The Liberal Arts Department offers an enriching two-year program consisting of studies in a variety of academic fields including Social Science, Humanities, Communications, Native American Studies, and Fine Arts. Upon graduating with this degree, a student is better prepared with skills, knowledge, and perspectives needed to successfully enter the work force or transfer into a bachelor’s degree program for further studies. The Liberal Arts faculty believes that a good education empowers people, and that empowered individuals promote positive social change. We provide opportunities for our students to acquire academic skills paired with increased self-awareness. The department offers a variety of courses designed to create well-rounded learners and communicators, while sparking imagination, creativity, and curiosity. The faculty is also strongly committed to integrating Native American history, culture, and viewpoints into all classes and to providing tools for students to enhance and strengthen their Native American communities today and in the future. Liberal Arts majors graduate with a better understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world.
Objectives for the Liberal Arts Program:
- Provide support for all SKC academic programs and students through general education courses.
- Provide core courses and advising support for students transferring into a four-year program upon completion of the two-year Liberal Arts program.
- Provide school to work preparation for students seeking employment upon completion of the two-year Liberal Arts program.
- Provide and maintain oral and written communication, and information literacy support to SKC students, faculty, and staff through the SKC Writing Center and its services.
- Provide students with the communication and personal marketing skills to succeed in the workforce or in the pursuit of further education.
Upon completion of the Liberal Arts Program, students will be able to:
- Practice effective written and verbal communication skills through the creation of essay, reports, and oral presentations.
- Reflect understanding of the connection of people and place to language, ideas, and culture.
- Utilize critical thinking skills to analyze and synthesize ideas and information from a variety of sources with one’s own ideas to create well thought-out discussions, arguments, and ideas in written and oral work.
- Demonstrate recognition of differing American Indian values and traditions, and a respect for various tribal cultures through the integration of Native American cultural perspectives into coursework.
- Apply knowledge of the Liberal Arts to real-world situations, in meaningful ways across multiple settings and conditions.