Liberal Arts (A.A.)

Division of Humanities & Bilingual Studies — Curriculum Code: 0199

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree

The Liberal Arts AA degree program provides a broad foundation in languages and literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and the sciences. Teaching, law, publishing, government service, and business are only a few of the many possibilities open to Liberal Arts majors; indeed, many employers like to hire Liberal Arts graduates for having received a solid and comprehensive education. This program is also recommended to students who wish to explore opportunities offered by a general liberal arts curriculum before deciding upon a career.

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About this A.A. in Liberal Arts degree

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major.

If I major in Liberal Arts, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

Yes. The Liberal Arts. AA degree program prepares students to transfer to institutions offering a B.A. degree in many fields in Humanities and Liberal Arts B.A. degree programs. Typically, your AA credits will be applied to the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree program. While studying at ECC, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the degree requirements of any bachelor’s program you wish to transfer to upon graduation.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 15 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of effective rhetoric and critical thinking in oral presentations and writing assignments;
  • Utilize the library, the internet, and other electronic sources to prepare research projects that follow Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines for source documentation;
  • Apply critical and analytical analysis techniques to literary works and visual art works and/or musical pieces of various periods, styles, and genres;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of historical events and the fundamental concepts and theories of analysis used in historical interpretation; and
  • Compare and analyze diverse cultures throughout history.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Humanities Division at (973) 877-3285.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)

ENG 101 (3 credits)

ENG 102 (3 credits)

ENG 109 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)

Choose one mathematics course and a lab science sequence or two mathematics courses and one lab science course from the following:

Mathematics: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221 or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)

AND

Lab Science: BIO 101BIO 102, BIO 103BIO 104, BIO 121BIO 122, CHM 101CHM 102, CHM 103CHM 104; GEO 101 –  GEO 102, PHY 101PHY 102, PHY 103PHY 104 or PHY 113PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105, ECO 101, ECO 102, POL 101, POL 104, PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219, SOC 101, SOC 108 or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (9 credits)

Choose two of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263 or ENG 264 (two 3-credit courses)

AND

Choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, MUS 100, MUS 108, MUS 109 or MUS 117 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (6 credits)

Choose one of the following history sequences: HST 101HST 102, HST 111HST 112, HST 121HST 122, HST 131HST 132, HST 134HST 135, HST 136HST 137 or HST 161HST 162 (two 3-credit courses)

Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity (3 credits)

Choose one additional (non-repeated) course from the following: ANT 101, ANT 105, ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200, CIN 103, ENG 205, ENG 215, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 263, ENG 264, HST 121, HST 122, HST 137, MUS 117, PSY 232, REL 105, SOC 108, SOC 205 or SOC 207 (one 3-credit course)

Major Course Requirements

Humanities electives – choose any two (non-repeated) courses designated ARB, ART, CIN, CMS, DAN, DRA, ENG, FRN, HST, JRN, ITL, MUS, NMT, PHI, or SPN (two 3-credit courses)

Social Science elective – choose any (non-repeated) course designated ANT, CJI, EDU, POL, PSY, REL, or SOC (one 3-credit course)

Humanities or Social Science elective – choose any (non-repeated) course designated ANT, ARB, ART, CIN, CJI, CMS, DAN, DRA, EDU, ENG, FRN, HST, JRN, ITL, MUS, NMT, PHI, POL, PSY, REL, SOC or SPN (one 3-credit course)

Additional Course Requirements

Choose two free electives (two 3-credit courses)

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Total Credits Required for Degree: 63

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (one 3-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective art or music requirement (one 3-credit course)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (one 3-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (one 3-credit course)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)

Third Semester
ENG 109 Effective Speech (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (one 3-credit course)
Global & Cultural Awareness Diversity requirement (one 3-credit course)
Free elective (one 3-credit course)

Fourth Semester
Humanities elective (one 3-credit course)
Humanities elective (one 3-credit course)
Social Science elective (one 3-credit course)
Humanities or Social Science elective (one 3-credit course)
Free elective (one 3-credit course)

NOTES: 

(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.

(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in Reading, English, and Mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.