General Education Requirements - Arts & Letters

The General Education credits must come from the approved OCCC General Education/Discipline Studies List.

In order to ensure a breadth of learning, which is the cornerstone of the General Education requirements, the following limitations apply:

  1. Courses taken to satisfy the basic college competencies in composition and mathematics will not be accepted.
  2. For AAS Degrees, no more than two courses may come from courses required by specific programs.*
  3. When an existing course meeting a General Education requirement is expanded into a multi-course sequence with the same course number with varying suffixes (e.g., 101 becomes 101a, 101b, 101c), any course in the sequence may be used to meet the General Education requirement. However, an individual student may use only one course in the sequence toward fulfillment of the requirement, even if the student takes multiple courses in the sequence.

*Note: Because of these restrictions, it is possible that a course is acceptable as General Education for some students while it is not acceptable for others. Degree candidates who are unsure of how the General Education Policy applies to their individual cases are responsible for seeking help from an advisor or counselor.

The complete and official list of courses approved as General Education/Discipline Studies is maintained by the Instructional Leadership Team.

Criteria for General Education/Discipline Studies Course Approval are developed by the Instructional Leadership Team based on the General Education Philosophy statement and the statewide outcomes and criteria for Discipline Studies for the AAOT.

Arts & Letters Course List

Course Title Cultural Literacy
ART 102 Understanding the Visual Arts  
ART 103 Understanding New Media Arts  
ART 115 Basic Design: 2D Foundations  
ART 116 Basic Design: Color Foundations  
ART 117 Basic Design: 3D Foundations  
ART 131A Drawing I  
ART 181A Painting I  
ART 197 Artist Skills/Practical Issues  
ART 204 History of Western Art (Prehistoric to Classical)  
ART 205 History of Western Art (Early Christian to Medieval)  
ART 206 History of Western Art (Renaissance to Baroque)  
ART 207 History of Asian Art (India)
ART 208 History of Asian Art (China)
ART 209 History of Asian Art (Japan)
ART 210 Women in Art
ART 213 Modern Art History - Art Since 1945  
ART 231A Drawing II  
ART 237A Life Drawing  
ART 253A Ceramics I  
ART 256A Ceramics II  
ART 277A Life Painting  
ART 279A Experimental Media  
ART 281A Painting II  
ART 284A Water Media I  
ART 287A Water Media II  
COMM 100 Introduction to Communication  
COMM 111 Public Speaking  
COMM 112 Persuasive Speaking  
COMM 140 Introduction to Intercultural Communication
COMM 214 Interpersonal Communication: Process and Theory  
COMM 215 Small Group Communication: Process and Theory  
COMM 228 Mass Communication and Society  
ENG 104 Introduction to Literature (Fiction)  
ENG 105 Introduction to Literature (Plays)  
ENG 106 Introduction to Literature (Poetry)  
ENG 107 Introduction to World Literature (Up to 16th-Century)  
ENG 108 Introduction to World Literature (16th-Century to Present)  
ENG 195 Film Studies: Film as Art  
ENG 196 Film Studies: Directors  
ENG 197 Film Studies: Contemporary Themes and Genres  
ENG 201 Shakespeare: Early Works  
ENG 202 Shakespeare: Later Works  
ENG 204 Survey of English Literature (Medieval Age to 1700s)  
ENG 205 Survey of English Literature (1700 to Present)  
ENG 207 World Literature - Asian (India)
ENG 208 World Literature - Asian (China)
ENG 209 World Literature - Asian (Japan)
ENG 212 Biography and Autobiography  
ENG 213 Latin American Literature
ENG 214 Literature of the Northwest  
ENG 216 Teen and Children's Literature  
ENG 222 Images of Women in Literature
ENG 230 Environmental Literature  
ENG 237 Working-Class Literature
ENG 240 Introduction to Native American Literatures
ENG 244 Introduction to Asian-American Literature
ENG 250 Introduction to Folklore and Mythology
ENG 253 American Literature to 1865  
ENG 254 American Literature from 1865  
ENG 257 African American Literature (to the Harlem Renaissance)
ENG 258 African-American Literature (from the Harlem Renaissance)
ENG 260 Introduction to Women Writers
ENG 261 Literature of Science Fiction  
ENG 265 Literature of Social Protest  
ENG 266 Literature of War
ENG 269 Wilderness Literature  
ENG 275 The Bible as Literature  
J 216 News Reporting and Writing  
JPN 261A Japanese Culture
MUS 105 Music Appreciation  
MUS 108 Music Cultures of the World
MUS 110 Fundamentals of Music  
MUS 111 Music Theory I (Part One)  
MUS 205 Introduction to Jazz History
MUS 206 Introduction to the History of Rock Music  
MUS 207 Introduction to the History of Folk Music
PHL 202 Ethics  
PHL 209 Business Ethics  
R 210 World Religions
SPA 201 Second Year Spanish - First Term  
WR 240 Creative Writing - Nonfiction  
WR 241 Creative Writing - Fiction  
WR 242 Creative Writing - Poetry  
WR 246 Advanced Creative Writing, Editing & Publishing  
WS 202 Women, Activism and Social Change