• What is Liberal Arts Icon

    What is Liberal Arts

    Liberal Arts is a broad term that includes the study of history, literature, writing, philosophy, sociology, psychology, creative arts, and more. More broadly speaking, students earning a liberal arts degree learn to formulate effective arguments, communicate well, and solve problems.






  • Why Major in Liberal Arts


    Provides a wide variety of course options

    options to allow you explore your academic and career interests – you can customize your degree! We also have several specialized Liberal Arts option programs for you to consider such as Political Science, Deaf Studies, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


    Prepares you for transfer

    into many different majors at a 4-year college.


    Prepares you to work in a variety of jobs.

    . This is different from other types of education where students develop professional or vocational skills for a specific job.


    Appeals to employers.

    Employers like liberal arts graduates because they have the skills necessary to adapt in a changing workplace. Employers desire transferable skills (skills employees take with them to any job) typical of a liberal arts education. These include written and verbal communication skills and the ability to solve complex problems and work well with others.


    Provides an excellent foundation for graduate study

    in healthcare, law, business, or other fields. Graduate schools look for candidates who will succeed in graduate-level study. Students with a liberal arts background are appealing, because they demonstrate an ability to learn across a diverse field of studies.


    Creates graduates who are equipped with the skills to become valuable community members.

    The value of a liberal arts education goes far beyond its economic value. Graduates understand problems, generate solutions, and communicate those solutions to others. In many ways, a liberal arts education is education for life. It prepares graduates who can adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world.







  • Design Your Own Degree


    The Liberal Arts and Sciences Programs are designed for students who want to continue their education at senior colleges and to engage in studies leading to careers in the arts and sciences. Students in these programs choose from a wealth of courses offered by the Education and Language Acquisition, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Engineering and Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Social Science Departments.

    DESIGN YOUR OWN DEGREE in either Social Science & Humanities OR Mathematics & Science by choosing courses that match your interests or transfer plans OR CHOOSE FROM ONE OF OUR TEN LIBERAL ARTS OPTIONS!






  • Liberal Arts Programs at LaGuardia


    The Liberals Arts major has two broad majors, Liberal Arts Social Sciences and Humanities and Liberal Arts Mathematics and Science, as well as 10 Options students can add to their major (nine for Social Science and Humanities and one for Mathematics and Science). Options are sub-programs that offer a coordinated grouping of courses, typically 21 credits, representing a specialization or emphasis within a major field. Speak to your advisor if you are interested in one of these options below.


  • Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities A.A


    For students who want an early start in planning for a liberal arts-related career, the program offers a number of courses offered in such areas as art, music, media, literature, theater, film, philosophy, journalism, and Latin American studies, to choose from.
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    Deaf Studies Option (A.A degree)

    Enables students to learn American Sign Language (ASL), and to understand the complexities of deaf communities. Students receive a broad liberal arts background for further study in ASL/English interpreting, special education, social work, rehabilitation counseling and related fields.
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    History Option (A.A degree)

    Designed for those students who have a strong personal interest in learning more about History, and for students who plan to become History majors in four-year institutions. Students who major in History have a variety of career choices available, and the Option prepares students for advanced work in historical studies by training them in reading comprehension and textual analysis, critical thinking skills, and research methodologies. History classes help train students to appreciate a wide variety of writing styles and rhetorical strategies, thus exposing them to a greater diversity of literature. In addition, Writing Intensive Classes in History train students to conduct research and cite sources in accordance with standard scholarly practices.
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    International Studies Option (A.A degree)

    This is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the best resources of LaGuardia to prepare students to become better-informed world citizens and to develop the competencies needed to survive and succeed in the new global economy. Students in the International Studies program learn about cross-cultural understanding, explore global perspectives on various world issues and cultures, become more familiar with distinct regions and cultures of the world, and take at least two cycles of a foreign language. The option in International Studies promotes global awareness, intercultural understanding, and international engagement. The Liberal Arts International Studies Option is articulated with the International Studies interdisciplinary major at City College.
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    Japanese Option (A.A degree)

    Enables students to learn the Japanese language and other related disciplines such as Japanese literature, the art of Asia, East Asian history, religions in Asia, and social psychology in Asia. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate programs in East Asian Studies or Japan Studies. The Liberal Arts Japanese Option is articulated with the East Asian Studies major (Japanese track) at Queens College.
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    Journalism Option (A.A degree)

    The program prepares you for journalism and other media careers through teaching the fundamentals of the news gathering process, from developing story ideas, conducting secondary research and in-person interviews, to writing and editing and publishing stories. You will learn the ethics and responsibilities of journalists, and the process of interviewing sources and writing news in a variety of formats including print, online and radio broadcast. Besides learning the format and techniques of writing hard news stories, you will be exposed to different kinds of journalism including features writing for newspapers, magazines and online formats; plus, you will explore using the personal voice in literary journalism in such genres as blog posts, personal essays, memoirs and autobiography. You will also gain an insight into the new media of digital journalism and become both a critical consumer and producer of news.
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    Latin American Studies Option (A.A degree)

    Addresses the need for student preparation in the areas of Latin American, bicultural studies with prospective applications in the fields of education, diplomacy, business, cross-cultural studies and health care.
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    Political Science Option (A.A degree)

