Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies

Learn about your world and develop your passions.

Students build a broad foundation grounded in liberal arts. Whether working with an indigenous community in Chile, getting their feet wet and hands dirty researching aquatic biology, or mentoring local grade-school children, in this degree, students have the chance to explore different fields of inquiry. Use this program of study to develop academic passions and to explore areas of interest through our sophomore-level curriculum.

Build your intellectual foundation for a four-year degree.

The curriculum is designed to open students' realm of understanding and widen their thinking as they interact with the world and its systems. This degree enables students to explore diverse areas of study and better understand their areas of interests and goals.

Upon completing the Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, graduates will be able to:

1. Sustain an ongoing process of self-reflection, self-awareness and self-advocacy that leads to self-understanding and the successful management of the skills and strategies of a lifelong       learner. (Metacognition and Lifelong Learning)
2. Think critically, reason soundly, and develop and apply problem-solving strategies across the academic disciplines. (Critical Thinking) 
3. Recognize when information is needed and have the ability to access, evaluate, and use it effectively and ethically. (Information Literacy, adapted from the ALA.)
4. Use a metacognitive approach to access and use information technology effectively (including educational, assistive, and productivity technologies). (Technological Fluency) 
5. Understand the complexities of multiple communities, including educational, cultural and geographic, and respect different perspectives and diversity. (Diversity)
6. Communicate with clarity, coherence and persuasiveness through written, oral and other modes of expression.  (Communication)
7. Comprehend and apply the methods of scientific inquiry and engage in quantitative reasoning. (Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning)

Questions? Contact us for more information!

Jill Hinckley
Associate Dean of Academics

Dr. Adrienne Major
Academic Dean