General Studies/Humanities and Arts Studies

Degree offered

Associate in Arts in General Studies (Humanities and Arts Studies)

Credits required 60

Dean

Ulli Ryder, ulli.ryder@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Catherine Adamowicz, Coordinator of Humanities and Arts Studies and Professor of English, cadamowicz@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: GS

Concentration Code:  HA

Program Goals Statement

This program provides students an opportunity to explore the Humanities and Arts programs available at the College, including Art Transfer, Communication Transfer, Deaf Studies and the Humanities Transfer concentration of the Liberal Arts Program.  These programs provide a comprehensive and rigorous foundation for transfer to a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in these disciplines.  Humanities and arts students will explore the fundamentals of human communication in theory and practice, and analyze historic and contemporary role of these disciplines in an increasingly diverse society.  These programs can also prepare students for careers in design, the performing and visual arts or working with the Deaf or hard of hearing.

Program Information

  • Humanities programs vary greatly from one another here and at four-year institutions.  Students whose exploration uncovers a new, unforeseen passion or interest in one of our humanities areas should contact the specific program coordinator associated with that area as soon as possible to discuss their options and best course of action. Specific program coordinators can also assist you with choosing free electives that are available to you.
  • Students interested in Art Transfer programs should meet with the program director to discuss the process of building a strong portfolio for use in transferring or towards the job market and be aware that some studio art courses are offered only one semester.
  • Students interested in Communication Transfer programs should meet with the program director to discuss field-based learning opportunities in areas related to mass communication, organizational communication, or public communication.
  • BCC offers several Deaf Studies concentrations to meet a student's career and academic goals.  Students interested in these programs who have taken non-credit "sign language classes" in the past, or, are heritage signers (Deaf/signing family) or have taken two or more ASL classes in high school, with a B or better, should meet with the program director to discuss placement options.
  • Students interested in the Humanities Transfer concentration of the Liberal Arts program should meet with the program director to discuss humanities transfer opportunities and agreements.

 After BCC

  • BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements that guarantee admission and credit transfer.
  • For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer. 

Degree Requirements

General Courses

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:13

Choose One Social Phenomenon Course

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one History Course

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose two Humanities and Arts Courses

ART 111Drawing I

3 credits

ART 121Two-Dimensional Design

3 credits

ART 131Three-Dimensional Design

3 credits

COM 106Introduction to Communication and College Success

3 credits

COM 111Mass Communication

3 credits

DST 101Introduction to Deaf Studies

4 credits

DST 110Deaf Culture

3 credits

Foreign Language Elective

3 credits

THE 101Introduction to the Theatre

3 credits

THE 112Actor's Workshop

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose one Technical Literacy Course


ART 260Computer Graphics

3 credits

COM 157Television Production

3 credits

COM 159Video Field Production and Editing

3 credits

THE 135Stagecraft (Fall)

2 credits

THE 136Stagecraft (Spring)

2 credits

Waived for students who have successfully completed two online courses.

Additional Program Electives


Lab Science Elective

4 credits

Consult with your advisor to select college-level courses to achieve a total of at least 60 credits.  Students should complete the required General Courses as soon as possible. 

Recommended Electives include:  ARC, ART, ASL, COM, CVC, DAN, DSC, DST, ENG, FRN, HUM, MUS, PHL, POR, SUS.

Choose one Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Course


Lab Science Elective

4 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Humanities Elective

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

Humanities Elective

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

Technical Literacy Elective

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective

3-4 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Program Electives

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Program Electives

Link to the main site.