Liberal Arts Associate Online Degree

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Is an Online Liberal Arts Degree Right for You?

Earning a Liberal Arts degree online can help you strengthen your communication and critical thinking skills. And if you are looking for entry level employment in business, social services, administration, or retail, Southern New Hampshire University’s Liberal Arts Associate online degree can put you in a position to excel and move up in your career.  This AA degree in Liberal Arts can be a meaningful milestone on your journey towards a bachelor’s degree or a springboard into the working world.

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Why Get a Liberal Arts Degree Online From SNHU?

As a private, nonprofit accredited university, SNHU focuses on ensuring you learn the necessary skills you need to succeed.  Whether you enroll in the Liberal Arts degree online program or at any of our five regional campuses, you will benefit from an SNHU education:

  • High-quality instruction from our Liberal Arts faculty.
  • Quality education at one of the most affordable tuition rates available.
  • Choose how you want to learn; Online, Campus-based or a combination of both.
  • Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • A traditional university, with over 80 years of success in New England.
  • Students in our online programs have 24/7 access to class- attend when it is most convenient for you.
  • Two-year degree programs can naturally lead into any of the SNHU Four-Year Degree Programs

Online Liberal Arts Associate Degree Program Focus

The AA in Liberal Arts curriculum and Southern New Hampshire University liberal arts faculty inspire you to explore a range of subject areas as you broaden your understanding of the world. During this process you will learn to analyze issues, formulate reasoned conclusions, and effectively communicate your analysis - valued skills in the classroom and at work.

As a standalone degree or a foundation for a more advanced degree, an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts at SNHU provides a significant educational experience that enhances your knowledge, skills, insight, and creativity. These important program outcomes will serve you well throughout your studies and your career. Your Liberal Arts degree online at Southern New Hampshire University will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that you can continue to build on throughout life.

Resources for Liberal Arts Degree Online Students

Value of a Liberal Arts Education
The American Association of Universities and Colleges promotes the value of a liberal education as a true and complete preparation for a professional career
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society for two-year degree programs. SNHU has an active chapter.
Special Opportunities in the School of Arts & Sciences
School of Arts & Sciences Programs

Transfer of Credit

If you are a student who wants to transfer to SNHU or if you simply want to finish what you’ve started, we try to make transferring as easy as possible. We will accept up to 30 transferred academic credits toward an Associate Degree and we automatically complete an official credit evaluation as part of the application review process.

Liberal Arts Major Courses

COM-212: Public Speaking
This course is designed to help students develop abilities, including organization and delivery skills, for all speaking situations. The evaluation and improvement of voice, diction, articulation and posture also are studied. May not be used as literature elective.
ENG-120: College Composition I
ENG 120 is a college-level writing course that introduces students to various forms of academic discourse. Students are required to prepare essays in a variety of rhetorical modes, including exposition, description and argumentation. In addition to out-of-class writing assignments, students will be required to compose in-class essays in response to readings and other prompts. ENG 120 introduces students to process-writing techniques, library research and MLA documentation procedures. The primary focus of ENG 120 is to help students acquire the writing skills they need to succeed in an academic environment. Enrollment is kept intentionally small, typically 15 students per section, to assure maximum benefit.
ENG-200: Sophomore Seminar
This is a theme-based seminar that builds on the skills learned in SNHU-101 and ENG-120, focusing on information literacy (the ability to locate and evaluate information) as well as written and oral communication skills. The theme of the course will vary according to the instructor, but in all sections, students will conduct extensive research on the topic and communicate their knowledge in a variety of oral presentations and writing assignments that will culminate in a research paper. To be taken during the student's sophomore year.
ENG-120 or ENG-120H and sophomore standing or hono
FAS-201: Introduction to Humanities I
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the achievements of ancient Greece and Rome, the medieval period and the Renaissance while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-202.
FAS-202: Introduction to Humanities II
This course offers vocabulary, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts in their cultural contexts in history, religion, literature, music and ideas. It focuses on the cultural periods of the Baroque, the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Early Modernism while also exploring related issues in non-European cultures. May be taken independently of FAS-201.
IT-100: Introduction to Information Technology
This is the fundamental computer fluency course required for all Southern New Hampshire University students. It is designed to promote a working knowledge and understanding of computer information technology concepts, skills and capabilities that support academic and professionally related goals and requirements. Students learn about the application and science of information technology. Concepts to master include the fundamentals of computer information technologies along with issues that affect people today such as : Internet and other network technologies, web publishing, digital media, hardware, software, file and database management, information security, viruses, and spyware, social impact, as well as algorithmic thinking and the limits of computation. Students develop capabilities such a managing complexity, assessing the quality of information, collaborating and communicating using IT, anticipating technological change and thinking abstractly and critically about IT. Students develop computer-related skills in support of their college studies and career goals. This is accomplished, in part, by the mastery of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.

HIS ELE - Students may select one History elective
LIT ELE - Students may select one Literature elective
PHL ELE - Students may select one Philosophy elective
SCI ELE - Students may select one Science elective

Select One of the Following:

MAT-130: Applied Finite Mathematics
This course is designed to prepare students for other courses in the core curriculum and in their majors and to provide a basis for making decisions in life after graduation. Topics include mathematics of finance, probability and counting, descriptive statistics and basic linear regression. (Students who have successfully completed MAT 120 or MAT 150 may not register for MAT 130).
MAT-135: The Heart of Mathematics
The Heart of Mathematics considers the history, mathematical beauty, and real world applications of a wide variety of topics. This discussion-based course encourages "out-of-the-box" thinking to explore the connections between mathematics and the world around us. Topics may include: patterns in nature, infinity, topology, geometry, networking, fractals, and chaos theory, among others.
MAT-140: Precalculus
This course emphasizes the algebra and concepts of functions. Students will learn the properties and graphing techniques for different types of functions including: linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will also learn to solve a variety of real world problems that rely on a number of different problem solving strategies and an understanding of these different types of functions. This course is intended for those students who wish to prepare for Calculus.
MAT-210: Applied Calculus I
This is an introductory course in single-variable calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, differentiation, integration and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Students will gain experience solving real-world problems involving calculus, including problems in business, economics, natural sciences and social sciences. Students may not take both MAT 210 and MAT 225 for credit.
MAT-211: Applied Calculus II
This course is a continuation of MAT 210. Topics include integration by parts, functions of several variables, trigonometric functions, techniques of integration, differential equations, Taylor polynomials and infinite series. Students will learn applications in business, economics, natural sciences and social sciences. Students may not take both MAT 211 and MAT 275 for credit.
MAT-210 or MAT-225 with a grade of C or better; or
MAT-230: Discrete Mathematics
Discrete mathematics is the study of mathematical structures that are fundamentally discrete rather than continuous. That is, in contrast to the real numbers that vary continuously, the objects of study in discrete mathematics take on distinct, separated values. Topics include operations on sets, logic, truth tables, counting, relations and digraphs, functions, trees and graph theory. A significant goal of this course is to improve students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
MAT-240: Applied Statistics
This is a fundamental course in the application of statistics. In this course, students will learn to apply statistical techniques to a variety of applications in business and the social sciences. Students will learn how to solve statistical problems by hand and through the use of computer software. Topics include probability distribution functions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression.
MAT-299: Mathematical Proof and Problem Solving
This course introduces students to the language and methods used to create and write mathematical proofs and solve problems. Methods of proof will include: direct, contrapositive, contradiction, and induction. Methods of problem solving will be based on Polya's four steps for problem solving. Students will learn about and utilize the many functions of proof including: verification, explanation, communication, discovery, justification, and inquiry. The course will also explore the relationship between problem solving and the process of proving. Students will explore fundamental abstract concepts in mathematics including: functions and relations, set theory, number theory, and logic.
MAT-230 with a grade of C or better

Select Two of the Following:

General Education Core - Social and Behavioral Science (ESBS)

Free Electives: 15 credits
Liberal Arts Electives: 6 credits
Total: 60 credits

Total Credits: 60

Message from Director of Liberal Arts Department

An Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts launches a lifetime of learning. The degree allows students to explore and find their direction while giving a solid preparation for continuing in a four-year program or moving into a new career.  By questioning, making connections and integrating knowledge, students develop the professional skills so essential for success.

A core of seven courses provides the writing, computational and technical skills that would serve a student in any field.  The core courses also include a serious introduction into the arts and culture that helps everyone begin to understand their place in the world.

The remaining eight courses in the 20-course program encourage a student’s exploration of many possibilities for majors in the arts and sciences.  At the same time, the courses broaden their knowledge in areas that attract them.

Through small classes and personal attention, the SNHU Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts provides an individualized higher educational experience that stimulates personal innovation and creativity – two elements that form the best recommendation for today’s workplace.

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