• Social Science and Humanities

    The Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities Program provides you with courses that will help you examine career choices and develop your graduation plan.

  • The Social Science & Humanities program in the Liberal Arts leads to an Associate of Arts (AA) degree. For students who want an early start in planning for a liberal arts related career, the program has a number of courses offered in areas such as anthropology, history, literature, language and culture, art, film, philosophy and politics, among others.

  • In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

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    Current Students
    Log in to My LaGuardia to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Prospective Students
    Review the curriculum.

    Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).

    Learning Communities can help you:

    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a community with your classmates
    • Work closely with faculty
    • Be more successful in your courses
    • Be more likely to stay in school and graduate

    Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.

    Recent Learning Community Themes include:

    • American Cultural Identities in Poetry, Prose, Beats and Rhymes
    • Technology, Power and Freedom: Building your Digital Identity
    • Truth, Lies and Video
    • Alienation and Inquiry

    Review Liberal Arts Learning Communities for the current semester.

    Click here to view the Liberal Arts Learning Communities

    A Liberal Arts degree opens the door for a wide range of educational and career possibilities. At LaGuardia, studying Liberal Arts helps you develop core skills sought by employers, such as reasoning, communication and analysis.


    Courses in the Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities AA program are offered from among six academic departments, English, Humanities, Education & Language Acquisition, Math, Engineering and Computer Science, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. The course offerings are broad, providing students with the tools required to support their goals. Course offerings in the liberal arts programs are designed to offer you the necessary tools to prepare for transfer to a four- year college.


    Students who are undecided about their career choice will benefit from a Liberal Arts major. Broad class selection, faculty mentoring, and support from the career placement office will guide you towards transfer to a four year institution. From the introductory clusters for full time entering students, to the interdisciplinary capstone course (LIB200), as a Liberal Arts: Social Sciences and Humanities student at LaGuardia, you will encounter a rich array of subjects and explore how they relate to one another providing a solid foundation for various educational and career goals.

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.  

    The Liberal Arts and Sciences program is designed for students who want to continue their education at senior colleges and to engage in studies leading to careers in the arts and sciences. You may select an Option that aligns with your future goals:

    Childhood Education Option Japanese Option
    Deaf Studies Option Journalism Option
    Early Childhood Education Option Latin American Studies Option
    Film and Television Option Music Option
    History Option Political Science Option
    International Studies Option Secondary Education (Teacher Transfer) Option

    This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.

    Click here to view the LIB200 themes