Humanities

Humanities Degrees from Oklahoma City Community College

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

  • Overview
    Two robot heads

    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
    Two robot heads

    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
    Two people holding a lightbulb

    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
    DaVinci's portrait of man

    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
    library

    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

    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

    I am a Cherokee and Creek native Oklahoman. I was born and raised in Southeastern Oklahoma, and I am the first in my family with a college education. My focus is Rhetoric and Composition, and I have an 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, 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!One of the great loves in my life has been film.  To that end, I am pursing a Certificate of Mastery in our incredible OCCC Program, Digital Cinema Production. I have had a wonderful opportunity and have become OCCC’s first Faculty Liaison for Service and Student Engagement.  I work with Student Life, and my first task has been to help create a Student Mentoring Program, Student 2 Student

     
    Mary Punches

    Mary Punches


    Professor of English

    Born and raised in northwestern Oklahoma, I received my B.A. in English Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and my M.A. in English from the University of Oklahoma. I have taught at OCCC since 1996.

     
    Michael Punches

    Michael Punches


    Professor of English

    I have been teaching at OCCC for over twenty years.  My wife Mary, to whom I've been married for 29 years, is also a professor here.  During my career, I was fortunate to 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.   

     
    Nina Smith

    Nina Smith


    Professor of English

    Central Oklahoma has been her home all her life: prairies, thunderstorms, orange-hued sunsets, and tornadoes. Wherever she have been, books have resided. The inquiring mind always needs another book. Alongside her books, films are parked: silent, classic, current, documentaries. History Channel, Science Channel, Ovation, and Discovery Channel are her most-watched satellite channels for research-based viewing: Battles B.C., Ancients Behaving Badly, Ancient Impossible, Ancient Discoveries, How the Earth was Made, The Universe, Outrageous Acts of Science, Through the Wormhole, How the Universe Works, Space’s Deepest Secrets, 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! Her B.A. was awarded to her by the University of Oklahoma, and her M.A. was awarded to her by the University of Central Oklahoma.  

     
    Michael Snyder

    Michael Snyder


    Professor of English

    BA English, Haverford College MA English, University of Colorado PhD English, University of Oklahoma Specialty areas: Twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture, Native American literature and culture, Composition and Rhetorical Studies, Gender Studies, American Studies, Indigenous Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Jazz, John Joseph Mathews, Gerald Vizenor, James Purdy, and James Leo Herlihy. Professor Snyder has published numerous peer-reviewed critical articles in scholarly journals including SAIL: Studies in American Indian Literatures, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (x2), Chronicles of Oklahoma, and Huxley Annual. His book chapters appear in edited collections such as Gerald Vizenor: Texts and Contexts (U of New Mexico P), Across Cultures/Across Borders: Canadian Aboriginal And Native American Literatures (Broadview P), the forthcoming Gerald Vizenor: Poetry and Poetics (UNM P), and several book reviews.  His poetry appears in the book collection Ain't Nobody that Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing (Mongrel Empire), and the journals Windmill, Sugar Mule, and Absolute. Snyder is a music fan, especially jazz, rock, and indie, and plays a little guitar and drums when he has time.  Snyder has written album and book reviews for Skyscraper, once a print magazine, now an online music magazine, for over a decade.

     
    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
    Man studying

    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!

Promotional image
Apply NowVisit the OCCC CampusAsk For Information