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Liberal Studies

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This Associate in Arts degree program offers the equivalent of the first two years in a four-year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science program.  Students may choose one of two paths, Liberal Arts, or Liberal Arts with a concentration in Health Sciences. Upon completion of one of these programs, students have an academic background sufficient to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program.  The program also provides a foundation for the acquisition of skills and abilities essential for jobs requiring a broader base of arts and sciences. 

Students may start this degree program in the fall, spring or summer semester.

Upon completion of a Liberal Arts degree, graduates will be able to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally
  • Solve problems using critical, creative and scientific reasoning
  • Critically employ quantitative methods to organize, analyze, and interpret data toward the express goals of informing themselves and solving problems
  • Demonstrate scientific thought both quantitatively and qualitatively by learning to recognize and formulate questions for analysis of human or technical problems
  • Interpret facts and evaluate issues from multiple perspectives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures and subcultures, with an eye toward broadening their global and historical perspectives.
  • Reflect on their interactions with other individuals and their communities, as well as their role in a global society
  • Use technology to retrieve, process, and communicate information

In this flexible program, students select courses based on the requirements of the four-year college to which they plan to transfer.  Working with an advisor, students design a program that best meets their future plans.  It is recommended that students identify the college to which they plan to transfer and discuss a transfer plan with their advisor as soon as possible.

The following courses satisfy Liberal Arts requirements:

English               Courses with ENGL prefix and HUMA1600L

Humanities         ENGL2230L, ENGL2240L, ENGL2460L, ENGL235L, ENGL236, ENGL2540L, ENGL2550L, ENGL2560L, ENGL2570L, ENGL260L, ENGL299L, and courses with ARTS, FREN, HIST, HUMA, PHIL and SPAN prefix

Literature            ENGL2230L, ENGL2240L, ENGL2460L, ENGL2540L, ENGL2550L, ENGL2560L, ENGL2570L, ENGL235L, ENGL236L, ENGL260L, ENGL299L

Mathematics       Courses with MATH prefix

Science              Courses with BIOL, CHEM, ENVS, GEOL, PHYS prefix

Social Science  HUMA1310L, HUMA1500L, HUMA1510L, HUMA2500L, HUMA2520, and courses with HIST, PHIL, POLS, PSYC and SOSC prefix

LIBERAL ARTS DEGREE

 

First Year
Fall Semester

 
Course Number Title Credits
ESNT120L College Essentials 1
ENGL100L English Composition 4
  Mathematics Elective 3
  Social Science Elective 3
  Science Elective w/lab 4
  Total 15
 

First Year
Spring Semester

 
  Title Credits
  English Elective 3
  Mathematics Elective 4
  Humanities/Fine Arts Foreign Language Elective 3
  Social Science Elective 3
  Science Elective w/Lab 4
  Total 16
 

Second Year
Fall Semester

 
  Title Credits
  Humanities/Fine Arts Foreign Language Elective 3
  Social Science Elective 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  Open Elective (computer course recommended) 3
  Total 15
 

Second Year
Spring Semester

 
  Title Credits
  Humanities/Fine Arts Foreign Language Elective 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  Open Elective 3
  Open Elective 3
  Total 15
 
Total Credits for First Year: 31
Total Credits for second Year: 30
Total for A.A. Degree: Minium of 61 credits

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