Liberal Arts and Sciences (Ethnic Studies Course Sequence)

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate in Arts Degree Program is designed especially for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in such fields as English, science, mathematics, history, philosophy, languages, geography, political science, journalism, or social science. The program provides a comprehensive two-year undergraduate foundation that is tailored to meet the requirements of the University of Connecticut (UConn), Connecticut State Universities (CSU), and others. Students may also choose the Ethnic Studies course sequence or the Mathematics and Natural Science course sequence.

A unique feature of Capital’s Liberal Arts and Sciences degree program is the required capstone course (IDS 250), which brings together a team of teachers from a variety of disciplines to lead students in an investigation of a provocative topic.

Students selecting Liberal Arts and Sciences as a major and have 30 or fewer credits may be eligible to enroll in the Guaranteed Admissions Program with UConn. Students with 15 or fewer credits may enroll in the Dual Admissions Program at Central, Eastern, Southern or Western Connecticut State University.

The Ethnic Studies Course Sequence (a variation on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree), prepares students to explore and understand the central issues of U.S. society today: race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, nationality and religion in the experiences of the many groups that make up “America.” It offers suitable undergraduate background for transfer into many majors, and
is particularly appropriate for careers in education, social services, public or government service, diversity training, and for later coursework at four-year institutions in American studies, international or global studies or the social sciences and the humanities.

NOTE: Successful completion of this sequence earns a degree in Liberal Arts; there is no Ethnic Studies degree.


(For the Ethnic Studies Course Sequence,
a variation on the Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree)
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will:
1.    Communicate effectively in writing, and orally
2.    Utilize current communication technology
3.    Reason scientifically and/or quantitatively and apply mathematical and/or scientific principles to the inquiry process
4.    Think critically, analyze and understand complex ideas, draw inferences from facts/texts, evaluate and present well-reasoned arguments
5.    Demonstrate the ability to conduct and document meaningful research
6.    Develop a global perspective on today’s world
a.    Understand the major artistic, literary and philosophical aspects of US and third world cultures. Recognize the major historical and political events of western and non-western societies
c.    Understand the concept of culture
d.    Recognize differences and relationships among cultures
e.    Recognize the role of ethnic diversity in US social life
f.    Demonstrate some proficiency in a foreign language

Fill electives in each section below from the list of elective courses that follows semester requirements.

Prerequisites: Demonstrated eligibility for ENG* 101.

If student has three (3) years of a single foreign language in high school, Liberal Arts electives may be substituted.

FIRST SEMESTER (15-16 Credits)
IDS 105 College Success Course 3
† ENG* 101 Composition (must be successfully completed within first 15 credits)
† Requirement may can also be fulfilled with IDS* 101 or IDS* 102
HIS* 101, 102, 201, 202, 121, 122 (Choose one) 3
___ ___ Fine Arts Elective 3 3
___ ___ Liberal Arts Elective 3 3
SECOND SEMESTER (15-16 Credits)
† ENG* 102 Composition and Literature 3
PHL* ___ Philosophy Elective 3
† MAT* 167 Statistics with Technology OR Higher 3-4
___ ___ Social Science Elective 3
___ ___ Liberal Arts Elective 3
† ENG* 2__ 200-Level Literature Course 3
HIS* ___ History Elective 3
___ ___ Science Elective 4
___ ___ Foreign Language Elective I 3
___ ___ Liberal Arts Elective 3
FOURTH SEMESTER (15-16 Credits)
___ ___ Social Science Elective 3
___ ___  Science Elective 3-4
___ ___  Fine Arts Elective 3
___ ___  Foreign Language Elective II 3
† IDS* 250  Liberal Arts Capstone Course 3
The symbol (†) indicates a prerequisite needs to be met

Ethnic Studies Courses to be used as Electives:

Ethnic 200-Level Literature Electives
  • ENG* 251 African-American Literature
  • ENG* 253 Hispanic-American Literature
  • ENG* 259 Topics in Ethnic Literature
  • ENG* 247 Latin American Literature
  • ENG* 248 Literature of the Caribbean
Foreign Language Electives
  • FRE* 101 Elementary French I & II
  • ITA* 101 Elementary Italian I & II
  • SPA* 101 Elementary Spanish I & II
Introductory Level Social Science Electives
  • ANT* 101 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ECN* 101 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • GEO* 102 Introduction to Human Geography
  • GEO* 111 World Regional Geography
  • POL* 101 Introduction to Political Science
  • PSY* 111 General Psychology I
  • SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology
Social Science Electives
  • ANT* 299 Cultural Anthropology
  • PSY* 253 Multicultural Issues in Psychology
  • SOC* 201 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SOC* 117 Minorities in the U.S.
Philosophy Elective
  • PHL* 150 Philosophy of Religion
Fine Arts Electives
  • ART* 202 Ethnic Art in the U.S.
  • ART* 208 Caribbean Art and Culture
  • MUS* 103 History of American Music
History Electives
  • HIS* 216 African American History I
  • HIS* 217 African American History I
  • HIS* 107 History of Puerto Rico
  • HIS* 299 History of the Caribbean through Decolonization
  • HIS* 299 Slavery in the Americas
  • HIS* 110 20th Century Latin American/Caribbean Political Movements
  • HIS* 256 The Islamic World


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