Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies Degrees From Oklahoma City Community College

Choose four areas of focus in your studies and enjoy a broad educational foundation.

  • Overview
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    Are you just not sure what to major in? You’re not alone.

    Did you know that most students who start college aren’t sure what they want to do with their lives? Their careers? To ease the pressure of making that decision or feeling like you might make the wrong one, Oklahoma City Community College offers an associate degree in arts in liberal studies.

    This plan of study will give you a broad foundation in a variety of interests and help you develop effective communication, writing and problem-solving skills in addition to a sense of civic responsibility and critical thinking.

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

  • Overview
    Girl with backpack smiling

    Are you just not sure what to major in? You’re not alone.

    Did you know that most students who start college aren’t sure what they want to do with their lives? Their careers? To ease the pressure of making that decision or feeling like you might make the wrong one, Oklahoma City Community College offers an associate degree in arts in liberal studies.

    This plan of study will give you a broad foundation in a variety of interests and help you develop effective communication, writing and problem-solving skills in addition to a sense of civic responsibility and critical thinking.

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

  • Highlights
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    Can’t decide on just one area of study? Choose four!

    Liberal studies is a great choice if you want to continue your education at a four-year college or university. By that time, and after taking your basic courses and liberal studies electives at Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll be able to narrow your interests and choose an area of specialty to pursue.

    Just talk with a faculty advisor to see which courses are best suited for you. 

    The bottom line is this: We want you to come to our college. We want you to succeed. Even if you’re not sure of your ultimate goal, it’s never too early or too late to get started and apply college credits to a degree program.

  • Degree Options
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    Liberal Studies Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College

    An associate in arts in liberal studies will give you the academic foundation to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a more specialized area of study.

  • Courses
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    Liberal Studies Classes at Oklahoma City Community College

    What makes the liberal studies option so appealing is that it opens up a world of information to you! From history to literature and so much more, you are in charge of deciding what you want to study. Here are some areas where you can choose the classes that interest you:

    • General Education Electives
    • Humanities Electives
    • Social Science Electives
    • Approved Major Electives

    Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details on your liberal studies degree. You can also check the current community college class schedule for evening and online classes available in this academic program.

  • 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 in liberal studies demand the following:

    • The ability to distribute and communicate information
    • Make judgments and decisions
    • Understand and analyze difficult concepts
    • Write and speak well

    Positions can be found in many different industry sectors including education, research organizations, nonprofit, public and private.

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