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Until we return to campus, all Liberal Arts & Science advisement will be held fully online. Please review this website for details.

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An Associate degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences is a solid academic foundation that allows students to both begin and further their education. Our program is divided into 2 distinct fields of study: Liberal Arts & Arts (LAA) and Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS). These degree paths are different, so choosing the correct one should be based on scholastic strengths, alongside academic and professional aspirations. Identifying which program aligns with these goals ensures that students are on the right academic track and, thereby, receiving the best education possible. The Liberal Arts program is focused on providing a comprehensive education–one that ensures that our students take a variety of classes that will benefit their scholarly development and, just as importantly, open doors into the academic future they desire.

The focus of the Liberal Arts program is to make sure students gain knowledge in the essential core curriculum of General Education (Gen Ed). For students unsure of exactly what they want to major in or what profession they want to enter, Liberal Arts is the perfect starting point. Here, not only can a variety of courses be taken that will inevitably lead to an academic interest, but, just as importantly, the program helps to narrow academic and professional goals; doing this allows our students to decide which academic path best suits their needs: graduate, transition into another NYCCT program, or transfer to another campus. Once an academic outcome is determined, our students are provided with the course options and flexibility to fulfill requirements for Liberal Arts, as well as other degree programs they may be considering.

At NYCCT, Liberal Arts & Sciences encompasses knowledge derived from eight academic departments: African American Studies, Biology, Chemistry, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Sciences. These programs provide a multitude of introductory and upperlevel courses that reflect the evolving canons of education, student interests, together with a complete educational foothold. Alongside our vast catalog of classes, Liberal Arts also offers electives; these electives are generally additional courses outside of the required core curriculum that allow students to pursue interests and/or take courses that can be applied to a transitioning program–which, in addition to the School of Arts & Sciences, includes classes from the School of Professional Studies or the School of Technology & Design.

Without a doubt, there are many advantages to earning a Liberal Arts & Sciences degree at NYCCT. As the college continues to grow, so does every department under the Liberal Arts umbrella. Graduates receive a balanced education emphasizing critical thinking, writing, research, and communication skills. To ensure that students receive the most competitive and marketable education possible, Liberal Arts & Sciences’ faculty are continuously developing new courses that reach into every arena of academia. As a result, students receive a foundation of classes that will help them become stronger scholars and, eventually, well-rounded professionals.

A Liberal Arts & Sciences degree is also an ideal starting point to transition into bachelor’s degree programs at NYCCT, or transfer options to other colleges. If students are interested in transitioning into another program at NYCCT during or after earning your Liberal Arts degree, please contact the Director of Liberal Arts and Sciences program, Dr. Julian Williams at Jwilliams@citytech.cuny.edu. Beginning Spring Semester 2021, each of our Liberal Arts & Sciences academic departments will offer either a college option, a minor, an associate, or a BS degree.

Another option for our students is the CUNY BA, where students can create their own inter-disciplinary degree. With the help of a faculty mentor(s), students are encouraged to shape a curriculum that utilizes classes from seemingly differing degree programs. Even more beneficial is that the designed curriculum can include various CUNY campuses; as such, choosing the best courses from all of CUNY becomes possible. Students interested in a self-directed, specialized degree should contact Dr. Williams at Jwilliams@citytech.cuny.edu.

No matter what students choose, know this: Liberal Arts & Sciences is designed around the premise that there is no such thing as a student who cannot succeed. Our program promotes a curriculum around multiple disciplines that, together, combine to nurture a complete student–various disciplines dedicated to constantly providing a quality educational foundation that is beneficial to all. Regardless of the reason for being in Liberal Arts, we are committed to offering an academic experience that prepares students for whatever is next.