Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies

  • Degree Type Degree
  • Program outcomesTransfer
  • Area of StudyLiberal Studies
  • Total Credit Hours61-63

Do you have a lot of interests but aren't yet sure what your major should be? Enroll in our Liberal Studies Associate degree program, which lets you explore many subjects while still advancing your educational goals. As a Liberal Studies student, you receive a broad-based education that prepares you for many exciting opportunities, either in industry or with our partner institutions.

An ideal transfer degree, the Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies is the most popular degree program at Montco. After completing the Liberal Studies program, our students usually transfer to a four-year institution. Entering as juniors, they go on to finish their studies in a variety of majors. Be sure to speak with your advisor about transfer opportunities.

Program outcomes
  • Communicate effectively in writing and speech;
  • Solve problems using mathematical concepts and scientific reasoning;
  • Analyze ideas about intellectual heritage, artistic expression, the natural and physical world, human behavior, the use of information and technology;
  • Examine global perspectives and diverse cultural values;
  • Apply ethical perspectives to inform decisions; and
  • Think critically across disciplines and with respect to one's own educational goals.

Program Curriculum

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General Education Requirements

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
FYE 101 First Year Experience 3
Elective Oral Communication 3
Elective Quantitative Reasoning (students may not use the following courses to fulfill this requirement: MAT 100, MAT 103A, MAT 104, MAT 108, or ACC 110) 3-4
Elective Technological Fluency 3
Program Elective One of ECO 121, ECO 122, ESW 207, GEO 110, GEO 130, POL 101, POL 124, PSY 101, PSY 137, or SOC 101 3
Program Elective One of HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 203, or HIS 205 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning (students must choose a four-credit lab science) 4
Elective Aesthetic Sensibility 3
Elective Cultural Awareness and Diversity 3
Elective Ethical Perspectives 3
Program Elective One of ANT 101, ANT 104, ANT 205, GEO 110, GEO 130, HIS 121, HIS 122, HIS 219, HIS 234, HIS 235, HIS 237, HIS 250, HIS 260, IDS 115, MUS 114, PHI 215 or any World Language course (any level of ARA, CHI, FRE, GER, ITA, JAP, SPA) 3

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
Electives Electives 21

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Full-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
FYE 101 First Year Experience 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Elective Oral Communication 3
Elective  Quantitative Reasoning 3-4
Elective Technological Fluency 3

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Program Elective One of HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 203, or HIS 205 3
Elective  Scientific Reasoning 4
Program Elective One of ANT 101, ANT 104, ANT 205, GEO 110, GEO 130, HIS 121, HIS 122, HIS 219, HIS 234, HIS 235, HIS 237, HIS 250, HIS 260, IDS 115, MUS 114, PHI 215 or any World Language course (any level of ARA, CHI, FRE, GER, ITA, JAP, SPA) 3
Elective  Aesthetic Sensibility 3

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
Program Elective One of ECO 121, ECO 122, ESW 207, GEO 110, GEO 130, POL 101, POL 124, PSY 101, PSY 137, or SOC 101 3
Elective  Cultural Awareness and Diversity  3
Elective  Ethical Perspectives 3
Elective Open Elective 3
Elective Open Elective 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Open Elective 3
Elective Open Elective 3
Elective Open Elective 3
Elective Open Elective 3
Elective Open Elective 3

Part-time sample course schedule

Semester 1

Course ID Title Credits
FYE 101 First Year Experience 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
Elective Quantitative Reasoning 3-4

Semester 2

Course ID Title Credits
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
Elective Technological Fluency 3
Elective Scientific Reasoning 4

Semester 3

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Oral Communication 3
Program Elective One of HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 203, or HIS 205 3

Semester 4

Course ID Title Credits
Elective  Aesthetic Sensibility  3
Elective  Ethical Perspectives 3
Program Elective One of ECO 121, ECO 122, ESW 207, GEO 110, GEO 130, POL 101, POL 124, PSY 101, PSY 137, or SOC 101 3

Semester 5

Course ID Title Credits
Elective  Cultural Awareness and Diversity  3
Program Elective One of ANT 101, ANT 104, ANT 205, GEO 110, GEO 130, HIS 121, HIS 122, HIS 219, HIS 234, HIS 235, HIS 237, HIS 250, HIS 260, IDS 115, MUS 114, PHI 215 or any World Language course (any level of ARA, CHI, FRE, GER, ITA, JAP, SPA) 3

Semester 6

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Open Elective  3
Elective Open Elective  3

Semester 7

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Open Elective  3
Elective Open Elective  3

Semester 8

Course ID Title Credits
Elective Open Elective  3
Elective Open Elective  3
Elective Open Elective 3

 

*See advisor for specific course information/recommendations.