Liberal Arts

From the classics to the contemporary.

Ever wanted to write a script? Study science fiction or avant-garde film? Maybe you’d like to study the graphic novel or create one of your own?

The Liberal Arts Department at CCS gives you all the benefits of training in language, literature, classical rhetoric, art history and visual culture, philosophy, history, psychology, and the natural and social sciences. From learning about the latest in sustainability and environmental science to writing a working business plan for your future gallery or design studio, there’s no limit to the many ways a solid grounding in the liberal arts can enhance your work as an artist or designer.

What Sets Us Apart?

Concentrations
Students can choose from a variety of concentrations to add to their art and design majors: business, creative writing, sustainability and social responsibility, visual culture, art history, critical theory and art therapy.

Distinguished Faculty
Distinguished faculty of practicing professionals — including award-winning creative writers, psychologists, social workers, art therapists and entrepreneurs — are eager to share their expertise in the classroom.

Writing Contests
Brewer-Smallenburg Non-fiction Writing Contest and the Goldwasser Fiction Writing Contest give students the chance to share and be recognized for excellence in both academic and creative writing.

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.

Contact Us

Liberal Arts Department
T. 313.664.7640
F. 313.664.7885

Department Chair
Dr. Lisa Catani
T. 313.664.7817