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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.

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Career Outcomes

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.