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2021-2022 Online Catalog 
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Liberal Arts, A.A.

Program Description

The Liberal Arts program is a flexible, transfer-oriented curriculum for students who want to complete a broad-based liberal arts foundation before majoring in a particular discipline. Traditionally, the Liberal Arts include language, philosophy, literature, history, and the physical sciences. The Liberal Arts program is designed to meet the core requirements of most four-year liberal arts colleges, offering a wide range of program options that allow for specialization during the first two years of college. Besides being a basis for many other programs, it is the center of several programs which serve as Liberal Arts options: American Studies, Early Childhood Elementary Education, Education, Graphic Design, Theater Arts, Psychology, Sociology, and Visual Arts. It is an ideal preparation for a well-rounded general education, allowing students to experience various academic disciplines before settling on a major after transfer.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Employ the creative process to find meaning in global, local, and personal challenges and concepts;
  • Apply approaches from the liberal arts to expose the meaning of the human experience;
  • Explain the ethical implications of everyday issues;
  • Utilize the skills of reasoning and analysis to solve problems;
  • Communicate clearly orally and in writing;
  • Use critical thinking to apply historical and literary concepts to contemporary social and cultural issues;
  • Apply technology skills for the purpose of learning and evaluating research.

After Union County College

Graduates of this program receive a broad-based education that allows them to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in Literature, the Social Sciences, Mathematics, and the exact Sciences. For many professions, such as Teaching, Law, Government Service and Social Work, this background is essential.

Recommended Sequence

First Year

Second Year

Fall Semester

Semester Total: 16

Spring Semester

Semester Total: 12

Total Program Credits: 60

Electives in Liberal Arts – Choose a three-credit course from the following course alphas: ARB, AST, BIO, CHE, CHN, COM, ECO, ENG, FIA, FRE, GEO, GER, GEY, GOV, HIS, ITA, MAT, MTR, PHI, PHY, PSY, SOC, SPA.

Milestone Courses

The milestones (in bold) identify critical courses for timely progress and the semester in which the course should be completed for on-time graduation.  Milestone course grades < 2.0 should be discussed with an advisor.

Career and Transfer Information