Composition and Literature Coordinator: Dr. Caroline Kelley
The mission of the Literature Discipline is to develop in our students the ability to engage critically with the ideas presented in literary works, with an emphasis on the value of the written word as a mode of understanding the human experience. Students may choose from diverse courses in American and global literature that explore works from multiple perspectives, providing cultural and historical contexts that will enhance knowledge and enrich the imagination.
The liberal arts Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree in literature. The Literature option provides students the opportunity to sharpen their critical reading, thinking, and writing skills by taking courses organized by genre, topic, geographical location, and time period. A focus on Literature prepares students for further study at four-year institutions in literary studies and the humanities, as well as many other majors that require a solid foundation in critical thinking skills. This preparation is also valuable for students seeking employment in multiple fields. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with Bergen Community College faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by Bergen, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers https://bergen.emsicc.com.
Students pursuing the Associates of Arts degree (A.A.) can transfer into a wide variety of majors. Many four-year colleges require coursework in literature. Students are encouraged to work closely with Bergen Community College faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer https://njtransfer.org.