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Liberal Arts - Arts and Sciences Transfer (A.A.)

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Title of Major: Arts and Sciences - Liberal Arts, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.


Total Credit Hours: 60

Purpose: To provide a liberal arts education to students who wish to transfer to a four-year university or college and seek a baccalaureate degree. The Liberal Arts area of concentration provides a strong foundation in literature, philosophy, world languages, social science, and analytical and critical thinking skills, all of which prepare students for lifelong learning and social, cultural, and technological change. This area of concentration is designed to provide students with a broad-based liberal arts experience, enriching students’ understanding of the physical and social world. It is also a good preparation for students who aim, eventually, for graduate or professional schools. Students who want to broaden and enrich their education also will find the liberal arts area of concentration rewarding.).

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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General Education Requirements: 31-36 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Computer Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies or Mathematics: 3-4 credits

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Program Requirements: 9 credits

The Program Requirements for this degree are simultaneously satisfied by three of General Education Requirements listed above: (1) the Communications Arts and Humanities general education requirement, (2) the  Sophomore Literature Arts and Humanities general education requirement, and (3) one of  the History Social and Behavioral Sciences general education requirement courses (HIS 111 or HIS 112 or HIS 211 or HIS 212).

Area of Concentration: 24-29 credits

  • World Languages Sequence  (sequence is 111 & 112 or 112 & 211 or 211 & 212 of same language) 6 credit hours
    This area of concentration requires 6 credit hours in the same language. Students who have completed two or more years of a language in high school and plan to continue that language must submit high school transcripts to World Languages department chair to determine proper placement into a World Language Sequence and to provide guidance on transferability to four-year institutions.
  • Dance, Music, Theater  or Visual Arts Elective  course 3 credit hours
  • History or English Literature Elective   (different than general education courses) 6 credit hours
  • Philosophy Elective  course 3 credit hours
  • Elective  courses (advisor-approved) 6-11 credit hours
    No more than 3 credits of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

Computer Competency Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must demonstrate competence in computing and information technology (a computer competency requirement ). Students may satisfy the computer competency course requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the computer technology general education course or with an elective.

Diversity Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the diversity requirement.  In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Communicate complex ideas and information through writing, speaking, presenting, and using technology.
  • Locate, organize, and analyze information from multiple sources in order to develop informed, reasoned, and substantiated arguments.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the value of tradition, innovation, and creativity.
  • Demonstrate mathematical skills, critical analysis, and logical thinking to solve problems and interpret quantitative information.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of social diversity and the ways in which cultural values are historically and socially situated.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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