Applied Liberal Arts Associate in science degree

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The associate in science (AS) 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 RIT’s College of Liberal ArtsThis program is available for qualified deaf and hard of hearing students. 

Applied liberal arts is an Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Program, offered by RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, that prepares students to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree program. The program offers you unparalleled academic support and students strengthen their skills by taking courses taught by NTID faculty.

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 the AS course work, students complete one mathematics and one science course to meet the graduation requirements of their major.

You’ll start with an AS in applied liberal arts, which provides you with the courses and credits you need to enroll in and successfully complete a bachelor's program in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts. Upon completion of your AS program, provided you earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher, you will enroll in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, where you can choose to complete a bachelor’s degree 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, or sociology and anthropology.

Learn more about the benefits of pursuing an Associate+Bachelor’s Degree Program


  • K-12 Education

  • Non-Profit

  • Health Care

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Defense

  • Advertising, PR, and Marketing

  • Journalism, Media, and Publishing


Applied Liberal Arts, AS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Freshman Seminar
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.
Elementary Statistics
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.
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 (scientific principles)†
NTID Mathematics‡
NTID LAS Elective§
LAS Elective
First Year Writing (WI)
LAS Perspective 1 (ethical)
LAS Perspective 3 (global)
LAS Perspective 4 (social)
Wellness Education*
Second Year
Professional Electives**
LAS Perspective 2 (artistic)
LAS Electives‡
LAS Immersion 1, 2, 3
Total Semester Credit Hours

Please see the NTID General Education Curriculum-Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

* 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.

Admission Requirements

For the AS Degree Leading to Bachelor’s Degree (Associate+Bachelor’s Program)

  • 2 years of math required; students interested in engineering, math and science transfer programs should have three or more years of math.
  • 1 year of science required; students interested in engineering, math and science transfer programs should have two or more years of science.
  • Physics is recommended for students interested in engineering.
  • English language skills as evidenced by application materials determine associate degree options.

Specific Requirements

  • 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, RIT's College of Science, 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, RIT's College of Science, or another RIT college. Students will enroll in the science course required by their prospective baccalaureate program. Typically, students entering this program will have completed at least two years of high school science.


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