Liberal Arts & Sciences

Please note that as of July 1, 2023, all program information should be accessed through the CT State Community College Catalog.
Specific program information on this page may no longer be accurate beyond this date.


Liberal arts students have skills that are in demand—and the flexibility of the degree means they can take their career paths in diverse and exciting directions. An associate degree in liberal arts and sciences is a solid stepping stone to further education. It provides strong academic preparation emphasizing communication as well as analytical and critical thinking skills. A liberal arts and sciences degree is a good starting point for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a major in such fields as English, history, mathematics, science, languages, philosophy, political science or social science, among others. Courses in this program are equivalent to those offered during the freshman and sophomore years at most four-year colleges and universities. This degree, combined with academic advising and career planning, will prepare graduates for their next steps—completing a bachelor’s degree, attending graduate school, and moving into the array of careers awaiting them throughout their lives.

Program Details/Transfer Information

Students selecting liberal arts and sciences as a major who have 16 credits or fewer may be eligible to enroll in the Guaranteed Admissions Program with UConn. Central Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State Universities also offer joint admissions opportunities.

See the College Catalog for courses,
prerequisites and additional degree information.

Employment Outlook

The liberal arts and sciences degree will give a student an advantage when applying for jobs versus an applicant with no degree. However, the liberal arts and sciences degree is designed to be a transfer degree, created for the student looking to transfer to a 4-year school after graduating. It is not an occupational degree.

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. Click here for more details about this merger.