Welcome to the School of Liberal Arts & Education

About the School of Liberal Arts & Education

The School of Liberal Arts and Education is to prepare students to achieve their highest academic and career goals through engagement in a learning community endowed with a rich and diverse Liberal Arts curriculum that fosters scholarly excellence, cultural awareness, and social responsibility.

The School offers Associate and Baccalaureate degree programs that are responsive to local and global change and produces graduates who are effective world citizens. An inclusive Liberal Arts education is a necessary foundation for ongoing intellectual development, professional studies, and effective service to the community.

Message from the Dean

Education, in general, is a life-transforming experience. A Liberal Arts education, in particular, places students in a strong position to succeed in college and in life as visionary and inspired agents of change. The combination of studies in Communications, English, Education, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Social Work provides our students with a solid foundation for personal development, self-fulfillment leadership, and future profession endeavors.

Sincerely, Dr. Sheilah M. Paul

Dr. Sheilah M. Paul

Our Departments

English

The English Department is a community of teachers, scholars and writers whose primary mission is to offer students an outstanding liberal arts education and the values of intellectual rigor and critical inquiry in an increasingly globalized and highly technological information-based society.

Students may pursue a baccalaureate degree in English and an associate degree in liberal arts with a concentration in English. The department offers courses for the English major, composition and literature courses in the general education curriculum, ESL courses, and composition and critical literacy courses in the developmental education curriculum. 

Education

The Education Department’s Mission is "to prepare change agents for classrooms, schools and communities who educate to liberate." The Department prepares students to become teachers at the early childhood and childhood levels. Furthermore, the Department accepts the special obligations that are attached to educating teachers who will work and live within a multicultural community and who will strive to promote the best education for all children.

The Education Department was one of the first departments to be created when the College opened its doors in 1971. The Department’s programs and policies ensure that its candidates demonstrate the academic and professional skills and competencies addressed in the New York State Teacher Certification Exam (NYSTCE) as well as the intellectual acumen and academic skills and proficiencies needed to meet Departmental Standards and related Professional Standards.

ACCREDIDATION: the Education Department received national accreditation, without conditions, from the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) in October 2006, and reaccredited again in April 2013.

Foreign Language

The Department of Foreign Languages is dedicated to helping students discover the world through the study of language, literature, and culture. Our goal is to provide students with the means to explore their own worldview and challenge their capacity to identify with people of differing backgrounds. We endeavor to motivate in students an appreciation and understanding of the world’s people so that they may leave Medgar Evers College with the ability and the desire to communicate and empathize with others.

The Department of Foreign Languages emphasizes the variety and integrity of our programs, the skill and competence of our graduates, and the importance of our efforts within the vocational and career-oriented mission of our college. To this end, our courses: help students discover their capacity as language learners; provide students with the appropriate language skills to enable them to communicate effectively and function in their chosen profession; enable students to acquire and incorporate knowledge of the tools and organizational proficiency needed for language and cultural studies; inspire students to think critically in the humanistic tradition about texts and language; instill in our students the positive nature of cultural differences.

Philosophy and Religion

The study of philosophy fosters critical, analytic reasoning skills that are part of the intellectual armament of an educated person. Its successful student will be a tough-minded thinker who is able to devise for him/herself a consistent worldview in which knowledge from other disciplines and knowledge from life experiences are put together into a coherent system. The study of philosophy will also acquaint students with the great ideas that have been central in the development of human culture over the past 25 centuries. However, philosophy is not simply a collection of doctrines. Rather, it is a set of great controversies over fundamental questions such as the nature of mind, the meaning of truth, knowledge, and value and the method of conceptual analysis we use to clarify the terms of our thinking about these questions.

Psychology

The Psychology laboratory offers students opportunities to conduct research (Independent Study, Research Practicum, and Senior Thesis options). The clinical practicum affords students the opportunity to undertake an internship in some mental health area in the community. Each year awards are given for academic excellence and community or college service.

Social and Behavioral Science

provide students with the essential academic knowledge and skills necessary for rigorous undergraduate study, and subsequent entry into the graduate and professional schools and career advancement. The Department is committed to increasing the relevance and usefulness of the social and behavioral sciences to students, to other disciplines, and to the local community.

Mass Communication

The Department of Mass Communication, Creative, Performing Arts and Speech is an academic department in the School of Liberal Arts and Education at Medgar Evers College. It provides a wide range of interdisciplinary courses in the performing, media and theater arts (art, music, speech, radio, TV, dance, acting and theater crafts). New technologies, innovative material and pedagogies are an integral part of the learners’ multi-dimensional scholastic experiences.

The curriculum offered is structured to allow students to select or follow a selected course of study. In addition to the course offerings, the Department provides enrichment activities for learners in laboratories, internships, gallery visits, exhibitions, workshops, seminars, and performances. A pamphlet of these activities is available for students in the Department of Mass Communication, Creative, Performing Arts and Speech. The department produces its own collaborative performances which are showcased each semester.

"An inclusive Liberal Arts education is a necessary foundation for ongoing intellectual development, professional studies, and effective service to the community."

Contact Us

Medgar Evers College
1650 Bedford Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225
718.270.4900

Our Mission

The School of Liberal Arts and Education is to prepare students to achieve their highest academic and career goals through engagement in a learning community endowed with a rich and diverse Liberal Arts curriculum that fosters scholarly excellence, cultural awareness, and social responsibility.