Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Degree Program

The Liberal Arts Degree Program is a multipurpose degree providing students the opportunity to pursue a well-rounded education by exploring courses in a wide range of areas, such as psychology, English, science, etc.; to sample various disciplines to determine their educational futures; or to prepare themselves for continued study towards a baccalaureate degree.

Where can Maria’s degree in Liberal Arts or General Studies take you?

Earning an associate's degree in Liberal Arts or General Studies is a cost-effective route to further study at the bachelor's degree level and beyond. At Maria College, our associate's degrees in Liberal Arts and General Studies allow seamless transition into our four-year program,such as Psychology and others to be announced in the future.

With the skills you develop in your courses, you will be able to write and communicate, plan and execute research, and organize ideas and solutions. You will also cultivate an open mind to new ideas and approaches, as well as disciplined work habits, and a critical eye and ear.

CURRICULUM

The Liberal Arts student must successfully complete 64 credits as follows:

48 credits of liberal arts (including the College requirements of three credits in Religious Studies and an additional three credits in Religious Studies or Philosophy, plus six credits in English, including English 111) distributed as follows:

12 credits in each of three of the following four areas, to total 36 credits:

      • religious studies/philosophy
      • social science (sociology, psychology, economics, etc.)
      • natural science (mathematics, science, etc.)
      • humanities (English, nonstudio art and music, etc.)

    12 additional credits in any liberal arts course offerings

    16 credits, not necessarily in liberal arts areas, which must be approved by an academic advisor

    ENGLISH CONCENTRATION

    The Liberal Arts Degree with an English concentration allows the student to focus on an interest in writing and literature by taking a variety of english courses. These will provide an in-depth study of language through composition classes and various classes in literature, such as the short story and drama. Upon completion of the degree, a student will have a strong background to transfer to a four-year college to study English, leading to possible careers in teaching, journalism, publishing, public relations, and law, just to name a few. Additionally, employers today consistently note that the top skill they seek in hiring employees is communication, especially in writing.

    The Liberal Arts—English concentration student must successfully complete 64 credits as follows:

    48 credits of liberal arts (including the College requirements of three credits in Religious Studies and an additional three credits in Religious Studies or Philosophy, and six credits in English, including English 111) distributed as follows:

    12 credits in each of three of the following four areas, to total 36 credits:

      • religious studies/philosophy
      • social science (sociology, psychology, economics, etc.)
      • natural science (mathematics, science, etc.)
      • humanities (English, nonstudio art and music, etc.)

      12 additional credits in any liberal arts course offerings

      16 credits, not necessarily in liberal arts areas, which must be approved by an academic advisor

      PSYCHOLOGY CONCENTRATION

      The Liberal Arts Degree with a Psychology concentration explores the science of behavior and mental processes. The concentration features a core curriculum that emphasizes the scientific and empirical bases of psychology. The goal of the program is to produce graduates with critical thinking skills based on their knowledge of the principles and methodology in psychology. The concentration will provide the background necessary to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology or related social or behavioral science, and to seek employment in the mental health, counseling or personnel fields.

      The Liberal Arts—Psychology concentration student must successfully complete 64 credits as follows:

      48 credits of liberal arts (including the College requirements of three credits in Religious Studies and an additional three credits in Religious Studies or Philosophy, plus six credits in English, including English 111) distributed as follows:

      12 credits in each of three of the following four areas, to total 36 credits:

        • religious studies/philosophy
        • social science (sociology, psychology, economics, etc.)
        • natural science (mathematics, science, etc.)
        • humanities (English, nonstudio art and music, etc.)

        12 additional credits in any liberal arts course offerings

        16 credits, not necessarily in liberal arts areas, which must be approved by an academic advisor

        RELIGIOUS STUDIES/PHILOSOPHY CONCENTRATION

        The Liberal Arts Degree with a Religious Studies/Philosophy concentration engages students in the study of life’s most fundamental ethical questions and the quest for ultimate meaning. As a result of this concentration, students will investigate varieties of religious experiences and philosophical perspectives, and demonstrate competency in the skills of problem solving, organizing information logically, critical thinking, researching, writing, and gaining aesthetic awareness. The concentration is especially recommended for students seeking further study in religious studies, Philosophy and/or Theology.

        The Liberal Arts—Religious Studies/Philosophy concentrationstudent must successfully complete 64 credits as follows:

        48 credits of liberal arts (including the College requirements of three credits in Religious Studies and an additional three credits in Religious Studies or Philosophy, plus six credits in English, including English 111) distributed as follows:

        12 credits in each of three of the following four areas, to total 36 credits:

          • religious studies/philosophy
          • social science (sociology, psychology, economics, etc.)
          • natural science (mathematics, science, etc.)
          • humanities (English, nonstudio art and music, etc.)

          12 additional credits in any liberal arts course offerings

          16 credits, not necessarily in liberal arts areas, which must be approved by an academic advisor