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Walter Keithley, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - English


This program is part of the English Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Culture and Society

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.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Associate Degrees and Transfer Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of degrees or transfer options is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Literature program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Arts AA Associate in Arts

Transfer Degree

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 degree options for the Literature program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in English (Literature) English (Literature) Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) English (Literature)
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences) English
(Bachelor of Arts)
Arizona State University (College of Integrative Sciences and Arts) English
(Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University English
(Bachelor of Arts)

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Literature program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Postsecondary English Language and Literature Teachers


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Become a Student

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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.