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Liberal Arts and Behavioral/Social Sciences Division

Liberal Arts And Sciences

Program Description

Liberal education is intended to sharpen intelligence and to foster growth of personal values. The suggested liberal arts and sciences sequences outlined below provide the broad foundation for those students who plan to transfer for a bachelor's degree. The program may also be used as a basis in professional studies such as education, medicine and health, dentistry, pharmacy, law, or business administration. For graduation, students must complete coursework totaling not less than sixty-one (61) credit hours.

Because students need to be aware of specific requirements of those colleges to which they hope to transfer, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program requires that students seek the advice of a college counselor and faculty advisor, and they must obtain a current catalog from the four-year institution of their choice.

General Education Core course listings and definitions appear on pages 54-57. Placement testing will determine the sequencing of courses. Additional courses may be required.

Program Requirements

Competency or Program Requirement Course Number and Title Required Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning◊ Choose any Quantitative Reasoning listed 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ Choose any Scientific Knowledge listed 3-4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Written Communication ENG*102 Literature and Composition or ENG*200 Advanced Composition 3
Program Requirements Additional Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking course 3
Any Philosophy course 3
ENG 2XX Literature course (excludes 202, 281, 282) 3
Modern Language1 6
Liberal Arts Elective 3 from any course in the General Education Core (See pages 55-57.)
General Electives 12 from any credit bearing courses

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Student may substitute general education elective credits for 3 years of Modern Language in high school. Some four-year colleges may require a language proficiency exam. ESL students may use up to six credits of Intermediate and Advanced levels of ESL courses to fulfill the Modern Language and/or Arts/Humanities elective requirements. However, transfer of ESL credits from NVCC to other institutions or from institutions to NVCC is governed by the policies of the receiving institution.

◊ MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊ At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.


Liberal Arts graduates may successfully continue their studies at colleges and universities with majors such as:
Fine Arts
Political Science

With good planning, students may transfer into many other majors as well. Students will work primarily on Core Requirements of transfer colleges, and may also begin to fulfill course requirements in a major, by choosing liberal arts and general electives in their chosen discipline. As a first step, students should refer to the Liberal Arts and Sciences definitions, “General Education Core," and then to the appropriate course descriptions. It is very important to work closely with an advisor when selecting these courses. The concentration may serve your immediate interest or needs, but the college to which you are transferring makes the final determination as to which courses it will accept.

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