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

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

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.


Total Credit Hours: 60

About the School of Liberal Arts

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.

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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Arts and Sciences Transfer Program Core Course Requirements

The Program Requirements for this degree are simultaneously satisfied by three of General Education Requirements listed below: (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).

General Education Requirements: 34 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 Composition: 6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7 credits

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

Mathematics: 3 credits

Students must choose one Mathematics course from the following:

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Additional General Education Requirements: 6 credits

Technology Requirement: 3 credits

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the technology requirement. See Technology Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

Area of Concentration: 26 credits

World Languages Sequence: 6 credits

A World Languages Sequence is 111 & 112 or 112 & 211 or 211 & 212 of the same language.

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.

Choose two courses in the same sequence:

Art History: 3 credits

Philosophy: 6 credits

Electives: 7-8 credits

No more than 3 credits of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

Diversity Requirement

Satisfied by PHL 146.

Technology Requirement

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

Wellness Requirement

Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness 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:

1. Plan, communicate, and implement coherent and justifiable practices that improve human conditions 

2. Analyze ideas critically and defend recommendations for improving the conditions of society 

3. Act in a personally and socially responsible manner, recognizing the complexity and diversity of the human experience 

4. Identify and use technology to research, collect, analyze, and interpret data and effectively communicate information that educates and influences others 

5. Communicate in a language other than English in a culturally appropriate way.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

Transferring Credits to Maryland Public Four-Year Schools

Maryland public four-year colleges and universities accept a minimum of 60 and as many as 70 credits earned toward an associate degree from a Maryland public community college. Students planning to transfer should consult with an AACC academic and transfer advisor; and are advised to obtain permission from the four-year college or university when planning to transfer credits beyond the minimum degree requirements at AACC. More than 70 credits earned at AACC may be transferred if outlined within an established transfer agreement. Current transfer agreements can be found on the AACC Transfer Partners webpage.

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