Liberal Arts & Sciences
Associate in Arts
The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) is designed for students who wish to complete a rigorous course of study in preparation for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. A broadly integrated curriculum will provide an essential understanding of Western history and culture, as well as the academic skills necessary to engage it. Students will become familiar with techniques of inquiry in humanities, mathematics, natural science, and social science, allowing them to continue their education with confidence toward a 4-year degree in the discipline of their choice.
Courses which satisfy the requirements for an Associate’s degree in the Liberal Arts and Sciences at Gateway are in many cases the same as those taught in the first two years of the Bachelor’s degree program at receiving schools. With an LAS degree, students may pursue a professional degree, (e.g. in education, business, law, medicine, social work, etc.) or a liberal arts degree at the bachelor’s level, (e.g. in English, philosophy, natural science, mathematics, sociology, etc.). In order to ensure maximum transfer credit to the college or university of choice, students are strongly encouraged to study the catalog of the institution to which they intend to transfer and consult directly with its admissions office. Students should also confer each semester with the LAS program coordinator or qualified transfer advisor as they proceed.
LAS students may access the Connecticut State University Dual Admission Transfer Compact (information at http:// www.ct.edu/students/dual), the Pathway to Teaching at Southern Connecticut State University, or the Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) at the University of Connecticut. Specific articulations also exist between Gateway and the University of Bridgeport and the University of New Haven.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of Western history and culture
Think critically and logically
Communicate effectively orally and in writing
Apply scientific and/or quantitative reasoning skills in problem solving
Recognize and appreciate the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of human endeavor
Demonstrate the capability for continued learning
Recognize and appreciate different cultures and perspectives