Liberal Arts - Garrett College

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Liberal Arts

Undecided, exploring options, or simply needing to fulfill requirements for transfer? No problem. That is the basis of higher education and where a degree in Liberal Arts excels.

Why Choose a Concentration in Liberal Arts?

Garrett College’s Liberal Arts program is ideal for students interested in English, journalism, history, philosophy, languages, or pre-law. The liberal arts program gives students the background they need to be successful at a four-year college or university in a wide range of the arts and sciences.

Students begin their educational studies at Garrett College earning an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Arts and Sciences, then transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Degree Awarded

Garrett College awards an Arts and Sciences Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree to graduates of the Liberal Arts concentration. 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate oral and written skills that will enable them to communicate effectively in academic and business settings.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to make informed, logical choices about issues brought forth from readings and discussions about history, literature, science, religion, social diversity, politics, and the environment.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method of inquiry and demonstrate the ability to engage in numerical analysis.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to use a variety of print and electronic sources for research, communication, and practical application, and to effectively collect, organize, and synthesize this information to display meaningful results.

Program Benefits

Students in the Liberal Arts gain a broad range of knowledge in the following areas:

  • Art
  • English (Language and Literature)
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Foreign Languages

Career Goals

Garrett's Liberal Arts program prepares you to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a career in any of the following general or specialty fields:

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Broadcasting
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Journalismsoci
  • Management

Liberal Arts concentration
Arts & Sciences A.A. Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirement (1 credit)

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required Credits (31 credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • COM101  Intro to Communication  3
  • GER  Literature CourseG  3
  • GER  Humanities CourseG  3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • GER  Two (2) Soc & Behavioral Science CoursesG  6


  • GER  Two (2) Science CoursesG
    (at least one must be a lab course)


  • GER  Mathematics CourseG  3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • GER  Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues CourseG  3

Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • COM105  Media and Society 3
  • Foreign Language 3
  • HIS112  American History since 1865 3
  • HIS121  Contemporary World History 3

Electives (16 credits)

Choose additional courses in area of focus after consultation with advisor. Areas of focus may be ART, ENG, HIS, JRN, MUS, PHL, THE, POL.  Second course in Foreign Language is recommended.

G GER Courses must be on the Approved General Education Course list.