Welcome to the Liberal Arts Division at Saddleback College! The Administrative Office Staff of the Liberal Arts Division are available and ready to assist you remotely.
For specific questions regarding your class, please email your instructor.
For general assistance, please call the division office at (949) 582-4788. If you leave a message, we will return your call in no more than one business day.
Members of the Liberal Arts Division value student engagement and innovative teaching and learning. We model and cultivate collegial habits that inspire independent, critical thinking and invite us to examine multiple viewpoints, including our own. We choose practices that address the needs of a diverse community unified by its common interest in helping one another reach clear academic, personal, and career goals. Our Division welcomes and supports people of all economic backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, races, nationalities, ages, religions, genders, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
Kevin O'Connor, Ph.D.
In order to achieve our Division Mission, we do the following:
- Always communicate in a manner that is timely, responsive, and helpful
- Participate in our professional development
- Model practices that promote engaged teaching, learning, and service to others
- Demonstrate supportive behaviors that encourage our students and ourselves to be directed, focused, nurtured, engaged, connected, and valued
Aligned with the above-mentioned goals are six factors we believe are crucial to students’ engagement with the College and the value we place on them as learners. These six factors form the basis for the RP Group's student-focused investigation of support.
Six Factors of College Success
- Directed: students have a goal and know how to achieve it.
Helping students clarify their aspirations, select an educational focus they perceive as meaningful, and create a plan that moves them from enrollment to achieving their goal.
- Focused: students stay on track, keeping their eyes on the prize.
Fostering students’ motivation and helping them develop the skills needed to achieve their goals.
- Nurtured: students feel that somebody wants and helps them to succeed.
Conveying a sense of caring where students’ success is important and expected.
- Engaged: students actively participate in class and extra-curricular activities.
Actively involving students in meaningful and authentic educational experiences and activities inside and outside of the classroom.
- Connected: students feel that they are part of the college community.
Creating connections between students and the institution, while cultivating relationships that underscore how students’ involvement with the college community can contribute to their academic and personal success.
- Valued: students' skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel that their contributions are appreciated.
Providing students with opportunities to contribute to and enrich the college culture and community.
Student Success Resources
The following resources provide background and reflection on topics that inform Liberal Arts practices and pedagogy:
- The World's Top Economists Make the Case of Why We Still Need English Majors
- The Economic Gains of a Liberal Arts Education
- Human Skills and the Labor Market Outcomes of Liberal Arts Grads
- Philosophy Prepared Me for a Career in Finance and Government
- How the Liberal Arts Lead to Success
- Professional Development Opportunities
- JRN/CTVR 106 Video Journalism is a production course offered in the Journalism & New Media Department here at Saddleback. The students are a part of the OC Newsteam and produce their show, OC Now, which is taped in Saddleback’s television studio and airs on Cox/SCTV Channel 39. VJ students produce video packages covering various campus and Orange County news, entertainment, sports and events, with their stories normally featured on the show OC Now. However, as we all know, Spring 2020 was anything but normal. Like so many of us had to do during these unprecedented times of COVID-19, the students quickly had to adjust and improvise with what they had on hand and at home, since on campus professional equipment was no longer an option. It was now time to rely on personal resources—their beloved cell phone! In a joint effort with CTVR department staff, the following compilation of videos is OC Newsteam’s first completed assignment from home titled Life in Lockdown.