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  • B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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    Explore liberal arts topics and specialize in communications, psychology and social sciences.
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Liberal Arts and Sciences B.A. Curriculum

The 120 credit B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree program is composed of core courses, English and Math sequence courses, specialization courses, milestone and capstone courses and elective courses.

The 120 credit B.A. Liberal Arts and Sciences degree consists of 45 - 54 credits in the liberal arts and sciences, 36 credits in the chosen area of specialization, and 30-39 elective credits.

Students in the program can chose one of three specializations: Psychology, Social Sciences, or Communications. The elective courses can be used to take additional liberal arts courses, participate in internships for credit, or apply for prior learning credits in accordance with Mercy’s policies.

Mercy feels that this curriculum aids students to develop the essential skills expected of all Mercy College students: written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, reading fluency, quantitative reasoning, and information literacy.

General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements

45 - 54 Credits


36 Credits

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives

30 - 39 Credits

Total 120 Credits

General Education Requirements

Seminar Courses

  • NRLA 100 Experience, Learning and Identity
  • HUMM 100 American Experience
  • BHSC 125 Urban Community
  • SINC 120 Science and Human Values
  • BIOL 100 Human Body
  • NRLA 400 Ways of Knowing in the Liberal Arts

Milestone Course

  • NRLA 150 First Year Orientation
  • NRLA 220 Milestone I: Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom
  • NRLA 250 Milestone II: Liberal Arts Tapestry

English Courses

  • ENGL 201 Research and Information Literacy
  • ENGL 100 Writing as Communication*
  • ENGL 106 Translating Experience into Essay*
  • ENGL 286 Language, Thought and Critical Analysis*
  • ENGL 287 Modes of Analysis

*Based on writing placement

Mathematics Courses

  • MATH 112 Fundamentals of Algebra
  • MATH 155 Quantitative Reasoning
  • MATH 200 College Algebra
  • MATH 127 Statistics

Specialization Courses

Communications Specialization Courses

  • COMM 100 Introductions to Communication
  • COMM 120 Introduction to Mass Media
  • COMM 110 Oral Communications
  • POLS 270 The Role of Media in Politics
  • COMM 300 Mass Communication and Society
  • COMM 310 Cross Cultural Communication
  • COMM 320 Communication Law
  • COMM 400 The Telecommunications Revolution
  • COMM 401 Organizational Communication
  • MEDA 250 The Art and Film of Television
  • COMM 420 Advanced Topics in Mass Media
  • COMM 440 Fashion and Society

Psychology Specialization Courses

  • PSYN 106 Introduction to Psyhcology
  • PSYN 258 Infant and Child Psychology
  • PSYN 278 Adolescent Psychology
  • PSYN 292 Theories of Personality
  • PSYN 304 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYN 400 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
  • PSYN 460 Experimental Psychology
  • PSYN 405 Psychology of Family Systems
  • PSYN 403 Traumatic Stress
  • PSYN 404 Social Psychology
  • PSYN 450 Clinical Psychology
  • PSYN 406 Educational Psychology

Social Sciences Specializations Courses

  • SOCL 102 Introduction to Sociology
  • BHSC 127 The Criminal Justice System
  • POLS 100 Introduction to Political Science
  • BHSC 200 Crime and Deviance
  • SOCL 220 Contemporary Social Problems
  • BHSC 216 Juvenile Justice System in the US
  • BHSC 217 Parole and Probation System in the US
  • BHSC 400 Social Science Research
  • SOCL 260 Criminal Violence and the Courts
  • SOCL 268 Community, Ethnicity and Food
  • SOCL 350 Social Theories of Race and Class
  • BHSC 218 Oral Traditions

Elective Courses

Students will take between 30 and 39 elective credits based on their writing placement.

How To Apply to the Liberal Arts and Sciences B.A.

To apply for the Center for New Resources - Adult Education program, students must complete a Mercy College application,submit an official High School Transcript with graduation date or official certification of high school equivalency earned through passage of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or General Educational Development (GED) assessment and complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) exam and submit a placement essay through the Bronx Testing Center. 

Apply to Mercy College
Visit our application page to complete an undergraduate online application, download a PDF application or request a mailed application. If you would like a mailed application, please call 1.877.MERCY.GO or email

Schedule a Placement Test and Placement Essay
Students must complete their Mercy College application to be eliglbe to complete the the TABE exam and placement essay at the Bronx Campus. To schedule your appointment email Paul Reid at

On Exam Day

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the exam
  • Bring a photo ID
  • Bring a pen and pencil
Center for New Resources - Adult Education Overview

The Center for New Resources Adult Education's Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences program, formerly offered at The College of New Rochelle, provides a comprehensive liberal arts education to adult students 21 and older. The seminar-style program focuses on critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills. Students are exposed to a broad spectrum of knowledge with a chance to specialize in communications, psychology or social sciences.

