Liberal Arts, Associate of Arts
Candidates for the degree of Associate in Arts with a concentration in Liberal Arts are required to complete a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit in a prescribed program of study with a minimum cumulative quality point index of 2.0.
See the Dean’s office for requirements.
The program prepares graduates who can:
Demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies used for research in the various disciplines studied in the program.
- Describe what is meant by scientific method.
- Describe what is meant by philosophical method.
- Describe what is meant by historical method.
- Describe methodology used by social scientists.
Demonstrate developed skills in researching in the various disciplines.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major bibliographic sources in each of the various disciplines.
- Select appropriate facts to provide sufficient information for an argument.
- Locate supporting information online and from other sources.
Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship of the various disciplines in the development of Western thought.
- Identify the major works of the ancient world and their influence on Western thought.
- Describe the relationship of philosophical thinking, theology, art and literature in the medieval period and the Renaissance.
- Discuss the influence of scientific thinking on the modern age.
Demonstrate ability to analyze and synthesize arguments and apply critical thinking skills.
- Analyze a problem in each of the various disciplines.
- Synthesize material from the various disciplines to construct an argument that demonstrates the importance of the relationship of those disciplines.
Demonstrate knowledge of the perspective of non-Western cultures and their significance in a global environment.
- Identify the major world religions and philosophical traditions and their influence on non-Western perspectives.
- Discuss the importance of industrialization in a global context.
- Evaluate issues of social organization that impact both Western and non-Western societies.
Demonstrate both oral and written communication skills.
- Prepare clearly argued papers on complex subjects.
- Give oral presentations, both alone and as part of a group, that are clear and coherent.