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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Liberal Arts and Sciences, A.A.

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(61 semester hours minimum)

Teachers, lawyers, philosophers, writers, nurses, scientists, engineers, and social workers all pursue courses of study that begin with basic liberal arts and sciences courses. Because QVCC is a fully accredited college awarding credits that are accepted at most colleges and universities in the United States, you can take this course work at QVCC and transfer the credits to another college or university where you can specialize in your area of interest.

The program requirements in the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree are based on the most common liberal arts and sciences requirements at 4-year colleges and universities, and the flexibility of the program allows you to tailor your course of study to the specific needs of a specific college to which you might be considering transfer.

In making course selections to meet the program requirements, students should consult an advisor at least once during each increment of 12 credits and consider the needs of the student’s intended area of study and the requirements of the college(s) to which the student is considering transfer.

In addition, while selecting courses in the disciplines listed below, students are also required to take at least one course in a non-native cultural perspective. A course meets this requirement if it specifically explores issues or ideas from a cultural perspective other than that of the United States and/or the student’s culture (if non-U.S.). This requirement can currently be met by taking ANT* 133 , ENG* 255 , PHL* 165 , POL* 160 , or MUS* 104 .

In addition to General Education Outcomes, students who complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences degree typically will satisfy at least 75% of the general education requirements of the baccalaureate institution to which they plan to transfer, as well as developing fundamental knowledge and skills for their chosen specialization beyond the associate’s degree.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Communicate clearly and persuasively both in written and oral forms, including in ways that involve and document outside sources.
  • Analyze literary, artistic, or philosophical works of world cultures.
  • Analyze changes and developments in history, including their causes and effects.
  • Apply social scientific theories to understand human behavior and world events.
  • Use mathematical tools and technology to create mathematical models.
  • Describe scientific principles and apply them to understand the physical world.
  • Identify the various ways in which diversity exists in our world, such as through analyzing artistic and literary works, historical examples, statistical information, or present-day cases.

For more information, contact the Advising Center.

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges will become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to plan your courses accordingly. Click here About the College  for more detail about this exciting transition!

General Education Core

Communication Skills: 6 Credits

Humanities: 6 Credits

Fine Arts: 3 Credits

  • Elective 1

Math/Science: 13-15 Credits

  • Intermediate Algebra 2
  • MAT* Elective above Intermediate Algebra
  • Science Elective (one of which must be lab science) 3
  • Science Elective 3

Social Sciences: 12 Credits

  • History Elective
  • Social Sciences Elective 4
  • Social Sciences Elective 4
  • Social Sciences Elective 4

Liberal Arts and Sciences: 15-24 Credits

  • Foreign Language 5
  • Foreign Language 5
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 6
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 6
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective 7

General Electives: 0-6 Credits

Total: 61

 Please see the Associate Degree and Certificate Programs  page ​for important information regarding this program and Fall 2023 opening of Connecticut State Community College.

1 For students considering transfer, the preferred courses to meet this requirement are ART* 101 , ART* 102 , THR* 101 , THR* 106 , MUS* 101 , MUS* 104 .
2 A student may substitute a Liberal Arts and Sciences elective if she or he has placed above MAT* 137  on the Basic Skills Assessment.
3 One must be a lab science. Select from AST*, BIO*, CHE*, GLG*, OCE*, PHY*, SCI*.
4 Select from listed courses in at least two of the following disciplines: ANT*, ECE* (ECE* 101 , ECE* 182 ), ECN*, GEO*, HIS*, HSE* 213 , POL* (all except POL* 290 , POL* 294 ), PSY*, SOC*.
5 Select from FRE* or SPA* (2 semesters of the same language). Students may substitute Liberal Arts and Sciences electives if they have (1) completed three years of a single foreign language at the H.S. level or (2) completed 2 semesters of a single foreign language at the college level.





Select from listed courses in the following disciplines: ANT*, ART*, AST*, BIO*, CHE*, COM*, DAN*, DGA*, ECE* (ECE* 101 , ECE* 182 ), ECN*, ENG*, FRE*, GEO*, GLG*, GRA*, HIS*, HPE*, HRT*,  HSE* 213 , HUM*, IS (IS 125 , IS 127 , IS 135 ), LGL*, MAT*, MUS*, OCE*, PHL*, PHY*, POL*, PSY*, SCI*, SGN*, SOC*, SPA*, THR*.

Non-native cultural perspective requirement: as one Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective, a student must complete one of the following: ANT 118  , ANT 133  , ENG 255  , MUS 104  , PHL 165  , POL 102  , POL 103  , POL 160  .


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