May 18, 2024  
College Catalog 2024 - 2025 
  
College Catalog 2024 - 2025

Liberal Arts, A.A.


This concentration prepares students who have not yet chosen a major field of study to transfer to four-year colleges or universities. The college encourages students to take electives in disciplines in which they may major at a four-year institution. Graduates of this concentration may qualify to transfer using benefits of MassTransfer to a four-year state college or University of Massachusetts campus.

For current information on eligible programs, see Transfer Options below. 

* Milestone Courses should be taken in the order shown. This will help you stay on track and graduate on time.

Semester 1


Total Credits: 15-16


Semester 1 Advising Note

  • Students enrolling in this degree program can earn World Studies Emphasis certification simultaneously.
  • New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.

Semester 2


  • Credits: 3 *
  • Elective Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level course. The first semester of a two-semester global language sequence is recommended.
  • Elective Humanities Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective - Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level course
  • GenEd -SR Scientific Reasoning Credits: *

Total Credits: 16


Semester 2 Advising Note

  • A two-semester language sequence is recommended for two of the electives.
  • Students should consult their intended transfer institution to determine appropriate electives for this program.
  • Begin exploring transfer options: attend a transfer workshop and the College transfer fair
  • Meet with an advisor to begin career planning activities.

Semester 3


  • Elective Literature Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one LIT course
  • Elective - Behavioral Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective - Social Science Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective - Lab Science Elective Credits: 3-4
  • Elective - Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level course. The second semester of a two-semester global language sequence is recommended.

Total Credits: 15-16


Semester 3 Advising Note

  • Continue preparations for transfer: write essays for transfer institution, collect letters of recommendation, apply for transfer.
  • Complete a pre-graduation check with an advisor in LifeMap

Semester 4


  • Elective - Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level course.
  • Elective - Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level course.
  • Elective - Elective Credits: 3
    ​Choose one college-level course.
  • Elective - Elective Credits: 3
    ​Choose one college-level course.
  • Elective - Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level course.

Total Credits: 15


Semester 4 Advising Note

  • Students should consult their intended transfer institution to determine appropriate electives for this program.
  • Apply for graduation

Upon Completion of This Concentration Graduates Will Be Able To:


  • Discuss the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics, and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum
  • Develop skills as critical and creative thinkers, readers, and writers
  • Construct ideas and arguments with intention, listen actively, and facilitate inclusive dialogue
  • Discover interests, skills and values that may inform course selection, career choice and pathway to degree completion
  • Demonstrate the ability to navigate a variety of digital tools that facilitate evaluation of information, creation of knowledge and expression of self
  • Apply classroom learning to local and global challenges

Career Outlook


Graduates of this concentration qualify for a variety of careers depending upon the chosen major. A bachelor’s degree is the usual minimum requirement for entry into most fields. Graduate work may be necessary, as well.

Explore Career Options

Transfer Options


Transfer Advising Guides

MassTransfer A2B Map

  • Bridgewater State University
  • Fitchburg State University
  • Framingham State University
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Salem State University
  • Westfield State University
  • Worcester State University
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

MassTransfer A2B Link

  • University of Massachusetts Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Lowell