World renown for its technical and engineering
programs, RIT is often overlooked as a university that offers
a well-rounded liberal arts education. RIT's College of Liberal
Arts provides students with a broad array of opportunities in
the behavioral sciences, humanities and social sciences.
Every academic year, new courses are available to students.
The upcoming 2000 academic year is no different. The College
of Liberal Arts psychology department will offer students a new
track combining psychology and business. This track features
four courses, two that are currently being offered through the
College of Business and two that are new. Psychometrics and Special
Topics will be available to students for the first time in the
fall, while Human Resources and Management and Leadership and
Management will be cross-referenced in the Fall Course Catalog.
Students interested in communication and politics will have
the opportunity to enroll in Political Communication this fall.
This new course, offered by the professional and technical communication
department, examines presidential rhetoric and focuses on the
2000 presidential race and the New York State senatorial campaign.
Professors Brian Snee and Grant Cos will team-teach the course,
bringing together their interests in media and rhetoric.
In addition to new courses, the College of Liberal Arts offers
all students minors in 14 academic disciplines. A new minor,
beginning in the fall quarter of 2000, is Social Welfare Policy.
This minor provides students with a broad overview of the system
of social welfare in the United States. Students will have the
opportunity to review the development of a social welfare system
in America, as well as the current state of social welfare policy.
Students may find the new minor interesting and advantageous
because they will become knowledgeable in areas they may need
in future employment situations. Minors are currently available
in, but not limited to communication, criminal justice, foreign
language, international relations, and philosophy.
In 1986, the College of Liberal Arts curriculum expanded to
include a graduate program in school psychology. However, students
wishing to continue their education in other liberal arts related
fields have had to look outside RIT. This won't be the case for
long. Currently, the professional and technical communication
department has proposed a new graduate degree in communication
and plans to offer a master's degree within the next year. Also
in the works is a new degree program offering students the opportunity
to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in policy.
Ample opportunities are offered to students within the College
of Liberal Arts. For further information on available minors,
contact the Scheduling Office or Academic Advising. Further information
on graduate programs and course requirements are available through