Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Arts degree in Literature for students who are interested in learning about the history of written arts and how literature has affected society and culture. Students will learn about the major movements and topics of literature as well as the names of authors whose works have influenced the history and nature of written literature. In addition, students will learn about the motivations in history and culture that have led to changes in written style.
The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include introduction to art and visual culture, contemporary art since 1940, history of musical theatre, introduction to cinema, American literature to 1880, American literature since 1880, introduction to the short story, black literary voices in America, European literature to 1650, European literature since 1650, American ethnic literature, Shakespeare, introduction to the novel, myth and literature, and women in literature.
Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field. These qualifications include but are not limited to: the ability to demonstrate acquired skills and knowledge in general education areas that are the foundation to life skills and further education, to diverse knowledge of the history and topics of literature and famous and influential authors, and to demonstrate knowledge of general education and literature to be the foundation for future studies.
Degree Level: Associate
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.
Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.
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