Liberal Arts and Science, A.A.
The Liberal Arts and Science associate in art degree program provides students with a broad background preparing them to move directly into the workforce or for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at another college or university. 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 16 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
- ENG* 101: Composition 3 Credits (Gen Ed - English)
Choose one course from the following Gen Ed - Mathematics courses:
- MAT* 146: Math for Liberal Arts 3 Credits
- MAT* 165: Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications 4 Credits
- MAT* 172: College Algebra 3 Credits
- MAT* 186: Precalculus 4 Credits
- MAT* 222: Statistics II with Technology Applications 3 Credits
- MAT* 254: Calculus I 4 Credits
Choose ART101, ART102, ART206/COM154, or MUS*101 from Gen Ed - The Arts 3 Credits
Choose two courses from the following Gen Ed - Physical and Natural Sciences courses (at least one must be a 4-credit lab course)
- BIO* 105: Introduction to Biology 4 Credits
- BIO* 115: Human Biology 4 Credits
- BIO* 173: Introduction to Ecology 4 Credits
- CHE* 111: Concepts of Chemistry 4 Credits
- EAS* 102: Earth Science 3 Credits
- EAS* 106: Natural Disasters 3 Credits
- EVS* 100: Introduction to Environmental Science 3 Credits
- GLG* 121: Introduction to Physical Geology 4 Credits
or choose one two-course sequence from the following Gen Ed - Physical and Natural Sciences courses
- BIO* 121: General Biology I 4 Credits and
- BIO* 122: General Biology II 4 Credits
- CHE* 121: General Chemistry I 4 Credits and
- CHE* 122: General Chemistry II 4 Credits
- PHY* 121: General Physics I 4 Credits and
- PHY* 122: General Physics II 4 Credits
- PHY* 221: Calculus-Based Physics I 4 Credits and
- PHY* 222: Calculus-Based Physics II 4 Credits
Choose one course from the following Gen Ed - Social Sciences courses
- ANT* 101: Introduction to Anthropology 3 Credits or
- PSY* 111: General Psychology I 3 Credits or
- SOC* 101: Principles of Sociology 3 Credits
Choose one course from the following Gen Ed - Humanities courses:
- PHL* 101: Introduction to Philosophy 3 Credits or
- PHL* 111: Ethics 3 Credits
Liberal Arts and Science Requirements
- ENG* 110: Introduction to Literature 3 Credits
- ENG* 200: Advanced Composition 3 Credits
Choose one of the following:
- ENG* 221: American Literature I 3 Credits
- ENG* 222: American Literature II 3 Credits
- ENG* 232: British Literature II 3 Credits
- ENG* 245: Early Western Literature 3 Credits
- ENG* 246: Modern Western Literature 3 Credits
- ENG* 262: Women in Literature 3 Credits
- ENG* 263: Women in Poetry 3 Credits
- Choose a single foreign language course 6-8 Credits‡
Choose one of the following:
- HIS* 101: Western Civilization I 3 Credits
- HIS* 102: Western Civilization II 3 Credits
- HIS* 121: World Civilization I 3 Credits
- HIS* 122: World Civilization II 3 Credits
Choose one of the following:
- HIS* 201: United States History I 3 Credits
- HIS* 202: United States History II 3 Credits
- HIS* 215: The History Of Women in the US 3 Credits
- HIS* 224: The American Indian 3 Credits
- HIS* 242: Modern Ireland 3 Credits
- HIS* 272: Modern China 3 Credits
- HIS* 280: Modern Africa 3 Credits
- HIS* 284: South Africa 3 Credits
Choose one of the following:
- ECN* 101: Principles of Macroeconomics 3 Credits
- ECN* 102: Principles of Microeconomics 3 Credits
- GEO* 101: Introduction to Geography 3 Credits
- GEO* 111: World Regional Geography 3 Credits
- POL* 101: Introduction to Political Science 3 Credits
- POL* 111: American Government 3 Credits
Electives 15 Credits
Choose four liberal arts courses from the list below and one free elective:
ANT, ART, AST, BIO (with the exception of BIO 111), CHE, COM100, COM101, COM173, COM209, EAS, ECN, ENG (with the exception of ENG 003, ENG 093 and ENG096), EVS, FRE, GEO, GLG, HIS, HUM, IDS201, MAT (with the exceptions of MAT 075, MAT 095 and MAT 096), MET, MUS, OCE, PHL, PHY, POL, PSY, SOC, SPA, THR*
Total Credits Required: 61-65
Transfer students and students changing their major to Liberal Arts or General Studies may not be required to take IDS 201 . IDS*201 may not transfer to other schools as a General Education course. Students may want to consider taking a General Education Mode 1 course in its place. Please consult with an advisor.
‡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. Some colleges (such as the University of Connecticut) have as a graduation requirement four semesters of study in a single language. It is possible to complete those four semesters of language study at MCC. (Check specific transfer requirements for other colleges and universities). If a student is able to waive the required 6-8 credits of a foreign language, he/she must still take 6-8 credits in humanities or Liberal Arts 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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