Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at The City College of New York Center for Worker Education


– Hello, I’m Kathy McDonald,
Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Our bachelor’s degree program represents a flexible, creative, and innovative approach to education. One that draws on multiple disciplines to interpret a set of related
issues, topics, and problems. We provide working adult,
and transfer students with a framework that
allows them to connect their learning in the classroom in ways that are relevant to
the workplace and the world. To complete the B.A. in
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, students take three
required major courses, for a total of 12 credits. These courses are Introduction
to Interdisciplinary Studies, either Advanced Composition, or The Essay, and Intermediate Spanish. Students also take 20 credits in an interdisciplinary
concentration area of their choice for a total of 32 credits. The Childhood Studies Concentration explores the many factors that
shape the cultural construct of the child in society, both
in the U.S. and globally. It prepares students to work with, or advocate for children,
in a variety of fields, including health,
education, public policy, environment, human rights, and the law. The Disabilities Studies Concentration incorporates intersecting perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medicine, and the law. It prepares students to
work as insightful educators in community based agencies, or as advocates for
people with disabilities. Concentration in History,
Politics, and Society allow students to explore
the multiple facets that shape our cultural and social worlds. It draws on perspectives from the humanities and social sciences to provide students with a well rounded Liberal Arts education that may lead to careers or graduate study in the law, politics,
education, or the arts. The Concentration in Literary,
Media, and Visual Arts, develop student’s knowledge in areas such as literature,
creative writing, journalism, theater, film, and the arts. It prepares students for careers or graduate study in writing, publishing, communications, media
studies, library science, education and the arts. The Social Welfare Concentration applies a social change perspective to human needs and suffering within diverse urban communities. It prepares students for
careers, or graduate study, in social work, public
health, law, or psychology. The Urban Studies and Public
Administration Concentration explores the social, cultural, and economic realities of urban life. The students learn the
role of labor unions, businesses, policy makers,
community organizations, and social movements
on urban policy making. The Americas Concentration
explores the social, cultural, political,
and economic realities of life in the Americas. Students with a strong GPA
in this concentration area may pursue the B.A. M.A. option, which allows students to obtain both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in a shortened time frame. And finally, the Global
Labor Studies Concentration offers a multi-faceted
perspective on work and workers. Our location, at the heart of
New York’s Financial District, provides a unique vantage point, from which to consider
the economic processes that shape our everyday lives. In addition to our
interdisciplinary course offerings, we also offer up to 20 credits for learning outside of
the college classroom through our autobiography
and life experience program. So, if you are interested
in learning more, about our flexible education, designed for working adults
and transfer students, make an appointment today to meet with one of our academic advisors.

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