What Will You Become?
Iowa Western Community College



Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.A.

Average Class Size: 18
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus,  Clarinda Center

About the Program

If you enjoy writing more than the occasional text or Twitter posting, you might consider a career in literature. By enrolling in Iowa Western’s Literature program, you can get started by completing an Associate of Arts degree before transferring to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree or higher.

At Iowa Western, you will examine several genres of literature, including novels, short stories, poetry, and drama, and you will have the opportunity to study writers from many cultures and backgrounds. Students further their comprehension skills by composing interpretive, analytical, and critical papers on various topics.

A number of career opportunities exist in the field of literature for graduates with a bachelor’s degree or higher, and many graduates go on to pursue other related interests.  

Career Information

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of this two-year degree. A bachelor’s degree is required for most careers in this area that might include education, creative writing, journalism, free-lance writing, public relations, or working in the publishing industry.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Analyze themes in various works of literature.
  • Evaluate various literary styles of prominent authors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how culture influences literature and how literature influences culture.


* Minimum of a Bachelor's degree is necessary for employment in this area.

* Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa

* A.A. and A.S. Degree Programs provide students a general education core in Communications, Social Sciences, Science & Mathematics, Humanities, and Diversity. The foundation of required and elective courses prepares students for transfer into a four-year college or university bachelor's degree Program.