The Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts degree program offers students a wide variety of courses to choose from and, at the same time, prepares students to transfer into the junior year of study at a four-year college. The program is similar to other general Liberal Arts programs in the first two years at such colleges.
Liberal Arts is the study of basic knowledge and the development of one’s ability to think clearly. Thus, Liberal Arts students take courses in English; their own and foreign cultures; mathematics and science; the arts; the study of society, past and present; the study of ideas; and a foreign language. Students who want to study Liberal Arts but also know they want to concentrate on Social Science, Music, Studio Arts, Theatre, or Communication may select one of the Liberal Arts options.
Graduates have transferred to such prestigious schools as Georgetown University, the University of Central Florida, American University, Drew University, and Rutgers University.
Although Liberal Arts is not career training in a direct way, many employers in corporations, government, and in such professions as law and medicine believe that the best preparation for work in their fields is a Liberal Arts education. Liberal Arts teaches the student how to use and think about information, no matter what the job is or how jobs change.
Graduates are able to:
apply critical thinking strategies across the disciplines.
write research-based essays that analyze and synthesize sources to support a thesis.
organize and deliver effective oral presentations.
forge a practical linkage between learning in the classroom and applying that learning to real-world problems.
demonstrate cultural competence by communicating effectively and efficiently in cross-cultural and multicultural situations.
Duration & Price Tag
Start Date: Spring Term: January, Fall Term Late August/Early September
Duration: 2-3 years, full-time
Price: Request Information
Deadline: Spring is November 15th and Fall is June 1st
The RVCC Advantage for International Students
Step into a classroom and you’ll feel like you belong. Unlike at larger colleges and universities where you’re just a number in a large lecture hall being taught by a teaching assistant, at RVCC our classes average only 19 students and are taught by the professors themselves.
International students are among the recipients of College scholarships. Every year the College awards $300,000 in scholarships to students based on academic achievement and financial need. Our innovative Galileo Scholarship provides faculty mentors and internship opportunities, as well as financial support, for students majoring in science, math, engineering, or technology.
RVCC offers numerous ways for you to hone your leadership skills. Consider joining the Student Government Association, representing the College as a Student Ambassador, or becoming an officer in a student club or leader of an athletics team. RVCC recently became a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, the largest leadership honor society in the nation.
Vibrant, Diverse Student Life
At RVCC you’ll be part of a tight-knit community filled with a world of experiences – both social and intellectual. We have more than 50 clubs and organizations and nine athletic teams. From lecture series to student performances, to life-changing community service opportunities, to clubs and organizations of all skills and interests, the student experience at RVCC is boundless.
Ranked Top Community College in NJ
RVCC has been given top honors by BestColleges.com, WalletHub.com, and Niche.com in their annual lists of best colleges. All three websites have ranked RVCC as the best community college in New Jersey. Best Colleges.com also ranked RVCC #10 in its list of “Best Online Community Colleges for 2018.” In addition, Zippia, a website dedicated to helping recent grads with their career choices, has ranked RVCC as the best community college in New Jersey for getting a job.
Great Transfer Opportunities after Graduation
Start your college education at RVCC and transfer anywhere – in New Jersey, across the country, or even Europe. We have more than 90 agreements that make it easy for you to transfer with full junior status to top colleges and universities. Our graduates have transferred to such prestigious schools at New York University, Howard University, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Rutgers University, and The College of New Jersey. Just look at some of the schools our international students have transferred to after RVCC.