Liberal Arts

A Well-Rounded Education

Enlightening.

It’s the one word that best describes our Liberal Arts program.

Our subjects span the world and the centuries. We want you to leave our program knowing more about the social and cultural phenomena that surround you because it will make you a better artist or designer. With more than 120 courses to choose from, our offerings vary from literature and world history to math and writing courses. Some courses offer hands-on experience including how to write and illustrate a children’s book, script a film or review gallery exhibits.

Our courses will leave you inspired and well-rounded. Offering you a slightly different worldview that will give your work an edge in the professional world.

Our distinguished faculty, including practicing psychologists, design firm and gallery owners and recipients of the Kresge Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will ensure you receive a well rounded education.

We also offer minors in Art History or Art Therapy, Visual Culture and Critical Theory and a Business Concentration, in partnership with Walsh College, all offered through the Liberal Arts Department.

Scholarship Opportunities

For questions about the Brewer-Smallenburg Scholarship or the Goldwasser Writing Competition, please contact the Liberal Arts department at 313.664.7640.

The Brewer-Smallenburg Scholarship

Since 1990, the Harry W. Smallenburg and Maxine Brewer Memorial Endowment has recognized and encouraged CCS students who excel in academic studies as well as their chosen studio major.

The scholarship is distributed each spring as the Brewer-Smallenburg Scholarship, a writing competition sponsored by the Liberal Arts department, in which sophomores, juniors, and first-semester seniors who have displayed a consistently high level of work (minimum G.P.A. of 3.00) are encouraged to submit works of nonfiction to be judged by CCS faculty. Recipients of the scholarship are awarded funds which are directly deposited into the student's CCS account for future use.

Goldwasser Writing Competition

The James S. Goldwasser Award for Excellence in Writing was established in 2001 to honor James S. Goldwasser, an extraordinary Liberal Arts professor. Professor Goldwasser taught English courses at CCS for 30 years. He is remembered for challenging students to expand their minds by embracing literature and the art of writing.

The scholarship is distributed each spring as the Goldwasser Fiction Writing Competition, a competition sponsored by the Liberal Arts department, in which graduating seniors are encouraged to submit works of fiction to be judged by CCS faculty. Recipients of the scholarship are awarded funds which are directly deposited into the student's CCS account for future use.

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