General Liberal Arts Degree
The School of New Resources degree program is registered with the State Education Department under HEGIS code number 4901, General Interdisciplinary Studies. The College awards the Bachelor of Arts degree to students successfully completing 120 credits in a structured degree program.
Students must develop an individual degree plan which demonstrates academic depth and breadth, successfully complete 120 credits (90 of which must be in the liberal arts), satisfy specific degree requirements, and achieve advanced competence in an Area of Interest. Students must register for and successfully complete a minimum of 30 credits at The College of New Rochelle. In addition, students must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
The requirements of the School of New Resources are designed to meet individual learning objectives and to assure academic depth and breadth.
- Each student must successfully complete:
- 120 credits including required and elective courses;
- the Entrance Seminar, Experience, Learning and Identity;
- an English course sequence, as required by assessment of competency Students who place into Translating Experience into Essay, will be required to take Language, Thought & Critical Analysis and Modes of Analysis.
Students who place into Language, Thought & Critical Analysis must take Modes of Analysis.
- two additional Core Seminars, one science and one non-science, from the following list: Science and Human Values or Human Body, American Experience or Urban Community;
- one four-credit course in quantitative reasoning (College Algebra) which must be successfully completed before the student has completed 60 credits;
- two degree-planning courses at the 40- and 80-credit levels (Career/Interest Review and Designing the Future); and
- the Exit Seminar, Ways of Knowing.
- By the end of the first degree-planning course, each student, in collaboration with an academic advisor, will investigate an Area of Interest in liberal arts and choose one of the following: Letters, Communications, Foreign Languages, Psychology, or Social Sciences. This Area of Interest will be based upon the student’s academic interests, goals, and experience. A member of the instructional staff team with relevant expertise and professional advisors will review and approve the degree plan formulated by the student. A student must have a minimum of 30 credits and must not exceed 42 credits in the Area of Interest. This may include a third Core Seminar, but must include an introductory level course, six credits of intermediate level work and six credits of advanced level work.
Seminars and courses have been coded according to the prior knowledge necessary for their successful completion. Introductory seminars and courses (100-399) assume no prior work in the content area. Intermediate seminars and courses (400-699) assume at least one introductory seminar or course in the appropriate content area. Advanced seminars and courses (700-899) require at least one intermediate seminar or course in the appropriate content area.
Areas of Interest
Communications - degree programs related to collection, preparation, and presentation of ideas and information intended for popular consumption through mass media. Interests may include general communications, speech, journalism (print media), radio/television, advertising, communication media (use of video-tape, films, etc., oriented specifically toward radio/television), and others.
Foreign Languages - degree programs related to the mastery of a language other than English or related to the study of a foreign culture through exploration of the literature of that culture as expressed in the vernacular language. Interests may include General Foreign Languages, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and others.
Letters - degree programs having to do with English composition and literature and value systems related to ancient and modern cultures. Interests may include English composition and literature, comparative literature, classics, linguistics (includes phonetics, semantics, and philology), speech, debate, rhetoric and public speaking, creative writing, aesthetics, ethics, philosophy, religious studies (excludes theological professions), and others.
Psychology - degree programs having to do with behavioral and mental processes. Interests may include general psychology, experimental psychology (animal and human), clinical psychology, psychology for counseling, social psychology, psychometrics, statistics in psychology, industrial psychology, developmental psychology, physiological psychology, and others.
Social Sciences - degree programs having to do with all aspects of past and present human activities, conduct, interactions, and organizations. Interests may include general social sciences, anthropology, archeology, economics, history, geography, political science and government, sociology, criminology, international relations, African-American cultural studies, American Indian cultural studies, Hispanic cultural studies, urban studies, demography, and others.
Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)
The School of New Resources 27 credit CASAC-T Addiction Studies Program will prepare students to work as counselors with people who have alcohol, drug abuse, nicotine dependence, and compulsive gambling addictions. The program is designed to prepare students for New York State Licensed Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) exam.
Pre-College Academic Program (PCAP)
The Pre-College Academic Program (PCAP) of the School of New Resources is an integrated, multi-disciplinary High School Equivalency preparation program which assists adults in preparing to pass the New York State TASC exam (formerly GED) while also providing them with the knowledge, skills, habits, and literacies crucial to success in college and the workplace. Modeled on a college semester, with high intensity of classroom instruction and alignment to the new Career and College Readiness standards, PCAP provides both traditional and contextualized academic preparation aimed at developing students’ reading, writing, arithmetic, algebra and critical thinking skills and building their knowledge bases in Science and History. To help assure that graduating students achieve their academic and career goals in a timely fashion, a practical exploration of college and career topics is incorporated throughout all subject areas of the 14-week PCAP curriculum.