Literature

Literature Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

Past, present and future collide when you study the classics and prepare for a career in literature.

  • Overview
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    Are you wild about Oscar Wilde? Have a penchant for Dorothy Parker’s prose? Love the ancient struggle of Agamemnon and Achilles in The Iliad?

    If you want to learn more about English, American and World Literature, an associate degree in arts in humanities with an emphasis in literature would be a perfect plan of study for you.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, these courses bring you valuable insight into cultural values and significant experiences that have shaped and continue to shape our world. Additionally, they will give you a solid academic background in liberal arts and allow for an easy transition to a four-year college or university.

    After graduation, you could look into career opportunities in teaching, writing, visual arts, law, theater, film or the ministry.

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

  • Overview
    Man studying in a library

    Are you wild about Oscar Wilde? Have a penchant for Dorothy Parker’s prose? Love the ancient struggle of Agamemnon and Achilles in The Iliad?

    If you want to learn more about English, American and World Literature, an associate degree in arts in humanities with an emphasis in literature would be a perfect plan of study for you.

    At Oklahoma City Community College, these courses bring you valuable insight into cultural values and significant experiences that have shaped and continue to shape our world. Additionally, they will give you a solid academic background in liberal arts and allow for an easy transition to a four-year college or university.

    After graduation, you could look into career opportunities in teaching, writing, visual arts, law, theater, film or the ministry.

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

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

    • Literary forms and genres
    • Literary terminology
    • Critical literary theories
    • A diversity of authors and writing styles
    • How to interpret, analyze and evaluate literary works such as short stories, poems, drama, and novels
    • Native American and African-American literature
    • Women in literature
    • World literature
    • British literature
    • American literature
  • Degree Options
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    Literature Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

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

    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 literature can still open up many job opportunities.

  • Courses
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    Literature Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

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

    • Humanities – Classical and Medieval
    • Humanities – Modern
    • Approved Literature Electives
    • Approved General Education Electives
    • Critical Thinking

    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.

     
    Carlotta Hill

    Carlotta Hill


    Professor of English

    Carlotta Hill has had an extensive career as a professor at Oklahoma City Community College.  Prior to her teaching career at Oklahoma City Community College, she taught in Moore, Oklahoma and in Warren, Ohio.  In her teaching, Professor Hill applies the philosophy of her father, who was a biology professor: “The eye sees what the mind knows.”  It is her belief that the more individuals can “know” the more they will be able to “see” and appreciate the amazing world we live in. We, as educators, have the divine purpose and pleasure of helping our students to “see.”  

     
    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.  

     
    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.

     
  • After OCCC
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    Careers for Literature Majors

    A degree in literature is versatile and helps students develop skills useful in many different career fields. In this discipline, students are trained to conduct research, think critically and write well.

    Career opportunities abound in teaching, writing, visual arts, law, theater, film or the ministry in addition to business, government and education.

    Are you ready to hit the right books and pursue your career in literature? Complete your online community college admissions application today!

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