    Seeks to educate and empower students to become civically informed and engaged global democratic citizens. To this end, we consider the ways that politics has developed over time, including some of the foundational ideas and institutions that make up government including nation states, international organizations or the sub-units of government such as states, counties, districts, etc. In the process, we address the following questions: What counts as political? What is political power? What is political authority? What makes political authority legitimate or illegitimate? What is the purpose of government? What should it be? What roles do government institutions, political parties, social movements, and interest groups play in a constitutional democracy? Power and conflict are frequent topics of study but so are the means used to make collective and policy decisions such as elections and legislative voting. In studying these topics, political scientists use philosophical, historical, legalistic and quantitative methods.
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    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages TESOL/Linguistics Option (A.A degree)

    This option provides the foundation for a career in TESOL in a diverse range of English teaching settings. The option is designed for students interested in pursuing teaching English as a New Language (also called English as a Second Language or English as a Foreign Language) in private and public-school contexts, both in the United States and abroad. Students graduating from LaGuardia with an AA in TESOL/Linguistics will be able to transfer and enroll in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Linguistics: TESOL at our partner institution, Queens College.
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    Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Option (A.A degree)

    Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies engages students in the critical discovery and exploration of culture and society through the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, class, age, ability, religion, region, and nationality. The option is designed for students who have a strong interest in learning about key debates and theoretical concepts central to WGS, and for students that plan to major in WGS or related fields at four-year institutions. As an interdisciplinary option with faculty from Social Sciences, English, and Humanities, WGS prepare students to become better equipped to tackle the systemic implications and outcomes of particular local, national, and global forces that affect women and LGBTQ people.
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    Liberal Arts: Math and Science A.S


    For students interested in pursuing a career in mathematics, the sciences, engineering, medicine or allied health fields. The science and mathematics courses are designed specifically to meet the requirements of those students who wish to continue their education beyond the Associate degree.
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    Applied Mathematics Option (A.S degree)

    The Applied Math option at LaGuardia Community College mainly focuses on Data Science. Data science is a field of study and practice that is focused on obtaining insights from data, and it is the result of a merger between two fields: statistics and computer science. Practitioners of data science use programming skills, statistics knowledge, and machine learning techniques to mine large data sets for patterns that can be used to analyze the past or predict future events. The Applied Mathematics option articulates to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics: Data Science and Cryptography at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY.
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  • Your Liberal Arts Journey

    Video: Professor David Stott, Film and Television, Humanities Department






  • First Year Seminar


    During your first semester, your First-Year Seminar (LIF101 or LMF101) instructor will be your advisor. They will help you be sure that you are in the right major and help you plan your course of study at LaGuardia while preparing for transfer or a career. After your first semester, you will be assigned to an advisor, a faculty member, or Student Advising Services advisor, who can help you make choices about courses and your future plans.

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.


    LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities

    The First Year Seminar is required of all new students majoring in Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities. Its goals are to introduce students to the liberal arts, help students transition to campus culture, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic skills. Taught by liberal arts faculty and supported by peers, advisors, co-curricular professionals, this course addresses issues related to contemporary college life and majors within liberal arts.


    LMF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Math and Science

    LMF101 First Year Seminar for Math and Science: The First Year Seminar is required of all new students majoring in Liberal Arts: Math and Science. Its goals are to introduce students to the disciplines of Mathematics and Science, and to help students transition to campus culture, develop a better understanding of the learning process, and acquire essential academic skills. Taught by math and science faculty and supported by peers, advisors, and co-curricular professionals, this course addresses issues related to contemporary college life and the major.






  • Learning Communities


    Along the way, you will have the opportunity to take learning communities (also called pairs and clusters). These combine your science, math, and humanities courses around a theme and help you make connections. For more information, ask your advisor or visit our website at www.laguardia.edu/clusters.






  • Co-curricular Activities


    Co-curricular activities are wide ranging and include everything from participating in invited speaker’s presentations, workshops, student clubs, and ethnic celebration events. You can also go on a local field trip, watch a theater production in the college theater, or work with faculty on a research project. Your co-curricular experience outside the classroom makes what happens inside the classroom come alive for you. Speak with your professor to learn more about co-curricular activities that you can take part in.






  • Capstone LIB200


    The Liberal Arts Seminar explores aspects of the relationship between humanism, science and technology. Students apply knowledge and critical strategies developed in other courses to significant contemporary and historical issues. The Seminar draws on texts from the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences as students explore ways developments in science and technology contribute to abuses as well as advances in civilizations. Students also reflect on the responsibilities of citizenship in a diverse society. As a capstone course, this seminar is designated writing intensive.

    For information on course themes for the next semester visit https://www.laguardia.edu/lib200/






  • Career, Transfer and Articulation Agreements


    In college, you’ll learn new subjects and develop new interests, and the Liberal Arts major at LaGuardia gives you the flexibility to explore a wide range of subjects while you are earning your degree! A liberal arts education will teach you to think critically, communicate effectively, and take an active role in your communities: it prepares you for almost any transfer major and for all sorts of jobs, even jobs in fields that don’t exist yet! Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.

    An articulation agreement is an agreement between two schools that allows course credit at one school to be accepted or transferred and applied toward a degree at another school. Check out the articulation website to see which Liberal Arts programs have agreements.






  • Document Your Journey as a Liberal Arts Scholar Through the Liberal Arts Core E-portfolio


    The Liberal Arts core ePortfolio helps you to craft your own definition of Liberal Arts at the beginning of matriculation, to reflect on how each class grows your liberal arts identity and to reflect on how you have grown as a liberal arts scholar during your time at LaGuardia.