The mission of Eugenio María De Hostos Community College is to offer access to higher education leading to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility through the development of linguistic, mathematical, technological, and critical thinking skills for lifelong learning and for success in a variety of prliograms, including careers, liberal arts, transfer, and those professional programs leading to licensures.
Created in 1968 by an act of the Board of Higher Education, Hostos opened its doors to a class of about 600 in 1970. Since the late 1970s, the College has grown steadily and today enrolls about 4,800 students. The six-building campus boasts state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, computer facilities, and theaters. The College serves a diverse student body, the highest concentration of whom come from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and South and Central America.
Hostos offers associate degree programs in the liberal arts and a variety of career-specific fields.
- Hostos students include recent high school graduates and adults (whose average age is 27). There are programs for bilingual students and for students who are monolingual in English or Spanish.
- At Hostos, you can choose between the liberal arts and sciences or occupation-oriented programs. Most students in the occupational programs find employment immediately after graduation.
- More than 90 percent of the Hostos faculty teach full time at the College. About 50 percent hold a doctoral degree, 15 percent hold a terminal degree in their field, and 33 percent have earned at least one master’s degree.
- For students who need to improve their scholastic skills, the College has designed LIBRA, an academic development program that provides the individual attention they need to make their years at Hostos successful.
- A glass-enclosed pedestrian walkway spanning the Grand Concourse just below 149th Street connects the two halves of the Hostos campus. This bridge represents a gateway to opportunity and to the future.
- Buildings facing the Grand Concourse include the East Academic Complex, the latest addition to the campus. The East Complex houses the departments of Business and Accounting, Data Processing, and Office Administration programs. It also houses the departments of Latin American and Caribbean studies, Africana studies, Visual and Performing Arts, and Modern Languages, as well as the Physical Education department and various student organization and club offices.
- The East Academic Complex also contains 10 micro-computer labs, art and dance studios, a gymnasium, exercise and fitness centers, and a swimming pool. There are two theaters, a museum-grade art gallery, and the college bookstore.
- A pedestrian bridge connects the Complex to the Shirley J. Hinds Allied Health Building, which contains a library and laboratories for the College’s programs in radiologic technology, dental hygiene, chemistry, biology, physics, and medical laboratory technology.
- The Hostos Children’s Center is also located in this building and can accommodate up to 60 children whose parents attend Hostos.
Liberal Arts and Sciences
This is the choice for students planning to transfer to a senior college to complete a bachelor’s degree. Students planning to obtain a bachelor’s degree in fields such as education, communications, fine arts, social science, etc., should select Liberal Arts-AA degree. Students interested in transferring into baccalaureate programs in such fields as science, mathematics, pharmacy, occupational therapy, engineering science, and computer science should select Sciences-AS degree. Liberal arts and sciences are offered at every community college in CUNY.
Liberal Arts and Science Courses include: Africana Studies, Anthropology, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, English as a Second Language, French, History, Italian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Mathematics, Microbiology, Music, Philosophy, Photography, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology, Spanish, Speech, Theater, Urban Health.
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