2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Sep 18, 2020  
2020-2021 Pierce College Catalog

Literature (AA-DTA) Course Map


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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time. While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)  Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school. 

1. College Success


  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.

2. English Composition I


  • Course purpose: Clear and strategic communication with others is a central feature of all careers in English. This class provides necessary skills for analyzing and documenting primary and secondary sources which are necessary skills for a Literature major.

3. Humanities Course Recommendation


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Action Item: Meet with Advisor


Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

Meet with an English professor and customize your path based on your particular interests.

4. General Elective Course Recommendation


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  • Course purpose: This course will help you apply research skills and strategies needed to better access information, evaluate it for credibility, and apply it for a variety of purposes in your life. This course facilitates primary and secondary source knowledge which is key in literary analysis and is useful in literature and HUM classes.

  • Course purpose: Any MUSC class(s) within the credit criteria will fulfill this credit need and enhance your understanding of various forms of artistic expressions. Understanding music can help you understand literature with a new perspective. 

  • Course purpose: Any PE class(s) within the credit criteria will fulfill this credit need and enhance the students’ understanding of health. 

5. Math Course Recommendation


The math course you select will depend on the transfer institution you plan to attend and your math placement.  Your advisor will assist you in selecting the appropriate course(s).

Mathematics Course Distribution List   

7. Humanities Course Recommendation


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  • Course purpose: Black Thought and Culture provides you a wide range of African-American voices to develop an understanding of blackness in America. Interpreting literature through multiple perspectives is a key skill in literary analysis.

  • Course purpose: Ethnic Thought and Culture offers a broad survey of multicultural America which will develop an understanding of the diverse populations in our society. Interpreting literature through multiple perspectives is a key skill in literary analysis.

  • Course purpose: Latin American Thought and Culture offers a wide range of Latin-American voices and concepts. Interpreting literature through multiple perspectives is a key skill in literary analysis.

  • Course purpose: Interpreting literature through multiple perspectives is a key skill in literary analysis. The Harlem Renaissance offers an examination of African-American artistic expression in the 1920’s and 30’s. Students will learn how literature and other at forms can be used for social protest and social commentary against injustice. 

8. Natural Science Course Recommendation


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  • Course purpose: This class explores ideas relating to evolution, race, and genetic inheritance. Understanding these topics on a fundamental level will help literature students critically think about the literature more effectively.

  • Course purpose: A deeper understanding, then of environmental science will make literature students better at analyzing literature that deals with the environment. Students should take this course if they are interested in a general overview of environmental science. 

  • Course purpose: A deeper understanding, then of environmental issues will make literature students better at analyzing literature that deals with the environment. Students should take this course if they are interested in specific problems in the environment.

9. Social Science Course Recommendation


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  • Course purpose: This course requires students to analyze historical, cultural, economic, and political factors that led to the creation of the United States. This is a valuable course for literature students because so much literature is based on the historical context in which it is written. This course is especially recommended for students interested in literature written in the U.S. 

  • Course purpose: This is a valuable course for literature students to take because understanding aspects of society such as the family, race, religion and culture from a sociological viewpoint will allow students to analyze literature through these lenses.

  • Course purpose: This class explores a specific aspect of society: gender roles in society OR social problems. This is a valuable course for literature students to take because understanding these issues from a sociological viewpoint will allow students to analyze literature through these lenses. 

  • Course purpose: This class explores a specific aspect of society: race and ethnicity. This is a valuable course for literature students to take because understanding these issues from a sociological viewpoint will allow students to analyze literature through these lenses.

10. Literature Course Recommendation


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  • Course purpose: Students should take this course if they are interested in how historical and cultural contexts have shaped the literary contributions of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinas/Latinos, European Americans, and Native Americans. Students are specifically recommended to take this class if they are interested in literature written in the U.S.

  • Course purpose: Students should take this course if they are interested in exploring literary traditions and cultural impact from around the world. Students particularly interested in world literature are encouraged to take this course. 

  • Course purpose: Students should take this course to understand how literature was influenced by social constructs such as race, slavery, and abolition. Students will also learn about the important effects that literature also has on these institutions. Students are specifically recommended to take this class if they are interested in literature written in the U.S. 

  • Course purpose: Students should take this course if they are interested in learning more about the way that gender is constructed or about the great influences of women’s writing. Students particularly interested in world literature are encouraged to take this course. 

