Liberal Arts

Do you like to think, solve problems and explore new ideas? Are you interested in the latest scientific discoveries, great works of literature or understanding human thought and behavior? Have you ever wondered about the philosophical, historical or artistic traditions of your own culture or other cultures? Do you like to express yourself through writing, speaking or the arts? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then the A.A. or A.S. degree in Liberal Arts and Science may be right for you. Exposure to the academic disciplines within the Liberal Arts and Science degree programs provides students with the broad foundational knowledge needed to move directly into the workforce or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university.

At Manchester, the general education core curriculum is an integral part of every degree program. Both the A.A. and A.S. degrees in Liberal Arts and Science offer a broad range of courses – in the Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts – from which students may choose to satisfy their general education core requirements. The specific course options provided within the Liberal Arts and Science degrees will also fulfill the general education requirements of most four-year institutions.

With an increasing number of students looking to continue their studies and receive a bachelor’s degree, many students will start their coursework at Manchester because of its high-quality instruction and more affordable tuition and fees. Manchester has developed excellent relationships with our neighboring college and university partners to ensure that our graduates are able to transfer the maximum number of credits.

What’s the difference between the A.A. and the A.S. degrees? The Liberal Arts and Science program at Manchester offers both an Associate in Arts (A.A.) and an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree. The curriculum for both degrees is quite similar, but the A.S. degree is a bit heavier on math and science courses and the A.A. includes a foreign language requirement. If you are thinking of transferring to complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree in a major such as Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology,  or pre-med, the college’s Liberal Arts and Science associate in science degree program will prepare you well. If you are thinking of transferring to complete the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree in a major such as Anthropology, English, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, foreign language or pre-law, the college’s Liberal Arts and Science associate in art degree program would be a great fit.

Learn more about the degrees in this area of study.

Students who are planning to transfer are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors or department chairs to discuss how courses transfer to other institutions. More information on the transfer options available can be found in the Transfer Services portion of the web site. Students who plan to transfer to one of the four Connecticut state universities or Charter Oak State College may want to consider the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) transfer pathway degrees rather than the Liberal Arts and Science degree program.

Whatever your plans, the entire CT State Manchester professional community—its faculty, staff and support areas—is committed to preparing our students to succeed in the classroom, in the workplace and in society.


Sarah Cieglo
Liberal Arts and Science Program Coordinator
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