking and organizational skills in composition and Success courses.

     
    Michael Franco

    Michael Franco


    Professor of English

    An alumnus of OCCC, Michael Franco earned both his BA and MA in English from the University of Central Oklahoma.  Prior to teaching at OCCC full time, Michael also worked at OCCC as a library assistant, recruiter, and adjunct.

     
    Jon Inglett

    Jon Inglett


    Professor of English

    In 1995, I completed a B.A. in English from the University of Arkansas. In 1998, I received an M.A. in English from Missouri State University. I have taught at OCCC--the best institution in the country--since the year 2000. Since work experience demands collaboration, I like to create an active learning environment where students engage each other in academic discourse. Viewing my authority from a humble perspective, I function as the mentor, the facilitator, the coach, and, most importantly, the learner. Most students enrolling in my courses consider me sincere, honest, objective, open, and welcoming.  All courses, including math and science, are significant for our development as leaders in this culture, even if courses at first glance do not seem to relate to our career choices. Finally, since we live in a global environment, students should continually seek opportunities to engage in a variety of perspectives and cultures.  When not teaching, I write poetry and blog. My greatest passions include my children, coffee, music, film, and religious studies. When time permits, I play acoustic guitar.

     
    Tonya Kymes

    Tonya Kymes


    Professor of English

    Native Oklahoman First Generation college student with Cherokee and Creek American Indian background and my interests are Rhetoric and Composition studies, film studies, and finding innovative ways to teach my students. I have been teaching on the college level for 13 years and love the fact that I encounter and get to know students from a similar socioeconomic background as myself.

     
    Marybeth McCauley

    Marybeth McCauley


    Professor of English

    Marybeth McCauley began her educational career at Keystone Learning Center and eventually completed a M.A. degree in English with Creative Writing Emphasis at UCO. In addition to currently teaching Comp I, Comp II, and Creative Writing, she is the faculty editor and advisor for Absolute, the literary journal at OCCC.  

     
    Stephen Morrow

    Stephen Morrow


    Professor of English

    At heart, I am a teacher.I studied Philosophy at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and at The University of Dallas.  I became very interested in both the Philosophy of Religion and the Philosophy of Science, two great loves of my life still today, with an evolving love for the Philosophy of Peace.  I studied English and Education at Oklahoma City University, and now use all my incredible education in the Humanities as a source of both knowledge and passion in my classes.I have studied cooperative learning with the two gurus of the field, David and Roger Johnson. My great intellectual hero is Parker Palmer, and  I am proud to say he is now a friend and someone whom I work with professionally.  I am involved through his organization, Courage and Renewal, and I am now involved in his new work in revitalizing democracy.I love our students, my field of the Humanities, and teaching.  You will always be welcome in my courses and will be treated like an equal Socratic soul-all of just trying to figure out this big, beautiful world!

     
    Mary Punches

    Mary Punches


    Professor of English

    I am a native Oklahoman.  Born and raised in the northwestern part of the state, I was a first generation college student at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where I received my BA in English Education.  My MA is from the University of Oklahoma.  I love teaching and learning at OCCC.  I am ever-mindful that a special group of teachers took an interest in, encouraged, and molded me. I am still trying to pay back that support. Outside of class, I enjoy reading:  Scandinavian fiction, detective fiction, and biographies are my favorites.  I love to travel, watch movies, and yell for the Thunder—all in the company of my husband of 30+ years.    

     
    Michael Punches

    Michael Punches


    Professor of English

    I have been teaching full-time at OCCC since 1989.  My wife Mary, to whom I've been married for 31 years, is also a professor here.  We are both English majors, so as far as books are concerned, we have two of everything.  During my career, I have had the opportunity to teach at a four-year university, at a small private school where I taught grades 6-10, and of course, at OCCC.  The community college is by far the best fit for me.  I enjoy the diversity in age, ethnicity, religion, and career goals.  We live in Norman with our willful cat Lucy and any number of other foster cats who come and go.  My wife and I are both Thunder fanatics.  I love music (all kinds), but especially classic rock.  

