Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts is conferred upon students who have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 120 semester hours of academic work. This program is designed to meet two major objectives: to provide students with a solid introduction to the liberal arts and to allow students (through judicious use of their electives) the flexibility to combine those studies with their vocational or avocational interests. This joining of diverse fields of study is at the heart of the traditional liberal arts curriculum, a curriculum which seeks to lead the student to develop a broad information background, an ability to make sense out of a complex world, and to articulate clearly and succinctly one’s thoughts to others, both orally and in written form.

Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate concepts from a broad background of information in liberal arts
  • Identify, describe, and analyze key concepts of human behavior, social influences and societal issues
  • Compare and contrast key concepts in a complex world and identify interdependencies
  • Articulate clearly and succinctly one’s thoughts to others, both orally and in written form

Major Requirements

  • ENG1201: English Composition I
  • ENG1202: Analytical Writing
  • ENG2XXX: A 2000-level course in literature
  • ENG2213: Public Speaking
  • Scientific Awareness: Eight (8) credits from General Education Requirements
  • Social Awareness: Nine (9) credits from General Education Requirements
  • Cultural Awareness: Nine (9) credits from General Education Requirements
  • MIS2310: Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Mathematics: Three (3) credits
  • Electives: Eighteen (18) credits of general electives
  • Concentration I*: Fifteen (15) credits from one liberal arts subject matter
  • Concentration II*: Fifteen (15) credits from one liberal arts subject matter

*Approved concentrations: English, history, mathematics, political science, psychology, sociology

Course Descriptions

English Composition 1201 is a writing-intensive course that prepares students for all levels of academic discourse. Emphasis is placed on the art of persuasion, on the development of students’ critical thinking skills, and on key rhetorical concepts such as audience, purpose, and voice. Students learn the various steps to the writing process, from brainstorming to final revision, and learn the importance of writing coherent, unified, and organized essays that are fundamentally and mechanically sound. Though primarily a writing course, English Composition 101 also helps students see the connection between reading and writing. In addition, students learn the art of academic research and documentation. ENG1201 is determined by performance on a placement test or by satisfactory completion of ENG1100.

ENG1202 is an advanced writing course and is designed to extend reading and writing skills developed in English 1201. Emphasis is placed on critical and analytical writing and the analysis and interpretation of texts. Students are exposed to a variety of texts from fields across the curriculum. They write essays in response to what they read by formulating and defending a thesis, by synthesizing sources, and by evaluating information and ideas from multiple perspectives. In addition, students demonstrate an ability to do research and to document their work in the major academic styles.

This course provides practice in the construction of speeches, analysis of appeals to various audiences, and development of the speaking voice. It is a practical course offered to fit the needs of students in all fields. In cases of over-enrollment, seniors will be given preference.

This course provides an introduction to information systems from a business point of view. Subjects to be covered include: terminology, a survey of hardware and software, introduction to systems analysis and design, as well as an overview of the college’s computer facilities. This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. PREREQUISITE: None

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