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The mission of the Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts Degree Program is to encourage students to develop an understanding of self and to enrich their knowledge and skills to enjoy life in a changing global environment. To achieve this purpose, the liberal arts program provides students with a broad academic experience in fundamental areas of human knowledge, and it endeavors to orient them to the intellectual, social, and natural world. In the degree program students will study a coherent and substantive balance of English, mathematics, the sciences, the arts and the humanities, and the social sciences. To graduate, students must successfully complete the College's requirements for all associate degree programs and a minimum of 64 credits of coursework in the distribution areas described below.

The Liberal Arts Program is representative of the first two years in a four-year baccalaureate degree program. By identifying early the four-year college to which they wish to transfer, and with the assistance of academic advisors, students will develop a program of study that meets their future plans. Requirements of the four-year college will guide some of the course selections chosen by students, but future plans and areas of personal interest will also contribute to students' program design.

In addition to the transfer function of the Liberal Arts Program, the liberal arts have a practical application by providing specific skills and abilities needed by students to be effective in their professional lives and in their communities:

  1. The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  2. The ability to think critically;
  3. The ability to analyze, apply, and synthesize ideas;
  4. The ability to use technology as an information resource;
  5. The ability to research and solve problems;
  6. The ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts
FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
LIBA102N  Liberal Arts Seminar 2 0 2
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
General Education Core:  Behavioral Social Science 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Quantitative Literacy* 4 0 4
General Education: Open Elective 3 0 3
      17
SPRING SEMESTER
General Education Core:  English/Communications 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Quantitative Literacy* 3/4 0 3/4
General Education Core:  History/Political Science 3 0 3
XXXXxxx Open Elective 3/4 0 3/4
  15/17
SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
General Education Core:  Science 3 2 4
General Education Core:  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Behavioral Social Science OR History/Political Science 3 0 3
General Education: Open Elective 3 0 3
XXXXxxx Open Elective 3/4 0 3/4
  16/17
SECOND YEAR
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR
General Education Core:  Science 3 2 4
General Education Core:  Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness 3 0 3
General Education: Open Elective 3/4 0 3/4
General Education: Open Elective 3/4 0 3/4
XXXXxxx Open Elective (as needed) 3/4 0 3/4
  19/22
 
Minimum Total Credits 64
*MATH103N does not meet this requirement.
**Choices are ENGL105N, ENGL215N, ENGL230N, ENGL231N, ENGL240N, or ENGL241N.
A minimum of 64 credits must be earned in the required categories to complete the program of studies.  A minimum of 16 credits must be earned at Nashua Community College, and 8 of the 16 credits must be earned at the 200 level.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the associate degree in Liberal Arts, graduates will be able to:

  1. Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, and evaluate critically what they hear and read.
  2. Demonstrate comprehension and skill with research methods and scientific inquiry.
  3. Apply the logic of mathematical reasoning and demonstrate proficiency in computational methods and mathematical concepts and applications.
  4. Apply critical thinking skills to solve problems, to evaluate arguments and chains of reasoning, and to interpret information.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to use contemporary information technology to gather information resources for personal and professional obligations.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of and reasoning ability about contemporary ethical issues and values.
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