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

    Growing up in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, Angela Cotner learned much from her parents, both natural teachers. From her mother, she learned how to cook and gained a love for reading. From her father, she learned all the essential bits for growing up in the country—how to drive a tractor, how to change a tire, and how to shoot an arrow into a bale of hay. Ms. Cotner began her college education intending to teach high school English and received a bachelor's degree in English Education from Northeastern State University.  Not finding a teaching job right out of college, she, instead, began work on a master's degree in American Studies—a combination of American literature and American history.  While in graduate school, she began a teaching assistantship, immediately falling in love with it and knowing she wanted nothing more than to teach college classes.   Eventually going to law school, Ms. Cotner gain invaluable research and writing skills that continue to help her until this day.  After attending the University of Oklahoma College of Law and practicing law for a short time, she knew she wanted to return to the college classroom. She began her OCCC career as an adjunct professor in 2003 before becoming a full-time professor in 2010. To her there is no better job than being a college professor.  She enjoys teaching students new ways of looking at issues and approaching problems in philosophy courses, as well as 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.  He has been teaching full-time at OCCC since 2003.  Prior to his current position, Michael also worked at OCCC as a library assistant, recruiter, and adjunct instructor.

     
    Jon Inglett

    Jon Inglett


    Professor of English

    Professor Inglett received a B.A. Degree in English from the University of Arkansas and an M.A. in English from Missouri State University. He has taught full time at OCCC since 2000. His ultimate goal as a teacher is to empower students, train them for the workforce, provide them with a desire for life-long learning, engage them in global diversity and sensitivity, and instill compassion, creativity, and contemplation in every student.

     
    Tonya Kymes

    Tonya Kymes


    Professor of English

    A Cherokee and Creek Native Oklahoman and a first generation college graduate, Tonya Kymes was born and raised in Southeastern Oklahoma. Her focus is Rhetoric and Composition, and she has interest in ancient languages (Koine Greek, Aramiac).      

     
    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, OCCC’s literary journal.  Absolute publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and photography.  The deadline for submissions each year is December 1st, and a new edition comes out every April.  You can find the online submission form and past editions under Academics on the OCCC homepage.

     
    Stephen Morrow

    Stephen Morrow


    Professor of English

    At heart, Stephen Morrow is a teacher. He studied Philosophy at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and at The University of Dallas. While there, he became very interested in both the Philosophy of Religion and the Philosophy of Science, two great loves of his life still to this day, with an evolving love for the Philosophy of Peace. He studied English and Education at Oklahoma City University, and now uses all of his incredible education in the Humanities as a source of both knowledge and passion in his classes. He has even studied cooperative learning with two gurus of the field, David and Roger Johnson. His great intellectual hero is Parker Palmer and is proud to now call him friend and colleague. He is involved through Mr. Parker’s organization, Courage and Renewal, and is now involved in his new work in revitalizing democracy. Mr. Morrow has a deep love for students, the field of Humanities, and teaching. You will always be welcome in his courses and will be treated like an equal Socratic soul-all of just trying to figure out this big, beautiful world!

     
    Michael Snyder

    Michael Snyder


    Professor of English

    PhD English, University of OklahomaMA English, University of Colorado BoulderBA English, Haverford CollegeSemester abroad, University College, University of London Author, John Joseph Mathews: Life of an Osage Writer (University of Oklahoma Press) Dr. Snyder enjoys working closely with student readers, writers, and thinkers, challenging them to develop their skills. Snyder’s specialties include twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Composition and Rhetoric, American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Creative Writing. Snyder’s current research focuses on two twentieth-century authors. John Joseph Mathews (1894-1979) was an Osage writer 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 sandstone cabin he called The Blackjacks. Mathews wrote of Osage history and the ecology of the tallgrass prairie. Snyder’s biography John Joseph Mathews: Life of an Osage Writer (hardcover 2017, paperback 2018), was acclaimed by the Times Literary Supplement of London, and became an Oklahoma bestseller, according to The Oklahoman. Snyder was a featured guest on C-Span Book TV and has given multiple radio interviews. 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 is praised by some of the twentieth century’s greatest literary minds. A publishing event, The Complete Short Stories of James Purdy (Norton/Liveright 2013, introduction 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.” Purdy was the subject of Snyder’s doctoral dissertation at OU, which he has been revising into a book manuscript. Snyder has published book chapters in edited book 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, Native American and Indigenous Studies Journal,Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Chronicles of Oklahoma, and Huxley Annual. He enjoys presenting his research at academic conferences all over North America from Albuquerque to Saskatoon. 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. 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 including New Plains Review and Dragon Poet Review. Snyder is also a music fan, record collector, and plays guitar and drums. A veteran of underground music scenes, Snyder wrote album and book reviews for Skyscraper—once a zine, then a print magazine, then 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

    The first in her family to graduate from college, Pamela Stout earned a B.A. in Education in 1990, and in 1992, an M.A. in English, both from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has been teaching English and Humanities courses at OCCC since 1992, and her special interests are world mythology and folklore.  Outside of her time at OCCC, Professor Stout enjoys reading for pleasure, practicing yoga, writing poetry, and learning to play the ukulele.  

     
    Mark Zindelo

    Mark Zindelo


    Professor of English/ Multicultural English Program Coordinator

    Professor Zindelo has taught at OCCC since 1998. He loves learning about the world outside the Unites States and working with students from diverse nations.In his spare time he practices Tae Kwon Do, runs, reads books about spirituality, volunteers at his church and at the St. Vincent De Paul society, and watches Star Trek episodes while reading X-Men comics.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. He once was almost hit by a can of creamed corn thrown by Clint Eastwood in anger.

     
  • 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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