The Liberal Arts degree program provides a structured and coherent path for many students at Community College of Philadelphia. It is designed for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs after study at the College.
Students in the Liberal Arts curriculum are required to enroll in FYE 101: First Year Experience within the first 12 credits and must complete required courses ENGL 101, ENGL 102, college-level math, CIS 103, the first in the Social Science pair, the first in the Humanities pair, and the Communication course within the first 24 credits so that they are free to choose the courses that best fit their long-term educational goals for the remainder of the program.
Students are expected to consult with an academic advisor or counselor upon entry to the program and in subsequent semesters. Transfer planning should begin early so that the student can make the most informed choices. The Liberal Arts curriculum contains a number of electives and allows students and advisors to shape the selection of courses to meet individual goals. Students who follow the Liberal Arts curriculum and plan to attend a specific four-year college after graduation should choose electives that duplicate as closely as possible those in the first two years of the program of that college.
Note: Many, but not all, transfer institutions require some knowledge of a foreign language (from one semester to two years of study at the college level or the equivalent). Students planning to transfer should be aware of foreign language requirements that may affect their acceptance into certain colleges and programs.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate competence in both oral and written communication through a variety of means such as essays, research papers, presentations and class discussions.
- Demonstrate an informed understanding of cultural diversity, both in the United States and internationally.
- Demonstrate the ability to think critically about ideas and concepts in the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, and mathematics.
Program Entry Requirements:
Students are typically required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.
Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
Students in the Liberal Arts curriculum are required to enroll in FYE 101: First Year Experience within the first 12 credits and must complete required courses ENGL 101, ENGL 102, college-level math, CIS 103, the first in the Social Science pair, the first in the Humanities pair, and the Communication course within the first 24 credits. To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Arts, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).
|Course Number and Name||Prerequisites and Corequisites||Credits||Gen Ed Req.|
|FYE 101 - First Year Experience||3 credits|
|ENGL 101 - English Composition I||3 credits||ENGL 101|
|CIS 103 - Applied Computer
|3 credits||Tech Comp|
|FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design or
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis or
MATH 161 - Precalculus I or higher **
|For MATH 137: FNMT 017 or placement in FNMT 118 or higher
For MATH 150: FNMT 118 ready
For MATH 161: FNMT 118 with a grade of "C" or better, or placement in MATH 161 or higher
|HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Period or
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology or
SOC 101- Introduction to Sociology or
ANTH 101- Introduction to Anthropology ***, ****
|3 credits||Social Science|
Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:
* Students with computer skills may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Department.
** Students planning to attend baccalaureate programs should choose math courses that transfer.
*** Pair 1 and Pair 2 subjects must match.
**** Other social science, humanities, and arts options are available with Coordinator approval.
General Education Requirements:
All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.
For More Information, Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.