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Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts program has existed at Union County College since its beginning in 1933. It is the College’s premier transfer-oriented curriculum for students who want to complete a broad-based liberal arts and sciences foundation before majoring in particular disciplines within the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics. The program is designed to meet the core requirements of most four-year Liberal Arts colleges.
A wide range of program options have been developed from this core curriculum, many of which allow a measure of specialization during the first two years of college. The core Liberal Arts program provides a basic college introduction to many academic disciplines and programs. It is the quintessential preparation for a well-rounded general education, allowing students to experience various academic disciplines before settling on a major after transfer.

The specific objectives of this program are that the graduate must be able to demonstrate:
  • College-level competency in historical knowledge about the Western tradition and its development in America.
  • College-level competency in the social sciences.
  • College-level understanding of American government, politics, and society.
  • College-level appreciation of the economic forces shaping all human societies.
  • College-level appreciation of the fine arts: music, art, drama, literature.
  • An understanding of the findings of the natural sciences and their applications to solving practical problems. 
  • College-level competency in mathematics that allows the graduate to use algebra and statistics to solve various problems in the sciences and practical life. 
  • An awareness of and concern for the ethical implications of institutional policies and individual practices.
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and effective communications skills.
  • The ability to use technology for learning and research.
  • The ability to learn independently and to direct his/her own learning.


First Year

First Semester

ENG 101 - English Composition I
Modern Language
HIS 101 - Intro to Western Civilization I*
MAT - Mathematics*
PSY 101 - General Psychology

Second Semester

ENG 102 - English Composition II
Modern Language
HIS 102 - Intro to Western Civilization II
Laboratory Science**
PSY 102 - Psychology of Personality

Second Year

First Semester

ECO 201 - Principles of Economics I
ENG - 200 Level Literature Course
Modern Language
GOV 201 - American Govt and Politics
Elective(s) - Mathematics, Science OR Technology**

Second Semester

ECO 202 - Principles of Economics II
ENG - 200 Level Literature Course
Modern Language
GOV 202 - American National Govt
ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication OR
ENG 129 - Public Speaking
Diversity Gen Ed Requirement

*MAT 119 or higher. See Liberal Arts Programs guidelines under Mathematics course listings.

** A minimum of 5 credits is required in Mathematics, Science, and Technology. It is suggested that the liberal arts student choose electives from the following list:

AST 101, AST 102, CRJ 205, HIS 205, PHY 101, PHY 102, BIO 101, BIO 102, ENG 128, ENG 129, HIS 209, PHY 125, BIO 103, BIO 104, FIA 111, FIA 112, HRS (ALL), PSY 206, PSY 207, BIO 109, BIO 113, GEY 101, GEY 102, MAT 119, SOC 101, SOC 102, BIO 114, BIO 118, GOV 205, MAT 127, URS 101, CHE 101, CHE 102, HIS 105, HIS 106, MAT 161, MAT 162, CHE 106, HIS 201, HIS 202, PHI 205

Career Options

Graduates of this program receive a broad-based education that allows them to transfer to a four-year college or university and major in Literature, the Social Sciences, Mathematics, and the exact Sciences. For many professions, such as Teaching, Law, Government Service and Social Work, this background is essential.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Arts Degree

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