Online Associate Degree Programs in Literature

While online literature programs aren't offered at the associate's degree level, you can take some literature classes through an online liberal arts degree program. Find out more about the curriculum, how online programs work and what you can do with your degree by reading on. Schools offering English Language & Literature degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Are There Any Prerequisites for an Online Associate's Degree in Literature?

While there are no online associate's degrees in literature, an associate's degree in liberal arts addresses a variety of topics in literature from the classics to major writers and British literature, while also providing you with a background in a broad range of subject matter in the arts and sciences. In order to enroll in an online associate's degree program you will need to submit official high school transcripts or college transcripts if you're transferring credits from another school.

Program Options Online liberal arts associate's degree programs with literature courses available
Prerequisites High school diploma; college transcripts required if transferring credits from other institutions
Common Literature Courses British literature, approaches to literature, world literature, African-American literature, American writers
Online Learning Can involve written course materials, discussion boards and live or recorded lectures; some schools may require proctored exams
Possible Careers Writer, publisher, advertiser, marketer, editor

What Are the Required Courses?

A liberal arts associate's degree program covers general education courses, including English, math, biology and social science courses, in addition to electives ranging from music, philosophy and religion to art history. The following are some of the literature courses offered in an online liberal arts associate's degree program:

  • African-American literature
  • American writers
  • British literature
  • World literature
  • Approaches to literature

How Do Online Programs Work?

Course deliveries methods for online programs vary between schools, but typically involve live or recorded lectures, or written course materials that you can access through your school's website at your convenience. As an online student, you will be able to speak with instructors using e-mail and the telephone, in addition to being able to interact with other students using discussion boards. Procedures for submitting assignments may include e-mail, fax or mail, while tests may be proctored at an approved location.

In order to complete your coursework online, you will need reliable access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection. You may also have to meet technical requirements, which can include specific operating systems, browsers and software, such as Microsoft Office or multimedia players.

What Can I Do with This Degree?

As a graduate with a degree in liberal arts, you may be qualified for a number of entry-level positions in different fields. Surveys conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in 2007 found graduates in careers ranging from social work to graphic design. If literature and writing are your main interests, you may find career opportunities in writing, editing, publishing, marketing or advertising.

Job opportunities for writers is projected to increase by 2% and employment for editors is expected to decline at 5% between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau reports the median salary for writers in 2015 was $60,250, while editors earned a median salary of $56,010 in the same year.

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