Liberal Arts and Science, A.A. Degree

Program Design

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.

 General Education Requirements 

ENG* 101 Composition 3
ENG* 200 Advanced Composition 3
Gen Ed Mode 1 3
Gen Ed Choose one of the following:
MAT* 146, MAT* 165, MAT* 186,
MAT* 254 (formerly MAT* 250) or MAT* 222
Gen Ed natural science — choose two from Mode 5,
(at least one must be a lab course) or
choose one of the following sequences:
BIO* 121 and BIO* 122; or
CHE* 121 and CHE* 122; or
PHY* 121 and PHY* 122; or
PHY* 221 and PHY* 222
Gen Ed social science — choose one
ANT* 101, PSY* 111 or SOC* 101 
      Subtotal: 22-25

 Liberal Arts and Science Requirements 

ENG* 110 Introduction to Literature 3
Choose one: ENG* 232, ENG* 263, ENG* 235, ENG* 221,
ENG* 222, ENG* 245, ENG* 246 or ENG* 262
Choose:^ single foreign language 6-8
Philosophy Choose one of the following:
PHL* 101, PHL* 111, PHL* 131 or PHL* 151
History   Choose one of the following:
HIS* 101, HIS* 102 , HIS* 121 or HIS* 122,
Choose one of the following:
HIS* 201, HIS* 202, HIS* 215, HIS* 218, HIS* 224,
HIS* 242, HIS* 270, HIS* 272, HIS* 280 or HIS* 284
Choose one: ECN* 101, ECN* 102, GEO* 101 GEO* 111,
POL* 101 or POL* 111
Subtotal: 24-26


Elective   Choose four liberal arts courses from the list
below or one free elective:
ANT*, ART*, AST*, BIO* (with the exception
of BIO* 112), CHE*, COM*, EAS*, ECN*, ENG* (with the exception of ENG* 043, 003, 066 and 093), EVS*, FRE*, GEO*, GLG*, MET*, HIS*, HUM*,
MAT* (with the exceptions of MAT* 075, 095 and 096), MUS*, OCE*, PHL*, PHY*, POL*, PSY*, SOC*,
      Total Credits Required: 61-66

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
  5. Understand world events in terms of social scientific theories and
  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 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.

^  Note: 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.

Division of Liberal Arts: 860-512-2660

Source: 2011-2012 Course Catalog

Last Update: June 03 2011
For Additional Information, Contact: 860-512-2663