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Liberal Arts (A.A.)

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A.A. Degree

Program Description

The Liberal Arts degree provides students with a wealth of skills in the areas of written and oral communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. This is accomplished through interdisciplinary study in fields such as humanities, literature, religion, philosophy, and history. Collectively, this makes the student appealing to the employers who are looking for employees that can approach problems from a worldly and creative mindset.

However, the true strength of this degree lies in the transferability and flexibility it offers for students wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree at a four-year institution. After transferring, students can pursue a wide range of fields including, but not limited to: pre-law {political science}, music, foreign language, anthropology, film studies, communication, art, history, psychology, English, religious studies, and philosophy.

Finally, from the practical viewpoint, the cost of higher education continues to increase. The Liberal Arts program helps to offset some of the expense by providing students with an excellent way to obtain a quality education in an affordable fashion, which can ultimately lead to a great career.

Note: Students should understand that the College cannot guarantee a specific course will transfer to a given four-year institution. To assure successful transfer, each student should gather information from the target college and program’s current catalog and requirements as well as any articulation with Pennsylvania Highlands and use that information to guide his/her choices from the college catalog and schedules.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to acquire knowledge through critical reading and listening.
  2. Employ lifelong learning skills.
  3. Communicate clearly, both orally and in written form
  4. Achieve information and technological literacy.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of aesthetics and develop an appreciation for the creative process in art, music, literature, and language.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of scientific processes and mathematics.
  7. Demonstrate appreciation for the contributions of social sciences and history.
  8. Integrate diverse disciplines.

Obtaining the Degree

To earn the Associate of Arts Degree, the student must:

  • Matriculate into the program.
  • Satisfactorily complete all degree requirements.

Credit hours: 23


*Students choosing the language electives should take two semesters to transfer credits successfully.

Open Elective

Student may choose 3 credits from any courses offered at Pennsylvania Highlands.


*Liberal Arts students who choose to take 9 credits of natural science/mathematics can reduce their social science or humanitites credits to 9.

Typical Sequence of Courses

Total Credits (17)

Total Credits (15)

Semester III

Electives Humanities 6 Credits
Elective Natural Science/Mathematics 3 Credits
Electives Social Science 6 Credits

Total Credits (15)

Semester IV

  • Elective Humanities 3 Credits

  • Elective Social Science 3 Credits

  • Elective Natural Science/Mathematics 3 Credits

  • Elective Open 3 Credits


Total Credits (15)

Minimum credits to earn A.A. Degree: 62


Students who take 9 credits of Natural Science/Mathematics credits can reduce either their Social Science or Humanities credits to 9. Electives should be selected with guidance from the four year institution to which the student intends to transfer.

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