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Walter H. Keithley

Residential Faculty - English Composition


This program is part of the English Department.


When you think of Literature you might think it’s all about reading the work of talented writers. But Literature is much more than that.

Consider this. Success in any career is largely determined by one’s ability to understand the point of view of co-workers, customers, and clients and how they inhabit their world. The very same can be said for success in relationships with friends and loved ones.

This is exactly what the best of Literature does. It allows you to enter into another’s persona -- whether they’re young, old, rich, poor, black, or white -- and understand their lives as they do.

Literature expands your horizons and enables you to share in others’ hopes, dreams, and sometimes nightmares. In fact, those who’ve studied Adolf Eichmann -- the architect of the horrors perpetrated by Hitler’s regime -- will tell you that his heinous acts were rooted in his inability to see life from another’s perspective.

A Supreme Court Justice once stated that the best preparation for becoming a lawyer was to study poetry because it encourages the widest possible and most creative readings of a text. Substitute “literature” for “poetry” and you have a spot-on description of the power of Literature to help us make sense of life's complex meanings and understand who we are and how we relate to the bigger picture. And, most importantly, to each other.

Literature is so much more than reading great writers. It’s about understanding the human condition.


Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer options for the Literature program
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Associate in Arts English Literature Emphasis Arizona State University English (Literature) (Bachelor of Arts)

Career Opportunities

The Literature program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Editors $49,020
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary $65,510
Lawyers $107,270
Marketing Managers $100,470
Public Relations Specialists $53,020
Sales Managers $96,440
Technical Writers $66,490
Writers and Authors $53,790
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Literature program is available through the English department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.