Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences Area of Concentration, Associate of Arts

This area of concentration is designed to serve students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree program in Language and Literature or English, with a concentration in Literature, both British and American.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:

  1. use writing, reading, and oral communication skills to organize, express, and synthesize ideas in analytical and expository writing concerning themes in literature;
  2. identify the characteristics of various literary periods, themes, movements, authors, cultures, and genres;
  3. engage with literary material from various periods, movements, cultures, and genres;
  4. participate in critical discussion with peers in the classroom;
  5. engage critical thinking skills;
  6. apply Literary Theory as well as other critical theories to the analysis of chosen literary material;
  7. create a final capstone essay;
  8. demonstrate the ability to locate and apply scholarly research to literary analysis; and
  9. demonstrate a mastery of the fundamental skills, concepts, and principles of their selected genre for the baccalaureate degree.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*

Semester Sequence

This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses.

Semester 1*

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Important Information

Short Description

The Literature Area of Concentration focuses on transferring students, career success, and community enrichment and develops an appreciation for life-long learning.  Literature courses infuse global awareness, cultural diversity, and ethics into the course content.

Type of Credential

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Humanities and Social Sciences
Area of Concentration - Literature

Program Code

A 157

Contacts and Additional Information

Interim Department Chair
Gregory Campbell
443-840-1059 or

Program Coordinators


CCBC Catonsville and Owings Mills (Interim), Jacqueline Scott
443-840-4971 or

CCBC Essex and Dundalk, Jessica Floyd
443-840-1926 or

CCBC External Partnerships, Annmarie Chiarini
443-840-1733 or

CCBC Online (Interim), Fawcett Dunstan
443-840-2850 or

Creative Writing:

Evan Balkan
443-840-4976 or

Additional Information:



Courses Needed for this Concentration*

General Education Requirements and Electives - 34-36 Credits

General Education Requirements:
General Education Electives:

Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education Courses. One course must be a Diversity course.

Students must have at least 60 credits for an associate degree. Students who choose to take 3 credits of Mathematics and 7 credits of Biological and Physical Sciences, rather than 4 and 8, may need to take an additional class in order to reach at least 60 credits.


  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Biological and Physical Sciences (at least one course must have a lab) 7-8 Credit(s).
  • Information Technology  3 Credit(s).
  • Mathematics 3-4 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Credit(s).
  • Wellness and Health 3 Credit(s).

Concentration Requirements and Electives -24-26 Credits

Required Courses
Two-Semester Sequence

Choose a two-semester sequence from this list. Program Coordinators may approve a variance in sequence. Any of these courses can be used to fulfill the Arts and Humanities General Education requirement.

Critical Thinking

Choose one course from this list. It can also be used to fulfill the Arts and Humanities General Education requirement.

Additional Course Requirements
Program Electives:**

Choose electives to reach 60 credits for the degree.  A student's selection of General Education electives will determine the total elective credits required to reach 60 credits.  Electives must be literature courses and should be chosen based on transfer institution requirements.


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College. This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.


**These courses can be used to fulfill both the Arts and Humanities General Education and the Diversity requirement:  ENGL 205, ENGL 206, ENGL 207, ENGL 218, ENGL 219, ENGL 224, and ENGL 260.