Jul 23, 2024  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2019-20 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2019-20 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Liberal Arts and Sciences

Associate in Arts

Bedford Campus and Lowell Campus - Day and Evening

Program Description:

The Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate in Arts degree program is the academic base for many fields of study and work, providing the general education preparation for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program. The program’s extended mission is to prepare students for service, leadership and meaningful lifelong work and learning.  Students in Liberal Arts and Sciences can choose between a general course of study or focus their learning through several options and concentrations. This program qualifies for MassTransfer , which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state universities and the University of Massachusetts.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Most students in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree. Students should check the requirements of the transfer institution and meet with career and academic/transfer counselors at MCC for specific program planning. Students may pursue various careers in areas such as the arts, media, economics, law, mathematics, sciences or teaching professions.

Helpful Hints:

Students should begin their Middlesex experience by taking the foundation-level courses (English and mathematics) prior to, or along with, their electives. Writing and mathematics are fundamental to every subsequent course that students experience in the Liberal Arts and Sciences program. It is also recommended that students sample courses from a variety of discipline areas each semester, rather than focusing on the areas they are most interested in at the beginning of their studies and leaving the courses they find less interesting until the end of their program coursework.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of Liberal Arts and Sciences programs are prepared to:

  • Graduates of the LA program will be able to solve problems successfully by posing questions, researching answers, evaluating potential solutions, planning, acting, and reflecting on results.
  • Based on factual data and/or commonly held principles from literature, the arts, philosophy, politics, history, mathematics, and the sciences, graduates of the LA program will be able to effectively articulate and defend a position and support conclusions through written and oral communication.
  • Graduates of the LA program will be able to act as ethnical, open-minded citizens in situations that relate to culture, race, ethnicity, religion, age, social class, sexual orientation, and ability.
  • Graduates of the LA program will be able to identify, formulate and further their own lifelong educational and career goals.


Required Courses

Total Credits: 61-64

**If math, must be MAT 120 or above
♦ Fulfills the Core Curriculum

Special Requirements for Liberal Arts and Sciences: *Must be from one of the following; MAT 120, MAT 165, MAT 177, MAT 182, MAT 195, MAT 250, MAT 270, MAT 271, MAT 290, MAT 291.


Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing. Additional coursework may be required based on college placement testing.

Eight credits of science are required for graduation. Students can meet the 8-credit requirement by either taking two 4-credit laboratory courses, or one 4-credit and two 3-credit non-lab sciences. Consult your transfer institution for their science requirements.