The two-year associate degree program in Letters, Arts, and Sciences (2 LACA) allows learners to experience a variety of academic disciplines, to sharpen their written and oral communication skills, broaden their knowledge, experiment, and explore. This program can also prepare students for continued studies in a bachelor’s degree program. Faculty advisers work with interested students to help them meet admission or course prerequisites for specific bachelor’s degrees.
Students find that this program prepares graduates for a wide range of career options and enables students to acquire skills, such as writing and oral presentation, that lead to successful careers in the business world, social services, and many other professional settings. Students take courses from a variety of knowledge domains: arts; humanities; social and behavioral sciences; and physical, biological, or earth sciences. In addition, three related courses (9 credits) must be taken within one of these areas of study. There are many customizable paths through this curriculum, and ample electives are available. Foundation courses in writing, speech, and quantification are required. Typically, first-year students take Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 15) or Honors Freshman Composition (ENGL 30) and Effective Speech (CAS 100). A course in quantification, often mathematics, is also part of the first year. Students may take Symbolic Logic (PHIL 12) instead of mathematics to meet the quantification requirement. In the second year, students choose a course in Effective Writing (ENGL 202), either Writing in the Social Sciences, Writing in the Humanities, Technical Writing, or Business Writing. Elective courses may be taken in any semester.
As part of a strong interdisciplinary focus in this program, students must complete an Integrative Studies requirement. Integrative Studies courses ask the student to consider some topic from the perspective of two different knowledge domains to advance the student’s ability to comprehend things from multiple perspectives and to see connections. Two of a student’s general education courses (6 credits) should be selected from either Interdomain or Linked courses. Interdomain courses incorporate two knowledge domains in the same course, while Linked courses provide sustained focus on a single knowledge domain, with connections to another course in a different knowledge domain.
The program in Letters, Arts, and Sciences encourages students to explore their interests, to take academic risks, and to discover the direction of their academic passions.
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