Advisers work closely with students to advise and inspire students to fulfill their potential and meet their academic goals. To ensure that students reach graduation as efficiently as possible, the program offers day, night and some weekend classes. Eligible students can apply for credits via the College's prior learning assessment process, which allows students to earn up to 30 credits from work and life experiences.

Degree Benefits

Our seminar-style adult education program builds a solid foundation of critical thinking and communication competencies that employers look for when building their teams.

Earning a bachelor's degree can also lead to increased earning potential, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual income for those with a bachelor's degree increases by $24,000.


Students may specialize their studies in one of the following areas:

  • Communications
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
Center for New Resources - Adult Education Reduced Tuition

To help you with your tuition costs, students admitted to the Center for New Resources - Adult Education program are eligible for reduced tuition. This program has a savings of over 55 percent than our traditional degree.

Center for New Resources - Adult Education
Full- or part-time evening courses at the Bronx Campus Tuition: $437.00 per credit

Registration Fees
General Student Full-Time: $577 per term
General Student Part-Time: $430 per term
Summer Term Students: $377

All courses must be taken at the Bronx Campus.

Adult Focused

The Center for New Resources - Adult Education program was designed for adults 21 and over to earn a bachelor's degree with a seminar-style approach. Students are in classes with other adult learners which creates a unique sense of community and ability for intellectual exchanges with peers.

Students maximize their time with this degree with flexible and convenient scheduling, as well as the ability to earn up to 30 credits from prior work and life experiences.

Center for New Resources - Adult Education Fast Facts
  • Advisement Plan – Students work with their academic advisers to devise a personal degree plan that takes their current responsibilities into account. The result? Realistic, attainable goals.
  • Liberal Arts Studies – Liberal arts students gain invaluable critical thinking, writing and oral communications skills, developing a lifelong love of learning and the ability to quickly adapt in the professional world.
  • Seminar Style Course Structure – Our seminar-style classes are based on discussion and participation, and average just 18 students. The program is characterized by active intellectual exchange and a sense of community that other adult-oriented programs lack.

Admission Requirements

Students must be age 21 or older and submit an official High School Transcript with graduation date or official certification of high school equivalency earned through passage of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) or General Educational Development (GED) assessment. Successful entrance to the college begins with students taking the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE). Students also are required to take a writing assessment exam, which is used for purposes of academic advisement and placement in the English course sequence.

Degree Requirements

  • 120 credits including required and elective courses
  • An entrance seminar, Experience, Learning and Identity, and an exit seminar, Ways of Knowing, that includes a Life Arts Project
  • An English course sequence, as required by an entrance competency assessment. Students must complete the sequence based on the assessment placement.
    • Writing for Communications
    • Translating Experience into Essay
    • Language, Thought and Critical Analysis
    • Modes of Analysis
  • Four core seminars
    • Science and Human Values
    • Human Body
    • American Experience
    • Urban Community
  • College Algebra, which should be successfully completed before the student has reached 60 credit mark
  • Two milestone courses in the sophomore and junior years:
    • Milestone I: Learning Inside and Outside of the Classroom
    • Milestone II: Liberal Arts Tapestry

A student must complete 36 credits in their area of specialization. Open liberal arts electives range from 30-36 credits.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students should be able to read, write and speak effectively
  2. Students should be able to manipulate quantitative data
  3. Students should be able to think analytically and critically. 
  4. Students should be able to apply an in-depth knowledge in an academic area of interest
  5. Students should be able to identify areas of pursuit for careers, socially meaningful activities or further study. 
Program and School Goals

Program Goals:

  1. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of their disciplinary specialization.
  2. Students are expected to put theoretical concepts of their specialization into practice.
  3. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in reading, oral, and written communication, and make insightful connections and interpretations.
  4. Students are expected to be aware of and able to value ideas, perspectives, and cultures other than their own.
  5. Students are expected to be able to plan for continued academic pursuit as well as self-directed inquiry into personal and/or career-related areas of interest.

SSBS School Goals:

  1. Students are expected to acquire knowledge of disciplinary/program content and the core competencies across programs (content knowledge)
  2. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to apply theory and knowledge
  3. Students are expected to be effective communicators and critical thinkers
  4. Students are expected to demonstrate an awareness of diversity.
  5. Students are expected to develop a commitment to lifelong learning