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


    Coordinator of Composition

    An alumnus of OCCC, Michael Franco earned both his BA and MA in English from the University of Central Oklahoma.  Before serving as the Coordinator of Composition, Michael served as Professor of English for seven years.  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 housed 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!

     
    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, Science Channel, Ovation, and Discovery Channel are my 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! 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

    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

    In 1990, I earned a B.A. in Education and in 1992, an M.A. in English, both from the University of Central Oklahoma. I have been teaching English and Humanities courses at OCCC since 1992, and my special interests are world mythology and folklore. Some things I enjoy outside of my time at OCCC include practicing and teaching yoga, reading for pleasure, and playing with my dogs.

     
    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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