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Continuing Education - Degree Completion

Purchase College at Rockland Community College

Work Toward Your Bachelor’s Degree Close to Home!

This liberal studies bachelor's program is designed for graduates of Rockland Community College (RCC) and other students who would like to complete much of the required coursework for their bachelor’s degree close to home in Rockland County during the evening. Students may choose one of three majors in the program, described in the liberal studies program introduction:

  1. BA in Liberal Studies (general studies major)
  2. BS in Communications (Revised program effective Jan. 1, 2016; formerly offered program: BA in liberal studies: communications/media studies) Liberal 
  3. BA in Liberal Studies: Legal Studies

In most cases, students may complete their bachelor's with two years of full-time study. Students can study on either a part-time or full-time basis. All courses are held on the Rockland campus, with the exception of the required Senior Capstone, which is offered on the Purchase College campus in Westchester County.

In 2003, Purchase College launched the liberal studies degree completion program at the Rockland Community College extension site. The idea of providing an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in Rockland County at affordable SUNY tuition led to the program’s tag line, “Why take the bridge?” Since the program’s beginning, more than 140 students have completed their bachelor’s degree while taking advantage of the program’s convenient time, location, and pace.

An articulation agreement between the two SUNY campuses, Purchase College and Rockland Community College, allows you to complete certain requirements at RCC. If you need to fulfill any lower-level credit requirements, you may do so at RCC and transfer them to Purchase College. In addition, if RCC offers a course required for your major—for example, Legal Research or Intro. to Criminal Law (for legal studies)—you may also take the course at RCC and transfer it to Purchase College.

You will work closely with an advisor to maximize the application of your transfer credits toward completion of your graduation requirements.

Site Coordinator: Grazyna Gliwiak
Tel.: (845) 574-4744
Fax: (845) 574-4212
Purchase College @ SUNY Rockland
Brucker Hall, room 6102
145 College Road
Suffern, NY 10901

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Updated Oct. 16, 2015

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