Liberal Arts

Welcome to the Division of Liberal Arts

SCCC’s Division of Liberal Arts offers a wide variety of programs, from History to Human Services, which provide students with a firm academic foundation for transfer or with the skills to move directly into the workforce. Students wishing to transfer to a four year Liberal Arts program would be well served by our Associate of Art degree programs in Communications, Drama, English, HistoryPsychology or Sociology. We also offer career oriented Associate of Applied Science programs in Chemical Dependency Counseling, Early Childhood Education, and Human Services. Our Certificate programs in Early Childhood and Teaching Assistant provide students with the basic qualifications for entry level positions working in child care. And our Certificate program in Chemical Dependency Counseling serves as the foundation for CASAC certification in the fields of substance abuse and problem gambling counseling.

Our faculty are passionate and dedicated teachers who put students at the center of everything they do. They also have active creative, scholarly, and professional lives outside the classroom: they publish in some of the top journals in the country; they are working actors, writers, and producers; and they have vast practical experience in the same human services, counseling, and education fields in which they now teach. Our faculty prepare students well for academic success at four year colleges and universities but they also have the real world knowledge and experience that helps our students advance in their chosen fields. They care deeply about our students and go out of their way to facilitate student success.

Central to the philosophy of the Division of Liberal Arts is the idea that learning takes place both in and outside the classroom. Whether through required field placements in Early Childhood, Human Services, or Chemical Dependency, elective internship courses, or applied learning assignments in individual classes, students have the opportunity to put their classroom learning to use in real world situations. Additionally, all of the courses in the Division of Liberal Arts are rooted in the liberal arts tradition that emphasizes critical thinking, oral and written literacy, and analysis and problem solving. Students who graduate from one of our programs are well prepared for further study at a range of four year colleges and universities, or they have the practical skills that employer’s desire.

The Division of Liberal Arts is a great place to begin your academic journey, whether your goal is transfer to a baccalaureate program or career training. As the Dean of Liberal Arts I encourage you to e-mail or schedule an appointment so my team can help you in taking the first steps to your educational journey.

Dr. Moira Maguire
Dean of the Division of Liberal Arts