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Liberal Arts and Science, A.A.*

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Program Design

The Liberal Arts and Science associate in arts degree program provides students with a broad background preparing them for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at another college or university or to move directly into the workforce. Students planning to continue their education in a baccalaureate degree major such as English, history, pre-law, French or psychology will be well served by the Liberal Arts curriculum. By following the curriculum guidelines detailed on this page and by working with an advisor to choose courses related to the student’s interests, a student can, in a sense, customize his or her own degree program.


Students may enroll in this program full-or part-time. For any student who is not prepared for the required mathematics and English courses, MCC offers a wide range of developmental classes.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Liberal Arts and Science associate degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Read, write and communicate analytically in forms that involve and document outside sources.
  2. Understand the major literary, artistic and philosophical features of western and non-western cultures.
  3. Define the concept and function of culture.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the major developments in western civilization.
  5. Understand world events in terms of social scientific theories and paradigms.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to conduct meaningful research.
  7. Use mathematical tools and technology to create mathematical models.
  8. Analyze and solve problems numerically, graphically and symbolically.
  9. Use appropriate techniques to gather and analyze data.
  10. Apply the scientific method to solving problems.
  11. Understand and apply scientific principles.
  12. Work with others, including culturally and intellectually diverse peoples; think critically; and gain an appreciation for life-long learning.
  13. Demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language at the intermediate level.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Students interested in pursuing an A.A. degree in Liberal Arts and Science with a humanities or social science emphasis, such as anthropology, economics, English, foreign languages, geography, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology or speech communication, should contact the Liberal Arts Division.

Students selecting Liberal Arts and Science as a major who have completed 30 transferable credits or fewer may be eligible to enroll in the Guaranteed Admissions Program with the University of Connecticut. The Guaranteed Admissions Program is designed for students choosing to transfer to the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, or the School of Business at UConn.

Liberal Arts and Science Program Required Courses

General Education Requirements

Liberal Arts and Science Requirements

Electives 12 Credits

Choose two liberal arts courses from the list below and two free electives:

ANT*, ART*, AST*, BIO*, CHE*, COM*100, COM*101, COM*209, EAS*, ECN*, ENG* (with the exception of ENG* 003, ENG* 093 and ENG*096), EVS*, FRE*, GEO*, GLG*, HIS*, HUM*, IDS*101, IDS*201, MAT* (with the exceptions of MAT* 075, MAT* 095 and MAT* 096), MET*, MUS*, OCE*, PHL*, PHY*, POL*, PSY*, SOC*, SPA*, THR*

Total Minimum Credits Required: 61


*Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. As a part of this merger, modifications will be made to academic programs. Students who do not complete their programs by the end of the Spring 2023 term will be matched with the Connecticut State Community College (CT State) program that most closely aligns with ​the student’s Spring 2023 program and is offered at the current Manchester Community College location. The College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption. Further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:

The completion of three years of study in a single foreign language at the high school level fulfills the foreign language requirement for the Liberal Arts and Science, A.A. Degree. If a student is able to waive the required 6-8 credits of a foreign language, he/she must substitute 6-8 credits in Liberal Arts courses. Transfer institutions can vary widely in their foreign language requirements. For example, UCONN requires four semesters of a single foreign language whereas CCSU requires two semesters of a school level to fulfill the language requirement. Additionally, Sign language courses do not transfer in this requirement at all schools. For example, Sign language courses fulfill this requirement at CCSU, but not ECSU. Before selecting a language sequence, check the specific transfer requirements for the colleges and universities to which you are considering transferring and/or consult an advisor.

Additional Courses

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: In combination with the A.A. degree requirements, students who are interested in an academic emphasis in African American Studies may want to select the following elective courses:

HUM* 172 , ENG* 222 , ANT* 105 , MUS* 107 , SSC* 201 , HIS* 214 , HIS* 218, SOC* 220  

WOMEN’S STUDIES: In combination with the A.A. degree requirements, students who are interested in an academic emphasis in Women’s Studies may want to select the following elective courses:

ANT* 105 , SOC* 212 , SOC 262, BIO* 103, COM* 209 , ENG* 263 , HIS* 215  

PSYCHOLOGY: In combination with the A.A. degree requirements, students who are interested in an academic emphasis in psychology may want to select the following elective courses:

PSY* 111 , PSY* 112  and at least two of the following, PSY* 201  or PSY* 203 , PSY* 240 , PSY* 243 , PSY* 245 .

It is also recommended that students take MAT* 165 SOC* 101  or ANT* 101 , and BIO* 105  or BIO* 115  or BIO* 121 .

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