Liberal Arts

Learning how to communicate is one of the most important skills you can develop. From English Composition I and II to Fundamentals of Speech and General Humanities, we offer a variety of courses to help you find your passion and earn a degree.

Many of these courses are required for most academic degree programs. And if you are entering college for the first time and your placement scores show a need for a little extra help along the way, we also offer Fundamentals of Reading and Writing and College Reading and Writing.

If you are looking for other learning opportunities, we encourage you to participate in Honors and Service Learning coursework. We’ve got something for everyone!

General Studies

Program Outcomes

General Studies Associate Degree Competencies:

  • Develop and apply critical thinking skills when listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
  • Organize, synthesize, and create both written and oral academic communication in an effort to support original ideas.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the contexts of self, society, and culture through the study of communication, history, social science, and humanities.
  • Recognize the logical foundations of science and mathematics and demonstrate competence in applying the methods of scientific inquiry.
  • Engage with others to explore diverse cultural and global perspectives.

Marcia Shottenkirk, M.A.
Department Head for Liberal Arts and Developmental Reading and Writing, Professor for Liberal Studies and Director of Service Learning
Office: S-104, Ray Porter Academic Complex
Phone: 405.422.6237

Marcia Shottenkirk earned an Associate of Arts in Communications from Oklahoma City Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. After working as a journalist for more than 20 years, she coordinated advertising and public relations efforts for numerous professional clients. She began her teaching career with Redlands in 2009, joining the faculty full-time in 2014.

Kevin Hawk, M.A.
Professor of English and Faculty Adviser for Phi Theta Kappa
Office: S-104, Ray Porter Academic Complex
Phone: 405.422.6267

Kevin Hawk earned an Associate of Arts in General Studies from Redlands Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary English Education from Southern Nazarene University and a Master of Arts in Traditional Studies of English from the University of Central Oklahoma. He began his teaching career in 2000 with Bethany Public Schools, while also serving as a Redlands adjunct instructor for English. He joined Redlands as a full-time faculty member in 2015.

Elise McCauley, M.F.A.
Professor of English and Speech
Office: S-104, Ray Porter Academic Complex
Phone: 405.422.6228

Elise McCauley earned a Bachelor of Science in English from Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minn., a Master of Humanities in Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and a Master of Fine Arts in Communications with an emphasis in competitive public speaking from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She began her teaching career in Tulsa, before moving to Thief River Falls, Minn., and continuing there. With more than 20 years of teaching experience, McCauley served Redlands as an English and Speech adjunct instructor before joining the department as a full-time faculty member.

To help you succeed in your reading and writing courses, you can take an ACCUPLACER® test to find out which course is right for you. Some classes also have prerequisite courses that you must pass before you can take other classes. Before enrolling in one of these courses, you may need to pass a placement test. These tests can be taken in the Academic Center for Enhancement (ACE). Accuplacer testing hours during the Fall and Spring semesters are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and Summer semester are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday.