Nov 26, 2022  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023 
  
College Catalog 2021 - 2023

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


  • Credits: 3 *
  • Credits: 3 *
  • GenEd -QPS Quantitative Problem Solving Credits: 3-4 *
    This course meets the General Education requirement for Quantitative Problem Solving (Formerly Area 4)
    Choose one MAT course from Quantitative Problem Solving Menu.
  • GenEd -CCC Community & Cultural Contexts Credits: 3 *
    This course meets the General Education requirement for Community & Cultural Contexts (Formerly Areas 2 and 3)
    Choose one course from Community and Cultural Contexts Menu
  • GenEd -CW Creative Work Credits: 3 *
    This course meets the General Education requirement for Creative Work (Formerly Area 6)
    Choose one course from the Creative Work Menu

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 -1 Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level course.
    The first semester of a two-semester global language sequence is recommended.
  • Elective -2 Humanities Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one course from the Humanities Electives menu.
  • Elective -3 Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level course
  • GenEd -SR Scientific Reasoning Credits: 3 *
    This course meets the General Education requirement for Scientific Reasoning (Formerly Area 5)
    Choose one course from Scientific Reasoning Menu

Total Credits: 15


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 -1 Literature Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one LIT course
  • Elective -2 Behavioral Science Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one PSY or SOC course
  • Elective -3 Social Science Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one HIS or GOV or PHIL or GEO course
  • Elective -4 Lab Science Elective Credits: 4
    Choose one 4-credit AST or BIO or CHM or GIS or ENV or PHY course
  • Elective -5 Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level course.
    The first semester of a two-semester global language sequence is recommended.

Total Credits: 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 -1 Elective Credits: 3
    ​Choose one college-level course.
  • Elective -2 Elective Credits: 3
    ​Choose one college-level course.
  • Elective -3 Elective Credits: 3
    ​Choose one college-level course.
  • Elective -4 Elective Credits: 3
    ​Choose one college-level course.
  • Elective -5 Elective Credits: 3
    Choose one college-level course.
    The first semester of a two-semester global language sequence is recommended.

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.

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