Liberal Arts

Day/Evening Program

The mission of the Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts Degree Program is to prepare students for successful transfer to a four-year baccalaureate degree program.  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 humanities, and the social sciences.

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. While the Liberal Arts program is ideal for students who wish to explore a variety of academic interests, students with more specific goals may choose to earn an Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts in one of the following concentrations: Communications, English, History, Mathematics, Psychology, or Science.

In addition to the transfer function of the Liberal Arts Program, the liberal arts have a practical application by providing essential skills needed by students to be effective in their personal and professional lives as well as in their communities. These skills include the ability to:

  1. communicate effectively;
  2. think critically;
  3. use quantitative tools;
  4. employ technology as an information resource;<
  5. apply research methods to solve problems;
  6. reason about contemporary ethical issues and values;
  7. embrace the importance of cultural diversity and a global perspective.

Associate in Arts - Liberal Arts

FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
ANTH105N  Ethnography of Work 3 0 3
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
General Education Core Requirement: History/Political Science 3 0 3
General Education Core:  Quantitative Literacy* 4 0 4
General Education Elective 3 0 3
      17
SPRING SEMESTER
General Education Core Requirement: English/Communications 3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement: Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness 3 0 3
General Education Core Requirement: Quantitative Literacy* 3/4 0 3/4
General Education Core:  Behavioral Social Science 3 0 3
XXXXxxx Open Elective 3 0 3
  15/16
SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTERCLLABCR
General Education Core Requirement: Science 3 2/3 4
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement): Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness 3 0 3
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement):  Behavioral Social Science OR History/Political Science 3 0 3
General Education Elective 3 0 3
XXXXxxx Open Elective 3 0 3
  16
SECOND YEAR
SPRING SEMESTERCLLABCR
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement): Science 3 2/3 4
General Education Elective (or Core Requirement): Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness 3 0 3
General Education Elective 3 0 3
General Education Elective 3 0 3
XXXXxxx Open Elective (as needed) 3 0 3
  16
Minimum Total Credits 64
*MATH103N does not meet this requirement.
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

After completion of general education courses, the student will meet the following outcomes:


  1. The student will communicate effectively and fluently; read with comprehension; listen, speak and write competently.

  2. The student will develop skills in reflection, analysis, logical reasoning, and evaluation to formulate judgments, reach conclusions, and solve problems.

  3. The student will evaluate and utilize quantitative and qualitative data and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods.

  4. The student will utilize technology to locate, evaluate, organize, and utilize information accurately and responsibly.

  5. The student will acquire knowledge and skills to function effectively as informed and responsible citizens.

  6. The student will acquire knowledge and skills that will enable respect for diversity as well as an awareness of global interdependency.