The associate in science degree in applied liberal arts is designed to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing students to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree in the College of Liberal Arts, which offers majors in advertising and public relations, applied modern language and culture, communication, criminal justice, digital humanities and social sciences, economics, international and global studies, journalism, museum studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, public policy, and sociology and anthropology. This program is only available to students seeking admission to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
By the end of the first year, students choose a College of Liberal Arts major they wish to enroll in after completing the AS degree. During the second year, students take four professional courses in their chosen liberal arts major. In addition, as a part of their AS course work, students complete one mathematics and once science course to meet the graduation requirements of their major.
The AS degree maximizes the number of credits a student may transfer toward a baccalaureate degree within the College of Liberal Arts. Admission to this major is available throughout the academic year.
ACT: Composite test score of 18 and above.
English: Placement into Critical Reading and Writing (UWRT-100), or a First Year Writing course, such as FYW: Writing Seminar (UWRT-150).
Mathematics: Placement into NMTH-250 or higher from NTID, COS or another RIT college. Students will enroll in the mathematics course required by their prospective baccalaureate program. Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least three years of high school mathematics.
Science: Readiness for NSCI-250 or higher from NTID, COS or another RIT college. Students will enroll in the science course required by their prospective baccalaureate program. Typically, students entering this major will have completed at least two years of high school science.
To enroll in the College of Liberal Arts, students must have a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher upon graduating with the AS degree in applied liberal arts.
Government (Local, State, Federal)
Applied liberal arts, AS degree, typical course sequence
Sem. Cr. Hrs.
The course provides entering NTID students with opportunities to develop/enhance academic skills, personal awareness, and community involvement in order to maximize their college experience. Students have opportunities to explore and navigate the college environment, develop/reinforce academic skills and participate in service learning opportunities. Students are encouraged to establish meaningful connections with faculty, staff and peers. The course promotes the development of plans for ongoing growth and involvement in class and in the RIT/NTID and/or broader community. Students must pass this course to earn an associates degree.
Critical Reading and Writing
Critical Reading and Writing is a one semester, three-credit course limited to 15 students per section. This course is designed to help students develop the literacy practices they will need to be successful in their First-Year Writing course. Students will read, understand, interpret, and synthesize a variety of texts. Assignments are designed to challenge students intellectually, culturally and rhetorically. Through inquiry-based assignment sequences, students will improve their writing by developing academic research and literacy practices that will be further strengthened in First-Year Writing. Particular attention will be given to critical reading, academic writing conventions, and revision. Small class size promotes frequent student-instructor and student-student interaction. The course also emphasizes the principles of intellectual property and academic integrity in academic writing. This course fulfills a Gen Ed free elective.
LAS Perspective 6†
NTID LAS: NTID Mathematics‡
NTID LAS Elective§
First Year LAS Elective
First Year Writing Seminar
LAS Perspective 1, 3, 4
An introductory statistics course utilizing a lecture/lab format in which statistics concepts, probability, probability distributions, and bivariate data are studied. Statistical concepts that are essential for an understanding of social and political issues of contemporary life will be emphasized. Statistical software and applications will be introduced.
LAS Perspective 2
LAS Immersion 1, 2, 3
Total Semester Credit Hours
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing associate degrees are required to complete one Wellness course.
† NTID science course numbered NSCI-250 or higher, or College of Science course required by chosen professional area.
‡ Mathematics and science courses as required by chosen professional area.
§ NTID course numbered NCOM-201 or higher, or NHSS-260 or higher.
** Four courses in a College of Liberal Arts professional area of study.