Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Associate in Arts
Contact Person: Peter Patsouris- 860-215-9462

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate in Arts degree program is designed primarily for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to continue studies toward a baccalaureate degree in the liberal arts and sciences. It is also suitable for students who wish to engage in an educationally challenging experience for personal growth and intellectual development. The requirements and distribution of courses in this A.A. degree program are similar to the general education requirements in many Liberal Arts and Sciences baccalaureate degree programs. However, since there are variations in the requirements at different four-year institutions, students are advised to check carefully the specific requirements of the institution to which they intend to transfer.

There are specific pathways within the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree program to help students use this degree as a first step toward a long term goal, such as transferring to Eastern Connecticut State University, transferring to the University of Connecticut, or pursuing selected majors. Your academic advisor will have the details you need. You may also secure a copy of the Pathway Guides for transfer to specific programs and universities at the Student Development Office. Call (860)-383-5217 for information.

Specific information on courses which meet elective requirements is also available from Student Services advisors and academic advisors.



Course ID Title of Course
ENG* K101° Composition
ENG* K102° Literature and Composition
COM* K173° Public Speaking
or or
COM* K109+ Speech Practice
IDS K105 First Year Experience or First Year Experience equivalent
MAT* K146° Math for the Liberal Arts
or or
Higher MAT _______________________________
Arts Elective (ART* K101, ART* K102, MUS* K101, MUS* K104/ANT* K136 or THR* K101)
__________ _______________________________
Foreign Language Electives: (Two semesters of the same foreign language are required. Only Liberal Arts and Sciences electives may be substituted if two years of the same language with a grade of "C" or higher were completed at the high school level. High school transcript and college verification required for substitution. Students who plan on transferring should verify foreign language requirements at the transfer institution).
__________ _______________________________
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History Elective (Please choose one of the following: HIS* K121, K122, K201 or K202)  
HIS*______ _______________________________
Social Sciences Electives: (Please chose from: anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology).
__________ _______________________________
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Natural Sciences Electives: (Courses may be chosen from biology (except nutrition), chemistry, earth science, physics, physical science, SCI* K250; one course must include a lab).
__________ _______________________________
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Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives: (Courses may be chosen from anthropology, biology, chemistry, earth science, economics, foreign languages, geography, history, literature, math (higher than MAT* K146), philosophy, physical science, SCI* K250, physics, political science, psychology, sociology, ART* K101, ART* K102, MUS* K101, MUS* K104, THR* K101, WMS* K105).
__________ _______________________________
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Advanced Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives: (Any 200 level course from anthropology, biology, chemistry, earth science, economics, foreign languages, geography, history,(except HIS* K201 and HIS* K202), literature, math, philosophy, physical science, SCI* K250, physics, political science, psychology, sociology).
__________ _______________________________
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Open Electives
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° Course has a prerequisite. Students should check course description. 
+ It is important to note that no fewer than 61 credits are needed to complete the degree. If the one credit speech option is selected, students must be careful to take two four-credit courses somewhere in the program or take an extra course.
First Year Experience course equivalents are Perspectives in Criminal Justice (CJS* K100) and Perspectives in Nursing (NUR* K108).
Students who are planning on transferring to a four-year institution should check with their advisors, their future schools, or refer to the Selecting Electives list regarding General Education Requirements.

In selecting courses, each student must fulfill the following requirements:

International/Intercultural Requirement
All degree-seeking students must complete one course which emphasizes a global, cross-cultural or multicultural perspective and encourages students to think beyond the boundaries of traditional Western European cultural perspectives.

Courses which satisfy this requirement are:


ANT* K105 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT* K136/MUS* K104 Music Cultures of the World
ANT* K230 Indigenous Peoples of the World
ARC* K102 Architecture of the World
BIO* K180/ENV* K101 Principles of Environmental Science/Environmental Studies
CJS* K198 Special Topics: Intro to Terrorism and Homeland Security
COM* K202 Intercultural Communication
ENG* K240 Studies in World Literature
ENG* K250 Studies in Ethnic Literature
ENG* K261 Women Writers Across Cultures
ENV* K101/BIO* K180 Environmental Studies/Principles of Environmental Science
GEO* K111 World Regional Geography
HIS* K121 World Civilization I
HIS* K122 World Civilization II
HIS* K218 African American History
HIS* K244 Europe in the 20th Century
HIS* K257 War & Society in World Civilizations
HIS* K271 Modern Asia
MUS* K104/ANT* K136 Music Cultures of the World
PHL* K151 World Religions
POL* K103 Intro to International Relations
SOC* K103 Social Problems
SPA* K111/112 Elementary Spanish I & II
SPA* K211/K212 Intermediate Spanish I & II
SSC* K210 World Issues


Oral Communication Requirement
All degree-seeking students must complete one course to develop competency in oral communication; the courses which meet this requirement are:
COM* K109 Speech Practice  1 credit
COM* K173 Public Speaking   3 credits

These requirements do not increase the total number of credits needed to complete the degree; they can be met within the 60-61 credits of the degree program by choosing appropriate electives.

Program Outcomes and Statement of Core Values

Three Rivers Community College is committed to the belief that the best preparation for life, and especially for careers that require specialized training, is a broad acquaintance with human knowledge. The Liberal Arts degree program is designed to give students the opportunity to explore knowledge from multiple perspectives. Students are challenged to become intellectually curious, aesthetically aware and critically perceptive, and to develop their communicative and quantitative skills. Through the study of the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, the Liberal Arts degree program gives students the flexibility to adapt to the changing needs of the workplace and the foundation necessary for lifelong learning and personal growth.

At the core of the Liberal Arts and Sciences is not any one discipline or knowledge base, but rather an attempt to perceive the interrelatedness of knowledge and the connectedness of human experience. In addtiion to exploring the traditions of thought and the central questions within selected areas of study, students completing the Liberal Arts and Sciences program will develop the ability to:
                            think critically and creatively
                            work collaboratively as well as independently
                            communicate effectively both in speaking and in writing
                            reason quantitatively as well as verbally
                            value artistic expression
                            move beyond a narrow focus and recognize broader historical, cultural,
global and scientific perspectives.
                            understand and reflect searchingly upon one's values and  the values of others.

Liberal Arts and career education are interactive components. They enrich each other by helping students to make career choices in keeping with their understanding of themselves and their world. Together, they provide the skills and perspectives that make possible the dignity of work and social contribution. They cultivate a framework of meaning, value, ethical purpose and commitment that enrich every aspect of life. They foster an attitude of critical inquiry, curiosity, openness and wonder that enables a spirit of lifelong learning.