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.
Upon successful completion of all Liberal Arts and Science associate degree program requirements, graduates will
- Read, write and communicate analytically in forms that involve and document outside sources.
- Understand the major literary, artistic and philosophical features of western and non-western cultures.
- Define the concept and function of culture.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the major developments in western civilization.
- Understand world events in terms of social scientific theories and paradigms.
- Demonstrate the ability to conduct meaningful research.
- Use mathematical tools and technology to create mathematical models.
- Analyze and solve problems numerically, graphically and symbolically.
- Use appropriate techniques to gather and analyze data.
- Apply the scientific method to solving problems.
- Understand and apply scientific principles.
- Work with others, including culturally and intellectually diverse peoples; think critically; and gain an appreciation for life-long learning.
- 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
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 .
Becoming Connecticut State Community College
STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!
Becoming Connecticut State Community College
A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:
- the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
- as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
- students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
- students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
- in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
- further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page: www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.
‡ 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.