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11. Social Science Course Recommendation


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  • Course purpose: In this course, you will gain a foundation about anthropology as a discipline, conducting ethnographic research, applying analytical frameworks to the analysis of social and cultural patterns, and understanding cultural relativism. These concepts will help students in the analysis of literature. 

  • Course purpose: Because we live in the Northwest, this is a valuable course to take to understand the culture that surrounds us every day.

  • Course purpose: This class will give students the foundation to understand the psychological theories about human behavior. This understanding will help students analyze these elements in literature. 

  • Course purpose: Understanding oneself is an important part of analyzing literature. 

12. Natural Science Course Recommendation


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13. World Language (1)


14. World Language (2)


Action Item: Check in with Advisor


You should check in with an advisor if you did not pass any class in order to create a new path to keep you focused. You should also be discussing career and/or transfer options. You should apply to jobs and/or transfer institutions. By this time, you should be thinking about the context of literature that is of interest to you.

15. History Course Recommendation


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  • Course purpose: Literature is written within specific historical contexts, so understanding the history will help students understand the context of the literature. This class focuses on world history since 1815.

  • Course purpose: Literature is written within specific historical contexts, so understanding the history will help students understand the context of the literature. US History I covers everything prior to 1840.

  • Course purpose: Literature is written within specific historical contexts, so understanding the history will help students understand the context of the literature. This class focuses on the history of the Pacific Northwest.

  • Course purpose: Literature is written within specific historical contexts, so understanding the history will help students understand the context of the literature. This class focuses on Chinese history from antiquity to present day.

16. Literature Course Recommendation


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  • Course purpose: These course options are a chance for students to specialize in a type of literature and a time period. This class focuses on literature written by and about Native Americans. This gives students a chance to look deeply into famous Native authors through primary and secondary sources. 

  • Course purpose: These course options are a chance for students to specialize in a type of literature and a time period. This class focuses on literature written in Britain from 1660-1832. This survey gives students a chance to look deeply into famous authors of the time through primary and secondary sources. 

  • Course purpose: These course options are a chance for students to specialize in a type of literature and a time period. This class focuses on literature written in Britain from 1832 to present. This survey gives students a chance to look deeply into famous authors of the time through primary and secondary sources. 

  • Course purpose: These course options are a chance for students to specialize in a type of literature and a time period. This class focuses on literature written in the U.S. from 1850 to World War I. This gives students a chance to look deeply into famous authors of the time through primary and secondary sources.

17. Nutrition


  • Course purpose: Self-care is an important part of all paths. This class will give students the skills needed to stay healthy. 

Action Item: Explore Career/Transfer Options


You should check in with advisor if you do not pass any class in order to create new path to keep you focused. You should also be discussing career and/or transfer options. You should apply to jobs and/or transfer institutions.

18. Humanities Course Recommendation


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  • Course purpose: Studying American Popular Culture provides students with abilities to understand the culture around them through a variety of frameworks, from media to film to music to politics among others. 

  • Course purpose: Studying the Civil Rights Movement provides historical context to understand ongoing resistance movements, to conceptualize what violations of civil rights are, to understand strategies used to fight for social justice and equality for all citizens, and to evaluate their own role in their culture. This context heightens their understanding of any literature related to social, racial, economic, political injustice and/or resistance to that injustice. 

  • Course purpose: Studying American cinema provides literature students with additional study of genre, history, storyline variations, themes and theory, as well as an examination of literature-to-film adaptation techniques.

  • Course purpose: Studying world religions heightens students’ awareness of diverse worldviews based on religions around the globe. Understanding a variety of religious belief systems provides students skills to understand varying aspects of literature related to these beliefs and related perspectives. 

19. Writing Course Recommendation


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  • Course purpose: You will be writing screenplays in this course. Students who are interested in exploring their creative side or understanding the process of writing better should take this course. 

  • Course purpose: You will write poems, short stories, and plays in this course. Students who are interested in exploring their creative side or understanding the process of writing better should take this course.

  • Course purpose: You will be writing short stories in this course. Students who are interested in exploring their creative side or understanding the process of writing better should take this course. 

  • Course purpose: You will be writing poetry in this course. Students who are interested in exploring their creative side or understanding the process of writing better should take this course.

Action Item: Pursue Career and Academic Plans


You should meet with your advisor to discuss your future career and academic plans.

Total Credits: 90


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