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Literature and Humanities

Let our Literature and Humanities Courses Prepare you for Your Career

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Our humanities and literature classes are guaranteed to transfer and to help develop the way you think, the way you understand the world, and your interpersonal skills. Humanity has been passing on stories since ancient times, through cave paintings, oral storytelling, chants and music, and later through the written word. These stories sought to convey the way that people understood the world at that time from their own perspectives, creating a culture and society around them. By taking humanities and literature courses at ACC, you’ll get to view the world through the lens of ancient and modern storytellers.

Lance Rubin, PhD
Faculty / Department Chair
Arts, Humanities, History, Communication
lance.rubin [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

Studying literature and the humanities will give you a broad foundation built on a wealth of knowledge. The skills you will develop include:

  • Communication
  • Information Management
  • Personal Development
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Responsibility and Accountability

In 2001, the Colorado General Assembly established that 35-37 general education credits will transfer among all Colorado public higher-education institutions.

NOTE: Classes denoted with an * are currently not offered at Arapahoe Community College.

Grades of "C" or better are required for guaranteed transfer to any four-year public institution in Colorado. Transferability of courses, including those with grades of "D," to outside colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

Note: For more information on GT designators such as "GT-CO1" or "GT-MA1" please see Colorado GT Courses.

Program Requirements

Arts & Humanities, History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (15 credits)

To reach a minimum of 15 credits, please select 1 additional course (minimum 3 credits) in Arts & Humanities or History or Social & Behavioral Sciences.

Arts and Humanities (6-9 credits)
World Languages
  • GER 212 - German Language IV (GT-AH4) *
  • ITA 211 - Italian Language III (GT-AH4) *
  • ITA 212 - Italian Language IV (GT-AH4) *
  • RUS 211 - Russian Language III (GT-AH4) *
  • RUS 212 - Russian Language IV (GT-AH4) *
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6-9 credits)
Human Behavior, Culture or Social Frameworks
  • ANT 102 - Cultural Anthropology Laboratory (GT-SS3) *
  • ANT 103 - Archeology Laboratory (GT-SS3) *
  • ANT 108 - Archeology of World Rock Art (GT-SS3) *
  • ANT 201 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology (GTSS3) *
  • ETH 200 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies (GT-SS3) *
  • PSY 227 - Psychology of Death and Dying (GT-SS3) *
  • PSY 240 - Health Psychology (GT- SS3) *
  • PSY 265 - Psychology of Personality (GT-SS3) *
  • SOC 216 - Sociology of Gender (GT-SS3) *
  • WST 200 Introduction to Women's Studies (GT-SS3) *
  • WST 225 Women and Social Action (GT-SS3) *
  • WST 240 Goddesses and Women of the Ancient World (GT-SS3) *
  • WST 249 Women's Sexuality (GT-SS3) *
Communication (6 credits)
  • HIS 265 - Writing About History (GT-CO3) *
Natural and Physical Sciences (7-10 credits)
  • AST 150 - Astrobiology (GT-SC2) *
  • BIO 104 - Biology: A Human Approach (GT:SC1)
  • BIO 224 - Genetics (GT:SC1)
  • CHE 105 - Chemistry in Context with Lab (GT-SC1) *
  • GEY 108 - Geology of US National Parks (GT-SC2) *
  • NRE 251 - General Oceanography with Lab (GT-SC1) *
  • PHY 107 - Energy Science & Technology w Lab (GTSC1)*
  • SCI 105 - Science in Society (GT-SC2) *
Note(s):

**Students MUST successfully pass BOTH SCI 155 & SCI 156 to satisfy the gtPathways science requirement

Degree Requirements

General Education

All students receiving degrees from Arapahoe Community College should achieve a general education component to their education. ACC has determined that the following list reflects the expected outcomes of this general education component:

Preparing learners for life success is an important commitment at Arapahoe Community College. These learning outcomes address the knowledge, skills and values that are fundamental to the personal and professional growth of our students, employees and community.

Communication — Construct, deliver, and engage in effective, knowledgeable communication for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Information Management — Identify, retrieve and synthesize information in order to think critically, reason creatively and make informed judgments.

Personal Development — Identify and continually develop one's aptitudes and abilities in pursuit of goals.

Responsibility and Accountability — Employ personal and social accountability, recognize ethical issues, practice ethical behavior, and balance personal freedom with the interest of the community.

Quantitative Reasoning — Retrieve, interpret and evaluate information and numerical concepts to determine trends, make predictions, and develop informed opinions.

Cultural Awareness — Identify, distinguish, or express a diversity of aesthetic, cultural, and historical perspectives.

