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Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts degree allows students to take courses in different disciplines and determine an area of interest for more in-depth study. Designed for students who seek to discover a clear academic or career pathway and wish to transfer to a Liberal Arts degree, another MCC degree or a baccalaureate degree.

Students pursuing the Liberal Arts degree should meet with the Career/Transfer counselor who can provide resources for career pathway exploration.

Program Goal

The Liberal Arts degree at Manchester Community College provides a solid foundation in the Liberal Arts and Sciences so that students may discover and explore academic interests while preparing for future baccalaureate programs. The goal of the degree is to graduate well-rounded, lifelong learners who demonstrate the intellectual qualities and global awareness required of good stewards and citizens of our changing world. The Liberal Arts degree gives students the opportunity to complete an Associate degree as a stepping stone to a four-year degree. Core requirements for the program are comprised of courses that are the foundation of most four-year degrees.

Program Outcomes

Students in the Liberal Arts degree will possess the necessary course requirements to support timely transfer to other MCC degrees or four-year institutions.

Many Liberal Arts degree students begin at MCC and plan to transfer to baccalaureate degrees. Examples include American University, Boston College, Boston University, Clark University, Emerson College, Granite State College, Keene State College, Plymouth State University, Rivier University, Southern NH University, University of New Hampshire, University of New Hampshire-Manchester, University of Massachusetts... and many more. Liberal Arts degree concentrations provide the core curriculum typically covered in the first two years of these four-year degrees.

Admission Requirements

In addition to college-wide admissions requirements, applicants must have an interview with the Director of Academic Advising.

Transfer Credit Policy

While courses considered for transfer into the Liberal Arts degree will follow general college guidelines, students must be aware that once a concentration is selected, course transfer will be dependent upon the transfer credit policy of the specific degree concentration.

New Hampshire Transfer Connections

The NH Transfer Connections Program streamlines the transfer process between schools in the Community College System of NH (CCSNH) and schools in the University System of NH (USNH). Requirements for participants are outlined at https://www.nhtransfer.org/new-hampshire-transfer-connections-program; additional information can also be obtained from MCC's Career and Transfer Counselor.

Having a clear academic and career pathway is important to a student’s success. Students are strongly encouraged to consider a Liberal Arts concentration after taking no more than two semesters of the general Liberal Arts degree.

Liberal Arts Degree


Degree Program - First Year

First Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
FYE100M MCC Essentials 1 0 1
ENGL109M or
ENGL110M
College Composition I with Corequisite or
College Composition I
4 0 4
  Science Elective (BIOL, CHEM, ENVS, ESCI, GEOL, PHYS) 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI) 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective* 3 0 3
  Total 14 0 14
 
First Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
ENGL113M Introduction to Public Speaking 3 0 3
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI) 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective* or Open Elective** 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective* 3 0 3
  Total 15 0 15


Degree Program - Second Year

Second Year Fall Semester TH LAB CR
ENGL220M College Composition II*** 4 0 4
  Mathematics Elective 3 0 3
  Literature Elective (200 level) 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts and Sciences* or Open Elective** 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts and Sciences* (200 level) 3 0 3
  Total 16 0 16
 
Second Year Spring Semester TH LAB CR
  Lab Elective (BIOL, CHEM, ENVS, ESCI, GEOL, PHYS) 3 3 4
  Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective* (200 level) 3 0 3
  Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective* (200 level) 3 0 3
  Foreign Language/Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 0 3
  Social Science Elective (ANTH, ECON, GEOG, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOCI) 3 0 3
  Total 15 3 16
Total Credits - 61

* Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives: any course with ANTH, ARTS, ASL, BIOL, CHEM, ECON, ENGL, ENVS, ESCI, FREN, GEOG, GEOL, HIST, HUMA, MATH, PHIL, PHYS, POLS, PSYC, SOCI, or SPAN in the course number.

** Open Elective - any course for which the student meets prerequisite requirements.

*** Denotes milestone course which must be taken/passed in the semester indicated to maintain good standing in the degree program.