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

    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.

     
    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!

     
    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 Mass Communication/Program Coordinator for Journalism, Broadcasting, and Public Relations

    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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