Through its college-wide assessment activities, Arapahoe Community College is constantly working to ensure that its graduates have all of these skills required by the degree program.

Customized Articulation

In addition to our transferable Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, the College has established customized transfer articulation agreements for the following "normal" nontransferable programs. This allows students to transfer directly into public four-year degree programs. Please meet with an Advisor to ensure correct course selection to meet transfer agreement requirements. CCCS articulation agreements can be found at http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html.

The Community Colleges of Colorado are approved to offer one Associate of Arts degree, one Associate of Science degree, and one Associate of General Studies degree. All degrees have a generic major of liberal arts. While the Catalog may indicate areas of emphasis for the A.A., A.S. and A.G.S degrees, all official documents and diplomas issued by the College will only indicate the awarding of an A.A., A.S. and A.G.S. degrees, without any indication of an area of emphasis.

Your A.A. or A.S. Degree May Transfer to all Colorado Public 4-Year Colleges and Universities (Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreements/Degrees with Designation)

The agreement among Colorado public colleges and universities guarantees that when you complete your A.A. or A.S. degree with at least 60 credit hours of gtPathways (GT – Guaranteed Transfer) coursework and a grade of "C" or better in every course, your work will transfer to Colorado public colleges and universities.

If you complete the appropriate courses for your major, you may be able to finish your bachelor's degree in an additional 60 credits. The A.A./A.S. transfer agreement applies to courses completed at ACC; the transfer of credits from private, non-accredited, out-of-state institutions or the awarding of credit from non-credit bearing courses, or courses that are over 10 years old, or credit earned for prior learning, Advanced Placement, correspondence courses, CLEP and other tested-only credit, may transfer to the four-year school, but are not guaranteed to transfer. The institution you wish to transfer to will evaluate these credits according to its own policies; contact the four-year institution for more information. To finish within two years at Arapahoe Community College depends on the number of credits you take each semester, the course sequencing in your major and course availability. This agreement does not apply to Nursing, Teacher Education or Engineering. These majors have statewide articulations with specific lower division requirements.

Numerous Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreements/Degrees of Designation (DWD) exist, allowing certain A.A. and A.S. degrees in such areas as A.A. in Anthropology, Art History, Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Economics, Early Childhood Teacher Education, English, Elementary Teacher Education, French, Geography, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Studio Art, Sociology, and Spanish and A.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Fermentation, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology . Students who complete the prescribed curriculum and graduate with one of these A.A. or A.S. degrees of designation at ACC are guaranteed to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education at http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Transfers/Students.html. Certain limitations and restrictions apply; contact the Advising Office for more information. Save time by seeing your Transfer Advisor as soon as possible for "transfer guides." The guides will show you which lower division courses are required for articulation programs. They will also show which lower division courses are best suited for your intended major and you can be sure to complete the prerequisites for sequenced coursework before transferring to a four-year school.

Great Books Program

ACC is honored to be one of only five community colleges in the University of Chicago's Great Books Consortium. The program encourages students to engage in conversation about the most influential ideas contained in western civilization's masterpieces of literature, history and philosophy.

In Great Books sections at least half the readings are by authors recognized by the Encyclopedia Britannica's great authors list as primary voices in their fields. For instance, in psychology, in addition to reading about the meaning of Sigmund Freud's dream symbolism, you might read some of Freud's own Interpretation of Dreams. In math you might read some of Newton's or Euclid's writings, while in Economics you might read from the work of the economist Thorsten Veblen.

If you complete four Great Books classes with a B or better in each class, you will receive a Great Books Achievement Certificate and be honored at the College's Arts and Letters Awards ceremony in the spring. Your certificate, like any other academic honor, can help you with transfer and eligibility for scholarships.

You can find out more about ACC's Great Books Program, faculty, and Student Club through ACC's Website at http://www.arapahoe.edu/departments-and-programs/a-z-programs/great-books-program or by picking up a brochure at the College. Great Books classes are identified as such in the College Schedule of Courses

Why Take Literature and Humanities Courses?

Our humanities courses cover mythologies and religion, early civilizations to the modern world, art created through film, paintings, music, and literature, and cultural diversity. Literature courses examine significant writings created from antiquity to the modern era, and span multiple genres including poetry, children’s literature, ethnic literature, and science fiction. We also offer courses about regional literature, the relationship between literature and motion pictures, and literature through the mediums of comic books and graphic novels.

Many of our course offerings are transferrable, making them excellent electives to round out your degree, so if you would like to gain a broad-based knowledge of humanistic thought and cultivate your imagination, consider taking humanities and literature classes here at ACC.

Meet our Faculty

Lance
Rubin
Faculty / Department Chair
Juliet Beckman
Hubbell
Faculty
Scott
Guenthner
Faculty