     
    Nina Smith

    Nina Smith


    Professor of English

    Central Oklahoma has been my home all my life: prairies, thunderstorms, orange-hued sunsets, and tornadoes. Wherever I have been, books have resided. The inquiring mind always needs another book. Alongside my books, films are parked: silent, classic, current, documentaries. History Channel, History 2, Science Channel, Ovation, and Discovery Channel are my most-watched satellite channels for research-based viewing: Battles B.C., Ancients Behaving Badly, How the Earth was Made, What Is Art? etc. Turner Classic Movies is tops for cinema: uncut, shown in the correct aspect ratio, original language, and commercial free! These are all absolutes for the serious movie buff! My B.A. was awarded to me by the University of Oklahoma, and my M.A. was awarded to me by the University of Central Oklahoma.  

     
    Michael Snyder

    Michael Snyder


    Professor of English

    PhD English, University of Oklahoma MA English, University of Colorado Boulder BA English, Haverford College, Pennsylvania Semester abroad, University College, University of London Dr. Snyder very much enjoys working closely with student writers and readers, cultivating critical discourse and self-expression, and fostering appreciation and critical study of literature and culture. Snyder’s specialty areas include twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture, Native American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Indigenous Studies, Composition and Rhetoric, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Creative Writing, and Film Studies. Snyder’s current research focuses on two twentieth-century authors. John Joseph Mathews (1894-1979) was a mixedblood Osage writer who was born in Pawhuska, Indian Territory. After becoming a flight school instructor during World War I and earning a degree from Oxford University and traveling in Europe in the 1920s, Mathews lived much of his life on the prairie outside of the Osage Nation capitol on his allotment land, in his stone cabin he called The Blackjacks. Mathews wrote of his tribal history, the ecology of the tallgrass prairie, and his own fascinating life. Novelist and playwright James Purdy (1914-2009) was a Midwestern gay exile from Ohio who lived in New York City. Purdy’s edgy and powerful work, although controversial, was praised by some of the twentieth century’s greatest literary minds. Purdy was the subject of Snyder’s doctoral dissertation at OU. A publishing event, The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy (Norton/Liveright 2013, intro by John Waters) acknowledges: “Scholar Michael Snyder, PhD, helped to set forth correct and long-missing biographical information, permitting an understanding of Purdy’s creative process and development in the context of his full body of work” (725). Snyder enjoys presenting his research at academic conferences all over North America from Albuquerque to Saskatoon, especially those focused on Native American Studies and American literature. He was a grant recipient and participant in the NEH American History and Culture Workshop, Legacies and Landmarks of the Lower Plains Indians at various sites in Nebraska, the Omaha Nation, and Kansas. Snyder has published book chapters in edited collections such as Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts (University of New Mexico Press), Across Cultures/Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Literatures (Broadview), and The Poetry and Poetics of Gerald Vizenor (UNM P), and has penned numerous book reviews for journals and magazines. He has published a dozen peer-reviewed critical articles in scholarly journals including SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Chronicles of Oklahoma, and Huxley Annual. In his spare time Professor Snyder enjoys creative writing; his poetry has been published in the anthology Ain't Nobody that Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing (Ed. Jeanetta Calhoun-Mish, Mongrel Empire Press), and in several literary magazines. Snyder is also a music fan and record collector who enjoys jazz, 1960s rock and pop, shoegaze, post-punk, and indie. A veteran of underground music scenes, Snyder plays a little guitar and drums when he is not writing, researching, grading, or parenting. Snyder wrote album and book reviews for Skyscraper—once a zine, then a print magazine, now online—for over a decade. Before OCCC, Dr. Snyder taught at the University of Oklahoma and at Aims Community College, Loveland Campus, Colorado.

     
    Pamela Stout

    Pamela Stout


    Professor of English

    For me, teaching has always been a calling, and I consider myself very fortunate to work alongside talented and creative colleagues to provide the best education for an interesting, diverse, and inspiring student body. As the first college graduate in my own family, I have a keen understanding of many of the hopes and fears of first-generation college students. In 1990, I earned a B.A. in Education and in 1992, an M.A. in English, both from the University of Central Oklahoma. It has been my privilege to teach—and learn from—students in English and Humanities courses at OCCC since 1992. My special interests are world mythology, folklore, and collaborative learning communities. Some things I enjoy outside of my time at the College include practicing and teaching yoga, reading, spending time with friends and family, playing with my dogs, and exploring apps on my iPad.  

