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Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts students sharing their projects in the Creative Writing course.

OVERVIEW
Mission of the Liberal Arts Program

The goal of the Liberal Arts Program is to develop students’ foundational knowledge and skills through a wide variety of academic disciplines, preparing them for a successful transfer to a four-year institution, lucrative opportunities in the workforce, and informed engagement in their communities. Through the study of subjects like history, science, languages, mathematics, and the arts, this program fosters independently motivated, complex thinkers who are able to affect positive change in the overlapping contexts of community, politics, family life, the workplace, and society.

This program is eligble for MassTransfer.

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If you are a student who:

  • Wants to prepare for an ever-changing job market, the Liberal Arts Program gives you transferable skills that employers value across many fields.
  • Plans to transfer to a four-year institution, the Liberal Arts Program gives you the flexibility to explore your options, focus your interests, and gain foundational knowledge in a wide range of disciplines.
  • Is interested in creating social and political change in your community, the Liberal Arts Program gives you the theoretical, historical, civic, and social knowledge to impact community life.
  • Isn't sure about a specific career path, the Liberal Arts Program provides you with a solid foundation and time to explore courses in the arts and sciences.
  • Appreciates interdisciplinary learning, the Liberal Arts Program provides you with a framework for developing connections between a wide range of fields.

 

JOB GROWTH & WAGES

According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), students who major in Liberal Arts reported a median starting salary of $41,800, with potential job titles including fundraiser, editor, secondary school teacher, public relations specialist, human resources manager, broadcaster, writer, and many more.

TRANSFER SCHOOLS
  • MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts)
  • Westfield State University
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Mildred Elly School
  • University of Massachusetts at Lowell
  • Elms College
  • University Of Colorado Denver
  • Amherst College
  • University Of Vermont & State
  • Agricultural College
  • Williams College
  • Keene State College
  • Smith College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Northeastern University
  • New York University
  • Salve Regina University
  • Cornell University
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Michigan State University
  • Fordham University
  • Haverford College
  • Clark University
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Oberlin College
  • The New School
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Michigan-Law
  • Massachusetts College of Art
TRANSFER DEGREES
Anthropology
Area Studies
Behavioral & Social Sciences
Communications
Economics
Education
English
Foreign Languages
General Studies
Liberal Arts
Geography
Geology
History

Linguistics
Mathematics
Media
Music
Nursing
Peace Studies
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Psychology
Radio & Television
Science
Theatre Arts

"As a young student having recently graduated high school, I chose the Liberal Arts Program because I did not have a specific academic or career path in mind for my future. The thing I love most about the program is that it has allowed me to take all different sorts of electives that peak my interest. From there I was able to discover a passion for things I had never taken classes in before, like sociology and American Sign Language. Now I plan to pursue a bachelor’s in sociology upon transfer to a four-year school. Overall, the Liberal Arts Program has enabled me to discover my perfect educational path while simultaneously strengthening such interdisciplinary skills as critical thinking, time management and communication."

Carly Holmes
Class of 2019

  • Full-time Schedule
    SEMESTER 1
    FALL
    English Composition I
    World History to 1500
    Mathematics
    Natural or Physical Science
    Free Elective
    SEMESTER 2
    SPRING
    English Composition II
    World History Since 1500
    Behavioral & Social Science
    Natural or Physical Science
    Free Elective
    SEMESTER 3 
    SUMMER
    Literature
    Communication
    Behavioral & Social Science
    Free Elective
    Free Elective
    SEMESTER 4
    FALL
    Literature
    Humanities & Fine Arts
    Free Elective
    Free Elective
    Free Elective
       
  • Part-time Schedule
    SEMESTER 1
    FALL
    English Composition I
    World History to 1500
    SEMESTER 2
    SPRING
    English Composition II
    Mathematics
    SEMESTER 3
    SUMMER
    World History Since 1500
    Free Elective
    SEMESTER 4
    FALL
    Natural or Physical Science
    Communication
    SEMESTER 5
    SPRING
    Literature
    Free Elective
    SEMESTER 6 
    FALL
    Natural or Physical Science
    Behavioral & Social Science
    SEMESTER 7
    SPRING
    Literature
    Free Elective
    SEMESTER 8
    SUMMER
    Behavioral & Social Science
    Free Elective
    SEMESTER 9
    FALL
    Humanities & Fine Arts
    Free Elective

    SEMESTER 10
    SPRING
    Free Elective
    Free Elective

  • Suggested Pathway - Full time

    Semester 1

    English 101 Composition I
    Western Civ / World History to 1500
    Mathematics
    Natural / Physical Lab Science
    Liberal Arts 101 Introduction

    Semester 2

    English 102 Composition II
    Western Civ / World History Since 1500
    Behavioral & Social Science
    Natural / Physical Science (no Lab)
    Free Elective + 1-credit Environmental Awareness

     Semester 3

    Literature
    Communication
    Behavioral & Social Science
    Free Elective
    Free Elective

    Semester 4

    Literature
    Liberal Arts 258 Capstone
    Humanities and Fine Arts
    Free Elective + 30 Hours H.F
    Free Elective

  • Suggested Pathway - Part time  

    Semester 1

    Liberal Arts 101 Introduction
    Western Civ / World History to 1500

    Semester 2

    English 101 Composition I
    Mathematics

    Semester 3

    English 102 Composition II
    Western Civ / World History Since 1500

    Semester 4

    Natural / Physical Lab Science
    Communication

    Semester 5

    Literature
    Free Elective

    Semester 6

    Behavioral & Social Science
    Natural / Physical Science (no Lab)

    Semester 7

    Literature
    Free Elective

    Semester 8

    Behavioral & Social Science
    Free Elective

    Semester 9

    Humanities and Fine Arts
    Free Elective + 1-credit Environmental

     

    Semester 10

    Liberal Arts 258 Capstone
    Free Elective + 30 Hours H.F

     

 

Students must complete two additional Health Fitness credits to graduate. The number of semester credits can be adjusted based on student needs.