Liberal Arts AA - General Curriculum Degree

Code: AA.LA.GEN

The Liberal Arts program is an interdisciplinary degree that provides an overview of the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Because the liberal arts major covers a broad spectrum of subjects, it prepares students to transfer to four-year colleges  to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in such fields as English, history, humanities, journalism, foreign languages, pre-law, literature, psychology, sociology, political science, philosophy, and education.  Additionally, the program stresses the following LEAP goals: civic knowledge and engagement—local and global; intercultural knowledge and competence; ethical reasoning and action; and foundations and skills for lifelong learning. It provides a more individualized education and allows the student to develop a course of study by selecting from a variety of General Education Areas.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively.
  • Apply analytical reasoning across academic disciplines.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrate information literacy and technological competency.
  • Recognize and appreciate diversity, historical viewpoints, and the global perspective.
  • Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness, and personal learning strategies.

Career Pathways

     
     
     

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

HIS   History Elective*  3
   Humanities Elective**  3
MAT  Mathematics Elective*†  3-4
COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Second Semester

HIS History Elective* 3
  Humanities Elective** 3
MAT/CIS/INF Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology Elective*† or Free Elective†
3-4
  Social Science Elective* 3
  Diversity Elective* 3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:18-19

Third Semester

   Humanities Elective** 3
   Humanities Elective  3
   Natural Science Elective*  4
   Social Science Elective*  3
   Social Science Elective  3
Total Credit Hours:16

Fourth Semester

  Humanities Elective 3
  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Social Science Elective  3
  Humanities or Social Science Elective 3
  Free Elective‡ 2-4

Total Credit Hours:15-17

General Education Requirements

Communication

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Total Credit Hours:9

History Electives*

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Three general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than two courses in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:9

Social Science Electives*

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:6

Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology

  Mathematics*   3-4
  Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology*  0-3
  Natural Science Electives*  8
Total Credit Hours:12-14

Diversity Elective*

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 45-47

Program Requirements

Two or three courses (6-9 cr.) to be selected from the following fields: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Two or three courses (6-9 cr.) to be selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours: 15

Free Electives‡

Total Credit Hours: 2-6

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

Specific Program Notes

*General Education Elective(s)


**General Education Electives in Arts (ART, MUS, THR, and CIN); Literature (LIT); Philosophy & Religion (PHR); or World Languages & Cultures (LAN)

†If a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 3-credit course, then s/he is required to select a second 3- or 4-credit elective in the second semester in Mathematics or Computer Science or Information Technology; and if a student's first-semester Mathematics elective is a 4-credit course, then s/he is required to take a 3-credit Free Elective in the second semester (which may be a second Mathematics elective).

‡Recommended: IST-123 Success 101.