Liberal Arts

About the Division

Welcome to the Liberal Arts Division. We offer courses and programs in the liberal arts tradition that expose our students to a broad range of academic disciplines and provide them with the skills to think independently, develop problem-solving skills, and communicate effectively.

Whether you are looking to develop a broad academic foundation, acquire new skills and knowledge, enter the workforce, or transfer to a four-year college or university, the division offers a variety of academic options to meet students’ unique educational, career and life goals in the following areas:

Communication and Humanities »
Rebecca Townsend, Department Chair, 860-512-2685

Computer Game Design and Graphic Design »
Ed Hogan, Program Coordinator, 860-512-2672

English »
James Gentile, Department Co-Chair, 860-512-2667
Rae Strickland, Department Co-Chair, 860-512-2677
Alina Ciscel, English as a Second Language (ESL) Academic Discipline Coordinator, 860-512-3241

Languages »
Linda Burk, Professor, 860-512-2684

Music »
Deborah Simmons, Program Coordinator, 860-512-2674

Visual Fine Arts »
Olivia Chiang, Department Co-Chair, 860-512-2679
Daniel Long, Department Co-Chair, 860-512-2697


Discover the Liberal Arts

Do you want to study the great philosophical, cultural, literary and artistic traditions? Do you like to think, solve problems and explore new ideas? Do you like to express yourself through writing, speaking or the arts? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then a liberal arts education may be right for you. Exposure to the liberal arts provides students with a broad background to move directly into the workforce or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university.

At MCC, the general education core curriculum is an integral part of every degree program. The Liberal Arts Division offers a broad range of courses – in the Visual Fine Arts, Music, Graphic Arts, Communication, English and the Humanities – from which students may choose to satisfy their general education core requirements.

In addition, the Liberal Arts Division offers associate degrees in the Visual Fine Arts, Music, Communication, Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, Graphic Design and Computer Game Design.

If you are thinking of transferring to complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree in a major such as English, pre-law or psychology, the college’s Liberal Arts and Science associate in art degree program will prepare you well. With an increasing number of students looking to continue their studies and receive a bachelor’s degree, many students will start their course work at MCC because of its high quality instruction and more affordable tuition and fees. MCC has developed excellent relationships with our neighboring college and university partners to ensure that our graduates are able to transfer the maximum number of credits.

Students who are planning to transfer are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors or department chairs to discuss how MCC courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available at MCC can be found in the Transfer Services portion of the web site.

Whatever your plans, the entire MCC professional community—its faculty, staff and support areas—is committed to preparing our students to succeed in the classroom, in the workplace and in society.


Division Contact Information

Samantha Gonzalez
Division Director
AST T304
sgonzalez@manchestercc.edu
860-512-2662

Brenda St. Peter
Division Secretary
AST T302
bstpeter@manchestercc.edu
860-512-2660


MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

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