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Parkland literature courses provide opportunities for understanding the mind, culture, social issues, history, and even ourselves.

Why take a literature class?
Students discover the complexities of love, fear, courage, and the whole range of human motivations in the stories, plays, poems, and novels they read in literature classes. Literature opens human life in varied ways, from considering our need to write to pondering why we’re here:

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“Poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence.”
— Audre Lorde

scott momaday“We are what we imagine.”
— N. Scott Momaday

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“But because I have been dredging the past, and all that compounds a human being is so heavy and meaningful in me, I cannot endure it tonight.”
— Tillie Olsen

Many students say that discussing literature in class provides one of the best learning experiences in their college careers. The activities in a literature class—reading, writing, discussing, thinking critically about texts and ideas—prepare students for the work world and for life. But beyond that, studying literature can enrich students’ lives, truly a goal of higher education. Take the opportunity while you are in college to discover the deepest mysteries of the human heart. That’s what happens in a literature course.

All of Parkland’s literature classes count toward General Education requirements for degrees and transfer, generally as Humanities electives but sometimes to fill particular course requirements at transfer schools. (click here to view Literature transfer information). So, there are practical reasons for taking a literature course. The comprehension and communication skills from these classes prepare students for many careers. It’s also true, though, that learning about literature is an essential aspect of the highly educated person. College graduates want to be able to say they know the great voices of literature, from Shakespeare to Morrison, from Achebe to Murakami, from Chekov to Chaucer.


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Parkland's adult and continuing education program offers credit and noncredit courses that meet the needs of special populations within our district, such as teachers, businesspersons, retirees, and K-12 students.

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Literature Courses:

LIT 120 Introduction to Literature
> LIT 121 Introduction to Poetry
> LIT 125 Introduction to Shakespeare
> LIT 126 Introduction to Drama
LIT 127 Introduction to Fiction
LIT 141 Black Literature
LIT 142 Women in Literature
LIT 146 Introduction to Non-Western Literature
LIT 147 Introduction to African Literature
LIT 148 Introduction to Latin American Literature
LIT 201 English Literature I
> LIT 202 English Literature II
LIT 204 American Literature I
> LIT 205 American Literature II

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