     
    Chris Verschage

    Chris Verschage


    Professor of English

    I am happy to be here at OCCC. I am not a "native Oklahoman" but a "northern transplant."  I grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and received there most of my college experience. I attended Lansing Community College, where I received my Associate's degree; and then transferred to Michigan State University, where I received my Bachelor's degree in both English and Psychology.Upon completing my B.A., I transferred to Northern Arizona University, where I received my Master's degree in English.     Prior to working here, I was an Adjunct Professor in English for the Maricopa Community College District for eight years; and at the same time, I was a Reading Specialist for the ABC Phonetic Reading School in Phoenix.  Then in 1999, I was hired as a full-time instructor at Elizabethtown Community & Technical College, where I worked until I was hired here full-time at OCCC in Aug. 2005.  This December 2011, my wife and I will be celebrating our 30th year anniversary. We have 4 children, 3 grandchildren, and 3 Pomeranian-Poodles, and I am also currently a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God. In Nov. 2012, I am planning on completing the requirements for my ordination.  For more information about me, please consult my personal home page.

     
    Bertha Wise

    Bertha Wise


    Professor of English

    I have lived in Oklahoma for over 30 years, but before that I was in many other states, including South Carolina, New Hampshire, New York, California, and Arizona.  I also lived in Japan for two years, an experience for sure!  I started my educational journey at a college in South Carolina, but earned my BS in English Education at UCO and went on to earn an MA in English at UCO too.  Being the first in my family to earn college degrees, I say it's not out of the question, if one wants it badly enough.  I started teaching as an adjunct in 1985 at various colleges in the Oklahoma City area: Rose State College, OSU-OKC, UCO, and OCCC.  In 1991, I became a full-time professor at OCCC.  Through the years, I have been afforded many opportunities to be a part of the OCCC community as a department chair, first faculty director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, coordinator of multi-divisional programs, and co-chair of the 2011 accreditation self-study.  I am an active member of the Two-Year College English Association in the Southwest Region (TYCA_SW) as well as participating in many other professional activities.  I write poetry and have read at various locations over the years, most notably in Ukraine, Wales, Seminole, OK.  I was a featured poet at the Poetry at Rose (Rose State College) one year, too.  I enjoy reading and traveling when I can.  I also take care of my husband and two kitties and have a daughter and son, both grown with families of their own.  I am a proud grandmother of a granddaughter and three grandsons too.

     
    Mark Zindelo

    Mark Zindelo


    Professor of English/ Multicultural English Program Coordinator

    In his spare time he: Practices Tae Kwon Do, runs half marathons, lifts weights at a south side gym, practices mindful meditation, reads books about quantum physics and spirituality, leads seminars as an Oklahoma State certified HIV Educator, provides homeless outreach with Be The Change Oklahoma, tutors English writing and speaking to Korean and Hispanic adults and high school students in the Oklahoma City and Edmond area, Watches Star Trek and Falling Skies episodes. Mark is married to a Korean national, is always mindful that he was raised in poverty, believes everyone should work together to make our short time on Earth enjoyable and feels people should Google pictures of families dying from malnutrition to get some perspective about how important our personal squabbles with each other are.  Before teaching at OCCC Professor Zindelo: Was a reporter for newspapers across the Midwest including the Des Moines Register, Knoxville Journal and the National Examiner tabloid, once was almost hit by a can of creamed corn thrown by Clint Eastwood in anger and taught Tae Kwon Do and fought competitively.  

     
  • After OCCC
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    Careers for Humanities Majors

    Oklahoma City Community College offers an Associate Degree program in Arts in Humanities, which combines courses in art, drama, languages, literature, music and the philosophy of cultures through the ages. This degree will prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university.

    A humanities degree earned and followed by studies in law, journalism, seminary, or education can lead a student to an exciting career. And, humanities degrees in general have proven to prepare students for the Graduate Records Exam (GRE), the Law School Admittance Exam (LSAT) and other graduate requirements.

    Following graduation with a bachelor’s degree, career fields in the humanities include teaching, writing, visual arts, law, theater, film and the ministry.

    Are you ready to visit the past and prepare for your future in the humanities? Complete your online community college admissions application today!

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