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  • B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Explore the Center for New Resources - Adult Education
    Explore liberal arts topics and specialize in communications, psychology and social sciences.
    Degree:
    B.A.
    School:
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Location:
    Bronx
    Credits:
    120
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Liberal Arts and Sciences B.A. Curriculum

The 120 credit B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree program is composed of core courses, English and Math sequence courses, specialization courses, milestone and capstone courses and elective courses.

The 120 credit B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree consists of 48-54 credits in the liberal arts and sciences, 36 credits in the chosen area of specialization, and 30-36 elective credits.

Students in the program can chose one of three specializations: Psychology, Social Sciences, or Communications. The elective courses can be used to take additional liberal arts courses, participate in internships for credit, or apply for prior learning credits in accordance with Mercy’s policies.

Mercy feels that this curriculum aids students to develop the essential skills expected of all Mercy College students: written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, reading fluency, quantitative reasoning, and information literacy.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Core

48-54 Credits

Specialization

36 Credits

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives

30 - 36 Credits

Total 120 Credits

Liberal Arts and Sciences Core - 48 - 54 credits

Specialization - 36 credits

Specialization - Psychology

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Infant and Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Traumatic Stress
  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology of Family Systems

Specialization - Social Science

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Contemporary Social Problems
  • Juvenile Justice System in the U.S.
  • Parole and Probation System in the U.S.
  • Social Science Research
  • Criminal Violence and the Courts
  • Social Theories of Race and Class
  • Community, Ethnicity, and Food
  • Oral Traditions

Specialization - Communications

  • Introduction to Communications
  • Introduction to Mass Media
  • Oral Communications
  • Mass Communication and Society
  • The Role of Media in Politics
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Communication Law
  • The Telecommunication Revolution
  • Organizational Communication
  • Advanced Topic in Media Studies
  • The Art of Film and Television
  • Fashion and Society

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives - 30 - 36 credits

How To Apply to the Liberal Arts and Sciences B.A.

To apply for the Center for New Resources - Adult Education program, students must complete a Mercy College application,submit an official High School Transcript with graduation date or official certification of high school equivalency earned through passage of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or General Educational Development (GED) assessment and complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) exam and submit a placement essay through the Bronx Testing Center. 


Apply to Mercy College
Visit our application page to complete an undergraduate online application, download a PDF application or request a mailed application. If you would like a mailed application, please call 1.877.MERCY.GO or email admissions@mercy.edu


Schedule a Placement Test and Placement Essay
Students must complete their Mercy College application to be eliglbe to complete the the TABE exam and placement essay at the Bronx Campus. To schedule your appointment email Paul Reid at preid9@mercy.edu.


July TABE Exam and Placement Essay Dates

The test will take about two hours to complete.

  •  Saturday - July 20, 10 a.m.
  •  Tuesday - July 23, 6 p.m.
  •  Saturday - July 27, 10 a.m.
  •  Tuesday - July 30, 6 p.m.

On Exam Day

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the exam
  • Bring a photo ID
  • Bring a pen and pencil
Center for New Resources - Adult Education Overview

The Center for New Resources Adult Education's Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences program, formerly offered at The College of New Rochelle, provides a comprehensive liberal arts education to adult students 21 and older. The seminar-style program focuses on critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of knowledge with a chance to specialize in communications, psychology or social sciences.

Advisers work closely with students to advise and inspire students to fulfill their potential and meet their academic goals. To ensure that students reach graduation as efficiently as possible, the program offers day, night and some weekend classes. Eligible students can apply for credits via the College's prior learning assesment process, which allows students to earn up to 30 credits from work and life experiences.

Degree Benefits

Our seminar-style adult education program builds a solid foundation of critical thinking and communication competencies that employers look for when building their teams.

Earning a bachelor's degree can also lead to increased earning potential, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual income for those with a bachelor's degree increases by $24,000.

Specializations

Students may specialize their studies in one of the following areas:

  • Communications
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
Center for New Resources - Adult Education Reduced Tuition

To help you with your tuition costs, students admitted to the Center for New Resources - Adult Education program are eligible for reduced tuition. This program has a savings of over 55 percent than our traditional degree.


Center for New Resources - Adult Education
Full- or part-time evening courses at the Bronx Campus Tuition: $437.00 per credit

Registration Fees
General Student Full-Time: $577 per term
General Student Part-Time: $430 per term
Summer Term Students: $377

All courses must be taken at the Bronx Campus.

Adult Focused

The Center for New Resources - Adult Education program was designed for adults 21 and over to earn a bachelor's degree with a seminar-style approach. Students are in classes with other adult learners which creates a unique sense of community and ability for intellectual exchanges with peers.

Students maximize their time with this degree with flexible and convenient scheduling, as well as the ability to earn up to 30 credits from prior work and life experiences.

Center for New Resources - Adult Education Fast Facts
  • Advisement Plan – Students work with their academic advisers to devise a personal degree plan that takes their current responsibilities into account. The result? Realistic, attainable goals.
  • Liberal Arts Studies – Liberal arts students gain invaluable critical thinking, writing and oral communications skills, developing a lifelong love of learning and the ability to quickly adapt in the professional world.
  • Seminar Style Course Structure – Our seminar-style classes are based on discussion and participation, and average just 18 students. The program is characterized by active intellectual exchange and a sense of community that other adult-oriented programs lack.

Admission Requirements

Students must be age 21 or older and submit an official High School Transcript with graduation date or official certification of high school equivalency earned through passage of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or General Educational Development (GED) assessment. Successful entrance to the college begins with students taking the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Students also are required to take a writing assessment exam, which is used for purposes of academic advisement and placement in the English course sequence.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 credits including required and elective courses
  • An entrance seminar, Experience, Learning and Identity, and an exit seminar, Ways of Knowing, that includes a Life Arts Project
  • An English course sequence, as required by an entrance competency assessment. Students must complete the sequence based on the assessment placement.
    • Writing for Communications
    • Translating Experience into Essay
    • Language, Thought and Critical Analysis
    • Modes of Analysis
  • Four core seminars
    • Science and Human Values
    • Human Body
    • American Experience
    • Urban Community
  • College Algebra, which should be successfully completed before the student has reached 60 credit mark
  • Two milestone courses in the sophomore and junior years:
    • Milestone I: Learning Inside and Outside of the Classroom
    • Milestone II: Liberal Arts Tapestry

A student must complete 36 credits in their area of specialization. Open liberal arts electives range from 30-36 credits.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students should be able to read, write and speak effectively
  2. Students should be able to manipulate quantitative data
  3. Students should be able to think analytically and critically. 
  4. Students should be able to apply an in-depth knowledge in an academic area of interest
  5. Students should be able to identify areas of pursuit for careers, socially meaningful activities or further study. 
Program and School Goals

Program Goals:

  1. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of their disciplinary specialization.
  2. Students are expected to put theoretical concepts of their specialization into practice.
  3. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in reading, oral, and written communication, and make insightful connections and interpretations.
  4. Students are expected to be aware of and able to value ideas, perspectives, and cultures other than their own.
  5. Students are expected to be able to plan for continued academic pursuit as well as self-directed inquiry into personal and/or career-related areas of interest.

SSBS School Goals:

  1. Students are expected to acquire knowledge of disciplinary/program content and the core competencies across programs (content knowledge)
  2. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to apply theory and knowledge
  3. Students are expected to be effective communicators and critical thinkers
  4. Students are expected to demonstrate an awareness of diversity.
  5. Students are expected to develop a commitment to lifelong learning