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2014-15 Academic Catalog 
2014-15 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

 ESL students and Professor Jill Mendez pose with author Nicholas Kristof.

The School of Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences plays a pivotal role in the academic and intellectual development of all STCC students, whether they are pursuing a program leading toward a specific career or preparing to transfer to a baccalaureate program.

In its focus upon developing students’ knowledge and skills, particularly in communication and critical reasoning, AHSS pursues a three-part mission. One responsibility is to provide educational opportunities in support of other degree programs at STCC through studies in what are generally referred to as the “liberal arts,” those classes which constitute the core of a student’s general education. The second mission of AHSS is to offer degree options and certificates of completion in Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice and Early Childhood Education.

The third aspect of the School’s mission is to provide the foundations for the Liberal Arts Transfer degree, a program of study that parallels the first two years of a four year institution’s liberal arts program, and thereby enables students to transfer to a senior college and work toward a bachelor’s degree. The minimum requirements for the degree are 62 semester hours: 20 courses including 6 credits of English Composition, 12 credits in the Humanities, 18 credits in the Social Sciences, and 11 credits in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and a minimum cumulative quality point average of 2.0. Up to six credits may be earned through Cooperative Education.

The School’s General Studies program serves a large population of students with a broad variety of academic needs and aspirations. These include acquiring foundational academic skills through the English as a Second Language and Developmental English departments, exploring and selecting career/academic pathways, and satisfying pre-requisites for degree programs. The principal function of General Studies is to accommodate the various transfer needs of its students through several program options. Each option offers a sequence of courses which will assist students in completing the requirements necessary for the General Studies Transfer degree or other degrees offered at STCC.

The School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is overseen by Dean Arlene Rodriguez, Ph.D..

The departments within the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences are listed below. Select the “Go to information” link for a list of that department’s course offerings, or select from the “Programs” list to see degree or certificate offerings within that department.

Arts, Visual and Performing

Go to information for Arts, Visual and Performing.


Associate Degree Programs and Options

College Success

Go to information for College Success.

Criminal Justice

Go to information for Criminal Justice.


Associate Degree Programs and Options

Certificate Programs

Developmental English

Go to information for Developmental English.


Go to information for Economics.


Go to information for English.

English As a Second Language

Go to information for English As a Second Language.


Go to information for History.


Go to information for Honors.

Liberal Arts Transfer


Associate Degree Programs and Options

Liberal Arts/General Studies


Associate Degree Programs and Options

Certificate Programs


Go to information for Philosophy.

Political Science

Go to information for Political Science.


Go to information for Psychology.


Go to information for Sociology.

Teacher Education Transfer

Go to information for Teacher Education Transfer.


Associate Degree Programs and Options

World Languages

Go to information for World Languages.