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Liberal Arts and Sciences
Associate in Arts
Program Leader: Peter Patsouris- 860-892-5703
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.
LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES CURRICULUM
|Course ID||Title of Course||
|ENG* K102°||Literature and Composition||
|COM* K173° +||Public Speaking|
|COM* K109+||Speech Practice|
|IDS K105 $||First Year Experience or First Year Experience equivalent $||
|MAT* K146°||Math for the Liberal Arts|
|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).|
|Social Sciences Electives: (One course must be history. The other two may be chosen from: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology).|
|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).|
|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, LAS* K250, MUS* K101, MUS* K104, THR* K101, WMS* K105).|
|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), LAS* K250, literature, math, philosophy, physical science, SCI* K250, physics, political science, psychology, sociology).|
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:
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.
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