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Welcome to the School of Arts and Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College!  We proudly offer the core of the general education and transfer curriculum at GRCC.  We also offer the following specific degrees:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences
  • Associate of Fine Arts in Fine Arts
  • Associate of Fine Arts Photography
  • Associate in General Studies
  • Associate in Music
  • Associate in Science

In addition to meeting degree and transfer requirements, courses in the Arts and Sciences serve other vital purposes in the lives of individuals and societies.  According to the Task Force on General Education at Harvard University, a liberal arts education:

heightens students' awareness of the human and natural worlds they inhabit. It makes them more reflective about their beliefs and choices, more self-conscious and critical of their presuppositions and motivations, more creative in their problem-solving, more perceptive of the world around them, and more able to inform themselves about the issues that arise in their lives, personally, professionally, and socially.

The benefits of this education also translate to the community, from the local to the global.  Janet Morgan Riggs, President of Gettsyburg College, eloquently makes this assertion in “Liberal Arts Education:  Why It Still Matters,” when she writes that liberal arts educators believe:

future leaders in education, science, law, business, medicine and public service will be those who will think clearly and creatively, challenge conventional thinking, understand the global context and feel a responsibility to use their education for the greater good. This is the essential value of the liberal arts.

The faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences are committed to their teaching and to your learning, whether it happens in the classroom, lab, studio, performance hall, office, or other small-group settings where instruction and mentoring take place.  Although teaching is the primary focus of our faculty, they are also scholars, researchers, artists, and practitioners in their academic disciplines.   We encourage you to take an active role in seeking their assistance and guidance on academic matters and potential career paths.

We also encourage you to seek co-curricular learning opportunities sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences.  You may wish to consider joining the staff of the student newspaper, The Collegiate, or the student arts magazine, The Display; performing in one of our vocal or instrumental ensembles or with the GRCC Players; joining one of our arts or academic clubs; or participating on our Model United Nations team.   Many opportunities exist in the School of Arts and Sciences to supplement the learning that occurs in the classroom.  Ask any Arts and Sciences faculty or staff member about opportunities that might interest you.  Please also revisit this website occasionally to find information about upcoming scholarly, intellectual, and artistic events sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences.

Come explore the world and broaden your horizons in the School of Arts and Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College!  You are welcome here.


Laurie Chesley, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences