Enrolling in the Liberal Studies program is an exciting and affordable way to build a strong foundation in the general education courses required at all colleges. This foundation prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a Bachelor’s degree, transfer to an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree in a community college program, or enter the workplace with knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of career choices. The curriculum is flexible and allows students to select classes that are best suited to help them meet their personal, professional, and academic goals.
The Associate in Arts Degree in Liberal Studies provides students with a strong foundation in general education, thereby preparing them to transfer to a four-year college or university in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree, transfer to an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science degree in a community college program, or enter the workplace with knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of career choices.
Upon successful completion of the Associate in Arts in Liberal Studies program, the graduate is expected to:
- Demonstrate effective communication by means of listening, speaking, reading and writing in varied situations.
- Demonstrate mathematical skills, critical analysis, and logical thinking to solve problems and interpret quantitative information.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the human life process, individual development, thinking process, and behavior.
- Demonstrate comprehension and the application of research methods and scientific inquiry.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of different groups and organizations in societies and respect for varied cultural values.
The Associate in Arts Degree in Liberal Studies is a program designed to assist students in exploring career, educational interests, and in preparing them to transfer to a 4-year institution. The curriculum is very flexible and is designed to allow the student to select from the KVCC course offerings those classes best suited to help them meet their personal, professional, and academic goals. A close working relationship with their advisor, advisors from other institutions, and with other members of the KVCC community, is vital.
Students in the Liberal Studies program may continue at Kennebec Valley Community College by applying
to one of over twenty programs in the following areas: Allied Health, Biological Science, Business, Education, Mental Health, Nursing, Psychology and
Trades and Technology. Students may also decide to transfer into a community college program offered at one of the seven community colleges in Maine.
Students enrolled in the Liberal Studies program may transfer to the University of Maine System or another baccalaureate degree-granting college.
By completing the Liberal Studies Associates in Arts program, students will also complete the Block Transfer Agreement established between the Maine Community College System and the University of Maine System. This block will satisfy the general education
requirements at these Maine Community Colleges and Maine Universities and limits any additional general education classes to no more than 10 credits.
For more information, please contact:
Juliette Guilmette, Liberal Studies Department Co-Chair
Mark McCafferty, Liberal Studies Department Co-Chair
Brandon Boudreault, English and Humanities Faculty
Carrie Hall, English and Humanities Faculty
Michael Tardiff, English and Humanities Faculty