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Associate in Arts Degree Program

Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate in Arts Degree Program is designed especially for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in such fields as English, science, mathematics, history, philosophy, languages, geography, political science, journalism, or social science. The program provides a comprehensive two-year undergraduate foundation that is tailored to meet the requirements of the University of Connecticut (UConn), Connecticut State Universities (CSU), and others. Students may also choose the Ethnic Studies course sequence.

A unique feature of Capital's Liberal Arts and Sciences degree program is the required capstone course (IDS 250), which brings together a team of teachers from a variety of disciplines to lead students in an investigation of a provocative topic.

Students selecting Liberal Arts and Sciences as a major who have 16 credits or fewer may be eligible to enroll in the Guaranteed Admissions Program with UConn. Central Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State Universities also offer joint admissions opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will:

  1. Communicate effectively in writing, and orally
  2. Utilize current communication technology
  3. Reason scientifically and/or quantitatively and apply mathematical and/or scientific principles to the inquiry process
  4. Think critically, analyze and understand complex ideas, draw inferences from facts/texts, evaluate and present well-reasoned arguments
  5. Demonstrate the ability to conduct and document meaningful research
  6. Develop a global perspective on today's world
    6.1. Understand the major artistic, literary and philosophical aspects of US and third world cultures
    6.2. Recognize the major historical and political events of western and non-western societies
    6.3. Understand the concept of culture
    6.4. Recognize differences and relationships among cultures
    6.5. Recognize the role of ethnic diversity in US social life
    6.6. Demonstrate some proficiency in a foreign language

Prerequisites: demonstrated eligibility for ENG* 101; completion of IDS 105 College Success (not required for those who qualify for ENG* 101 via placement test or transfer).

Course of Study¹
 
Note: The following requirements are in effect for students who enroll in Fall 2010 and later..
 
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER (15 credits)
ENG* 101 must be successfully completed within the first 15 credits of the major.
English Composition
3
, 102, 201, 202, 121, 122 (Choose one)
3
__ __
Fine Arts Elective
3
__ __
Liberal Arts Elective
3
__ __
Free Elective
3
SECOND SEMESTER (15-16 credits)
Composition and Literature
3
PHL* __
Philosophy Elective
3
Statistics with Technology OR Higher
3-4
__ __
Social Science Elective
3
__ __
Liberal Arts Elective
3
THIRD SEMESTER (15-16 credits)
PHL* 2__
200-Level Literature Course
3
HIS* __
History Elective
3
__ __
Science Elective
3-4
__ __
Foreign Language Elective I **
3
__ __
Liberal Arts Elective
3
FOURTH SEMESTER (15-16 credits)
__ __
Social Science Elective
3
__ __
Science Elective
3-4
__ __
Fine Arts Elective
3
__ __
Foreign Language Elective II **
3
Liberal Arts Capstone Course
3
 
Total Credits  
61-65

¹ ** If student has three (3) years of a single foreign language in high school, Liberal Arts electives may be substituted.

² Click on the Course# for course description,pre-requisites and additional information.

The Ethnic Studies Course Sequence (a variation on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree), prepares students to explore and understand the central issues of U.S. society today: race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality and religion in the experiences of the many groups that make up “America.” It offers suitable undergraduate background for transfer into many majors, and is particularly appropriate for careers in education, social services, public or government service, diversity training, and for later coursework at four-year institutions in American studies, international or global studies or the social sciences and the humanities.

NOTE: Successful completion of this sequence earns a degree in Liberal Arts; there is no Ethnic Studies degree.

 

 

 

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