• 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

    In your first semester, your First Year Seminar (FYS) professor is your advisor. In your second semester and beyond, you can log in to My LaGuardia to contact advisor(s) or make an appointment.

    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 the CUNY Portal
    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 Social Science & Humanities Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio.

    See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.

    Selecting Flexible Core Courses

    Example # 1

    One Course from the Anthropology Discipline

    One Course from the Literary Studies Discipline

    One Course from the Communication Studies Discipline

    One Course from the Health Sciences Discipline

    One Course from the Biology Discipline

    One Course from the Applied Linguistics Discipline


    SSA 101: Cultural Anthropology (World Cultures and Global issues)

    ENG 292: American Literature I (U.S. Experience in its Diversity)

    HUC 106: Public Speaking (Creative Expressions)

    SCH 210: Human Sexuality (Individual and Society)

    SCB 115: Principles of Biology (Scientific World)

    *ELL 101: Introduction to Language (Scientific World)


    *This course represents theadditional course required: all five Flexible Core categories are satisfied


    Example # 2

    * Note: Student can select only two courses from any one discipline.

    One course from the Literary Studies Discipline

    One Course from the Psychology Discipline

    One course from the Philosophy Discipline

    Two courses from the Modern Languages Discipline


    ENG 275: Introduction to Literary Study (Creative Expressions)

    ENG 247: The Woman Writer (Individual and Society)

    SSY 101: General Psychology (Scientific World) 

    ELI 101: Elementary Italian I (World Cultures and Global Issues)

    *ELI 102: Elementary Italian II (World Cultures and Global Issues)

    *This course represents the additional course required: all five Flexible Core categories are satisfied.


    If you take an Introductory Modern Language course (e.g. ELI 101: Elementary Italian I) in the World Cultures and Global Issues category, you must successfully complete the 102-level Modern Language course (e.g. ELI 102: Elementary Italian II) before credit is granted for the 101-level course. The 102-level course would apply to the Flexible Core requirements as the “one additional course from any flexible core category,” and, in this case, that category would be World Cultures and Global Issues.

    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