Why study Liberal Arts
The Liberal Arts Degree program is a humanistic study, that is, the study of ever richer understandings of what it means to be a human being. The activity of these studies involves different modes of inquiry, which means different types of questions. This questioning occurs in six academic departments: Art, Behavioral Science, Communications and Performing Arts, English, History, Philosophy and Political Science and World Languages and Culture A Liberal Arts education prepares students for pursuing a bachelor of the arts at a senior college in a variety of majors (for example, History, English, Sociology). It also prepares students for many different types of jobs through the development of a variety of skills including, speaking, critical thinking, writing and interpersonal abilities.
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As a Liberal Arts student, you should choose a concentration of study. You may choose the General concentration or one of the other choices listed below:
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The Liberal Arts AA degree provides a foundation in general studies through exploration of an array of subject areas under liberal arts and sciences. Concentrations provide students opportunity to focus in a specific area. Courses promote development and application of effective communication skills, quantitative and scientific reasoning, critical thinking and analysis, and applying knowledge of human cultures, language and the natural world to issues experienced across diverse communities. The degree provides opportunity for transfer to baccalaureate programs.
The Creative Writing concentration honors our city and its many writers with a structured curriculum that opens doors and invites original thinking. In a supportive environment, we offer a range of dedicated courses to help burgeoning writers explore their voices and styles.
This concentration is an opportunity for anyone who enjoys reading and discussing literature to experience dynamic classes on a range of literary subjects taught by professors who know their stuff. You will come away from the courses you take with useful skills having to do with language, thinking, understanding, and communicating. Whatever you pursue in terms of career and wherever life takes you, studying literature will provide a solid foundation that will broaden your experience and open your mind.
‘Philosophy’ is literally the love of wisdom, and wisdom is an all-encompassing understanding sought by philosophers in all cultures. Philosophy examines fundamental questions about knowledge, reality, beautiful and what humans value.
The Liberal Arts AA degree provides a foundation in general studies through exploration of an array of subject areas under liberal arts and sciences. Concentrations provide students opportunity to focus in a specific area
The Liberal Arts AA degree provides a foundation in general studies through exploration of an array of subject areas under liberal arts and sciences. Concentrations provide students opportunity to focus in a specific area. Humanities degree with a concentration in Spanish allows students to explore their interests. The Spanish Option offers a greater degree of specialization. Emphasis on correct pronunciation through intensive oral practice, use of the Language Laboratory and audiovisual materials, acquisition of basic vocabulary, and the elements of grammar for conversation, comprehension, reading, and writing.
In this concentration, students will analyze structures of power and dimensions of difference by focusing on gender and the ways in which it intersects with other social identities, such as race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, religion, among others. They will learn about concepts of sex/gender systems, histories of social movements, interdisciplinary modes of inquiry, political debates, and cultural productions. They will engage in feminist knowledge projects in both disciplinary locations like English and history and interdisciplinary locations like LGBTQ Studies and Ethnic Studies.