Liberal Arts and Sciences

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.

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.


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
6.1. Understand the major artistic, literary and philosophical aspects of US
and third world cultures
6.2. Recognize the major historical and political events of western and non-western
6.3. Understand the concept of culture
6.4. Recognize differences and relationships among cultures
6.5. Recognize the role of ethnic diversity in US social life
6.6. Demonstrate some proficiency in a foreign language

FIRST SEMESTER (15-16 Credits)
IDS 105 College Success Course 3
† ENG* 101 Composition (must be successfully completed within first 15 credits) 3
HIS* 101, 102, 121, 122, 201, 202, (Choose one) 3
___ ___ Fine Arts Elective 3
___ ___ Free Elective 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
___ ___ Free Elective 3
† ENG* 2xx 200-Level Literature Course 3
HIS* ___ History Elective 3
___ ___ Science Elective 4
___ ___ Foreign Language Elective I 3
___ ___ Free 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

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


John Christie
Program Coordinator
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Room 1117
(860) 906-5190
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